Industry News
Sept. 7, 2017 - Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America has appointed Mike Marion Vice President – Region Canada. Marion will lead Canadian sales and marketing efforts for products in the newly named Atlas Copco Power Technique business area. He brings to his new role more than 20 years of industry experience, including six years in leadership positions with Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada.
Sept. 7, 2017 - Cervus Equipment Corporation has announced that Dan Sobic has been appointed as an additional director of Cervus.
Sept. 5, 2017 - United Rentals has acquired power equipment assets, primarily mobile rental generator sets, from Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI). The company will start serving the needs of former Cummins rental customers, and has made its newly acquired rental equipment available immediately.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division will be showcasing its largest articulating boom – the SJ85 AJ – for the first time to a German audience, during the Platformers’ Days trade show, from September 8-9. The company will also present the compact SJ30 ARJE articulating boom and other products, including a variety of accessories from its certified ACCESSORYZERS™ range that add productivity to its mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).
Sept. 5, 2017 - Toromont Industries Ltd. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the businesses and net operating assets1 of the Hewitt Group of companies in exchange for consideration of $917.7 million cash plus the issuance of 2.25 million Toromont shares (nominally $100 million based on 10 day average share price as at signing) for a total consideration of $1.0177 billion. Hewitt Equipment Limited is the authorized Caterpillar dealer for the province of Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, as well as the Caterpillar lift truck dealer for most of Ontario. Hewitt is also the MaK dealer for Québec, the Maritimes and the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Maine to Virginia. All amounts are in Canadian currency.
Aug. 23, 2017 - Norseman Inc. is pleased to announce and welcome Gary Webb as the new National Sales Manager for the U.S. Gary will be responsible for growing Norseman’s construction and ventilation product sales within the U.S. market.
Aug. 8, 2017 - General Equipment Company has announced that Randy Dahl has joined their company as Vice President of Sales where he will have responsibility for the development and coordination of sales and marketing for national and independent accounts. He will also oversee long term sales strategy development as well as General Equipment’s sales representative organizations for North America.
Kelly Elliot, a marketing representative with Stihl Canada and Ward 1 Councillor for Thames Centre, Ont., has taken exception with the August Canadian Rental Service article, "Working Millennials," by Kate Zabriskie. Elliot has been tweeting about the article and received some responses from other Millennials not happy with the article's tone. Elliot's emailed comments follow.
July 21, 2017 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Philip Kelliher, Vice President Americas & Europe Distribution Services Division of Caterpillar Inc., and David Thorne, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Construction & Forestry Division of Deere & Company, to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill unexpired terms.
A Canadian mainstay in industrial advertising and communications recently marked its 20 year milestone in London, Ontario. Marketing Strategies and Solutions, led by Robert Adeland, turns 20 this month.
CRS Contractors Rental Supply has entered into a unit purchase agreement to sell CRS to Sunbelt Rentals, the North American business of Ashtead Group, for $275 million plus a potential earn-out. CRS is Sunbelt’s first acquisition in eastern Canada and will become Sunbelt’s operational platform in Ontario. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks after satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals.
It’s funny how the new communication methods have displaced the old ones, yet at the same time occupy the same “communication space” in our lives and work. It’s as if we have a certain set of communication needs that can be met a variety of ways, but no addition or subtraction from the set is allowed.
July 17, 2017 - The Supervisory Board of Wacker Neuson SE has named the successor to Mr. Cem Peksaglam (CEO), whose contract expires in August 2017. Mr. Martin Lehner, CTO and current Deputy CEO, has been appointed to the position.
July 10, 2017 - Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited has announced that it has acquired Alberta Lift and Equipment Rentals Inc.
July 10, 2017 -  KRents has formed a partnership with Takeuchi Manufacturing [US], Ltd. to introduce the new line of compact equipment to short-term rental equipment fleets across Western Canada. With the addition of the compact equipment from Takeuchi, KRents is now able to provide more extensive equipment rental solutions to our short-term equipment rental customers.

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