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Wacker Neuson sharpens its focus on core products and sells its concrete power trowel business

"Our Strategy 2022 puts our customers at the heart of everything we do," explains Martin Lehner, CEO of the Wacker Neuson Group. "Sharpening our focus on core competencies and products enables us to offer our customers premium quality and outstanding service solutions. In line with our strategic pillar of ‘focus', which aims to optimize our portfolio of competitive construction equipment, we have decided to concentrate even more on our core businesses, namely compact equipment, compaction equipment, utility and concrete consolidation with internal and external vibrators, and to divest the trowel business."

Haulotte inaugurates new California branch

During the week of September 23rd, Haulotte North America officially opened the doors to its California branch based in Long Beach. The branch hosted both an internal ribbon-cutting ceremony and an inauguration event in conjunction with its 2019 Open Days for customers. "We are excited to finally announce the opening of our Long Beach branch here in California, said Carlos Hernandez, Zone Manager for Americas. The opening has been part of our strategic plan for several years, in order to better serve customers, especially those on the west coast". Alexandre Saubot, CEO of Haulotte Group, cut the ribbon that officially inaugurated the California branch and offered a toast to the attending employees. The new branch will serve as a machine distribution center.

Daimler Trucks North American alternative energy efforts earn 2019 Clean Air Technology nod

Daimler Trucks North America LLC has been recognized with the 2019 Clean Air Technology award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD). DTNA was recognized for its Innovation Fleet from Freightliner, a 30-vehicle fleet of battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks currently testing integration of battery electric commercial vehicles into large-scale transportation operations.

Washington State bridge goes up in shorter span thanks to Manitowoc MLC300

Ceccanti, a Tacoma, Washington-based construction company, needed a crane with superior maneuverability that could handle heavy loads at great heights to assist with the replacement of an old wooden bridge in Ridgefield, Washington. The contractor found the MLC300 crawler crane had the right features to get the job done in the shortest time possible.

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Prinoth specialty vehicle designed for tough jobs in extreme Antarctic conditions

Prinoth has developed a new vehicle designed to transport very large loads with less personnel and less impact on the environment. The new transport vehicle was designed for Troll, a Norwegian research station in Antarctica. The company says that the aim of the project is to reduce overall operational costs. This is achieved through lower fuel consumption, reduced total time of transport and by minimizing the number of people dedicated to transporting fuel and goods in the Antarctic region.

Westech Coyote hydrovac a compact and cost-effective solution

Westech Vac Systems, a provider of rugged, high-quality vacuum truck-mounted solutions, introduced the compact Coyote hydrovac for utility, municipal and contractor customers in Canada. The mid-sized unit was designed as an ideal option for customers working in urban and metro environments who need maximized legal payloads and who value a rugged, durable and industrial-grade hydrovac truck that can easily maneuver in tight, confined spaces without compromising productivity, performance or legal payload.

Case holding contest to win trip to Tomahawk with country artist Jon Pardi to learn how to operate equipment

Case Construction Equipment has partnered with ACM/CMA award-winning artist Jon Pardi to launch a contest designed to recruit new operators to the construction industry. Contest winners will have the opportunity to learn how to operate equipment alongside the country music singer, who in addition to working construction in the past has a passion for the industry and Case equipment.

SMS Equipment and Wirtgen Group mutually terminate distribution agreement

Wirtgen America, Inc. and SMS Equipment, Inc. have mutually agreed to terminate the distribution agreement for Wirtgen Group products (Wirtgen, Hamm, Vogele and Kleemann). SMS will no longer be an authorized Wirtgen Group dealer after November 30, 2019, will no longer be a Wirtgen Group-authorized service centre after January 31, 2020, and will no longer be an authorized dealer of Wirtgen Group OEM parts after February 28, 2020. The Wirtgen Group and SMS are committed to ensuring that this transition is smooth and not disruptive. As this transition occurs, the Wirtgen Group and SMS will remain in communication to make this as seamless as possible.

Self-loading trailer from Felling valuable for any fleet

Felling Trailers, Inc.'s Self Loading Turret Reel trailer is a valuable tool for any fleet. With a 360 degree hydraulically operated rotating turret assembly, the FT-14-2 R Turret can lock into any position when the directional control valve is released. Keeping mindful of equipment, time, and operator safety the turret's self-loading feature eliminates the need to have extra equipment and operators on-site to lift and load the reel as on a fixed reel trailer.

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K-Tec recognizes Dealers of Excellence at Manitoba event

K-Tec Earthmovers held its first Dealership Network Scraper Symposium event in Manitoba on September 17 & 18, 2019. The event hosted 56 professionals representing 22 different organizations, taking time out of their hectic schedules, and travelling from as far away as Japan, Sweden and Australia to hear the latest advancements in K-Tec's efficient earthmoving product offerings.

DEUTZ, Sany plan joint venture in Chinese city

Joint venture partners SANY and DEUTZ AG have signed an agreement with representatives of the government of Changsha during the foundation stone laying ceremony at the production site in Changsha. DEUTZ AG and SANY, China's largest construction equipment manufacturer, had already signed the agreement to establish a joint venture in June this year. The aim of the two companies is to build a factory to produce high-performance engines in the province of Hunan. 

Timken acquires BEKA Lubrication

The Timken Company has reached an agreement to acquire BEKA Lubrication for approximately $165 million. The company serves a diverse range of industrial sectors including wind, food and beverage, rail, on- and off-highway and other process industries. BEKA sales are expected to be around $135 million for the full year 2019.

Viewpoint unveils analytics package for One Construction Management Suite

Viewpoint, a Trimble Company, unveiled a data platform providing self-service reporting and predictive analytical capabilities to contractors. Called Viewpoint Analytics, the solution will enable contractors to track operational and financial performance of their projects, processes, people and ultimately, their business. Previewed at the Viewpoint Collaborate Conference in Portland, Ore., the platform uses real-time information entered from the field to analyze projects and help clients achieve on-time, on-budget performance.

Manitou begins construction of new aerial work platform factory in France

The Manitou group has started construction of a new factory dedicated to aerial work platforms. Michel Denis, Group president & CEO, and Jacqueline Himsworth, chair of the Board of Directors, laid the first stone in the presence of a number of elected representatives. This factory fits in with a global investment plan and confirms the Group's ambitions in this market.

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Ken McDougall appointed president at Skyjack

Skyjack division values an easy to business with philosophy above all else. Every member of their team does its part to ensure this mentality is followed through, from internal projects to building relationships with industry stakeholders and their customers. Effective immediately Brad Boehler has accepted a position with Skyjack's parent company Linamar.

Petro-Canada Lubricants introduces new heavy-duty and driveline oils

Petro-Canada Lubricants, a HollyFrontier business, has expanded its TRAXON and DURON product lines with the launches of DURON Advanced 5W-30 and TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85. The introduction of the new oils demonstrate continued product innovation from Petro-Canada Lubricants to help fleets meet new and emerging market trends.

Kryton adds wireless real-time concrete monitoring to product offerings

Kryton International Inc. announced the company has acquired a 30 percent interest in Sensohive Technologies ApS of Odense, Denmark. The acquisition makes Kryton Sensohive's largest shareholder. Kryton will also be the exclusive North American distributor of Sensohive's award-winning Maturix technology, which uses advanced sensors and software enabling contractors and engineers to wirelessly monitor the concrete hardening process in real time from virtually any internet-connected device.

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