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Volvo Rents Acquires Two-Location FRED Rents in Wisconsin

Volvo Rents, a worldwide provider of small- to medium-sized construction equipment, announces the acquisition of FRED Rents, a two-location construction equipment rental company with stores in Madison and Neenah, Wisconsin.

The move comes as many equipment rental companies such as Volvo Rents continue to see a “secular shift” in North America as customers – including contractors, construction businesses and homeowners – recognize the advantages of the fixed cost of renting, which also covers maintenance, storage, delivery and more.

According to the American Rental Association, the continued annual growth in rental revenue is forecasted to reach a total of $53.1 billion by 2016.

“There is a real opportunity for us to gain further market penetration by aggressively selling the value of equipment rental at this point in the economic recovery,” said Mike Crouch, Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Rents. “It is our time to help our customer base succeed in their businesses. We are the catalyst that enables economic growth and allows businesses to recover, employ people and strengthen the economy, whether it is in Wisconsin, the United States or globally.”

In addition to Volvo Rents’ expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe and skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders, compact excavators and compaction equipment – the rental center carries a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The focus is on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

“Volvo Rents is a solutions-based company that provides services that solve immediate issues when people are dealing with capital availability and downsizing of owned fleet due to economic reasons,” said Jeffrey Corcoran, who co-founded FRED Rents in 2002. “I am confident that our customers are in great hands.

While store hours will remain Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the company offers 24-hour service, every day of the week.

Kleer Lumber, Inc. Announces New Distributor

Kleer Lumber, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Biewer Lumber as its newest Kleer authorized distributor in the Midwest, servicing dealers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Kleer manufactures free foam cellular PVC building products including trimboard, decking, mouldings, sheets, adhesives and fasteners.

Effective immediately, Biewer Lumber sales representatives will be tasked with building and strengthening relationships with new dealers across the Midwest, educating them on the benefits of stocking Kleer products for resale to their builder and contractor customers.

“We are very confident in Biewer Lumber’s ability to represent Kleer products in the Midwest markets,” stated Jack Delaney, senior vice president of Kleer. “With their proven lumber industry experience and reputation, we feel they are another great distributor to represent our brand.”

For more than 45 years, Biewer Lumber has been delivering high quality building products to customers across the Midwest. The company’s businesses include four sawmills, three pressure-treated lumber facilities and several distribution facilities throughout the region.

For more information about Kleer Lumber, Inc. and its distributors, visit For up-to-date company and industry news, connect with Kleer on Facebook and Twitter.

About Kleer Lumber, Inc.

Kleer Lumber, Inc. is an industry-leading American manufacturer of free foam cellular PVC building products located in Westfield, Mass.  Its flagship product, Kleer®Cellular PVC Trimboard, features pre-consumer recycled content certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).  Kleer Lumber also offers PVC decking, mouldings, sheets and accessories including adhesives and fasteners. Kleer products are available through an extensive dealer network designed to serve the residential and commercial building and remodeling markets with a premium level of service and a commitment to cellular PVC building materials.  More information on Kleer Lumber can be accessed at

Vacuworx Welcomes Titan Machinery as Newest Addition to Distributor Network

Vacuworx is pleased to announce their new partnership with Titan Machinery, a trusted name in the construction equipment and agriculture machinery industries with over 90 North American dealerships.

Titan Machinery, based in Fargo, North Dakota, is now carrying Vacuworx’s line of vacuum lifting machines in three North Dakota locations; Bismarck, Williston, and Dickinson. At these locations, Vacuworx equipment is offered to customers, providing a cost-effective solution to general, pipeline, and utility contractors. Vacuworx lifters are unique in that they can lift and transport all diameters of coated and non-coated pipe in a safely and efficiently. Extremely versatile, Vacuworx equipment is used in pipeline, water, and sewage industries, as well as additional construction and material handling applications.

Mike Hall, Senior Marketing Manager for Titan Machinery, speaks about the advantages of carrying the Vacuworx line, “Our goal at Titan Machinery is to provide the best equipment solutions for our customers, and that includes our major lines such as Case Equipment and JLG, but it also includes short lines like Vacuworx that provide a niche or a tool that has proven itself in the field,” says Hall. “It’s basically another tool in our toolbox. The customers we have sold these to have been very happy with the performance. We feel it’s a good product – it does what the website and literature says it does, and some of our customers really need something like that.”

Vacuworx equipment will have a strong presence in Titan Dealerships in western North Dakota, to supply handling equipment for pipeline work that is common in that area of the country. Providing a safe and efficient solution for their customers has been an important factor for Titan Machinery in the decision to carry the Vacuworx line. “Vacuworx is an awesome tool, and has been very good for us and for our customers,” Hall continues. An electronic ignition, a remote control operating system and a vacuum reservoir beam that doubles as a spreader bar are standard components of Vacuworx RC lifters, which will allow Titan Machinery’s customers to safely maneuver materials with fewer workers, reducing exposure to accidents. Titan Machinery is headquartered at 644 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo, ND 58078. Titan Machinery can be reached at (701) 356-0130 or by visiting their website at

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ARTBA Foundation Announces College Financial Assistance to the Children of Fallen Highway Workers

The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education thanks to scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Students from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Indiana have been named 2012 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.”  The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, Va., highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.

On average, about 100 highway workers are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents.

The 2012 class includes:

Brianna Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.

Brianna’s dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  She attends Northwestern University near Chicago and is majoring in journalism and international studies.

Allison Moore, Chula, Ga.

Allison’s father, Steve Moore, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation in November 1996.  Allison attends the University of Georgia and is majoring in economics.

Nahun Morales, Springfield, Va.

Nahun’s dad, Nahun Levia, was injured and disabled while working on a highway and bridge project in the Washington, D.C., area.  Nahun attends George Mason University and is majoring in information systems and operational management.

Shaneeka Morris, Kenosha, Wis.

Shaneeka’s father, John Morris, was killed in a January 2012 accident while working on the Palmetto Expressway in Florida.  In the fall, Shaneeka will attend Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, and major in business management.

Dallas Jones, Bluffton, Ind.

Dallas’ father, Dale Jones, was killed in a December 2009 accident while working as an employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Dallas will attend the Indiana Institute of Technology and major in computer science.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program.  Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Holly Bolton at  Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

Established more than 25 years ago, the ARTBA-TDF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety

LiuGong Forges Relationship With Cummins To Launch Dealer Certification Program

LiuGong Construction Machinery announced a new, strategic alliance with Cummins, a long-term partner and supplier of engines for LiuGong products.  The new alliance provides LiuGong dealers with the opportunity to become certified and authorized Cummins Service Providers.  The goal for both LiuGong and Cummins through this partnership is to provide their joint customer base with enhanced customer service and support.

According to Dan Collins, Deputy General Manager for Global After Sales Support for LiuGong, “This partnership was put into place to ensure that both LiuGong and Cummins have the after the sale structure in place to provide outstanding customer service and deliver maximum uptime to our customers.  By creating camaraderie between the local Cummins distributor, who originally certifies the LiuGong dealer and recertifies them annually, we’re able to streamline repairs to ensure that our customers’ equipment operates with as little downtime as possible.”

Traditionally, a LiuGong equipment owner would need to take their equipment to their local LiuGong dealer for any warranty related service issue except those related to the engine.  When an engine repair was required during the warranty period, the customer or their LiuGong dealer would have to contact their closest Cummins distributor to perform the service.  By becoming certified, LiuGong dealers will be able to work directly with a Cummins distributor to secure genuine Cummins parts to perform their customer’s required engine maintenance or repair. Not only does this provide a level of convenience to the customer, but is also provides LiuGong dealers with an additional revenue stream.

There are three levels of certification currently available to LiuGong dealers:  Maintenance Dealer, Repair Dealer and Full Service Dealer.  In order to attain these certifications, LiuGong dealers must complete technical and warranty training through their local Cummins distributor, maintain a consistent parts inventory and invest in the tools necessary to service the engines they are certified to work on. Depending on the level of certification/s received, the dealer may complete maintenance only, maintenance and external repairs or all internal and external warranty repairs on the engine/s.

Through this alliance, LiuGong and Cummins are able to assure customers that all LiuGong products powered by a Cummins Engine receive superior engine support.  According to Fred Rideneur, General Manager of Business Operations for LiuGong North America, this program is attractive on all levels, for owners of LiuGong equipment, for LiuGong dealers and for the local Cummins distributor.  “In the equipment business you need to live and breathe service. Any minute a piece of equipment is down, it’s costing the customer money.  By establishing a partnership between the local LiuGong dealer and closest Cummins distributor, we’re making sure that we can service all aspects of our customers’ machines.  If we can service them, we can guarantee them that we’ll be able to minimize any unplanned downtime.  That level of commitment is indicative of LiuGong’s promise and delivery of second-to-none customer service.”

To date, three LiuGong dealers have received their Cummins Certified Service Provider designation through this program: Equipment East in Massachusetts, Anderson Machinery in Texas and Midwest Loader Sales in South Dakota.

According to Giovanni Albanese of Equipment East, “LiuGong continues to impress our dealership with their dedication to customer service. They are extremely focused on delivery of a quality product that exceeds a customer’s expectation.  For our dealership, this certification is invaluable. It allows us to ensure that we can get our customers equipment fixed regardless of the failure as quickly as possible, thereby eliminating or minimizing downtime.  Being able to make that promise and stand behind it helps us sell LiuGong products. Their affiliation with a well-known brand like Cummins is also beneficial. ”

LiuGong Construction Machinery has been producing high quality construction equipment for more than 50 years and is growing throughout the world, producing more than 50,000 wheel loaders a year.  LiuGong currently offers wheel loaders, excavators, mini-excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and vibratory soil compactors to the North American Market. For more information please visit