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Crane Certification Association of America to hold educational conference March 18-20 in Tulsa
The Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) is proud to announce the annual educational conference. Each year this conference is held for crane inspectors, engineers, and surveyors with presentations by peers, engineers and safety officials. ...
Round two
Garry Bartecki
Friday January 19, 2018
Last month I attempted to provide an industry specific review of the “NEW” tax reform bill. As it turned out the final version did not appear as expected and consequently I had to ask my equipment tax guy, Steve Pierson, to assist with his ...
Nuts & Bolts
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence remains high in February 2018
Thursday February 15, 2018
The  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) releases the February 2018 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative ...
Rail traffic for week ending February 10, 2018
Wednesday February 14, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 10, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 519,545 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6 percent compared with the same week last ...
December manufacturing technology orders cap a good 2017
Monday February 12, 2018
Orders for manufacturing technology climbed month-to-month and year-to-date in December 2017, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology . Orders totaled $447 million ...
H.I.G. Capital signs definitive agreement to acquire Wastequip from Centerbridge
Thursday February 8, 2018
Wastequip , a North American manufacturer of waste equipment, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by H.I.G. Capital, LLC (“H.I.G.”), a global private equity investment firm. Wastequip has been owned by Centerbridge ...
Jamco Inc. acquires Forklift Garage Inc.
Wednesday February 7, 2018
Jamco Inc. , Central Florida’s OEM distributor for Doosan, Heli forklifts, Skyjack  and JLG aerial lifts has acquired the business activities of Forklift Garage Inc, effective February 1st 2018. Tim Jamal, vp of Jamco says the company ...
Rail traffic for week ending January 27, 2018
Wednesday January 31, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 27, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 543,515 carloads and intermodal units, up 4 percent compared with the same week last ...
IBTTA commends President’s focus on transportation infrastructure investment
Wednesday January 31, 2018
In response to President Trump’s first State of the Union Address tonight, transportation leaders with the  International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association  (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of ...
SANY Heavy Port Machinery announces strategic partnership with Equipment Depot
Monday January 29, 2018
SANY announces the appointment of Equipment Depot as its primary distribution partner for the Americas market. Officers from Equipment Depot and SANY America formally recognized this partnership on December 8, 2017, at the Third Annual Dealer Summit ...
H&E Equipment Services to acquire Rental Inc.
Will expand presence in Alabama, Florida and Western Georgia
Monday January 29, 2018
H&E Equipment Services, Inc. announced its entry into a definitive agreement to acquire Rental Inc., a non-residential construction-focused equipment rental company with five branches located throughout Alabama and Florida. Under the terms ...
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: December 2017 Leasing and Finance Index
Thursday January 25, 2018
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s  (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed ...
Rail Traffic for week ending January 20, 2018
Wednesday January 24, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 20, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 508,239 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last ...
ELFA announces top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2018
Wednesday January 24, 2018
The  Equipment Leasing and Finance Association  (ELFA) which represents the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, today revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2018. Given U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies ...
U.S. freight rail industry partners with Canadian and Mexico counterparts to urge successful NAFTA 2.0 negotiations
Monday January 22, 2018
In an effort to communicate the vast benefits that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has provided for the Canadian, Mexican and United States economies, and the critical need to maintain free trade on the continent, leaders of the trade ...
KION Group and EP Equipment agree strategic partnership
Monday January 22, 2018
The KION Group is entering into an exclusive global strategic partnership with leading Chinese manufacturer EP Equipment in the fast-growing market for entry-level, light-duty warehouse equipment. On Thursday, the KION Group signed an agreement ...
Wesco Industrial Products and Bluff Manufacturing  combined under Wincove Private Holdings
Monday January 22, 2018
Wesco Industrial Products and Bluff Manufacturing have combined under Wincove Private Holdings. Joining together, Wesco and Bluff will expand their comprehensive material handling and warehouse safety solutions to benefit customers both domestically ...
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence at all-time high in January
Monday January 22, 2018
The  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) releases the January 2018 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative ...
Rail traffic for week ending January 13, 2018
Monday January 22, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 13, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 511,937 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.5 percent compared with the same week ...
New MotionMeter app enables warehouses to easily identify hidden causes of waste
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Newcastle Systems , provider of mobile-powered workplace solutions designed to make warehouses, manufacturing facilities and retail floors more efficient, today announced the launch of a new app called the MotionMeter, a real-time activity ...
New HL9200 high speed, inline palletizer
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Columbia Machine’s HL9200 is the most advanced and highest speed palletizer in Columbia’s high level, high speed family of palletizers.  The HL9200 incorporates industry-leading safety package, ultimate flexibility and highest performance ...
New stainless steel hygienic design star knobs by JW Winco
Thursday February 8, 2018
JW Winco, Inc. , a Ganter Company and supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced the GN 5435 hygienic design stainless steel star knobs. These specially designed star knobs, which are RoHS compliant, are intended for use in hygiene ...
New 3-series forklifts from LiuGong, designed for North American market
Thursday February 8, 2018
LiuGong North America has released a new line of forklifts designed specifically for the U.S and Canadian markets. The new 3-Series 2020-35G/H forklifts come standard with premium features and increased capabilities that make them one of the most ...
Upender conveyor technology wide edge to narrow edge leading orientation
Thursday February 8, 2018
Multi-Conveyor recently built this stainless steel table top system designed to rotate bag-in-box cartons from wide edge to narrow edge leading using simple gravity with minimal guidance for reorientation. A single lane slave driven timing belt ...
Pettibone introduces next gen T944X telehandler with traversing boom
Thursday February 8, 2018
The new Pettibone Traverse T944X is the industry’s only new telehandler with an extendable, traversing boom that moves loads by traveling horizontally. Up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer allows users to precisely and safely place loads ...
New BulkPak® from ORBIS® fits 28 positions per truckload
Thursday February 8, 2018
ORBIS® Corporation introduced a new series to its BulkPak® product line: HDMP4845. This series offers maximum packout to eliminate wasted truck space, reduce freight costs and improve throughput. When compared with alternative ...
Yale responds to evolving industry landscape with sales training program
Wednesday January 31, 2018
The past decade has seen a radical shift in the role of the B2B salesperson. With approximately 60 percent of customers now beginning their buying process online, digital access to product information means control lies in the hands of the customer. ...
Magnetek offering next generation Flex EX2 wireless controls
Wednesday January 31, 2018
Magnetek , supplier of digital power and motion control systems for the material handling industry, announced the availability of their new Flex EX2 wireless controls. These next generation rugged wireless controls are ideal for use in material handling, ...
ELOKON brings German Safety Engineering to U.S. with ELOshield™ Forklift Anti-Collision System
Wednesday January 31, 2018
ELOKON , a European manufacturer in lift truck safety technology, makes its U.S. debut at this year’s Modex show in booth B1762. ELOKON will demonstrate several innovative lift truck safety products, including ELOshield™, its best-in-class ...
Reels positioned in complicated places are handled by new Interthor Reel Lifter
Friday January 26, 2018
When different reels, e.g. foil reels, paper reels, or cylinders, are to be positioned in unwinders, packing or production machines, the space is often limited around or under the machine. The reels are often placed inside the machine, where the maneuverability ...
Smart process gating is reinventing muting
Thursday January 25, 2018
When safety light curtains are guarding a danger zone where material must be moved automatically into or out of the zone, the muting technique is typically used. Typically, this is accomplished with additional muting sensors that detecting transport ...
ALL Family of Companies adds eight units from Manitowoc
Wednesday January 24, 2018
The  ALL Family of Companies  is once again expanding its fleet with the purchase of eight cranes from respected manufacturer Manitowoc. The package includes two each of the MLC650 crawler, Grove TMS760E truck-mounted crane, and Manitowoc ...
Vestil introduces new fork truck reel attachment
Wednesday January 24, 2018
Vestil Manufacturing Corporation ,  manufacturer and distributor of industrial material handling equipment, has dedicated itself to the continuous improvement of items just like the recently developed fork truck reel attachment. Designed to provide ...
JW Winco announces availability of hygienic design cabinet 
Wednesday January 24, 2018
JW Winco , Inc., a Ganter Company and supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced the availability of GN 429 Hygienic Design Stainless Steel Cabinet "U" Handles. The RoHS compliant cabinet “U“ handles are ...
Danone Waters optimizes handling on the loading platforms at its EVIAN® plant
Wednesday January 24, 2018
Danone Waters has opted to make handling pallets of Evian water on platforms —before they are loaded onto trains— safer and more streamlined, using Interroll heavy-duty gravity conveyors. At the Publier site in the Haute-Savoie department ...
Kinedyne sets higher standard for working load limit
Tuesday January 23, 2018
Kinedyne LLC ,  designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, including cargo securement, capacity and access solutions for the transportation industry, announced the family of new ultra-heavy-duty load securement straps. ...
National Fleet Products’ ArtLift hoists up to 440 pounds
Flips vertically to store inside rear or side doors
Monday January 22, 2018
National Fleet Products ,  a North American supplier of cargo lifting equipment, loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, announced the introduction of its new ArtLift. Compared to hydraulic or pneumatic systems, ...
Shifting Gears
Talbert Manufacturing names Top 10 Dealers of 2017
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Talbert Manufacturing  named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, as its top dealer for the 10th straight year. This award recognizes a Talbert dealer for outstanding performance in selling trailers, service ...
Volvo Penta names new vp for customer support and training
Friday February 9, 2018
Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training. “Tony Kelleher will lead the customer support and product training teams to further expand and strengthen our partner ...
CLARK appoints MHE as an authorized dealer
Thursday February 8, 2018
CLARK Material Handling Company  announced it has appointed Materials Handling Equipment, LLC. (MHE) as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the Fort Wayne Indiana market. “MHE has been servicing the material handling needs ...
Milwaukee Tool announces expansion of Brookfield, Wis. headquarters
Creating over 350 new jobs
Thursday February 8, 2018
With a planned total investment of $32MM, Milwaukee Tool is proposing another major expansion at their global new product development center in Brookfield, WI.  A 114,500 square foot, multi-story building would be built on an existing 3.5 ...
SpotSee hires Joseph Smith as new supply chain director
Thursday February 8, 2018
Joseph Smith has joined  SpotSee  as supply chain director to deploy processes that deliver positive results in the areas of cost, quality, delivery, service and product improvement. “Joseph has a proven track record of finding savings ...
WIKA Mobile Control presents top sales award to Crane Warning Systems, Inc.
 for 9th consecutive year
Wednesday February 7, 2018
WIKA Mobile Control (formerly Hirschmann MCS), Chambersburg, PA has awarded Crane Warning Systems, Inc. of Lakeland, FL the Top Sales Award for 2017.  This is the ninth year in a row that Crane Warning Systems has received this award. “Our ...
DHL Supply Chain recognized as Top Employer in five countries including the United States
Wednesday February 7, 2018
In an industry first, DHL Supply Chain , the specialist contract logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has received Top Employer certification across five countries simultaneously, including the United States, Brazil, China, Spain and the U.K. ...
ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee wins “Supplier of the Year”
Wednesday January 31, 2018
ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee  has received the prestigious Supplier of the Year Award from the Knoxville Branch of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Tennessee. Billy Vaughn, general manager of ALL Crane Rental of Tennessee, ...
MCFA announces 2018 Dealers of Excellence
Tuesday January 30, 2018
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), manufacturer of forklifts under the Cat® lift trucks, Mitsubishi forklift trucks and Jungheinrich® brands, announced its 2018 Dealers of Excellence. MCFA recognizes these dealers for providing ...
Taylor Machine Works joins Pettibone as Cary-Lift dealer
Monday January 29, 2018
Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC announces the addition of Taylor Machine Works to its dealer network. Taylor will carry Pettibone Cary-Lift pipe and pole handlers for multiple states across the southern U.S., including Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, ...
Purolator International wins Best International Logistics Partner at Newegg’s 2018 Eggie Awards
Thursday January 25, 2018
Purolator International , provider of North American logistics, is honored to have won a 2018 Eggie Award as Newegg’s Best International Logistics Partner. This is the third consecutive year Purolator International has received this award, recognizing ...
President Trump visits UniCarriers Americas Corporation dealer H&K Equipment, Inc.
Wednesday January 24, 2018
Emphasizing its strong economic impact, President Trump toured UniCarriers Americas (UCA) dealer H&K Equipment, Inc. in Coraopolis, PA, on January 18th. During his visit, the President outlined the benefits of his new tax plan for small businesses ...
Trojan Battery names new president and CEO
Wednesday January 24, 2018
Trojan Battery Co., LLC , manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has announced the appointment of Neil Thomas as president and chief executive officer (CEO) for Trojan Battery, succeeding Jeff Elder. Elder, who has announced his retirement, will ...

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