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Don Schmidt passed away peacefully on July 12, 2013

Donald Eugene Schmidt Jan 26, 1936 - July 12, 2013

Donald Eugene Schmidt
Jan 26, 1936 – July 12, 2013

Schmidt, Donald Eugene Born on January 26, 1936, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2013 at age 77. A native of Wisconsin, he most recently resided in Overland Park, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Irmgard Schmidt. Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis (nee Hahn), his daughter Lynne (Patrick), son Thomas (Shelly), son John (Jaqueline), grandchildren, Ryan, Jack, Jeremy, Robby, Tyler, Haley, and Lindsey and step-grandchildren Jon-MIchael and Jason. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Betty), his brother Thomas (Marcia), and his sister Susan (Robert)as well as many other relatives and friends. Don had a zest for life and enjoyed meeting people. His smile and charismatic personality contributed to a successful career in sales and marketing that spanned nearly 50 years. He was an avid golfer and loved history. His presence in this life will forever resonate with family and friends. A memorial service celebrating his life was held at noon on Sunday, July 21, at Western Lakes Golf Club, W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Angels Grace Hospice at W359 N7430 Brown St. in Oconomowoc.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 14, 2013

Don was a long-time affiliate of the Associated Construction Publications. He was sales representative, associate publisher, publisher and executive director during his years with the ACPs.

The ACP staff offers its condolences to his wife Phyllis and family.

Bobcat Company Breaks Ground On $20 Million Expansion To Create Innovation, Testing And Technology Facility

New Acceleration Center will be high-tech home for advancing innovation, and designing and testing new Bobcat products

Bobcat Company has officially broken ground on its $20 million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. When complete, the Acceleration Center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation where professionals use technology and modern design to ensure the position of Bobcat as a leader in the compact equipment industry.

The project includes expansion of an existing building as well as development of a new test track and indoor testing facility — all at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck. The expansion of the existing building will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

Birdseye_viewThe Acceleration Center will initially house 135 employees tasked with innovating and advancing designs; testing; prototype engineering; and the computer simulation of ideas and concepts. These efforts will be accelerated thanks to the collaborative open environment and modern technology built into the facility.

Company President Rich Goldsbury was the master of ceremonies for the groundbreaking event, while North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, and Bismarck Mayor John Warford were on hand to make the ceremonial turn of dirt, which included the use of Bobcat® equipment to mark the moment.

“This is an exciting day as we invest in the future of Bobcat and the future of North Dakota,” said Goldsbury. “We created the compact equipment industry, and the Acceleration Center will ensure the Bobcat tradition of innovation and market leadership continues.”

The Acceleration Center will also serve as a center for excellence and a learning institute for employees. The facility features an open space and high-tech design to encourage collaboration and discussion. Bobcat dealers and customers will be brought to the complex for training and hands-on experience operating the newest innovations from Bobcat.

“The newest designs, the latest technologies and the best ways to apply product features important to our customers will be part of the daily life inside the Acceleration Center,” Goldsbury added. “We take great pride in our North Dakota roots. Today, we have set the foundation for the future in North Dakota.”

The contractor for the project is Comstock Construction Inc. of Wahpeton. When complete, the entire project — including the original building built in 2005 — will mark a $35 million investment by Bobcat in the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck.

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YES JCB Breaks Ground On Madison, Wi Location

e1366128219YES JCB hosted the ground breaking of its new Madison, Wis. branch location on Thursday, May 9. The 17,300 square foot dealership located at 7001 Manufacturers Drive will house the YES JCB division for sales, parts, service and rentals, as well as Yale Fork Lift sales, service, parts and rentals.  According to YES JCB CEO Cliff Anglewicz, the new, larger dealership will better serve the Madison area.

Pat McNamara, JCB Regional Business Manager, Cliff Anglewicz, CEO, Darrin Sullivan VP/CFO, and Tracey Clark President break ground on the new YES JCB facility in Madison, WI.

Pat McNamara, JCB Regional Business Manager, Cliff Anglewicz, CEO, Darrin Sullivan VP/CFO, and Tracey Clark President break ground on the new YES JCB facility in Madison, WI.

“Opening a larger location in Madison allows us to offer our renowned YES JCB sales, parts and service to even more customers,” Anglewicz said. “JCB offers the world’s safest skid steer with a single arm ‘Powerboom’ and unique side-door entry. Both the skid steers and JCB’s telescopic handlers with capacities up to 14,000 pounds and lift heights up to 66 feet are ideal matches for both construction and agriculture professionals throughout the Madison area.  Our new facility will allow us to better serve current customers and introduce new ones to these quality products.”

For over 15 years, YES JCB has served the Madison area from a small office on Hasse Road with eight employees. Construction on the new building will begin on Monday, May 13 with an anticipated completion date of September 1, 2013. YES JCB plans to hire at least four more people to staff the larger facility.

“Now, our customers here won’t have to travel all the way to our Milwaukee location for sales, parts and service,” Anglewicz added.  “By building this new facility, we’re making it easier and more convenient to access the many great products that JCB has to offer, as well as the excellent service YES JCB can provide.”

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ASC And Swanston Equipment Companies Realign Distribution Of Volvo Construction Equipment In North Dakota And Western Minnesota

13 04 ASC_Swanston press releaseASC and Swanston Equipment  agreed to realign the distribution of Volvo Construction Equipment in North Dakota and western Minnesota13 05 ASC_Swanston press release

Effective immediately, ASC Construction Equipment will take over heavy equipment (motor grader, articulated hauler, excavator, and wheel loader) sales and service of the Volvo brand as well as the utility product line (backhoe, compact wheel loader, compact excavator and skid steer loader) from Swanston Equipment Companies. Swanston Equipment Companies, with an extensive 77 year history in the region, will continue to offer customers the Volvo paving equipment product line which includes asphalt pavers, milling and compaction.

Volvo trained technicians on the heavy equipment as well as sales personnel will remain in place and will transition to ASC, therefore there should be no disruption on customer sales or service. ASC, one of Volvo’s largest dealers in North America, now occupies the newly opened state-of-the-art facility in Bismarck, North Dakota as well as temporarily share facilities in other key locations with Swanston.

“This agreement will allow us to focus on the distribution and support of paving machinery products to customers in this region,” said Mike Swanston, president of Swanston Equipment Companies. “We remain fully committed to the Volvo product and look forward to continue to support Volvo’s customers in the future.”

“We truly are working together with Swanston to better serve Volvo customers in the region,” said Brad Stimmel, president of ASC. “We are going to build on Swanston Equipment Companies great tradition by leveraging our experiences and resources and hope to accelerate the growth of Volvo’s success in North Dakota and western Minnesota.”

ASC looks forward to serving the Midwest and expanding its North American footprint.


Toro Announces Expanded Rental Support for Expanded Product Lines

ToroToro continues to grow its commitment to the rental industry with the addition of several new rental representatives across North America. These Toro partner organizations will assist with sales and service support for Toro’s rental equipment, which includes compact utility loaders and attachments, trenchers and vibratory plows, concrete and masonry equipment, compaction equipment, turf renovation equipment and tree care equipment.

“Toro is committed to being top provider of equipment and service to the rental industry,” says Rick Rodier, general manager of Toro’s Siteworks Systems Business. “Through equipment design innovation and makingkey equipment acquisitions, we believe rental store owners can maximize their return-on-investment by operating Toro equipment. That said, we knew it wasn’t enough to just have great equipment, we need to ensure we have the best industry representatives providing sales and service support to our customers. We believe we have accomplished that. There has never been a better time to own Toro equipment.”

The following is list of Toro rental partners and their territory responsibilities:

  • Cavalier Industries: Western Canada – British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, Website
  • Hooten & Hooten Sales and Marketing: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Lew Hudson Sales: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Website
  • Marketing Concepts: Florida, Website
  • MM Sales: North Carolina, South Carolina, Website
  • Meridian Pacific Sales: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Website
  • Wirant Sales, California, Website
  • Prairie Star Equipment Construction: Nebraska, Kansas, Western Missouri and Southwest Iowa, Website
  • CSI Marketing, Inc., North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa
  • T. Nestor Sales and Service, LLC: Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois
  • M.J. Miller C.C.: Northern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and central and eastern Iowa, Website
  • Thomas Sales Company: Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
  • Gullivan Sales Company: Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware
  • Summit Sales: Northern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, Website
  • Essex Sliverline West: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Website

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