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Crude oil production in the United States is rising at the fastest rate in history, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said recently, as the shale oil revolution pushes output toward a 20-year high this year.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the 2012 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

Ten years ago, CNH Global, Burr Ridge, IL, and Kobe Steel, Japan, signed a 10-year deal that limited Kobe’s Kobelco Construction Machinery marketing and sales to the Asia-Pacific region and made CNH the exclusive North American distributor for Kobelco Construction Machinery. The two companies have decided to let that deal expire.

United States demand for large diameter pipe is projected to rise 6.2 percent annually through 2016 to 197 million feet. Growth will benefit from the repair and replacement of wastewater infrastructure, as many pipe projects, which were put on hold during the 2006-2011 period due to state and municipal budget concerns, move forward.

The Charles Machine Works Inc. welcomed American Augers’ employees into the CMW family of companies at the celebration held Dec. 3, 2012 at the West Salem, OH, facilities.

Over the past decade, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has reduced its use of oil by 98 percent by investing in new, highly efficient power plants that use clean, U.S.-produced natural gas as a fuel to produce electricity. In 2001, FPL used more than 40 million barrels of oil to power customers; in 2012, the company used less than one million barrels.

Direct investment in North American fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment will grow to $4.7 billion annually by 2017 or a total of $18 billion during the next five years, according to the market research firm RVA LLC.

Construction is set to begin on the $922 million Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project in San Diego County, CA, that will include an advanced-technology desalination plant and 10 miles of water pipeline.

James Ezell, president of contracting company Southern Diversified Technologies, has spent most of his working life building telecommunications systems.

However, for the past several years when Ezell has taken off his hard hat, he has put on the cap of a writer working on a book.

The result, Daddy, Do Cowboys Pray? was recently published by New Book Publishing. The book targets children nine -12 years of age, but is expected to appeal to younger children who enjoy having stories read to them.

The Distribution Contractors Association annual fall meeting was held Nov. 13-14 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. It was organized in conjunction with the DCA’s 2nd Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) on Nov. 14-16.

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