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Sennebogen Expands

Responding to continued strong growth in the global market for its specialized material handling machines, the Sennebogen Group of Straubing, Germany has announced plans for a significant expansion of its manufacturing facilities. The company will construct a new assembly plant for its extensive lines of material handling and lifting equipment on a site totaling more than 1 million sq. ft. (100,000 m²) in the Straubing-Sand industrial park, not far from the company’s current headquarters in Hebbelstraße, Straubing.


Blount’s Dennis Eagan elected Chairman of AEM

Dennis Eagan, Group President of Industrial and Power Equipment of Blount Inc., has been elected Chairman of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group for companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used worldwide in the construction, agricultural, forestry, mining and utility fields. As an AEM officer, Eagan will help set the guidelines and operating policies of the association.


New BLM Director

Ed Shepard was sworn in this past January as the new U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director, overseeing Oregon and Washington. Shepard replaces Elaine Brong, who held the position since August 2002. Shepard is fully aware of the challenges ahead of him. “We have demands for energy, forage, rights-of-way, timber, open areas, scenic vistas, and wildlife habitats — those growing demands make it difficult for people to agree. But we have to go for some sort of balance. No one is going to get everything they want.”


President Bush visits Caterpillar

In January, Caterpillar hosted President George W. Bush at the company’s manufacturing facility in East Peoria, Ill., where the President commended Caterpillar for successfully demonstrating that U.S. companies
can successfully compete on the world stage.

“The U.S. and global economy have benefited from the President’s pro-growth tax and free trade policies, which have stimulated strong economic growth,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Jim Owens while introducing the President. “I thank Team Caterpillar for representing the competitive American spirit and positioning our company to take advantage of the opportunity created.”

During his visit, the President highlighted free trade agreements put in place during his administration, which have benefited companies like Cat. Bush also recognized worker training programs, safe workplaces and competitive health care benefits that make up the culture of excellence and accomplishment at Caterpillar.



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