Hot Mix August 2005

News from Around the Industry for August/September 2005.

Neal Manufacturing Back in Sealcoating Equipment Business

Neal Manufacturing Co., Villa Rica, GA, has re-entered the sealcoating equipment industry, according to owner and president Harold Neal.

A leading manufacturer of sealcoating equipment for more than 20 years, Neal Mfg. sold its paving and sealcoating lines to Ingersoll-Rand/Blaw-Knox in 2000. Neal re-opened its Villa Rica plant in May and currently offers repair parts and service for most Neal and Blaw-Knox spray systems. Neal also has begun manufacturing a line of sealcoating equipment.

Chris Robins, who had been with the company from 1980 through 2000, rejoins as general manager.

Neal Mfg. made its mark in the sealcoating industry with the introduction of the ESSP spray system, a hydraulic piston pump that pumps sealer containing large amounts of sand, in the early 1980s. The ESSP system pumps at rates of 50 to 100 gallons per minute and doesn't require downtime to replenish pressure.

Neal re-enters the sealcoating market with a new logo that Neal says expresses the company's "transition from past to present and symbolizes its renewed commitment to an asphalt sealcoating industry that has long been a part of its heritage."

For more information on Neal Mfg. call 770-830-1282 or send an e-mail to[email protected].

Bobcat expands attachment production

Bobcat Company, West Fargo, ND, has announced two expansion moves concentrating on compaction equipment attachments.

In February Bobcat announced it had acquired a former Ingersoll-Rand plant, in Carrollton, GA. In May Bobcat said it will expand its Litchfield, MN, attachments factory and bring in light production and research-and-development operations currently housed in its Grove City, MN, operation.

"Since we pioneered the skid-steer loader and have maintained market leadership, it's been natural for our attachments focus to grow as well," said Bruce Collins, vice president of attachments and utility vehicles.

Collins said the Carrollton factory will specialize in producing general and multi-purpose Bobcat attachments for loaders and compact excavators. The Litchfield expansion will create an additional 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space and an additional 10,000 square feet for research and development.

Both expansions are expected to be operational by the fourth quarter.

Industry appointments

At Bomag Americas Inc., Kewanee, IL, Julie Jackson is vice president, operation; Bert Erdmann is director of engineering; and Larry Keach is intelligent compaction specialist....At Federal Signal Environmental Products Group, Elgin, IL, Bill Byrnes is director of service operations, and Mark Circo is federal government regional manager.

At Wooster Hydrostatics, Wooster, OH, Rick Conrad is service technician...Goodyear, Akron, OH, names John Sweeney general manager for global off-the-road tires, and Tom Grolemund is Goodyear's director of chemical operations....At Allmand Bros. Inc., Holdrege, NE, Dave Morgan is president and chief operating office...At Mi-T-M Corp., Peosta, IA, Pat White is sales operations manager.