January 2019

Universal Equipment President Alastair Robertson Dies

Date: 31-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Alastair Robertson

Longtime MEWP industry veteran and advocate Alastair Robertson, president of Universal Equipment in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, died Jan. 30, 2019. He was 69.

Robertson, who was born Oct. 28, 1949, started in the MEWP industry in 1981 as a sales manager for Simon Aerials, which was subsequently purchased by Terex, followed by roles at Economy Engineering (acquired by Snorkel), Snorkel, Grove Manlift, and Skyjack. He then worked at S and R Equipment, JLG’s dealer in Chicago, from 1991 to 1995.

Genie Develops New Rental-Focused Telematics Solution

Date: 31-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Genie Lift Connect

Genie introduced its new Lift Connect telematics program, developed in direct response to rental customers’ unique business needs.

Genie Lift Connect is focused on actionable information, flexibility, and transparency. No matter what size of aerial equipment fleet—from 10 to 10,000 machines—equipment management is something that rental stores do every day. From knowing how equipment is performing or how often a piece is being utilized to where each unit is or when it is ready for maintenance, machine data can provide a lot of insight to rental businesses.

Snorkel Kicks Off 60th Anniversary With New Website

Date: 31-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Snorkel website

Aerial lift manufacturer Snorkel is starting the company’s 60th anniversary by unveiling a new website.

The updated website features a clean and modern user interface and many new online features that will benefit its global customer base.

Terex Opens New Washington Service Center

Date: 31-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Terex Washington Service Center

Terex relocated its Service Center in Seattle, opening a new location approximately 15 miles southeast in Kent, Washington.

The new Service Center offers upgraded service and inspection capabilities and supports a broader market of equipment owners. 

“We are excited about this new site as it is centrally located and provides easy access from both Seattle and Tacoma,” said Jerry Kienast, regional operations manager. “These two markets are among the top five cities in Washington state.”

Hiab Introduces New Crane Technologies at World of Concrete 2019

Date: 29-01-2019 / Author: kscally

Hiab, part of Cargotec, launched new crane technologies for the U.S. market at World of Concrete, held Jan. 21-25, 2019, in Las Vegas.

The new technologies are designed to make crane operation safer and more efficient, including Crane Tip Control (CTC), Variable Stability Logic Plus (VSL+), Semi Automatic Folding (SAF), and the connected service, HiConnect.

Genie President Among Speakers for IPAF Summit 2019

Date: 29-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Genie President Matt Fearon IPAF Summit

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announced its speaker lineup for this year’s Summit, set for March 6, 2019, in Dubai, UAE, and it will include Genie President Matt Fearon and Serious Labs CEO Jim Colvin, among others.

U.S. Battery Reorganizes Corporate Leadership

Date: 29-01-2019 / Author: kscally
Don Wallace U.S. Battery

U.S. Battery Manufacturing announced changes to its corporate leadership structure within the company’s sales and operations in its Corona, California; Augusta, Georgia; and Evans, Georgia plants.

Don Wallace was named chief operating officer, Michael Coad was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, and Zack Cox was promoted to vice president of operations.

Genie Hosts Online Event to Help Rental Companies Leverage Data

Date: 29-01-2019 / Author: kscally

Genie invites customers to ask questions and get answers about accessing, utilizing, and leverage data during its upcoming “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) event Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2019.

The event, designed to help rental stores better understand how data can create value and drive business growth, will start with a special announcement on Jan. 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, streaming on the Genie Aerial Pros AMA Event page, with the AMA following immediately after.

Skyjack Named United Rentals Supplier of the Year

Date: 29-01-2019 / Author: kscally
United Rentals Skyjack award

Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division received recognition from United Rentals in January, winning its Supplier of the Year Award.

Skyjack has been building its relationship with the world’s largest rental company since the rental company’s inception in 1997. Since then, Skyjack and United Rentals have been working hand-in-hand to maximize jobsite productivity and Project Uptime for end users.

JLG Expands BIM Library Across Full Product Line

Date: 23-01-2019 / Author: kscally

JLG Industries added compact crawler booms to its BIM library, making the full JLG product line available for download on www.bimobject.com, an industry leading platform for BIM.

Select models are available directly through www.jlg.com.

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