NY prosecutor says Exxon misled investors on climate change| Reuters News

NY prosecutor says Exxon misled investors on climate change| Reuters

By Emily Flitter
| NEW YORK

 

NEW YORK New York’s top prosecutor on Friday accused Exxon Mobil of misleading investors about how it accounts for climate change risks, court filings show, increasing pressure on the company to turn over documents.

 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claims to have evidence of “potential materially false and misleading statements by Exxon” that could have led investors to think the U.S. oil giant company properly assessed the risks when it actually ignored a formula to estimate the impact of future environmental regulation on new deals.

 

Schneiderman’s filing came a day after President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to lower their greenhouse gas emissions to try to slow global warming. World leaders and many U.S. executives condemned the decision.

 

“ExxonMobil’s external statements have accurately described its use of a proxy cost of carbon, and the documents produced to the Attorney General make this fact unmistakably clear,” said Exxon spokesman Scott Silvestri. “We will respond fully to the Attorney General’s inaccurate and irresponsible allegations about proxy cost in our court filings.”

 

‘MAY BE A SHAM’

 

 

Schneiderman’s filing focused on the method Exxon used to give its investors estimates of the regulatory cost of greenhouse gas emissions on new projects. The company frequently showed investors a number it called a “proxy cost” for greenhouse gasses as a way to assure them it was accounting for potential changes to government policy that would make producing and burning fossil fuels more expensive.

 

“The exercise described to investors may be a sham,” Schneiderman wrote, because Exxon may not have actually applied it when estimating profits and losses on its investments.

 

 

“Exxon’s own documents suggest that if Exxon had applied the proxy cost it promised to shareholders, at least one substantial oil sands project may have projected a financial loss, rather than a profit, over the course of the project’s original timeline,” Schneiderman wrote.

 

Exxon has been fighting Schneiderman’s requests for information about its climate change policies in both state and federal court, claiming it should not have to turn over records because the New York prosecutor’s probe is politically motivated and abusive to the company.

 

Friday’s filing included a request for internal documents Schneiderman says Exxon has been withholding, as well the ability to interview Exxon employees who might know about Exxon’s internal climate change discussions.

 

 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is also investigating the company. Both probes are modeled after earlier investigations of tobacco companies, which were shown to admit in great detail internally that smoking was bad for human health while publicly maintaining it was not.

 

On May 23, a New York State appeals court ruled Exxon should turn over records Schneiderman was requesting.

 

Exxon has already turned over 2 million documents as part of the investigation, leading to the discovery that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who until December was chief executive of Exxon, used a separate email address and an alias, “Wayne Tracker,” to discuss climate change-related issues while at the company.

 

(Reporting By Emily Flitter; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

 

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SensaBubble floats novel approach to digital messaging

SensaBubble floats novel approach to digital messaging

May 20 – A device that projects text or pictures onto scented bubbles has been created by UK-based computer scientists. SensaBubble uses a concept called ‘chrono-sensory experiences’ to deliver messages its creators say, could be adapted for gaming, education, or even email communication. Jim Drury reports.

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This is the SensaBubble, a multisensory device which could change the world of advertising, and one day, even email.
It produces scented bubbles filled with artificial fog made of water and glycerine, onto which images and text can be displayed, sent by an off-the-shelf projector.
The idea comes from University of Bristol researchers, including Diego Martinez.
SOUNDBITE (English) DIEGO MARTINEZ, POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, SAYING:
“We have a unit that actually creates the bubbles, we have a bellow that we fill with smoke. We dip it in soap solution and that way we can track and project onto the bubbles,…and then to detect them and to project onto them we are using a Kinect and projector system.”
Martinez’s colleague Sue Ann Seah wants to challenge what she calls the pervasive nature of computer screen messaging.
SOUNDBITE (English) SUE ANN SEAH, POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, SAYING:
“We wanted to make a mid-air display… If you have technology blended into your environment what can you use? A bubble was quite a nice thing to use because it was mid-air and it was also engaging and an aesthetic display.”
But there’s more to it than aesthetics. The visual display lasts only until the bubble bursts, but then a lingering fragrance, approporiate to the tone of the message, is left behind.
Martinez says the fragrance could alert users to emails, recently received.

SOUNDBITE (English) DIEGO MARTINEZ, POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, SAYING:
“That message comes to your screen but at the same time if you are not there you might miss that notification. The idea of the smell is that even if you are not in the room, when you come back you smell and think ‘hey, my friend wrote, my girlfriend wrote.'”
But more immediately, team leader Professor Sri Subramanian sees potential for interest among retail mall vendors.
SOUNDBITE (English) PROFESSOR SRI SUBRAMANIAN, OF UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL’S COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, SAYING:
“You walk into the mall or you walk into some kind of food court or exhibition space and you want to be able to attract people’s attention to the sense of smell, along with some simple, catchy, logos that are put on it.”
The device is still at prototype stage, but the team is eager to float their idea for commercialisation as soon as possible. They say for future communications, it’s a SensaBubble alternative.

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Heavy Construction News Huge Boring Machine Makes Subway Tunnel Breakthrough :: Story ID: 34600 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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A gigantic tunnel boring machine has achieved an historic breakthrough in downtown Los Angeles.

📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – West Edition

Photo: Juan Ocampo/LA Metro via AP

Photo: Juan Ocampo/LA Metro via AP


A gigantic tunnel boring machine has achieved a historic breakthrough in downtown Los Angeles.

The 400-foot-long machine, dubbed “Angeli,” broke through a wall of dirt and arrived at a future subway station Thursday. It’s a milestone for construction of a tunnel that will link three subway lines.

The station near Walt Disney Concert Hall is 110 feet below street level — the deepest point in the LA subway system.

The machine began boring in February and has more work to do. A second, parallel tunnel is also planned.

The nearly 2-mile-long connector will cost about $2 billion to build. When the project’s finished in 2012, commuters will be able to ride from East Los Angeles to coastal Santa Monica without changing trains.

The line’s expected to serve 88,000 riders daily.



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Rob’s Hydraulics Inc. Celebrates 20 Years in Business :: Story ID: 34595 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12

The Rob’s Hydraulics team in Grimesland, N.C.

The Rob’s Hydraulics team in Grimesland, N.C.

Like many small businesses, Rob’s Hydraulics, founded by Rob Lynch in 1997, had a humble start.

“I started rebuilding cylinders with one other person,” Lynch said. “In fact, I would go out on the road, pick up a hydraulic cylinder and come back and rebuild it. That’s how we got started.”

The company’s original site — an old school gymnasium, which was rented — was humble, too. As Lynch aptly put it, “you have start somewhere, right?”

Before that, Lynch got his start in the hydraulics arena by working for his father-in-law’s company that built hydraulic power units, which supplied poultry plants among other industries. Little did he know then that this apprenticeship would serve as the launching pad for the creation of his very own construction company.

Rob’s Hydraulics really took off in 2002 when the company moved to its current shared headquarters facility in Grimesland, N.C., which included the addition of a service department.

“The hydraulic repair work led us into working on heavy equipment, such as excavators, loaders and dozers,” said Lynch. “We started building a strong service reputation, which grew when we got a couple of small service trucks. It was at that point that Hyundai got involved.”

Lynch said that one of the companies sharing the Grimesland facility was a construction equipment dealer that sold Hyundai products, but due to poor management, had gone out of business. The timing was just right for Rob’s Hydraulics.

“When that company went under, they left people here with machines under warranty — no parts, no service, nothing at all,” said Lynch. “Hyundai initially hired us to do the service and warranty work for them, and about six months later, asked if we would start selling the equipment, too. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but Hyundai was confident, and sure enough we started making sales shortly after that. In fact, the very first one we sold for Hyundai was a skid steer. It was purchased by a landscaper, and it’s still running today. It was later resold, and it’s being used in a seafood place nearby to load ice onto boats. It’s pretty cool that it’s still running.”

Rob’s Hydraulics made the transition from a service-based company to incorporating sales smoothly.

“It happened pretty quickly,” said Lynch. “We brought in the knowledge, and we brought in the people. We hired people that were with the previous company, and they brought their knowledge with them. We also hired technicians with around 15 to 20 years’ experience in field, but for the sales side of it, we just picked that up and took off.”

Approximately six months later, the business landed its first major contract with the North Carolina Department of Transport (NCDOT), which yielded its largest single sale — an order for 30 loaders. The company hasn’t looked back since.

This year, the company marked its 20th anniversary, and has grown considerably since its first sale. Rob’s Hydraulics currently employs 42 people and continues to be based at its Grimesland facility with a 16,000-sq.-ft. plot spread over two buildings. In addition, there is a complete service overhead crane system, 150 rental machines and nine service trucks with two more in the works.

The company also has a second site in Clayton, N.C., about 10 mi. outside Raleigh, which opened in January 2014. Lynch said key customers, manufacturers and contractors were contributing factors in the decision to set up there.

“We had the state contracts for NCDOT,” said Lynch. “We also started selling a lot of machines to contractors working in the Raleigh area, and we picked up a few more lines that forced us to expand in that direction. We worked with Hyundai to improve both of our market shares in the Wake County and Johnston County areas. We needed to have a building locally if we were going to fulfill all those commitments.”

The building is now host to 11 of Lynch’s employees, including sales personnel and a branch and service manager, two service bays, three service trucks and three lowboy heavy-haul trailers.

The expansion of the business has, of course, both affected and been driven by its product lines.

The company sells and rents a range of machines from Hyundai, Yanmar and Takeuchi, Manitou, Precision Husky Corporation as well as Fecon attachments, available from either location. In 2016, the company also celebrated being the top Hyundai dealer in the country, selling more than 100 units. Three of the company’s sales representatives made it on the top twenty list of sales representatives in the country.

Currently, the company is looking to expand again by relocating from the current Clayton facility to a new site in Smithfield, N.C., about six miles away in Johnston County.

The development of the company’s operations in the Raleigh area over the past few years is driving this move.

“We still wanted to be within 70 or 80 miles of the Grimesland location with regard to transportation and support, but we wanted to stay out of the cross-state traffic a bit more to make things happen more quickly and easily,” Lynch said. “We’ve also sold a lot of machines in the Johnston County area so it makes sense from both of those angles.”

The new site will have seven service bays and cover around 10,000 sq. ft. of which 800 sq. ft. will serve as office space and 1,500 sq. ft. will be a parts warehouse. Groundbreaking took place on May 1, and the company plans to move in at the end of the year in December.

While part of growing a successful business is being in the right place at the right time, Lynch is keen to attribute the company’s success to the “family feel” that pervades the business on a day-to-day basis.

“I think a major key is to surround yourself with good people, and good things will happen,” said Lynch. “I have to give credit to the employees here. Everyone we have here is like family, and everyone contributes. The sales guys can’t do it without the parts and service people. The parts people rely on the guys that wash and service the machines before they go back out to rent them.

“We built this company on service and service sells. Service keeps them coming back. I think that’s what a lot of people miss out on.”

As the company continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Lynch envisions the company having a few more locations in the next five years, including a location in Virginia. Plans are currently under way to expand into that area this summer.

“We’re already selling equipment and renting to areas that are 120 to 150 miles away, which we can’t service fully at the moment. So we’ll set up there like we did here. I don’t think it’ll be a school gymnasium again, though.”—CEG



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Huge Boring Machine Makes LA Subway Tunnel Breakthrough :: Story ID: 34600 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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A gigantic tunnel boring machine has achieved an historic breakthrough in downtown Los Angeles.

📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – West Edition

Photo: Juan Ocampo/LA Metro via AP

Photo: Juan Ocampo/LA Metro via AP


A gigantic tunnel boring machine has achieved an historic breakthrough in downtown Los Angeles.

The 400-foot-long machine, dubbed “Angeli,” broke through a wall of dirt and arrived at a future subway station Thursday. It’s a milestone for construction of a tunnel that will link three subway lines.

The station near Walt Disney Concert Hall is 110 feet below street level — the deepest point in the LA subway system.

The machine began boring in February and has more work to do. A second, parallel tunnel is also planned.

The nearly 2-mile-long connector will cost about $2 billion to build. When the project’s finished in 2012, commuters will be able to ride from East Los Angeles to coastal Santa Monica without changing trains.

The line’s expected to serve 88,000 riders daily.



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SETCO Invests in Southeast Market :: Story ID: 34596 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12

Chris Brogdon (L) and Roy Camargo stand at SETCO exhibit at ConExpo 2017.

Chris Brogdon (L) and Roy Camargo stand at SETCO exhibit at ConExpo 2017.


SETCO Solid Tire and Rim Assemblies, based in Idabel, Okla., has invested in its Southeast operation with the addition of industry veterans Chris Brogdon and Roy Camargo to its sales force.

The company hired Brogdon last year to lead its sales efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Brogdon is based in Atlanta, Ga., and has been working for the past 30 years at a local Caterpillar dealer. During his tenure, he gained experience in the construction, grinding and recycling equipment market, which will serve him in his new role.

Brogdon said he wanted to work for the family-owned company because of its solid reputation and its quality American-made products. He also said that his experience allows him to understand his customers’ needs and enables him to find the right tire while saving them money.

In addition to Brogdon, Camargo joined the sales staff as a sales engineer for the Florida and Puerto Rico market. He has been in the industry for more than 27 years and has worked for Tiresavers Inc. and Miller Bros. Giant Tire, among others. Camargo has experience with surface mining, construction, industrial recycling and commercial truck tire applications.

“I learn about my customers so that I can accommodate their needs and provide solutions for their particular applications,” said Camargo

Giles Hill founded SETCO in 1988. Today, his son, Buck Hill, and sales manager, Larry Sargent, run the company and continue to uphold the company’s founding principles — providing excellent customer service and understanding the value of each and every customer, no matter what size operation they have.

Chris Brogdon can be reached at 770/826-5289, and Roy Camargo can be reached at 954/995-0925. For more information, visit www.setcosolidtire.com.—CEG



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Rockland Introduces New Clean-Up Grapple :: Story ID: 34583 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – National Edition

The Rockland clean-up grapple attachment for wheel loaders.

The Rockland clean-up grapple attachment for wheel loaders.


Rockland’s new clean-up grapple is designed to turn your loader into a more efficient debris-removal machine. The clean-up grapple functions like a claw – allowing operators to scoop and load leaves, garden waste, manure, wood chips, and other debris with ease.

Rockland’s clean-up grapple features two independent hydraulic clamps that surround and pick up material rather than pushing material around. This makes clean up fast and easy. When handling large loads, loss during movement is eliminated by the two-foot vertical extension option.

Built from high-strength alloy steel, the grapple is wear and abrasion-resistant, even with frequent contact on asphalt and other hard surfaces. All Rockland clean-up grapples feature heat-treated, reversible, bolt-on cutting edges for years of dependable service. Extreme duty versions and customization for severe and unique applications are available.

Rockland clean-up grapples mount in place of the standard loader bucket using factory pins or coupler brackets. All Rockland clean-up grapples are covered by Rockland’s exclusive no-nonsense guarantee for a period of one year or 2,000 hours.

Rockland designs and manufactures over 170 construction attachments for excavators, loaders, dozers, graders, and haul trucks.  

For more information, www.rocklandmfg.com.



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Yoder & Frey Hosts Equipment Auction in Kissimmee

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12

 

Pudge Guttler of Guttler Bros Equipment in Ft. Pierce, Fla., inspects this John Deere 724K wheel loader before the auction.

Pudge Guttler of Guttler Bros Equipment in Ft. Pierce, Fla., inspects this John Deere 724K wheel loader before the auction.

Yoder & Frey held a heavy equipment auction on May 24 at its facility in Kissimmee, Fla.

Featured at the auction were Caterpillar 320EL excavators, a Bobcat E60, an unused Barford TR6536 stockpile conveyor, a 2006 John Deere 410G and a 2007 JCB Vibromax VM115D.—CEG

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Rental Store Sheds Light on Breast Cancer Awareness – News

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – National Edition

 

 

Since starting out in 1945 as a mom-and-pop shop in Sunnyvale, Calif., A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals has built up its brand over the decades. While the family-owned store is now on its third generation and much larger than it was when the company originated, one thing has stayed consistent throughout: the drive to help out local charities.

The rental store now has seven locations throughout Northern California. Originally opened by Robert MacArdell as a surplus store, “The White Elephant” after World War II, the rental stores are now under the leadership of MacArdell’s grandson, Robert Pedersen, who is the president and CEO.

The company mostly concentrates on renting out construction equipment, general tool and industrial. It targets customers who are mostly small contractors in landscaping, remodeling and home building, but also serves industrial customers and some larger contractors who perform roadwork.

Giving back to the community has always been at the forefront for A Tool Shed. This year, a big initiative for the rental store was supporting local breast cancer charity walks. Pedersen and his team like to involve their equipment and this year donated generators, lights and power cords for the walks.

Recently, they bought four Chicago Pneumatic (CP) generators and decided to have one of the generators painted pink. The pink CP generator was featured at all of the local breast cancer awareness walks. Now, A Tool Shed will rent out the generator with part of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

“This was a two-fold idea — for one, the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation will receive proceeds from the rental of the pink CP generator, but also the generator will continuously promote awareness around the area while being utilized on several different job sites,” said Pedersen. “The proceeds are ongoing, so as long as the CP generator is being rented by our customers, we’ll continue to keep donating.”

A lot has changed in the 70-plus years that A Tool Shed has been around. However, two things have stayed consistent in the company: family ownership and generosity to the community around them. While the store plans its next big local initiative for 2017, one big pink CP generator will continue to generate proceeds for a good cause well into the New Year.

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Construction Employment Increases By 11,000 in May to Eight-Year High But Labor Shortages Likely Limited Number of New Jobs Being Added – Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – National Edition

 

 

Construction employment increased by 11,000 jobs in May to the highest level since October 2008 and average weekly hours set a series high for May as contractors struggled to find enough workers to meet demand for projects, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers and other public officials to address the growing shortage of available qualified workers by funding and re-invigorating career and technical education programs.

“Construction firms continued adding new jobs at a faster rate than the broader economy during the past year as demand for their services remains strong,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Even so, they had to keep employees on the job for more hours because they could not find enough qualified people to hire.”

Construction employment totaled 6,881,000 in May, a gain of 11,000 from the April total and an increase of 191,000 or 2.9 percent from a year ago. The year-over-year growth rate was almost double the 1.6 percent rise in total nonfarm payroll employment, Simonson noted. The sector’s unemployment rate in May was 5.3 percent, up slightly from 5.2 percent a year ago but one of the lowest May levels in decades.

The economist noted that average weekly hours in construction rose to 39.9, the highest May figure since the series began in 2006. Average hourly earnings in the industry climbed to $28.55, an increase of 2.2 percent from a year earlier. Construction pays nearly 9 percent more per hour than the average nonfarm private sector job in the United States, which pays $26.22 on average per hour.

Residential construction—comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors—added 7,100 jobs in May and 191,000, or 4.7 percent, over the past 12 months. Nonresidential construction (building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction) employment increased by 4,400 jobs in May and 71,300, or 1.7 percent, over 12 months.

Construction officials said construction labor shortages were becoming more severe in many parts of the country after years of under-investment in career and technical education programs, which used to be called vocational education. They urged Congress and the Trump administration to enact a measure to increase funding, and flexibility, for the Perkins Act, which provides federal funds for career and technical education. And they urged state and local leaders to make it easier for construction firms and local associations to set up regional recruiting and training programs.

“It is time for elected officials to get the word out to students that construction offers high-paying jobs with upward mobility,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The best way to deliver that message is to provide the funding and flexibility to set up programs that expose more students to the opportunities that exist in construction careers.”

For more information, visit www.agc.org

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Construction Sign Prank Causes Cheesecake Factory Stir – Construction Equipment Guide

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A buzz was sparked after the a fake sign announcing a future Cheesecake Factory was posted at a construction site.

📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – National Edition

 

Photo: Josh Bachman/Sun-News

Photo: Josh Bachman/Sun-News

 

A construction site in southern New Mexico, which sparked buzz with a fake sign announcing it as a future home of a Cheesecake Factory, is really a future emergency center.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/aIJF5k) that officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign on a gate as a joke.

Still, the fake sign announcing “The Cheesecake Factory Fall 2017” and another one saying “Dave and Busters Coming Soon” generated excitement on social media in Las Cruces, a city of 100,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border.

City officials dashed those hopes Thursday by confirming the site is destined to be an emergency department for MountainView Regional Medical Center.

The Las Cruces Police Department says the pranksters could face charges.—AP

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Compressor Features Powerful Gas Engine, High-Capacity Pump :: Story ID: 34589 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – National Edition

The W11HGB-30P is equipped with an 11-hp Honda GX-Series engine with electric start. It includes a 30-gal. (113.5 L), ASME-certified air tank with a durable powder coat. The compressor produces 21 CFM at 100 psi or 17.6 CFM at 175 psi.

The W11HGB-30P is equipped with an 11-hp Honda GX-Series engine with electric start. It includes a 30-gal. (113.5 L), ASME-certified air tank with a durable powder coat. The compressor produces 21 CFM at 100 psi or 17.6 CFM at 175 psi.


Jenny Products Inc. offers the W11HGB-30P in its line of two-stage wheeled-portable air compressors. Featuring a powerful gas engine and high-capacity “W” pump, the compressor offers the highest air volume in its class, according to the manufacturer.

The W11HGB-30P is equipped with an 11-hp Honda GX-Series engine with electric start. It includes a 30-gal. (113.5 L), ASME-certified air tank with a durable powder coat. The compressor produces 21 CFM at 100 psi or 17.6 CFM at 175 psi.

Built to withstand tough operating conditions, the compressor includes several features to reduce maintenance and maximize uptime. Splash lubrication with Jenny “Ultimate Blue” compressor-pump oil offers contractor-duty protection of the pistons, crankshaft, bearings, rings and cylinders.

Additionally, the W11HGB-30P is belt driven with a large flywheel and special unloading valves for easy start-ups and extra cooling, and a directional air shroud helps further reduce pump temperatures. The unit also is equipped with a totally enclosed belt guard, protectively mounted fittings, a stainless steel braided discharge hose and a large canister intake filter with replaceable filter elements for further protection.

For easy maneuvering and positioning around the job site, the W11HGB-30P includes two fully pneumatic tires and convenient lifting handles. Other standard features include a manual tank drain, pressure relief safety valve, high-quality pilot valve, pneumatic throttle idle control, anti-vibration feet, and tank, regulator and outlet pressure gauges.

Options include an oil sight glass, air line filter and lubricator. Additionally, different engines and pressure outputs are available upon request.

For more information, call 814/445-3400 or visit www.jennyproductsinc.com.



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Bonner Bridge Project Marks Year Two :: Story ID: 34585 :: Construction Equipment Guide

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The new 2.8 mi. long bridge will connect Bodie Island and Hatteras Island.

📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12
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Heavy construction has moved into its second year on a long-awaited and vital bridge along North Carolina’s Outer Bank

Heavy construction has moved into its second year on a long-awaited and vital bridge along North Carolina’s Outer Bank

Heavy construction has moved into its second year on a long-awaited and vital bridge along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

When opened for traffic in the fall of 2018, the $246 million replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge will more easily move vehicles and people up and down N.C. Highway 12. Spanning across the Oregon Inlet, the new 2.8 mi. long bridge, like the one in use today, will connect Bodie Island and Hatteras Island.

More significantly, the current Bonner Bridge and the highway are the only road links from the mainland and the northern Outer Banks to the more remote and famous southern areas, which include Cape Hatteras, Rodanthe and Ocracoke Island.

The old bridge, built in 1963, passed its projected lifespan in the early 1990s and over the years has been pounded by the countless storms that move across North Carolina’s famed barrier islands to and from the Atlantic Ocean. Upgrades to the bridge have kept it functional, but the combination of wind, rain, surf and salt have eaten away at the structure.

Start and Stop

Finally, funds were secured to build a replacement and the North Carolina DOT awarded the contract to design-build the new bridge to PCL Civil Constructors Inc. in Raleigh in 2011.

However, almost immediately, concerns over the structure’s impact on the surrounding ecosystem resulted in lawsuits by environmental groups to stop the project in 2013 before any on-site work began. The entire area is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the immediate bridge site itself is within the larger park’s eco-sensitive Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Those legal challenges were finally resolved, though, in the summer of 2015 and the bridge work formally began on March 8, 2016.

Whistling Past the Graveyard

The sleek new stainless reinforcing steel and high-durability concrete bridge is designed to protect against corrosion and withstand the stormy seas that for centuries have caused enough shipwrecks for the area to be labeled “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

The structure will utilize the typical pile beam and cap system across the majority of its length, but the main navigation span will be a pre-cast segmental with variable-depth box units.

Pablo Hernandez, the NCDOT’s resident engineer overseeing the project, said that over the last year, work has begun at three different sites to erect the new bridge.

“On the north end of the project we are working in the marsh and shallow waters and have so far [as of the third week in March] installed 10 bents of 54-inch cylinder piling,” he explained. “Out in the water where the navigation spans will be, we have about nine clusters of piles installed, which are made up of anywhere from 14 to 30 piles to a cluster, to form the footing and the substructure of the high rise. Then, in our third site at the very south end of the project we have six bents of 54-inch pile installed and we are just starting to transition into the 36-inch piles in that area.”

Hernandez added that as a result of that work, PCL’s crews have six spans of girders in on both the north and south ends, with an additional four spans of bridge deck cast on the north shore.

“Out in the inlet, on our piling clusters, we have cast three large footings or pile caps and on one of those, we have already erected the pre-cast column sections to their full height such that we can then start setting the superstructure segmental box units,” he said.

Originally, the bridge’s design called for galvanized steel or a metalized carbon steel, Hernandez said, but the DOT decided to upgrade to using all stainless steel.

“With a bridge like this with a 100-year design life, these upgrades will be worth the initial expense, due to the elements out there,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that maintenance will not be needed over that lifespan, but we are doing what we can now to lessen that need over the years.”

Contractor Doing All the Heavy Lifting

PCL is performing most of the work itself and has brought in a number of pieces of heavy equipment to erect the Bonner Bridge replacement.

According to Hernandez, among the machinery on site are several Manitowoc 999 cranes, some Liebherr 1200 cranes and a Manitowoc 2250 — all of which are either on shore or on temporary work trestles. Also in use on barges on the inlet are cranes from Weeks Marine in Cranford, N.J., a marine and dredging specialist.

Additionally, two Manitowoc 4100 and 4600 ringer cranes are working in the Oregon Inlet.

“Plus we have all kinds of hammers and other equipment out here, including one of the largest hammers operating in the state, a BAUER-Pileco D-180.”

He added that at any one time, between 90 and 110 people are working at the bridge site.

Shore Towers Now Being Erected

The type of work being done now on the Bonner Bridge replacement will continue throughout the rest of 2017, he said. One addition to that is the setting up of false work or shore towers used to start erecting the first sections of the superstructure segmental box sections. These are temporary steel frame towers that add an additional work place or work platform.

“When we erect the first four to six box segments we need to do so using some very high-strength scaffolding that is fixed to the footings,” he said. “That tower just gives us some extra support for these first few pieces until they are all positioned together and aligned correctly.”

Hernandez said that at times, lanes closures are needed when PCL offloads material to the work trestle that runs parallel to the existing bridge or directly onto a barge. The new span is being built just west of the Bonner Bridge, with their proximity being anywhere from 50 to 189 ft.

Operation Won’t Slow for Tourist Season

“Work is picking up this summer, but we did have a relatively mild winter from my experience being out here on the Outer Banks,” Hernandez said. “We were able to get several large concrete pours in and even our smaller pours were not as restricted by temperatures.”

At times, only one of the two lanes of N.C. 12 are closed in the work zones with flagmen directing the flow of vehicle traffic. During the summer tourist season, PCL will not be able to close lanes at all during the day, but only on Monday through Thursday evenings.

That should keep the heavy tourist traffic flowing seamlessly to an area heavily dependent on summer visitors for its economic vitality.—CEG

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Doosan Bobcat North America Completes West Fargo Headquarters Expansion – Construction Equipment Guide

Doosan Bobcat North America Completes West Fargo Headquarters Expansion

 

📅   Fri June 02, 2017 – Midwest Edition

 

Doosan Bobcat North America completed a $9.5 million company headquarters expansion in West Fargo, North Dakota. The expansion doubles the square footage and employee capacity of the original headquarters building – built in 2000 – bringing together teams who handle company administration, and manage sales and marketing and product development, for both Doosan and Bobcat brands.

Doosan Bobcat North America completed a $9.5 million company headquarters expansion in West Fargo, North Dakota. The expansion doubles the square footage and employee capacity of the original headquarters building – built in 2000 – bringing together teams who handle company administration, and manage sales and marketing and product development, for both Doosan and Bobcat brands.

Doosan Bobcat North America has set the foundation for future growth with its completion of a $9.5 million company headquarters expansion in West Fargo, North Dakota.

The West Fargo headquarters features a collaborative environment for employees to work in new ways, drive innovation and improve operations. The expansion is part of an overall organizational dedication to maintain the company’s global leadership in compact equipment and drive further business growth for the construction equipment brand, defend and strengthen core product offerings, and invest in fundamental competitiveness.

“Doosan Bobcat is a growing company that continues to make investments in its people,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “Creating an innovative environment helps us attract and retain team members who are focused on bringing new ideas and solutions to the marketplace faster.”

The expansion doubles the square footage and employee capacity of the original headquarters building – built in 2000 – bringing together teams who handle company administration, and manage sales and marketing and product development, for both Doosan and Bobcat brands.

The expansion also fits with the company’s commitment to fields related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which has been a major initiative for Doosan Bobcat, the state of North Dakota and the region.

“As a company, we have a vested interest in promoting STEM-related positions to build a sustainable long-term workforce,” Goldsbury said. “And we need facilities that help us recruit and retain top talent in the region – which goes hand in hand with our STEM efforts and North Dakota State University (NDSU) partnership.”

The new space offers a state-of-the-art environment for collaboration and independent work using leading technologies, similar to what Doosan Bobcat has done with its Acceleration Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, a $28 million facility completed in 2014.

An open floor plan encourages movement, personal connections and spontaneous collaboration. Individual workstations with sit/stand capacities, dual monitors and docking stations are sprinkled throughout the facility, allowing team members to freely choose where to work at any given time of day. If employees need to utilize a private meeting room, they can choose to use 33 non-reservable enclaves located throughout the facility. Numerous and diverse reservable technology-based meeting spaces and open air Mediascapes are readily available for teams and events. A vitality area, collaborative indoor and outdoor dining area and walking path are available to individuals who need to take a break from day-to-day activities. Treadmill and bike workstations are also available, further increasing wellness opportunities for employees. The West Fargo headquarters will be a continued model for how all Doosan Bobcat facilities will function.

“Everything we are doing at our other North Dakota facilities in Bismarck, Gwinner, Wahpeton and West Fargo is part of the ‘innovation accelerated’ initiative,” Goldsbury said. “This is an ongoing investment and process, however, with a combination of environment, tools and techniques we can create a culture that brings more innovation to our processes and products.”

For more information, visit www.doosan.com

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