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April 2017
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Thursday March 23, 2017
BTS statistics release: January 2017 North American freight numbers
Thursday March 23, 2017
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $88.0 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according ...
Global automated guided vehicles market analysis & trends - industry forecast to 2025
Thursday March 23, 2017
The Global Automated Guided Vehicles Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 8.9% over the next decade to reach approximately $6.7 billion by 2025. Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include rising utilization of robotics ...
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s survey of economic activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index
Thursday March 23, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s  (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their ...
Rail industry sets new safety record
Thursday March 23, 2017
U.S. railroads had the lowest train accident rate on record in 2016, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Derailment rates, which declined 10 percent in 2016 from 2015, as well as track-caused accident rates, are also both ...
Friday March 17, 2017
Caterpillar closes Iowa facility
Friday March 17, 2017
International manufacturing company Caterpillar Inc. will close its Elkader, IA facility by the end of this year.  In a statement released this afternoon, company officials announced plans to consolidate the plant's operations with a location ...
Wednesday March 15, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 11, 2017
Wednesday March 15, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 11, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 510,638 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Monday March 13, 2017
Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan
Plan will create world's leading provider of automated guided vehicle technology
Monday March 13, 2017
Following the acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic , supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organization. The integration, which ...
Manufacturing technology orders dropped in January
Monday March 13, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders declined in January, dropping 40.7 percent compared to December and 11.4 percent compared to January 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report fromAMT – The Association For ...
Wednesday March 8, 2017
BTS statistical release: 2016 North American freight numbers
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Four out of five major transportation modes – truck, pipeline, vessel and air – carried less U.S. freight and with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico by value in 2016 than in 2015. Rail is the only major ...
A3 announces finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup competition
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3),  global advocate for the benefits of automating and producers of Automate 2017, announced the eight finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. The competition highlights the industry’s ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending March 4, 2017
Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 4, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,607 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Barcoding advises on 2017’s top supply chain trends 
Wednesday March 8, 2017
Barcoding, Inc. , provider of supply chain efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity, predicts the top supply chain trends to affect the market in 2017. Chase Sowden, head of Supply Chain Architecture by Barcoding, believes traceability, technology adoption ...
2017 MHI Innovation Award finalists announced
Wednesday March 8, 2017
MHI just released the list of finalists for the 2017 MHI Innovation Award. After receiving a record 153 submissions for this years awards, seven judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial ...
Friday March 3, 2017
The rental revenue forecast strengthens
Rental Penetration Index steady in 2016
Friday March 3, 2017
The  American Rental Association's  (ARA)  Rental Show  has concluded in Orlando FL this week but the optimism of the 2017 rental industry remains very upbeat for 2017. The ARA five-year forecast for equipment industry revenues ...
Thursday March 2, 2017
Law enforcement officials searching Caterpillar offices
Chris Kaergard and Matt Buedel Journal Star reporters
Thursday March 2, 2017
Update: Caterpillar Inc. CEO Jim Umpleby sought to reassure employees reeling from a federal raid of the company's global headquarters late Thursday, expressing surprise at the timing of the search warrants but not a full understanding of what ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for February and week ending February 25, 2017
Thursday March 2, 2017
AAR reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for February 2017. Carload traffic in February totaled 1,044,040 carloads, up 6.7 percent or 65,141 carloads from February 2016. U.S. railroads also originated 1,068,439 containers and trailers ...
Wednesday March 1, 2017
New ELFA infographic highlights why businesses lease and finance equipment
Wednesday March 1, 2017
The vast majority (78%) of U.S. businesses lease or finance their equipment, and today the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association  (ELFA) released a new infographic highlighting why this method of equipment acquisition is so popular. The “8 ...
Monday February 27, 2017
Leuze Electronic announces partnership with Power-Flor Technologies
Monday February 27, 2017
Leuze electronic proudly announces their exclusive superior partnership with Power-Flo Technologies, representing all of the Northeast United States. Power-Flo Technologies will continue to support Leuze electronic distributors with level 1 technical ...
Friday February 24, 2017
ELFA’s Survey of Economic Activity: Janaury 2017 Leasing and Finance Index
Friday February 24, 2017
The E quipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their overall ...
Thursday February 23, 2017
BTS statistics release: December 2016 North American freight numbers
Thursday February 23, 2017
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $87.1 billion in current dollars as three out of five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in December 2016 compared to December ...
Wednesday February 22, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending February 18, 2017
Wednesday February 22, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 18, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 531,123 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Aptean acquires irms|360 Enterprise Solutions
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Aptean , provider of mission critical enterprise software solutions, announced the agreement to acquire irms|360 Enterprise Solutions, a division of Upp Technology , which includes Cloud Warehouse Management, Asset Management and Emergency Management ...
Monday February 20, 2017
ISA reports strong start to 2017
Monday February 20, 2017
The February ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association showed that manufacturers and distributors started the year off strong, with both indices rising in January. The ISA Manufacturer Index increased to 63.5 in ...
Thursday February 16, 2017
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence levels near all-time high in February
Thursday February 16, 2017
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) released the February 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment ...
Wednesday February 15, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending February 11, 2017
Wednesday February 15, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 11, 2017.   For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 518,431 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.6 percent compared with the same ...
Discovery Robotics signs exclusive agreement with Diversey Care
Wednesday February 15, 2017
Discovery Robotics Corporation announced that it has finalized an exclusive supply contract with the Diversey Care Division of Sealed Air Corporation .  The contract covers Discovery Robotics’ model FX250 industrial-grade floor cleaning ...
Monday February 13, 2017
U.S. manufacturing technology orders finish 2016 down 4.0 percent
Monday February 13, 2017
Manufacturing technology orders finished 2016 down 4.0 percent compared to 2015, according to the December 2016 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology . Month over month, December orders ...
Wednesday February 8, 2017
BTS statistics release: December 2016 freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)
Wednesday February 8, 2017
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.0 percent in December from November, rising for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending February 4, 2017
Wednesday February 8, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 4, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 541,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.3 percent compared with the same week last ...
Monday February 6, 2017
Canadian Equipment Rentals Corp. enters into agreement to sell General Rental Assets to Cooper Rentals Canada Inc.
Monday February 6, 2017
Canadian Equipment Rentals Corp. (“CERC” or the “Company”) has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Cooper Rentals Canada Inc. (“Cooper”), to sell all the assets of its wholly-owned subsidiary, 4-Way Equipment ...
Thursday February 2, 2017
Toyota creates new division
Announces acquisition of Bastian Solutions LLC
Thursday February 2, 2017
Toyota Industries Corporation (“TICO”) recognizes the changing dynamics in the North American material handling market related to e-commerce, labor cost and productivity requirements, which have created a permanent demand for new forms ...
Wednesday February 1, 2017
First draft of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 available for review
Wednesday February 1, 2017
The first draft of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 was released. The purpose of the Roadmap is to help the industry determine how logistics and supply chain trends and challenges can be turned into action ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for January and week ending January 28, 2017 
Wednesday February 1, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for January 2017. Carload traffic in January totaled 996,573 carloads, up 2.9 percent or 28,341 carloads from January 2016. U.S. railroads also ...
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Columbus McKinnon completes acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Columbus McKinnon Corporation, designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, technologies and services, announced that it has completed its acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems (“STAHL”).  In connection with the closing ...
Monday January 30, 2017
PACK EXPO East Partner Program brings packaging industry leaders to Philadelphia
Monday January 30, 2017
The Partner Program returns to PACK EXPO East 2017 ( Feb. 27–March 1 ; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia), kicking off another year of creating valuable connections in the packaging industry, announces show producer PMMI, ...
JLG plans to close three facilities
Monday January 30, 2017
JLG Industries, Inc. , an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, announced it has submitted plans for closure to the works council in Maasmechelen, Belgium for its manufacturing and ...
Thursday January 26, 2017
United Rentals to acquire NES Rentals
Thursday January 26, 2017
United Rentals, Inc. and NES Rentals Holdings II, Inc. (“NES”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which United Rentals will acquire NES for approximately $965 million in cash. The board of directors of United ...
Reddaway professional driver named to America's Road Team
Thursday January 26, 2017
Reddaway professional driver Jeffrey "Jeff" Payne has been selected by the  American Trucking Associations  (ATA) to serve as a Road Team Captain on their 2017-2018 America's Road Team. Payne is the first Reddaway driver to be named to ...
YRC Freight Driver Bill Krouse named to America's Road Team
Thursday January 26, 2017
YRC Freight driver Bill Krouse has been selected by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to serve as a Road Team Captain on their 2017-2018 America's Road Team. The America's Road Team is a national public outreach program ...
ELFA’s Survey of Economic Activity: December 2016
Thursday January 26, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their ...
Wednesday January 25, 2017
Johnson Controls launches program to help women re-enter the workforce
Wednesday January 25, 2017
Johnson Controls , supplier of building and energy storage solutions and technologies is looking for women who have been out of the workforce for two or more years and want to be employed using their analytic and engineering skills. The “Next ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending January 21, 2017
Wednesday January 25, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 21, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 530,299 carloads and intermodal units, up 8.1 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Tuesday January 24, 2017
ELFA announces top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2017
Tuesday January 24, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, today revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2017. Given U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies ...
Monday January 23, 2017
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence reaches all-time high
Monday January 23, 2017
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the January 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending January 14, 2017
Monday January 23, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 14, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 516,229 carloads and intermodal units, up 2 percent compared with the same week last ...
Renfroe grows manufacturing capabilities with expansion to Rockford, Il.
Monday January 23, 2017
With an increased demand for its products and a desire to consistently provide customers with a faster delivery process, the manufacturing operations for J.C. Renfroe is moving to the expanded and modernized facilities at its parent company, The Caldwell ...
HARTING & Heilind Electronics announce partnership
Monday January 23, 2017
Both companies expressed their excitement with the agreement and their expectations for the future. HARTING will provide Heilind’s customers with its world-class connectivity solutions. Heilind will, in turn, increase HARTING’s growth ...
BTS statistics release: November 2016 North American freight numbers
Monday January 23, 2017
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $91.1 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in November 2016 compared to November 2015, ...
Honeywell files lawsuit against Code Corporation
Claims widespread patent infringement
Monday January 23, 2017
Honeywell , an industry provider of scanning and productivity solutions, filed a lawsuit against Code Corp., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company that manufactures bar code readers, in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, ...
Thursday January 19, 2017
Folding Guard acquired by Troax Group AB
Thursday January 19, 2017
Folding Guard is proud to announce that on December 22nd, 2016 was acquired by Troax Group AB. Headquartered in Hillerstorp Sweden, Troax Group AB is a world leader in the manufacturing of safety, security, and storage solutions. Folding Guard will ...


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