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Case 580L backhoe for sale | no-reserve Internet auction October 12, 2017


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Case 580L backhoe
Unknown hours on meter
Case 4F390 four cylinder diesel engine
Shuttle shift transmission
4F-4R gears
Four wheel drive
OROPS
Suspension seat
Wobble stick backhoe controls
Front and rear work lights
83″W loader bucket
Bolt-on cutting edge
Hydraulic quick coupler
E-stick
(5) teeth
12-16.5 front tires
19.5-24 rear tires
Hydraulic leak
Serial JJG0276146
It’s located in Poplar Bluff, MO, and we’re selling it to the highest bidder regardless of price.

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NFL Defensive End Khalil Mack Defines ‘What Makes a Mack’ :: Story ID: 36466 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 20, 2017 – National Edition

In a video recently released by Mack Trucks, Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack shares what it takes to be a Mack: hard work, determination and grit.

In a video recently released by Mack Trucks, Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack shares what it takes to be a Mack: hard work, determination and grit.


In a video recently released by Mack Trucks, Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack shares what it takes to be a Mack: hard work, determination and grit. These values match the values of Mack Trucks, which led the NFL star to partner with the brand.

The video, released just following the launch of the Mack Anthem model Sept. 13, features Mack, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as he works out, practices and takes the field. You can view the video at the bottom of this article.

“You only get out what you put in,” Mack says as the video shows the Mack Anthem taking the road. “And I’m all in. We live for times like these. We are Mack, and this is our Anthem.”

Mack Trucks announced the partnership with Mack, originally from Fort Pierce, Fl., in July.

“This partnership was a natural fit,” said John Walsh, vice president of global marketing and brand management for Mack Trucks. “We share the same values. We share the same name. But most importantly, Khalil Mack stands for everything we believe in – humility, honesty and dedication.”

“What Makes a Mack” was released Sept. 15. Previously, Mack Trucks released the video “Mack Meets Mack” in July to tremendous response. To date, that video has been viewed nearly 200,000 times.

Mack attended the University at Buffalo. The fact that he was lightly recruited out of high school and given a low ranking by a well-known video game maker going into his sophomore year of college served as motivators for him to work even harder.

The results speak for themselves. In 2013, Mack was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Buffalo football player to win the award in the school’s history. He also set a number of school and NCAA records, including being tied for first in tackles for a loss and most forced fumbles.

He was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in 2014, and in just his third year, was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The Mack Anthem gives drivers and businesses the tools they need to command the road. With a bold grille and prominent Mack wordmark, the Anthem features an all-new exterior design with optimized aerodynamics for improved fuel efficiency. New driving and sleeping environments were crafted with an emphasis on increasing driver comfort and productivity.

The Anthem is available in several configurations, including a day cab, an all-new 48-in. flat top sleeper, and an all-new 70-in. stand up sleeper. The Anthem is now available for order.

For more information about Mack, visit www.macktrucks.com.


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Bayer says needs more time for Monsanto deal approval

MONHEIM, Germany (Reuters) – German drugs and pesticides group Bayer (BAYGn.DE) said it would likely take until early next year to complete the planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto (MON.N), which it had previously expected to be under wraps by the end of 2017.

The European Commission has been scrutinising the takeover with a deadline of Jan. 8. Bayer said in a statement it had asked the regulator for an extension to Jan. 22, to which the EU Commission responded by saying it would take a decision shortly.

Liam Condon, head of Bayer’s Crop Science division, said: “An anticipated closing of the deal in early 2018 is now more likely than end of the 2017.”

The Commission last month started an in-depth investigation of the takeover, saying it was worried about competition in various pesticide and seeds markets.

Among a slew of markets where competition was at risk, the EU Commission at the time named Monsanto’s weed killer glyphosate, or Roundup, which competes with Bayer’s glufosinate; vegetable and canola seeds; and licensing of cotton-seed technology to peers.

More broadly, it said the deal might slow the race to develop new products, and that the European Union would try to prevent Bayer from becoming too dominant in combined offerings of seeds and pesticides with the help of digital farming tools such as connected sensors, software and precision machines.

Bayer, which was holding a media event on its Crop Science business on Tuesday, also said the division would face volatile global markets for the rest of the year but would slowly return to growth from 2018, including its embattled Brazilian business.

Bayer warned in June that poor sales at crop protection distributors in Brazil would full-year hit earnings.

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Fluor Employee Rescues Hundreds Fleeing Hurricane Harvey Flooding :: Story ID: 36432 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Tue September 19, 2017 – National Edition

After the storm hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25, Sissa spent three days ferrying about 300 people who were fleeing floodwaters to safety. From behind the wheel of his truck, he organized rescue operations, transported paramedics to the people who needed them most, and even helped deliver a rescue boat.

After the storm hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25, Sissa spent three days ferrying about 300 people who were fleeing floodwaters to safety. From behind the wheel of his truck, he organized rescue operations, transported paramedics to the people who needed them most, and even helped deliver a rescue boat.


With 10 years of experience in the construction industry, six years of living Fluor’s Core Values and a two-and-a-half ton military vehicle, Nick Sissa was well prepared for Hurricane Harvey.

The contract manager at the U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals (CP Chem) project has served in many different disciplines, as a field engineer, a construction superintendent and other roles. After the storm hit the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25, Sissa spent three days ferrying about 300 people who were fleeing floodwaters to safety. From behind the wheel of his truck, he organized rescue operations, transported paramedics to the people who needed them most, and even helped deliver a rescue boat. He placed one of his infant son’s baby bottles on the dash to remind him of Fluor’s first Core Value: Safety.

“That was the first thing that crossed my mind. I kept telling myself, I have a family that needs me, so I need to make sure that at the end of this, I can go back home to them,” Sissa said. “When you respond to something like that, obviously, you don’t want to make the situation worse, so we were trying to make sure that we didn’t put ourselves or any of the people we picked up in any worse danger. I didn’t know what the conditions were, so I just took it really slow at first.”

Along the way, he assembled a team of like-minded strangers, volunteers to ride with him, helping him navigate or wade out to those in need. As they drove from neighborhood to neighborhood, plucking people from the floodwaters and getting them to higher ground, they eventually encountered the commanding officer of a local fire department who asked Sissa and his team to assist.

“From there, it was systematic decision-making of how we need to run operations,” he said. “In this situation, everyone was cut off. First responders couldn’t get in, people couldn’t get out. We kind of just had to grab resources, put together our own chain of command and get to work. I met with our team, we asked the commanding officer what we needed to do and told him our plan. Being able to assess the resources we had and making quick decisions, things I’ve learned during my time at Fluor and in the industry, really helped with that.”


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Heavyweight Contender Who Challenged Larry Holmes Dies in Construction Accident :: Story ID: 36431 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Tue September 19, 2017 – National Edition

Bey's biggest fight came on the night of March 15, 1985 in Las Vegas, when he went up against Larry Holmes for the world heavyweight title.

Bey’s biggest fight came on the night of March 15, 1985 in Las Vegas, when he went up against Larry Holmes for the world heavyweight title.


David Bey once was a heavyweight boxer from Philadelphia who lost his shot at the world title in a bout against Larry Holmes in 1985 in Las Vegas. Last week, Bey, 60, who also worked as a pile driver even when he was in the ring, was fatally injured in a construction site accident on the Camden waterfront.

“He was a gentleman at all times — not a mean bone in his body,” said Tony Bianchini, a spokesman for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents pile drivers. “He was a man of God and would listen to Scriptures while he was working.”

On Sept. 14, about 2:30 p.m., emergency workers were called to the Camden Towers construction site on Cooper Street where Bey was working for a subcontractor, AP Construction, Inc. Bey, a pile driver with Local 179 and who had 37 years of construction experience, had been hit by a steel sheet pile. His wounds were fatal. OSHA is investigating, authorities confirmed.

“It’s a tragic accident,” Bianchini said.

Bey spent 30 years with the Wharf and Dock Builders and Pile Drivers Local 454, the same union his father, Joe, and other family members had joined.

Bey, 60, also known as “Hand Grenade,” was inducted into the Pennyslvania Boxing Hall of Fame earlier this year. As news of his passing spread, many remembered the prize fighter with tributes on Facebook.

His record was 18 wins, 11 losses and one draw between 1981 and 1994.

Bey was a member of the U.S. All Army Boxing Team with his professional debut in 1981 when he knocked out James “Buster’ Douglas in the second round. At 14-0, he defeated Greg Page for the United States Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship.

His biggest fight came on the night of March 15, 1985 in Las Vegas, when he went up against Larry Holmes for the world heavyweight title.

Bey made a strong start but was knocked down twice and stopped by Holmes in the 10th round.

In an interview Tuesday, Holmes, who now lives in Palmer, Pa., said Bey was a good fighter who worked hard in the ring.

“David was tough,” Holmes said. “He was a good fighter.”

Holmes, who described Bey as always happy and always smiling, said he has stayed in touch with Bey over the years.

“Before I fought him, I thought he was a nice guy. After I fought him, I still thought he was a nice guy,” Holmes said. “I can’t say anything negative about about him.”

For a while, Holmes said he too worked construction, but left the industry because it was too dangerous.

“When I was in the ring boxing, I knew what I was doing all the time,” Holmes said. “In construction there was always a lot going on around you that you did not control.”

Services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 with a veiwing from 9 a.m to 10 a.m. at the the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 5930 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia. A service will follow at 11 a.m., according to Bianchini. The union spokesman said Bey is survived by his daughter, Leah Batie, and his granchildren, Kiyen and Bryson. Bey was one of nine siblings who grew up in the city.

To help the family with expenses, a gofundme account has been created for online donations.

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ARTBA: FHWA Decision on Highway Safety Equipment Cost Recovery to Improve Safety, Promote Innovation :: Story ID: 36413 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 18, 2017 – National Edition

The agency issued a guidance memorandum that details how states can recoup the cost of acquiring highway safety equipment as a direct charge on federal-aid projects, provided certain conditions are met.

The agency issued a guidance memorandum that details how states can recoup the cost of acquiring highway safety equipment as a direct charge on federal-aid projects, provided certain conditions are met.


A Sept. 8 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) decision will improve safety for workers and motorists, and encourage competition and innovation in both the public and private sectors by allowing funding for new classes of construction and safety equipment, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said.

The agency issued a guidance memorandum that details how states can recoup the cost of acquiring highway safety equipment as a direct charge on federal-aid projects, provided certain conditions are met.

The decision is a win for ARTBA members and others in the transportation construction industry whose equipment was previously ineligible due to its ability to be used long-term, on multiple projects.

Up-front equipment acquisition costs are now eligible for use of certain federal highway funding categories if states provide “sufficient documentation supporting a federal highway or transportation interest,” the FHWA memo says. In part, the equipment must have a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost that equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level. Also, each equipment purchase must meet the specific requirements tied to the program from which funds are drawn. States may use National Highway Performance Program, Surface Transportation Block Grant Program Project, or Highway Safety Improvement Program funds for this purpose.

Last year, ARTBA asked FHWA to clarify its position on whether state transportation departments can use federal-aid highway funds to purchase movable safety barriers. Movable concrete, steel and other highly mobile barriers are proven to be extremely effective in providing positive separation between workers and traffic, a federal goal articulated by Congress in surface transportation program law and strongly supported by the industry.

ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane expressed concern in his April 27, 2016, letter to the agency that clarification was needed to allow “the use of this innovative, life-saving product class on federal-aid highway projects across the nation.” The new policy represents a significant step forward in addressing those concerns.


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Asia stocks, dollar inch ahead as Fed meeting looms

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares crept ahead and the dollar firmed on Monday in a cautious start to a week in which the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to wrestle with its bloated balance sheet as part of a long reversal of super-cheap money worldwide.

While there was relief the weekend passed with no new provocation by North Korea, Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions will be center stage when U.S. President Donald Trump addresses world leaders at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Some detail of Trump’s tax plans may also emerge this week, while elections in Germany and New Zealand will add extra political uncertainty to the mix.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS edged up 0.16 percent having already reached heights not visited since late 2007.

Australia’s main index added 0.4 percent but Japan’s Nikkei .N225 was closed for a holiday. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 rose 0.15 percent.

For markets, the main event will be the Fed’s policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday where it is likely to take another step toward normalization on what is rapidly becoming a global trend.

Canada has already hiked twice in recent months and the Bank of England shocked many last week by flagging its own increases.

“This week is all about global liquidity, with the Fed widely expected to announce the unwind of its balance sheet on Wednesday and the BoE now seemingly on the verge of a hike, potentially as soon as November,” ANZ analysts said in a note.

“With a backdrop of a number of central bank officials becoming increasingly hawkish, the stage is set for an unwind of market leverage and carry. We look for higher rates this week.”

Yields on U.S. 10-year Treasuries US10YT=RR jumped a hefty 14 basis points last week, but still trailed the UK where yields on 10-year paper GB10YT=RR surged 30 basis points.

The seismic shift in rates saw sterling hit its highest since the result of the Brexit vote and notch its best week in almost nine years against a currency basket.

Early Monday, the pound was a shade softer at $1.3575 GBP= but not far from the peak of $1.3615. The euro was steady at $1.1936 EUR=, sandwiched between support at $1.1836 and resistance at $1.2092.

The dollar held firm on the yen at 111.15 JPY=, with the Bank of Japan widely expected to maintain its massive asset buying campaign at a meeting this week.

Against a basket of currencies, the dollar was a fraction firmer at 91.955 .DXY having clambered up form a recent 2-1.2 year trough of 91.011.

The modest bounce in the dollar combined with all the talk of monetary tightening put gold on the defensive. The precious metal was off 0.2 percent at $1,315.79 an ounce XAU=.

Oil prices were hovering near five-month highs helped by forecasts for rising demand and the gradual restart of U.S. oil refineries. [O/R]

Brent crude LCOc1 was down 10 cents early Monday at $55.52 a barrel, but that followed gains of 3.3 percent last week. U.S. crude CLc1 eased 9 cents to $49.80 a barrel.

Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Eric Meijer

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Rising credit card delinquencies to add to U.S. banks’ worries

(Reuters) – U.S. banks, already under pressure from slower loan growth and low interest rates, could be facing yet another challenge as a rising number of Americans fall behind on their credit card payments.

Several large U.S. banks and credit card companies, including Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), reported a rise in credit card delinquency rates for August, the second consecutive rise after falling for four months.

While the rates remain significantly below the levels hit during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, rising delinquencies could result in higher loan losses for lenders.

“A noticeable rise in delinquency rates – even from very low levels – is worth paying attention to,” said Andrew Haughwout, senior vice president at the New York Federal Reserve.

JPMorgan’s credit card delinquencies rose 1.16 percent in August from 1.15 percent in July, while Capital One reported a delinquency rate of 3.97 percent, up from 3.81 percent in July.

Discover Financial Services’ (DFS.N) monthly credit card delinquency rate rose to 2.1 percent in August versus 2 percent in July.

Overall, seasonally-adjusted credit card delinquency rates for U.S. banks rose to 2.47 percent in the second quarter from 2.20 percent a year earlier, according to New York Fed data.

Delinquency rates surged during the financial crisis as the economy crumpled and thousands of people lost their jobs. In the aftermath of the crisis, lenders tightened their standards to curb losses from non-performing loans.

With the United States now approaching full employment, lenders are more willing to take risks and extend loans and cards to people with low credit scores.

“We have seen some loosening of standards on card originations: low-credit-score individuals getting credit cards or extended limits, which allow them to borrow more,” Haughwout said.

U.S. household debt levels are hovering near record highs, after having surpassed their pre-crisis peak earlier this year, as Americans continue to extend their credit card as well as mortgage and auto debt repayments.

There has been a notable increase in the transition to serious delinquency levels primarily among borrowers with credit scores of below 660, the NY Fed said in a blogpost.

“It is not clear yet what effect it will have on the future. But historically it has been the case that once these delinquency rates start to rise, they can continue to rise,” Haughwout said.

Along with lenders willing to take on more risks, stagnant wage growth is also to blame for higher credit card delinquencies.

“Stagnant wage growth is definitely not helping things (delinquencies). When you combine that with rising debt and the slowly rising interest rates, that’s a troubling combination,” said Matt Schulz, a senior analyst at CreditCards.com.

Schulz said the danger is that if the U.S. economy takes a turn for the worse, delinquencies could be an affliction because people are bearing bad credit card debt in good times which will be tough to pay in hard times.

Reporting by Nikhil Subba and Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru; Writing by Sweta Singh; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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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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Self-reconfiguring modular robots that can merge, split and even self-heal while retaining full sensorimotor control — ScienceDaily

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Université libre de Bruxelles. “AI — Engineering: merging, morphing, mobile robots: Self-reconfiguring modular robots that can merge, split and even self-heal while retaining full sensorimotor control.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 September 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912103546.htm>.

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Université libre de Bruxelles. “AI — Engineering: merging, morphing, mobile robots: Self-reconfiguring modular robots that can merge, split and even self-heal while retaining full sensorimotor control.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912103546.htm (accessed September 12, 2017).


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Oil weakens on fears Irma could dent U.S. demand

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices dropped on Monday on concerns that Hurricane Irma’s pounding of heavily populated areas of Florida could dent oil demand in the world’s top oil-consuming nation.

Losses were capped by weekend talks between Saudi Arabia’s energy minister and counterparts over a possible extension to a pact to cut global oil supplies beyond next March.

Brent crude oil futures for November delivery LCOc1 were down 66 cents at $53.12 a barrel while benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 declined by 33 cents to $47.15.

Irma knocked out power to nearly 5.8 million Florida homes and businesses on Sunday after millions were told to evacuate ahead of the storm.

“We believe that Irma will have a negative impact on oil demand but not on oil production or processing,” Goldman Sachs analysts said in a note.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. It gradually lost strength and weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning as it headed toward Georgia.

It comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which struck the U.S. oil hub of Texas two weeks ago, knocking out a quarter of the nation’s refineries, many of which are now restarting operations.

The two hurricanes are expected to inflict a “bearish shock” on oil balances in September, denting global demand by 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) and supply by about 300,000 bpd, Goldman said.

The longer-term focus, however, was on a possible extension to the 15-month production pact between members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers including Russia. The deal aims to curb a glut that has weighed on crude prices for more than three years.

The deal agreed late last year to reduce output by about 1.8 million bpd until March 2018 helped to keep prices as high as $58 a barrel in January, but they have since sagged as global stocks have not fallen as quickly as expected.

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met his Venezuelan and Kazakh counterparts at the weekend to discuss an extension of the deal by at least three months, the Saudi energy ministry said.

On Monday, Falih and his United Arab Emirates counterpart also agreed to consider an extension beyond March 2018.

Venezuela Energy Minister Eulogio del Pino said on Friday that global oil inventories remain too high and urged producers to look at exemptions granted to countries such as Libya and Nigeria.

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Fleet Technical Congress Added to The Work Truck Show 2018 :: Story ID: 36276 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 11, 2017 – National Edition

The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March.

The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March.


The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March. At Fleet Technical Congress, fleet managers can explore the latest technology solutions while gaining management insights from leaders of some of the country’s biggest fleets and suppliers.

Part of Work Truck Week, Fleet Technical Congress kicks off with a full day of training on Tuesday, March 6, at the Westin Indianapolis adjacent to Indiana Convention Center. The Work Truck Show 2018 is held at the Indiana Convention Center March 6 – 9. Educational sessions and Green Truck Summit begin March 6, and the exhibit hall is open March 7 – 9.

“Professional fleet manager attendance at The Work Truck Show continues to increase,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “Our new Fleet Technical Congress will provide the growing number of fleet managers at the Show with a higher level of technical and management training to help them successfully integrate and leverage the latest technology and innovations into their fleet operations.”

Fleet Technical Congress is designed for both established fleet managers and those who are moving into more senior fleet management roles. It will provide the tools, techniques and thinking they need to succeed. General session topics will include discussions on the future of commercial vehicles; reactive vs. predictive maintenance; the impact of smart, connected vehicles; how to integrate multiple data streams to enhance decision-making; benefits and risks associated with vehicle data; and techniques for improving equipment replacement strategies. A full schedule with session descriptions and presenters will be released when registration opens in October. Visit www.worktruckshow.com/fleettechnicalcongress for more information.

“We see two significant trends acting as change agents in the fleet management world,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “First, there’s a whole new range of technology and tools associated with commercial vehicles that is changing the face of the industry in a substantial way. At the same time, we’re seeing a significant refreshing of leadership in professional fleet management nationwide. As a result, we believe this is an opportune time to capture the lessons learned by some of our industry’s top fleet professionals who will share their experience and vision as a foundation for the next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the full day of general sessions on Tuesday, March 6, registration for Fleet Technical Congress includes access to 48 concurrent sessions on topics such as truck specifications development, fleet productivity, risk mitigation, emissions reduction and alternative fuels, OEM chassis updates, workforce development, and more; a ticket to the Work Truck Show Opening Reception Tuesday evening; access to the exhibit hall; lunch each day; and access to the Ride-and-Drive on Wednesday and Thursday. Registration opens in October.

The Work Truck Show is North America’s largest work truck event. It features the latest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and truck equipment on an exhibit floor covering more than 500,000 square feet. The event includes a robust educational conference with sessions designed to help attendees improve their operations. Anyone who works with commercial vehicles, including public and private truck fleet operators, manufacturers, dealers and equipment distributors can find solutions to their business challenges at the Show.

Registration for The Work Truck Show 2018, Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit opens in October.

For more information, visit www.worktruckshow.com.


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Irma a ‘major event’ for insurance industry: Munich Re board member

MONACO (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma is proving to be a “major event” for Florida and the insurance industry, Torsten Jeworrek, member of the board of the German reinsurance giant Munich Re (MUVGn.DE), said on Sunday.

The tropical storm is currently sweeping the Florida Keys and is forecast to slowly travel up to the Florida panhandle.

Jeworrek and other insurance executives gathered in Monaco for an annual conference to haggle over reinsurance prices and strike underwriting deals.

Even though Irma may skirt densely populated Miami, “Irma is still a major event for Florida and also a major event for the insurance industry,” Jeworrek said.

Jeworrek said that Munich Re wasn’t especially exposed to Florida. “Florida for us is not an attractive state in terms of prices and margins,” he said. “We are not in the most exposed situation here.”

Jeworrek, when asked by journalists, also hazarded a rough guess for the insured losses for the global industry of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas two weeks ago and caused massive flooding.

He said that losses were estimated at between $20 billion and $30 billion, which would put the storm on a scale of Sandy.

Reporting by Tom Sims; Editing by Edward Taylor

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