Skid-steers on duty in Middle East

Eighty-five Bobcat S330 skid-steer loaders and attachment packages are on their way to U.S. military units, according to Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, N.D.

Some of the machines are tagged for delivery to U.S. military units in Afghanistan. “Twenty-five of them are considered a high-priority requirement,”  says Bobcat’s Mike Melroe. “They will be put on planes. The remaining 60 will be sent on ships.”

The attachment package includes a trencher, snow v-blades, pallet fork and frame and bucket for each of the 85 loaders. “These machines will be used as a force multiplier, making individual soldiers more productive,” Melroe says. “The loaders they ordered all come equipped with the top-of-the-line option package. These loaders will be ready to perform in any climate.”

During 2008, Bobcat is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Guardian curtainwall gets nod

Major Industries’ translucent curtainwall, the Guardian 275, has been approved by the Florida Building Commission for use in the Florida construction industry. The Guardian 275 hurricane system offers the same high-quality, glare-free light found in Major’s standard Guardian 275 translucent panel systems.

In order to receive Florida approval, the Wisconsin company’s translucent curtainwall had to withstand a variety of missile impact, water and air infiltration and pressure load tests. Guardian 275, with its unique sandwich panel design and use of high-performance materials, offers strong protection against hurricane-force winds and flying debris.

DBCI launches new web site

DBCI, an Atlanta-based supplier of steel curtain roll-up doors for commercial and industrial applications and self-storage doors and accessories, recently launched its Web site at

The site lets users access information about DBCI and its products, submit requests for literature or quotes, get installation instructions and installer support, or review a glossary of industry-related terms.

VersaTube ‘tunnels’ for airport

VersaTube Building Systems, manufacturer of pre-engineered steel framing components and systems, is providing  a temporary covered walkway system for use during major construction under  way at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The covered walkway system provides a “safety zone” corridor for pedestrians entering and exiting the terminal building, offers protection from construction debris and outside elements.

The system consists of a primary curbside 20-foot wide by 660-foot long walkway canopy and a series of connecting “tunnels” ranging from 160 feet to 300 feet in length.  The VersaTube design allows for quick disassembly and relocation of a “tunnel,” giving flexibility to move the corridors as needed.

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