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ICE AGREES TO PAY APE FOR PATENT INFRINGMENT OF WOOD/CONCRETE CLAMP TECHNOLOGY

ICE was caught red handed copying the APE wood/concrete clamp. APE obtained the damaging photos showing ICE employees removing APE logos and measuring the dimensions. These photos were found in the J&M file folders that APE obtained when they purchased J&M in 2003. J&M was the original manufacturer of ICE vibros but split off from ICE in 2001.

ICE has eleven remaining APE copy cat clamps in the ICE rental fleet. They have paid a fee to APE for the use of those clamps. ICE cannot make any new clamps with the APE design.

John White invented the pivoting jaw and anvil design and received a patent in 1997. “The photos showing ICE employees at work measuring and painting our clamp were the key factors in ICE’s decision to pay APE, says John White, President, APE.” “We found many things in the files of J&M and I am very happy that we were able to use these photos to stop the infringment of our technology”.

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    Manson Magic

    Manson Construction of Northern California is one of the leading Marine Contracors in the industry. Driving sheet pile into the Oakland Merit Sands can be difficult. That is why Manson chose to team up with APE. Using the APE 9.5 Hydraulic Impact Hammer Manson drove home the sheets without damaging them. Even the tough Oakland Merrit Sands can’t win against APE!

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    Woodrow Wilson Goes A.P.E. in a big way!

    A.P.E. lived up to it’s registered trademark “when a piledriver talks we listen” for the Woodrow Wilson bridge job. The joint venture Potomac Constructors L.L.C. They knew this would be a project above and beyond anything that they dealt with in the past. A.P.E’s whole in house staff pulled togeather and designed this set of 43″ very heavy duty leads, sleds, and hydraulic gates to drive the Maryland side abutment 167′ x 36″ steel pipe piles. They are 230′ of some of the biggest leads this industry has seen. They begin driving the piles to refusal with the A.P.E. Model 400 vibro (King Kong) then pull the vibro to the very top of the leads and finish them with the hydraulic hammer. On a good day they start and complete 2 ea. piles. Contact your nearest A.P.E. branch to see what A.P.E. can do for your project.

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    An APE Sighting in Sangerville, Maine

    The APE/J&M Northeast office was contacted recently about an alleged APE sighting in the heart of Maine. APE immediately responded with the New England APE rep visiting that quaint Maine village where the APE was last seen. Sure enough the APE was hard at work driving sheetpiles at the new Rt 23 bridge.

    The APE Model 100 Vibro has established a loyal following in Maine, where a 2,200 inch/lb hammer with a 7,900 suspended weight allows contractors to use their same cranes and reach the same distances that they are used to. Yet the Model 100 Vibro greatly outperforms the little MKT’s and H&M’s that contractors have been using.

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    Alessi Helps Bi-County Solve a Space Problem

    Bi-County Equipment, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. had to drive sheets to form a cofferdam in East New York, N.Y.. Site of the excavation is adjacent to a railroad track, under a street bridge which is under an elevated roadway. R.Alessi Equipment mounted an APE Model 7.5 Low Headroom Hydraulic Impact Hammer on a Caterpillar excavator to solve the problem.

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