Industry News: November 2018

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Tornado Global Hydrovacs announces strategic alliances
Tornado Global Hydrovacs announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tornado China entered into a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Anhui Jianghuai Yangtian Automobile Co. to manufacture Tornado’s lineup of hydrovac trucks. The trucks are customized to satisfy all the Chinese regulatory requirements for sale and operation in China.

Tornado also announced that Tornado China executed a strategic partnership agreement with Daqing Hoatian Xinda Technology for an initial term of one year to assist Tornado China with developing a client base in the excavation market in Heilongjiang province. 

CUES launches redesigned website
CUES launched a newly designed website, featuring a new look and feel with less text and more imagery. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation make it easier to use, and it has a responsive layout for all platforms, including smartphones and tablets.

Pete Gustin
Pete Gustin

Valley Industries names new Comet product manager
Pete Gustin was named Valley Industries’ new Comet product manager. He will be responsible for managing sales and product development for Comet pumps and accessories in North America. Gustin started working with Comet pumps in 1995 while working for his family’s business, UNICO Spray Products Corp. UNICO merged with Valley Industries in 2010, and provided the support for Gustin to expand Comet diaphragm pumps into new industrial applications such as carpet cleaning, softwash and liquid rubber.

Komatsu announces plans for new customer support and service center
Komatsu Equipment Co. announced plans to build a 189,000-square-foot service center on 30 acres in Elko, Nevada. The new building will include: a six-bay, full-service construction equipment and mechanical rebuild shop; a heavy welding and fabricating shop, large enough for rebuild and manufacturing of large shovel and truck structures and manufacturing of truck bodies; a heavy-machine shop with large, horizontal milling and boring machines, plus vertical lathe capability; and a construction equipment and rental machine yard. It is planned for completion in early 2020 and will combine the staff and functions of three existing buildings.

Felling Trailers co-owners, CEO Brenda Jennissen and Vice President of HR Bonnie Radjenovich, and bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein, Centre Dairy Equipment & Supply Inc.
Felling Trailers co-owners, CEO Brenda Jennissen and Vice President of HR Bonnie Radjenovich, and bid winners Jon and Laurie Stein, Centre Dairy Equipment & Supply Inc.

Felling Trailers holds sixth annual Trailer for a Cause Auction
Felling Trailers held its sixth annual online auction of an FT-3 drop-deck utility trailer to benefit a nonprofit organization. The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance was the chosen organization for this year’s auction. The winning bid of $3,400 was placed by Jon Stein, owner of Centre Dairy Equipment and Supply in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Stein’s wife, Laurie, is an ovarian cancer survivor.

GPS Insight announces new CEO and executive promotions
GPS Insight announced the promotion of Gary Fitzgerald to CEO. Former CEO and founder Rob Donat will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Wayne Holder, the company’s controller, moves to the chief financial officer role and Jason Walker, vice president of sales, becomes chief revenue officer. Fitzgerald joined the company in November of 2016 from GE, where he served as an enterprise architect for 10 years. He served as vice president of technology for almost two years and led the company’s product development efforts, technical teams and security practice.

Jody Robles
Jody Robles

Utilicor Technologies welcomes new manager of field operations
Utilicor Technologies announced the appointment of Jody Robles as the company’s manager of field operations. He will be responsible for working with the network of Ditch Witch dealers to provide sales teams and service technicians with enhanced product knowledge on keyhole coring technology.

Neville Missen
Neville Missen

McLaughlin Group adds Neville Missen as application engineer
McLaughlin Group added Neville Missen as application engineer for the company’s auger boring equipment, On Target steering systems and steerable rock systems. A native of Australia, Missen owned and operated Boretec Microtunneling Ltd., managed Bullseye Microtunneling, and served as equipment sales representative for Vermeer Australia.

Lippmann-Milwaukee announces staff appointments
Lippmann-Milwaukee announced three key appointments for the company in the wake of the recent acquisition by McCloskey International. Kevin Kiesgen was reappointed to the role of vice president of sales. He has been with the company for nine years. Bob Meyers was named vice president of business development, and was most recently vice president of sales and marketing at Telsmith. Gary Guthrie is now the senior vice president and will lead and integrate Lippmann-Milwaukee into the McCloskey Group.

Andrew Burland, Dave Amato promoted within Parker Filtration Group
Parker Filtration Group announced the promotion of Andrew Burland and Dave Amato. Burland was promoted to director of sales – engine mobile aftermarket filtration. In this role, he will lead the sales team focused on the mobile aftermarket space and represent a variety of brands, including Baldwin Filters. Amato assumed the position of director of marketing – engine mobile aftermarket division. He will be responsible for leading the inside sales and marketing departments.


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