Category: North America

U.S. construction machinery exports gain 43 percent in 2011

U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year for a total $23.5 billion of machinery shipped to other nations, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This follows growth of 28 percent in 2010 after a 2009 decline of 38 percent in the depths of the recession.

“Export sales continue to help U.S. construction equipment manufacturers stay open for business and sustain American jobs, especially with the domestic construction sector still recovering,”

stated Al Cervero, AEM vice president construction sector.

AEM and its I Make America campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. These include free trade agreements such as the U.S.-Korea FTA being implemented, which will eliminate export duties on about 80 percent of U.S. industrial products and about 67 percent of U.S. farm-related products. In recent AEM action, the association is calling for congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, with an increased exposure cap so more companies can benefit from its services. Ex-Im Bank is self-sustaining. It focuses on small to medium-size businesses, since private lenders many times are unable or unwilling to extend them financing and insurance support.

Komatsu America Corp. Names Rod Schrader as New CEO

25-Year Komatsu Veteran Replaces Dave Grzelak

Komatsu America Corp. has named Rod Schrader as new CEO and Vice Chairman, effective April 1, 2012. Mr. Schrader, a 25-year veteran of Komatsu America, will replace Dave Grzelak, who is stepping down as CEO, but will remain Chairman of Komatsu America until the end of June 2013.

“Rod has been an invaluable member of the Komatsu team for the past 25 years and has consistently delivered excellent results both in sales and customer satisfaction,” said Grzelak.“I am privileged to have been a part of the Komatsu America leadership team and retire as CEO knowing that the company is in excellent hands.”

Year End Shipments Break Industry Record — Sales to Over 25 Countries

Ellicott Dredges, LLC had a record-breaking Q4 of 2011, and a full year 2011. In fact over just the last 40 days of the year, the Ellicott team successfully shipped over a dozen new dredges to 7 different countries, including to every inhabited continent, setting an industry record.

For the full year Ellicott made deliveries in over 25 countries. The dredges shipped in Q4 were both stock and custom designs, and ranged in size from a 300 SL 8″ (200 mm) Swinging Ladder Dredge to several 1870 20″ (500 mm) Cutterhead Dredges. The shipments required 87 truck loads from Ellicott’s plants in Baltimore and Wisconsin, USA.

Manitou and Yanmar Announce Key Strategic Alliance

Manitou Group,  a world leader in material handling and compact equipment and Yanmar Co., LTD,  a proven, global manufacturer of diesel engines and a broad range of compact equipment is announcing today the formation of a strategic alliance.

The two companies have had a successful long-standing partnership including the use of Yanmar engines in Gehl and Mustang branded compact equipment manufactured by Manitou in the United States.
Initially as part of the alliance, Manitou is pleased to announce that it will launch a line of compact excavators manufactured by Yanmar, under the Gehl and Mustang brands for the North American Sales Region. Manitou is confident that this new line of excavators provided by Yanmar will thoroughly meet the needs of its customers in both value and features for this very important sales region. With this announcement, Manitou has concluded its distribution relationship with Wacker Neuson who has provided compact excavators and all-wheel steer loaders to Manitou for the Americas region since 1999. For these products, Manitou is committed to providing continued service and parts support to its dealers and customers.

Time for Washington to do More than Talk About Infrastructure and Job Creation

Contractors World has said it many time, politician worldwide find it very easy and convenient to talk-the-talk but when it come to action, the ability to walk-the-walk is full of compromised and excuses. And we are not the only ones to think this way.

Here is a statement on State of the Union Address from Dennis Slater, President of Association of Equipment Manufacturers:

Last night President Obama spoke about the urgent need for growth in American manufacturing:

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.”

Outdated Bidding Polices for Pavement Costs Taxpayers Billions

As oil prices rise and refineries adopt new technologies, industry experts are seeing a direct impact on the costs for states to build and maintain roads and highways. The lower “initial bid” of asphalt roads has disappeared, yet industry experts say many state departments of transportation (DOTs) have not changed their bidding policies.

At the 2012 World of Concrete this week in Las Vegas, Portland Cement Association (PCA) Chief Economist Ed Sullivan reported that to manage the new cost realities of asphalt and concrete DOTs must become “efficient” spenders.

“The free market is the best way to have efficient solutions to financial budget constraints,” Sullivan said. “However, old and irrelevant policies like the use of escalators benefit suppliers and distort free market mechanisms.”

Kevin Blaney named new Manitowoc North American sales director

Manitowoc announced Kevin Blaney as the new director of sales – major accounts for the North America region. In his new role, Blaney will be responsible for all aspects of sales and technical support for a group of crane rental companies and contractors that Manitowoc serves direct.

He will provide support for the full Manitowoc product line and will be the main point of contact for this diverse and important customer base. He will report to Joseph Maslizek, vice president of North American crawler and mobile hydraulic crane sales.

Maslizek said Kevin Blaney’s experience at Manitowoc has prepared him well for his new role.

Former Airline Financial Executive joins ACME Lift Co as CFO

Scott Stewart, a former financial executive with US Airways and America West Airlines, has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer of Acme Lift Co., the world’s largest strictly wholesale rental company.

“Scott has had a stellar career, directing all aspects of financial strategies in companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500,” said Steve Nadelman, president and chief operating officer of Acme Lift. “His broad wealth of knowledge and business acumen will be an invaluable asset as Acme Lift moves into its next phase of dynamic growth.”

AEM releases annual construction equipment business “outlook”

Stronger 2011 sales expected, slower growth 2012 through 2014 is the forecast in the end of year AEM annual construction equipment business “outlook”

Construction equipment manufacturers anticipate overall business to close out 2011 with double-digit increases over last year in the U.S., Canada and worldwide. Growth is expected to continue but at a slower pace for 2012 through 2014, according to the annual business “outlook” survey of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. Each year the association polls its construction equipment manufacturer members about anticipated sales of the machines and equipment that build and repair roads, bridges, houses, offices, schools and other infrastructure worldwide.