August 2014

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Industry Beat 18 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | August 2014 industrial generators. The financing is available for purchases made through distributors as well as Generac's authorized dealers. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens has named Jeff Schwarz president of Johnson Crushers International, the company's Oregon manufacturing facility. Schwarz will report directly to Jeff Elliott, who assumed the role of group vice president for Astec Industries on July 1. HOLT CAT, the Caterpillar Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, has named Edward Craner senior vice president, Strategy and Marketing. In his new role, Craner will continue to lead and develop corporate strategy, marketing and customer experience initiatives to support sales growth across the company's 118-county terri- tory. Craner has been with HOLT since 2008, most recently serving as vice president of Strategy and Marketing, and was instrumental in refining the orga- nization's strategic planning process and operational align- ment initiatives. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and AssetWorks, a provider of Enterprise Asset Management software solu- tions, announced the availability of a prepackaged integration between the Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne market- place (www.EquipmentOne.com) and AssetWorks (www.AssetWorks. com) Surplus Management Software (SMS). Designed to allow AssetWorks' customers the ability to seamlessly post assets to EquipmentOne, the integration can dramatically reduce the time and effort required to iden- tify, list and sell surplus equipment. The Gorman-Rupp Company recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, National Pump Company, has completed its purchase of the business of Bayou City Pump, Inc. (BCP) based in Houston, Texas. During 2013, BCP had approximately $16 million in revenue from sales of its products and services through its Houston headquarters and its service facility location in Baton Rouge, La. Scott Rafkin, 46, has been appointed president of Volvo Financial Services (VFS). He is currently the acting president of VFS and was chief financial officer prior to that. Xylem, a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world's most chal- lenging water issues, announces the relocation of its Garner, N.C., branch, which features Godwin products and Flygt pumps for construction and mining. Located two miles from I-40 and less than 20 miles from I-95 at 300 Sigma Dr., the new branch is convenient to all major local highways and will feature a larger office and shop with over 10,000 combined square feet, which will better accom- modate staff and customer needs. On July 1, Gary Grady of West Virginia Tractor Company partici- pated in an AED ImPACt 2014 meeting with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), the Republican nominee for West Virginia's open Senate seat. Grady presented the Congress- woman with a check at a ceremony held at the Contrac- tors Association of West Virginia, where he and the CAWV members discussed many industry topics with her, including short- and long-term highway funding, water and AML issues, and the state of the construction and construction equipment industries in West Virginia. Former AED Director Remembered Mark V. Sweeney passed away on June 21 at the age of 83. He graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo, N.D., in 1949 and then attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating in 1953. Sweeney served in the Air Force from 1954-1956 and joined Sweeney Brothers Tractor Company in 1956. He served as company president for the better part of 40 years. Sweeney was active in the industry, serving as a director of the Association of Equipment Distributors (AED) and an honorary member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of North Dakota. He is survived by his wife, Lenore, and seven children. IN MEMORY OF: Jeff Schwarz Edward Craner ACS CEO Joe Zeno, and ACS Presi- dent Bob Willoughby, recently accepted a plaque commemorating their 25th year as members of AED. AED Vice President and COO, Bob Henderson visited the Kent, Ohio- based manufacturer of construction equipment attachments on July 3. Below: Henderson (right) also presented a plaque to Charlie Patterson, president of Cambridge, Ohio-based Southeastern Equipment Co., Inc., commemorating their 50 years of AED membership. MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

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