July 2020 Vol. 75 No. 7

Companies in the News

Companies in the News

Volvo Donates to Nonprofits from Gold Rush Excavator Auction

With the sale of its Gold Rush excavator, Volvo Construction Equipment contributed $290,000 to two nonprofit organizations: Homes for Heroes and Habitat for Humanity.

Volvo introduced the excavator to commemorate the 10th season of “Gold Rush” on the Discovery Channel. The exclusive, gold Volvo EC200E was auctioned off earlier this year, following a U.S. and Canada tour spanning nearly 25,000 miles and 25 stops.

Leading up to the auction, the public cast approximately 1.5 million votes to choose which nonprofit should receive the larger value of the machine’s sale proceeds, as part of the “Discovery Give Big Giveaway” campaign.

With the votes in, 60 percent of the proceeds went to Building Homes for Heroes to help support its efforts to build and gift as many as 40 homes in 2020 for injured veterans and their families. The organization also helps consult with veterans on career opportunities and achieving their personal goals, from learning a new sport or hobby, to climbing mountains.

Receiving 40 percent of the proceeds, Habitat for Humanity works in local communities across all 50 states and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of affordable housing partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.


Volvo Construction Equipment, (855) 235-6014, volvoce.com


LAN Engineering

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN), a planning, engineering and program management firm, was selected as technical advisor for a new, 75-million-gallon-per-day (MGD) water transmission line serving the city of Houston and surrounding areas.

Approximately, 10 MGD of water will be distributed to Houston customers and 65 MGD to its seven partners: League City/Gulf Coast Water Authority, Clear Lake City Water Authority, City of Webster, City of Friendswood, Baybrook Municipal Utility District (MUD) No. 1, Harris County MUD No. 55 and City of Pasadena.

The new, 54-inch water line will replace an aging, 1970s, 42-inch, 9-mile water line that runs from Houston’s Southeast Water Purification Plant to League City’s booster pump station along Highway 3 in Webster.

LAN will provide design and easement acquisition support services for the project, which will be built in four construction packages, each with its own design engineering firm. Design will begin in mid-to-late 2020; construction is scheduled to start in late 2022 and be completed in 2025.




Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. was recognized in the 2020 “Highest Retained Value and Lowest Cost of Ownership” awards program by EquipmentWatch, the world leader in data, software and insights for the heavy equipment industry.

The Hitachi ZW550 six-wheel loader earned “2020 Highest Retained Value,” representing the model within its respective equipment type, projected to retain the highest percentage of its original value after a five-year period, based on the comprehensive EquipmentWatch market activity database.

ZW550-6 leads off the new Dash-6 series of Hitachi wheel loaders. Weighing in at 104,000 pounds, and 512 HP, and equipped with an 8.2-cubic-yard or 9-cubic-yard bucket, it’s a robust piece of production machinery built for the heaviest applications. With its standard Dual Z-Bar linkage, high tipping load, and high breakout force, Hitachi designers clearly set their sights on tough rock handling, as well as loading high volumes of soil and fill.




Mecalac, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of compact construction equipment for urban environments, opened a new 14,000-square-foot facility in Norfolk, Mass., to serve as the North American headquarters.

The new facility centralizes Mecalac’s administrative offices, equipment inventory, parts, and service support in one building, replacing the three separate locations the company maintained previously. It will be home to an in-house training facility, and host dealer and media events throughout the year.

Founded in France in 1974, Mecalac specializes in compact construction equipment that delivers superior safety, ease of use, efficiency and sustainability. Most of its products – excavators, loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers – are designed for multi-functionality to help reduce the number of machines on the job site. Mecalac North America was formed in 2017.


ASV Holdings


ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose, all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, added Maxx Outdoor & Equipment to its dealer network.

Based in Weatherford, Texas, and serving North Texas, the new dealer offers new and pre-owned equipment, as well as parts and service.

ASV Holdings Inc., a Yanmar Compact Equipment company based in Grand Rapids, Minn., is known as the creator of America’s original compact track loader. All its machines are built with groundbreaking features that do more work in more places with maximum power, performance, serviceability and comfort.


‘Own It’ Program Lowers Payment for John Deere Compact Equipment Owners

A new, low monthly payment program is available for customers who want to own the quality and reliability of John Deere’s five compact excavators, skid steers and compact track loader models:
17G and 30G excavators, 312GR and 316GR skid steers or 317G compact track loader.

Customers who purchase the select equipment models through October 2020 are eligible to receive special financing. Starting prices for these equipment models are as follows:

  • 17G Compact Excavator, $435 per month
  • 30G Compact Excavator, &625 per month; $705 per month with cab option
  • 312GR Skid Steer small-frame loader canopy configuration, $485 per month; $540 per month with the cab option
  • 316GR Skid Steer loader, $521 per month; $599 per month with the cab option; $659 per month with EH controls
  • 317G Compact Track Loader, $759 per month; $826 per month with the cab option

“We are eager to offer a program that can financially support compact equipment customers and empower them to become machine owners as they grow their businesses,” said Juan Raya, manager, Global Compact Construction Sales at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The ‘Own It’ financial program provides flexibility for customers maintaining small fleets, giving them the quality they expect from a John Deere machine, without breaking the bank.”

Exclusions apply in the United States and Canada, and a local dealer should be contacted for more information.

Based in Moline, Ill., Deere & Company provides advanced products and services, and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.


John Deere, (844) 809-1508, johndeere.com


PPI Honors Projects of the Year

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced the winners of its Projects and Members of the Year program, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the industry. Submissions in the association’s divisions are reviewed, evaluated and voted upon by the PPI members.

Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) was recognized as Project of the Year, in PPI’s Drainage Division, for the new Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston, S.C. To mitigate joint separation and possible infiltration, 27,000 feet of ADS’ HP Storm polypropylene pipe was selected to convey all stormwater on the project’s entire, 280-plus-acre site, due to its ease of handling, extended joint, double gaskets, and flexible design.

In the Municipal & Industrial Division, Project of the Year was the Colsman Tunnel Sewer Sliplining, in Centennial, Colo. To rehabilitate a deteriorating brick sewer, 48-diameter HDPE pipe, from WL Plastics in Fort Worth, Texas, was sliplined into the old sewer. Flow was not allowed to stop during the pull, so a completely sealed pullhead had to be custom-designed and built so that sewage would not fill the drill string during the pull-in.

PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry and is dedicated to promoting plastic as the materials of choice for pipe and conduit applications. Serving as the premier technical, engineering and industry knowledge resource, PPI publishes data used in developing and designing plastic pipe and conduit systems and collaborates with industry organizations that set standards for manufacturing practices and installation methods.


Plastics Pipe Institute, (469) 499-1044, plasticpipe.org

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