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Morbark Names New President
Morbark, Inc., appointed James W. Shoemaker Jr. as President. Shoemaker replaces Lon Morey who will remain as the Chairman of Morbark’s board of directors.
Prior to his appointment as President, Shoemaker served as Morbark’s Vice President of Operations and as a board member. He joined Morbark in 2003 as the Manager of Operations and has held numerous positions in the company. Prior to joining Morbark, Shoemaker spent 25 years with the Jervis B. Webb Co. managing operations, accounting, and supply chain.
“We are fortunate to have a leader like Shoemaker, who can step up and move the company forward during this critical time,” said Lon Morey, Chairman of Morbark, Inc. “He not only has the extensive operations, accounting, and supply chain experience, which will be instrumental in our global
Bandit Industries Receives EPA Award
Bandit Industries received a National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) achievement award from the Environmental Protection Agency on September 7. The award was given to the company for efforts in reducing hazardous chemicals in the workplace, specifically the reduction of mercury. Bandit was one of only three organizations in Michigan to receive the award.
“We established a goal to reduce our mercury use throughout our buildings,” said Bandit Industries Facilities Manager Louie Jensen. “We focused on thermostats, which often contain minute amounts of mercury. With over 65 furnaces throughout our buildings, the project seemed overwhelming at first, but we put together a plan and, over the course of two months, replaced all the thermostats with new programmable units that were mercury-free.”
Bauman Wins First Ever Western States Heavy Equipment Rodeo
Stephen Bauman won the first ever Western States Rodeo championship, driving away with the 2011 Ford F-250 pickup truck grand prize and earning the title of best heavy equipment operator in the territories Western States serves. Bauman also won a Cat® 226B3 skid steer for his sponsoring company, Pipe of Washington, Inc.
The championship event was the conclusion of a heavy equipment rodeo tour held throughout the summer at 12 locations across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington where Western States has local branches. The rodeo series kicked off in late May and featured a total of 767 competitors with 3,500 spectators watching the events. An estimated crowd of more than 250 was on hand at the finals on Saturday, which were held next to the College of Western Idaho campus in Nampa, Idaho.
New Holland Focuses on Compact Products
New Holland Construction announced that in North America it will refocus on its strengths: the compact product lines for the landscaping, utility, residential construction, and agriculture industries, among others.
As a result, starting in 2012 New Holland Construction will begin withdrawing from the North American market its crawler dozers, motor graders, 80+ horsepower wheel loaders, 6+ ton excavators, and telescopic handlers. New Holland Construction will continue to offer compact products and associated attachments, including the successful skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, tractor loaders, loader backhoes, compact wheel loaders, and compact excavators. www.newholland.com
Sennebogen Names Regional Sales Manager for Northwestern States
SENNEBOGEN LLC has appointed Dan Worthey as Regional Sales Manager serving the U.S. Northwest.
Worthey will represent SENNEBOGEN machines in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Utah. A long-time resident of Bellevue, Wash., Worthey has served the same territory as Regional Manager for one of the construction industry’s leading heavy equipment brands. When the opportunity to join SENNEBOGEN presented itself, Worthey already had personal connections with one of the firm’s distributors in the region, Modern Machinery. He was impressed by their excellent reports on SENNEBOGEN, and he says his first impression has been solidified by his orientation to the company’s facilities and programs. www.sennebogen-na.com
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