Our Top 5 construction news stories of 2018

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Throughout 2018, news stories coming out of the heavy equipment and construction industry were not in short supply. However, some articles drew more readers than others to equipmentjournal.com.

Here are the top five news stories that were read the most by our online audience:


Steel Tariffs 

Following the American announcement that the country plans to impose tariffs on steel products from the European Union and its NAFTA partners, Canada has retaliated with its own tariffs on American products.

The list includes numerous American steel products that will face a 25 per cent tariff.
As well, various American-born household goods from lawnmowers to toilet paper to whiskey will see the addition of a 10 per cent tariff.

Read the story here.


Cat 797F helps build a new direction in life

Kathy Tuccaro never thought she’d feel right at home in the cab of a Caterpillar 797F — one of the biggest trucks in the world.

But now, operating her Caterpillar 797F haul truck is a whole lot more than a job for her — it’s a way of life.

Read the story here.


John Deere and Hitachi excavator production

The first John Deere 200LC excavator to roll off the production line now welcomes guests to the Kernersville, North Carolina factory where it was created.

The machine is also the first excavator built by the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation, a joint venture that is celebrating its 30th year. (Deere-Hitachi staff are still trying to locate the first Hitachi machine built in Kernersville).

Read the story here.


Doosan and Bobcat separate

On Jan. 1, Doosan construction equipment separated from Doosan Bobcat in West Fargo, North Dakota and a new company was formed in Suwanee, Georgia, called Doosan Infracore North America, LLC.

Doosan will now operate under its own management and report directly to the company’s headquarters in South Korea.

Read the story here.


Name changes for Cat dozers

In November, Caterpillar announced it plans to rework the nomenclature of its dozer lineup.

The revised dozer naming begins with the D6 and D6 XE. like the name changes, both dozers were unveiled at Caterpillar’s annual year-end press briefing in Peoria, Illinois in November.

All dozers will be released with their new nomenclature by 2021.

Read the story here.