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Doosan Bobcat completes acquisition of BOB-CAT Mowers, and the Steiner and Ryan grounds maintenance brands

Doosan Bobcat Inc., a global leader in the compact equipment industry, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the BOB-CAT Mowers and the Steiner and Ryan brands of grounds maintenance equipment from Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

“We are pleased and proud to welcome the BOB-CAT, Steiner and Ryan team members into the Doosan Bobcat family,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are bringing great people and strong brands into our organization to help further grow our business and reach more customers and markets.”

Doosan Bobcat announced the signing of a definitive agreement in December 2019 to acquire BOB-CAT Mowers and the Steiner and Ryan brands of grounds maintenance equipment, including the Johnson Creek, Wisc., manufacturing facility. Approximately 200 employees at the manufacturing facility and members of the distributor and dealer direct field sales and technical support teams will join Doosan Bobcat.

“A dedicated group has been working on the integration plans, and we are excited about what our expanded team and new brands will accomplish together,” said Ballweber. “This will position Doosan Bobcat to offer a broader range of quality products and solutions to our dealers, distributors and customers.”

The investment is part of Doosan Bobcat’s long-term, strategic growth initiatives as a global leader in the compact equipment industry, in addition to demonstrating its long-term commitment to employees and the communities in which it operates.

Doosan Bobcat was advised by law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Croft & Bender LP served as financial advisor to Doosan Bobcat. Schiller Grounds Care Inc. was advised by law firm Blank Rome LLP, and BDO Capital Advisers LLC served as financial adviser to Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

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ABOUT DOOSAN BOBCAT INC.
Doosan Bobcat, a leading global manufacturer of construction, agriculture and landscaping equipment, attachments and services, is committed to empowering people to accomplish more. As a part of the Doosan Group, which employs 43,000 people in 38 countries worldwide, the company offers its customers products and solutions to help build stronger businesses and communities. Based in Seoul, South Korea, with its North America headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota, Doosan Bobcat is home to world-renowned brands. This includes: Bobcat® compact equipment; Doosan Portable Power products; BOB-CAT Mowers; Ryan and Steiner grounds maintenance equipment; and Geith attachments. For more information, visit doosanbobcat.com.

ABOUT DOOSAN BOBCAT NORTH AMERICA
Doosan Bobcat North America, is the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of Doosan Bobcat Inc. As a leading global manufacturer of construction, agriculture, landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment, attachments and services, the company is committed to empowering people to accomplish more. For more information, visit bobcat.com.

Universal Forest Products is now UFP Industries New organizational structure in place

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) today announced it has completed the reorganization of its operations and is now operating as UFP Industries, a change announced in August 2019. The name UFP Industries more accurately describes the company today. 

“We are not just a forest products or wood company anymore,” said CEO Matthew J. Missad. “Over the years, we have evolved from a lumber wholesaler to a mixed materials manufacturer and solutions provider serving thousands of business customers. Our new segments — UFP Retail, UFP Construction and UFP Industrial — will be much more focused on their individual markets, and with the leadership teams now in position, we expect more speed to market, better product and customer alignment and more efficient capital utilization.

“It’s a truly exciting time for us, as we unleash the full power of our people to execute on our opportunities and grow our company.”

UFP Industries has approximately 170 locations and 14,000 employees around the world. Prior to the reorganization, UFP affiliates were organized by region; now they are organized by market.

The company will seek shareholder approval for the change to its corporate name at its next annual meeting of shareholders in April 2020 and will continue to trade on the NASDAQ exchange under the UFPI ticker symbol.  

In conjunction with the reorganization and name change, the company has updated its website, ufpi.com, with business segment information and introduced new branding that includes a modernized version of its tree logo. 

“Our tree logo is deeply rooted in our 65-year history and is well known in our industry as a symbol of excellence,” said Missad. “Our updated logo captures our heritage of performance while pointing to further growth to come.”

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (d/b/a UFP Industries)

UFP Industries is a holding company whose subsidiaries supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial.  Founded in 1955, the company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about UFP Industries, go to www.ufpi.com.

AEM Elects 2020 Officers, New Directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its 2020 officers as well as directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards at its recent annual business meeting. 

Chair Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver

2020 AEM Officers are:

  • Chair Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Vice Chair Steven Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Inc.
  • Ag Chair Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International Inc.
  • CE Chair Rodney Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
  • Treasurer Todd Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.
  • Secretary Dennis Slater, President, AEM

AEM officers and directors come from an industry cross section and work on behalf of all member companies to provide strategic direction and guidance for the association’s initiatives in areas including public policy representation, market information and equipment statistics, trade shows, product safety and technical support.

“AEM benefits from the support of our member companies and the leadership talents of our Board members, and we greatly appreciate their active participation,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their engagement and contributions help ensure that we deliver quality results as we continue to build momentum for the equipment manufacturing industry and offer the best possible services and programs for members.”

Directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors: 

  • Ted Bojanowski, VP Sales and Marketing, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Grant Godbersen, VP Manufacturing, GOMACO Corp.
  • Michael Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm Ranch & Agriculture Division, Blount International Inc.
  • Philip Kelliher, VP Americas Distribution Services Marketing, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Leif Magnusson, President, CLAAS of America Inc.
  • Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
  • Brad Olson, Vice President, Two Rivers Marketing 
  • Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, Husco 
  • Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Todd Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Directors elected to the AEM AG Sector Board:

  • Grant Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries Inc.
  • Kim Boccardi, VP Marketing, Titan International
  • Fernando Cuccioli, Exec. VP Cluster Americas, DeLaval Inc.
  • Charlene Finck, Div. President Producer Media, Farm Journal
  • Gene Fraser, VP Global Sales & Marketing, MacDon Industries Ltd.
  • David Gilmore, Senior VP Global Marketing, Ag & Turf Div., Deere & Co.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International Inc.
  • Darryl Matthews, Sr. VP Natural Resources, Trimble Inc.
  • Brian Nelson, President & Chairman, HCC Inc.
  • Viren Popli, President & CEO, Mahindra USA Inc.
  • James Wessing, President, Kondex Corp. 
  • Jeremy Yoder, COO, DISTek Integration Inc.

Directors elected to the AEM CE Sector Board:

  • Brian Bieller, President & Regional GM, Dynapac
  • Mary Erholtz, VP of Marketing, Superior Industries Inc.
  • John Grote, Global VP, Sales & Marketing, Grote Industries Inc.
  • Willie Harbert, VP Sales, Eaton 
  • Robert Mortensen, President Off Highway Div., Husco 
  • Frank Nerenhausen, President, JLG Industries Inc. 
  • Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Rick Rodier, Group VP, Construction Businesses, The Toro Company
  • Ingo Schiller, President North America Operations, Tadano America Corp.
  • Johannes Schulze Vohren, Exec. VP Sales & Marketing, Wacker Neuson Corp.
  • David Thorne, Sr. VP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Construction & Forestry Div., Deere & Co. 
  • Patrick Weiler, President, Weiler

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year.

Learn more about AEM at www.aem.org.

AEM Hall of Fame Inducts Mary Andringa of Vermeer Corp.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the newest inductee to the AEM Hall of Fame: Mary Andringa of Vermeer Corp.

The AEM Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose innovations, ideas and leadership have advanced the off-road equipment manufacturing industry and contributed to its success in the past and into tomorrow.

Mary Andringa

“We are very pleased to announce and congratulate Mary Andringa as the latest inductee into the AEM Hall of Fame,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “She joins an elite group of respected industry leaders whose work and accomplishments inspire the next generation to continue our industry’s legacy of progress enhancing productivity, sustainability, and economic and social prosperity.”

Nominations for the AEM Hall of Fame are open year-round. An independent panel of industry experts evaluates potential inductees, and honorees are publicly announced and celebrated during special ceremonies at AEM’s annual conference of member companies.

More than 60 industry leaders have been inducted into the AEM Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993. Learn more and read their stories at www.aem.org/HallofFame.

About Mary Andringa, the 2019 AEM Hall of Fame Inductee

Mary Andringa’s commitment and relentless leadership positioned Vermeer Corporation as a strong voice in the industry – for lean manufacturing, for the education of our future workforce, for the legislation of policies having a positive impact on manufacturing, for family-owned and -operated companies and for taking care of the people of Vermeer.

Mary’s own investment into lean manufacturing led to organization-wide change for continuous improvement and growth. An example of success: Vermeer’s 12-inch in-feed brush chipper went from raw steel to finished product in two days, rather than 52.

Starting her career teaching elementary students, Mary has a passion for education and continuous learning that’s continued throughout her time at Vermeer. This passion prompted Vermeer to expand its education initiatives at all levels – early childhood education with an onsite early learning center, college-age students with an international leadership program and onsite facility at Iowa State University, as well as adults with preparation for retirement.

Mary actively communicates and collaborates with legislators on issues that matter to advanced manufacturing, exporters and small- to medium- sized businesses. She served on the President’s Export Council and Ex-Im Bank Advisory Committee, chaired the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and was co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Continuing the legacy her father left, Mary helped define and promote the Vermeer 4P Philosophy (principles, people, product and profit), with people being our most important asset. Vermeer initiatives include an onsite primary care clinic and pharmacy for employees and their families.

Mary is now Chair of the Board at Vermeer after filling roles as CEO, co-CEO, president and COO. Her level of passion and commitment have made her a voice of change and innovation not only at Vermeer, but in the industry and community. 

About the AEM Hall of Fame – www.aem.org/HallofFame

The AEM Hall of Fame traces its roots to 1993 and the not-for profit industry-wide Construction Equipment Hall of Fame initiated by Construction Equipment magazine. AEM served on the Hall of Fame Board of Directors; it took over ownership and operation in 2008, creating the AEM Hall of Fame for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide. 

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Safety Training

Safety is always an important topic because it’s always an important part of our lives, especially in construction where exposure to risk is a constant.

“Safety Training Ninja” will be presented on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Here’s a look at what you can expect, courtesy of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG:

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Safety Training

At 20-years old, Regina McMichael’s husband died after falling off a roof at a jobsite where he was working. That was the day her safety career started. Thirty-three years later she is still laser-focused on making the industry safer by improving the way we teach safety training. Her energy, humor, and engaging style as a speaker and trainer has earned her rave reviews throughout the industry. She recently shared five key ways to change your safety training to make it more effective.

  1. Identify What the Learners Know and What They Need to Know

“The gap between these two areas is what you teach to,” says McMichael. “Nothing more, nothing less.” She teaches trainers to use the ADDIE Model (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) to first analyze and then design training.  “We need to respect our audience and not waste time teaching them things they don’t need to know, like the 29 CFR 19….– they don’t need to know that to be safe,” she says.

  1. Make Training Interactive

It’s time to put away those deadly PowerPoint presentations. McMichael recommends engaging workers with problem-solving activities. “Give them a scenario and ask how would you fix this? It will be much more interesting and fun,” she says. “Have the workers help develop the solutions and train themselves.” Use case studies, group discussion and competition to gain their interest and attention. “Friendly competition makes classes fun and makes things stick,” she says.

  1. Use Multiple Avenues to Train Workers

In construction there are a huge number of small firms without someone in a dedicated safety role. Those tasked with safety training are frequently overworked and can find themselves in a position of having to teach a topic they don’t have any expertise in. McMichael advises firms to use multiple training tools, such as local classes, online training, in-person training, and one-on-one jobsite training with supervisors to help lessen the burden on those in the safety-training role. “There is no one magic solution,” she explains.

  1. Bring Humanity Back to Safety

“If we’re going to be successful, safety training cannot be about compliance,” says McMichael. “We have to let human beings know we care about them and let them know we want them to stay alive.” Jobsite pressures can often result in workers not taking the time to be safe. Employers need to show they value workers by providing them with the knowledge and best practices to ensure they go home to their families.

  1. Support Your Trainers

McMichael believes a commitment to safety and effective training will enable companies to move from compliance-driven checklists to humanity-based solutions. One of McMichael’s classes, Getting a Seat at the C-Suite: What Every Safety Pro Should Know, focuses on how to get management to support safety initiatives. Another, titled Safety Training Ninjas, based on her recently released book, “The Safety Training Ninja” equips trainers with a process to develop effective training, and tools to make it valuable and something people want to learn. Trainers also learn how to develop learning objectives and demonstrate objectives were achieved. People not Policy, is about bringing humanity back to the safety world. All three programs will be offered at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

For free safety training resources and information about McMichael visit www.safetytrainingninja.com or http://www.reginamcmichael.com.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s comprehensive Education Program is the leading source for contractors, business owners, construction material producers and end users to obtain cutting-edge information for today’s challenging economy and business model.

About CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the must-attend event for construction industry professionals. The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on CONEXPO-CON/AGG, visit https://www.conexpoconagg.com.