Related Links: Tier-4 Emission Controls Push Up Machine Prices for 2014 This week we look at some Tier-4 wheel loaders from Caterpillar with continuous-variable transmissions and a compact tandem wheel loader from Chicago Pneumatic.Click here for the slide show.For more on Caterpillar's Tier 4 Final plans, see our coverage here.
Related Links: Solidia Technologies Portland Cement Association Concrete technology is not an easy business to break into. There have been many attempts in recent years to "green" the concrete business, from cements that fix CO2 during the curing process to industry attempts to increase the use of fly ash in concrete. But while new companies have come and gone, Parsippany, N.J.-based Solidia Technologies thinks it's onto something new.The venture-capital-backed firm recently signed a partnership agreement with France-based concrete giant Lafarge and is now working to bring its CO2-cured cement to market. Lafarge will work with Solidia on demonstrations of commercial-scale
Related Links: N.Y. Governor's Office Press Release on TIFIA Loan Approval New Tappan Zee Bridge Work Begins DOT Moves To Streamline TIFIA Loan Decisions The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has approved a $1.6-billion loan for the replacement of New York's Tappan Zee Bridge. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made the announcement Oct. 31, calling it "the largest loan the U.S. Dept. of Transportation has ever made for any project like this."The loan was made through the DOT's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program. Established in 1998, TIFIA has ramped up its lending recently, spurred by last year's
Photo Courtesy of Bosse Tools Old Tools, New Tricks Stephen Bosse (above) turned to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to pay for the initial production run of his Ergonomic Shovel design. The makers of the hybrid hammer-prybar Cole-Bar (below) are now negotiating their own manufacturing arrangements after a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Photo Courtesy of Cole-Bar Related Links: Hammer-Crowbar Tool Seeks Boost From Kickstarter Kickstarter The initial idea for the Ergonomic Shovel came from personal experience, says inventor Stephen Bosse. "Shoveling is tough," he says. "You get tired and sore. So I came up with this pen-and-paper design for
Related Links: Electric Utility Contractors Are Fleeting Up at ICUEE Show This week we look at the latest from the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, held Oct. 1-3 in Louisville, Ky. Click to begin the slide show.