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ROAD AND HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION – DVD Copied by John T. Williams – National Archives and Records Administration 1969 – ARC Identifier 33014 / Local Identifier 111-LC-54811 – Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 – 05/15/1984). Summary: LS, Hamburger Hill in A Shau Valley. Pull back to show road under construction. Pan shot – A Shau Valley area. MS, 3/4 ton truck on road. Pan shot showing winding road around mountain. 27th Engineer Bn soldier operates end loader as he cuts away side of hill. LS, overturned rusted tank in gully. MS, gunner sits on M-48A3 tank on hilltop to protect workers & VS, bulldozer pushes dirt on roadway. VS, soldier widens road with D- 7 bulldozer. Two soldiers dig drainage ditch to run off waters ELS, (FSB) fire support base Blaze. Pan shot of FSB Blaze. VS, D- 7 bulldozer working in creek.

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Patten Cat Names Machine Sales Representative :: Story ID: 36455 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 20, 2017 – Midwest Edition #19

Brent Annen

Brent Annen


Patten Cat recently announced the promotion of Brent Annen as the company’s newest machine sales representative covering both Kane and DeKalb counties in Illinois.

In his new role, which he assumed Aug. 14, Annen is responsible for the entire Caterpillar construction equipment line. His past positions as a machine technology specialist and an industrial, waste and technology specialist have prepared him well for his new responsibilities. According to Annen, his solid understanding of machine control and construction technology should prove useful as technology-enabled machines are becoming increasingly commonplace.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and look forward to establishing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with my customers,” said Annen.

Brian Serio, sales manager of Patten Industries, said that the overall expectation for the role is to provide unparalleled products and solutions that the company’s customers have learned to expect.

Patten Cat carries the full line of Caterpillar heavy and compact construction equipment, which is available to purchase, rent or lease. In addition, Patten Cat also provides parts and service to support this full product line.

For more information, visit PattenCat.com.

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Newark Equipment Founder Jose Nogueiras Passes Away :: Story ID: 36389 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 18, 2017 – Northeast Edition #19

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp.

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp.


Jose Nogueiras Martinez of New Vernon, N.J., died Sept. 4. He was 69.

Mr. Nogueiras was born on April 1, 1948, in Celanova-Ourense, Spain, to Sergio and Dolores Nogueiras. At 16, he came to the United States with his parents and three sisters to pursue the American dream.

He married his life’s love, Neir Taboada at age 26, and soon after, completed his family with the births of their daughter, Sandra and son, George.

Mr. Nogueiras started and owned several businesses in Newark, N.J., including Newark Motor and Export Corp. and Newark Equipment Sales Corp. He took pride in being a member and supporter of his community. He was actively involved in many organizations committed to rebuilding and improving the Newark community.

From Newark Motor and Export Corp., Mr. Nogueiras created Newark Equipment Sales Corp. in 1995.

“My father was probably one of the most loyal and honest people that you would meet,” said his son, George, who is sales manager of Newark Equipment Sales Corp. “He was a staple to his community. He was an immigrant to this country … came with his parents and his three sisters when he was 16. Here in Newark is a big Spanish, Portuguese community, which he was a very big part of. He wanted to see Newark improve; the city has had a bad rap, but it was what he considered home. He spent more time here in the office and in Newark than he did at our home [outside of Newark].”

George Nogueiras added that his father was a big family man, that he did everything for children and his grandchildren.

“My farther started this business because he wanted to be around his family,” George said. “That was his priority. My aunts, uncles and cousins at some point or another all worked for my father.”

Mr. Nogueiras was active in the business up until the last couple of months with his battle with cancer.

“He would work on Sundays when you were supposed to relax; he was an unstoppable force,” George said. “He always had to be moving, doing something. We were trying to get him to retire for years, but he couldn’t stop. This industry was his life.”

Mr. Nogueiras is survived by his wife, Neir; two children, Sandra and George; children in-law, David Caruso and Kristhina Nogueiras, and four grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Ethan and Lyla. He also is survived by his mother, Dolores; three sisters, Concepcion Dominguez, Maria Del Carmen Juegen, and Aida Gomes; brother and sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation took place at Galante Funeral Home in Union, N.J., on Sept. 7. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ the King in New Vernon on Sept. 8. He was buried at St. Teresa Cemetery in Summit, N.J. Charitable donations may be made in Mr. Nogueiras memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Alphabet talks with Lyft about possible investment: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) is in discussions with Lyft Inc about a possible investment in the ride-hailing company, potentially deepening an existing partnership between the two firms, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday.

An injection of support from one of Silicon Valley’s largest companies could be a boost to Lyft as the No. 2 ride provider battles rival Uber Technologies Inc for market share.

It was not immediately clear how large an investment Alphabet might make. Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported there was at least some discussion of a $1 billion deal.

Alphabet and Lyft declined to comment.

In May, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo and Lyft announced a partnership to work together on developing self-driving technology; neither offered many details of the agreement.

Recently, Lyft has been in an expansion mode, saying in August that it was available in 40 U.S. states covering 94 percent of the country’s population.

Lyft raised $600 million in fresh funding in April, mostly from large global investment funds. The round valued the company at $7.5 billion, up from $5.5 billion at Lyft’s previous financing more than a year earlier.

Additional investment could further push off discussion of an initial public offering, which Lyft had planned likely for 2018, according to sources close to the company. Lyft previously planned not to raise any more funding prior to its IPO, the sources said.

Alphabet since 2013 has been an investor in Uber through its venture capital arm, known as GV. That relationship, though, became more complicated when Alphabet’s Waymo sued Uber this year for alleged theft of trade secrets.

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UH researchers discover new form of stretchable electronics, sensors and skins — ScienceDaily

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.

Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering and lead author for the paper, said the work is the first to create a semiconductor in a rubber composite format, designed to allow the electronic components to retain functionality even after the material is stretched by 50 percent.

The work is the first semiconductor in rubber composite format that enables stretchability without any special mechanical structure, Yu said.

He noted that traditional semiconductors are brittle and using them in otherwise stretchable materials has required a complicated system of mechanical accommodations. That’s both more complex and less stable than the new discovery, as well as more expensive, he said.

“Our strategy has advantages for simple fabrication, scalable manufacturing, high-density integration, large strain tolerance and low cost,” he said.

Yu and the rest of the team – co-authors include first author Hae-Jin Kim, Kyoseung Sim and Anish Thukral, all with the UH Cullen College of Engineering – created the electronic skin and used it to demonstrate that a robotic hand could sense the temperature of hot and iced water in a cup. The skin also was able to interpret computer signals sent to the hand and reproduce the signals as American Sign Language.

“The robotic skin can translate the gesture to readable letters that a person like me can understand and read,” Yu said.

The artificial skin is just one application. Researchers said the discovery of a material that is soft, bendable, stretchable and twistable will impact future development in soft wearable electronics, including health monitors, medical implants and human-machine interfaces.

The stretchable composite semiconductor was prepared by using a silicon-based polymer known as polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, and tiny nanowires to create a solution that hardened into a material which used the nanowires to transport electric current.

“We foresee that this strategy of enabling elastomeric semiconductors by percolating semiconductor nanofibrils into a rubber will advance the development of stretchable semiconductors, and … will move forward the advancement of stretchable electronics for a wide range of applications, such as artificial skins, biomedical implants and surgical gloves,” they wrote.

 

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Raiders One Step Closer to Building Las Vegas Stadium :: Story ID: 36310 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 13, 2017 – West Edition #19
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The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to being able to start building their proposed stadium in Las Vegas.
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The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to being able to start building their proposed stadium in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) The Oakland Raiders are one step closer to being able to start building their proposed stadium in Las Vegas after local officials approved the use of the land the team purchased near the city’s world-famous casino-resorts.

Commissioners in Nevada’s Clark County voted unanimously to approve use permits required for the proposed 65,000-seat stadium. They also waived a requirement for thousands of onsite parking spots. But they gave the team a year to figure out a solution for a problem that has dogged the project.

Grading and other site-preparation work can take place at the site west of the Las Vegas Strip, near the Mandalay Bay casino-resort. But the county and the Raiders still have to enter into a development agreement, which among other things would detail infrastructure requirements for the team, before major construction begins.

“Thirty-one months is what we have available,” John Wood, senior vice president at Mortenson Construction, said of the project’s construction timeline. “… That is exactly the schedule that we had in Minnesota to build U.S. Bank Stadium, and there we went through three harsh Minnesota weekends. So, we’ll have two-and-a-half Nevada summers to go through. But we still have great confidence in our ability to complete on time.”

FAA Clears Raiders’ Plan for Las Vegas Stadium

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that the Oakland Raiders’ proposed stadium in Las Vegas would not be a hazard to aircraft.

The federal agency’s decision cleared the way for officials in Nevada’s Clark County to consider approving construction permits.

The FAA last month issued a notice requesting public comments on the proposed 65,000-seat stadium. It later cut the five-week public comment period by three weeks. The change allowed the $1.9 billion project to stay on schedule.

The agency’s review of the project concerned the stadium’s proposed 225-ft. height.

The Raiders want to play in Las Vegas in 2020. Their ambitious construction timeline for the partly tax-funded stadium calls for some site work to begin by December.


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With $28M in Federal Funding, Maglev Train Challenges Musk’s Hyperloop Plans :: Story ID: 36307 :: Construction Equipment Guide

The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), a U.S.-owned company founded in 2011, wants to build a high-speed train line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

📅   Wed September 13, 2017 – National Edition
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Central Japan Railway has already built a maglev train that set a speed record of 375 mph in 2015, and has plans to connect Tokyo and Nagoya for public use by 2027. The company has announced its plans to work with TNEM on their D.C.-Baltimore project.

Central Japan Railway has already built a maglev train that set a speed record of 375 mph in 2015, and has plans to connect Tokyo and Nagoya for public use by 2027. The company has announced its plans to work with TNEM on their D.C.-Baltimore project.


Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is facing some competition from a private company that has already secured $28 million in federal grant money for a feasibility study.

The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), a U.S.-owned company founded in 2011, wants to build a high-speed train line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, a trip the company said would take 15 minutes. Eventually, the company said it would extend the rail line to New York, making the commute from there to Washington, D.C., just one hour, Business Insider reported.

In an interview with Business Insider, TNEM CEO Wayne Rogers said the key to the project’s success is using Japanese maglev technology, where trains magnetically levitate above the track. Doing so allows for trains to travel much faster than their mainstream counterparts.

Central Japan Railway announced its plans to work with TNEM on their project, Business Insider reported.

“Our concept is to piggyback on all the work that they’ve already done,” Rogers said.

The Railway has already built a maglev train that set a speed record of 375 mph in 2015, and has plans to connect Tokyo and Nagoya for public use by 2027.

The Cost

In addition to $100 million in private funding, TNEM has a railroad franchise and a grant for $28 million from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Economic Development Corporation. The company is using the federal funds for an analysis of engineering feasibility and an environmental impact study for the portion of rail between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. According to Rogers, the studies could take up to two years.

But the bill doesn’t stop there. Rogers said that building the stretch from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore was likely to cost “north of $10 billion.” That number is nothing compared Central Japan Railway’s path between Tokyo and Nagoya, which the Associated Press said is expected to cost close to $100 billion, Business Insider reported.

How to Build

To run safely, maglev trains must run on a straight track. Because of this, Rogers said most of the construction will be underground, much like Musk’s plans for the Hyperloop.

“Tunneling is the main cost and the main driver of schedule,” said Rogers.

According to Rogers, the maglev is a more feasible option than the Hyperloop, as the technology has already been verified.

So far, there are no concrete plans as to when the rail’s construction might begin.


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Big-D Names Will Hopkins Veep of Jackson, Wyo., Office :: Story ID: 36316 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 13, 2017 – West Edition #19

Will Hopkins

Will Hopkins


Big-D Construction recently named Will Hopkins vice president of the Big-D office located in Jackson, Wyo.

Hopkins’ focus will include managing/developing new customer bases for Big-D’s Signature Group, a division of the company that focuses on the construction of high-end residential and resort projects. He also will support existing relationships, and manage and assemble strong internal management teams to provide superior processes for existing and new customers’ building needs.

A 30-year veteran of the industry, Hopkins built his construction career on a foundation of hard work and hands-on experience — starting in the industry as a laborer and then as a carpenter apprentice. His leadership ability on diverse projects and deep roots as a builder allows him to add value at many levels. He most recently served as a vice president at Big-D Construction’s headquarters in Salt Lake City.

“With Will’s 30 years of construction experience and leadership, he will be a huge asset to our team. He will help us to grow the Jackson office and take it to the next level,” said Mike Kerby, senior vice president of Big-D Signature.

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Atlas Copco Adds High Flow Models to Expanded Dewatering Pumps Portfolio :: Story ID: 36296 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Tue September 12, 2017 – National Edition

Atlas Copco's offering for the dewatering market is comprised of highly efficient wet and dry prime centrifugal pumps for construction, drainage and emergency applications, plus specialized models for wellpoint applications and pumping abrasive liquids and bentonite mud.

Atlas Copco’s offering for the dewatering market is comprised of highly efficient wet and dry prime centrifugal pumps for construction, drainage and emergency applications, plus specialized models for wellpoint applications and pumping abrasive liquids and bentonite mud.


Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America has expanded its offering for the dewatering market with the launch of over 30 new heavy-duty, high-capacity pumps. This includes the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps. The new pumps are capable of accommodating flows of up to 6,164 gallons per minute.

“Since acquiring Varisco we’ve established a consistent presence in the dewatering market,” said Joe Moser, product manager – pumps at Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America. “The new single-brand portfolio provides our customers with the best choice and widest flexibility when selecting a high-quality pump for their application.”

Atlas Copco’s offering for the dewatering market is comprised of highly efficient wet and dry prime centrifugal pumps for construction, drainage and emergency applications, plus specialized models for wellpoint applications and pumping abrasive liquids and bentonite mud. A new piston positive displacement pump has been launched that is specially designed to run dry without damaging internal components. It is ideally suited for wellpoint applications where the volume and depth of water is low.

The new pump range is Atlas Copco branded, although the Varisco name is retained as part of the VAR range of centrifugal wet prime pumps and will therefore remain synonymous with first-class dewatering solutions. The Varisco brand will also continue be used exclusively for the industrial pump range.

To offer customers extra flexibility, all ranges can be supplied with a diesel engine or an electric motor as part of Atlas Copco’s E-Pump concept. Furthermore, up to six modular configurations are possible per range. Dependent on the range, pumps can be supplied on a standard pump block, a basic or flexi-skid, or as part of a trailer, crate or fully containerized package.

As well as its seven centrifugal and piston positive placement pump ranges, Atlas Copco offers portable submersible dewatering pumps as part of its WEDA+ range. The range recently underwent a design overhaul, resulting in the introduction of five innovative pumps that offer up to a 20 percent overall reduction in power consumption compared to previous models.

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Asia shares hit ten-year high on Irma, North Korea relief

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares hit a 10-year peak on Tuesday with investors breathing a sigh of relief as North Korean fears eased slightly and the worst-case scenario from Hurricane Irma looked to have been avoided.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS gained 0.2 percent to its highest level since late 2007. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 added 1.0 percent.

On Wall Street on Monday, U.S. S&P 500 Index .SPX surged over 1 percent to a record high close of 2,488 while MSCI’s broadest gauge of the world’s stock markets .MIWD00000PUS covering 47 markets also hit a new record high, having made its biggest gains in about two months.

Insurers were among the biggest winners, with the MSCI World’s insurer index .MIWO0ISGUS rising 1.5 percent on Monday, as insured property losses from Hurricane Irma’s are expected to be smaller than initially forecast.

Downgraded to a tropical storm early on Monday, Irma had ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes recorded. It cut power to millions of people.

Adding to an uptick in risk appetite was relief that North Korea did not test-fire missiles or conduct nuclear tests over the weekend as some had feared.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

Still the measures were less severe than Washington’s initial proposal and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was not looking for war with North Korea and that Pyongyang had “not yet passed the point of no return.”

“The measures did not include an outright ban on oil supplies to the regime, so the threat of an immediate military confrontation appear to have eased for now,” said Mutsumi Kagawa, chief global strategist at Rakuten Securities.

Yet many investors are wary of possible retaliation by North Korea against the latest U.S. sanctions following its nuclear test earlier this month.

UNWINDING SAFE-HAVEN BUYING

Safe-haven assets such as U.S. Treasuries and gold gave back some of their recent gains.

The 10-year U.S. Treasuries yield jumped to 2.129 percent US10YT=RR from 2.061 percent, the biggest rise in a month and a half.

“The markets have been alternating between optimism and pessimism. If U.S. bond markets drop further today, it’s quite unusual to see them falling for two days in a row so we could say the latest cycle of pessimism, which has lasted two months, may be coming to an end,” said Daisuke Uno, chief strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp.

Sharp gains in U.S. bond yields also prompted buy-back in the battered dollar.

The euro EUR= dipped to $1.1958, retreating further from Friday’s peak of $1.2092, which was its highest since January 2015.

The dollar jumped back to 109.35 yen JPY= versus Friday’s 10-month low of 107.32.

The Chinese yuan CNY=CFXS stepped back further from Friday’s 21-month high versus the dollar to 6.5432 per dollar, after China’s central bank on Monday scrapped two measures that were put in place to support the yuan when it was under significant selling pressure.

Gold XAU= dropped to $1,325 per ounce, compared to Friday’s one-year peak of $1,357.4.

Oil prices held firm as key U.S. refineries began restarts following Hurricane Harvey, which may help revive crude oil processing.

The possibility of an extension to the 15-month production pact between members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers also helped to support prices.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 stood at $53.78 per barrel while U.S. crude futures CLc1 stood flat at $48.04 per barrel, having risen 1.2 percent on Monday.

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Apple lawsuits against Qualcomm can proceed, U.S. judge rules

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) 11 foreign lawsuits against Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) can proceed while the company’s dispute plays out in the United States, a U.S. federal judge in San Diego ruled Sept. 7.

Qualcomm and Apple are facing off in federal court over Qualcomm’s licensing for modem chips, which provide mobile data connectivity to devices like the iPhone.

Because those chips have become a standard across the mobile phone industry, Qualcomm is required to license them on fair terms.

Apple has alleged that Qualcomm is charging unfair prices for the technology and is engaging in anticompetitive practices. Qualcomm, for its part, has said that it provided fair terms for the parts of technology where it is obligated to do so and that it is within its rights to determine pricing on patents that are not bound by the standards rules.

Qualcomm had sought what is known as an “anti-suit” injunction against Apple, seeking to temporarily halt 11 separate lawsuits against Qualcomm and its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Japan, China and Taiwan over many of the same pricing and practices issues as the U.S. case.

But Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled against Qualcomm and said Apple could proceed with those actions while the U.S. case plays out.

“Apple’s declarations make evident that it has sought to challenge Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices and anticompetitive conduct territory by territory,” Curiel wrote. “While Qualcomm may object to this litigation strategy as duplicative, the Court will not conclude that Apple’s exercise of its rights under foreign laws is vexatious.”

Christine Trimble, vice president of public affairs at Qualcomm, said in a statement, “While we are disappointed by today’s rulings, we recognize that the motions involved high procedural hurdles.”

Apple praised the ruling.

“We are pleased the federal court in San Diego decided Qualcomm must establish the fair value of its technology and defend its business practices in court before forcing Apple and others to pay exorbitant and unfair rates, which amount to a tax on our own inventions,” Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in a statement.

Qualcomm has also brought an action against Apple before the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban imports of some iPhones. Qualcomm filed a separate civil lawsuit accusing Apple of infringing the patents at issue in that action.

Qualcomm also faces an antitrust complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Meantime, four of Apple’s contract manufacturers sued Qualcomm on antitrust allegations, and Apple joined that lawsuit.

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Liebherr Expands U.S. Footprint With New California Facility :: Story ID: 36235 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Fri September 08, 2017 – National Edition

Liebherr USA, Co. continues its expansion in the U.S., with the opening of its newest location in Lodi, Calif., to better service customers in the western region. 

Liebherr USA, Co. continues its expansion in the U.S., with the opening of its newest location in Lodi, Calif., to better service customers in the western region. 

Liebherr USA, Co. continues its expansion in the U.S., with the opening of its newest location in Lodi, Calif., to better service customers in the western region. 
The new Lodi branch will bring Liebherr equipment specialists closer to existing customers and provide localized service to customers in the Western region. 

Liebherr USA, Co. continues its expansion in the U.S., with the opening of its newest location in Lodi, Calif., to better service customers in the western region. The Lodi facility operations will include sales, service and repair of new and used mobile, duty cycle and lift version crawler cranes, as well as piling and drilling rigs.

The new Lodi branch will bring Liebherr equipment specialists closer to existing customers and provide localized service to customers in the Western region. 

The new sales and service facility will serve as a hub to provide technical assistance, field service and yard storage for consignment cranes; stock and replenish parts; perform equipment repairs; stock inventory for sale; and deploy rental fleets. The new facility includes service bays, a warehouse and office building. Liebherr USA, Co., will have two divisions operating out of the Lodi facility, Mobile and Crawler Cranes and the Crawler Cranes and Foundation Equipment division. This cooperation will derive further advantages to Liebherr crane customers in the western region of the United States, enhancing the level of customer service and product support, and offering a greater selection of cranes.

The facility in Lodi is located in California’s Central Valley, about 84 miles west of San Francisco and about 36 miles south of Sacramento. In terms of logistics, this allows Liebherr to respond to customer inquiries quicker and accelerate the distribution of parts and services in this region.

“A lot of effort and dedication went into preparing this location for success. The Lodi branch will tremendously improve our abilities to service and support our local customers in their respective time zone,” said Tobias Haemmerle, divisional director of Liebherr USA, Co. Crawler Cranes and Foundation Equipment Division.

The opening of the Lodi, CA location and the joint venture with the Mobile and Crawler Cranes and the Crawler Cranes and Foundation Equipment Division is an enormous benefit for its customers. This allows Liebherr USA, Co. to support the company’s overall goal to strengthen customer support and equipment distribution across the U.S. The new location will have a small opening ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Liebherr USA, Co. Crawler Cranes and Foundation Equipment division in Lodi will offer a product range of crawler cranes, duty-cycle crawler cranes, piling and drilling rigs as well as attachments, such as rotary drives, hammers and vibrators. The Mobile and Crawler Cranes division will offer a wide range of mobile cranes with telescoping or lattice booms on wheeled or crawler-tracked undercarriages. These cranes are powerful, maneuverable and feature ultramodern technology that satisfies combined road and off-road operating requirements on construction sites of all kinds. They range from 40 US ton to 3,000 US ton.

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Euro grinds higher before ECB, global stocks stutter

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro climbed and stocks inched higher on Thursday, as markets waited to hear just how close the European Central Bank is to scaling back its more than 2 trillion euro ($2.75 trillion) stimulus program.

The was relief of sorts too after Donald Trump and U.S. Congress leaders struck a surprise deal to push a showdown on the country’s debt limit back to December, and that there had been no further escalation in the North Korea crisis.

A fifth day of gains in auto stocks helped German shares outperform a sluggish open for European equities with banks under pressure before the much-awaited ECB meeting. [.EU]

ECB President Mario Draghi is expected to lay the groundwork to wind back its asset purchase program, though few investors expect to see a clear framework just yet.

The euro’s sharp rise this year has started to cause some discomfort in part of the euro zone. It drifted higher against a broad swathe of currencies in early trading. [FRX/]

A fourth day of gains took it back above $1.1950 against the dollar EUR= while a broad tick higher in European bond yields pushed 10-year German debt up 2 basis point to 0.36 percent and Spanish and Italian paper to 1.45 and 2 percent respectively. [GVD/EUR]

“Most people are on the same page that the ECB will do something to reduce their accommodation (soon),” said JP Morgan Asset Management Strategist Nandini Ramakrishnan.

“We don’t expect them to announce the start of tapering this meeting, but we do expect them to give us an idea they will start in January. The details are more likely to come at the October meeting,” she added.

Canada’s dollar CAD=D4 held its gains, after a surprise interest rate rise on Wednesday reminded everyone that G7 monetary settings will not remain super-easy forever.

It also showed the very clear implication of policy tightening right now – the Canadian dollar surged more than 2 percent at one point to its highest levels in two years.

And analysts say that is the ECB’s main conundrum.

All the economic activity signals suggest it should take its foot off the gas, but the 13 percent surge of the euro already this year is playing havoc with its sub-target inflation outlook and it will want to step lightly for fear of compounding the problem with another exchange rate jump.

The Swedish crown, SEK= which is the only Northern European currency to have risen against the euro this year, fell after its central bank said it was introducing a bigger buffer on its inflation target. That should give it more leeway on policy moves.

FILE PHOTO – A U.S. one-hundred dollar bill (C) and Japanese 10,000 yen notes are spread in Tokyo, in this February 28, 2013 picture illustration. REUTERS/Shohei Miyano/File Photo

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Asian markets had been mildly risk-on overnight.

China’s yuan rose past the psychologically important 6.5 per dollar level for the first time since May 2016. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares .MIAPJ0000PUS gained 0.3 percent while Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose 0.2 percent.

South Korea’s KOSPI .KS11, which has been burdened by tensions over North Korea, jumped 1.2 percent too, on course to mark its biggest gain in four months amid signs that major powers were talking intensively on the situation.

Speaking in Russia, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he was having discussions with the leaders of Russia, Japan and the United States and that there would be no war on the peninsula.

Sentiment had also been helped after U.S. President Donald Trump forged a surprising deal with Democrats in Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit and provide government funding until Dec. 15, embracing his political adversaries and blindsiding fellow Republicans in a rare bipartisan accord.

There was some disappointment the deal had been so short term. But U.S. economic data was also fairly upbeat. A gauge of services sector activity by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) [USNPMI=ECI] accelerated in August.

“The deadline on the debt ceiling has been extended just by three months so it will come back to haunt markets again later this year. Still, markets liked it as we don’t have to worry about it for now,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management.

The news lifted yields on U.S. Treasuries, with the 10-year yield holding back to 2.1 percent US10YT=RR from its 10-month low of 2.054 percent touched on Wednesday.

In Commodities, oil prices maintained much of this week’s strong gains as the reopening of U.S. Gulf Coast refineries improved the outlook after sharp falls caused by Hurricane Harvey.

U.S. crude futures CLc1 were at $49.07 per barrel, down 0.2 percent from late U.S. levels after having gained 3.0 percent in the previous three sessions.

Brent LCOc1 traded at $54.11 a barrel, down 0.2 percent but still not far from its 3-1/2-month high of $54.31 touched on Wednesday.

Traders are now shifting their focus to Hurricane Irma, ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years, which was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon and expected to reach Florida at the weekend.

Additional reporting by Hideyuki Sano in Tokyo; editing by Ralph Boulton

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