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Cat Unveils Hybrid Excavator

CatOctober 16, 2012 - At a special media event in Peoria,Ill., Caterpillar introduced the 336E H hybrid excavator, an innovative machine that its says can deliver up to 50 percent greater fuel efficiency. The product launch was spearheaded by Ken Gray, global product manager for large hydraulic excavators. The machine will be rolled out in Europe, Japan and North America. The company also introduced the 966K XE wheel loader, a fuel-efficient machine with Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB solutions. Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Rock Products.

Caterpillar Opens Visitor Center

797-renderingOctober 15, 2012 – I am blogging live this week at the grand opening of the new Caterpillar Visitor Center in Peoria, Ill. The Caterpillar Visitor Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure and powering the planet - it's all right here on Peoria's riverfront. With interactive exhibits, theaters and more, it is well worth a visit.

Moving Ahead

DOTOctober 7, 2012  - Things are "moving ahead." NSSGA reports that with the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation released several new "implementation documents" pertaining to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

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MINExpo 2012 a Huge Success

MINExpoOctober 1, 2012 - MINExpo 2012 was a huge success, and take it from someone who walked about 100 miles during the show, it was big. REAL big. Held every four years, the show, held in Las Vegas, filled 850,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, up 42 percent from its previous high in 2008; and featured an estimated 50,000 attendees, up about 30 percent from 38,000 four years ago. Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Rock Products!

Going Hollywood

MOB_Lincoln_ParkSeptember 17, 2012 - The sound of gunfire was recently heard coming from the old Elmhurst Chicago Stone Quarry located south of North Ave. on Illinois Route 83 in Elmhurst, Ill. It was simulated gunfire used in the filming of the new Fox television show "The Mob Doctor." Woodridge Productions Inc., in association with Sony Pictures Television, filmed scenes at the old quarry. The show stars Jordana Spiro as Dr. Grace Devlin.

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