Industry News: May 2018

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Komatsu America moving North American headquarters to Chicago
Komatsu America announced plans to move company headquarters to Chicago in 2020. The new site at Triangle Plaza, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., will feature an open floor plan designed to foster more collaboration and cross-functional team communication. Komatsu Ltd., parent company of Komatsu America, established a permanent presence in the U.S. in 1970, with the first headquarters in San Francisco. Since then, Atlanta, and other Illinois locations including Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, and for the past 11 years, Rolling Meadows, have all served as headquarter cities.

Michel Marchand
Michel Marchand

Case Construction Equipment names new vice president
Case has named Michel Marchand as vice president for North America, replacing Scott Harris, who has taken a similar role at CASE IH. Marchand, who previously served as the regional sales director for Canada, will now oversee all Case Construction operations in North America.

LTA launches new website
LTA launched a new website for its LoadMaster line of products. The main page of features easily clickable links to guide customers to the products with photos. LoadMaster products are in-bed cargo management solutions for pickup owners, capable of holding varying weights.

East Mfg. celebrates 50 years
East Mfg. is celebrating 50 years with special 50th Anniversary Trailer Packages, standard on each of its four aluminum trailer lines. The flatbed, drop deck, dump and refuse trailer packages include gold East Mfg. nameplates along with 50th Anniversary logo mud flaps. In addition, gold anodized flat hook tie downs are included on flatbed and drop deck trailers.

Dan Heath
Dan Heath

American Augers’ Heath elected president of GLTA
Dan Heath, product support manager for American Augers and Trencor, was elected president of the Great Lakes Trenchless Association at its annual membership meeting. He has been with American Augers since January 2007 and will be the first noncontractor president of the contractor-focused organization.

Says Heath, “One of my primary focuses as acting president for the GLTA will be to put a spotlight on our industry as a viable option for future employment. The GLTA has a good mix of contractors and equipment manufacturers, all of which need good quality employees.”


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