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CASE 580N Series Backhoes Earn Second Consecutive “Highest Retained Value Award”

CASE Construction Equipment‘s 580N backhoe loader series has earned its second consecutive “Highest Retained Value Award” from EquipmentWatch. The award projects 580N Series backhoes to retain the highest percentage of original value after five years over all its competitors and is based on residual values calculated by leveraging a database covering more than $412B in market activity.

CASE has won the award in the backhoe category each year the awards have been presented.

JWH Equipment Supports Team Rubicon on Operation Iron Bird

Veteran-led disaster relief organization Team Rubicon deployed its heavy equipment operators to Hattiesburg, Mississippi February 2-10, 2017 to assist in demolishing damaged houses and clearing debris caused by the EF3 tornado that hit the city on January 21, 2017. CASE dealer JWH Equipment (Jackson, Mississippi) supplied an excavator and compact track loader for Team Rubicon’s Operation Iron Bird, which demolished 17 houses and cleared an additional 13 properties of tornado debris for free.

“Our goal while we’re out here as volunteers is to help as many people as we can, to get them to the point where they can rebuild their properties,” says Victor Civitillo, a certified heavy equipment instructor and operator with Team Rubicon who managed the heavy equipment deployment. “Having the CASE heavy equipment here means we can accomplish in two hours what would normally take a full day for a crew working with hand tools. So together we can help families get back on their feet faster, and then the whole community and the local economy recover faster.”

CASE Launches Dynamic Total Cost of Ownership Calculator

CASE Construction Equipment has launched an all-new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator at CaseCE.com that provides both prospective buyers and current equipment owners insight into lifetime ownership costs. Based on a broad range of operational factors covering the entire line of CASE equipment, the program calculates data in U.S. and Canadian currencies, as well as metric and imperial measurements.

The calculator – available at tco.CaseCE.com – is free to use and is applicable in the U.S. and Canada.

Tips for Staying Ahead of the Competition on Estimating and Bidding Earthmoving Projects

No two earthmoving jobs are alike. The gained wisdom of you and your colleagues, the technological advances in today’s equipment, and your confidence in your workforce can all help you properly bid and secure new work. It’s a tricky process – how do you come in low enough to win the bid but also high enough to ensure profitability in the job? We all love what we do, but let’s not kid ourselves – we’re in this to make money.

What follows are a few tips that I’ve picked up in more than 30 years of working as a contractor and a few years now working as a product promotions specialist with CASE, where I work with contractors from all over the world at the world class Tomahawk Customer Center. It may be as simple as moving dirt, but it’s the attention to detail that will keep you ahead of the competition.

Excavator Provides Added Capacity and Production for E.R. Lewis as Construction Industry Rebounds in North Carolina

E.R. Lewis Construction Company, located in Pitt County, North Carolina, has been in business for more than 60 years. Starting out as a small, family-owned business with only a handful of machines, the company has evolved into a force that has tackled everything from agricultural development and subdivisions, to commercial work and highways. The company was founded in 1958 by Eldridge R. Lewis. In its early days, his son Harvey would go to school in the mornings and work for his father in the afternoons. It’s been a way of life for him ever since.

“If you do it in the dirt, we do it,” says Harvey Lewis, president, E.R. Lewis.

Top 10 News Stories of 2016 at CaseCE.com

CASE prides itself on providing a wealth of educational information for contractors of all shapes and sizes on its website, CaseCE.com, and on the new CaseAtWork.com page. We take one final look back at 2016 here with the content our visitors read the most in 2016.

Have an idea for a topic or subject you’d like to see us cover in 2017? Email it to us at talkwithus@CaseCE.com.

Earthmoving Contractor Beefs Up Construction Fleet To Tackle Larger Land Improvement Projects

Wilcoxen Construction is an earthmoving and demolition company based in Avon, Illinois. The business was founded in 1991, but Richard Wilcoxen has been moving dirt since he was a young man. “When I was a kid I used to run around with the tractor and loader and try and build and fix wash-outs and dry dams,” he explains. “Then I got a bulldozer and just got bigger and bigger. I just like being outside and playing in the dirt.”

Wilcoxen owns a fleet of earthmoving equipment including dozers, excavators, CTLs and backhoes, and as an owner-operator he covers a lot of ground. “We do lot of farm work, [earthen] dams and terraces. We’ve built quite a few ponds this year. We’ve done room additions. We’ve done large building demolition. We do septic tanks. We pour some concrete—a little bit of everything.”

Managing Planned Maintenance Contracts with Telematics Systems

One of the best ways to ensure overall health, productivity and reliability of a machine—either new or used—throughout the course of its lifetime is through investing in a planned maintenance contract. These contracts allow an equipment owner to opt for agreed-to servicing with manufacturer-approved parts, fluids and components, at agreed-to intervals. A planned maintenance contract also provides peace of mind for the owner and/or fleet manager—it’s simply one less thing to worry about.

Equipment owners want to protect their investments, minimize total cost of ownership and make sure that they are getting all they can out of a machine. Proper servicing at regular intervals—particularly when a machine is brand new—improves its life expectancy, and ensures that a machine is going to perform reliably throughout the course of its lifetime.

CASE SV340 Skid Steer Earns 2016 Innovative Iron Award

The SV340, CASE Construction Equipment’s largest, most powerful skid steer loader to date, has been honored with a 2016 Innovative Iron Award from Compact Equipment.

The awards are presented annually, highlighting the most inventive off-highway equipment, diesel engines, hand tools and OEM services and systems released to the market. According to the magazine, “with a serious shortage of skilled workers, contractors are specifically searching for the most innovative machinery to help offset workforce woes and increase production and performance.”

Construction Equipment’s Annual Report and Forecast Indicates Positive Outlook for 2017

Construction Equipment has published their 2017 Annual Report & Forecast. Built on the survey responses of over 1,200 Scranton Gillette and SGC Horizon readers across multiple sectors of the construction industry, Construction Equipment has joined with Scranton Gillette and SGC Horizon sister publications Building Design+Construction, Professional Builder, Roads & Bridges and Water & Wastes Digest to present the report for nonresidential, home building, transportation and water infrastructure markets.

The report, which has been developed based on responses from readers in fleet management, transportation, water infrastructure, nonresidential and home building markets, is made available to the industry through a partnership with CASE Construction Equipment.

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