As Aggregates Manager, Better Roads and Equipment World — all sister publications for Randall-Reilly Publishing Co.’s Construction Media Division first reported in late August — LeeBoy has created a new business division, LB Performance Paving Products. (When we first reported, an official name had not been finalized.)
The manufacturer of commercial asphalt paving equipment, is officially announcing a line of Blaw-Knox branded equipment. In collaboration with Volvo Construction Equipment, LeeBoy has licensed the Blaw-Knox brand in the commercial paving class and will be responsible for all engineering, design, manufacturing, marketing and support of the Blaw-Knox commercial paving products. The new paving products division is set to launch a new line of commercial pavers and road wideners based on traditional Blaw-Knox models.
“We’re using our paving expertise and understanding of the market to get back to the basics, an attribute contractors respected about Blaw-Knox,” said Kelly Majeskie, president of LeeBoy, in a written statement. “The new line will feature the hallmark simple design that’s easy to service and intuitive to the operator, with upgrades in engine and drive systems to ensure optimum performance.”
The units will be officially introduced at the ConExpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas in March next year. All the products are being produced at the LeeBoy manufacturing facility in Lincolnton and will be distributed by Volvo Construction Equipment Roadbuilding distributors. The initial product launch consists of three road-wideners and two rubber tired pavers.
The new RW-80A road-widener is powered by an 80-horsepower Cummins Tier IV diesel engine, and features a 7-foot material placement width. Model RW100B, the mid-size unit, features a 10-foot material placement width and is powered by a 110-horsepower Cummins diesel engine. The largest unit in the family, the RW-195E, is powered by a 190-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, and features a 12-foot material placement width.
Also included in the initial product launch are the PF-150B and PF-161B rubber tired pavers. The most powerful pavers in their size class, the PF-150B and PF-161B feature a 67-horsepower Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engine and a 110-horsepower Cummins engine, respectively, and offer 15- and 17-foot paving widths.
Blaw-Knox Division Manager Al Cleeland is looking forward to the new venture. “Blaw-Knox was traditionally a brand held as the standard for pavers. Returning to the roots and the core values that initially built this brand, we believe we can give contractors and agencies that same ownership experience they once enjoyed with Blaw-Knox,” Cleeland said.
Majeskie adds, “It boils down to more than the product design. Our team offers more than 100 years of paving experience and the knowledge to be jobsite consultants, as well as the ability to put that expertise to work in engineering of the best possible product. It really adds up to so much more than a just a piece of equipment.”
Additional details will be available on the company’s new Website set to launch this month.