Industry News: February 2020

The latest news from around the industry

GPS Insight acquires ServiceBridge
GPS Insight announced the acquisition of Chicago-based ServiceBridge, a leading field service management software company for small businesses and franchises with tools that empower field service teams. Founded in 2010, ServiceBridge offers software solutions that enable field service teams to dispatch technicians, manage customer data, streamline workflow management and franchise operations, and analyze results.

David Fink
David Fink

Fink named president of Plastics Pipe Institute
The Plastics Pipe Institute named David Fink its new president and executive director. Fink, a veteran of the plastics pipe industry, previously served as the chairman of the PPI board of directors from 2017 to 2019, and has held a number of other leadership positions within the organization. Fink earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and bachelor's degree in chemistry from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Vermeer enters distribution agreement with MultiOne
Vermeer has entered into a distribution agreement with MultiOne, a manufacturer of compact articulated loaders. Through the agreement, MultiOne will supply Vermeer-branded loader models to be sold, serviced and supported exclusively through Vermeer dealers across North America and the Caribbean.

Toro to acquire Venture Products
Toro Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Venture Products, the manufacturer of Ventrac-branded products. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is currently anticipated to close before the end of Toro’s fiscal 2020 second quarter. Based in Orrville, Ohio, Ventrac is a manufacturer of articulating turf, landscape, and snow and ice management equipment for the grounds, landscape contractor, golf, municipal and rural acreage markets.

O.J. Watson joins Vac-Con distribution network
Vac-Con announced that O.J. Watson Equipment joined its distribution network providing coverage in Colorado and specific counties in Wyoming. Family-owned and -operated since 1988, O.J. Watson traces its roots back more than 100 years, building custom trucks from pickups to large work horses since 1912. Headquartered in Denver, the company also operates a full-service facility in Greeley, Colorado.

Paul Raines
Paul Raines

Vacuworx promotes Raines to regional service manager
Vacuworx announced an increased presence in the Gulf Coast area with the promotion of Paul Raines to regional service manager. Factory trained and certified to inspect, service and repair all makes and models of Vacuworx lifting equipment, he has been deployed north of San Antonio as Vacuworx anticipates current and future needs tied to growth potential in South and West Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast region.





Stephan Corti
Stephan Corti

Pelican Products promotes Corti to COO, announces other staff changes
Pelican Products has combined two of its U.S. divisions into one entity. The company’s consumer division, including outdoor/adventure, hunt, fish and camp, and commercial/government division, including military, fire/safety, police, industrial and aerospace have merged into a single unit. Stephan Corti has been promoted from his previous position as president of the company’s commercial/government division to chief commercial officer leading the combined entity.

As part of this reorganization, several other key leaders have been promoted to take on new and/or expanded roles: Mitra Giles to senior vice president of U.S. sales for the combined division; Kevin Deighton to senior vice president of engineering and product development; Michael Tessman to vice president of commercial and government sales; Catherine Shilander to director of commercial and government sales, Eastern U.S.; John Luna to senior director of product management; and Mike Iacono to director of sales operations and financial support.

ICUEE announces Hughes as 2021 show chair
The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition announced that Dave Hughes, vice president of global sales for McElroy, has been named 2021 show chair. He will be leading the ICUEE management committee, a volunteer group of utility construction industry executives for overall show planning. The biennial show last took place in 2019 and is set to reopen Sept. 28-30, 2021.

Kaiser Premier announces management appointments
Dan Weber, president and CEO of Kaiser Premier, announced the promotion of several key employees to its executive management team. The promotions include Kofi Barkoh, executive vice president, general manager, Gulf Coast region. He joined the company in 2019 and was instrumental in launching the new Gulf Coast service center in Pasadena, Texas. Lindsey Escalante, vice president, supply chain and quality operating systems, has been with the company since 2005. In addition to her experience in administrative and financial roles, Escalante has 12 years' experience in supply chain management. Brandon Buchleiter, now the vice president of operations, started with the company in 2000. He has served as operations manager for the company since 2017. And Marcus Thomas, vice president of engineering, joined the company in 2006. He has held various positions in maintenance, product support and production management.

Kofi Barkoh
Kofi Barkoh
Lindsey Escalante
Lindsey Escalante
Brandon Buchleiter
Brandon Buchleiter
Marcus Thomas
Marcus Thomas


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