Hello Gavin, my apologies for the delayed response;
To answer your question's yes in 2009 and 2010 due to the economic conditions, McAninch and other major contractors here in the midwest were forced to down size. B&V Construction based out of Wixom, Michigan closed their door's after 42 year's of business, they were the largest earthmoving contractor here in Michigan, they were heavly invested in the private sector and did very little state bid work, just like McAninch their main market was earthmoving and site utilities, no ashphalt, concrete, trenching or bridge construction, they capitalized on what they did best, earthmoving..
Here is a website link to their current equipment and logistic's plus insight on who they are and services they provide: http://www.mcaninchcorp.com/equipment.asp
At this time here in the midwest their's very little heavy civil engineering projects taking place as opposed to the western United States and Canada. The project size here are smaller and the goal is to get in and out as quick as possible reguardless of conditions especially when your dealing with a 8 to 9 month working cycle due to the heavy winter conditions in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
I first ran across their operation while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains just outside of Hickory NC, working on a project for NCDOT relocating and widing Route 16, they had no problems dealing with the southern heavy red clay soil conditions encountered in the southeast, which is very similar to the conditions they encounter in the midwest, especially Iowa.
Yes their haul distance and cycle times are setup around the pull tractor scraper beyond that they resort to mass excavator and ADT system.. The main point here is their's more ways to move earth than the normally trend..
Enclosed is some links to article's giving insight on project's they have accomplished using their approach to moving earth and their operations.http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/McAninch-Makes-Over-Missouris-Route-60/5919/http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/McAninch-Takes-on-Airport-Site-Prep-in-Branson-Mo/10171/http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/GPS-Makes-the-Grade-for-McAninch-Corporation-in-NC/5735/
Project Pictures of their Tractor Scrapers;http://www.heavyequipmentforums.com/showthread.php?1397-McAninch-pull-type-scrapershttp://www.modot.org/central/major_projects/July2006photos.htm