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August 12, 2020

Sennebogen service center construction progresses

Sennebogen, Straubing, Germany, has announced that it has started to lay foundation stone on its new customer service center in Straubing. Construction on the customer service center began in April.

Sennebogen first announced plans to invest about 25 million euros (or $28 million) in a new customer service center in June 2019. The customer service center will feature two office buildings and a new spare parts warehouse built on 87,000 square meters (or about 940,000 square feet).

According to a news release from Sennebogen, the new location is scheduled to go into operation in May 2021. The facility will bundle service activities from spare parts, customer service and Sennebogen Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG.

Sennebogen reports that earthworks and foundation work for the buildings and for soil improvement are underway. Germany-based Max Bögl is the general contractor for the new service center, and construction is being planned and coordinated by Koch Group.

“We are right on schedule with the construction project,” said shareholders Erich and Walter Sennebogen at the laying of the foundation stone July 10.

Volvo Group recognized for landfill-free facilities

Volvo Group North America, Greensboro, North Carolina, announced on June 26 that it recently received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants Better Practice Award for preventing and reducing waste at several North American facilities. The Volvo Group was chosen among a record number of applicants to receive the honor.

The Better Practice Award is presented to partners for innovative and industry-leading accomplishments in implementing and promoting practices, principles and procedures of energy management. The Volvo Group was recognized for implementing several initiatives at its facilities to help the company work toward landfill-free status. Currently, four U.S. manufacturing facilities are certified landfill-free, including the New River Valley facility in Dublin, Virginia, where all Volvo truck models for North America are assembled; Lehigh Valley Operations in Macungie, Pennsylvania, where all Mack heavy-duty models for North America and export are assembled; Middletown Remanufacturing, Middletown, Pennsylvania; and the Volvo Construction Equipment facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

“Reducing and eliminating landfill waste is imperative to helping protect our greatest resource—the environment,” says Rick Robinson, Volvo Group North America director of Health, Safety and Environment. “We are pleased that our efforts were recognized by the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program, and we hope to continue moving toward landfill-free at all of the Volvo Group’s North American facilities.”

The Volvo Group began working toward landfill-free status at its North American sites by conducting multiple studies to identify reduction opportunities and develop plant-level initiatives to facilitate waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The Volvo Group also benchmarked itself against peer companies in the manufacturing industry to determine best practices and created the Landfill-Free Facilities Operational Waste Directive to establish a definition for landfill-free (less than 1 percent of operational waste sent to landfill) and create a process for facilities to achieve Volvo Group landfill-free certification.

The certification process includes the documentation and mapping of all waste types; implementation of waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs; and sustaining landfill-free status for a minimum of 12 months. Certified sites must apply to the Volvo Group Environmental Committee for recertification every three years.

The DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge asks companies to commit to reducing energy consumption by 25 percent in 10 years. Since re-pledging the challenge in 2015, the Volvo Group says it has improved energy performance at 14 of its U.S. facilities by 23.4 percent versus a 2014 baseline. The Volvo Group also says it has improved its performance by more than 50 percent since joining the challenge in 2012.

Mack Trucks names new president of Mack Financial Services’ North American region

Mack Trucks, Greensboro, North Carolina, has announced a leadership change at its Mack Financial Services captive finance arm. According to the company, Patrick Shannon will be the new president of Mack Financial Services’ North American region.

In this role, Shannon will be responsible for the business operations and financial performance for Mack Financial Services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Shannon has more than 30 years of experience in business operations and financial services, and has had various senior leadership roles in sales, wholesale operations and risk management. He most recently was the senior vice president of risk and chief credit officer for Mack Financial Services.

Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint John’s University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He will be based out of the company’s Greensboro location.

Wastequip opens new equipment service facility

Wastequip, Charlotte, North Carolina, has opened its first Wastequip WRX equipment service facility in Pompano Beach, Florida. Wastequip WRX (pronounced “works”) will provide parts, service and installation for a variety of Wastequip equipment, including for its Mountain Tarp and Pioneer tarping systems, Galbreath hoists, Amrep refuse trucks, and its Go To Parts OEM and aftermarket parts.

Customers who use Wastequip WRX will receive service from a Wastequip-owned facility with technicians trained in maintaining its specific products, the company says.

“The idea behind Wastequip WRX is to localize maintenance and parts, providing Wastequip-authorized service technicians and replacement parts inventory where we have limited or no authorized equipment dealers,” Wastequip CEO Marty Bryant says. “Additionally, the opening of Wastequip WRX facilities will support the expansion of our Amrep brand in the eastern U.S. by ensuring that customers have convenient access to fleet maintenance and parts.”

The company says that Wastequip WRX will enhance its dealer network and provide access to service and parts for the company’s equipment brands.

Industrial Magnetics appoints regional manager

Boyne City, Michigan-based Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI) has announced the appointment of David Seager as its regional manager for the company’s Northwest territory, which includes the states of Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, plus Northern California and Nevada.

Seager has a background in industrial sales that includes stints with Phoenix-based Republic Services and aggregates and cement producers Oldcastle and Cemex USA. His hiring comes in conjunction with the hiring of Aaron Evans as IMI’s Southwest regional manager.

“We’re very excited to finally follow suit in these regions, in that these two additions will be living in the territory for which they are responsible,” says Dennis O’Leary, IMI’s chief business development officer. “Until David and Aaron came on board, we had always managed the western USA from headquarters in Michigan. That hasn’t been fair to our customers and channel partners, who in every other U.S. region have enjoyed the benefit of face-to-face interaction with an IMI regional manager. We believe it’s what sets us apart from many other manufacturers in our space: an in-field regional manager working in concert with everyone in the chain to effectively deliver unique solutions.”

IMI describes itself as a designer and manufacturer of innovative permanent magnetic and electromagnetic devices to meet its customers’ specific requirements in magnetic separation, material handling, work-holding and automated or robotic applications.

Doosan partners with Best Line Equipment

Doosan Infracore North America LLC, Suwanee, Georgia, has partnered with Best Line Equipment via a new dealership in Keyport, New Jersey, to expand its dealer network in New Jersey and New York City. The new facility is Best Line Equipment’s first New Jersey dealership.

Best Line Equipment is a construction equipment rental, sales and service company that was founded in 1985 in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Since its start, it has grown to serve the entire state of Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. With the addition of the Keyport dealership, Best Line Equipment offers the construction, industrial and landscaping industries a full selection of equipment, including aerials, heavy equipment, compact equipment, generators, compaction equipment and air compressors.

According to Doosan, this new dealership in Keyport is the main service provider for the state of New Jersey as well as the five boroughs of New York City. It offers a full lineup of Doosan heavy mobile construction equipment, including excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks, to serve a variety of industries.

“Doosan gives Best Line Equipment all the tools we need to serve our customers,” says Armand Cencetti, Doosan sales manager at Best Line Equipment. “It’s been a mutually beneficial relationship between Doosan and Best Line Equipment.”

The business partnership between Doosan and Best Line Equipment began in 2010. Since then, the two partners have grown the brand in the Northeast.

“Best Line Equipment has been an outstanding company to work with,” says Adam Howard, Doosan regional director. “The company has grown into a top customer support dealer and was recently recognized as a ‘Top 100 Best Places to Work’ in Pennsylvania. We are excited for the opportunity to help them grow in New Jersey and serve our customers there and in New York City.”

Best Line Equipment was recognized as one of the top Doosan construction equipment dealers of 2019. It has grown to become a top retailing dealer for Doosan in the past few years, the manufacturer says.

“Best Line Equipment has proven to be an excellent partner with its customers in the Northeast,” Howard says. “This expansion will certainly enable Best Line Equipment and Doosan to expand their footprint to provide sales, service and parts support.”

Shafer Equipment carries Link-Belt excavators in Idaho

LBX Co. LLC, Lexington, Kentucky, has announced the addition of Shafer Equipment Co. as a dealer for Link-Belt hydraulic excavators, material handlers and parts in Idaho.

Shafer Equipment, which is headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, has been a dealer of Link-Belt excavators since 2004. Shafer Equipment’s branch in Boise, Idaho, is now a dealer of Link-Belt hydraulic excavators, material handlers and parts. The location will serve the following counties in Idaho: Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington.

“Shafer is proud to represent the Link-Belt line. With over 45 years of construction industry experience, our solution-oriented team is ready to support our customers,” says Jay Shafer, president and CEO of Shafer Equipment.

“The team at Shafer Equipment always goes above and beyond when it comes to the Link-Belt excavator product and taking care of their customers,” says Chris Wise, distribution development manager of LBX Co. “They fully understand the importance of building relationships with each contractor and supporting them with top-notch products and have excelled at doing this in the greater Reno market. I have full confidence they will be just as successful in the Boise market, and we are proud to partner with them as they grow.”