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UK Ministry of Defence orders Terex Demag ATs
Terex Demag will supply 65 all terrain cranes to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the UK. The deal includes 59 units of the model AC 35 and six AC 55-1s and will be handled by Amey Lex Consortium (ALC), a joint venture between support services provider Amey and defence fleet management and logistics specialist Lex Defence.
Cooper Industries acquires Sure Power, Omnex
Cooper Industries recently announced the acquisitions of Sure Power Industries and Omnex Control Systems. Combined sales for the two companies in 2007 were approximately $58 million and the combined purchase price is approximately $90 million, according to a Cooper press release.
California ends 5-minute idling limit exception
A significant change to California's statewide five-minute idling limit took effect January 1, 2008. The change eliminated the state's exception for sleeping or resting in a sleeper berth. Alternatives to main engine idling are now necessary for supplying cab heating, air conditioning, and power beyond the five-minute limit.
Turning point?
Despite all the ups and downs, 2007 was a positive year for stock markets. The heavy equipment sector did particularly well, but whether the gains can be maintained remains to be seen. Chris Sleight reports.
Convoi sells to Mammoet
International heavy lift and transport specialist Mammoet will acquire the lifting and maintenance support divisions of Convoi BV.
Yongmao applies for public listing
Tower crane manufacturer Fushun Yongmao has applied to the Singapore Stock Exchange to make an initial public offer (IPO) of its shares.
Fleet first safety
All companies with vehicle fleet exposures should develop a fleet safety policy outlining each driver's accountability for following the program. Include driver criteria, accident reporting requirements and procedures, cell phone safety policies, defensive driving, and other vehicle safety training requirements. It should be documented that each driver has read and understands the fleet safety policy.
Certification for riggers, signalpersons moving forward
NCCCO task forces are making significant progress in their mission to have their new certification programs up and running this year.
Legislative initiatives for certification continue
Regular readers of ACT magazine may recall that our New Year's Quiz this time last year was: “What do Nevada, Minnesota and Utah have in common?” The answer we were looking for a year ago was that 2007 was the year that each of these states would make crane operator certification mandatory.
NCCCO Plans Focus Groups at CONEXPO
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is planning a full slate of activities at the CONEXPO 2008 exhibition and conference, scheduled for March 11-15 in Las Vegas, NV.
CCO certification exams to be delivered by computer
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced plans to begin offering its written examinations via computer.
Dash mounted charger
OMNEX Control Systems is set to introduce its new CCDOCK contact-less charging system for use with its T110C transmitter at the upcoming ConExpo-Con/Agg event in March.
Electric wire rope hoist
The CXT1 electric wire rope hoist was designed to meet the needs of industrial lifting applications. The wire rope hoists, available from Konecranes, are manufactured for one and two ton lifting applications where trouble-free performance is needed.
Jergens standard and special configurations pins
The new Kwik-Lok Pins (KLPs) offer advantages in a variety of construction applications for cranes, scaffolding equipment, mining equipment, drilling equipment, lifting equipment including hoists, slings, and cables, and in trailer beds.
Hirschmann's new mobile controller
Among Hirschmann's several new products set to debut at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008, the main focus will be the introduction of its Scalable Mobile Controller.
Tradition and loyalty
Friends and family are as much a part of the W.O. Grubb Crane Rental business as the customers are. It has always been about the people, ever since the Grubb patriarch started the business back in the 1960s.
Booming business
Dave Marcason of Superior Crane & Rigging in Norwood, NJ expects superior performance from his Altec boom trucks. Marcason and his son Brian serve a range of clients throughout the New York City/New Jersey area.
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