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  • Custom Truck & Equipment / Utility One Source and Housby Online Sales Join Forces

    December 12, 2017 - Two trusted names in the equipment dealer industry have joined forces to become Custom Truck & Equipment / Utility One Source Housby Online Sales, an online sales platform dedicated to the remarketing of equipment related to the utility industry. Custom Truck & Equipment / Utility One Source has partnered with Housby, a premier online sales platform, to provide its collective customers the opportunity to buy and sell their used equipment online. The partnership with Housby will allow Custom Truck & Equipment / Utility One Source to provide a complete solution to its customer base not only for equipment purchasing but also for equipment disposal.  

  • Working to Strengthen Business

    December 13, 2017 - M2, a joint venture between the Mikisew Group of Companies and Mammoet became a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). In efforts to continue to develop relationships with Indigenous business, Mammoet recognized that the CCAB could facilitate this need and be a solid foundation from which to build. As JP Gladu, President and CEO of the CCAB states “more and more Canadian businesses are becoming interested in the opportunities of working with Aboriginal peoples. The CCAB is strategically positioned to have an impact on facilitating positive and sustainable relations between the business sector and the Aboriginal business communities”.

  • Manitowoc Cranes Helps Celebrate Kirby-Smith Machinery’s New Kansas City Location

    December 13, 2017 - Kirby-Smith Machinery celebrated the grand opening of its new Kansas City location with an open house event on December 6th of 2017. The new addition brings the Oklahoma City-based company’s total locations to 10. The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony and promotion of the Manitowoc, Grove and National Crane brands.

  • Tracy Bennett named Director of Lift & Move USA


    December 13, 2017 - Tracy Bennett, a 20-year veteran of the crane industry, will become director of the Lift & Move USA career program, starting January 1, 2018.

    She replaces Brett Melvin, who has led the program since it was created in 2015. He Melvin has created a new organization, Bridging America’s Gap, which will begin operating in January.

    Bennett started out as a journalist, and later became editorial director for Maximum Capacity Media and then Heartland Communications, Inc., which publishes Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines. She was also instrumental in organizing and running Maximum Capacity Media’s crane and rigging conferences. Bennett currently owns and operates the business-to-business marketing company Mighty Mo Media Partners LLC.

  • Enerpac Announces New Low-Height Skidding System

    December 13, 2017 - Enerpac, an international market leader in high-pressure hydraulics, announces the availability of its new Low-Height Skidding System.

    “Due to the demand for a portable skidding system that can slide heavy loads while fitting into tight spaces, Enerpac has applied high-pressure hydraulics to create its new Low-Height Skidding System," said Jeroen Naalden, Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology Product Director. “This modular system is the ideal solution for jobs where other lifting methods are not a viable option.”

  • Terex CTL 430-24 Carries the Load During Library Reconstruction

    December 13,  2017 - New construction projects always come with a set of challenges, but the site and lifting needs are usually straight forward enough that several different crane options fit the requirements. Building reconstruction, on the other hand, typically comes with its own unique challenges. Often, there are obstacles in the way that make selecting the right crane much more difficult, and bidding the right crane can be the difference between getting the job and moving on to the next opportunity.

  • John Krane Appointed Director of Crane Operations

    John Krane has been appointed Director of Crane Operations at Duffy Crane & Hauling in Henderson, Colorado. Jeffrey L. Cummings, owner & president, announced the appointment. In his new role, Krane heads a team of premier crane operators, lift planners estimators and operations staff, which serve the Rocky Mountain Region. He will report to Dan Urmann, Chief Operating Officer.

  • Manitex International, Inc. Appoints Steve Kiefer as President and Chief Operating Officer

    December 13, 2017 - Manitex International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTX), a leading international provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, today announced that Steve Kiefer has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex International, Inc.

    Mr. Kiefer, who was promoted to President, North America in September 2017, has held key senior management roles with Manitex and affiliated companies since 2015, and brings with him more than 25 years of experience within the industrial equipment sector, from general management and operations, to sales and marketing, program management and new product development.

  • PK 135.002 TEC 7 – Lifting Capacity Meets Loading Capacity

    December 12, 2017 - Palfinger is expanding its comprehensive product portfolio in the heavy-duty crane segment to include another TEC-series model. The new PK 135.002 TEC 7 offers an outstanding ratio of lifting capacity to dead weight. This new crane can be equipped with three different fly jibs and features a full range of sensor technology, which allows it to achieve reaches and lifting capacities comparable to cranes one or two classes higher.

  • Caterpillar Expands EU Stage V, U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final Industrial Engine Range with New 12.5 Liter Offering

    December 12, 2017 - Caterpillar will expand on what is already the industry’s broadest industrial engine range with the addition of the new Cat® C13B. The 12.5 liter engine will leverage a proven, reliable core of components with over 68 million hours of real world experience and complementary technology to the C9.3B platform that was launched in 2016 and is nearing production.

  • Bill Cox Named Sales Director For Terex Cranes North America

    December 11, 2017 – Terex Cranes announces Bill Cox as the new sales director for Terex Cranes North America. In his role, he will work with Terex Cranes’ senior management to set and drive equipment sales strategy throughout the United States and Canada, lead the Terex Cranes internal and field sales teams, and interact with Terex Cranes distributors and customers. He replaces Mark Phillippi, who will retire at the end of the year.

  • Mammoet Helps Mark History with the Move of the Apollo 4 Capsule

    December 6, 2017 - Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo flight, Mammoet successfully transported the Apollo 4 capsule, from the NASA Stennis Space Center in Pearlington, Mississippi to the nearby Infinity Science Center where it will be put on public display for the first time in five years. The ten and a half foot tall command module made the first unmanned, “all-up” test flight of the Saturn V rocket. The nine hour flight demonstrated the S-IVB third stage restart and tested the heat shield upon reentry.

  • Contractors use Grove GHC75 to assemble Manitowoc crawler on tough terrain

    December 6, 2017 - Mosites Construction & Development Company (Mosites) is working on a $93 million infrastructure project that will add seven new bridges along four miles of highway on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Pittsburgh. The pier caps of the first bridge have already been completed, and two Manitowoc cranes – a Manitowoc MLC165-1 and a Grove GHC75 – were crucial to the success of the project.

  • Link-Belt 75RT Production Units Delivering

    December 6, 2017 - Production models of Link-Belt’s 75-ton (70-mt) 75RT have begun to ship from the company’s headquarters in Lexington, KY. September shipments of the newly announced rough terrain crane have already been delivered with additional orders scheduled for customers across the U.S. and Canada through 2017.
      “The reach, the capacity, V-CALC (Variable Confined Area Lifting Capacities), our new RCL (Link-Belt Pulse 2.0) – there’s a lot to like about the 75RT,” said Link-Belt Rough Terrain Crane Product Manager, Brian Smoot. “We listened to a lot of customers with many years of experience in the crane market to see what was needed to really stand out in this segment.”

  • Optronics Expands Its High-Style Next-Gen Opti-Brite LED Headlamp Series

    December 6, 2018 - Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, broadened its Opti-Brite LED Headlamp family today with the introduction of its new five-by-seven-inch, combination high- and low-beam headlamp. Like the other headlamps in the Opti-Brite Headlamp Series, the new lamps are designed with a unique retroflective LED light beam technology that enables them to project an optimized beam pattern conducive to superior driver comfort and performance. The lamps also feature the Opti-Brite’s signature LED conspicuity array that sets the lamps apart from all other LED headlamps on the road.

  • VMAC Named Finalist in Canada's Best Managed Companies

    December 6, 2017 - VMAC has been named a finalist in Canada's Best Managed Companies for 2018. This prestigious business awards program was established in 1993 and recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies for their management abilities and practices. 

    "Writing the application for Best Managed Companies was a great opportunity to identify what aspects of organizational management can be improved, and also reflect on what initiatives are working well and providing value to the business," says Tod Gilbert, VMAC's Executive Vice-President. "To have the VMAC management team recognized as a finalist for these national awards is just icing on the cake."

  • Talbert’s 35-Ton Lowbed Trailer Fulfills Growing Equipment Trend

    December 6, 2017 - Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul
    solutions, gives contractors an efficient and safe way to haul day-to-day loads with its 35CC-HRG lowbed trailer. The lowboy unit is rated at 70,000 pounds overall and 70,000 pounds within a 12-foot load base. It also features Talbert’s removable hydraulic gooseneck for fast and easy equipment loading and unloading.

  • Manitex International Welcomes Cobalt Truck Equipment LLC to Knuckle Boom Dealer Network

    December 6, 2017 - Manitex International, Inc., a leading international provider of cranes and specialized industrial equipment, today announced the appointment of Idaho-based Cobalt Truck Equipment LLC to handle knuckle boom distribution for the states of Idaho, Washington, Nevada and Texas.

  • LGH Supplies SP Load Cells for Turbine Pump Project

    December 4, 2017 - Construction company Pace Contracting recently completed removal and installation of three vertical turbine pumps, used in emergency flooding situations in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Integral to the project were four 50-ton capacity Straightpoint (SP) wireless compression load cells supplied by Lifting Gear Hire (LGH).

  • Ritchie Bros. Releases Aerial Video of Multi-Million-Dollar Crane Auction to be Held in Eagan, MN on December 5

    December 4, 2017Ritchie Bros. has released an aerial video of the set up for hte acution to be held December 5, 2017. Ritchie Bros. will conduct its largest single-owner crane auction of the year, selling more than 1,000 assets as part of a complete dispersal for Truck Crane Services Company, Inc.

  • Kirby-Smith Machinery hires David Mehrtens as Director of Remarketing and Used Equipment

    December 4,  2017 - Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. has hired David Mehrtens as director of remarketing and used equipment. 

    Mehrtens is responsible for growing Kirby-Smith’s nation-wide used equipment business, including its Komatsu remarketing program. He will work from the company’s Oklahoma City office.

  • Cometto Launched its New Modular Series MGSL

    December 4, 2017 - After the takeover by the Faymonville Group, Cometto as the specialist for self-propelled, modular and special industrial vehicles has straight away adapted to the right dynamic. A new product has now been included in the product range: the MGSL modular axle lines.

    Heaviest loads on modular axle lines – this is the leitmotif when heavyweight goods need to be moved. For these kinds of transport jobs with highest payloads from 50t up to 5,000t, Cometto launched now a new product range: the MGSL! It makes the most challenging transport possible!

  • November

    • Manitowoc MLC300 with fixed-position counterweight completes wind project ahead of schedule

      November 29, 2017 - One North American construction company that works in the renewable energy sector discovered the time-saving and logistical benefits of using a Manitowoc MLC300 with fixed-position counterweight (FPC) to construct wind towers. White Construction is the first customer to use the crane, which features the same best-in-class load charts and compact footprint as the original MLC300, but utilizes a fixed-position counterweight instead of a Variable Position Counterweight (VPC).


    • VMAC Wins 2017 BC Export Award In The Manufactured Products Category

      November 29, 2017 - VMAC has won the Manufactured Products Category at the 2017 BC Export Awards. The prestigious BC Export Awards are presented annually by the Business in Vancouver Media Group, with support from the Government of British Columbia, and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The Manufactured Products Category recognizes companies that have built innovative systems or value-added components, machinery, or equipment for industrial and commercial use.


    • Digging & Rigging Moves Heaviest Loads on Faymonville Trailers

      November 29, 2017 - Established in 1981, the family owned company Digging & Rigging Inc. is ranked today among the most reliable and professional crane and rigging companies in North America. To hold up this reputation, they rely on robust material that allows maximum versatility and highest performance. 

    • H&E Opens New Branch in Lynnwood, WA Area

      November 29, 2017 - H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announced the opening of its new branch in the Lynnwood, WA area, joining their neighboring branch in Kent, WA, for a total of 80 branches nationwide.

       The new branch is located at 12406 Mukilteo Speedway, Mukilteo, WA, phone 425-363-7100, and will provide full-service coverage to customers in northern King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties.  The 13,520 square foot facility sits on two acres with a fully-fenced and paved yard area, offices, parts warehouse, and a repair shop with two pull-through bays.  The facility is capable of repairing a variety of general industrial and construction equipment.

    • IronPlanet To Conduct Retirement Auction for 41-Year-Old New Jersey Construction Company

      Nov. 27, 2017- Ray Mullen opened his construction business 41 years ago in Northern New Jersey. Shortly after the company opened, the county where his company was located experienced a housing boom and his company boomed along with it. Specializing in site work, road construction, sewer, watermain and storm drain installation, as well as curbing and paving, D.R. Mullen Construction Company Inc. was busy, growing to 35 employees.

    • Mammoet USA Doubles Site Size At The Port of Freeport

      November 27, 2017 - Mammoet USA has recently completed an expansion, doubling the size of its site, at the Port of Freeport in Texas, USA. With the Port of Freeport in close proximity to several major job sites, the expansion allows Mammoet to accommodate increased demand to bring in, store and distribute equipment to nearby projects quickly and efficiently. The additional space also provides a subleasing opportunity for clients in a secure site with 24/7 port patrol.



    • Yoder & Frey Announces Worlds Largest Sale of Diesel Engines and Power Plants for Heavy Construction Machinery

      November 21 2017: Yoder & Frey, leading auctioneers of heavy construction equipment in the USA, will be hosting what they believe to be the worlds largest ‘Engine Sale’, an auction of specialized engines and power plants for heavy trucks and construction machinery at the upcoming Kissimmee winter sale to be held in Florida between 13th and 17th February 2018.

      With over 1,000 pieces already consigned to the sale, which includes a growing inventory of diesel engines for trucks and heavy construction machinery and power plants for agricultural machinery and equipment; this sale is looking like a world beater. From a buyers perspective the inventory includes new, refurbished and second-hand products, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for all buyers.


    • H&E Equipment Services to Acquire Contractors Equipment Center; Will Significantly Expand Presence in Colorado Market

      November 22, 2017 BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2017-- H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES) today announced its entry into a definitive agreement to acquire Contractors Equipment Center (CEC), a non-residential construction focused equipment rental company located in the greater Denver, Colorado, area. Under the terms of the agreement, H&E is expected to pay approximately $122.4 million in cash for CEC, subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the late fourth quarter of 2017, and is subject to customary closing conditions including Hart-Scott-Rodino Act clearance.

    • Terex Cranes Is Working With Customers To Develop The New IC-1 Remote Telematics System

      October 27, 2017  ZWEIBRÜCKEN – Terex Cranes is collaborating with customers to develop the new IC-1 Remote telematics system for Demag and Terex mobile cranes. The IC-1 Remote telematics system will be introduced in 2018 to offer crane operators and owners a detailed overview of their connected fleet.

    • NCCCO Expands Its Western Regional Office

      November 2017—Reflecting the increasing demand for CCO certifications nationwide, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) recently consolidated its two Salt Lake City UT offices into a single, larger new office in the suburb of Murray UT. The new office significantly expands the total footprint of NCCCO’s Western Regional Office to more than 7,000 square feet. NCCCO’s offices in Dunedin FL and Fairfax VA are unaffected by the move.

    • With Record Attendance At Final Orlando Auction of 2017, Ritchie Bros. Builds Toward February 2018

      ORLANDO, FL, Nov. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - With consignments already coming in from Europe and across the United States, Ritchie Bros.' big February 2018 Orlando auction is building momentum.

      Last week the company held its fourth and final Orlando auction of the year, selling more than 2,150 equipment items in a single day and attracting the site's largest crowd ever outside of its record-breaking February auctions. With the final auction complete, the Ritchie Bros. Orlando team has turned its full focus to its massive 2018 event.


      November 21, 2017 - A revolutionary new shackle has been introduced to the world of rigging - one that will

      make the job site safer and more productive for workers. The design was recently patented by the creator, Patrick Tarrant, a 40-year veteran in the crane industry, leading expert in rigging safety, and CEO of crane management.

    • Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Higher in November

      Washington, DC, November 16, 2017 –- The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the November 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 67.0 in November, an increase from 63.7 in October.

    • Get Ready For 2018: Ritchie Bros. Selling 250+ Cranes Before End Of The Year

      VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - With less than two months left in 2017, Ritchie Bros. still has more than 250 cranes listed to sell through its onsite auctions and IronPlanet. Highlights include 100+ rough terrain cranes, 50+ crawler cranes, 40+ hydraulic truck cranes, 40+ all-terrain cranes, and more.

    • New Smaller Blocks and Pads Available for ProStack Interlocking Cribbing

      November 15, 2017- DICA’s new ProStack™ Cribbing products have been expanded to include smaller Medium Duty interlocking blocks and pad sizes. The reduced size is specifically designed for aerial bucket trucks and digger derricks where additional cribbing height is needed to support and stabilize the equipment in un-level environments.

    • Talbert Honors Removable Gooseneck’s 70-Year Anniversary

      November 15, 2017 - Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, celebrates the 70th anniversary of its mechanical gooseneck patent, which was developed by Austin Talbert, engineer and founder of Talbert Construction Equipment Co.

      Talbert Manufacturing was originally established as Talbert Construction Equipment Co. in 1938, in Lyons, Illinois. It served the Chicago market with crane and construction equipment rentals and heavy haul transport services.

    • Benson Crane Service Purchases New 2015 Terex Explorer 5500 from Empire Crane Co.

      November 15, 2017 - Benson Crane Service has taken delivery of a brand new 2015 Terex Explorer 5500 from Empire Crane Co. based in Syracuse, NY. The Terex Explorer 5500 is an all-terrain crane with a maximum lift capacity of 140 tons, with a max boom length of 196.2’ and jib height of 283.8’. Jim Benson, general manager of Benson Crane Service said “The reach was impressive for the size of the crane’ ‘to have a mobile crane with that much boom easily puts our business into a more competitive category.”

    • Tadano delivers new GR-1200XL to Scott-Macon

      November 15, 2017- Tadano has delivered its newest and most innovative rough terrain crane, the GR-1200XL to their Texas dealer, Scott-Macon Equipment (SME). The GR-1200XL has experienced strong pre-sales since its introduction at ConExpo 2017 and has been shipping to the US since October of this year. Presented to Robert Woodruff, Senior Vice President of SME, the GR-1200XL crane was immediately sent to work at a global energy company outside of Houston.

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