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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 ...
Landstar moves to expanded, newly built U.S./Mexico logistics service center in Laredo
Thursday January 19, 2017
Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation logistics services, has announced the opening of its Landstar U.S./Mexico Logistics Service Center ...
Monday January 16, 2017
AAR submits reply comments to STB over proposed forced access regulation
Monday January 16, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) responded to comments filed by a group of shippers pushing the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a new regulation that would force railroads to turn their traffic over to competitor railroads. In ...
Thursday January 12, 2017
KION North America announces agreement with Volvo Car US Operations Inc.
Thursday January 12, 2017
KION North America , member of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial trucks, today announced an agreement with Volvo Car US Operations Inc. The company will now provide material handling equipment for the automotive manufacturer’s ...
Kinedyne expands Alabama Facility, consolidates diversified operations 
Thursday January 12, 2017
Kinedyne LLC , manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry, announced that it is close to completing a major relocation, consolidation and expansion effort designed to make the company more efficient, competitive ...
Wednesday January 11, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending January 7, 2017
Wednesday January 11, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 7, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 441,417 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Packaging and logistical solution leaders announce strategic alliance
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Two providers of environmental products and services used to contain, transport and dispose of hazardous and radioactive materials – PacTec, Inc . and SECUR, LLC -- announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership ...
Manufacturing technology orders drop slightly in November
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Manufacturing technology orders declined slightly in November 2016, dropping 2.4 percent compared to October, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology . In total ...
Thursday January 5, 2017
Columbus McKinnon receives approval for STAHL CraneSystems acquisition
Thursday January 5, 2017
Columbus McKinnon Corporation announced that it has received approval from the German Bundeskartellamt regarding Columbus McKinnon’s acquisition of Konecranes’ STAHL CraneSystems (“STAHL”) business.  This approval was ...
December MHI Business Activity Index shows improvement over November
Thursday January 5, 2017
Six data series are showing month-over-month expansions in the December MHI Business Actitivity Index report. The data series showing significant improvements from November include business activity, new orders, shipments, unfilled orders, inventories ...
Wednesday January 4, 2017
AAR reports freight rail traffic for 2016, December and week ending December 31
Wednesday January 4, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for December 2016 and all of 2016. Carload traffic in December totaled 973,642 carloads, up 2.8 percent or 26,147 carloads from December 2015. U.S. ...
Thursday December 29, 2016
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending December 24, 2016
Thursday December 29, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 24, 2016. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 496,633 carloads and intermodal units, up 27 percent compared with the same week last ...
Tuesday December 27, 2016
ALAN seeks industry help for clean up efforts from the Smoky Mountain wildfires
Tuesday December 27, 2016
Update: ALAN is still in need for your continued support for the Gatlinburg area fires, and one item that has been requested is 300 linear feet of pallet rack that is no more than 9 feet in height. If you or someone you know can assist ...
Thursday December 22, 2016
Columbus McKinnon announces European Commission approval for STAHL CraneSystems acquisition
Thursday December 22, 2016
Columbus McKinnon Corporation announced that Konecranes Plc has received approval from the European Commission regarding Columbus McKinnon’s acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems (“STAHL”).  The Company’s acquisition ...
Wednesday December 21, 2016
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending December 17, 2016
Wednesday December 21, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 17, 2016. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 523,949 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.3 percent compared with the same week last ...
Caster Concepts acquires Ohio-based golf equipment manufacturer 
Wednesday December 21, 2016
Caster Concepts Inc. , manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, announces the acquisition of Mitchell Golf Equipment Company, a producer of professional club performance tools, repair equipment and supplies.   Caster Concepts ...
ELFA’s Survey of Economic Activity: November 2016 Leasing and Finance Index
Wednesday December 21, 2016
November new business volume up 5 percent year-over-year, down 22 percent month-to-month and down 2 percent year-to-date The  Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports ...
Friday December 16, 2016
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending December 10, 2016
Friday December 16, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 10, 2016. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 538,932 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.1 percent compared with the same week last ...
Thursday December 15, 2016
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence spikes post-election
Thursday December 15, 2016
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) released the December 2016  Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry  (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative ...
Monday December 12, 2016
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report shows a slight year-over-year gain in orders
Monday December 12, 2016
October 2016 manufacturing technology orders saw slight growth over 2015 Manufacturing technology orders saw year-over-year gains for the third consecutive month in October 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Report from AMT ...
2017 economic outlook forecasts 3% growth in equipment and software investment
Monday December 12, 2016
Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.0% in 2017, according to the Annual 2017 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. After a ...
Friday December 9, 2016
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for November and week ending December 3, 2016
Friday December 9, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for November 2016. Carload traffic in November totaled 1,319,008 carloads, up 0.4 percent or 5,406 carloads from November 2015. U.S. railroads also ...
Wednesday December 7, 2016
PackSafe seeks OSHA action on outdated workplace safety rule
Wednesday December 7, 2016
Petition to Update Existing Regulation Builds on Support from Congress and Fire Safety Groups The Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance (PackSafe) has filed a petition with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requesting that ...
Columbus McKinnon to acquire STAHL CraneSystems
Wednesday December 7, 2016
Columbus McKinnon Corporation , designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, technologies and services, announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase STAHL CraneSystems  (“STAHL”), a business of Konecranes ...


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