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Louis Keller, 87, of Edgeley, ND, died July 11. Keller and his brother, Cyril, invented the skid-steer loader, which in 1958 was bought by the Melroe Manufacturing Co., Gwinner, ND, which would later become the Bobcat Co. More than 750,000 Bobcat skid-steer loaders have been produced.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) announced August 31 that according to its analysis of federal employment data, construction jobs dropped in 276 out of 337 metro areas between July 2009 and 2010. Chicago and Flagstaff, Arizona lost the most jobs, while Prince Georges-Calvert-Charles counties, MD and Eau Claire, Wisconsin topped the list of areas adding jobs.

Case Construction Equipment announced August 30 that it will be a platinum-level sponsor of the 16th Annual National Gas Rodeo. The competition will be held Sept. 17-18, 2010, in Fairview Heights, Ill. Case will be the exclusive provider of construction equipment for the event, which includes loader/backhoes and compact excavators.

The Big Texas Road Show, a seven-stop tour of Ditch Witch® dealerships in Texas, wrapped up in June after having showcased a wide range of Ditch Witch equipment to approximately 800 customers and potential customers.

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM), Caterpillar’s global pipeline equipment dealer, has recently teamed with LaValley Industries and is the exclusive distributor of the DECKHAND Pipe Handling System, for use in pipeline and directional drilling construction.

An estimated 2.7 million television viewers across the country witnessed the climactic finish of the April 25 NASCAR race in Talladega, FL, as driver Kevin Harvick sped past a competitor to capture the lead in the final lap. For Shell, principal sponsor of Harvick’s high-performance car, the event represented a double victory. It reaffirmed the company’s decision to support Harvick and others on the Richard Childress Racing team, aligning Shell products with a winner on the track. And, it provided significant visibility for a critical pipeline safety message.

Install new gravity-flow sewer systems using horizontal directional drilling more accurately with Ditch Witch’s new OnGrade.

UCT is once again welcoming guests to the Underground Construction Technology Association’s (UCTA) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Jan. 23. All proceeds fund the UCTA’s college scholarship program.

News from Ritchie Bros., Wacker Neuson, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Utilicor Technologies, Ditch Witch Midwest, Driver Pipeline, LAN, ISCO Industries, Ernst & Young, Volvo and Takeuchi-US.

An Arizona company has developed a kit that converts hand-held gasoline-powered tampers to pneumatic tampers. Higher Innovative Solutions LLC (HIS), based in Peoria, AZ, offers kits for most major brands of gasoline tampers, said the company spokesman Clint Willis. The first kits were sold in the Phoenix area with orders from other parts of the country being filled by the manufacturer.