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December 3, 2010  By Treena Hein

More exhibitors, new exhibitors and lots of new products are sure to
make 2011’s National Heavy Equipment Show in Toronto in March one to be

New features, products and exhibitors make the 2011 National Heavy Equipment Show the “venue” of choice.

More exhibitors, new exhibitors and lots of new products are sure to make 2011’s National Heavy Equipment Show in Toronto in March one to be remembered.

“In mid-November, we were over 90% sold out,” reveals show manager Mark Cusack. “It’s a first for this show to be that far along so early in the game. At this rate, we may be completely sold out by early January. It’s shaping up to be one of the best shows yet.”

Doosan will have several pieces of equipment at the Toronto show, including the DX235LCR reduced tail swing excavator.


One of the reasons for the excitement is the fact that more exhibitors are coming than in previous years – which is very much due, in Cusack’s mind, to the economic recovery going on right now. “The industry is showing increasing strength when it comes to sales,” he observes. “In recent weeks, several major industry players have announced record sales as companies are replenishing equipment after cutting back during slower times.“

The large number of exhibitors makes the National Heavy Equipment Show “the” venue to which decision-makers and buyers want to come. “All the key players in this industry will have their products there on display,” Cusack says. “Being at the show helps people in the industry make informed decisions about which equipment is best to get their mega-projects done on time and on budget.”

Among the large number of exhibitors will be many new ones strutting their stuff, such as Halifax, N.S.-based Trecan Snowmelters. “We’ve heard a lot about the show and we’re looking forward to participating,” says Terry Dwyer, Trecan’s national sales manager.  “We’re looking to do a lot more education and create much more awareness about snowmelters.”

People are generally not aware, says Dwyer, of the fact that they’ve been around for 35 years, and over 500 of their units are being used in Canada and the U.S. Basically, snow is loaded onto the machine and melted. Any garbage is captured and melt water is sent down the storm sewer. “They are very efficient and reliable and save money on snow budgets,” says Dwyer. 

New for the winter of 2010/2011, is Trecan’s contract-edition snowmelter, which has a “try before you buy” rental option (rent can be deducted from the purchase price). “They handle 40 to 135 tonnes of snow per hour, and we can put a company logo on them,” Dwyer says. “We also have remote communications on all machines, with which we can monitor location and operations, do diagnostic testing and more.” 

Volvo Trucks Canada is also among the show’s keen first-timers. “We think that with the recovery of the economy, now is a great time to see current products and gather information to make an informed decision when replacing existing vehicles with more fuel-efficient models,” says marketing manager Carol Girard.

Volvo Trucks Canada will be showcasing its VHD product, specifically designed for the vocational market. Girard says the flexible design allows for quick body mounting and easy hook-ups with the body builder junction box, which gets the truck on the road quicker. “EPA 10 emissions is still a hot topic,” she adds, “so we'll be addressing Volvo's solution and the savings it offers our customers.”

A number of companies will be introducing new products, including Trout River Industries, which will launch its new "Shuttle Flow" trailer (above). The show organizers say the numbers for this year’s show are up compared to those for the 2009 event (below).  

Another first at the show – and in the Ontario market – is Chinese manufacturer LiuGong’s full line of roadbuilding and earth-moving heavy equipment.  “The show is a great forum to let people know we’re in the market and showcase the LiuGong line – visitors will see the equipment’s quality is equal to any produced in North America,” says Glen Keam, the sales and business development manager at distributor Fieldworks Construction Equipment. There will be three or four pieces of equipment there for people to look over. “We want to highlight the fact these machines have components from some of the most recognized and respected parts and OEM manufacturers in the world,” Keam notes. “These are high-quality machines with substantial price savings both at the time of purchase and in the long run for parts and service.”

Yet another first-timer at the show is BMH Systems of Boucherville, Que. BMH has over 31 years in the design and manufacturing of concrete batch plants and will be presenting its new EG-10 low-profile, portable ready-mix concrete plant. The EG-10 is available in a dry batch configuration or as a wet batch plant with the Rollmaster reversing drum mix. “Many wet batch plants can cost upwards of $50,000 to move from one site to another,” says Derek Brown, BMH regional sales manager. Our EG-10 can be set up and running for dry batch operation in half a day with no need for a crane.” With the EG-10 in wet batch configuration, the Rollmaster is mounted on a trailer and can be self-erecting, making it extremely portable and economical.

Also making its show debut is Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, which will be displaying two new reduced-tail-swing excavators and a new wheel loader. “The new excavators are both designed for use in confined areas, and are particularly suitable for use on roadways where they can operate without concern for blocking adjacent traffic lanes,” says spokesperson Doug Zoerb. The wheel loader is the new 148-horsepower DL220, which is sized to fit the needs of many government agencies, and can haul everything from sand and gravel to snow and storm debris.

Other exhibitors, like Sussex, N.B.-based Torrent Technical Inc., have participated in the show many times, but are very excited to be coming back. “This is a big, big show, and it’s always well done,” states Torrent VP of sales and marketing Jim MacKay. “It brings people up to speed on the technology and gives us a chance to do some education on the importance of matching the attachment to the carrier, which is critical.” Torrent will be proudly presenting its skid-steer mulcher, a brand-new addition to the company’s line of boom-mounted models. 

Another new product debuting at the show is the OilQuick, an automatic hydraulic quick coupler for excavators, loaders and rubber-tired backhoes from Mississauga, Ont.-based Creighton Rock Drill. It’s the only hydraulic quick coupler system available on the market that allows hydraulic systems to be changed without leaving the cab, says Creighton general manager Jamie Armstrong. There will be models on display at the booth and also a demo at the Rodeo. “We are absolutely looking forward to the show, as a chance to spend time with customers and to grow as a company,” notes Creighton. “It’s a company-wide participation event for us, so all our sales reps, shippers and receivers will be there. We will also be hosting vendor and customer-appreciation nights, so come on by.”

Rocktrack Inc. of Markham, Ont., will be presenting two new lines – one being the 2011 Rubble Master series of compact crushers. They will also be introducing the Belgian-made Keestrack screening and crushing plants to the Canadian market. "They have been very successful in Europe," explains Rocktrack president Jay Sood.

Prince Edward Island-based Trout River Industries will be launching its new “Shuttle Floor” trailer at the show, the world’s first full-width belt trailer. It has a 76-cubic-yard capacity and can unload in 90 seconds. “We would like to show customers that the Shuttle Floor is virtually maintenance-free and very easy to use for drivers,” says Trout River manager Darrin Mitchell. “However, the most important point that we would like to convey is that Trout River understands that in today’s business climate, owners need to have equipment that can run 24/7 on a variety of jobs that will make them money – and that’s why we made the Shuttle Floor.”

Strongco Corporation of Mississauga, Ont., will be displaying a full lineup of Volvo construction equipment along with products from its other suppliers.  “We have recently added Dressta dozers, VT Leeboy commercial pavers and Sennebogen material handlers (in the Atlantic region only) to our distribution,” says Maria Valentini, Strongco’s business development specialist. Strongco will also be displaying and conducting live demonstrations of the Volvo CareTrack system. “This is a telematics system that works with the Volvo machine’s own diagnostic system relaying data back via GPS and satellite,” says Valentini. “Being digitally connected to their machines, our customers can analyze optimum use, service requirements and benefit from theft protection for their fleet.”

In addition to seeing these and lots of other great exhibitors, Marta Blocki, spokesperson for the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA), believes people should attend the show for the high level of quality service they have come to expect over the last 14 years. The OSSGA will be highlighting the benefits of membership, “particularly with respect to suppliers to the industry, as well as equipment that promotes health and safety and more environmentally sensitive operations,” says Blocki.

Of special interest to supplier member companies, in Blocki’s view, is a new feature at the 2011 Show – The Gravel Pit – which will showcase the latest in equipment, technologies and service for crushing, screening, processing, recycling and haulage. The Gravel Pit is proudly sponsored by Aggregates & Roadbuilding magazine.

Another popular event at the show – a return from the 2009 edition – is the always-popular Backhoe Rodeo. “Operators will put large equipment through selected timed events in an enclosed area, which requires a steady hand and exact precision,” says Cusack. “It’s a great way to showcase how different brands can perform, and is always a crowd-pleaser.”

See you at the show!


Exhibitor list
Company    Booth #
5th Wheel Training Institute    1128
A.D.F. Diesel ( Toronto ) inc.    2622
ABS Remorques Inc    1104
Aggmin Equipment Ltd.    3526
Aggregates & Roadbuilding Magazine    4016
AMACO Construction Equipment Inc.    4001 & 1327
AMI Attachments    3549
AORS    3024
Arctic Traveler (Canada) Ltd.    2304
Asphalt Concrete Equipment & Supplies    3626
Asphalt Zipper Inc.    1167
Astec Mobile Screens    4001
Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Canada    2101
Atlas Dewatering Corporation    2134
Bakercorp    1172
Battlefield Equipment Rentals    3041
Beavercreek Building Systems    1369
Beka Lube Products    2102
BMH Systems    4028
Bobcat    2428
Bomag ( Canada) Inc.    2517
BPT Components & Parts Inc.    2418
Campo Equipment Co.Ltd.    2417
Canadian Scale Company    3374
Cansel Survey Equipment    1140
Carmix Canada    2413
CASE – Strongco LP    1108
Caterpillar    3041
Centennial College    1176
Certified Labs    1150
Cheng Gong    3601
CIT Equipment Finance    1329
Claessen Pumps Limited    1331
Comacchio    3501
CMI Mulching    1106
Construction Equipment Solutions    2416
Contractors Rental Supply    3525
Cormidi Tracked Haulers    3901
Corner Motor Sales    1174
COS Shore Inc.    3915
Company    Booth #
Craig Manufacturing    3431
Crane and Hoist Canada    4096
Creighton Rock Drill    3083/3050/
CTS Cargo Tie-Down Specialty    1304
Cummins Eastern Canada    1367
D&R Electronics Co Ltd    3865
Danuser Augers    3901
De Lage Landen Financial Services Canada Inc.    1126
Devtra Inc. "The Checker"    1136
Dican Inc.    2105
Direct Equipment Ltd.    2434
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment    1103
Dynamic Tire    3630
Dynapac    3541
Dyne Industries    3911
Eastern Farm Machinery Ltd.    3901
Eastrock Inc.    3501
Equipment Journal    1166
Etnyre Live Bottom Dumps    1102
EZ Scale (Trouble Shooting Services)    4124
Farmbro Inc.    1335
Fiori Dumpers    3901
Fleming College , Centre for heavy Equipment    3362
FLO Components Ltd    3849
Float King    3649
Forster Instruments Inc.    1160
Furukawa Rock Drills    3501
G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd.    3401
GC. Duke Equipment Ltd.    2635
Gear Centre – Off Highway Division    1311
Genesis Attachments    3048
Genrep Ltd.    3955
GEO Shack Canada    1112
Glasvan Great Dane    1102
Groeneveld CPL Systems    3432
Grote Industries    1124
G-Trax Wear Parts Inc.    2805
Hammond Air Conditioning Ltd.    2808
Company    Booth #
Hansa-Flex Hydraulics    1361
Harper Power Products Inc.    3441
HCEA    3803
Heavy Duty Direct    1341
Heavy Equipment Guide    2107
Heavyquip    3921
Helac Corporation    2302
Hella -Inc.    1158
Hi – Sharp Products Inc.    2111
Hitachi    3029
Hultdins     3016
Husqvarna Construction Products    2316
ICE Mfg. / Frost Fighter    2312
Indexator Inc.    3016
Infrastructures    1347
JA Larue Inc.    3531
JA Larue Inc.    3541
JA Walker    3651
Jade Equipment Company Ltd.    1305
Johnson Crushers International    4001
Kal Tire    2532
Kawartha Rock Quarry Inc.    3000
Kawasaki    3526
Keestrack    4239
Key Maintenance Technologies    1377
Kleenoil Filtration Canada Ltd.    1170
Kolberg Pioneer    4001
Company    Booth #
Krown    3010
Kubota Canada Ltd.    3501
Kwik Load Products Ltd.    2812
Landoll Tilt Bed Trailers    1102
Le Groupe Systeme Foret (GSF)    3012
LeeBoy    3531
Leica Geosystems Inc.    3042
Liebherr Canada    3048
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc.    3004
Link Belt Construction    3526
Liu Gong / Fieldworks Construction Equip.    1107
LVG Auctions    1321
Mack Trucks    4106
Mactek Technologies Inc.    1162
Maizis & Miller Consultants    1146
Marcel Equipment    1184
Marindustrial Ontario Inc.    1353
Market Book    2115
McCloskey International    4204 &4208
McDowell Brothers Parts    1353
Media Edge Publishing    3020
Mersinco Enterprises Inc.    1122
Mike Staub Equipment    3366
Miller Electric    3946
Multiquip Inc.    2435
Newtons Electric Inc.    3026
NLS Products    2803
North Toronto Auction    3942
NYE Manufacturing    3650
On-Site Magazine    1114
Ontario Laser Rentals Ltd.    3029
Company    Booth #
Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance    1148
OSSGA    4098
Pathfinder Lubricants    2114
Pearl Abrasive Co.    2133
Phoenix Measurement Solutions    1357
PLS Insoles    2135
Power Pusher Canada    2121
Powerscreen of Canada Ltd.    4029
Pride Bodies Ltd.    1109
Pro Fleet Care    3364
Promac Manufacturing    2403
Quality Chain Canada    1152
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers    1120
RMT Equipment Inc.    1379
Rocktrack Inc.    4239
Rubble Master    4239
Sabat Consulting Group    3925
SANY America    1101
SGC Attachments, The St. George Co.    3368
Simplicity Air Ltd.    1138
SKF Lubrication Solutions    3555
Solideal Canada    3919
Sovereign Fusion Inc.    4032
Split-Fire Sales    2408
Stinson Equipment    3376
Strongco     3001
Supply Post  Magazine    1375
Takeuchi Mfg (US)    3651
The Embroidery Shop    2103
The Fluid Life Corporation    2818
Thermo King of Eastern Canada    1317
Company    Booth #
Threshold Inc.    3927
Titan Sales    4013
Toplift Enterprises    4210
Toronto Tracparts Ltd.    3022
Torrent Mulchers    1116
Total Equipment Sales Inc.    2100
TQC Canada / Cheng Gong    3601
Trackless Vehicles Ltd.    2411
Tramac Equipment Lts.    3625
Trecan Snowmelters    2702
Trout River Industries    2702
Tsurumi Canada    2129
Tyrolit Diamond Products    2624
Ultra Seat Corporation    3907
United Rentals    2109
United Rotary Brush Corp.    2300
Valley Blades Limited    3913
Vermeer Canada Inc    1113
Voghel Enviroquip Inc.    4210
Volvo Trucks Canada    4217
Vulcan Attachments    3940
Vulcan On-Board Scales    1343
Wacker Neuson Ltd.    2126
Weber MT Inc.    2801
Weldco – Beales Mfg.    1169
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Company    3909
Whelen    1130
Wilcox Truck Bodies Ltd.    3442
Woodbridge Equipment Parts Inc.    2306
Yanmar / Conagfor    3049
York Portable Machine Tools    1301

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