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ROCK products • April 2019 • 15 IN THE KNOW www.rockproducts.com FAST FACT The course included both classroom and hands-on maintenance training for all Cat F-models includ- ing the AP655F (8-ft.) and AP1055F (10-ft.) pavers. representing each of H&K Group Inc.'s civil contracting affiliates. Ron D. Wilson, training supervisor with Cater- pillar's worldwide sales and marketing department, Earthmoving Division in Maple Grove, Minn., led the training session. Training was set up through Wade Wetzel, director of maintenance at H&K, to ensure that H&K maintenance teams were familiar with all the latest features of the brand-new pavers. Wade stressed the impact that these new, state-of-the-art F-models will have for H&K going forward. "Paver technology has increased dra- matically over the years; what once was controlled by hand levers and hydrau- lics, is now controlled by computers and touch screens," explained Wade. "In order for H&K's asphalt paving quality to remain the best in the business, our mechanics have to remain well-trained and on top of all the latest technology. Cat has given us this opportunity with amazing training and support on these new high-tech F-model pavers." The new Cat F-models feature 14 on-board computers controlling its operation and maintenance. They are built to enable quicker, quieter heating of the asphalt for maximum efficiency. This emphasis on efficient delivery was the through line during the design pro- cess of the AP655F. Features such as an auto-fill feeder system and single-touch feeder system save valuable time that enables quicker project delivery. Other updated fea- tures focus on safety, something that is always on the mind at H&K. The AP655F's exclusive ventilation system draws fumes from the conveyor tunnel as well as the auger chamber and redi- rects them away from the operator for a more comfortable and healthier work- ing environment. Legislators in 37 states introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting trans- portation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis finds. This number is higher than the amount of legislation the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) tracked over the same time period last year and is pro- jected to grow as additional measures are introduced throughout the year. Motor fuel taxes continue to be a popular method to raise new revenue. Twen- ty-one states have proposed increasing one or more types of motor fuel tax to generate funding for transportation improvements. Of those 21 states, 10 included altering or creating a variable-rate tax that fluctu- ates based on external factors such as the Consumer Price Index, average wholesale price of motor fuel, or other formulas. Several states are also considering inno- vative funding solutions. Mileage-based user fee studies or pilot programs are being considered in eight states. Four states have introduced legislation to implement tolling. Of the legislation introduced in Jan- uary or February, 19 measures have advanced beyond one legislative cham- ber, with one bill, an electric vehicle registration fee increase in Wyoming, signed into law. Another bill in Arkansas to convert the state's flat excise tax to a variable-rate formula based on the average whole- sale price of fuel, implement new electric and hybrid motor vehicle reg- istration fees, and utilize at least $35 million in casino revenues for trans- portation funding has been sent to the governor and is expected to receive final approval in March. States Introduce Transportation Bills

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