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Making the cut in Canada’s demolition industry

October 1, 2012 David Godkin

It’s a moment Ryan Priestly dreads every time he does a job like this. Peering down through the windshield of his high reach excavator, carefully leaning into the controls and inching the collapsed concrete slab below him upward—the sight of

The Deh Cho Bridge will replace the Merv Hardle ferry in the summer months and the Mackenzie River Ice Crossing during the winter. Photo courtesy of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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Bridge over icy waters

October 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Crews battle Great White North to build permanent crossing over Mackenzie River

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Ritchie Bros. to host KidSport fundraiser

September 10, 2012 On-Site staff

Olympians and local celebrities will be participating in a sports day challenge during the third annual Corporate Kids Challenge and live charity auction on Sept. 15, hosted by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in support of KidSport BC. The B.C.-based industrial auctioneer

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How to select a wheel loader

August 28, 2012 Debbie McClung

Five ways to evaluate your next purchase

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Lights, camera, action!

August 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth at least a million. Last month in conjunction with our annual Top Contractors report, we launched On-Site Interviews. This series of short videos will feature one-on-one conversations with Canada’s leading industry

Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) president Chris Lorenc poses for a photo alongside Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and infrastructure stakeholders at the LTIP roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Photo courtesy of the MHCA.
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MHCA emphasizes importance of infrastructure programs

July 19, 2012 Andrew Snook

Permanent, long-term infrastructure programs (LTIP) are good for Canada. That was the message from the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) at a recent roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Industry stakeholders discussed the possibility of a permanent LTIP, which would extend beyond

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GDP down slightly in construction sector in April

June 29, 2012 Andrew Snook

The gross domestic product (GDP) by industry report from Statistics Canada for April shows the construction sector down 0.1 per cent for the month, following a gain of 0.8 per cent in March. The decline was due to a drop

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Stepping up to Tier 4

June 1, 2012 David Godkin

We’ve still got time. That seems to be the failsafe view of contractors facing a mandatory shift in Canada to interim Tier 4 emission standards in some new off highway equipment at the end of 2014 and to full Tier

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The right trailer for the job

June 1, 2012 David Godkin

They are the low-slung, unsung heroes of the heavy construction industry. Each year ensuring the safe transport of veritable armies of dozers, excavators, loaders and other heavy equipment from yards to work sites across North America. How to be sure

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers acquires AssetNation

May 16, 2012 Andrew Snook

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently announced the closing of its purchase of AssetNation, an online marketplace and solutions provider for surplus and salvage assets based out of Houston, TX, at a cost of approximately US$64 million. The Vancouver, B.C.-based, global leading

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Strongco to offer Terex Finlay products in Ontario and Alberta

April 12, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Strongco Corporation announced today that it would become the exclusive dealer for Terex Finlay mobile crushing and screening equipment in Ontario and Alberta.  Strongco stated that it has entered into an agreement with Terex USA LLC, and will offer

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Global construction equipment sales up 25 per cent in 2011

April 12, 2012 Andrew Snook

The KHL Group’s annual Yellow Table survey is out, and it shows record sales in global construction equipment. The survey states that overall equipment sales for the 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers grew by 25 per cent in 2011 to

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Volvo Construction Equipment forms alliance with Carlson Paving Products

March 21, 2012 Andrew Snook

Volvo Construction Equipment and Carlson Paving Products have entered into an agreement that will increase the number of screed options available for Volvo pavers. Carlson will update the design to the Wedge-Lock screed in addition to offering manufacturing and field

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Strongco expanding in Alberta

March 6, 2012 Andrew Snook

Strongco Corporation will be expanding its presence in northern Alberta. The company is planning on building a new branch in Fort McMurray, Alta. It has already entered into a contract to buy six acres of land in the city. Strongco

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John Deere teams up with Topcon

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

John Deere’s Construction & Forestry division announced it has formed an alliance with Topcon Positioning Systems. The deal will allow John Deere to sell, support and factory-install Topcon’s 3D-MC2 grade control solutions on its dozers and motor graders. John Deere

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Winter Wheelin’

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Spring may be just around the corner, but now is a great time to take note of what cold weather challenges you’ve faced this winter in preparation for next fall.

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AWPs lift workers and gear higher than ever

March 1, 2012 David Godkin

It began back in 1967 when two workers on a scaffold at the legendary Hoover Dam caught the wrong end of a power cable and were electrocuted.

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Canadian construction companies top 2011 American equipment export list

February 24, 2012 Andrew Snook

Canadian construction companies were buying American in 2011, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM recently released the top-10 countries the U.S. exported construction equipment to in 2011, and Canada topped the list with purchases totalling $7.2

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Doosan equipment now available at Bobcat of Whitehorse

February 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bobcat of Whitehorse was recently appointed the distributor for Doosan equipment in the Whitehorse, Yukon area. It will distribute Doosan heavy excavators, wheel loaders, wheel excavators and articulated dump trucks from its facility located at 117 Copper Road in Whitehorse.

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Gettin’ good grades

February 1, 2012 David Godkin

Work horse on the road. Weakling colt in the showroom. That’s the consensus on motor graders since sales dipped sharply in 2008/09. But don’t blame it on the world-wide financial crisis that impacted graders and other equipment categories across North