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July 23, 2013

INDUSTRY NEWS

The Big Number: 68 Custom Trailers. No Sweat.: Hamilton Caster is pumping out one of their biggest custom orders ever, thanks to one of our southeast distributors. This time with 68 four-wheel steer trailers to haul diesel turbocharger housings for a major engine manufacturer. Uniquely designed, each trailer features two carousels that lock in place during transport and rotate to keep loads easily accessible. A single trailer holds 48 parts and about an hour of production needs on the assembly line. With the added capacity of our new truck factory, we can handle massive orders like this with ease. Plus, we can build even larger carts and trailers faster than ever. Read full article

 

Americold Appoints New Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer: Americold, the global leader in temperature controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, announces the appointment of Keith Goldsmith to Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He will report to Jeffrey M. Gault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Americold. Mr. Goldsmith joins the organization after serving as Senior Vice President Business Development for CEVA Logistics, overseeing the development of supply chain solutions for the company’s premier clients. Prior to CEVA Logistics, Mr. Goldsmith served as a member of the board of management and Group Chief Information Officer for TNT Logistics, a predecessor company to CEVA. In this capacity, he managed the company’s technology suite of applications and services including CEVA Matrix™, a proprietary technology platform that enables increased supply chain efficiencies for customers. Read full article

 

Does Morale in your Service Department Need a Lift? : Dealership statistics tell us that half of our employees should be technicians. With that in mind, we’re going to focus on ways to help keep up morale with your technicians (and other team members). Ruling vs. Leading Everyone has a different management style. How you respond and interact with people makes the biggest impact on your department. Ruling with an Iron Fist instills fear, but not always respect. Using the Velvet Touch makes you look like a pushover. Ruling people does not create any creativity, nor does it empower people to take responsibility. They just “do what they’re told”. You have to find the best balance you can for the team around you. Some people need to be pushed and even prodded at times; other people need the independence to grow and prosper. A good leader is not afraid that someone is learning and growing. Leaders help build the next generation of the company, they won’t tear it down. Read full article

 

GSA Contract Extension Approved: Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. is pleased to announce the General Services Administration (GSA) has executed renewal of its contract for Federal Supply Schedule 56 (Building Material and Industrial Supplies/Industrial Services & Supplies) after full review of the past five years of performance. The new period of performance is now recognized as September 14, 2008 through September 14, 2018 (contract #GS-07F-0528U). Wisconsin Lift Truck has received an “EXCEPTIONAL” rating, which is the highest rating earned by a GSA contract holder. In order to accommodate the needs of various industries and government bureaus, a wide selection of equipment such as sweepers, scrubbers, forklifts and hoists are available, alongside items such as carts, cabinets, stretch wrap machines, dock equipment and much more. Read full article

 

appliedenergy_in_jul13.jpgApplied Energy Solutions Hires Richard Niblock: Applied Energy Solutions, LLC, is excited to announce the addition of Richard Niblock as Southeast regional sales manager. He will be responsible for lead generation in the southeast region, and ensuring product solutions are provided to end user and dealer accounts. President and CEO, Vern Fleming says, “The strategic growth of Applied Energy Solutions over the past year has caused a demand for a larger sales team, the addition of Niblock will aid in developing highly targeted accounts. We are very excited to have this very experienced member join our AES family.” Prior to joining AES, Niblock worked for Carolina Handling in Greensboro North Carolina in sales, and as a service technician. Niblock has more than 13 years of experience in sales and management specifically in lead generation, strategic planning, and leadership. Read full article

 

IBTTA Welcomes House Transportation Subcommittee Hearing Today on Financial Status of the Highway Trust Fund: In advance of today’s House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing on the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Executive Director and CEO, Patrick Jones, welcomed the hearing and called on lawmakers to hold a “robust conversation on expanding the use of alternative funding options available”. Today’s hearing, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), entitled “How the Financial Status of the Highway Trust Fund Impacts Surface Transportation Programs,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. The hearing witnesses will include the Honorable Polly Trottenberg, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Mr. Kim P. Cawley, Unit Chief, Natural and Physical Resources Cost Estimates Unit, Congressional Budget Office. Read full article


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Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America Launches Revolutionary Power Transmission Virtual Product Experience for iPad: Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA), U.S.A. headquarters for Sumitomo Drive Technologies is proud to introduce the PT Experience for Cyclo® Bevel BuddyBox®. The new Augmented Reality (AR) mobile app, available exclusively for the Apple iPad, offers three main functions: a customizable AR experience for both Cyclo® Bevel BuddyBox® (BBB) products, an in-depth look at all of the Cyclo® BBBs’ internal and external features, and an opportunity to connect directly to Sumitomo’s representatives and online resources. Virtual product display is extremely beneficial in a wide range of industries because it allows for a non-present object to appear virtually in an extremely realistic way. With PT Experience, users can visualize their custom Sumitomo product at their desk or see how it fits into their specific industrial application. Read full article

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NEW - Expandable, Unbreakable, Reusable Pallet from Quantum: Quantum Storage Systems’ is proud to announce its NEW “EZ Lock Pallet & Dunnage Platform” which allows you to customize your storage space in seconds. Its patented interlocking design allows true flexibility in building the exact size pallet or platform you need. Using 12” x 40” footprints, each unit locks together making this an all purpose storage, moving, and shipping solution. Manufactured of recycled high density black polyethylene, the vented deck is freezer safe and chemical resistant. Its one piece body design and structure allows for a 4-way forklift and hand truck entry, and it meets GAM industry standards. Boasting a 2,500 lb load capacity, the structure will maintain its dimensions with no sagging or stretching. Plastic will not absorb any liquids or chemicals and is resistant to insect infestation. Read full article


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