Historical Construction Equipment Association

Working to preserve the history of the construction equipment that shaped our world . . .


The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.

Our Bucyrus-Erie Film Archives video series is now available on DVD! Order from our online store!


 The HCEA is 
d to announce a new 2
0,000 square foot home for its National  Construction Equipment Museum.  
Click here for the full story on this very  important project and what you can do to help make it a reality.

September 4th-7th, Edgerton, Wisconsin! 
Click here for more information!

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Welcome to our new and expanded website! You can learn about our organization and its activities, including our International Conventions and Old Equipment Expositions and the National Construction Equipment Museum and Archives. Our Forums offer venues for the buying and selling of equipment and parts, exchange of information and general discussion. You can also peruse Photo Galleries and hundreds of Links to websites pertaining to construction, mining and dredging history.


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Thanks to our Corporate Members and Media Partners!


Corporate Members are businesses that have committed to support the HCEA through dues of $500 per year. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Corporate Members page. Information on becoming a Corporate Member is available here.


Media Partners are publishers and publications in the industry trade press who have committed to help publicize the HCEA through such means as donated advertising space, running press releases, and linking us to their websites. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Media Partners page. To participate in this program, contact us.


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Membership and Chapters


HCEA Members enjoy a subscription to Equipment Echoes, our quarterly magazine covering the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries. Our Chapters form the backbone our our organization and serve to unite members locally.


New Tractor Website Launched!

Roger Amato has launched a new website devoted to all types of older crawlers and dozers at www.classicdozers.com. The website with a banner picture of two dozers at the 2009 HCEA International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition, contains photo galleries with hundreds of pictures of crawlers, dozers, wheel dozers, and tracked loaders of all American manufacturers. Read more!

Otis Shovel Model Available!



The HCEA has launched a new line of custom scale models of historic construction equipment, and our first is as historic as they come: A 1/10 scale model of the Otis Steam Shovel, the machine that started it all in 1835. This is a limited-edition model, with only 70 being produced. It is available with manual operation by cranks for $4,500. (Please note that the air-powered, electronic servo drive option has been discontinued.) See our online store for details and ordering information.


HCEA Scholarship Available!


The HCEA is continuing to solicit applications for our engineering and construction management scholarships. Click here for more information and an application.

Welcome to our newest Corporate Members!

Renfroe Mining and Grading of Gainesville, Georgia, was founded in 1963.

Boro Sand and Stone Corporation of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, has been “providing concrete results since 1960” as a family-owned provider of ready-mixed concrete, cement, washed sand, stone and other aggregates in southeastern Massachusetts. 

Harry C. Crooker & Sons Inc. of Topsham, Maine, is a family owned and operated small business that has been around since the mid 1930s. Their main markets include earthwork, utilities, paving and aggregate production, but also provide crane servicers and snow removal and winter services. 

Welcome, Renfroe Mining and Grading, Boro stand and Stone, and Harry C. Crooker & Sons, and thank you for your support! 

Visit our Corporate Membership page for more information on this program! 

Extremely Rare Machine Donated

Dry batch pavers were one of the most important types of construction equipment in the early and mid 1900s. They were the standard technology for mixing and placing any kind of large concrete slab, from highway and runway pavement to spillways. One of the glaring holes in the Museum’s fulfillment of its mission to collect and restore examples of each major kind of construction machine has been the lack of one of these machines.

Until now. Irving F. Jensen Jr., a retired concrete paving contractor in Sioux City, Iowa, has donated a 1932 Koehring 27-E Twin-Batch concrete paver to the Museum. The paver arrived in May, 2015, in two shipments because of its size – the paver itself first, and then the boom, bucket and water tank a week later.

This donation didn’t happen overnight, as some seem to. Mr. Jensen first offered a paver to the Museum in March, 2008, and the Board of Directors approved the offer at its August meeting that year. The original machine offered was a 1952 34-E Twin-Batch, but the next year the offer was changed to the 27-E. Out of only four of five dry-batch pavers known to still exist, Mr. Jensen had two of them! The Board accepted the change, and the 34-E was donated to the Sioux City Museum in honor of the vigorous concrete paving industry that had been headquartered in that community.

Not only did Mr. Jensen donate these two exceedingly rare machines, he also had them both restored to semi-operational condition and like-new appearance. He invested some $60,000 in the 27-E alone, and it is now one of the centerpieces of the Museum collection.

  View an updated Museum equipment list, and images of the machines in our collection.

Equipment World Magazine launches Model Mania

Equipment World Magazine, a Media Partner of the HCEA, has launched a web page dedicated to collectors of construction toys and models. it's called Model Mania; have a look at it!


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