Industry News: October 2018

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Vac-Con launches new interactive site
Vac-Con announced the release of a new version of its EXPLORE VAC-CON interactive website. It offers 360-degree video tours and images, giving users the ability to demonstrate a Vac-Con machine at any time, from anywhere. In addition to EXPLORE VAC-CON, the company released an updated version of the Vac-Con website, as well as new literature for its primary product portfolio. The new EXPLORE VAC-CON site can be viewed here: https://vac-con.com/salesadvantage

Custom Truck One Source announces acquisition
Custom Truck One Source announced the acquisition of Great Pacific Equipment, a distributor of construction and utility equipment serving the Southwest region of the U.S. With offices in Fontana and Bakersfield, California, Great Pacific’s existing management will partner with Custom Trucks’ to grow the business in the region. This acquisition marks the ninth one under the Custom Truck One Source brand since its formation in February 2015. 

Vac-Tron wins Companies to Watch Award
Vac-Tron Equipment announced it was a 2018 winner of the Florida Companies to Watch Award. The company was selected from more than 500 nominees in the statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Vac-Tron’s management team, competitive market position, and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.  

American Augers/Trencor launches new website
American Augers/Trencor announced its newly designed website www.americanaugers-trencor.com. The new site brings together the two brands with the message, “Two Brands. One Commitment.” The mobile-responsive site makes it easy to navigate between the two brands and access detailed product specifications, as well as information and registration for training, warranty, support manuals, parts sales, dealers and reps, and team contacts. 

Michels Canada expands eastern presence, promotes MacIntosh
Michels Canada established a permanent office in the Toronto area to serve eastern operations. The office in Woodbridge, Ontario, provides easy access to the metro area and beyond. Also, Glenn MacIntosh has been promoted to director of the eastern region to spearhead the company’s growth in the area. 

John Deere and Wacker Neuson enter into supplier agreement
John Deere announced it entered into a strategic supplier agreement with Wacker Neuson to provide compact excavators in China, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The models will range from 1.7 to 7.5 tons and are specifically designed and manufactured for customers in the growing Asia-Pacific markets. 

VMAC welcomes new engineering manager
VMAC announced the hiring of Barry Fitzgerald, P.E., as the company’s engineering manager. He will lead the engineering, custom shop and foundry teams and will collaborate with the management team. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland, as well as an MBA in Management of Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He has worked in a variety of roles across numerous industries, including automotive, medical, renewable energy and manufacturing.



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