April 2015

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April 2015 | Construction Equipment Distribution | www.cedmag.com | 19 in the news Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., announced the 2014 winners of the Hyundai Pinnacle Award, an honor bestowed on the company's leading construction equipment dealers in North America. In addition to earning a Pinnacle Award, Cisco Equipment, with two of the top 15 salespeople in the United States, was named top-performing dealer of 2014. e dealer has four locations in Texas and New Mexico. e other 2014 Hyundai Pinnacle Award winners, in alphabetical order, are: n Four Seasons Equipment, four locations in Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas n May Heavy Equipment, locations in North and South Carolina n Nueces Power Equipment, eight locations across Texas n Rob's Hydraulics Inc., two locations in North Carolina n Team Boone, located in Bardstown, Ky. n Woodland Equipment Inc., five locations in British Columbia, Canada "Leader in Excavator Rock Ripping Attachments" www.digrock.com sales@leattach.com 866-928-5800 or 508-829-4855 ® eading dge ttachments, Inc. Operators Claim: "the best attachment I ever bought!" Multi-DigNRip Bucket (shanks on back) 4 times faster than a hammer 6 to 9 times the force of a standard 5 tooth bucket Rips the sides and bottom of the trench flat with no depth limitation Ripperfection! "Bedrock Sharc" with the excavator rock ripping TM "SHanks on an ARC" technology Bedrock TM Hi-Cap Multi-Ripper Bucket Hardox 400 construction - Available for all excavators and backhoes W. omas (Tom) Kirchoff Jr., third-generation owner of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, aer a four-and-a-half-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Tom was 44 years old. Tom was AED's Government Affairs Committee chair- man in 2010 and testified on AED's behalf in 2009 before the House Small Business Committee about the impact of the federal highway program on the equipment industry. He was a long-time AED PAC supporter and a member of the AED Highway Infrastructure Taskforce. He also worked to build the relationship between AED and now- House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.). He was the son of William Kirchhoff, former Cleveland Brothers chairman, and the grandson of Royal Cleveland, founder of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Tom joined the company in May 1994, and moved steadily to higher levels of responsibility over the course of the next decade. He was named executive vice president and COO of in 2004; that year he was also named dealer principal of Cleveland Brothers by Caterpillar. In 2005, with his cousin and co-owner Jay Cleveland Jr., Tom oversaw the acqui- sition and merger of Beckwith Ma- chinery Company. He was an instru- mental part of the leadership team that ensured a smooth transition as the company doubled in size. Before joining Cleveland Brothers, Kirchhoff was a star quarterback at Lafayette College, and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Aer college, he signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom is survived by his wife, Staci, and their children, Tommy, Sam, Brynley and Ty. Parts of this article originated from Construction Equipment Guide and are reprinted with permission. Industry Mourns Cleveland Bros.' Tom Kirchoff Tom Kirchoff, far right, is pictured at the 2010 AED Washington Fly-In with past chairmen (from left) Dennis Vander Molen and Tim Watters.

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