Rock & Dirt’s Weekly Recap-

News in the Construction Equipment Industry

Need a quick update on what happened last week in the construction industry? Every week we will provide a brief overview of some of the top stories for your consumption.

Congratulations to Lance Jordan, the most recent recipient of the prestigious “Contractor of the Year” award given out by the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA). Jordan is the chairman of Stephens & Smith Construction Co., Inc. of Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. As a dedicated member of the CFA for over a decade, it was his “dedication to the association and commitment to a leadership position within their region” that helped him achieve this award. Read more here:


Do you know the top five states with the most incidents of heavy-equipment theft? In descending order, according to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), and The National Equipment Register (NER), the states are Texas, North Carolina, Florida, California, and Georgia. Together, these states make up 40% of total equipment theft for 2011 – however, at least 21% of that equipment was recovered. “The economic downturn has put financial pressure on equipment owners who have to be more careful than ever to invest in the right theft-prevention technologies and process in the right places.” Read more about how to reduce theft here:


John Deere recently announced the release of North America’s biggest ADT – the 460E. Hauling more material at lower cost per ton has never been easier with this new heavy-duty fabricated frame and high-alloy steel dump body, ensuring best-in-class payload-to-weight ratios. “It also comes loaded with a John Deere EPA Interim Tier 4 (IT4) diesel engine.” Looking to learn more about the newest addition to the John Deere line? Read here:


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