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Contech Construction Products

Frank Miller, senior vice president for sales, recently announced the appointment of Robert G. Trees as sales manager of the Great Lakes region of Contech Construction Products. Trees will be located in the Great Lakes regional office in Indianapolis. Trees joined Contech in 1988 following 12 years of sales management positions with the former Kaiser Drainage Products organization. He served as regional sales engineer in the northeastern region and advanced to supervisor of sales training in 1991 at the Middletown headquarters. In 1993, he was named supervisor of engineered products while retaining responsibility for sales training. Trees advanced to his present position of center region sales manager in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction engineering from Purdue University and attended the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business.

TRIC Trenchless Systems

Brian D. Fults was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer of TRIC Trenchless Systems Inc. The Oakland-based company is a leading designer and manufacturer of equipment used for trenchless underground pipe replacement. Fults has extensive experience in sales, marketing and training, and has held management positions for Slater Construction.

He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology, with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology, from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.


A new catalog with information highlighting road planning, soil stabilization and reclamation tools is now available from Kennametal. The 48-page, four-color document features a new series of tools along with the Kennametal First Choice Tool Selection Guide, that ensures proper tooling selection for machines and cutting applications. The new series of tools offer enhanced hardness and strength, advanced wear resistance, superior impact strength and an extended life.

DeNeef Construction Chemical

Recently, DeNeef Construction Chemical hosted nearly 100 applicators, engineers, distributors and representatives from North and South America at its annual product and application training seminar held in Houston. The free, two-day seminar included renowned speakers from the concrete repair and municipal industry in addition to a hands-on demonstration of applications at DeNeef's manufacturing facility. This year's topics and demonstrations included concrete reinforcement with carbon fiber wraps and laminates in addition to soil stabilization with polyurethane and acrylate chemical grouts. A review of polyurethane chemical grouts for crack injection and water control, as well as epoxy injection for the structural repair of concrete also was presented.


StraightLine, a manufacturer of horizontal directional drilling systems and tooling, has announced that Bill Pullen, a Nebraska businessman, became majority owner of the company. Pullen, a livestock equipment manufacturer from Central City, NE, formed Roto-Mix Manufacturing in 1984, and began production in Dodge City, KS. With his partner, Ben Neier, the two invented the Auger-Mixer and patented the Roto-Mix livestock feeding equipment.

In his role as majority owner, Pullen is dedicated to providing new products and superb customer service to the industry.

Burkeen Manufacturing Co.

Dennis Morrison has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Burkeen Manufacturing's line of hydrostatic trenchers and vibratory plows. Morrison has over 22 years of experience with the construction and rental industries. He previously held the position of vise president of sales and marketing with Coleman Engineering, a manufacturer of light towers.


Daewoo Heavy Industries America Corporation recently welcomed Linder Equipment of Tulare, CA, to the family of Daewoo dealers. "Linder is located in an area where Daewoo can expand its reach and bring in new customers," says Tim O'Malley, vice president of distributor sales. "We look forward to a mutually prosperous relationship." The Daewoo loader line will enhance Linder's position in the dairy trade as well as the construction and rental markets.

Daewoo produces a broad line of construction equipment including crawler and wheel excavators, wheel loaders, dozers and specialty machines such as log loaders and material handlers.


A pocket-size English/ Spanish dictionary, called Contructionary, with common construction terms and phrases is now available from the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO). The 210-page dictionary has over 1,000 helpful construction terms, over 70 useful on-the-job phrases, a tools section and practical tables. Phonetic pronunciations are provided for both English and Spanish words. As the number of Spanish speakers in the construction industry grows, employers who want to hire employees, or employees themselves, will benefit from a bilingual dictionary. The publication has two front covers; one side of the book created for Spanish speakers and the other side for English speakers. "Constructionary bridges the communication gap between English and Spanish speakers to keep them working together successfully," said Sergio Barrueto, ICBO director of international programs and services.

Deer & Company

For the third consecutive year, Deere & Company has been named the winner of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute's (EMI) Dick Harris Statistics Data Integrity Award. Dick Ekstrand, Deere's manager of data services worldwide, accepted the 1999 award on behalf of his company, during a special ceremony held June 26 at EMI's Spring Construction Equipment Conference in Chicago. Ekstrand has been active in various EMI statistical committees throughout the years and currently serves as chairman of the Earthmoving and Excavator Statistics Committee. His continued hard work and positive attitude contributed to his company's top rating for the Dick Harris Award. Presented annually by EMI's Earthmoving and Excavator Statistics Committee (EESC), the Dick Harris Award goes to the company best exemplifying the ideals of timeliness, accuracy, consistency and good corporate citizenship.

The award honors the late Dick Harris, who helped develop the EMI statistics program in the 1970s and 1980s while employed by International Harvester and Komatsu America International. The award criteria is reviewed and amended each year at EESC meetings to ensure a fair and meaningful selection. The award is a 20-year "traveling" plaque, which lists all previous years award winners. Deere will keep the award until the 2000 winner is named next spring. The first presentation of this award was made to Dick Harris' widow Donna, at the EESC's 1995 spring meeting. Previous award winners include Champion Road Machinery, Payhauler Corporation and Kawasaki Loaders.


Rammer has taken the guess-work out of selecting the best hammer for a specific application with its new Rammer Breaker Optimiser (RAMBO) software program. Hammer performance is influenced by a wide range of variables including carrier size, the operator, and the material to be broken. The RAMBO program allows dealers to predict the performance of a particular hammer and carrier combination in a specific customer application. Details of the material to be broken are entered into the program which then utilizes a database developed by Rammer and Sandvik, based on years of extensive experience with rock properties in the mining and construction industry. The unique program accounts for nearly 20 different factors influencing breaker performance, such as rock hardness, density and strength. The system then calculates the Rammer hammer and carrier combination which will provide the optimum level of productivity. It also can compare different equipment combinations as well as recommending a hammer to fit a customer's existing carrier. The program base is extensive and can be used to select hammers in primary, boulder and concrete breaking applications, and is optimized for quarry, demolition and recycling applications.


Horizontal Engineering and Drilling Service GmbH (HEADS), located in Celle, Germany, known within Europe as a leading manufacturer of mixing, pumping and recycling units and as a leading supplier of drilling mud, has merged with M-I L.L.C. from Houston, TX -- specialists for drilling fluids, solid materials, drilling hole controls and waste disposal in the oil and gas industry -- to form a new dynamic company to supply and service the expanding drilling industry. The new company called HEADS/M-I GmbH, a division of M-I Deutschland GmbH, will draw from their combined expertise and experience to increase the range of products offered and to enhance the already high customer service available to the world market. The company moved its operation from Celle, Germany to its new premises in Lachendorf in September.


A CD-ROM, designed to explain the benefits and common applications of the directional drilling process, is available at no charge, courtesy of the Vermeer worldwide dealership network, to persons or organizations interested in learning more about directional drilling technology. The CD was developed to educate potential customers, engineers, traffic planners, municipalities, utilities and local groups about the processes and benefits of horizontal directional drilling. It illustrates the process of how an operator navigates a predetermined bore path for accurate utility placement. It shows viewers directional drilling's ability to install utilities through residential and urban areas, as well as under natural obstructions like streams and rivers. To receive a free copy of the CD, send requests to Vermeer at 515-628-3141 or call toll free in the U.S. at 1888-VERMEER.

Vac-Tron Equipment President Named Florida's Entrepreneur Of The Year

Don Buckner, president of Vac-Tron Equipment, has been named Florida's Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of real estate/construction. The program recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Founded and produced by Ernst and Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year program is nationally sponsored by USA Today, CNNfn and CNN, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Buckner will now progress to Ernst and Young's National Entrepreneur of the Year awards competition, and winners will be announced at a nationally-televised dinner in November.

Previous Entrepreneur of the Year award winners include Michael Dell of Dell Computer Corporation, Jim McCann of 1800-Flowers, Steve Case of America Online and Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee.

Based in Okahumpka, Vac-Tron Equipment designs and manufactures industrial vacuum and environmental clean-up equipment that has dozens of industrial, private and municipal uses including directional drilling, vacuum location of underground utility lines, industrial clean-up, man-hole and storm drain clean-out and natural disaster clean-up.

Recently, the company relocated from its 6,000-square-foot-facility to a new 64,000-square-foot-complex.

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John Deere Revises Trademark To Emphasize Global Strength, Agility


John Deere recently announced its well-known leaping deer trademark has been updated to appear stronger and more dynamic with a greater emphasis placed on the John Deere name.

It is the first change to the John Deere trademark in 32 years and only the eighth John Deere trademark since the company was founded in 1837.

"This evolution of the John Deere trademark symbolizes that world leaders are progressive and agile," said Hans W. Becherer, chairman of Deere & Company. "John Deere founded this company on four important values that are still essential today - quality, integrity, innovation and commitment. Our revision of the trademark represents those values."

Becherer said the company plans to combine the trademark change with a more focused effort of managing the corporate brand, an initiative aimed at further preserving, promoting and enhancing the John Deere identity.

The updated design has the deer leaping upward, instead of landing as it had been in previous renditions of the corporate symbol. This upward movement represents a strong leap into the new millennium with a vision of the innovative opportunities that exist on the horizon.

The updated John Deere trademark, fashioned after the North American white-tail deer, is more aggressive in style and is surrounded by an equally dynamic shape, implying an eagerness and energy toward new challenges and technology - areas that are important to John Deere today and for the future, the company claims.

Though revised, the company's trademark is firmly based on the continued and even stronger commitment to use the popular slogan "Nothing runs like a Deere" and the green and yellow colors.

The change to the updated trademark will be gradual, requiring about two years for the total initiative to be completed.

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