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Five Reasons for Younger Generations to Work in the Construction Industry

ACI Construction in Logan, Utah, is home to Bronson Twitchell, who has followed his own path into his family’s construction business. Bronson and his two brothers have re-branded their father’s business and have been managing ACI Construction for three years.

“I’ve always been fascinated with heavy equipment. It’s like a big sandbox on the job site,” says Twitchell.

CASE CX250D and 2050M Help ACI Construction Power Through Mountainside Subdivision Project

ACI Construction (Logan, Utah) is the latest evolution of a long running family business. Dad, Sid Crookston, started pouring concrete at age 15 with his father, who also had deep roots in the construction industry. Sid Crookston’s sons, Chris and Alden Crookston, and Bronson Twitchell, re-branded dad’s business nearly three years ago. Sid Crookston is angling towards retirement and has taken a role as an equipment operator, advisor and all-around sage, while the three boys are responsible for much of the day-to-day business operations.

The company is currently working on the third phase of a 23-lot, 15-acre subdivision called Providence Hollow in Logan, Utah. The neighborhood is being constructed into the side of a foothill, which brings its challenges. The company is responsible for the roads, sewer, drain lines, retention ponds, gutters and sidewalks for the community.

Scaling Machine Control Technology: Finding the Right Solution for your Application

Advanced precision construction technologies continue to proliferate in today’s construction market, but many business owners still associate these solutions with large-scale site prep and road building projects. The truth is that machine control technology is a highly scalable solution, and these systems have become more accessible than ever before to contractors of all sizes. In fact, there are many market segments where machine control is becoming more and more necessary to stay competitive.

Why Now?
Machine control systems are a great way to invest in the long-term productivity of an operation, and more and more fleet managers and equipment owners are integrating precision construction solutions into their fleets every day.

CASE Construction Equipment Named Among Suppliers/Contractors to Work on Foxconn Development

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and a delegation of business leaders, elected officials, contractors and Foxconn representatives today named CASE Construction Equipment among the 27 state contractors and suppliers who will perform work on the new Foxconn development in Racine County, Wis. The announcement, made on a statewide tour Monday that culminated in an event at CASE headquarters in Racine, was made in support of efforts to ensure Wisconsin suppliers and contractors take a prominent role in the construction project.

The $10 billion manufacturing site planned for Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, is estimated to create 10,000 construction jobs each year for the next four years. M+W | Gilbane, the lead contractor on the project, announced at an event in April that 90 percent of contractors for the initial site work would come from the state of Wisconsin, with a total of 10 percent coming from Racine County.

CASE Receives Top 30 Editor’s Choice Awards from Asphalt Contractor Magazine

The DV209D and DV210D Drum Asphalt Rollers from CASE Construction Equipment have been awarded a 2018 Top 30 Editor’s Choice Award from Asphalt Contractor Magazine.

The Top 30 Editor’s Choice Awards are chosen by the Asphalt Contractor editorial staff for meeting various criteria including longevity and consistency in the market, dependability, productivity and innovation. To gauge readers’ preferences, they also factored in how much interest these products received on the Buyers Guide at ForConstructionPros.com/Asphalt.

Tips for Staying Ahead: Fleet Management Strategies

How America’s largest EPA contractor stays ahead of downtime and expense
Brad Stemper, product manager, CASE Construction Equipment

Imagine maintaining 300 pieces of rolling stock plus 200 pieces of equipment spread across the entire United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. That’s the challenge Tim Bland, assistant operations manager at Environmental Restoration, LLC, faces every day. For 20 years, Bland and his staff have provided emergency response services, site remediation, government services, industrial cleaning to various commercial, state and federal clients. With 600 employees working from 23 offices across the country, Environmental Restoration is the largest EPA contractor in the United States.

CASE, Century Equipment Provide CTL for Flood Mitigation Operation

CASE Construction Equipment and heavy equipment dealer Century Equipment donated the use of a compact track loader to Team Rubicon for Operation Wind River Spirit, a flood mitigation project that protected vulnerable residents from anticipated spring flooding in Fremont County, Wyoming.

The operation came at the request of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho nations, as well as the American Red Cross, as the region experienced a record snowpack that melted quickly and caused rivers in the region rise.

Finish Grading on a Fast Track

Not many successful businessmen plot their career accurately in fifth grade. Chris Bonacker knew exactly what he wanted to do. Now, at 32, he is right where he wants to be—running his own excavating firm. “I’m just trying to live the American Dream,” he says, “and provide for my family, doing what I love to do.”  After working in excavation in his late teens and early twenties, Bonacker founded C. Bonacker Excavating in Eureka, Missouri last July. He concentrates mostly on residential work, from digging foundations to finish grading.

“I always knew I wanted to have my own thing. I took the leap, and so far, everything’s been going good,” says Bonacker. “I’ve been blessed to be in all different aspects, from demolition to doing the excavation of the foundations, finish grading, and pipe work and drainage. I have a knack for helping custom builders…to help them oversee from start to finish on a custom home. I can help them line things with the landscapers or help the concrete guys make sure all elevations are working — to make the best product we can provide.”

Luby Equipment Earns CASE Precision Construction Dealer Certification

CASE Construction Equipment has designated Luby Equipment Services, headquartered in Fenton, Missouri, as a CASE Precision Construction Certified Dealer. The certification signifies that Luby Equipment has completed the official training, conducted by CASE, to guarantee that the dealer is capable of expertly selling, supporting and servicing precision construction solutions — from off-machine construction tools up to 2D and 3D systems.

Each dealer that completes the program must meet a number of criteria, including employing full-time specialists, trained technicians and parts support.

Surrey, North Dakota Wins 2018 Dire States Grant for Citywide Drainage Control and Flood Mitigation Projects

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to Surrey, North Dakota for much-needed road drainage revitalization and flood control projects throughout the city. Due to years of sudden urban planning and insufficient funding, several drainage-ways have filled with years of sediment, restricting natural run-off of storm water and yearly snowmelt. There are also several roads that require drainage ditches to be installed to prevent flooding.

The poor drainage has wreaked havoc on roadways throughout Surrey—costing large portions of the city’s yearly budget to maintain. In addition to flooding and infrastructure damage, the drainage issues have caused several areas in town to collect and pool standing water, creating a public health concern.

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