Industry Beat CED Magazine, January 2009
Article Date: 01-01-2009
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JLG Breaks Ground on New China Facility
The new facility will serve Asian access-equipment markets.
JLG Industries, along with parent company Oshkosh Corp., broke ground Nov. 18 for a new manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China. The new facility is part of Oshkosh Corp.’s strategic business initiative to meet the demands of the global economy and the growing demand for aerial work platforms in Asian markets.
The new facility, the company’s first China-based manufacturing facility for Oshkosh Corp., will manufacture JLG access equipment. JLG also has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Belgium, France and Romania. Oshkosh opened a corporate office in Beijing in 2006.
“This new Tianjin facility is a major milestone in our global business expansion and operations strategy,” said Craig E. Paylor, Oshkosh Corp. executive vice president and president of JLG Industries. “We have chosen to expand in China because we believe the Asian market holds tremendous long-term potential for our access equipment. In many respects, our Asian customers are just beginning to see the tremendous value that access equipment can provide in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, industrial and shipyard applications.”
JLG Industries has been selling and servicing products in the Asian market for several decades. JLG opened an office in Beijing in 2002 to enhance responsiveness for its Chinese customers in the shipyard, construction, airport, hotel, industrial and maintenance industries.
“This locally produced product will give Oshkosh a distinct strategic advantage in a very aggressive, competitive Asian landscape,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. “JLG products made at the Tianjin facility will be targeted for the Asian market and will be a complement to other JLG manufacturing facilities that build product for the rest of the world.”
As part of its ongoing social outreach program in China, the company also donated two JLG telehandlers to help local officials in the rebuilding in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, which was tragically struck by a major earthquake in May.
New Decal to Boost Access Equipment Safety
Manufacturer members of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have agreed on a new symbol that will identify the location of emergency descent controls.
“Even experienced operators sometimes have difficulty locating the emergency descent controls that every mobile elevating work platform is fitted with,” said Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director. “This new symbol is a practical visual aid and a prime example of an industry initiative to make access equipment even safer. We encourage manufacturers to fit this as standard on new equipment and rental companies to fit this decal to their existing fleets.”
Emergency descent systems can be found on all types of mobile elevating work platforms. They differ in terms of where they are located on specific machines and how they operate. The decal should be positioned to clearly indicate the location of the emergency descent controls. Operators should ensure that somebody at ground level knows how to use the controls in an emergency.
Manufacturers can obtain the artwork for the emergency descent symbol for use on their equipment. The artwork can be downloaded from the Resources section of www.ipaf.org. Limited numbers of free copies are available from IPAF.
LiuGong Wins Chinese National Quality Award
LiuGong has been awarded the 2008 National Quality Award, the highest honor of Chinese Quality Management.
Fifty-one companies have been awarded this honor. LiuGong is the first winner in the construction machinery industry.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan established the American Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to sharpen the competitive edge of America’s industry. This award contributed largely to the recovery of the American economy at the time. Since the establishment of the award, Japan and Europe have followed and established their own national quality awards, which have also achieved very good results.
In 2001, China established its own National Quality Award modeled on the Malcolm Baldrige Award. The Chinese National Quality Award is an honor given to only the highest quality businesses, specifically those organizations that have made remarkable achievements in terms of economic and social impact.
Chairman Wang Xiaohua of LiuGong said that the purpose of their participation in the evaluation was not only to obtain the award, but also to have the process of their management and controls go through an all-round check against preeminent performance standards so they can make active improvement, if needed, thereby enabling LiuGong to compete successfully in the world market and realize its goal to become a world-class construction machinery enterprise.
In the News
Road Machinery LLC, a Komatsu dealer based in Phoenix, Ariz., has taken on Wirtgen Group’s line of road maintenance equipment in the northern New Mexico territory and at the company’s three Arizona locations. Wirtgen Group includes three manufacturing brands – Wirtgen, Hamm and Voegle. Road Machinery also carries equipment from JRB, Mega Corp., Metso Minerals and NPK.
Giberson Enterprises, U.S. distributor of the Eco-Crusher, will display its excavator-mounted jaw crusher buckets at the World of Concrete 2009 in Las Vegas, Booth No. O31813. Much of the booth space will be focused on demonstrating concrete material crushing with a BF model crusher bucket. The Eco-Crusher line is well suited for excavators ranging from 18,000 to 68,000 pounds. Prospective dealers are invited to attend a reception on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. For more information and dealer inquiries, call 609-268-3451; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.ecocrusher.com.
Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business segment of Terex Corp., has made three new appointments. Tim Maxson has been named plant director for Terex Load King. He will be responsible for developing North American sales and customer service strategies. In addition, he will focus on further expanding Load King’s global channels of distribution and dealership networks.
Mike Samora has been appointed global director of marketing solutions. In his new role, Samora will provide leadership for all marketing communication functions, including advertising, public and media relations, Web content, print, promotions, product launches, training, trade shows and e-business. He will also manage the Genie and Terex brands through multiple channels, with a focus on understanding customer needs and providing solutions.
In addition, Debbie George has been appointed to the newly created position of global brand marketing manager. She will have creative oversight of the Genie and Terex AWP brands, both internally and externally and will serve as the key customer marketing relationship leader and liaison for the international AWP marketing teams.
Terex Corp. manufactures a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utility industries.
Wynne Systems has announced that its RentalMan software is now available in China. This marks the first time that Wynne Systems has incorporated Unicode into their RentalMan software, making it available to virtually any country in the world. Wynne Systems is an international software company.
Eric Neitzke has been named the vice president of sales for Iowa Mold Tooling Co. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corp. company. In his new role, Neitzke will be responsible for leading the IMT sales team and helping to drive business strategy for the company’s line of material-handling equipment and commercial vehicles. IMT is a manufacturer and supplier of service vehicles, cranes, hydraulic loaders and air compressors for tire, mining, construction, material handling and utility markets.
Doosan Infracore America has appointed Michael P. Stanley president and chief operating officer of the company’s construction equipment division. Prior to being named president, Stanley worked as the company’s general manager of the Lift Truck and Construction Parts Operation. Doosan Infracore America is responsible for all North American sales, service and technical support for Doosan heavy construction equipment, compact equipment and lift trucks.
Skyjack has named Herc-U-Lift of Maple Plain, Minn., its latest equipment dealer. Herc-U-Lift will represent the complete VR Telehandler product line with capacities ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds and lifting heights from 42 to 56 feet. Skyjack manufactures aerial work platforms.
JLG Industries, an access equipment manufacturer and an Oshkosh Corp. company, has developed an extended warranty program for all boom, scissor and telehandler products sold in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can extend their warranties out three or five years. For booms, scissors and telehandlers, a three-year/3,000-hour and a five-year/5,000-hour extended warranty is available. In addition to the first two options, telehandlers also have a third option of a five-year/5,000-hour warranty. The extended warranty must be purchased at the time the original equipment is purchased. The unused portion of the warranty is transferable upon the sale of the equipment.
IronPlanet, an online auction company for used construction and agricultural equipment, has appointed Tom Cornell to the position of managing director of IronPlanet Europe. Cornell will be responsible for leading IronPlanet’s expansion into the European marketplace.
Case Construction Equipment has named Danny McGaugh vice president and general manager of Case Power and Equipment, a Case dealership that sells, rents and services Case construction and industrial equipment. In this role, McGaugh is responsible for managing the sales, service and operations of the dealership’s eight locations in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He will be based in Vancouver, Wash., at Case Power and Equipment’s headquarters.
AED has appointed Joe Nota as AED/AED Foundation field manager. Nota will divide his time equally between The AED Foundation and AED member services. He will spend the majority of his time on the road, meeting face-to-face with AED member companies to assist dealers in connecting with their local technical schools, and to help dealers plug in to AED’s wide array of valuable business products, services and events.
Additionally, AED has promoted Janet Dixon to director of meetings and conferences.
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