ICYMI: Compact Equipment Snags an Azbee Award for its Editor at Large Column

To wrap up the week, we have some exciting news to share: Publisher Keith Gribbins just earned an Azbee Award of Excellence for his popular Editor at Large column. This prestigious trade journalism award, given by the American Society of Business Publication Editors, is a huge honor. A big congrats to our publisher who is always on the move. I mean, he has been in Raleigh all week visiting Caterpillar… so expect another trip recap soon!

Some Background on the Award-Winning Column…

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Compact Equipment readers not only want to experience what it’s like to operate construction equipment, they want to understand what it’s like to experience the culture of the manufacturers behind these machines. That means CE writers need to be out in the field, behind the joysticks and visiting the companies engineering these complex vehicles. In Compact Equipment’s Editor at Large column, editor and publisher Keith Gribbins travels all over the country to operate and inspect off-highway construction equipment and tour and audit production facilities. He then conveys those personal experiences via his Editor at Large column with photography and (often) videos that capture the experience of driving iron and being a full-time machinery journalist.

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In 2023, Gribbins traveled extensively for his Editor at Large column, which usually appears in digital first, then print. Two great examples for this entry include: 1) a week spent in England learning about hydrogen engines and 2) a trip out West to operate and explore French compact equipment maker Mecalac. The writing is conversational and perceptive. The access and insights are unique to the CE brand. Online, this department often comes with corresponding videos (dig the Machine Heads video on the Mecalac feature). Those videos are completely self-produced by Keith Gribbins. There’s no better column in the machine sector that interprets complicated markets and machine systems in an effortless and warm style. Editor at Large has been a hit with both machine makers and readers for years.

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