The Top 5 construction news stories of 2020

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Throughout 2020, news stories coming out of the heavy equipment and construction industries 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:

5Big Timber on History Channel

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A British Columbia-based tree-to-board logging company was the focus of History Channel’s Big Timber.

The new 10-episode series followed the work of logger Kevin Wenstob. Along with his life partner Sarah Fleming, Wenstob is the owner of Wenstob Timber Resources, one of the last independent sawmill and logging operations on Vancouver Island.

The first episode of Big Timber premiered on History Channel on October 8.

Read the full story here.

4Brandt unites Canadian John Deere dealerships

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The Canadian construction equipment industry saw a major shift when the Brandt Group of Companies concluded an agreement to acquire the assets of Nortrax Canada Inc. and Nortrax Quebec Inc. from John Deere. 

The landmark deal was a strategic move by the family-owned company to unite all John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships in Canada under the Brandt banner, creating the country’s first and only coast-to-coast-to-coast equipment dealer network.

The agreement has opened the door for Brandt to deliver seamless access to Deere products, parts and support services to Canadian contractors.

Read the full story here.

3Blaw-knox pavers sold to Gencor

In July of 2020, Volvo Construction Equipment signed an agreement to sell the North American Blaw-Knox paver business, as well as associated assets, to asphalt equipment manufacturer Gencor Industries. 

The Blaw-Knox business and associated assets shifted to Gencor, including the transfer of the manufacturing production line that is currently located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

The Blaw-Knox brand dates back more than a century when in 1917 Blaw Collapsible Steel Centering Company merged with the Knox Pressed and Welded Steel Company.

Read the full story here.

2ConExpo and COVID-19

In March, before COVID-19 took hold of the world, an “overwhelming majority” of ConExpo exhibitors confirmed their participation in the 2020 instalment of the Las Vegas trade show.

ConExpo organizers said companies that cancelled accounted for 4,175 square metres, out of 251,000 square metres.

The cancellations accounted for about 1.7 per cent of floor space, and ConExpo was been able to re-sell about 1,400 square metres of the cancelled space.

Read the full story here.

1Construction is an essential service

Our most read story of 2020 was published in March, as the pandemic became a reality in Canada.

As Ontario announced the province would go into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, various forms of construction, mining and forestry were included in the province’s list of essential services, allowing work to continue.

 Heavy equipment repair and rental were also deemed an essential service, as well as road construction and maintenance.

Read the full story here.