Our Top 5 stories of 2017

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Throughout 2017, 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 stories that were read the most by our online audience.

5Toromont to acquire Hewitt Equipment

On Aug. 28, Toromont Cat announced it’s purchasing the Quebec-based Hewitt Equipment dealer for more than $1 billion.

The acquisition of Hewitt Equipment by Toromont Industries is the largest deal between Caterpillar dealers in the manufacturer’s history.

Read the full story here.

4Wajax introduces its Hitachi wheel loader line up

On October 20, Wajax let its customers put its new line of Hitachi wheel loaders to the test.

To introduce the new machines, Wajax hosted its first demo day for the machines at Miller Paving in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Read the full story here.

3OPP issue heavy equipment scam warning

In late September, police received a complaint from an Ontario/Quebec business owner that buys and sells heavy equipment within Canada and the United States.

According to police, the complainant received unsolicited emails advertising heavy equipment for sale in the United States.

Read the full story here.

2Dobbs Management Service purchases seven Nortrax locations

In November, Nortrax sold seven of its John Deere Construction and Forestry locations in South Florida to Dobbs Management Service.

The purchase, made through DJD Equipment Holdings, includes full service stores in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Miami and Ft. Myers, as well as parts only stores in Pompano and Riverview. The businesses will operate as Dobbs Equipment and will retain its headquarters in Tampa.

Read the full story here.

1Caterpillar announces Yellowmark: a new line of aftermarket parts

Our most viewed story of the year goes to Yellowmark, Caterpillar’s launch of its new aftermarket part brand.

The new Caterpillar brand will deliver a lower-priced tier of aftermarket parts for small and midsized equipment. Cat announced the new brand during its end of year press briefing in Peoria, Illinois on Nov. 16.

“This strategy is hopefully going to open us up to more customers in the aftermarket that had stopped thinking about Caterpillar as an option for parts. That’s really the bottom line,” said Nigel Lewis, Caterpillar’s vice president of the Global Aftermarket, Marketing and Brand division.

Read the full story here.