The Latest News: January 2018

A look at the latest industry news for January

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Vortex acquires VacVision Environmental

The Vortex Companies has completed the acquisition of VacVision Environmental, a trenchless infrastructure and service contractor. Located in South Carolina and Florida, VacVision will bolster Vortex’s presence in the Southeast. The companies will begin to integrate services and personnel immediately.

Felling Trailers adds new fabrication center

Felling Trailers added a new fabrication center, providing 15,000 square feet of space for new and existing technologies. The space connects the main warehouse to an existing building, allowing for an efficient flow of production parts from the fabrication area to the warehouse, then to the production floor. The key goals for the new center are: reducing nonvalue time inefficiencies, reducing the number of times material was being handled, and increasing the safety and comfort of the work environment.

Deere & Company completes acquisition of the Wirtgen Group

Deere & Company completed the acquisition of the Wirtgen Group, an international privately held manufacturer of road construction equipment. The Wirtgen Group has a global presence of approximately 8,200 employees and sells products in more than 100 countries through a network of dealers.

VMAC appoints Hogan to CEO, Gilbert to president

VMAC announced changes to the organization of its senior management team, appointing former President Jim Hogan to CEO, and former Executive Vice President Tod Gilbert to president. As one of the company’s founders, Hogan will again focus on developing innovative technology, research and development initiatives and process improvements with the support of VMAC’s engineering and design team. Gilbert has been with VMAC since 2006 and has held various positions, including VP of engineering and product development. He will provide leadership for day-to-day activities of the company.

JCB’s dealer network expands

Westcon JCB, headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, is the newest addition to JCB’s growing North American dealer network. The new dealer will sell, rent and service JCB equipment from branches in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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