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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.

CASE Brings New Equipment, Educational Speaker Series to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

CASE Construction Equipment will introduce new products, line extensions and model updates at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, and host the “What’s Now” Speaker Series from the CASE stage in Booth N11825. The company will also introduce a first-of-its-kind crossover/concept vehicle at the show that represents practical product evolution for two distinct equipment categories. Country music superstar Chris Young will also appear and sign autographs at 1:30 PM on March 7 as part of a session promoting training and service with veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon.

CASE show highlights include:

Wheel Loaders’ Low Operating Temperatures Boost Safety; Speed and Power Boost Productivity for Battle Lumber Company

Battle Lumber Company is a family-owned and operated international hardwood supplier headquartered in Wadley, Georgia. Located in what is commonly referred to as the Central Savannah River Area—or CSRA—Battle Lumber began as a small, local lumber mill in 1962 with a staff of only eight people. Over the last 55 years, Battle Lumber has grown into an operation with more than 400 employees, with customers all over the world.

Focused primarily on grade lumber, the facility produces upwards of 150-million board feet of hardwood lumber each year, and exports to 20 countries outside of North America.

The Case for Equipment Over Trucks in Snow Removal Applications

The snow removal industry is becoming more competitive each year. As that happens, the margin of error between profitability and survival is slim. For large commercial snow removal contractors, the shift from trucks and plows to construction equipment – skid steers, compact track loaders, wheel loaders, compact wheel loaders, and backhoes – provides significant operational advantages.

Is it time for you to add more equipment and give the pickup and plow a rest? Here are eight reasons to consider adding more iron to your snow removal fleet:

CASE and Sonsray Machinery Assist Team Rubicon During National Day of Service

CASE Construction Equipment and Sonsray Machinery provided equipment and product training support for a Team Rubicon operation and land-clearing project at the “Family Camp at Yosemite”, run by the City of San Jose Parks and Recreation Department, in Groveland, California. Several days of equipment training throughout the week culminated in the Team Rubicon & Tough Mudder National Day of Service—a nationwide event bringing together volunteers from Team Rubicon, Tough Mudder and other organizations. A total of 60 volunteers from Team Rubicon participated in the event, ten of which are new operators participating in the heavy equipment training program.

Located just ten miles from the western gate of Yosemite National Park, the Family Camp at Yosemite—leased from the U.S. Forest Service and operated by the City of San Jose, California—sits on 47 acres of land in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The camp provides an all-inclusive outdoor experience for the families of San Jose and offers fishing, hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities in the serene backdrop of the Stanislaus National Forest.

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