Aladdin hotel implosion….

Goliath dismantling resumes…

The dismantling of Goliath, the largest gantry crane in North America and a long-time Quincy landmark, has resumed, but the investigation of the recent deadly collapse at the former Fore River Shipyard is continuing.

Full story here.

Bobcat passes manufacturing milestone…

In its golden anniversary year, Bobcat has achieved yet another significant milestone by manufacturing the company’s 750,000th skid-steer loader 50 years after the Melroe and Keller brothers came together to introduce the Melroe self-propelled loader, the forerunner to the Bobcat® skid-steer loader.

Neil Woodfin, President, Bobcat EMEA, said: “It was only in February 2001, that Bobcat produced the company‘s 500,000th skid-steer loader, and it has taken just seven years more for Bobcat to produce another 250,000 skid-steer loaders. This is a testament to the popularity and demand for such a highly productive quality machine. The milestone was marked during a public celebration of the Bobcat 50th anniversary, attended by Yongmaan Park, chairman of Doosan Infracore, the parent company of Bobcat, and other Bobcat executives, as well as North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and members of the Melroe and Keller families.”

The Bobcat operation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has played a large part in this success. From 1963 to 1965, demand for Bobcat skid-steer loaders in the European marketplace was met by products imported from the USA. Beginning in 1965, first the M-444 and later the M-600 brought out in 1968, were produced under licence in Europe for local markets, initially by Luff & Smith in Southampton in the UK, then by Beltrami in Ravenna, Italy, and later by Scheid Maschinenfabrik in Aumenau, Germany, before worldwide production was concentrated back in the USA in the mid-1970s.
There have been many milestones in the development of the Bobcat skid-steer loader since its first appearance in Europe in the early 1960s. 1970 was an important year, with the invention of the Bob-Tach quick change attachment system still in use today, which enables the loader to be transformed quickly and effortlessly into a multi-application machine. In the same year, Melroe Company, the forerunner to the Bobcat Company, introduced the M-970 ‘Big Bob’ loader, the first Bobcat loader with hydrostatic transmission. Designed to handle jobs too small for heavy equipment and too big for most compact machines, the M-970 set the pattern for the large frame Bobcat skid-steer loaders seen today.

In 1976, came the model 520 loader – the first of the ‘New Breed’ designs that resulted a year later in the 30 Series with the introduction of the models 530 and 630. Along with this new series, which featured an entirely new machine design from earlier models, came important improvements in the cab, seat, engine compartment and armrest, amongst others.

The seat bar, an important new feature in operator comfort and safety, was introduced in 1981. A year later brought the introduction of the 40 Series loaders featuring fully hydrostatic drive. By 1990, the 50 Series generation of loaders was launched with the introduction of the 753 and 853 loaders, equipped with an innovative, state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring system known as the Bobcat Operation Sensing System or BOSS. In 1992, the company began production of the 7753 vertical lift path loader, a departure from the traditional ‘radius’ path lift arm design that had been the mainstay of the Bobcat line from the beginning.

Throughout the 1990s, sales of Bobcat skid-steer loaders in Europe increased dramatically and, in 1999, Bobcat complemented the skid-steer loader line with the launch of the company’s first compact tracked loader, the model 864.

In 2004, the first Bobcat skid-steer loader to be manufactured in Europe for 30 years was marked by production of a 553 model at the former Superstav plant in Dobris, Czech Republic. Three years later, Bobcat opened a completely new European Factory and Training Centre a kilometre away in Dobris and at the same time launched the S100, the first Bobcat skid-steer loader designed and manufactured in Europe.

Memorial bridge dropped…

October 6, 2008 marked the first stage of the demolition of the Bismarck, North Dakota Liberty Memorial Bridge, in service since 1922. Originally dedicated to troops from North Dakota who fought in WWI, the bridge was deemed out of date and replaced by the new four-lane bridge built only yard to the south. Demolition is scheduled to conclude at the end of the month. All materials will be salvaged and re-cycled.

The following video captures a remarkable close-up of the initial implosion.

Do NOT upset a dozer operator…

It’s a long video, there’s way too much chat, but there is an object lesson here. If you’re going to upset someone, make sure they don’t have access to a 50 tonne Komatsu dozer.


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Robots to attack nuclear dustbin…

Robots will soon begin dismantling the plant which gave Dounreay the title of being the world’s nuclear dustbin.

Details can be found here.

EXCLUSIVE – Blown foam interview…

In an exclusive video interview with Demolition News, CA Group Ltd commercial director Brian Watson reveals the true scale of the problem of foam panels that were produced with ozone-depleting CFCs and HCFCs.

General collects construction “oscar”…

UK demolition and recycling contractor General Demolition has won the Demolition Contractor of the Year award at the Contract Journal Construction Industry Awards 2008, the Oscars of the construction world, which were held on Monday, 22 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

“We are extremely proud to have won this prestigious award in recognition of our business performance, our high profile contract awards and our commitment to recycling, training and health and safety,” said Colin McLoughlin, Chairman of General Demolition.

The judges summed up their decision as follows: “General Demolition enjoyed a record business performance in 2007 with revenues up 50% on the previous year and several high profile contract awards. It has invested in new facilities to help treat contaminated soil, as well as starting a new business reclaiming and reusing bricks and now recycles 90% of demolition waste. Training and health and safety are a priority, with site managers and supervisors targeted for additional training.”

Cancer cluster building demolished…

An old house at the centre of a cancer cluster scare at Atherton Fire Station in Cairns, Australia has been demolished.

Cairns-based demolition experts began removing asbestos from the house adjoining the fire station on Friday and finished the job yesterday with an excavator.

Read the full story here.

Geith to close Wales facility…

Doosan Infracore International (DII) has announced that Geith, a market leading manufacturer of high quality buckets and other attachments for the construction equipment and mining industry that forms part of DII’s Attachments business, will consolidate its European manufacturing operations at the Geith facility in Slane, Ireland. As a result of the consolidation, the Geith manufacturing facility in Tredegar, Wales, will be closed with the loss of 47 jobs.

The company reports that this decision has become necessary due to the decline of the construction equipment industry in Western Europe and North America, which are key markets for Geith.

Neil Woodfin, President of Doosan Infracore International EMEA, said, “People are the cornerstone of our business. Therefore, we regret to announce that it has become necessary to close the Tredegar manufacturing facility. Our human resource team will be working with the employees at this facility to help them find alternative employment between now and the end of the year. The consolidation of manufacturing operations at our facility in Slane, Ireland, will continue to allow us to match production output with our customers’ needs for competitively priced, quality products. Through our facility in Ireland, we will continue to offer the full range of standard and customised buckets that we offer our customers today.”

As well as Geith, Doosan Infracore International group is also the parent company for Bobcat and Montabert.