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22 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | January 2015 in the news Exchange will be able to keep equip- ment lease finance professionals up to speed on critical tax legislation, and offer experienced guidance on how companies can increase their cash flow from year to year using a like-kind exchange program. Canadian-based NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation announced that its U.S. subsidiary, NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services, Inc., has acquired substantially all of the assets of Great Falls, Mont.-based business, H&H Crane Service Inc. As a part of the transaction, H&H Founder Tom Harant has taken an ownership interest in NCSG, and intends to work closely with NCSG to grow the crane and heavy haul services business in the Great Falls region. Kubota Tractor Corp. will open a 450,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Edgerton, Kan. According to the company, the central U.S. location will enable Kubuta to manage its stream of parts more effectively and improve parts delivery time, including an expanded geographical area for 24-hour parts delivery. e facility is expected to be operational during the third quarter of 2015. CIO Review recently chose B4 Consulting for its 20 Most Promising Construction Tech Solutions Providers for 2014. e annual list of companies, selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review's edito- rial board, recognizes and promotes technology entrepreneurship. B4 Consulting's positioning is based on CIO Review's evaluation of B4 Consulting innovative offerings for Engineering, Construction, Real Estate, Field Services, Professional Services, and Equipment Manage- ment solutions to small, medium, and large enterprises. Hertz Equipment Rental Corpora- tion (HERC), officially opened its first HERC Equipment Sales location in Orlando, Fla. Multiple lines of equipment are on offer, including earthmoving, aerial, material handling, air compressors, compaction, power generation and trucks. All equipment is immediately available in HERC Certified "Ready to Work" condition. Caterpillar Inc. announced the retirement of group presidents Stu Levenick and Steve Wunning. Levenick is a Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support. Wunning is group president with responsibility for Resource Indus- tries. Both retire- ments will be effec- tive in early 2015. Ed Rapp, 57, will serve as Wunning's replacement, while Tom Pellette, 51, currently a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines Inc., has been promoted and will replace Rapp as group president with responsibil- ity for Construction Industries. He will be relocating from San Diego, Calif, to Peoria, Ill. Rob Charter, 51, currently vice president with respon- sibility for the Excavation Division, has been promoted and will replace Levenick as group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support, relocating from Singapore to Peoria, Ill. Bob De Lange, 44, will replace Charter in Singapore. Caterpillar also announced several vice president changes as well. Steve Gosselin, vice president with responsibility for the Customer Services Support Division will retire Feb. 1, 2015. Caterpillar's Board of Directors has appointed George Taylor, 53, currently general manager for Caterpillar's Global On-Highway Truck group, to replace Gosselin. Tom Pellette, currently a Caterpil- lar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines, will assume new responsibilities as group president for Construction Industries. Pablo Koziner, 41, currently vice president with responsibility for the Americas Distribution Services Division, has been named a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines. Phil Kelliher, 42, will replace Koziner as vice president with responsibility for the Americas Distribution Services Division. Steve Gosselin Stu Levenick Steve Wunning Ed Rapp Tom Pellette George Taylor Rob Charter Pablo Koziner

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