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Equipment Sales & Service Limited recognized as Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Equipment Sales & Service Limited (ESS) has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are among the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth. Having achieved the Best Managed designation for seven consecutive years, ESS joins an elite group of companies that have attained Platinum Club status.

Now in its 25th year, Canada's Best Managed Companies is one of the country's leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

Michael and Peter Willis, Co-Executive Chairmen and owners of Equipment Sales, stated: "2017 was a challenging and rewarding year for our Company. We continued our focus on growth, both organically and through acquisition. We opened a branch in Quebec City which, together with our Montreal location, gives us a strong Quebec presence. We expanded our representation of Link-Belt Cranes into B.C. ESS also acquired Selix Equipment Inc., a successful distributor of drilling and foundation equipment that now represents a number of major product lines including Sandvik, Soilmec, GEAX and ICE. As importantly, we are securing our future as a family-owned business by implementing our succession plan as third generation family members take on leadership responsibilities as managers and Board members."

"Best Managed Platinum winners have exceptional insights and knowledge into business management practices. They are an inspiration and really take their game to a new level," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada's Best Managed Companies program.

Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2018 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and commitment to talent. 

Morgan Cronin, President of ESS, noted that: "It was a significant accomplishment to be awarded our first Best Managed designation in 2011. However, I believe it is even more difficult to retain that status.  We must constantly review and improve the way we do business including revisiting our strategies and how we deliver our product and services to our business partners. Achieving Platinum status is both a tremendous challenge and achievement. It is a reflection of our efforts to continuously improve and the dedicated people we have working at ESS who can translate plan into action. We are extremely proud of our Company and our team."

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Topcon GLS-2000 scanner update enhances data capture for vertical construction applications

The data captured with the new settings is designed for seamless integration in vertical construction software workflows.

Topcon Positioning Group announces a new firmware update for the GLS-2000 scanner designed to enhance its vertical construction applications, as well as offer a workflow for semi-automated modeling and construction validation. The firmware includes a new setting that allows objects for interior vertical construction to be captured with precise detail. 

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HammerHead Trenchless and Per Aarsleff Pipe Technology announce partnership

The two groups are joining forces with a shared vision of bringing innovative pipe renovation technologies to market by leveraging the resources and expertise of each organization.

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, USA, and Per Aarsleff Pipe Technology, of Aarhus, Denmark, have signed a long-term, strategic partnership agreement that includes plans for HammerHead to produce and distribute the Bluelight LED Curing System for Cured-In-Place pipe (CIPP) to markets outside of Europe and Russia.

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Cat autonomous trucks haul one billion tonnes

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Cat mining trucks working within MineStar Command for hauling recently reached a milestone of one billion tonnes hauled. Caterpillar deployed the first six commercial autonomous trucks in 2013, and the fleet has now grown to more than 150 with six different mining companies operating Command for hauling in iron ore, copper and oil sands.

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DTNA pledges support for EPA Cleaner Truck Initiative

Over the past 20 years, DTNA has demonstrated a strong commitment to the reduction of NOx and particulate emissions and has steadily reduced their NOx emissions by over 90% and particulate emissions by over 98%.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) attended the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of the Cleaner Truck Initiative at the agency's headquarters. The announcement was attended by leaders of major North American truck OEMs, representatives from the American Trucking Association, and government officials.

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Road Dryer RD-1200 safely dries pavement in one pass for paving, surface treatments

Available as a simple-to-operate trailer- or truck-mounted unit, the RD-1200XT can be adjusted for 8-ft to 12-ft (2.4m to 3.7m) drying widths.

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New Cat D6 debuts world’s first high drive electric drive dozer

This next-generation dozer offers a choice of advanced power train: the D6 XE with Electric Drive or the D6 with a fully automatic 4-speed power shift transmission.

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Wacker Neuson launches construction equipment technician apprenticeship program

“The program is intended to act as a funnel for qualified technicians into our dealer network,” explains Jake Gaylord, technical training manager for Wacker Neuson and author of the program.

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Ozdemir appointed to lead Beka-Lube Canada

Aykut Ozdemir joined the BEKA organization in 2002 as an application engineer and recently relocated his family to Canada from Turkey, where he served as Managing Director.

BAIER + KÖPPEL has announced the appointment of Aykut (Ike) Ozdemir as President, Beka-Lube Products Inc. Aykut succeeds Sven Pitman, who has returned to the firm's head office in Pegnitz, Germany, to assume leadership of BEKA's products and services in the mining sector worldwide.

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GOMACO University announces a new director and new schedule for 2019 season

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GOMACO has released their 2019 schedule of specialized courses covering GOMACO‘s full range of concrete paving equipment. Rod Schneider has been appointed as GOMACO University's new Director of Training after the retirement of Dennis Clausen at the end of the year. Since 1989, Schneider has served as the University's Training Coordinator.

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A1A Software expands features of 3D Lift Plan

New features expand the options for users as they plan which type of crane pads or mats are best for the ground conditions. Ground bearing calculations can now be made for steel mats with an option for layering steel mats over timber for better distribution of outrigger loads.

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PRINOTH launches light, efficient and flexible mulching head for skid steers

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Second generation of the Epiroc zero-emission fleet presented at Power Change Days

Örebro, Sweden: With over 60000 operating hours, Epiroc is now expanding its proven battery offering and zero-emission fleet with the second generation in underground loaders, trucks and drill rigs and a new battery service offering.

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Earthworks GO! brings Trimble grade control to small machines

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Genie expands its used equipment team in North America

“Used equipment is critical to the growth and sustainability of the aerial market, and we are forecasting increased trade cycles in North America over the next few years.

Anticipating an increase demand for used aerial equipment in North America, Genie has expanded its used equipment team to support customers' needs and market growth. Led by Mitch Ely, Genie Director of North American Services, Terex AWP, the team includes Kevin Spencer, Marcy Lemin and Scott Sensenbrenner in the field and is supported by a dedicated used equipment inside sales team at the factory.

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John Deere Grapples pack power and reliability into job site cleanup

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Manitowoc updates its free diagnostic mobile app for Grove and National Crane

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Manitowoc Cranes smartphone app that helps customers to diagnose technical issues on their cranes has been updated. The free app enables users to understand the numeric diagnostic codes that are generated by their on-board control systems.

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BKT production site project in the US underway

Widely known for its focus on innovation and technology, BKT has recently doubled its production capacity by means of its latest production site in Bhuj. It has now announced the construction of a sixth production site on US territory.

Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) has announced development of a $100-milion construction project for a new production site to serve not only US markets but the entire American region. This new production site will be the multinational group's first manufacturing site outside of India.

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