Penn College Digs Gold Rush Excavator


On Thursday, September 5, 2019, Highway Equipment & Supply Co. hosted the Volvo Construction Equipment (CE)/Discovery Gold Rush Excavator tour stop at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA.


An estimated 300 tour-stop visitors had the opportunity to sit in the cab, pose for selfies, play Gold Rush Trivia for Volvo-branded prizes, and find out how they could enter to win an all-expenses-paid V.I.P trip for two to ConExpo 2020 in Las Vegas and hang out with the Gold Rush stars.

Left to Right: State Representative Garth Everett, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, State Rep Bryan Cutler, Chief-of-Staff Jacob G. Smeltz, and State Senator Gene Yaw, Chair of the Penn College Board of Directors (Photo Credit: Pennsylvania College of Technology)

In addition to the Penn College students, faculty, and staff and Highway customers who dropped by the Gold Rush Excavator tour stop, the event received a surprise visit from State Representative Bryan Cutler, who was on a legislative visit to Penn College, hosted by Penn College President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, and accompanied by State Representative Garth Everett and State Senator Gene Yaw.


Photo Captions

  1. Lycoming County Resource Management Services

  2. Lycoming County Resource Management Services

  3. Mid-State Paving, LLC

  4. H2O Express, LLC

“Penn College was the perfect place to bring the Gold Rush Excavator. You could see that in the way the students and faculty interacted with the machine,” said Highway’s HR, Marketing, & Communications Manager who emceed the event. "The students didn't just stand back and look at it; they looked in, under, and around the Gold Rush Excavator."

The Gold Rush Trivia winners included:

  1. Axel Murillo, Muncy, PA

  2. Dave Bonus, Deputy Director of Lycoming County Resource Management Services

  3. Mark Clary, Williamsport, PA

  4. Wade Morehart, Cogan Station, PA

  5. Mitchell Hade, Greencastle, PA

  6. Hunter Allison, Bedford, PA

  7. Scott Bucher, Selinsgrove, PA

  8. Mason Frankenheimer, Malvern, PA, and Mike Zuba, Parksburg, PA (they teamed up to answer one of the questions)

  9. Sean Donovan, Putney, VT


Thanks to the following from Penn College:

  • Liz Biddle and Jamie Miller, Corporate Relations/Office of Institutional Advancement and Justin Beishline, Assistant Dean of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, for coordinating the event on behalf of Penn College and making sure set-up went smoothly.

  • Penn College Police for providing an escort in-and-out of the college and traffic control.

  • Ryan Peck, Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor, and the Penn College Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment Association for helping with the track pads during unloading and loading.

  • Penn College Facilities staff for the event signage, public address (PA) system, and getting a jack to connect the laptop to the PA system (we had music!).

Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor Ryan Peck in the cab, and Heavy Equipment Technician Instructor Chris Weaver on the tracks

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