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DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips Reduce Muscle Exertion and Enhance Comfort

15% less muscle exertion* for easier cutting

DEWALT remains focused on innovating and delivering ergonomic hand tools including new Ergo Aviation Snips (DWHT14676), featuring reduced handle span to help optimize cutting with less effort.

Used by carpentry professionals and sheet metal workers for a variety of cutting applications, including 18-22 gauge sheet metal, aluminum, copper, vinyl siding, leather, and cardboard, DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips also have a serrated edge that helps prevent materials from slipping during use without increased effort.  Patented flush hardware design allows for smooth, unobstructed cuts and easier access from a tool pouch. A new, extended finger flange design on the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips enhance leverage, while the external latch design provides easy, one-handed operation. The bi-material, cushion grip handles provide comfort and control.

DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips are available in Left Cut (DWHT14673), Right Cut (DWHT14674) and Straight Cut (DWHT14675) as well as a three-piece set (DWHT14676). DEWALT® Ergo Snips are made of forged chrome vanadium steel blade material for durability and are available on DEWALT.com and where DEWALT products are sold. DEWALT® products are Guaranteed Tough® with a warranty package that includes three-year limited warranty, 90 day money back guarantee and a one-year free service contract.

To meet United States Ergonomics testing standards, muscle activity levels of the hand, wrist and forearm were recorded as sheet metal workers and carpentry professionals completed a series of common applications with the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips. The muscle effort levels were analyzed to assess the effort for all major muscles involved in the tasks. Based on the positive testing performance of the DEWALT® Ergo Aviation Snips, they have been awarded the United States Ergonomics Ergonomic Product Performance Certification

* Compared to current DEWALT® Snips (DWHT70279) on average


DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, storage and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.

With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced over 90 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2016 alone. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT tools Made in the USA with global materials.

DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold.  For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

About United States Ergonomics:

United States Ergonomics is comprised of Certified Professional Ergonomists and experienced professionals who have been applying the best practices in ergonomics, health & safety for decades. Our goal is to improve human efficiency, comfort and the quality of life by enhancing the design of products and the workplace. US Ergonomics is the only company in the United States providing ergonomics product certification. For more information, visit http://www.us-ergo.com.


Caterpillar Announces Vice President Retirements, Appointments and Organizational Changes

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced three vice presidents, Paolo Fellin, Greg Folley and George Taylor, have elected to retire. In connection with these retirements and the company’s previously announced plan to review and update its strategy, Caterpillar is also announcing organizational changes, appointing two new vice presidents and launching a search for a third.

Paolo Fellin Retirement

After 37 years of service to the company, Paolo Fellin, Caterpillar vice president of the Global Construction & Infrastructure (GCI) Division, has elected to retire.

“Over his long career, Paolo has built an unrivaled reputation for his passion and devotion to finding solutions for our customers,” said Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar CEO. “His leadership has played a critical role as Caterpillar has improved its market position for worldwide machine sales in the last several years.”

Fellin joined Caterpillar in 1980 in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the next several years, Fellin held a series of sales and marketing positions throughout Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME). In 1992, Fellin moved to products and operations becoming product manager for small excavators (France). In 1996, he was named product manager for wheel loaders (Belgium). In 2003, Fellin was appointed industry manager for Caterpillar’s North American Commercial Division (NACD). In 2004, the Caterpillar board of directors named him vice president of EAME, including CIS, Marketing Division, and in 2009, he was named vice president of EAME Distribution Services. In 2013, Fellin became vice president for GCI. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

Paolo Fellin, Caterpillar vice president of the Global Construction & Infrastructure Division, elects to retire effective August 1, 2017.

Greg Folley Retirement

After 22 years of service to the company, and 11 years of practicing law prior to joining Caterpillar, Greg Folley, Caterpillar vice president of the Industry Solutions, Components & Distribution Division (ISCD), has elected to retire.

“Greg began his career with Caterpillar in the Human Services Division, and while he’s held a range of leadership and executive positions focused on remanufacturing, component production and distribution during his career, his focus on people along with his positive attitude and leadership style are the hallmarks of his career,” Umpleby said.

Following an 11-year career outside of Caterpillar, Folley joined Caterpillar in 1995, and held numerous positions in the Human Services Division, including senior labor relations consultant, human resources manager, corporate labor relations manager, U.K. HR Shared Services director and director of Compensation + Benefits. In 2008, the Caterpillar board of directors named Folley vice president of the Core Components Division. He then served as the chief HR officer from 2009-11, and as vice president of the Remanufacturing, Components & Work Tools Division from 2011-15. In 2016, Folley was named vice president of ISCD. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

Greg Folley, Caterpillar vice president of the Industry Solutions, Components & Distribution Division, elects to retire effective August 1, 2017.

George Taylor Retirement

After 19 years of service to the company, and with more than 15 years of business experience prior to joining Caterpillar, George Taylor, vice president of the Marketing & Digital Division, has elected to retire.

“George has played a significant role in leading Caterpillar’s initiatives utilizing data analytics, innovation, digital channels and techniques to unlock competitive advantages for our customers,” Umpleby said. “George has laid a solid groundwork in this area as Caterpillar continues to develop digital solutions and products for our customers.”

Taylor joined Caterpillar in 1998 as a strategic business planning services manager. Taylor held numerous marketing, product support and general management positions before he was named the director and general manager of the global on-highway truck group in 2006. In 2015, the Caterpillar board of directors appointed Taylor as vice president of the Customer Services Support Division, and, later, as vice president of the Marketing & Digital Division.

Before joining Caterpillar, Taylor had extensive external experience with IBM. He began in 1984 as a systems engineer and held several managerial positions before becoming a client executive in 1994. Taylor’s retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

George Taylor, Caterpillar vice president of the Marketing & Digital Division, elects to retire effective August 1, 2017.

New Divisions Created in Connection to Updated Corporate Strategy

Following the above announced retirements, and taking into account the company’s previously announced plan to review and update its strategy with the establishment of a Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), Caterpillar is also announcing organizational changes that will result in the creation of two new divisions. The company is forming these new divisions to drive greater efficiencies and effectiveness in support of its customers.


Chris Snodgrass Appointed Vice President of Product Support & Logistics Division

Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Chris Snodgrass, currently general manager for Caterpillar’s Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD), to the position of vice president of the newly created Product Support & Logistics Division (PSLD). This division will combine groups currently located in other Caterpillar divisions to drive collaboration and implement strategic initiatives under the leadership of Snodgrass. PSLD will include design and manufacturing of wear and maintenance component products, as well as support of prime product and parts distribution, inbound and outbound logistics, warehousing functions, and packaging and container management.

Snodgrass joined Caterpillar in 2013 following a successful 20-year career that included senior and executive leadership positions with commercial vehicle and industrial components manufacturer Meritor, and with Daimler AG, including roles in the Mercedes Benz truck division in Europe, Freightliner Trucks in North America, and with engine manufacturer Detroit Diesel Corporation.

“Since joining Caterpillar, Chris has quickly demonstrated an ability to deliver results;  as general manager for IPSD, he’s played a significant role reducing material costs and driven substantial process improvements and results for the division’s sales and marketing functions,” Umpleby said. “His significant outside experience and perspective combined with his sharp focus on customers make him ideally suited for this role.”

Snodgrass has a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership from Concordia University. He will report to Rob Charter, group president of Customer & Dealer Support. Snodgrass will assume his new duties effective July 1, 2017.

Chris Snodgrass is appointed to the position of vice president of Caterpillar’s newly created Product Support & Logistics Division effective July 1, 2017.

Caterpillar Announces New Digital Enabled Solutions Division and Search for a Digital Vice President

The newly created Digital Enabled Solutions Division will bring together the company’s data analytics group, the enterprise data hub, equipment management tools, Cat® Connect technologies and customer experience portals.

“We recognize the need to bring these groups into an organization that will bring enhanced focus and strategic alignment to the existing and yet-to-be developed digital enablers for our products and customers,” Umpleby said.

Caterpillar will immediately begin an external search for an executive to lead the new division, which will report to Charter. In addition, as part of the reorganization, Caterpillar’s marketing and brand organization will become part of the existing Global Aftermarket Solutions Division led by Vice President Nigel Lewis.


Damien Giraud Appointed Vice President of Global Construction & Infrastructure Division

Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Damien Giraud, currently worldwide product manager for Caterpillar’s large excavators, as the vice president of GCI.

Giraud joined Caterpillar in 1998, following a seven-year career with Colas Group, a French civil engineering and construction firm. During his nearly 20 years with Caterpillar, Giraud has held a number of marketing and product management roles with an increasing level of responsibility. A native of France who speaks four languages, Giraud has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

“Damien brings an exceptional focus on our customers to this position,” Umpleby said. “That customer focus combined with his global work experience, deep industry knowledge and his strong and transparent communication skills make him ideally suited for this position.”

Giraud has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Ecole Des Mines, Saint Etienne, France and a master’s degree from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Giraud will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and will assume his new duties effective August 1, 2017.

Damien Giraud is appointed vice president of Caterpillar’s Global Construction & Infrastructure Division effective August 1, 2017.

About Caterpillar
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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Equipment Manufacturers Urge Lawmakers to Reclaim U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

AEM releases policy recommendations on how to make American infrastructure number one again

 The Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) today released The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™, a report that outlines steps lawmakers should take to reclaim the country’s infrastructure advantage. Currently ranked 11th in the world in infrastructure competitiveness, equipment manufacturers believe it is essential to modernize and rebuild America’s core infrastructure network in order to retain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest economy.

The report makes the case for a U.S. infrastructure system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods; provides connectivity between and within rural and urban America; and fosters strong economic growth and robust job creation.

“The United States once had an infrastructure system that was the envy of the world,” said Dennis Slater, AEM President. “Our infrastructure competitiveness and our economic competitiveness are linked. This set of policy recommendations to reclaim our Infrastructure Advantage speak to that connection and outline what government officials should be thinking about as they consider future legislation.”

 The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™ offers five key steps that policymakers and infrastructure stakeholders can use to ensure that policy proposals help reclaim the U.S. Infrastructure Advantage:

1. Focus on networks and systems
2. Maximize use of smart technology
3. Ensure rural-urban connectivity
4. Expedite project delivery
5. Provide adequate and reliable resources

The report also provides firsthand perspectives from equipment manufacturers about the importance of infrastructure to the United States’ economy.

“Equipment manufacturers have an important role to play in reclaiming the U.S. Infrastructure Advantage. Equipment manufacturers depend on an efficient infrastructure system – directly in their day-to-day operations, as well as indirectly to sustain the economic health of other sectors that rely on our industry,” added Slater. “They also make the equipment that builds and supports U.S. infrastructure construction and operation.”

The report was developed by a task force of executives from the equipment manufacturing industry following a two-year process of discussion and engagement with a wide range of infrastructure stakeholders through AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 thought-leadership initiative.

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 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

NSSGA President and CEO, Michael W. Johnson released the following statement:

Following today’s White House announcement that President Trump will seek to dramatically streamline the permitting process for federally-supported infrastructure projects, 

“Allowing unnecessary and expensive regulations to delay or even prevent critical infrastructure projects has cost our economy years of positive development. The president’s proposal to cut burdensome regulations will allow federal dollars to stretch further, create more jobs and ultimately stimulate economic growth. The benefits of infrastructure investments are clear–especially in the aggregates industry. Each job in a quarry, producing our nation’s building blocks, creates nearly five jobs outside of that operation. Each dollar spent on building our national highway system yielded $6 in economic activity. Making America great again requires making our economy great again and that starts with making America’s roads, bridges, airports and ports great again.”

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, www.nssga.org 66 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States