Monthly Archive for March, 2011

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Navistar And Women In Trucking Award The Trucking Industry’s “2011 Influential Woman Of The Year”

Rochelle Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, CalArk International  Named Inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year”

Navistar, Inc. and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) presented the inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year” award to Rochelle Gorman, chief executive officer, CalArk International, at a ceremony during this week’s Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual meeting.

“The ‘Influential Woman of the Year’ award is designed to shine a spotlight on the great leadership demonstrated by women in the trucking industry,” said Anne Belec, vice president and chief marketing officer, Navistar. “Rochelle’s dedication to trucking and her personal commitment to mentoring other women is exactly what we set out to celebrate.”

“We are excited to honor a woman who has been so influential in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president of Women In Trucking, “Rochelle is proof that women are achieving great things in all trucking professions, from drivers to accountants to CEOs. Rochelle’s story of tripling CalArk’s revenues while at the same time mentoring other women and raising a family is an inspiration as WIT furthers our mission to celebrate the success of women in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated industry.”

Gorman accepted her award immediately following a panel discussion about overcoming the challenges women often face in the trucking industry.

“Women today have the opportunity to lift each other up in ways that provide inspiration, leadership and encouragement that may not have existed when I entered the industry,” said Gorman. “We are now trusted to promote the good and positive of the trucking industry.”

Two runners-up for this year’s award were also recognized at the TCA event: Shelley Simpson, executive vice president, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. and Andreea Raaber, vice president, business development, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC.

“Navistar is proud to sponsor this award with the Women In Trucking Association to promote and recognize the leadership of influential women in our industry,” said Phyllis Cochran, president, Navistar Parts. “It is important to Navistar that the trucking industry attracts the best and brightest from a diverse pool of talent. With that goal in mind, Navistar will continue to sponsor the ‘Influential Woman’ award moving forward.”

The “Influential Woman of the Year” award seeks to recognize a woman in the trucking industry who makes or influences key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales or dealership setting. Other criteria for the award include demonstrating a record of responsibility and success in mentoring other women.

“We are very pleased with the response to the first year of this award and our judges had a difficult time selecting a winner from more than 30 well-qualified nominees” Voie added. “Our goal is to continue to build on the momentum with a call for 2012 nominations late this summer.”

Volvo Construction Equipment Plans To Spend 100 Million USD In Its North American Operations And Bring Its Regional Sales And Rental Activities To Shippensburg, PA, USA.

Over the next couple of years, Volvo CE plans to spend 100 million USD in its Shippensburg, PA, USA manufacturing facility and start production of Volvo wheel loaders, excavators and articulated haulers in North America.  Also, the Volvo CE North American sales headquarters and Volvo Rents will relocate from Asheville, NC to Shippensburg, PA by September 2012.

“It makes sense, when possible, to manufacture products close to where our customers are,” said Olof Persson, President and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment.  “The global demand for Volvo construction equipment is rapidly increasing and we need to make investments to meet future demands in the region. Producing Volvo wheel loaders, articulated haulers and excavators in Shippensburg will result in shorter lead times for our customers. We will work closely with local suppliers to increase the North American content of our products. This will further reduce our exposure to exchange rate fluctuations, which will already be positively affected by our bringing more production to the USA.”

A world class Customer and Demonstration Center will be built in Shippensburg. In addition, Volvo CE will put up a new office building on the campus to house its Regional Sales Headquarters, its Volvo Rents offices, and its Training Center.

All Asheville, North Carolina based employees will be given the opportunity to relocate to Shippensburg. The move, which willaffect about 220 employees, will be concluded no later than September 2012. A comprehensive plan to assist with relocation is under development. For those employees who are unable or not prepared to relocate, an extensive human resources plan is currently being put in place.

Since the acquisition of the Shippensburg facility in 2007, Volvo Construction Equipment has continuously invested in the existing plant.  In June 2010, a 200,000 square foot, 30 million USD expansion of the facility was finalized, to improve manufacturing flow and increase production space to incorporate the production of Volvo motor graders.

Manufacturing Volvo wheel loaders, articulated haulers and excavators in Shippensburg, PA will have no significant impact on the current production in other Volvo locations.  It will also further improve the competitiveness and profitability of the total business.

PCA Testifies That Overregulation Will Export Jobs And Increase Cement Imports

Testifying today before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulations Reform, Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America and chair of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), called for Congress to take immediate action to end the unprecedented regulatory assault against the cement industry that puts millions of American jobs in jeopardy.

Led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending, the hearings sought to assess the cumulative impact of regulations on U.S. manufacturers. In addition to Papadopoulos, the Subcommittee heard testimony from the paper, chemistry, forged metals and brick industries.

Papadopoulos called on Congress to step up and take back legislative ownership of restoring economic prosperity and retaining good jobs for Americans.  “Immediate action is needed to rescind these regulations before they prolong or worsen the harm,” he testified. “We also need Congress to undertake broad legislative reform that will strengthen standards of justification for EPA rules and reduce wasteful environmental litigation.”

One of the biggest impacts of the regulations, according to Papadopoulos, will be jobs. “The Great Recession has hit our industry very hard.  Cement demand has dropped in half. Profitability has been wiped out.  Yet, we sought neither handouts nor bailouts. We cut costs, which sadly included more than 4,000 jobs.  What remains are 15,000 well-paying jobs, with average compensation of $75,000.  But today, these jobs are in jeopardy, and the spillover could also affect millions employed in the construction sector.”

Although domestic cement manufacturers are among the most highly regulated enterprises in the country, the industry is currently facing seven different existing or proposed EPA regulatory standards.

“The EPA has launched an unprecedented regulatory attack against our industry,” Papadopoulos testified.  “Our economic study of EPA’s rules concludes that two rules alone impose a compliance burden of $5.4 billion in the next four years, equal to 85 percent of the industry’s total annual sales. They also increase production costs by 20 percent.”

Just one of the rules will force 20 percent of U.S. cement plants to shut down, causing an increased reliance on imported cement.  By 2025, the nation would be importing 56 percent of its cement needs.  In 2010, it imported less than 10 percent.

“Dependence on foreign cement follows the road of dependence on foreign energy,” Papadopoulos testified. “And with cement more cumbersome to import than oil, shortages and price volatility will become more common. This could hurt the entire construction economy, with impacts on infrastructure, housing, commerce and jobs.”

Hilti PML 42 Line Laser

The new Hilti PML 42 Line Laser saves professionals a huge amount of time in a wide range or jobs where alignment has to be checked.  With the aid of the PML 42, a person working alone can quickly complete all kinds of everyday leveling and alignment work inside.  The tool provides maximum visibility and exact horizontal and vertical lines. The PML 42 eliminates the need to make physical marks.  This gives professionals a reliable reference to work with for jobs such as placing multiple electrical fittings, installing suspended ceilings, cable trays, air ducts and pipes, or installing doors and windows.

The tool is controlled by a one-button, one-touch system—one touch and all the lines are on, a second touch and the tool is off.  The PML 42’s new Impact Protection System (IPS) incorporates an integrated pendulum protection system. With its Hilti IPS, rubber coating and durable casing, the tool is well protected against the demanding construction environment.

The PML 42 Line Laser self-levels automatically within seconds. The tool incorporates Hilti Pulse Power technology to provide extremely reliable detection and constant high visibility with the ideal line shape and brightness.  Additionally, pulse power projects rapid pulse of light, which makes the laser beam or points even more visible.

Using the PMA 78 Universal Adapter or the PMA 20 compact tripod, the Hilti line laser can be set up quickly in a suitable position or mounted on a wall whenever required.  From this position it projects a bright, clear laser line exactly where needed.

Backing the Hilti PML 42 Line Laser is Hilti’s Calibration Service to help ensure reliability and accuracy. Even with Hilti’s built-in protection features, everyday use and more can affect precision instruments. Through the Calibration Service, the PML 42 will be calibrated and adjusted as needed, with the calibration confirmed in writing. The PML 42 is also covered by Hilti’s Lifetime Service, a unique service agreement that includes two years of no-cost coverage.

Quality Mat Company Opens Houston Office

After more than 36 years in industrial mat production, sales and rental, Quality Mat Company of Beaumont, Texas, has opened a new office in Houston. The new location encompasses 25,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space on seven acres in the city’s Channelview area and will offer Houston-area customers a complete selection of Quality Mat’s standard mats as well as custom-designed mats for special uses. In addition, 100 percent of the net profits from the Houston location will be donated to charity.

Giving back to the community has always been a very important part of our business model, and I saw this new office as the perfect opportunity to accomplish more for the community,” said Joe Penland, founder and owner of Quality Mat Company. “This way, we can provide a location that is more convenient to our Houston customers and is more attractive to potential new customers while using the profits of the Houston location to help more people. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Quality Mat’s Houston location is the latest in a long line of philanthropic acts by the company and Penland. All net profits throughout the year will be held by the family’s Penland Foundation, which will disburse the funds at the end of each fiscal year. In addition, special consideration will be given to charities and causes that are of importance to Quality Mat’s customers and all finances will be made completely transparent.

Quality Mat Company is a producer of hardwood mats that serve as ground stabilization for heavy equipment, such as cranes. The company provides mats of various designs and sizes to such industries as oil and gas, pipeline, utilities, disaster relief, construction, and environmental clean up. Principals in the company see the new Houston office, located at 14214 East Freeway, as a more convenient location for those industries located in Texas’ largest city.