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October

  • Yokohama Tire Corporation Announces Organizational Changes

    Andrew Briggs

    October 17, 2017  SANTA ANA, CA -Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced today that Andrew Briggs has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of marketing & product management. Briggs, who will report to Jeff Barna, YTC’s COO, replaces Fred Koplin, senior director of marketing and motorsports, who has retired.

    Briggs has been with Yokohama for 14 years. He joined YTC in 2003 and has held several positions including account manager, senior manager of motorsports, and senior director of marketing, product planning and motorsports. Briggs was promoted to senior director of tire business and product planning in 2015. He earned his MBA from University of California, Irvine and has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.

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  • Hatz Launches an Intuitive Portal for Online Documentation

    October 16, 2017 At Motorenfabrik Hatz, state-of-the-art technology has top priority – both in engine manufacturing and in customer service. Consequently, Hatz has created a new online portal which makes available to customers important documentation for engines as well as information on their installation and operation.

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  • Cummins Announces Acquisition of Energy Storage Technology

    October 18, 2017 - Cummins Inc. today announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, Inc., which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. Adding Brammo's battery pack expertise and resources is an important milestone in Cummins efforts to become a global electrified power leader.

    "To be a leading provider of electrified power systems just as we are with diesel and natural gas driven powertrains, we must own key elements and subsystems of the electrification network," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. "By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our competition. As always, when markets are ready, Cummins will bring our customers the right power solution at the right time to power their success."


  • ITI shakes Up Crane Simulation Market in 2017, Wins Coveted VR Award

    October 18, 2017 - 2017 has proven to be a watershed year for the adoption of virtual reality simulation technologies in the industrial training space. With the launch of their Crane Training VR Simulator at CONEXPO in March, ITI sent a signal to the industry that the era of expensive, screen-based simulators was ending, and the dawn of mainstream virtual reality had arrived, leveraged by the technologies of tech giants Oculus/Facebook, HTC, Microsoft, Google, Apple and Unity.


  • Terex Launches Latest Enhancement in the Hi-Range Distribution Aerial Device Product Line – the Optima Series at ICUEE

    October 18, 2017 - Terex Utilities will debut the Optima Series of enhanced aerial devices used for construction and maintenance of distribution lines at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE), Oct. 3-5, in Louisville, Ky. The new Optima™ TC, TCX, HR, and HRX Series feature product enhancements in the heart of the Hi-Ranger™ aerial device product line.

     “Performance, productivity, and safety are among the top concerns of electric utility customers,” said Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing. “Terex Utilities has responded to customer requests time and again in an effort to provide continuous improvement of our products that are rooted in these three areas of focus.”

    “Optima is built on the strong foundation of Hi-Ranger, designed to provide greater reliability, efficiency and simplified operation and maintenance,” said Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing.  Product improvements include greater payload capacity, better boom speeds, enhanced side reach and ground access, as well as features that improve maintenance access and reliability on the Optima Hi-Ranger aerials.


  • Crane Hot Line Announces Webinar: October 19th 10am EST

    Join Crane Hot Line on October 19th at 10 am EST as CM Labs presents a free webinar:
    Cutting through the Hype: How to Buy an Operator Training Simulator.
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    When you're acquiring new technology, it's easy to get overwhelmed by product specs and sales information. However, not all training simulators are created equal. Sign up now for a webinar that will arm you with the knowledge you need to conduct a true side-by-side, apples-to-apples comparison of training simulators. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the features that make up a training simulator, and the 10 questions you should ask before buying.


  • Q4 Economic Outlook Forecasts 4.3% Growth In Equipment and Software Investment in 2017

    October 11. 2017 - Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 4.3 percent in 2017 according to the Q4 update to the 2017 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The new investment growth estimate, revised upward from 3.6 percent in the Q3 Outlook, is driven by the combination of continued elevated business confidence, a recovering oil sector, and the release of pent-up demand following lackluster investment growth in 2016. The report predicts that equipment and software investment will improve significantly from last year’s performance, even as uncertainties relating to tax and trade policy, along with heightened geopolitical tensions, create a mix of opportunities and risks. The Foundation’s report, which is focused on the $1 trillion equipment leasing and finance industry, highlights key trends in equipment investment and places them in the context of the broader U.S. economic climate.


  • Tadano Announces Coastline Equipment Expansion

    October 11, 2017 - Tadano has recently expanded Coastline Equipment’s crane division territory to include Nevada and Idaho. Since 2005 California-based distributor Coastline Equipment, a division of Bragg Companies, has provided crane sales, rental and customer service for Tadano cranes through their locations in California and the state of Baja, Mexico.


  • Taking Training to the Top: Mammoet Accredited for its Training Practice

    October 11, 2017 - Mammoet USA is pleased to announce that its academy has become an Accredited Assessment Center (AAC) and an Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) for the National Center for Construction Education & Research. In addition to these accreditations, Mammoet was asked to be a part of the board of subject matter experts for the crane and rigging industry to update the core curriculum which is currently being fulfilled with NCCER. These accreditations in conjunction with Mammoet’s participation in updating the curriculum for the NCCER training, allows Mammoet to offer NCCER rigging training to external applicants.


  • Linden Comansa in Montreal’s New Champlain Bridge

    October 11, 2017 - Open since 1962, the Champlain Bridge in Montreal is one of the city’s main road links and Canada’s busiest bridge, with an average of 136,000 crossings per day. Due to the extreme climate conditions in Montreal, as well as the use of road salt on the pavement, the bridge is suffering a progressive deterioration that different maintenance and repair plans have not been able to stop. Thus, the Canadian Government decided to build another bridge as a replacement.


  • ICUEE 2017 Delivers Innovative Industry Trends, Hands-On Experiences and Enthusiastic Crowds

    MILWAUKEE (October 5, 2017) - The temperature outside wasn’t the only thing running hot this week in Louisville, KY. Attendees and exhibitors at ICUEE – the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition agreed that the show exceeded their expectations with specialized exhibits, hands-on test drives, interactive product demonstrations and lots of activity and leads in the booths.

    Commencing Oct. 3-5, the 2017 installment of the Demo Expo was the largest in the show’s history with 28-plus acres of exhibits (nearly 1.24 million net square feet) of the latest utility and construction equipment, products and technologies and more than 1,000 exhibitors, of which 25 percent were new to the show.


  • Manitex International, Inc. Announces $12 Million New Crane Order Taken at ICUEE 2017

    Oct. 04, 2017 - BRIDGEVIEW, Ill., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Manitex International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTX), a leading international provider of cranes and specialized lifting equipment, today announced that it has received a new order for 29 Manitex cranes to CraneWorks, based in Houston, Texas, both for the expansion of its rental fleet and for retail sales.

    Over the course of 2018, CraneWorks will add $12 Million in Manitex cranes to its North American inventory, including quality products like the 35124C, TC40142S, 40124SHL, and TC50155SHL. In total, this new purchase will add more than 1,200 tons of lifting capacity to the CraneWorks sales fleet, giving customers multiple options as their needs change.

     


  • Enerpac Releases New Industrial Tools Catalog

    September 21, 2017- Menomonee Falls, WI - Enerpac, an international market leader in high-pressure hydraulics, announces its new Industrial Tools Catalog, the E329, is now available in print and online for download. The new catalog includes a variety of new solutions and improved products for customers.


  • KSPC Bethune Mine Progressing Toward Full Capacity

    LR11350 lining up for the placement of the crystallizer vessel

    October 4 2017, Bethune SK - K+S Potash Canada’s (KSPC) Bethune mine in Saskatchewan officially opened in May 2017 and commenced production in early June.
     
    Mammoet, having successfully undertaken all the major heavy lift operations during the main construction program, was contracted earlier this year to lift and install the final 252.8te crystallizer vessel required to complete the production facilities.


  • Hiab completes the acquisition of Argos loader crane business in Brazil

    OCTOBER 4, 2017 - Hiab, part of Cargotec, has completed the formal process to acquire the loader crane business of Argos Guindastes Indústria e Comércio Ltda. The transaction was announced on 1 August 2017.


  • Maintainer Expands its Electric-Hydraulic Crane Line

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    October 3, 2017 - Sheldon, Iowa –  Maintainer Corporation of Iowa, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of new 16’ electric-hydraulic and hydraulic cranes to its innovative line of service truck cranes. The new cranes are being unveiled in conjunction with the opening of the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY.


  • Drop-in Replacement to the Common MCB Offers Over 300% Faster Install

    UL 489 B1NQ miniature circuit breaker

    October 4, 2017 - Pomona, California - NOARK Electric, a low-voltage electrical product manufacturer, announces its UL 489 B1NQ miniature circuit breaker is now a direct replacement for the common MCB when paired with the optional surface mount. This recyclable, quick-connect breaker is available in three curves (B, C and D), ranges from 0.5 to 63 A and is compliant with UL/CSA/IEC standards for branch circuit protection in commercial and residential applications.


  • Morooka carriers, purpose-built for utility industry, introduced at ICUEE

    The MST1500VDL and The 4500VDL 

    October 3, 2017 – Ashland, Va. – Morooka USA is the only rubber-track carrier manufacturer to design and build a complete line of carriers dedicated to the utility industry. The full-line of new Morooka utility models ranges in aerial capacity from 42 to 125 feet and were exhibited at the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) October 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky.




  • Steel Erector and Design Organizations Work Together to Improve Steel Erector Certification Requirements

    October 3,2017- The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) have worked together to draft a reciprocal indemnity agreement and revise the additional insured language as part of AISC’s Certified Steel Erector program requirements. The reciprocal indemnity and revised additional insured language is mutually beneficial to both AISC and steel erectors participating in the Certified Steel Erector program.


  • Irizar Forge Joins Van Beest

    October 3, 2017 - Van Beest – manufacturer of Tycan®, Excel® and Green Pin® lifting equipment – has acquired the majority of the shares of Irizar Forge, based in the Basque Country of Spain. Irizar Forge is one of the foremost forging companies of premium quality, heavy duty crane hooks and blocks in the world. Irizar Forge has state of the art manufacturing facilities that produce hooks, crane blocks and related accessories with a lifting capacity of up to 5000t. The company offers customers a one stop shop solution for specialist lifting and mooring applications: design, manufacturing, inspection and testing are all done in-house. Irizar Forge develops its tailor-made solutions for offshore and onshore application in industries such as oil & gas, construction, marine transport, industrial processing, nuclear, mining, hydro and steel.


  • Grayhill Offers Wide Range of Hall Effect Joystick Switches

    October 3, 2017 - Grayhill, Inc. offers an extensive line of Hall Effect joystick and rotary switches, which offer precise cursor control, redundancy options, and very low power consumption. The Hall Effect switches are ideal for a variety of fine position applications, including speed control, gain adjustment, screen navigation, and hydraulic valve/flow control, as well as motion control and potentiometer replacement.


  • Dana Names New Chief Technology Officer

    October 3,2017 - Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) announced that it has selected Christophe Dominiak to serve as its new senior vice president and chief technology officer.  He replaces George Constand, who is retiring. 

    Dominiak most recently served as vice president of global engineering for Dana's Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies business since February 2016.  Previously, he was deputy chief technology officer for Hutchinson Industries Inc., a global automotive and aerospace supplier.  Prior to that, he served in a variety of technology leadership positions, including senior director of electronics engineering and purchasing, managing director of electronic assess systems, and vice president of security systems at Valeo Inc.  He also served as R&D chief engineer and program director at Rockwell in Paris and held engineering roles at both Webasto and Corning Inc.


  • Terex Trainers Provide Excellent Instruction to Global Utilities Customers and Dealers

    Terex Utilities’ annual Hands On Training Seminar.

    September 15, 2017 – Watertown, SD - For 39 years, fleet managers, technicians, purchasing managers, and other office personnel have attended Terex Utilities’ annual Hands On Training Seminar. Described as “helpful, informative and detailed,” by one attendee, the event held August 21-23, 2017, provides customers and distributors with a better understanding of typical applications and proper use of Terex equipment.


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  • Louisiana Companies Host Crane and Heavy Transport Careers Event

    October 3, 2017 - Baton Rouge, La. - Deep South Crane & Rigging and Berard will co-host a one-day careers event for students and veterans on November 15th in Baton Rouge as part of a national careers initiative through Lift & Move USA.

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  • Siemens tests fully-electric SCHEUERLE SPMT Light from the TII Group

     

    October 3, 2017

    • Siemens draws a positive conclusion after testing the SCHEUERLE SPMT Light 

     

    • SCHEUERLE SPMT Light can be used as an emission-free "all-rounder" inside as well as outdoors "With the fully electric SPMT Light from SCHEUERLE, we provide one of the most universal and efficient systems for indoor and outdoor use," says Joachim Kolb, Business Development Manager at TII Sales. The vehicle comfortably moves an 86 tonne payload free of emissions and almost without a sound, which is almost a third more than competing systems. Loading is carried out either by driving under the load and lifting the hydraulically supported vehicle or with the help of available hall and site cranes.

     


  • Profit 500 2017 - Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies

    October 2, 2017 - PROFIT is Canada’s leading media brand dedicated to entrepreneurial business. Each year, they gather financial data from all over the country to present the 500 fastest growing companies in Canada. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/profit500/2017-ranking-p500/



  • September

    • ALL Crane Adds Two Manitowoc MLC650s, Four Grove GRT8100s

      September 27, 2017 - The ALL Family of Companies has strengthened its fleet by adding two versatile and popular Manitowoc MLC650 crawler cranes, as well as four new Grove GRT8100 rough terrain cranes. 

      The large capacity MLC650 has a 717 USt capacity and features the Variable Position Counterweight™ (VPC™) technology that automatically positions the crane’s counterweight to match lifting demands. ALL went in big with VPC technology in 2014 when it purchased ten of the smaller MLC300s, battle-testing the then-new technology and acting as an incubator for improvements. Because the counterweight is movable as needed, VPC helps reduce the crane’s operating footprint, minimizes required job site ground preparation, and reduces often by as much as half the matting required to distribute the crane’s weight. In all, these reductions could save potentially thousands of dollars per month on longer-term rentals.


    • Kirby-Smith Machinery Promotes Kelly Shuffield to General Service Manager, Crane Division

      September 27, 2017 - Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. today announced the promotion of Kelly Shuffield to General Service Manager, Crane Division. Shuffield will be responsible for leading the Crane Division’s service operations, which span across the company’s ten branches in Oklahoma, North and West Texas, Kansas and Missouri.


    • ICUEE News: What you’ll see at the PRINOTH booth (N3016)

      September 27, 2017 - In keeping with a long tradition, PRINOTH is excited to announce its participation in The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), the premier trade show for utility professionals and construction contractors, this year again. PRINOTH is clearly the leader of tracked vehicle products in the power utility market. Many new products have been released by PRINOTH since the last ICUEE so visitors can expect to be wowed when they visit booth N3016.


    • New Management Team Prepares DEUTZ Service Center Chicago for Oct 1 Opening

      September 26, 2017- DEUTZ Service Center Chicago will open at 1250 Davis Road in Elgin, Illinois on October 1, 2017. The new Service Center will serve customers in Northern and East Central Illinois as well as Northern Indiana.

      “We’re excited to open this new Service Center in the Chicagoland area,” said Dominick A. “Nick” Vermet, general manager for DEUTZ Power Center Midwest, DEUTZ Service Center St. Louis and DEUTZ Service Center Chicago. “We’re always seeking ways to help our customers improve their uptime, efficiency and productivity, and DEUTZ Service Center Chicago will now help us provide a higher level of support in a very important geographic market.”


    • Mammoet Moves Historical Locomotive 29

      September 26, 2017 -On June 16th Mammoet was engaged to move a historic locomotive from Calgary’s downtown core. Locomotive 29, built in 1887, had been on display outside of the Gulf Tower, a previous home of the Canadian Pacific


    • NEW ERGO-ECO Crawler Crane with Knuckle Boom

      September 26, 2017 - Air Technical Industries (ATI) announces the development of a new all-terrain crawler crane for outdoor and indoor use. The unique features of the Crawler crane include ergonomic and eco-friendly (ergo-eco) clean operation, quiet movement, remote controlled walk along functionality, turning on the dime (360°) and ability to travel in any direction for multi-use applications.


    • Steel Erector and Design Organizations Work Together to Improve Steel Erector Certification Requirements

      September 22, 2017 - The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) have worked together to draft a reciprocal indemnity agreement and revise the additional insured language as part of AISC’s Certified Steel Erector program requirements. The reciprocal indemnity and revised additional insured language is mutually beneficial to both AISC and steel erectors participating in the Certified Steel Erector program.


    • New Terex CTT 472-20 Flat Top Tower Crane Boasts 80 M Jib and 20-Tonne Maximum Capacity

      September 21, 2017 Terex Cranes proudly introduces the newest addition to its growing tower crane family, the Terex® CTT 472-20 flat top tower crane. This new Terex 20-tonne (22-U.S.-ton) class crane expands maximum jib length to 80 m (262.5 ft) and increases load charts over previous models offering the same lift capacity on the whole jib length, with a maximum load at the full length of the jib tip of 4 tonnes (4.4 U.S. tons).


    • IMT Introduces New Articulating Crane Models With Higher Lift Capacity

      September 22, 2017 - Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company is pleased to announce the introduction of four new articulating crane models and revisions to its current industry-leading articulating crane lineup. The four new models build on the powerful articulating crane portfolio IMT created to deliver superior performance.


    • AEM's Brittany Faust Named to Exhibitions Industry ‘20 Under 30’ Program

      September 22, 2017- Brittany Faust of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has been selected as a ’20 Under 30’ honoree by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).

      According to IAEE, its 20 Under 30 Program is designed to provide young-professional exhibition organizer members with industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, with the goal of helping them become better, more productive professionals.


    • Bechtel Collaborates with ITI to Broaden Workforce Development Opportunities

      September 21, 2017 - Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement, and construction, and Industrial Training International (ITI), a global leader in training and technical services for users of load-handling equipment, will collaborate to expand the scope of the most widely used virtual reality (VR) crane simulator on the market. The collaboration will use Bechtel's global expertise in rigging, safety and crane operation and ITI's extensive VR and craft training experience to expand the training module library of crane types and assessments endorsed by the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators.


    • ICUEE Benefit Auction to Support Call of Duty Endowment

      September 20, 2017 - Join Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines in helping the construction community connect military veterans with industry jobs by participating in the ICUEE Benefit Auction.  The auction will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 12-2 pm at the ICUEE Demo Stage.  Bid on a variety of items that include vacation packages, tools,equipment. and even a full page advertisements in Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines.  Items will be available for bid in-person or online. Proceeds will support the Call of Duty™ Endowment (CODE)

       


    • Ritchie Bros. Now Accepting Consignments for February 2018 Orlando Auction

      September 20, 2017 - Ritchie Bros.' February Orlando auction is one of the most anticipated equipment events of the year, as thousands of people from around the world vie for the opportunity to purchase equipment from some of the most well-respected companies from the U.S., Latin America, Canada and abroad. Consignments are now being accepted for the five-day 2018 event, being held on February 19 – 23.


    • Case Study: Digging & Rigging Makes the Switch: Wire to Synthetic

      September 20, 2017 -  Digging & Rigging, Inc. is a 36-year-old crane and rigging company with six locations in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The family-owned company takes great pride in their reputation as one of the most dependable, qualified, and professional crane and rigging companies in the region. Their equipment is meticulously maintained, and their employees are well trained, highly skilled, and fully certified. They also take great pride in maintaining a safe work environment. With this critical focus on safety at the forefront, the decision was made to retrofit a Grove crane with K-100, the first high-performance synthetic hoist line available for mobile cranes.


    • Manitex Names Steve Kiefer New President for North America

      September 20, 2017 – Manitex International, Inc., a leading international provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, announced that Steve Kiefer has been named president, North America, for Manitex International.


      Kiefer has held senior roles with Manitex and affiliated companies since 2015, and brings with him more than 25 years of experience within the industrial equipment sector, from new product development, sales and marketing to business development, operations, and P&L management. He began his career at Eaton Corp., a public company, where he spent seven years in various new product development roles, playing a key role in the growth of the Eaton Supercharger Division. He additionally spent over 10 years at Hendrickson International, where he held numerous senior-level positions in new product development, program management, and sales and marketing. He was vice-president of sales for Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group, a privately held group of heavy equipment companies for five years, prior to joining Manitex at Manitex-Sabre Industrial Tanks and Equipment.



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