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The HCEA will construct a new, purpose-built museum building on the grounds of the National Construction Equipment Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Mr. Ken Taylor, owner of Ohio CAT, Has pledged to match up to $500,000 in contributions for this project! We thank Mr. Taylor for his outstanding commitment to the preservation to the history of the construction, dredging, and surface mining industries! For more information, click here.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
The amount shown in this goal meter does not reflect all funds raised for this project. This meter only shows donations since Ken Taylor's pledge to match up to $500,000
The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.
THE LAST TEREX 33-15 CALLS BOWLING GREEN HOME!
Click on MAKE A DONATION to help preserve this giant! This truck is the last one known to exist of the TEREX GM 33-15 Family. This truck's big brother is the only 33-19 TITAN 350-ton truck in Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada. Click here to learn more about the history of General Motors (GM) electric drive trucks.
Coming soon - Terex Titan photo gallery!
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We Don't Sell Equipment or Parts - and We Don't Build Stuff, Either, Except at our Conventions!
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to our newest Corporate Members!
Established in 1958, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers is the world's largest auctioneer of construction and mining machinery with forty permanent facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.Welcome, Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, and thank you for your support! Visit our Corporate Membership page for more information on this program!
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.
The HCEA is continuing to solicit applications for our engineering and construction management scholarships. Click here for more information and an application.
More Machines Donated
Donations continue to stream into the National Construction Equipment Museum!
Cleveland Crane & Shovel of Bedford, Ohio, has donated a fully operable 1942 Manitowoc 3500 crawler crane to the Museum. It was built for the U. S. Navy and was derated from 60 to 50 tons. Besides being our first real Crane, as National Director Don Frantz describes it, it is also a very significant historical piece in that it represents the first use of a torque converter in an excavator, a concept that Manitowoc introduced shortly before this example was built. The 3500 was also the basis for the very successful 3900, which used a larger circle, wider crawler base and larger crawlers. Along with the crane, the donor provided transportation, which involved the trucker very impressively snaking an over-length I-beam trailer and jeep dollies around the tight curve off the road and over our bridge. Thanks to Bill Aurelius and Cleveland Crane and Shovel for this tremendous donation!
The Museum has received from volunteer Bob Young what may be the oldest pull grader in its collection. Unfortunately, there is no way of positively dating it within reasonable cost, but it’s a Western Wheeled Scraper Standard that is known to have been in production in the early 1910s. It’s complete and in need of restoration. Thanks, Bob!
John S. Buckley has donated two more machines, a Hough HA industrial wheel loader of unknown age and a restored, very old Marlow diaphragm pump. Thanks, John, and thanks to National Director Dave Geis for hauling them to the Museum!
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!