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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
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 ...
Friday February 10, 2017
TVH is installing a new warehouse automation system
Friday February 10, 2017
TVH in the Americas (TVH),  provider of quality replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industry is building a new Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) in their Olathe warehouse. It is designed ...
Thursday February 9, 2017
UniCarriers Americas awards scholarships to three students
Thursday February 9, 2017
UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) announced three recipients of the annual UniCarriers Americas Scholarship Program. The scholarship is awarded to legal dependents of UCA employees who display outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible ...
Wednesday February 8, 2017
Universal Lighting Technologies announces new regional sales manager in Canada
Wednesday February 8, 2017
Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. , global provider of lighting and a member of the Panasonic Group, has announced the addition of Blair MacGillis as the company’s Canadian distribution and OEM regional sales manager for the Quebec and ...
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 ...
Friday February 3, 2017
Sovella becomes Treston Inc.
Friday February 3, 2017
Sovella is now Treston Inc. Treston has been a European leader in workspace design since the late 1960s. In 2011, Sovella Group was acquired by Treston Group and the two companies joined forces. Since then, the North American branch, located in Canton, ...
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Caterpillar to establish global headquarters in Chicago area
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Caterpillar Inc. announced it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois.  “Caterpillar’s ...
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
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 ...
Friday January 27, 2017
MCFA and Jungheinrich® announce ICOTEX joint venture
Friday January 27, 2017
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) , the provider of Jungheinrich® lift trucks and narrow aisle products in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and Jungheinrich® Lift Truck Corp., has announced a joint venture to ...
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 ...
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 ...
CubiScan names new president
Wednesday January 25, 2017
As of January 1, 2017, Randy Neilson has been named the president of CubiScan®, a worldwide provider of dimension scanning (data collection) equipment. Neilson will succeed Clark Skeen, who has successfully led the company for 17 years. “Randy ...
Tuesday January 24, 2017
Association for Advancing Automation announces launch pad competition for startups
Tuesday January 24, 2017
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), global advocate for the benefits of automating, announced a call for startup companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control to enter the Automate Launch Pad Competition. The competition ...
Thursday January 19, 2017
KION N.A. restructures regional and key account sales teams
Thursday January 19, 2017
South Carolina-based material handling equipment manufacturer KION North America has restructured its regional sales and key account sales teams. Ben Lee has been named director of key accounts. Lee has spent the past year in a similar role as ...
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 ...
Associated and Peach State Integrated Technologies receive MHEDA’s MVP status
Thursday January 19, 2017
Associated and its subsidiary, Peach State Integrated Technologies, have been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Status for 2017 in a program from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors ...
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
Wolter Power Systems appoints new vice president - general manager
Monday January 16, 2017
Wolter Power Systems , a member of Wolter Group LLC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Rubens as vice president – general manager. He replaces Dan Martin who has retired after 16 years with the company. Rubens graduated from the ...
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
IWLA supports launch of Americans for Modern Transportation coalition
Wednesday January 11, 2017
The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), the resource for warehouse logistics, is partnering with a diverse group of U.S.-based shippers, deliverers, and retailers to launch the  Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT)  coalition. ...
Tuesday January 10, 2017
How labeling can help manufacturing companies compete in global marketplace
By: Bob Brown, manufacturing industry specialist, Loftware, Inc.
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Labeling today is complex; today’s manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process—and leave many companies accepting this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn’t have to be. ...
EnerSys® District Manager George Porter earns 2016 President’s Award 
Tuesday January 10, 2017
EnerSys® , provider of stored energy solutions for industrial applications, is proud to announce that George Porter, the company’s Chicago-area district manager, has received the 2016 President’s Award from the Chicagoland Chapter ...
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 ...
Inaugural TMHNA program funds top research proposals
Thursday January 5, 2017
In July 2016, Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) announced the premiere of the TMHNA University Research Program , a sponsored research program created to drive the next generation of technologies for the entire supply chain, ...
Thursday December 29, 2016
GSG Financial adds to executive management team
Thursday December 29, 2016
GSG Financial , an independent finance company, announced the addition of Auston Bennett as vp of sales, focusing on business development. Auston will be responsible for maintaining our major account partnerships and growing our outsourced captive ...
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 ...
Wednesday December 21, 2016
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 ...
Material Handling Supply brightens the season with $15,000 gift to a family
Wednesday December 21, 2016
On  Thursday, December 22, 2016  the staff from Material Handling Supply (MHS) will be joined by the Philly Phanatic to present a check for $15,000 to the Hill family of Medford, NJ. MHS raised additional donations funded by Lee Newman Clothing ...
Tuesday December 20, 2016
Clark counts down to 100 year celebration
Eileen Schmidt
Tuesday December 20, 2016
At the top of the CLARK Material Handling Company website, a clock carefully measures the days, hours, minutes and seconds until an upcoming celebration. It won't be any run-of-the-mill occasion, but a global affair recognizing the company's 100th anniversary. ...
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
Raymond contributes to over 140 nonprofit and educational organizations in 2016
Thursday December 15, 2016
In 2016, The Raymond Corporation  contributed to over 140 nonprofit and educational organizations, concentrating its efforts on supporting the advancement of future technologies through education. Raymond and its employees continuously ...
UniCarriers Americas offers new Smart Machine series of engine-powered forklifts in Latin America
Thursday December 15, 2016
UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) now offers its TCM/UniCarriers Smart Machine Series of internal combustion engine-powered forklifts in Latin America. The Smart Machine Series is powered by either a GCT K21 gasoline engine or an Isuzu C240 ...
Yale new Every Two program offers flexible lease options built around evolving operational requirements
Thursday December 15, 2016
Inflexible lift truck lease agreements can threaten productivity and drain budgets as operations struggle to adapt to rapidly-changing business demands. Yale Materials Handling Corporation introduces New Every Two, a leasing program that allows operations ...
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 ...
Friday December 9, 2016
A charter for Chad – Panalpina donates UNICEF relief flight
Friday December 9, 2016
In the morning hours, a Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft landed in Chad with more than 80 tons of life-saving goods on board that are essential for water treatment, sanitation and nutrition programs For the fourth consecutive year, UNICEF and ...
Stärke extends dealership network in B.C. and Quebec, Canada Ontario, Canada
Friday December 9, 2016
Stärke Material Handling Group officially announced the appointment of Valley Lift and Les Enterprises Marcel Mal et Fils as authorized distributors of Stärke material handling equipment for the Okanagan Valley, BC, and Sainte Paul de Joliette, ...
Wednesday December 7, 2016
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 ...
TVH certified as a healthy organization
Wednesday December 7, 2016
TVH in the Americas (TVH), a leading provider of quality replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industry, was recently named a Certified Healthy KC Organization by the KC Chamber of Commerce.  ...
Monday December 5, 2016
Denso names new director of OE sales, marketing and strategic planning
Monday December 5, 2016
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc ., an affiliate of global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has promoted David H. Williams to director of Original Equipment Sales (OES), marketing and strategic planning. In the newly created position, Williams ...
IMTS and GIE Media donate 3D printers and $8,000 to STEM programs
Monday December 5, 2016
Miles for Manufacturing (M4M), a series of 5K races aimed at raising funds and awareness for STEM education and manufacturing careers, donated four MakerGear 3D printers and $8,000 to Chicago-area STEM schools and programs with the proceeds from its ...
Friday December 2, 2016
ORBIS welcomes new manufacturing vice president
Friday December 2, 2016
ORBIS® Corporation , an international manufacturer of reusable packaging and supply chain optimization expert, hired  Todd Mathes  as vice president of manufacturing for its plastics operations. With more than 25 years of manufacturing, ...
Wednesday November 30, 2016
Toyota Forklifts adding high-wage jobs in Indiana
Wednesday November 30, 2016
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. , Inc. (TMHU), a full-line material handling solutions provider of forklifts and related equipment, announced plans to strengthen its workforce in Columbus, creating up to 71 new high-wage jobs by 2019. “Indiana’s ...
Tuesday November 29, 2016
Cognex acquires two 3D vision companies
Tuesday November 29, 2016
Cognex Corporation  has expanded its 3D vision capabilities with the recent acquisition of two companies specializing in 3D machine vision technology. On October 27, 2016, Cognex acquired  EnShape GmbH , a maker of advanced 3D vision sensors ...
Crown Equipment celebrates 30 years of manufacturing in Germany
Tuesday November 29, 2016
Crown Equipment Corporation , one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has achieved 30 years of manufacturing lift trucks for European and global markets in the Bavarian town of Roding, Germany. Providing a central location ...
Thursday November 17, 2016
KION North America adds Spokane Forklift to dealer network
Thursday November 17, 2016
KION North America is pleased to announce the appointment of Spokane Forklift & Construction, Inc. to its dealer network. Based in Spokane, they will offer sales and service to parts of Washington, Idaho and Montana. Family owned and operated, ...


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