April 2015

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18 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | April 2015 in the news Rentals, Sunstate Equipment, Blue- Line Rental, 27 Caterpillar dealers and 17 independent rental companies and heavy equipment dealers. JCB is pleased to announce an enhanced alliance with Compact Power Equipment Rental to supply their 1,015 rental stores, each located within select Home Depots across the United States and Canada, with its 8029 and 8018 model compact excavators. e enhanced relationship came to fruition following a trial of JCB compact excavators by Compact Power Equipment Rental. Cummins Inc. introduced Connected Diagnostics, the first application within the Connected Solutions suite, designed to work seamlessly with leading telematics providers. Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system. Expansion is underway to integrate Connected Diagnostics construction and mining markets, among others. CNH Industrial N.V. reached an agreement with Iridium Commu- nications Inc., a global satellite communications provider to integrate Iridium's satellite network into the telematics offering for its construc- tion equipment segment. Integrating this connectivity will allow users of the brands' telematics solutions, CASE SiteWatch and New Holland Construction Fleet Force, to func- tion outside of cellular coverage boundaries. Bobcat Company has once again teamed up with longtime partners Rick and Julie Kreuter — co-hosts of the hit television show "Beyond the Hunt," on e Outdoor Channel — to transform one lucky winner's land into a remarkable place where native plants and animals will thrive for generations into the future. rough the Create & Conserve Contest, Rick and Julie will use a vari- ety of Bobcat equipment and attach- ments – in conjunction with products from partnering sponsors – to assist the selected winner in completing the ultimate natural wildlife habitat. Landowners can register to win by describing their land conservation vision and submitting photos of their outdoor spaces at bobcat.com/landing/ createandconserve/. Komatsu now has equity participa- tion in ZMP Inc., which has advanced technological expertise in image recognition, sensing and controls in the field of vehicle automation systems. Komatsu says the move will facilitate technological collabora- tion in automation of construction, mining equipment and other areas. Indexator Rototilt Systems will change its name to become Rototilt as part of its marketing plans for North America and Europe. Well established in the Nordic countries (90 percent of all excavators up to 30 tonnes are equipped with a tiltrotator), the brand is looking to expand to new markets based on interest from end users and equipment suppliers. According to the company, Rototilt's investment in modular production – which allows the customer to determine how the tiltrotator should be configured – will also be a significant success factor. Jack Milton, co-founder of Milton Cat, passed away on Feb. 28 at the age of 86 Jack earned a degree in Business Administration at Syracuse University, where he met his wife-to-be, Laura Hanhausen, on their very first day as freshmen. Jack served in the Army's procurement department in Washington, D.C., focusing on goods destined for the Korean War. Following his military service, he became a salesman at his father's Caterpillar dealership, Perkins Milton, based in the Boston area. Later, Jack, and partner Bill Jordan, went on to acquire a small Caterpillar dealership responsible for the Vermont and New Hampshire territory – Jordan-Milton Machinery. In 1982, the company purchased the Maine Caterpillar dealership, and in 1991, they merged with the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Eastern New York Caterpillar territories. In 2004, the upstate New York dealership was acquired and the company was renamed Milton CAT. Today, Milton CAT, led by Jack 's son Chris, has more than 1,000 employees, many with 20, 30 or even 40 years of service at the company. Its territory covers six states with 15 locations, and it has been widely recognized by Caterpillar as being one of its top performing dealerships worldwide. Like many of his generation, Jack did not have a grandiose vision. He simply set out to do something he liked, and that he knew how to do, in order to provide for his family and to satisfy his need to be productive. He stuck to his principles, keeping things straightforward and unclut- tered, and never losing the connection between his work and real life. He was a good judge of people; in over 50 years, rarely was he ever seen upset or shaken, not even in difficult times. And perhaps his greatest strength, again, like so many of his generational peers, was his ability to cut straight to the core of an issue. Remembering Jack Milton Jack Milton

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