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Shawn Abler has been climbing and cutting trees for almost his entire life. But it's only lately that, when he and his brother Travis go to work, they draw a crowd. "We usually have people coming to watch us work every day," he said. And he understands the attraction.

Felling Trailers Inc. conducted its seventh annual online auction of an FT-3 drop deck utility trailer to benefit a non-profit organization: Children's Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). A bid of $4,500 won the online auction that closed on Oct. 5th, 2019.

Heavy construction and forestry equipment, trucks, trailers and much more were on the block at Nitke Auctions' 54th Annual fall sale. The auction was held Oct. 25 and 26 at the Nitke Auction Center in Wausau, Wis. In total,1,283 in-person bidders and 2,021 online bidders participated in the auction and chose from thousands of items during the two-day sale, including dozers, skid steers, lifts, heavy trucks, air compressors, vintage tillage/planting equipment, attachments and more.

PIRTEK Madison, which began as a mobile-only location two years ago, has opened a full Service and Supply Center to better address the needs of its growing customer base. The franchise opened in Wisconsin's capital under PIRTEK USA's Tier 2 program, a mobile-only option that enables business owners to start up a PIRTEK at a lower initial cost.

JLG Industries Inc. , an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, recently honored C.D. Smith Construction Inc. as a winner in the JLG "Crews Across America" sweepstakes. The Milwaukee-based construction company is one of several businesses being honored this year as JLG celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Asphalt Materials Inc. , a leader in the asphalt industry, announced that it has acquired the Wisconsin based asphalt companies, HG Meigs and Meigs Transport. The acquisition allows Asphalt Materials Inc. to expand its capabilities and reach within the Midwestern market.

As spectators watched curiously from the street and a nearby parking garage, specialty crews in Wisconsin methodically moved a roughly 600-ton, seven-story wall as part of an ongoing restoration of the Warner Grand Theater. Next fall, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will relocate to the Art Deco movie palace — a space that's proven extremely challenging for construction teams.

MBW Inc. is now part of the Caterpillar Allied Vendor Program. Known for high quality and long lasting machines, MBW is looking forward to being a part of the Cat family and creating a strong partnership offering equipment solutions for the construction industry, according to the company.

Case Construction Equipment dealer Miller-Bradford & Risberg provided Team Rubicon with a pair of compact track loaders to complete community service projects, multi-agency training drills and operator training during the Patriot North ‘19 event.

The Gehl Foundation awarded two $20,000 collegiate scholarships for students beginning in the fall of 2019. Anna Kiskunas, daughter of Manitou Group employee Steve Kiskunas, and Andrew Loehr, son of Manitou Group employee Thomas Loehr, are the recipients of the scholarships for 2019.

The Wacker Neuson Group has appointed Gert Reichetseder as president and CEO — North America, effective July 1, 2019. This addition to the Wisconsin-based executive management board demonstrates the importance of the growing North American construction and agricultural machinery market to the global organization, while strengthening local leadership and ongoing commitment to the United States and Canada, according to the company.