CEDMag.com - January 2014 Articles
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CEDMag.com - January 2014 Articles

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JANUARY 2014
  • Meet Brian McGuire
    AED Leader
    By Kim Phelan
    AED's new president and CEO is an active listener who also likes action, and he's ready to help AED member companies grow stronger through participation in their association.
    Brian McGuire may not have any "Backdraft" movie-type tales to tell from his days as a volunteer firefighter and captain of a Chicago-area crew of 12, but those 20 years of his life certainly played a role in building the kind of leader he is today. A man of action who is both service-minded and team-oriented, Brian is AED's new president and CEO as of Jan. 6, and he's ready to bring an arsenal of association management know-how to the job, and a whole lot more. "When you're a volunteer [firefighter], you certainly learn to identify what needs to be done quickly and get it done," Brian said. "And it really does teach you to work with a diverse group of people, and it allows you to learn how to make decisions quickly – and when you make those decisions it's not easy to run away from them, because they generally have a very public outcome."
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  • A Prevailing View Make More, Don't Spend More
    2014 Business Outlook Report
    By Kim Phelan
    Despite the convergence of unprecedented business challenges in 2014, most dealers see a foreshadowing of modest growth.
    Taking their cues from their customers, the AED dealers who responded to CED's annual Business Outlook Survey are overwhelmingly – more than three to one– anticipating total dealership revenues to be higher in 2014 versus 2013. What's puzzling, however, is why, in almost the same breath, 41 percent of these dealers are also indicating no change to their new equipment sales inventory investments for this predicted year of growth. However, a little more than a third say they will increase that investment by 1-10 percent year over year, and close to 17 percent said they plan to spend less on new machines for sale.
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  • Ring Of Fire Cools, But Canadian Prospects Are Generally Hot
    Canada
    By Tom Van Dusen Jr.
    Chromite mining in Northern Ontario – with epic potential – isn't the country's one-hit wonder; resources and infrastructure projects are smokin' all over.
    Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire may have cooled off for the time being, but in several other areas of Canada construction projects are looking hot, hot, hot right through 2014 and into 2015. They'll heat up even more when Ring of Fire takes hold again. All those with a stake in the mega mining venture insist it's a matter of when, not if. "Ring of Fire," is best known as a song made famous by Johnny Cash, but in a remote part of Ontario, 250 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, the borrowed title has also come to identify what many predict to be one of the biggest financial opportunities the province and perhaps the country has ever seen.
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  • The Dealer's Changing Role in Machine Control
    Equipment Technology
    By Joanne Costin
    As machine control moves from aftermarket to OEM-installed, equipment dealers that embrace the opportunity are positioned to serve an increasingly interested customer base.
    The introduction of Komatsu's new D61i-23 dozer last June marked the beginning of a new era in machine control technology and how its acceptance in the marketplace will spread – in a way, it is symbolic of changing times and evolving skill requirements for dealers. With the new machine, gone are the blade-mounted GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) antenna (including a mast, cables and brackets), as well as blade-mounted orientation sensors. Instead, all the dozer's external hardware of a typical aftermarket automated blade-control system is integrated into the base machine.
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