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Terex Trucks signs new dealer in Texas

B-C Equipment Sales, Inc. is the new official dealer for Terex Trucks in South Texas. In operation for more than 30 years, the family-run business has built a solid reputation for itself and acquired a sizeable share of the Texan market, making it a valuable addition to the Terex Trucks dealer network.

When it comes to the mining industry, the phrase ‘Everything is bigger in Texas’ is most certainly true according to B-C Equipment Sales. With plentiful mineral resources, it is one of the main producers of cement, crushed stone, lime, salt, sand and gravel in America. It is also the leading crude oil and natural gas-producing state in the country. It is thereby no great surprise that construction equipment dealers do so well there. B-C Equipment Sales has been dominating the local market for the past 32 years, ever since Bill Lathrop and his wife Cathy decided to go into business together. With a reputation built on tradition and integrity, the family-run company has a customer network covering four major areas in South Texas: Corpus Christi, San Antonio, LaFeria, and Laredo.

B-C Equipment Sales’ first TA400 demo in South Texas.

Joining ‘Team Terex Trucks’

Earlier this year, B-C Equipment Sales signed a deal with Scotland-based Terex Trucks to be their official dealer in South Texas. They will be retailing, renting and leasing Terex Trucks’ TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers to customers as well as providing parts and service. The Texan dealer employs twelve technicians, who will be providing customers with a high quality, fast-response maintenance service. “We’re thrilled to represent Terex Trucks,” says Bill. “Like us, their goal is all about providing the best machines with the best customer service. With the demand for articulated haulers increasing like it is, we’re confident that our customers will be pleased to see that we are now offering proven performers like the TA300 and TA400.”

The TA300 is a proven performer in tough applications ranging from quarries to infrastructure developments and commercial construction projects. Powered by a Scania DC9 engine, this articulated hauler has a maximum payload of 30.9 tons, a maximum torque of 1309 lbs ft (1880 Nm) and can achieve a gross power of 370 hp. The TA400, Terex Trucks’ 41.9-ton articulated hauler, is the perfect fit for customers working on large-scale construction projects, mines, and quarries. With a heaped capacity of 30.3 yd3 and a maximum torque of 1663 lbs ft, it can put in a serious performance. Both machines also come with hydrostatic power steering and hydraulic braking systems, helping to ensure a safe and comfortable ride.

Family values

“Choosing to partner with B-C Equipment Sales ultimately came down to two factors that really differentiate them from their competitors,” says Dan Meara, Terex Trucks Regional Sales Manager. “Firstly, they have an incredibly strong reputation built on trust, quality, and tradition. As a company, they are all about people, which means they always go the extra mile to give their customers a fantastic service. In addition to this, B-C Equipment Sales has longevity. Having been a leading supplier of construction equipment for more than 30 years, customers can be assured that they will be around to support their machines for the long haul.”

B-C Equipment Sales is and always has been a family-run business. Bill oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations with the support of Cathy. One of their daughters, Sarah Baugh, heads up the marketing department and her husband, Chris Baugh, leads the sales team. Their other daughter, Melanie Lathrop, works in accounts receivable. “We’re known for the quality of our customer service, so much so that we often get people calling us about parts we’ve never stocked because they know we’ll find a way to source them,” concludes Bill. “Our customers know we will go above and beyond to ensure they have what they need to keep running smoothly.”

www.terextrucks.com

 

National Equipment Dealers, LLC Acquires Three Independent Equipment Dealers in Fastest Growing Regions in the USA

National Equipment Dealers, LLC Acquires Three Independent Equipment Dealers in Fastest Growing Regions in the USA

In a multi-faceted transaction that closed on Friday, January 5, National Equipment Dealers acquired Four Seasons Equipment, May Heavy Equipment, and Earthmovers Equipment, as well as some assets of International Iron.

This is a truly exceptional opportunity for NED to expand in what is recognized as the three fastest growing economic areas in the US: Texas (Houston and Dallas), the Carolinas (Raleigh, Lexington, Charlotte, Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg, Charleston) and Florida (Orlando).

Financing for the merger and ongoing operations was supplied by a syndication of four banks led by BOK Financial. The other participating banks are Fifth Third Bank, Bank of the West and First Tennessee Bank.

Mitch Nevins, CEO, and Kerry Vickar, Chairman, state that employees of each company are expected to continue their respective jobs in the same previous manner as no operational changes will be made upon bringing these businesses together. They believe collective success will be realized by all employees working together, sharing best business practices and equipment fleets, and benefitting from the synergies of a larger company footprint.

Collectively NED represents 10 major manufacturers across a three-state territory, each embracing the combined operations in NED. It is expected that there will be a significant growth in size, both in terms of the number of locations and employees, as well as by geographic diversification, that will provide substantially enhanced opportunities for them as well as NED.

Wells Fargo Reports: Texas Labor Market Update: March 2017

Texas added 9,500 jobs in March and February now shows a larger 14,100-job gain. Labor force growth outpaced job growth, however, causing the jobless rate to edge 0.1 percentage points higher to 5.0 percent.

Seasonal Quirks Hide a More Positive Story

Although a 9,500-job monthly gain may seem small by Texas standards, job gains disappointed at the national level in March as well. The better household data provided some consolation in the U.S. report, but less so in Texas, where the jobless rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.0 percent as labor force growth outpaced employment growth.

Texas posted the third largest job gain among all states. Revisions to February were significant, bringing Texas’ three-month average job gain to 25,000. The details of the March data also tell a better story than the headline. Most major sectors added jobs. The largest gain was in professional & business services, which added 13,200 jobs, with large gains in both professional & tech services and administrative support positions. Financial services also had a strong month, adding 2,800 jobs in March. Even with solid hiring in government, information and education, service sector employment declined by 1,000 jobs in March. Gains were offset by a 12,300-job decline in the leisure & hospitality sector, which may have been impacted by seasonal factors. This year’s relatively late Easter pushed Spring Break out into mid-April, resulting in less seasonal hiring than usual in March. There was a large decline in health employment on the month, although the sector remains one of the strongest growing over the year. Cuts in March were likely a one-month blip.

In a reversal of sorts, goods producing sector employment was up broadly in March. Mining & logging added 4,800 jobs, reflecting the ramp up in drilling activity in the Permian Basin. The rig count has steadily climbed higher since bottoming out last May. Construction employment rose by 4,000 jobs in March—also likely reflecting the improvement in the energy patch as well as continued gains in homebuilding and commercial construction. Manufacturers added 1,700 jobs in March and February’s gain was revised up to +6,400 jobs. March marks the first month that Texas’ manufacturing employment was above its year-ago level in nearly two years.

The bottom chart illustrates some of the impact of the energy boom and 105 subsequent bust. Houston’s employment remains essentially flat with its 100 December 2014 level, which is a testament to efforts to diversify its economy beyond fossil fuels. It appears to have paid off. The energy bust did take a bit out of Houston’s momentum, however. We expect the region to return to growth mode rather quickly now that oil prices have stabilized and drilling activity is ramping back up. Manufacturing faces a longer road to recovery, as headcounts are still 5.1 percent lower than peak in December 2014, though the upward trend is encouraging. Mining & logging employment in Texas has returned to where it was back in 2012, right at the beginning of the shale boom. With oil prices seemingly stuck at around $50 a barrel, oil producers are becoming even more efficient, which means employment will likely come back slower than production does.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Wells Fargo Securities

Texas Gov. Abbott Welcomes Kubota to Grapevine, Celebrates Official Opening of North American Headquarters

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with State and City Leaders Marks Official Grand Opening for Kubota Executives and All Employees

 Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new North American headquarters building in Grapevine, Texas, today in a special ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Greg Abbott, Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director of the Kubota Group, along with State and local officials and supporters from the Grapevine community who all helped to usher in a new era for the company.

The company’s move to Texas from Torrance, Calif., is the most significant change it has undertaken in its successful 45-year history in the U.S., where it has introduced over the years a full line of iconic orange tractors, construction equipment, lawn and garden equipment and utility vehicles.

“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen and active business partner with the great state of Texas and the City of Grapevine,” said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, at today’s ceremony. “As a new employer to the area, our hope is to continue to attract talent from the local community with this open environment, state-of-the art workplace and continue our long-term growth strategy to strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S.”

Kubota has invested more than $50 million in the three-story, environmentally-friendly office building, which totals 193,000 square feet, and includes an onsite research and development facility, and is designed to maximize work efficiencies and conserve resources in alignment with Kubota’s global brand statement, “For Earth, For Life.”

“Kubota is the model business partner,” said Governor Abbott. “The new headquarters not only stands as a symbol for their hard work up to this moment, but also for the solid foundation for which they’re able to continue building for a prosperous future here in Texas. We are proud that job-creating industry leaders like Kubota are calling Texas home, and thank them for their confidence in the Lone Star State and the hard-working people of Grapevine.”

The headquarters building houses Kubota Tractor Corporation and Kubota Credit Corporation, placing Kubota’s leadership and professional staff closer to the company’s major markets and its manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities in Georgia and Kansas. By centrally locating more of its operations, Kubota will be able to respond more quickly to changes in markets and the industry, and streamline its operations for both dealer and customer benefit.

Currently, 275 employees are working in Grapevine as a culmination of new hires and relocated employees from Torrance, Calif., and Suwanee, Ga. The building is large enough to accommodate nearly 600 employees with room to expand.

From left to right: David Sutton, KCC; City of Grapevine Mayor, William D. Tate; the honorable Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott; Mr. Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director, Kubota Corporation Japan; Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO, KTC; Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Teruo Amano; Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Joseph Szymaszek. (Photo: Business Wire)

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, or visit www.kubota.com.

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 - August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 – August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94. James was born in Hastings, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children born to Joe and Anna Elliott. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp with the 7th Regiment 1st Division while attending Hastings College. James was in the landing invasion of Okinawa and active in combat with the Japanese for the 86 day fight to secure the island. He then served in China for 9 months and was honorably discharged in 1946. James married Leitha Seberg and they shared 27 years together. After the passing of Leitha, he later married Jeannie Markert and they resided in Visalia for 28 years. Jeannie passed away on January 10, 2007. He leaves behind his companion of ten years, Betty Peters of Visalia. James is also survived by his children, Anne Hickman and Gregory Elliott and wife Mary, all of Bonanza, Oregon. James leaves the Elliott grandchildren, Teri Torres and husband, George Torres and Daniel Hickman and wife, Pamela; three great grandchildren Austin Torres, Hunter and Bryce Hickman. James was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Hickman and granddaughter Leanna Torres. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Visalia for 27 years where he served as an usher for many years. James’ greatest love was for the Lord. He was a very spiritual man. He was a member of Avenue of the Flag, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. James volunteered at Kaweah Delta District Hospital as a Blue Boy and was a member of Lifestyle Center for 18 years. James worked as an advertising/public relations executive for over 60 years. Baseball was his passion. Our Dad had a great sense of humor; loved his family and loved life. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1111 S. Conyer Street in Visalia. Remembrances may be made to Grace Lutheran Project “The Next 100 Years” or Avenue of the Flag, PO Box 1261, Visalia, CA. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.

Jim will be missed and remembered by his numerous friends in the construction industry where he plied his skills as an advertising and public relations executive for the Associated Construction Publications (ACP) from 1972 to 1990. Jim was ACP’s Western Regional representative responsible for all 14 ACP magazines (California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Bulletin [no loner with the ACP magazines],Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder) – a big territory, from Oregon to the Dakotas all the way to Texas. After leaving the ACPs Jim was an independent rep for several publications including the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) association magazine.

Jim really was an industry icon.

Greg Sitek