Industry News: January 2022

The latest news from around the industry

Vermeer opens new facility in South Carolina
Vermeer MV Solutions celebrated the grand opening of its new 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Piedmont, South Carolina, with a ribbon-cutting event. In Nov. 2018, Vermeer Corp. announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017, to start Vermeer MV Solutions.

Wes Brown
Wes Brown

Aries names Wes Brown as new Canada sales manager
Aries Industries hired Wes Brown as Canada sales manager. Brown, based in Innisfil, Ontario, oversees the entire Aries Industries dealer network in Canada. He will focus on building strong customer relationships throughout the country, where Aries Industries has added three new dealers in the past 15 months. Brown holds undergraduate degrees from Western University and Georgian College, and is studying for an MBA at the University of Fredericton.

PPI publishes technical document for insulating plastic pipes
The Plastics Pipe Institute has published a new technical note related to the protection of plastic pressure piping materials against freezing. The new PPI Technical Note TN-65 Insulation Recommendations for Plastic Pressure Piping Materials in Residential Applications focuses on insulating plastic pressure piping materials against freezing. It applies to hot- and cold-water piping materials CPVC, PEX, PE-RT, PEX-AL-PEX, PP-R and PP-RCT, and is directed to applications such as plumbing distribution, fire protection and hydronics.

Thomas Schmidt
Thomas Schmidt

Barbco promotes Schmidt to VP, business development
Barbco promoted Thomas W. Schmidt into the newly created position of vice president, business development. Schmidt has many years of leadership in numerous local plants including Harrison Paint, Heinemann Saw Company and Georgia Pacific.

Mattracks ships out 100,000th track system
Headquartered in Karlstad, Minnesota, Mattracks announced it shipped its 100,000th track system in December. The milestone comes 27 years after the company’s founding in 1994. Over the past three decades, Mattracks has gone worldwide, selling its track systems engineered to accommodate virtually any multi-axle vehicle on all seven continents and over 100 countries.

John Deere to acquire majority ownership of Kreisel Electric
Deere and Co. signed a definitive agreement to acquire majority ownership in Kreisel Electric, a battery technology provider based in Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria. Kreisel develops high-density, high-durability electric battery modules and packs. Additionally, Kreisel has developed a charging infrastructure platform, CHIMERO, that utilizes a patented battery technology.


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