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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the
automotive and industrial products indus-
With gross auction sales of more than $31
tries as well as the defense industry. In addi-
million, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers concluded
tion to offering remanufacturing services to
its first three-day Texas auction of the year.
OEMs, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services
The auction was held March 17-19 at the
will continue to be the exclusive provider of
company’s permanent auction site in Ft.
Caterpillar remanufactured products distrib-
uted through the worldwide Caterpillar deal-
The auction attracted a record 3,019 regis-
tered bidders from 30 countries and
46 American states. Nearly 1,000 were buy-
Caterpillar is one of the world’s largest Astec Names VP-
remanufacturers. The company’s current
ers at the auction, purchasing 2,951 items.
remanufacturing program processes more Sales & Marketing
More than 650 Internet bidders participated
than two million units annually, recycling Astec Underground has named Alan W.
in the sale.
more than 100 million pounds of used prod-
Ritchie Bros. has 94 upcoming unreserved Odgers vice president, sales and market-
ucts each year. Cat Reman products were
auctions scheduled over the next few
originally developed for Cat engines used in ing. In his new position, Odgers will
months. Visit the company Web site at assume responsibility for the sales and
the on-highway truck market but now
include engine components, transmissions, marketing of all Astec Underground prod-
hydraulic components and electronic ucts, including the American Augers,
McElroy Mfg. components.
Astec, EarthPro and Trencor product lines
McElroy Manufacturing has reached an Caterpillar uses state-of-the-art remanu-
agreement with Anatoli Kim and Maran facturing technology to “recycle” used prod- worldwide.
Engineering to represent McElroy in ucts, such as engines and transmissions, into Odgers comes to Astec with 17 years
Kazakhstan and Eastern Europe (including like-new components. Remanufactured of experience in the compact and utility
the NIS countries of the former Soviet products can provide other industries with a construction equipment market, and most
Union). Kim brings a vast knowledge of poly- low cost, like-new service replacement com-
ponent with the added environmental bene- recently held the position of managing
ethylene and fusion equipment to the region,
and will play a pivotal role as the region con- fit of managing the product on a “cradle-to- director of Vermeer International BV,
tinues to use polyethylene-piping systems to cradle” versus a “cradle-to-grave” lifecycle. based in The Netherlands.
expand its infrastructure. “We feel Alan’s experience in all areas
For the past three years, Kim has served as TBE Group of our business including walk-behind
the plant manager for Chevron Munaigas
Patrick L. Beyer, P.E., president and chief and ride-on trenchers and plows, trench-
Inc.’s (CMI) Atyrau Polyethylene Pipe Plant.
executive officer of TBE Group, a full-serv- less products, track trenchers and surface
CMI’s Atryrau Pipe Plant is a McElroy
ice international consult- mining machines makes him very quali-
Distributor and supplies polyethylene pipe
ing, design and engineer-
and McElroy fusion equipment for the
ing firm, has been named fied for this position. In addition, his excel-
Kazakhstan and surrounding markets. lent track record, knowledge of working
Florida West Coast
Kim and Maran Engineering will be based
Engineer of the Year. The with distributors and direct sales of larger
in Almaty, Kazakhstan and will serve
award was announced at units, adds to his skills in understanding
Kazakhstan, Uzbeckistan, Russia, Ukraine,
the annual National
Romania and other countries in NIS and the distribution channels,” said Tom
Engineers Week dinner
and awards ceremony, Campbell, president of Astec
sponsored by eight Underground. ph: 865-458-8417
Montgomery & Associates Tampa Bay area chapters of participating
Gary Montgomery announced that Joseph engineering organizations.
(Joe) T. Wozny, P.E. has joined Montgomery The award is presented each year to the Houston, Mesquite (Dallas) and Austin,
& Associates, Consulting engineer who has demonstrated outstand- replacing Vick.
Engineers as executive ing contributions to the engineering profes- Vick, who will be based at TBE’s corporate
vice president to help sion. The five previous winners served as offices in Clearwater, will assist TBE’s
manage and grow the judges and selected Beyer from a field of National Operations Manager John Harter in
firm. Wozny has over 32 eight nominees. overseeing operations for TBE’s utilities
years of experience in “Pat was named West Coast Engineer of offices nationwide, developing subsurface
managing consulting engi- the Year because of his professional, civic utility engineering (SUE) opportunities with
neering firms and engi- and community activities and commitment, contractors, and developing new markets and
neering projects including as well as his integrity and technical services nationally and in Puerto Rico.
the planning and design of highways, streets, achievement,” said Joan Rice, president of Anderson, based in TBE’s Houston office, is
bridges, vehicle maintenance facilities, mass the Pinellas (County) chapter of the responsible for directing client projects, busi-
transit, railroads, intermodal facilities, Florida Engineering ness operations and business development
water/wastewater facilities and land develop- Society, one of the ban- activities for TBE’s subsurface utility engi-
ment. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a quet’s participating neering (SUE), utility coordination, and utili-
master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a organizations. ty relocation and design projects in Texas.
master’s degree in Business Administration. In other TBE Group
With more than 18 years of industry expe-
ph: 281-260-8031. news, the company has
rience, Vick was most recently Business Unit
appointed Jeffrey K. Vick
as Assistant National Manager in TBE’s Mesquite, TX, office, where
Caterpillar he directed operations in TBE’s three Texas
Operations Manager for
Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services will TBE’s Utilities Division, and Joseph S. utilities offices as well as TBE’s office in
leverage Caterpillar’s remanufacturing tech- Anderson, P.E., as Business Unit Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to joining
nology and processes to serve Original Manager for TBE’s three Texas offices in TBE, he worked for URS, first as a project
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manager in Tampa, FL, overseeing work at Tampa International graders and bulldozers to be purchased with the desired Topcon auto-
Airport, and then as a project manager in Puerto Rico. Previously, mated machine control system as a factory-installed, standard equip-
Vick owned and operated his own construction company in St. ment option. This agreement covers the Komatsu distribution net-
Petersburg, FL. He has also been the area operations manager for work worldwide, and three-dimensional (GPS- and LPS-based) and
Westinghouse Remediation Services in Tampa and program manager two-dimensional (laser- and sonic-based) machine control systems
for Maryland Environmental Services in Annapolis. Vick received his m a n u f a c t u r e d
bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering from Louisiana Tech by Topcon.
University. Under the agreement, Topcon and Komatsu will share information
For the past two years, Anderson was TBE Senior Project Manager to assure that the Topcon control platform and specified Komatsu
in Texas. Prior to joining TBE, he was operations manager in Houston machinery will maintain complete compatibility at a core technology
for WRS Infrastructure & Environment, an environmental remedia- level, making both installation and operation of Topcon’s productive
tion and construction services company. Previously he was a project control systems seamless. All “on-machine” components of the
engineer and project manager for several civil and environmental con- Topcon systems can be ordered directly from Komatsu, arriving at the
struction firms. A registered professional engineer, Anderson Komatsu distributor pre-installed and ready to use. The Komatsu dis-
received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from tributor will purchase “off-machine” components (GPS base stations,
Texas A&M University. ph: 727.531.3505 robotic control
instruments, laser transmitters, etc.) from the local Topcon distribu-
tor. In-field support can be provided by Komatsu or any authorized
CONTECH Topcon distributor.
CONTECH Construction Products has relaunched its Web site,
www.contech-cpi.com. The civil engineering industry resource pro- JCB
vides access to hundreds of documents and tools to assist in the
JCB Inc. announces new roles for several executives as a result of
development of innovative applications for detention systems,
restructuring the sales organization to meet market growth strategies
stormwater treatment and drainage, sewage lines, bridges, tunnels,
for the company. As a part of the restructuring, JCB Inc. has organ-
retaining walls and erosion control. ized North American field sales and marketing efforts into five
The new site helps specifying engineers, design/build professionals regions.
and contractors plan and implement civil engineering projects with “We are now moving into a market that has turned positive and is
minimal cost and maximum efficiency. Visitors have the opportunity expected to continue to grow in 2004,” Helmut Peters, JCB Inc. pres-
to register, free of charge, to enjoy exclusive access to a more com- ident, said. “This is most encouraging after experiencing a declining
prehensive portfolio of tools and information including estimating cal- market in the last three years.
culators, CAD files, design software, in-depth case studies, and prod- The following people have assumed new executive responsibilities
uct installation instructions. within the company.
Komatsu, Topcon Bob Wright, vice president sales/distribution, in addition to current
sales responsibilities, takes on additional responsibilities to lead North
Topcon Corporation has announced that a letter of agreement has American dealer development, remarketing, governmental sales and
been signed with Komatsu Ltd. that will allow new Komatsu motor business planning.
Bruce Narveson, vice president marketing, has been named vice
president sales – Northeast Region. Narveson has led JCB Inc.’s mar-
Pearpoint’s flexidata product keting organization since 2000.
Jan Nielsen, sales support manager, takes on new responsibility as
line acquired by PipeLogix Inc. general manager - Central Region. Nielsen has worked with JCB for
the past two years.
In March, Pearpoint Inc.’s flexidata pipe survey software prod- David Hahn, product marketing manager – Mid-Range, has been
uct department branched off from Pearpoint, Inc. and named general manager - Western Region. He has been with JCB for
Radiodetection to become PipeLogix Inc., a privately-held, the past six years.
Ron Fulmer, regional manager for central and eastern Canada, is
employee-owned California corporation. now general manager for Canada. Fulmer has worked for JCB Inc. for
All of the current personnel from the flexidata department will the last two years.
Gordon Henderson, vice president sales - Southeast Region, will
become employees of PipeLogix. All current support contracts
continue in his role, growing the business in this region. He has
for flexidata will be transferred to PipeLogix. Pearpoint will worked for JCB for the last seven years, with responsibility for sales
continue to promote and sell the flexidata software product line growth as sales director of JCB UK for six years. Henderson joined the
JCB Inc. sales organization last year. ph: 888.742.5522
as an authorized dealer of PipeLogix Inc.
The flexidata team will be moving to their new offices at Hayward Baker
PipeLogix Inc. to Palm Desert, CA. Visit Hayward Baker’s new Web site, featuring the
Joan Stone and Jeremy Wagner will lead the PipeLogix HBKnowledgeBase, an on-line geotechnical library of project sum-
team, continuing to provide the service, quality and standards maries and technical publications at www.HaywardBaker.com. A free
subscription gives you access to the HBKnowledgeBase of technical
for which flexidata is known. As PipeLogix, this team also
information and publications. Find projects and project-literature
plans to develop and bring to market additional products for similar to your job’s conditions using the keyword search or category
the trenchless industry. New product developments are already search for service, application, structure, market and state.
Subscribers can search, view or download geotechnical publications
in the works such as lateral inspection and enhanced
including project case histories, conference technical papers and
grout inspection. technology-specific brochures. You can also opt to receive notification
As long-term industry leaders, PipeLogix’s management team of new or revised material postings.
The Solution Chart helps to determine which ground improvement
will continue to participate in NASSCO and its PACP
technology is best for your site conditions. The chart lists technical,
Certification Program as well as WEF and other key trenchless construction, and cost considerations for many of Hayward’s ground
technology associations that contribute to the expansion and improvement services. Link to detailed technical information, corre-
sponding publications and related projects.
improvement of the industry. ph: 866.299.3150. Circle No. 239
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