Category: North America

ContiTech Purchases Conveyor Belt Manufacturer – Strengthens Position in the USA

ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group is expanding its North American business by acquiring the conveyor belt manufacturer, Legg Company Inc. based in Halstead, Kansas.

Founded in 1964, the company owns modern production facilities and employs approximately 100 people. Production focuses on conveyor belts for industrial applications – e.g. in cement plants, paper mills, the food processing industry, and storage warehouses – as well as special-purpose belts for agricultural machinery.

“This acquisition means that in the future we will have our own production facilities for agricultural and industrial belts in the USA as well as an established sales network in the USA and Canada,” says Hans-Jürgen Duensing, head of the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group business unit. “This supports our expansion in the NAFTA region and supplements our production site in Mexico.”

Terex Washing Systems Expands Team in Indai and USA

Terex Washing Systems (TWS) has expanded its team by appointing two new sales managers, Amol Sinha in India (pictured), and James Bulebush in the U.S. Responding to business growth and increased customer demand in these two countries, TWS hired these team members as dedicated contacts to provide customers and distributors with washing expertise, project management, technical and service support locally in India and USA. Amol Sinha is based at the Terex facility in Hosur, India, and James Bulebush is located at the Terex facility in Louisville, KY, USA.

Volvo CE inaugurates $100 million North American expansion

A major investment program at Volvo CE’s Shippensburg production hub sees the first US-built wheel loaders roll off a new assembly line, as well as the inauguration of a new Americas headquarters building.

On March 21, 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) cut the ribbon on its $100 million expansion program at its Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, facility. In addition to the official opening of a new headquarters building for the Americas, the event also marked the start of wheel loader production at the company’s North American base in Shippensburg.

Joining Volvo CE President Pat Olney in the inauguration ceremony were United States Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker and Swedish Ambassador to the United States Jonas Hafström, along with 1,000 employees and many other distinguished guests.

The investment affirms the Volvo CE’s long-term confidence in the North American market and consolidates its North American operations onto one site. The opening of the new building also marks the successful relocation of the sales office from Asheville, North Carolina to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

“This should serve as a very clear signal that Volvo CE is committed to this market and in a better position than ever before to offer our customers products that are made by Americans, for Americans,” said Volvo CE President Pat Olney. “Longer term, building machines closer to our customers will have a positive impact for U.S.-based suppliers, who will gain more business; for customers, who will enjoy shorter lead times; and for Volvo CE, which will be less exposed to currency swings.”

Manitowoc unveils innovative Product Verification Center

Management from Manitowoc Cranes cut the ribbon to officially open the company’s Product Verification Center at its facility in Shady Grove, Pa., U.S.

A crane can only be as good as the sum of its parts. That’s why Manitowoc Cranes has built a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art testing facility to rigorously scrutinize the components that go into its cranes.

JCB wins £36 million order for 1,044 machines

JCB today announced it had won a deal for 550 machines worth £16 million from one of the UK’s leading rental firms – with the promise of more orders to follow. The deal has been struck with A-Plant and is part of a phased investment programme which has now seen the plant hirer buy a total of 1,089 JCB machines in the last nine months.

The latest order for 550 machines includes more than 400 mini and midi excavators, including 50 JCB 8085 eco midi excavators, which are 27% more productive and more than 20% more fuel efficient than the model it replaced. The deal also includes Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklifts and is one of the biggest to be secured by JCB this year. The machines will be supplied through dealer Greenshields JCB.

Volvo CE breaks ground on $100 million North American investment

Volvo Construction Equipment has broken ground on the first phase of the US$100 expansion of its site in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The first phase includes construction of a new America’s headquarters office. Incorporating the latest environmental building practices, the expansion is a visible sign of the company’s commitment to the important North American market.

When complete the development will include not only a new office building and customer demonstration center but will also localize production of some of the company’s larger construction machines.

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Volvo CE is making a commitment to have machines built locally. The expansion will bring production of some key product lines to Shippensburg. The new series of wheel loaders (L60G, L70G and L90G) will be the first of three new machine types expected to come off the production line. Larger models of the wheel loader, excavator and articulated hauler product lines are planned in the future. The factory could eventually produce 70% of Volvo Construction Equipment machines sold in North America.

Manitowoc announce Mike Heacock VP of North American tower crane sales

Mike Heacock has been named vice president of sales for Manitowoc’s Potain tower crane line in North America. He will be responsible for sales of all Potain products, as well as distribution management and major accounts management in the region.

Heacock brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the crane industry. Prior to his position with Manitowoc, he worked for 10 years at Coast Crane, most recently as the general manager of the west coast dealer’s tower crane group.

Heacock will report directly to David Hull, senior vice president of sales and marketing for North America.

Manitowoc announce Josef Matosevic as SVP of global manufacturing

Josef Matosevic has been named Manitowoc’s senior vice president of manufacturing. In this new role, Matosevic will be responsible for overseeing the full scope of Manitowoc Cranes’ fabrication, materials management and manufacturing activities. Working in close partnership with regional and functional teams worldwide, he will help ensure efficient and cost-effective operations supporting overall strategic goals toward operational excellence.

He will report directly to Eric Etchart, president and general manager of Manitowoc Cranes.

Etchart says that Matosevic’s extensive experience in international operations makes him a perfect fit for the position.

Terex Corporation Announces New Chinese Crane Joint Venture Partner – SINOMACH Heavy Industry

Terex Corporation has announced that it has partnered with China SINOMACH Heavy Industry Corporation (Sinomach) as its new strategic partner for Sichuan Changjiang Engineering Crane Co., Ltd.

SCE Crane is a leading producer of on-highway truck cranes in China, with a product range from 8 to 160 ton lifting capacity. A signing ceremony was held by Terex, China SINOMACH Heavy Industry Corporation, and Luzhou Shenli to formally announce the agreement on March 21.

John Deere Launches Efficient K-Series Crawler Dozers Models with Hydrostatic Transmissions

John Deere is adding four models to the K-Series crawler dozer line, providing contractors an emissions-certified machine that affords higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs in earth moving and grading applications. The 550K, 650K, 700K and 750K crawler dozers build off the popular and successful 850K that launched in 2011.

“We’re excited to add four efficient and productive crawler dozer models to the John Deere line-up,”

said Jon Gilbeck, global product marketing manager for crawler dozers, John Deere Construction & Forestry.