Utility Contractor

MAY-JUN 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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10 Utility Contractor | May/June 2018 GROUNDBREAKING NEWS Eye on the Future RIGHT: Iowa Trenchless president Jason Clark and Panorama Elementary Principal & School Improvement Coordinator Liz Ratcliff. Iowa Trenchless president Jason Clark is helping school children in his area learn and have fun – while perhaps sparking an interest in construction – purchasing a bulk subscription of Jobsite Juniors for students at Panorama Elementary in Panora, Iowa. Clark purchased 40 subscriptions for the school's first grade class. Jobsite Juniors is published by Utility Contractor publisher Benjamin Media Inc. Jobsite Juniors was launched in 2017 and is intended for kids 5 to 8 years of age. The pages of Jobsite Juniors are packed full of education, games and cool pictures of trucks, bulldozers and other equipment. A sample issue is available online at jobsitejuniors.com. Despite the fact that the construction industry offers high-paying jobs with good benefits, attracting workers to the industry has been a challenge. Jobsite Juniors helps instill an interest in construction that perhaps may lead to a career in the industry. In 1957, Wacker Corp. be- gan its journey into the US construction market with a single product, the company's signature vibratory rammer. The merger between Wacker Con- struction Equipment AG and Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen in 2007 (10 years ago) created a new Wacker Neuson brand along with one of the largest equipment portfolios in the world. The company's roots date back to 1848 in a blacksmith shop in Dresden, Germany. The opening of the U.S. operation for the family-owned manufacturer was a true milestone. Broth- ers Peter and Hermann Wacker had the foresight to bring a growing German construction equipment business to the com- munity of Hartford, Wisconsin. The brothers' hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed by contractors and equipment distributors. The rammer's reputation as a revolutionary com- paction machine quickly skyrocketed and in 1958 a new of- fice, warehouse and production facility was built on Wacker Drive in Hartford. Wacker Neuson Celebrates 60 years in the United States

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