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JAN-FEB 2019

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January/February 2019 45 product news continued an opportunity to strengthen our firms to better meet the business objectives of our clients. We've been doing a lot of planning together, and we have been functioning as a team for months — now it's official." Steve Gardner, president and CEO of ECSI, expressed similar sentiment. "From my first meeting with Mark, I had a good feeling about the fit between SynTerra and ECSI," Gardner said. "Our experience, cul- ture, and vision for the future were in sync. With ECSI recently acquiring the geotech- nical capabilities of the Bowser-Morner Lexington office, our combined groups can now offer a complete engineering and science-based package. Everyone at ECSI is excited about the opportunities this partnership brings." SynTerra covers a full range of scien- tific disciplines in conjunction with pro- cess, civil, mining and geotechnical engi- neering. SynTerra provides services to the electric utility, forest products, mining and minerals processing, manufacturing, site development, chemicals, and government market sectors. Push Block Dislodges Haul Trucks Without Damage Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), a leader in off-highway truck customization, recently introduced the Push Block for articulated and rigid-frame trucks. PHIL engineered the Push Block to integrate with the rear chassis on off-highway trucks ranging from 20 tons to 400 tons. The optimal posi- tioning of the Push Block allows operators a safe and engineered "push point" to dis- lodge trucks from areas with poor ground conditions without damaging the truck body or pushing equipment. "Poor underfoot conditions can cause trucks to become stuck," said Josh Swank, PHIL's vice president of sales. "Prior to the development of the Push Block, support equipment, such as a dozer, pushed di- rectly on the truck body to move it to dryer ground where it could regain traction. This type of pushing on the truck can damage the tires, hinge and even the body since there's no component of a truck designed to take this type of pin-point pressure." The Push Block provides a stable as- sembly that transfers rear pushing force directly to the truck's frame, preventing damage. By transferring the pushing and pulling forces through the Push Block to the truck frame, operations prevent dam- age, downtime and the associated costs without affecting the loading process or payload. Without the Push Block, trucks can experience body damage that impacts material flow or tailgate damage as much as $15,000. An integrated hook also allows the Push Block to be used for pulling a dis- abled or stuck off-highway truck. PHIL designed the articulating Push Block for simplicity and durability. The Push Block pivots downward for unob- structed dumping, and is made of high- strength, abrasive-resistant Hardox 450 steel to ensure long-term stability. The Push Blocks are offered as stand- alone products or as part of a versatile, customizable package designed to en- hance productivity. McLanahan Acquires Anaconda Equipment In 2017, McLanahan Corp. began a part- nership with Anaconda Equipment of Northern Ireland to distribute and sell Anaconda's line of mobile track equip- ment. As the relationship between the two companies progressed, it became clear that their values and business styles were closely aligned. Recently, the two com- panies announced that Anaconda Equip- ment will officially join McLanahan's fam- ily of companies upon legal closing within the next 30 to 60 days. "We looked into growing our line of track equipment in several different ways," said Sean McLanahan, CEO of McLanahan. "When it came down to it, we saw in Anaconda a company that was well-established, had great employees and dealers, and had many of the same values and business principles as we do. Adding them to our family of companies seemed like a clear fit." Founded in 2008 by Alistair Forsyth and Martin Quinn, Anaconda Equipment has spent the last decade developing their extensive range of mobile tracked equipment. The range includes scalping, screening, recycling and conveying equip- ment, which is sold through a global deal- er network. In the past 10 years, they have sold more than 1,200 units into more than 50 countries across six continents. Sean McLanahan, CEO of McLanahan, left, and Alistair Forsyth, founder of Anaconda Equipment, formalize the deal. (Photo: McLanahan)

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