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Crane Certification Association of America to hold educational conference March 18-20 in Tulsa
The Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) is proud to announce the annual educational conference. Each year this conference is held for crane inspectors, engineers, and surveyors with presentations by peers, engineers and safety officials. ...
The main goal at "Save"ty Yellow Products is a simple one - value
Eileen Schmidt
Tuesday December 19, 2017
But the execution of that simple goal is an extensive one. It means "giving the customer options," said Brandon Gentile, general manager. It means knowing customers well enough to anticipate their needs and "making products that make ...
This place couldn’t survive without me….Not.
Jeffrey Gitomer
Tuesday December 19, 2017
When I was 19, my dad made me production manager of his 75 employee kitchen cabinet manufacturing factory. Before I officially took the job, I worked in the shop at each job, and set production standards based on what I could produce at each station. ...
Hiring for “soft skills” in the robotic age
Caliper Corporation
Tuesday December 19, 2017
Depending on your level of paranoia, you either think that robots are definitely going to overthrow humanity, Terminator style, or that they’re maybe going to overthrow humanity but it’s too early to tell, Westworld style. ...
Dissention in the ranks
Dave Baiocchi
Tuesday December 19, 2017
“If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts ...
Waiting on the tax man
Garry Bartecki
Tuesday December 19, 2017
Here I am attending a Currie Performance Group meeting waiting on Congress to make up their mind about a tax bill spelling out the new simplified tax code that is supposed to save us a chunk of cash we can then spend to provide a spike in the economy. ...
Nuts & Bolts
Electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $87 billion market in 2028
Thursday January 11, 2018
Electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $87 billion market in 2028. Komatsu, John Deere, Caterpillar, and others manufacture the big vehicles - mainly hybrid - while other manufacturers offer smaller, pure-electric versions. ...
Kuebix makes 2018 transportation predictions
Tax reforms, decreased capacity, higher rates, digital transformation
Thursday January 11, 2018
Kuebix , creator of a transportation management system that delivers true freight intelligence, predicts the 2018 transportation market will experience a major shake-up due to recent tax reforms, continued capacity crunch and the focus on the ...
Rail traffic for week ending January 6, 2018
Wednesday January 10, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 6, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 415,862 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.6 percent compared with the same week last ...
AAR reports freight rail traffic for week ending December 30, 2017
Wednesday January 3, 2018
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 30, 2017, as well as volumes for December 2017 and all of 2017. U.S. railroads originated 998,168 carloads in December 2017, up 2.5 percent, or 24,606 ...
IBTTA names new vp
Wednesday January 3, 2018
The  International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) , the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them announced that Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia ...
AAR statement on retirement of Chairman Bill Shuster
Tuesday January 2, 2018
Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), issued the following statement on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-PA) announcement that he would not seek reelection. ...
Rail traffic for week ending December 23, 2017
Wednesday December 27, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 23, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 551,566 carloads and intermodal units, up 11 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
AAR commends passage of tax reform
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Edward R. Hamberger, Association of American Railroads president and CEO, released the following statement on final passage of tax reform legislation in Congress.   “Tax reform will make our customers and the freight railroads more globally ...
Rail traffic for week ending December 16, 2017
Wednesday December 20, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 16, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,779 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.9 percent compared with the same week ...
Christmas wish granted: $80K donation for 2 forklifts headed to The Food Basket
Tuesday December 19, 2017
The Food Basket got a special pre-Christmas phone call Monday morning. When the phone first rang, Kristin Frost Albrecht, The Food Basket’s interim executive director, was already on the phone but an employee gave her a note that said a man ...
YRC Worldwide announces management changes
Monday December 18, 2017
YRC Worldwide Inc.   announced that James Welch, the company's CEO, has informed the board of directors of his intention to retire from the company July 31, 2018.  Welch intends to remain CEO of YRC Worldwide until that ...
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence increases again in December
Monday December 18, 2017
The  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) releases the December 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative ...
Dematic announces new solution for material handling productivity
Tuesday January 16, 2018
Dematic, global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announces a new solution for customers looking to save space and improve product handling. The new Roller Non-Contact Accumulation (RNCA) ...
ESCO® launches ESCOiQ™ track: attachment management solution
Monday January 15, 2018
ESCO Corporation , a global provider of mining, construction and industrial equipment, announced the commercial availability of the ESCOiQ™ Track attachment management application. Track is an intuitive mobile application that enables ...
New Liftomatic line of portable drum handlers
Friday January 12, 2018
Liftomatic Material Handling, Inc. , a material handling equipment manufacturer, recently introduced the Ergo-Matic® line of portable drum handling equipment. The Ergo line comprises a range of models and features for repetitive applications. The ...
Alien® unveils handheld RFID reader with all-day battery life
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Alien Technology® , provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), announced the new ALR-S350 RFID reader. “In today’s omnichannel and just-in-time world, product and component availability is critical.  ...
Smart Vision Lights expands mini ring light product family
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Smart Vision Lights , designer and manufacturer of high-brightness LED lights for industrial applications, introduces its most advanced LED mini ring light — the RM140. The compact and powerful RM140 mini ring light is a low-angle ring light ...
JW Winco announces new flat knurled thumb screws
Wednesday January 10, 2018
JW Winco, Inc. , a Ganter Company and supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced the offering of GN 653.2 steel & stainless steel flat knurled thumb screws with recessed stud for loss protection. The thumb screws, which ...
CLARK unveils the new “S-SERIES” line of internal combustion lift trucks
Friday January 5, 2018
CLARK Material Handling Company  introduced the new SSERIES forklift trucks, the latest advancement of its “heart of the line” family of internal combustion trucks. The S-SERIES is a “clean sheet” design initiative ...
New foot load cells eliminate bulky weigh modules
Wednesday January 3, 2018
A new line of foot load cells that can add accurate weighing capability to bins, conveyors, hoppers, tanks, and virtually any other platform has been introduced by Alliance Scale, Inc.  Alliance Anyload® FatFoot Load Cells are compact ...
New Stainless steel assembly pins offered by JW Winco
Wednesday January 3, 2018
JW Winco, Inc. , a Ganter Company and supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced the offering of GN 2342 stainless steel assembly pins. These RoHS compliant assembly pins are characterized by their use in diverse applications. Depending ...
J-tec Industries introduces its next-generation of All-in-One Kit Carts used for vertical picking and distribution
Thursday December 21, 2017
J-tec Industries, Inc. , manufacturer of the CarryMore Mother/Daughter Tugger Cart System, has released its next-generation of its All-in-One Kit Cart used for vertical picking and transporting materials for assembly and distribution, called the CarryMore ...
Emerson SolaHD redundancy modules protect against critical power failures
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Emerson launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering more operational reliability than competitors' modules, and ensuring additional protection against critical power failures in hazardous locations and harsh industrial ...
Decisiv is revolutionizing technology
Tuesday December 19, 2017
Decisiv, Inc ., provider of a  Service Relationship Management  (SRM) software platform for commercial vehicle, heavy equipment, and industrial asset service management, announced today that its plans for 2018 include an ongoing investment ...
Talbert Manufacturing releases versatile 60-ton spread-axle trailer
Monday December 18, 2017
Talbert Manufacturing , a North American provider of specialized heavy-haul solutions, introduces the 60/65SA trailer. This unit has been designed to accommodate both tri-axle and tandem-axle jeeps. It features 2+2, 3+1 and 4 axle close coupled ...
Muller, introduces Yellow Jacket 87-SA orbital stretch wrapper
Monday December 18, 2017
Muller , manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, announces the Yellow Jacket 87-SA orbital stretch wrapper.  Originally built by fabricators to solve the unique challenges of securing oddly shaped, heavy ...
Yale announces attachment ready trucks to meet demand for integrated solutions
Monday December 18, 2017
Specialized applications have little tolerance for attachment integration issues or malfunctions that could cause downtime and eat into profits. To streamline installation and improve reliability of its integrated solutions, Yale Materials Handling ...
Shifting Gears
Rittal achieves global transparency with JAGGAER’s digital procurement solutions
Tuesday January 16, 2018
JAGGAER , the world’s largest independent spend management company, announced the successful completion of a global digitalization project with Rittal, the world’s leading systems provider for enclosures, power distribution, ...
Three Motion Industries Service Centers become Rexnord Certified
Tuesday January 16, 2018
Motion Industries, Inc. ,  distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, is pleased to announce that its service centers in Charleston, WV; Pensacola, FL; and Salt Lake ...
The Manitowoc Company to relocate corporate headquarters to Northwest Milwaukee
Monday January 15, 2018
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. , global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions, announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Manitowoc will lease approximately ...
Grainger named a 2018 Best Company to Work for Millennials by The Women's Choice Award
Thursday January 11, 2018
Grainger , supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, received recognition from The Women's Choice Award for being a 2018 Best Company to Work for Millennials. The award acknowledges ...
Caterpillar officially opens HQ in Chicago Suburb
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Caterpillar Inc. is officially calling Deerfied, Illinois its new global headquarters.  The new headquarters building is minutes away from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, is centrally located near major interstates and offers ...
SP appoints new marketing executive
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Straightpoint (SP) has named Phil Roch marketing executive, as the load cell manufacturer looks to leverage his extensive expertise in technical content, videography and events. Roch, who has an entertainment technology degree, brings a wealth ...
Meijer Handling Solutions expands
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Growing to meet demand. Meijer Handling Solutions is nearing completion of a 19,400 sq/ft building expansion which will house additional production space for their growing telescopic KOOI-REACHFORKS® line. This new addition means the Meijer Group ...
Chicago-area warehouse leader receives professional designation
Wednesday January 10, 2018
A Chicago-area logistics executive is the first in the state – and the first woman ever – to earn the logistics industry’s Executive Warehouse Logistics Professional (EWLP) designation. International Warehouse Logistics Association ...
Universal Lighting Technologies adds regional sales manager
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. has announced the addition of Paul Alger as a regional sales manager covering Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Southern Illinois. Alger has a strong track record of sales success, growing market share, ...
Momentum/ Warehouse Management and Inventory Control Academy holds graduation
Wednesday January 10, 2018
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, in partnership with Western Michigan University and Urban Alliance, will hold a special graduation Thursday, January 11 for the Momentum/ Warehouse Management and Inventory Control Academy graduates. Thirteen ...
H&E Equipment Services completes acquisition of CEC
Friday January 5, 2018
H&E Equipment Services , Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Contractors Equipment Center (CEC), a non-residential construction focused equipment rental company located in the greater Denver, Colorado area. The acquisition is ...
CLARK vp of sales and marketing elected as chairman of the board of directors for ITA
Friday January 5, 2018
CLARK Material Handling Company (CLARK) announced that Scott Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing, has been elected the new chairman of the board of directors for the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Scott accepted the gavel ...
Encompass expands West Coast service with new Las Vegas distribution center
Thursday December 21, 2017
Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. ,  provider of Supply Chain Logistics, Parts Distribution, 3PL and 4PL solutions for a diverse range of finished goods and replacement parts, announced plans to open a warehouse and distribution center ...
Dematic announces opening of new monitoring and response center
Tuesday December 19, 2017
Dematic ,  global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announces the opening of its latest Monitoring and Response Center (MARC) at its engineering facility in Holland, Michigan. ...
Habasit announces new distribution hub in Fresno, Calif.
Tuesday December 19, 2017
Habasit , the world leader in conveying and power transmission solutions, announced  the opening of its new warehouse and distribution hub located in Fresno, California. The facility will offer a wide range of belting products, improving service ...
ALL takes delivery of new Liebherr all-terrain cranes
Tuesday December 19, 2017
The ALL Family of Companies will take delivery next month of two 500 ton Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 all-terrain cranes. In keeping with ALL’s strategy of working with manufacturers to obtain the newest and best machines, the company ordered these ...
Raymond gives back by supporting nonprofit and educations organizations
Monday December 18, 2017
In 2017,  The Raymond Corporation  supported more than 150 nonprofit and educational organizations with monetary contributions, forklift donations and voluntary participation in which Raymond employees gave their time and talents. “At ...

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