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 Monday we will provide a brief overview of some of the top stories for your consumption.


Construction equipment employment is up in 34 states and Washington D.C., according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “These results show that contractors are finding work in more parts of the country than they have for many months,” said Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. “Further gains appear likely but could be derailed if lawmakers continue to make indiscriminate cuts to key construction and infrastructure programs,” he states. For a break down on employment fluctuations by state, click on the link below.


Caterpillar has added three new models to the E Series hammer line – H140Es, H160Es and H180Es – for use on medium and large excavators. Cat E Series hammers feature a rugged design for extended durability and solid reliability, and features such as an automatic shut-off and silencing and vibration buffering make them easy on the operator. The E Series hammers are designed to be field serviceable with common hand tools to keep them operating at peak performance. For more details on Caterpillar’s new models, click on the link below.


Kenworth launched the premiere of its T880 vocational truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show held last week in Louisville. A panoramic windshield that enhances driver visibility, a 5-piece hood that enables quick repairs and lightweight factory-installed lift axles are just a few of the key features of this Kenworth truck. Production is planned to start during the summer of this year.


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