Industry News: March 2017

Industry News: March 2017
Komatsu CEO Rod Schrader

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JLG plans operational changes; plan to close 3 facilities

JLG Industries announced it has submitted plans for closure to the works council in Belgium for its manufacturing and predelivery inspection facilities and to employee representatives in the U.K. for its engineering center there. Manufacturing lines at the company’s Orrville, Ohio, plant will also be shut down. The proposed changes may affect up to 525 employees.

Kenworth names 2017 Dealer Council

Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council members. The council features eight executives representing the more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. The members are: Chairman, Will Bruser, Truckworx Kenworth, Birmingham, Alabama; Mike Clark, Wisconsin Kenworth, Madison, Wisconsin; Boyd McConnachie, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby, British Columbia; Mike Nagle, Bayview Kenworth, St. John, New Brunswick; Scott Oliphant, Kenworth of Louisiana, Gray, Louisiana; Dan Penksa, Kenworth Northeast Group, Buffalo, New York; and Tim Spurgeon, MHC Kenworth, Leawood, Kansas. In addition, Tom Bertolino of NorCal Kenworth in Sacramento, California, serves as the Kenworth line representative for the American Truck Dealers.

Pettibone names Raffaelli VP & GM

Scott Raffaelli has been named the new vice president and general manager of Pettibone/Traverse Lift. In his new position, Raffaelli will oversee all company activities, including engineering, operations, sales and aftermarket.

FS Solutions enters distribution partnership

FS Solutions announced a distribution partnership with Gerotto Federico S.r.l. of Italy. Under terms of the agreement, the Gerotto Lombrico remote-controlled mini-excavator will be sold and supported by FS Solutions in the U.S., and by Joe Johnson Equipment in Canada.

Komatsu CEO Rod Schrader named to AEM Board of Directors

Komatsu America announced that CEO Rod Schrader has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

John Deere employees increase volunteer hours

In 2016, Deere & Co. employees increased by more than 50 percent the number of volunteer hours they recorded in service to community organizations worldwide, totaling nearly 158,000 hours in the year. During the year, Deere launches its Serving Our Communities initiative, where employees organized volunteer projects to benefit local cities and towns.

Top ten Ditch Witch dealerships of 2016 honored

Ditch Witch recently awarded its top 2016 dealerships with its hightest honor, the Crescent Club. The winners included: Ditch Witch of Alabama, Ditch Witch Bay Area, Central and Southern California, Ditch Witch of Central Texas, Ditch Witch of Florida, Ditch Witch of Minnesota and Iowa, Ditch Witch of North Carolina, Ditch Witch of Oklahoma and Arkansas, Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan and Witch Equipment Co. in Texas.

McElroy partners with Netafim on HDPE

McElroy and Netafim have joined forces to meet the demand for HDPE pipeline solutions in the irrigation, potable water and natural gas industries.

RIDGID Experience contest

Entries are being accepted until March 31 for the RIDGID experience. Three winners will be chosen from entries received to visit the RIDGID facilities in July. They will also be part of a future ad campaign, be able to make their own custom wrenches and take in an Indians game. For more information and to enter, please visit this link


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