AED continues to lobby Congress for highway deal, investment incentives

Associated Equipment Distributors is pushing leaders in Washington to accomplish several legislative priorities. Congress is attempting to reconcile the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill that would fund infrastructure and transit projects. The House's Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act would fund transportation projects up to six years, Read More »

Young branch manager finds opportunity, future in family business

At 29 years old, Kevin Barlet has been around Bejac Corporation most of his life. As he grew, so grew the company. Today, Bejac has six locations and offers custom demolition, construction, recycling and forestry equipment. But back in 1953, it was founded by Barlet’s grandfather and great-grandfather as an underground pipeline company in Southern California’s Placentia. Read More »

Incorporating best practices into retirement plans just makes sense

Starting a retirement plan for employees can benefit businesses in a number of ways, including reducing a company's tax burden and making it easier for them to attract and retain valuable employees. Several options are available when it comes to designing a defined-contribution plan. Using the following five strategies can help businesses craft and optimize retirement plans. Read More »

AED president says Keystone XL pipeline decision is a lost opportunity

President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the 1,170-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline Nov. 6 that would have brought a daily total of 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to American processing plants. The rejection of TransCanada's pipeline was a major victory for environmentalists, who lobbied the president during the past seven years of negotiations. Read More »

New Vermeer horizontal drill suits large and small projects

Vermeer is set to release a new horizontal directional drill designed to suit both large utility projects and small scale pipeline work. The D60x90 S3 Navigator offers 60,000 pounds of thrust/pullback and 9,000 pound-feet of rotational torque and a 202-horsepower Caterpillar Tier 4 Final diesel engine that offers a 17-horsepower gain over the previous D60x90 model. Read More »

John Deere to acquire digital field data company

Deere & Co. will acquire Precision Planning LLC, giving the company access to a digital platform that provides real-time, in-cab field data to certain farm equipment. Precision Planning is currently owned by Monsanto subsidiary The Climate Corp., whose Climate FieldView technology can provide farmers with near real-time weather data, nitrogen levels and diagnostic imaging. Read More »

AED, industry leaders consider response to Canadian transition

Heavy equipment industry leaders met in Ottawa on Oct. 29 to develop their strategy as Canada prepares for a major transition under new Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Over a dozen speakers from Canadian agencies, businesses and colleges spoke at the event. There were also several panel discussions on topics like customer industries and dealer costs of doing business. Read More »

Caterpillar releases improved 16M motor grader for mine roads

Caterpillar has released an improved, high-tech version of its 16M motor grader with more power, better fuel efficiency, and driver tools. The 16M3 is designed to smooth mining roads to keep mining trucks running efficiently and cheaply. It runs on a Cat C13 ACERT engine available in multiple configurations to meet international standards, and provides 290-348 net horsepower. Read More »