Industry News: May 2020

The latest news from around the industry

Komatsu rebrands company-owned distributors
To better support customers and leverage the power of its wholly-owned network, Komatsu has created a new structure in North America to strengthen the growth of company-owned distributor branches. A new corporate unit within Komatsu has been created and effective immediately, all company-owned distributor locations will be branded Komatsu to reflect their inclusion in the company’s global footprint. With the alignment of these larger groups of premier distributors, customers will have access to additional equipment and parts inventory, as well as greater service and support resources. Trade territory for the renamed branches remains the same, as do all equipment lines sold and services provided.

Donald Calhoun
Donald Calhoun

Vacuum Truck Rentals welcomes Ty Rose, Donald Calhoun
Vacuum Truck Rentals named Ty Rose the manager of its Northeast operations including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and the surrounding region. He brings 21 years' experience in the vacuum truck and heavy-equipment industries, having served in senior leadership positions, sales and technician roles. Rose began his career in the sawmill industry before becoming a vacuum truck operator and service technician. He then oversaw vacuum truck rental operations for 10 branches before taking a general manager position, and served as a vice president of fleet and vacuum operations.

The company also announced Donald Calhoun as the newest member of its sales team. He will serve the Deer Park, Texas, region and brings more than 32 years' experience in the vacuum truck and heavy-equipment industries. Calhoun began his career as a mechanic’s assistant and expanded his industry skills as a sales representative for parts and used equipment before transitioning into a role to train others on the operation of vacuum trucks.

Talbert Mfg. names top dealer for 2019
Talbert Mfg. named Hale Trailer Brake and Wheel, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, as its top dealer for 2019. This award recognizes outstanding performance in trailer sales, service and parts on behalf of Talbert Mfg. This is the 12th year in a row Hale has outperformed other Talbert dealers to take the top spot. The dealership was also recognized as the top parts seller for the year.

Felling Trailers announces beneficiary of 2020 Trailer for a Cause
Felling Trailers will be hosting its eighth annual Trailer for a Cause online auction of an FT-3 Utility trailer to benefit a nonprofit organization. The company has selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation as the 2020 Trailer for a Cause auction beneficiary. Felling Trailers’ goal is to bring awareness to various nonprofits that are making a difference by donating 100% of the winning bid from the auction to a different nonprofit each year. The previous Trailer for a Cause auctions have raised over $21,000 for nonprofit organizations such as Bright Pink (breast cancer), ACT on ALZ (Alzheimer’s), SOMN (Special Olympics Minnesota) and Children’s Cancer Research.

Radiodetection announces collaboration with Sensors & Software
Radiodetection announced the expansion of its utility-locating offering to include Sensors & Software’s LMX range of ground-penetrating radar systems in a new collaboration that utilizes the strengths of both companies. The LMX range of GPR will exclusively be available through Radiodetection in the U.S.

TRUVAC partners with Ditch Witch in Colorado and Oklahoma
TRUVAC by Vactor Manufacturing announced the addition of two Ditch Witch dealers to its network.

Ditch Witch of the Rockies, which is located in Colorado, and Ditch Witch of Oklahoma will now be offering the full line of TRUVAC vacuum excavators. The addition of the two dealers brings the total number of locations providing TRUVAC vacuum excavators and support to over 87 across the U.S. and Canada.

VMAC named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies
VMAC announced that it has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row. The 2020 Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes the country’s leading private businesses demonstrating strong strategy and capability, which foster long-term success and sustainable global growth.


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