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Marcia Gruver Doyle is editorial director of the Construction Division of Randall-Reilly, which includes Equipment World, Aggregates Manager, Better Roads, ProPickup and Total Landscape Care magazines. She's been reporting on construction for more than 30 years, and has been the chief editor of Equipment World since its inception in 1989. A graduate of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, Marcia is past president of the Construction Writers Association and currently serves on the Marketing Committee of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. You can reach her at 205-248-1260 or via email at mgruver@randallreilly.com.

PHOTOS: Meet the 1966 Volvo DR 631: aka Gravel Charlie, the first articulated dump truck ever created

Jul 14, 2015

PHOTOS: Meet the 1966 Volvo DR 631: aka Gravel Charlie, the first articulated dump truck ever created

One display at the recent Volvo Days event in Sweden had a decidedly nostalgic turn: the 1966 Volvo DR 631, the company’s first articulated hauler, also dubbed “Gravel Charlie.” Reconditioned by the nearby Munktell Museum in Eskilstuna, the Gravel Charlie is ...

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New quarry research could lead to energy use savings of up to 71 percent

Jul 04, 2015

New quarry research could lead to energy use savings of up to 71 percent

Volvo Construction Equipment is partnering with multinational construction firm Skanska Sweden and the Swedish Energy Agency on a nearly $25 million research project that will examine electromobility possibilities in a quarry environment. “The interesting thing about quarries is that you have ...

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Volvo CE unveils EC140E excavator with improved cab, more precise control (PHOTOS)

Jul 01, 2015

Volvo CE unveils EC140E excavator with improved cab, more precise control (PHOTOS)

Continuing its E-Series excavator introductions, which began last year at ConExpo, Volvo Construction Equipment launched the EC140E at its annual Volvo Days event in Eskilstuna, Sweden, last week. The 119-horsepower unit has an 8,200-pound maximum lifting capacity, and an 18-foot 3-inch ...

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Cement consumption on straight growth trajectory through 2017

Feb 04, 2015

Cement consumption on straight growth trajectory through 2017

Cement consumption grew by 8 percent in 2014 and is on track to grow another 8 percent in both 2016 and 2017, according to Ed Sullivan, chief economist, PCA, noting that the 100  metric million tons  realized in December was ...

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ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

Jan 20, 2015

ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

The American Rental Association said it expects the 2015 U.S. construction/industrial equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent this year, reaching $26 billion.General tool rentals will grow 8.8 percent to $9.9 billion, the association predicts.“The industry growth forecast remains more ...

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R. Barry Uber, former president of Ingersoll-Rand Construction and Mining Group, passes away

Jan 06, 2015

R. Barry Uber, former president of Ingersoll-Rand Construction and Mining Group, passes away

R. Barry Uber, a 30-year veteran of Ingersoll-Rand, passed away on Dec. 31 in Springfield, Vermont. Uber began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1967, starting as a sales engineer. He held positions in the company’s construction machinery sales, service and rental ...

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New financed equipment sales increased by 16 percent in October

Dec 08, 2014

New financed equipment sales increased by 16 percent in October

The number of financed new units of construction sold or leased in October increased by 16 percent compared with September, according to Equipment Data Associates, which tracks financed construction equipment activity. In October, 8,503 new machines were sold, compared to ...

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Komatsu launches semi-automatic PC210LCi-10 excavator; cuts production time 63 percent (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Nov 21, 2014

Komatsu launches semi-automatic PC210LCi-10 excavator; cuts production time 63 percent (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  We’re used to numbers—some of them in the double digits—when manufacturers talk about fuel efficiency gains in new equipment. But Komatsu America recently talked about a huge number, and it wasn’t about fuel efficiency, but rather production time. Komatsu says the ...

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SDLG to manufacture backhoes, motor graders; machines will no longer have Volvo brand

Nov 17, 2014

SDLG to manufacture backhoes, motor graders; machines will no longer have Volvo brand

Volvo Construction Equipment announced its Chinese SDLG division will now manufacture its backhoes and motor graders, and the Volvo brand would be discontinued for both products. Volvo says it will discontinue product development and production of these products in both North ...

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SDLG one year after North American distribution debut: ‘The most important thing is to do it right’

Nov 13, 2014

SDLG one year after North American distribution debut: ‘The most important thing is to do it right’

  SDLG officially entered the North American market a year ago, a full-on test by owner Volvo Construction Equipment to offer a value-based Chinese-made product here. Retailing for 30 percent less than comparable premium loaders – a pricing strategy common among Chinese ...

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Kubota adds R530 and R630 wheel loader models

Nov 04, 2014

Kubota adds R530 and R630 wheel loader models

Kubota has added two additional models to its compact wheel loader lineup, the 47.9-horsepower R530 and 61.2-horsepower R630, in a press event this week that was capped by the company’s long-awaited announcement it was entering the skid steer market. The R530 ...

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A place for old iron: HCEA advances plan for National Construction Equipment Museum

Oct 31, 2014

A place for old iron: HCEA advances plan for National Construction Equipment Museum

Long out of space at its cramped 7,000-square-foot headquarters, the Historical Construction Equipment Association launched a new campaign this month to fund the 20,000-square-foot National Construction Equipment Museum. The goal: to have a grand opening of the $1.5 million building ...

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