Construction Industry News

ARA: Rental Equipment Revenue Growth Continues to Outpace Economy

Date: 20-02-2019 / Author: fmotz

The latest five-year forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA) projects that rental revenues in North America will surpass $61.5 billion in 2019, up 5.3% compared to 2018.

Similar steady growth is expected in each of the successive years of the forecast to reach nearly $70.9 billion in revenue by 2022.

The current figures, which are updated quarterly, project slightly less growth than what was forecast in October, reflecting different factors that have slightly slowed the projected growth of the U.S. economy.

JLG Offers MEWP Supervisor Training to Assist with New ANSI Standard Compliance

Date: 12-02-2019 / Author: kscally
JLG MEWP Supervisor Training

JLG Industries Inc. added MEWP Supervisor Training to its award-winning training program, in response to the new ANSI standards recently approved for MEWPs.

Manitou North America Expands Executive Team

Date: 12-02-2019 / Author: kscally
Myron Birschbach Manitou North America
Scott McGuigan Manitou North America
Jill Pintor Manitou North America

Manitou North America added three key members to its senior leadership team in order to help drive the customer experience for its Manitou, Gehl, and Mustang by Manitou brands.

The manufacturer named Myron Birschbach the new vice president of service and aftermarket; Scott McGuigan, eastern region vice president for Manitou North America sales; and Jill Pintor, business coordinator for Manitou North America.

IPAF Shares Strategies for VR Simulators to Enhance Operator Training

Date: 12-02-2019 / Author: kscally
IPAF VR strategy

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) released a comprehensive eXtended Reality (XR) strategy paper outlining how technologies including virtual reality (VR) and MEWP simulators can enhance, as opposed to replace, operator training.

In 2018, IPAF led an industry-wide consultation to produce a policy document on how VR systems can be effectively and safely used to train MEWP operators, leading to its ground-breaking set of recommendations.

MEWP Industry Veteran Robertson Was ‘Legendary,’ Colleagues Say

Date: 06-02-2019 / Author: fmotz
Alastair Robertson, left, Lift and Access Editor Karen Scally, and Lift and Access Publisher Franci Motz at IPAF Innovate 2018.

Describing him as “grand in all aspects of the word,” colleagues from throughout the access industry are paying tribute to Universal Equipment President Alastair Robertson, following his death Jan. 30, 2019.

Robertson worked with many OEMs since he started in the MEWP industry in 1981, and he served on the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) North American Regional Council since 2004. He also shared his expertise as a Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) Awards judge for Lift and Access magazine.

JCB North America Honors Employee Retiring After 60 Years of Service

Date: 06-02-2019 / Author: kscally
JCB John Carter

JCB North America bid farewell to an employee who worked for the manufacturer for six decades with a career spanning three countries and 15 different job titles. 

Company officials said John Carter was a happy-natured journeyman who influenced thousands of colleagues.   

Speaking at a farewell ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Pooler, Georgia, JCB North America President and CEO Richard Fox-Marrs commented on Carter’s career. 

TVH Promotes VP to President Role

Date: 05-02-2019 / Author: kscally
TVH Dirk von Holt

TVH in the Americas (TVH) announced Dirk von Holt has been named its new president, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

As the vice president of sales and marketing, von Holt, who joined the company in 2005, was instrumental in streamlining TVH’s organizational processes and setting up a network of distribution centers in order to ensure a positive customer experience.  In his new role, he will continue to provide strategic leadership and help to create a structure for TVH’s future growth and development. 

Custom Equipment Names Construction Industry Veteran as President and CEO

Date: 05-02-2019 / Author: kscally
Custom Equipment Terry Dolan

Custom Equipment LLC welcomes industry veteran Terry Dolan as its president and CEO.

Dolan brings nearly 30 years of experience in the rental, construction, and equipment industries and will lead the overall direction and strategy of the organization.

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.

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.”

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