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January 14, 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

Wisconsin Lift Truck Co-Hosts First-Ever Forklift Rodeo for Midwest Food Processors: Wisconsin Lift Truck proudly co-hosted the first ever Midwest Food Processors Association forklift rodeo at their convention on December 3rd – 5th, partnering with Seneca Foods, SBS Battery, Jax, Kaman and Orbis. The event was held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee with about 900 key food manufacturing stakeholders from around the Midwest coming together to learn, network and source better solutions for the safety, quality, and nutrition of their products. The newly added forklift rodeo was a big hit at the event!  Read full article


Kane Is Able Named "Great Supply Chain Partner" for 2013 by SupplyChainBrain Magazine: Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. has been selected as a "2013 Great Supply Chain Partner" by SupplyChainBrain magazine. Now in its 11th year, SupplyChainBrain’s prestigious list of Great Supply Chain Partners highlights a select cohort of the top 100 companies whose solutions and services have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service, and overall supply chain performance. KANE was selected from nominations submitted by supply chain professionals to SupplyChainBrain’s on-line poll over a period of six months. KANE appeared in SupplyChainBrain magazine as a member of this year’s Great Supply Chain Partners. Read full article


Jim Tompkins Reveals Top Five Factors Behind UPS and FedEx’s: Being realistic means being practical and/or pragmatic. For holiday 2013, there were five really big factors that were going to impact final delivery. And yet UPS and FedEx still failed to be realistic, practical, or pragmatic in communicating their failure to deliver on their promises for holiday 2013. Let’s first take a step back. What were the five big factors impacting final delivery Read full article


Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Announces Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2014: The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the $827 billion equipment finance sector, revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2014. Given U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will spend in excess of $1.5 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) this year, financing more than half of those assets, these trends impact a significant portion of the U.S. economy. Businesses will need to consider a dynamic environment of economic growth, wider credit availability, and favorable interest rates in their equipment acquisition decision-making. Read full article


Serapid Expects Increased Sales with Telescopic Mast Products in Composite Manufacturing: Serapid inc., a producer of lifts and horizontal motion products made with its exclusive rigid chain technology, has seen an increase overall in sales of its telescopic mast products. A new version for theatrical equipment was introduced at the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas this past November, an expansive multi-unit metrology system was produced in 2012, and a triple-mast unit is used in a containerized weapon system for the defense industry. One growing industry that is benefitting from the technology is the composite manufacturing industry. These manufacturers are embracing the use of virtual templates by the means of digital laser projection systems. Read full article


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SERVICE DEPARTMENT EXPECTATIONS

Is it Parts and Service or Parts vs. Service?:  One of the most symbiotic relationships in your dealership is the one between your parts and service department. The cooperation between these groups is crucial and communication is key for the two to work effectively to service your customers. Yet there are still times where it seems like the parts and service departments are more in a battle against one another. We’re going to look at some things each department can do to work together rather than against one another. Read full article


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PRODUCT PREVIEWS
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Ergodyne Debuts New Compact Kneeling Pad And Orange Color Addition: Ergodyne has announced the expansion of their ProFlex® Kneeling Pad Line to include the ProFlex® 375 Orange Compact Kneeling Pad as well as the orange color addition to existing model 380 (Standard Kneeling Pad). The new 375 model offers the same trusted comfort and construction workers have come to expect from the ProFlex® brand with the added benefits of a smaller size - optimizing portability - and bold orange color - promoting product awareness and visibility. Read full article

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INTLXS – XS Equipment Protection Plan for Forklifts: International XS Program Managers based in Cleveland, Ohio launch new Warranty Division with initial focus on extended service/warranty program for forklifts. International XS Program Managers has brought on the Calco Lift Guard extended service, forklift warranty program and enhanced the plans with improved features. George Schmid states, “We have joined forces with International XS Program Managers and rebranded Calco Lift Guard to provide a superior extended service, forklift warranty plan for forklift dealers on new and used equipment. The new name of the coverage is, XS Equipment Protection Plans - Forklift, and our intention is to add other material handling equipment product lines in the near future. The coverage is available in all 50 states and Canada. Read full article

tvh_waferbrush_pp_jan14.jpg Now Offering Wafer Brushes: TVH in the Americas (TVH) is pleased to announce that we have added wafer brushes to our stocked inventory. These wafer brushes are composed of premium materials that last on any application. Whether you need poly, wire or combo convoluted, TVH has the right brush for your equipment. With various options of grit and finishes, no matter whether you are cleaning a construction site, road, or warehouse, sweeping dirt, snow, or debris, we are sure to have a wafer brush for your specific needs. Read full article


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