Bomag Americas held a groundbreaking ceremony in Ridgeway, S.C., on the site of what will be the manufacturer’s new North American headquarters. The new 127,600-square-foot facility will house 107,100 square feet of parts warehousing and machine assembly area along with 20,500 square feet of office space.
When Ahern Rentals was going through its Chapter 11 process, I heard from a number of detractors who predicted the end for the North American rental industry’s largest family-owned rental company, or I should say the end of Ahern’s controlling ownership in the company he created.
This month’s cover story, beginning on page 14, presents a forecast for 2014 from the point of view of rental companies. It’s not an overall view of the economy because that is something completely different.
This year’s Innovative Product Award entries were an eclectic lot. An award for such a wide-ranging diverse industry as rental equipment can make it difficult for voters who are not comparing apples to apples, much less pears. For example, one participating judge commented that it was difficult deciding what was more innovative, a 180-foot boomlift or a toilet jack.
It was pretty good to be a Caterpillar dealer in western and central Pennsylvania until the recession hit around 2008. Like construction work in most places, business slowed to a crawl and Cleveland Brothers — which handles 59 counties in west and central Pennsylvania, 17 counties in West Virginia and two in western Maryland — ended up laying off nearly a third of its 1,500 employees.
And then shale gas was discovered and everything changed.
In preparation for this month’s cover story I visited Cleveland Brothers, a Caterpillar dealer that covers western and central Pennsylvania, northwestern West Virginia, and a bit of western Maryland. It’s an area that in the past few years has had the benefit of an oil-and-gas boom that came along and really ignited when the area was in the middle of a recession.
Assuming that the U.S. government doesn’t remain shut down for months, plunging the U.S. and world economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, prospects for the rental industry look pretty solid for the next few years.
Those of you who knew Tim Novoselski probably already know that he died of cancer a few weeks ago after a long painful battle that I won’t write about. He went through great pain in his final months, but I imagine he would prefer that you remember the vital, vibrant and fun-loving Tim. That’s certainly how I will recall him as well, as a fun-loving, joyful, youthful soul who loved and embraced life with vigor.
It’s the biggest state, also known as the Golden State. California is a state of opposites, polarities and contradictions. It is seen by many as too liberal, yet the presidents it has given the world are Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.California’s economy is the 12th largest in the world, if U.S. states were ranked with countries.
It was good talking to California rental people in preparation for this month’s cover story. As you’ll read on page 20 things are better now, but it’s not all champagne and roses, especially considering how far down it was before it started to get better.
A segment of experts believes that in the coming years one of the growing North American business trends will be U.S. manufacturing. On first glance, the idea contradicts what’s been going on for decades. But there are a number of compelling reasons why it makes sense.
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BlueLine Rental is seeking high quality, dynamic and energetic candidates to become part of our rapidly expanding organization. Various career opportunities are available throughout the entire East Region with immediate openings in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania....More
To replace the current incumbent who recently accepted a promotion, and in order to meet our growth plan, Skyjack Inc., a World leader in the Aerial Equipment Industry, is recruiting a Territory Sales Manager for the Illinois and Wisconsin region...More
H&E Equipment Services, one of the largest integrated equipment providers in the nation, has an immediate opening for a self-motivated National Account Director in the Equipment Rental Industry for their U.S. operations....More
Haulotte Services recently launched its new version of Easy Spare Parts, the company’s online store for Haulotte genuine spare parts orders. ESP is a front office tool that allows customers to consult technical documentation and to order spare parts online....More