Industry Beat CED Magazine, November 2008
Article Date: 11-01-2008
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Road Machinery Acquires Shanahan EquipmentBoth are Komatsu dealers.
Road Machinery, based in Phoenix, Ariz., has purchased fellow Komatsu dealer Shanahan Equipment, based in San Leandro, Calif. As part of the acquisition, Road Machinery will relocate all of the former Shanahan operations to new facilities in Fresno, Sacramento, Bakersfield and Redding. Road Machinery also plans one or two more locations in the Bay Area. "This acquisition gives Shanahan customers access to services and is an excellent opportunity for us to expand our operations," said Dennis Romanson, president of Road Machinery. "We are happy to strengthen our relationship with Komatsu by broadening our territory to include nearly all of California." Road Machinery has eight locations in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Southern California. For more information, visit www.roadmachinery.com.
AED Foundation Hosts Evaluation Team Leader Training
The AED Foundation hosted its first Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) training session Sept. 17 to 19 at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill., an AED Accredited college.
ETLs are the volunteer AED representatives who visit technical schools that have applied for AED recognition through either the AED Accreditation program or the AED Recognized Education Alliance program. During an onsite school visit, the ETLs determine the status of the equipment technical program as to AED national technical standards. Training was conducted by Glenn C. Williamson, former owner of Caprock Vermeer in Lubbock, Texas, and chairman of The AED Foundation’s Technical Training Committee, along with Kenny Acton, formerly of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., and Technical Training Committee member. Williamson and Acton are both volunteer lead ETLs for AED school partnership programs. Attendees of the ETL training include: Terry Marohl, North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.; Ron Lowe, Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C.; Dr. Wayne Longbrake formerly of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.; Don Carlson formerly of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.; and Steve Rayburn of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. All of these schools are AED Accredited with the exception of Boise State, which is currently in the accreditation process. Also in attendance were AED Foundation staff members Steve Johnson, Pat Novak and Glenn Bork. The AED Foundation thanks Michael Daugherty at Illinois Central College for hosting this training session in conjunction with the college’s AED Re-Accreditation.AED national technical standards are contained in the publication "Standards for Construction Equipment Technology," first published in 1997. The standards – which are of the industry, for the industry – are updated every three years by a task force created by and with oversight from The AED Foundation Technical Training Committee. The task force has broad industry representation from AED dealers, equipment manufacturers, and technical colleges with equipment programs. The latest edition of the standards was published in Spring 2008 and is available for download online at www.aedfoundation.org.
New Holland Dealer Outing New Holland dealers gathered Sept. 19-22 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. for the 36th Annual New Holland Dealer Golf Outing. Co-hosted by Payline West and Martin Implement, and thanks to generous sponsors, the event gives dealers a chance to discuss business, golf and have fun. Pictured (l to r) is the winning foursome: Mike Fotty, AED; Mike Lyle, Landmark Equipment; Jim Payne, Payline West; and Randy Topping, Chatanooga Tractor.
AED’s Marcia Arger Has Passed AwayIt is with heavy hearts that AED sadly announces the death of Marcia Arger, staff vice president of Meetings and Conventions, who served with the association for nearly 25 years. Marcia succumbed to liver cancer on October 18 following a brief 10-day hospitalization. Marcia was 62 years old. She is survived by husband Dan, son Nate, mother Lorraine, four siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
“There are no words to describe our loss – Marcia was a part of the fabric of this organization and will be dearly missed,” said Toby Mack, CEO and President of AED. “Her warm character, cheerful spirit and deep commitment to her work and our members are going to be remembered always.
We send our prayers and deepest sympathies for her family at this sorrowful time.Meticulous master-planner of AED’s Annual Meeting, as well as logistics organizer of the association’s Executive Forum each fall and many other round table, committee and board meetings, Marcia was also known as a fun-loving prankster among staff and AED members alike.The AED staff remember Marcia for her compassionate listening, gentle temperament, positive outlook and bubbly laughter.For donations made in Marcia’s memory the family has established the Marcia Arger Memorial Fund within The AED Foundation Legacy Fund. Checks may be made payable to The AED Foundation and mailed to 615 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523. Please designate that your donation is for the Marcia Arger Memorial Fund. Condolences to Marcia’s family may be sent to Dan Arger, 538 N. Spring, LaGrange Park, IL 60526.
In the News LiuGong Construction Machinery N.A. has appointed SES Inc., of West Chicago, Ill., as its newest authorized dealer. SES will be representing LiuGong’s line of wheel loaders, excavators, skid-steers and compaction equipment throughout the Chicago and Northern Illinois area. LiuGong has been manufacturing construction equipment for 50 years, and is now taking its products to markets outside of China. JCB has named Yale Equipment & Services, Menomonee Falls, Wis., its latest authorized dealer. Yale will sell and supply the full line of JCB construction equipment to the greater Milwaukee area. Stafford’s territory for Terex Cranes has been extended into the state of Alabama. Stafford now supports customers’ lifting needs exclusively in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. WennSoft has named Paul Braun director of sales. Braun joined WennSoft in 2006 as general manager of the company’s public sector team. WennSoft provides innovative business management solutions for public and private sector organizations focused on project-oriented, field service and equipment/fleet management. Genie Industries, a manufacturer of access equipment, has named Luke Webber the new senior compliance and applications engineer. In his new role, Webber will provide direct customer product compliance and application support for the Genie product line. Godwin Pumps has named Grant Salstrom chief operating officer. In his new role, he will be responsible for all day-to-day operations involving service, parts, warranties and fabrication. He began his career with Godwin in 1978, serving as a diesel engine repairman in the evenings and on weekends. In 1987 he accepted a full time position with Godwin as an operations manager. Salstrom took over as Godwin’s vice president of operations in 2001. Activant Solutions Inc., a technology business solutions provider, has named Kevin Roach as the executive vice president of its wholesale distribution group. Roach’s responsibilities include the development, sale and implementation of software designed especially for wholesale distributors. Activant offers tailored proprietary software.ConstructMyFuture.com, has named its latest scholarship winners. Three students have earned $1,000 scholarships for construction-focused education. They are:
ConstructMyFuture.com is a joint effort between AED, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Associated General Contractors to provide students with an interactive forum to explore the many opportunities available in the construction industry. Stephenson’s Rental Services has opened a new branch in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The new branch occupies 5,000 square feet of space and further expands Stephenson’s network of 20 locations throughout southern Ontario, providing ease of access to the company’s extensive array of products and services. Stephenson’s is an equipment and tool rental company based in Toronto, Canada. Briggs Equipment, a Case dealer in Charlotte, N.C., announces two recent appointments. John Van Ruitenbeek has been named president. He joined the organization in 2000 and has served as region manager and vice president/chief operating officer during his eight years with the copmany. Also, Tom Mitchell has been appointed vice president and chief operating officer. He previously served as vice president of corporate services for Sammons Corp. David Stahlman has been appointed vice president of global marketing for Doosan Infracore Portable Power. In his new role, Stahlman will be responsible for strategic marketing initiatives worldwide for the full line of Ingersoll Rand branded portable equipment, such as portable air compressors, mobile generators, lighting systems, concrete equipment and light compaction equipment. He will be based at the new Doosan Infracore Portable Power headquarters in Statesville, N.C.
- Andrew Retzlaff of Mankato, Minn., to attend South Central College for heavy construction equipment technician, focused on diesel mechanics and hydraulics
- William Gumbert of Allenport, Pa., to attend Penn College of Technology for technology management and heavy equipment technician/operator
- John Lynch of Fort Mill, S.C., to attend Clemson University for construction management
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