October 2014

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Industry Beat October 2014 | Construction Equipment Distribution | www.cedmag.com | 19 (continued on next page) IN THE NEWS Vermeer Texas-Louisiana, with 12 locations across Texas and southern Louisiana, has announced several promotions. Darren Tallman has been promoted to vice president and chief financial officer. Tallman has been with Vermeer Texas-Louisiana for 13 years, previously serving as vice president of finance. In this role, Tallman will oversee the accounting, credit and finance departments as well as manage special projects, including acquisitions. Jason Rush has been named vice president, North Region, and Brian Harris has been named vice president, South Region. Rush and Harris are responsible for sales, parts, service and overall operations management for the six locations in their respective regions. Rush has been with Vermeer Texas- Louisiana since 2000, previously serving as the sales manager for North Texas. Harris has also been with the company since 2000 and most recently was the branch manager for the San Antonio location and sales manager for South Texas. Dennis Goodman has been promoted to vice president of Parts and Service. Goodman has been with the company for nine years and is responsible for the overall operations of the Parts and Service departments in addition to the information technology and warranty departments. Goodman is also responsible for overseeing the company's rebuild facility. Stowers Machinery Corp. acquired the expanded Cat Mining equipment distribution and support business for its territories from Caterpillar Global Mining LLC. Stowers Machinery is the authorized Cat dealer in east Tennessee. Komatsu Ltd. recently opened the newly constructed Kanto Spare Parts Distribution Center on the premises of the Oyama Plant in Japan. Combined with the Global Operation Center, a new organization to comprehensively control the sales, production and inventory of spare parts of construc- tion equipment, the new Distribution Center is positioned as Komatsu Group's global spare parts center. Current plans call for the introduction to parts distribution centers in Australia, North America and Japan (Kansai and Hokuriku areas) by the end of FY2015. The longest standing Liebherr dealer in the U.S, American State Equipment, has renewed its dealer agreement for the full line of Liebherr earthmoving and material handling equipment in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and expanded its territory to include the entire state of Illinois with subsidiary Finkbiner Equipment Company. American State Equip- ment operates five branches including Milwaukee, Wausau and Little Chute, Wis.; Minneapolis/St, Paul, Duluth, Minn., and Finkbiner Equipment Co., located in Chicago. Hitachi America, Ltd. appointed Masaya Watanabe president and CEO. Watanabe succeeds Kenji Nakamura, who takes on the role of advisor to CMO, Corporate Sales & Marketing Group of Hitachi, Ltd. He also continues as vice president QUICK COUPLER SAFETY CLASS DRAWS CUSTOMERS Proper equipment usage and jobsite safety is a top priority for the construction industry. More than 35 customers, operators and foremen recently attended a quick coupler safety class hosted by RoadBuilders Machinery & Supply, in conjunction with JRB/Paladin Attachments, in the dealer's Grand Island, Neb. location. "It's great to partner with our vendors and manufacturers for events like this to maintain awareness about safety," said Tony Randone, district sales manager for Road- Builders Machinery & Supply. "I guarantee everyone learned something new." Darren Tallman Jason Rush Dennis Goodman Jason Andringa, will serve as Vermeer Corp.'s next president and CEO beginning Nov. 1, 2015. In preparation, he will take on the responsibilities of president and chief operating officer for one year (starting Nov. 1, 2014), and then will transition to the role of president & CEO. He currently serves as presi- dent of Forage and Environmental Solutions. Mary Andringa, current president and CEO, will assume the role of CEO and chair of the board on Nov. 1, 2014, and will transition exclusively to chair of the Board on Nov. 1, 2015. Bob Vermeer, current chairman of the board, will assume the role of chair emeritus. Brian Harris

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