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18 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | January 2015 Wacker Neuson Begins Loader Production in the U.S. e Wacker Neuson Group is building a production line for skid steer and compact track loaders at its U.S. facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis. e facility will go on stream in the first quarter of 2015, initially manufacturing four models. e U.S. is the largest market for skid-steer loaders. "Our strategy is 'in the region for the region,' so it makes sense for us to build skid-steer loaders in the region where demand is strongest – North America," explained Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE. e company hopes to speed up time to market and will give the manufacturer the ability to adapt the machines to meet specific customer requirements. e four models will initially only be distributed via the U.S. and Canadian dealer network. From 2015 on, Menomonee Falls will also be producing the skid-steer loaders SW24 and SW28 and compact track loaders ST35 and ST45. Concurrently, a local development team is working on further models to broaden the line. AED to EPA: Sink "Waters of the U.S." Proposal On Nov. 13, AED joined 375 industry trade associations and chambers of commerce from 50 states to voice concerns with the proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the country. e rule, proposed by the U.S. Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers', seeks to clarify the definition of what can be regu- lated and would dramatically expand the agency's jurisdiction. e association is calling for the proposal to be withdrawn on both legal and business grounds. AED's comments highlight that the agency failed to follow existing law on numerous counts. is includes failure to assess the economic impact that proposed regulations will have on small businesses and to follow Supreme Court prece- dent, as required by the Regula- tory Flexibility Act. e result is bad for business, useless in service of the environment and ignorant of legislative, judicial and regulatory mandates. "e administration's efforts to redefine 'waters of the United States' have been a complete failure," said Brian McGuire, AED's president and CEO. "e EPA's claim that it is reducing the total waters under its control is not just inaccurate, it is patently false. If the new definition moves forward, the EPA would reclas- sify ditches and other landscape features that occasionally carry water as tributaries to navigable waterways – as if a riverboat is going to plot a course through a puddle in your front yard. It would make the agency the nation's chief land manager – able to regulate development, farming, mining and other activity in large swaths of the country. As the suppliers of critical equipment for the construction, mining, farming and other heavy industries, our members under- stand that increased costs result in fewer projects, smaller revenue and a dismal outlook." Getting Congress to rein in the EPA is a main item on AED's legislative agenda. To contact your legislators visit aedaction.org. Sunstate Equipment Shows Industry's Opportunities to High Schoolers Sunstate Equipment recently participated in Arizona Construction Career Days, an event where more than 1,500 high school students spend the day in a hands-on learning environment with many different aspects of the construction indus- try. "is is the kind of outreach efforts we need to solve the skilled worker shortage," said Human Resources Manager Deb Ryan. "Seeing the smiles and hearing all the comments of excitement about potential career paths from the students, teachers, and counselors of the various schools was so rewarding to my co-workers and me." Sunstate brought four machines to the event. >> INDUSTRY BEAT (continued on page 18)

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