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AEM Announces Winners Of Annual Pillar Of The Industry Awards

Member companies recognized for active support of I Make America pro-manufacturing campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America campaign announce the 2012 recipients of the annual Pillar of the Industry awards, given to companies achieving or maintaining Gold status in the campaign.

The awards recognize the companies’ tremendous dedication and outstanding contributions to the people and communities of the equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. AEM and I Make America initiated the awards in 2011 to honor the work of these true industry champions.

For 2012 a total 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Winners were announced at AEM’s recent annual conference.

Grass Roots Initiative to Create Jobs, Improve U.S. Competitiveness Globally

I Make America is a grassroots campaign launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep the nation’s economy competitive with other countries. The campaign has enlisted the support of more than 22,000 people to date nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies, and industry organizations.

“I Make America has been a great success thanks to the outstanding support of our AEM member companies. We are pleased to honor these companies who have raised the bar of public affairs advocacy and we commend their efforts through these Pillar of the Industry awards,” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “As members of AEM, they exemplify the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of manufacturing policies that will help create jobs.”

I Make America Gold-Level supporters have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders. Activities can include significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of A Day in American Life video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”

2012 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

Three companies earned Year 2 Gold status:

  • Angus-Palm
  • Caterpillar
  • International Construction Equipment (ICE)

And 16 companies earned Gold Status:

  • Calder Brothers Corporation
  • CLAAS of America
  • CNH
  • General Kinematics
  • Kondex Corporation
  • Krone NA
  • Miller Electric Manufacturing
  • Paladin Attachments
  • Screen Machine Industries
  • Steel of West Virginia
  • Stellar Industries
  • Sullivan-Palatek
  • Telsmith
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Wolf Robotics
  • Woods Equipment Company

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.comI Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

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 850 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.

Paladin Brands Holding, Inc. to be Acquired by KPS Capital Partners

Paladin Brands Holding, Inc. (“Paladin”) today announced that KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”), through a newly formed holding company, International Equipment Solutions, Inc. (“IES”), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Paladin and Crenlo LLC (“Crenlo”) from Dover Corporation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Paladin is an independent North American provider of engineered attachment tools for operator-driven equipment serving a wide range of markets. Paladin operates four business units, each focused on specific markets and products. Paladin Construction Group serves the construction, landscaping, agriculture and aviation markets under industry leading brands, including Bradco®, McMillen®, FFC®, Sweepster®, Harley®, JRB®, C&P® and CustomWorks®. Paladin Demolition and Recycling, through its Genesis® brand, serves the demolition and metal recycling markets.  Paladin Utility, through its Pengo® brand, provides augers and related tools for the utility and foundation drilling markets.  Paladin Custom Material Handling, through its Jewell® brand, provides custom excavator packages for the demolition, forestry and material handling markets.

Crenlo is a North American provider of steel cabs and rollover protective structures (ROPS) and electronics enclosures for customers serving a wide range of markets.  In the operator interface cab segment, Crenlo serves world-class OEM customers in the construction, mining, agriculture and specialty truck markets. Crenlo, through its Emcor® brand, provides standard catalog and custom products for customers serving the technology, aerospace, government and energy markets.

David Burdakin, President of Paladin, said, “Our entire team at Paladin is pleased to move forward under KPS and excited about their commitment to manufacturing excellence and to supporting our future growth.  We will remain focused on providing our customers with industry leading products and unsurpassed service.”

Raquel Palmer, a KPS Partner, said, “We are very excited to create International Equipment Solutions. IES, by acquiring Paladin and Crenlo, launches as the premier international engineered equipment manufacturer, with an industry leading portfolio of brands and an exceptionally strong reputation for quality, durability, delivery, product support and product innovation. We intend to grow IES aggressively both organically and through acquisition in North America and globally. The combination of the company’s exceptional operational expertise and strong customer relationships, combined with financial resources provided by KPS, will facilitate IES’s global expansion, especially in China, India and South America.”

The closing of the transaction is expected during the third quarter of 2011 and is subject to customary closing conditions.


Paladin Brands designs, engineers and manufactures attachment tools for heavy and light equipment with applications in the construction, agriculture, demolition, recycling, landscaping, aviation and utility end-markets.  Paladin’s industry leading brands include Bradco®, McMillen®, FFC®, Sweepster®, Harley®, JRB®, C&P®, CustomWorks®, Genesis®, Pengo® and Jewell®.  The company’s products include buckets, couplers, trenchers, shears, augers, brooms, forks, grapples and many other attachment tools.  Paladin’s customers include major international OEMs, independent and OEM-aligned dealers, and national equipment rental businesses.  The company has approximately 1,000 employees across 12 facilities in Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon and Memmingen, Germany.  For more information, please visit www.paladinbrands.com.



Off-Road Equipment Manufacturers Meet With Gov. Romney To Discuss Strengthening The Economy, Exports

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and leaders of four equipment manufacturing companies today joined former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at a manufacturing plant in Pataskala, Ohio to discuss ways to strengthen U.S. manufacturing in the global marketplace.

AEM member company business leaders from Ohio and Iowa shared their perspectives with Gov. Romney about the need for new manufacturing policies that would rebuild deteriorating roads, bridges and highways and help American manufacturers and farmers export their products to new and expanded markets around the world.

Gov. Romney spoke to employees at Screen Machine Industries (SMI), an American, family-owned manufacturing business that produces heavy equipment. SMI is a member of AEM and participates in the I Make America campaign to support manufacturing jobs.

In its effort to support America’s manufacturing sector, AEM launched a national grassroots campaign in 2010 called I Make America to give a voice to the men and women across the nation who work in manufacturing and agriculture. Thousands of people across the country have signed up to support this campaign, recognizing that infrastructure investment and export-friendly policies are two fundamental ways to generate economic growth and create jobs.

AEM member company leaders who participated with AEM in the discussion with Gov. Romney included:

  • Steve Cohen, President, Screen Machine Industries, Inc., Pataskala, Ohio – www.screenmachine.com
  • Dave Burdakin, President & CEO, Paladin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Akron, Ohio – www.paladinbrands.com
  • Mike Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc., New Philadelphia, Ohio – www.gradall.com
  • Ed Turner, President and CEO, Allied Construction Products LLC, Cleveland, Ohio – www.alliedcp.com

ICUEE 2009 Day 1

In keeping with a long established tradition the official portion of the show opened with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Deere8:30 AM. Unfortunately, I missed the event because I was at the first media event of the day, a John Deere press conference. Deere introduced its new D-Series skid steer loaders and compact track loaders (CTLs).

The new skid steer models, joining the existing small-frame, radial lift 313 and 315 include The 318D, 320D, 326D, 328D and 332D. For the compact track loader line, the new 319D, 323D, 329D and a 90-hp 333D join the recently introduced small-frame, radial lift CT315. The D-Series keeps many of the productivity features popular from the 300 Series, including planetary gear drives on the CTLs for increased pushing power and reliability, and industry-leading bucket roll-back and dump angles – retained even while increasing boom and bucket breakout forces.

D-Series skid steers and CTLs have electronically controlled Tier 3/interim Tier 4 engines coupled with a new auto idle feature, providing quieter operation and fuel savings. The optional reversing hydraulic fan is a variable speed unit working with a computer program that monitors engine and hydraulic fluid temperatures to ramp fan speed up or down as needed.

The company also discussed its position on emissions and tier 4 requirementsand the technology path it is using to help fleet owners meet iT4 standards.

John Deere will use cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engines with exhaust filters consisting of a diesel oxidation catalyst/diesel particulate filter in its construction equipment to meet the 2011 iT4/Stage III B emissions regulations mandated by the EPA and EU for diesel engines 174 hp and above.

Deere believes cooled EGR with exhaust filters is the right technology right now. Technologies such as cooled EGR, variable geometry turbochargers and exhaust filters will likely be the foundation technologies for meeting fT4 regulations. Deere engineers are constantly evaluating emerging technologies for their effectiveness and durability in off-highway applications.

Deere’s approach to the iT4 solution builds upon the current clean burning and fuel-efficient Tier 3/Stage III A PowerTech™ Plus engine platform manufactured by John Deere Power Systems.

The John Deere cooled EGR engine platform for iT4 compliance is more operator friendly and less complex to maintain compared to SCR (selective catalytic reduction) systems.

Unlike SCR, this iT4 EGR solution doesn’t require liquid urea to achieve emissions compliance, so there are no additional fluids to worry about obtaining, filling or storing on remote jobsites at proper temperatures.  Diesel fuel is the only fluid involved in the EGR solution.

Details on these and other products will be reviewed in Products & Equipment in the next couple of days.

Freightliner was the next press conference. Freightliner Trucks introduced the new Coronad® Severe Duty (SD) Developed specifically for severe duty vocational applications.  The Coronado SD features rugged, traditional styling with performance-enhancing new features.

Designed with strength and efficiency, the Coronado SD is built to workAvailable in both set-back and set-forward axle configurations, the Coronado SD improves upon the durability and dependability of Freightliner’s already FLD SD trucks, while adding new elements specifically engineered for the vocational market.

The Coronado SD’s fiberglass hood has been designed for maximum durability. The fenders come standard with impact absorbing material the helps eliminate damage and cracks common with vocational applications. The one-piece stainless steel grille surround is accented with chrome steel horizontal bars.

The Coronado SD’s cab is also equipped with updated doors. The outer door frame and belt rail are made from aluminum, and combined with a steel inner reinforcement resulting in a lightweight, sturdy design that provides excellent door sealing and less mirror vibration. A standard courtesy light illuminates the entry steps, and the 70 degree door opening makes it easier for customers who get in and out of the truck often.

Dual chrome steel intakes come standard on the Coronado SD. Air enters the system through two chromed steel grilles on either side of the hood, combining a stylish aerodynamic design with improved functionality. The air intake’s unique air plenum is designed to minimize the infiltration of water, snow, road debris or dust.

The Coronado SD is also equipped with a new single air filter with improved filtration capability. Also available are optional pre-cleaners that create a vortex effect to spin dust and heavy water particles out of the air and away from the engine. As a system, these components have the dust holding capacity equal to or better than traditional external dual cleaners – which not only lasts longer between changes, but also saves money because only one filter is replaced instead of two.

With its lightweight, high-strength construction, customers can increase revenue by hauling more aggregate or pulling larger payloads. And, an up-to 50 degree wheel cut helps the Coronado SD easily maneuver in tight situations. But, it’s the Coronado SD’s interior that really shines.

The Coronado SD has a large, cab complete with double-sealed doors and well-sealed windows, keeping out noise, dust and other contaminants.

Additional details on this vehicle will be reviewed in Products & Equipment in the next couple of days.

Iowa Mold Tooling, Inc. (IMT) was next on the schedule. The company known for its utility and maintenance bodies has developed a new program for customers, which they call 360 degree Solutions. The program is focused on helping customers –dealers, distributors, contractors or the like – find solutions to fleet management problems or situations.

IMT has developed software packages that help the customer monitor and manage a fleet of service vehicles, no matter what brand or age so that the customer can optimize its use of the fleet. Details regarding the various elements in this comprehensive package will be reviewed in Products & Equipment in the next cople of days

The morning activities ended with a Caterpillar lunch pres conference. Caterpillar introduced three new engines, the C3.4; the C4.4 ACERT And the C6.6 ACERT. These are all tier 4 Interim engines and are durable, reliable, fuel efficient and provide the owner lower ownership costs.

The C4.4 ACERT was described as a high power density engine delivering up to 174 hp. According to the presenter, there are many applications that are using a six-cylinder engine that could be easily replaced by this four-cylinder unit without sacrificing performance.

Another booth visit, this time with Paladin Construction Group. Paladin Brands announced the joining of its Paladin Light Construction and Paladin Heavy Construction companies to form Dexter, MI-based Paladin Construction Group. The new company can better address the attachment trends today that are being driven by contractors and farmers serving a wide variety of construction, agriculture and related market segments in North America and globally. Paladin Construction Group provides customers with eight leading brands of couplers and attachments—many with histories dating back 30 to 50 years. These brands are: Bradco, JRB, Sweepster, C&P, CustomWorks, FFC, Harley and McMillen. Paladin Brands also includes Genesis, Jewell and Pengo.

The combined company brings together many strengths for its employees, OEM partners, sales channels, and especially contractors and farmers. Hundreds of innovative and performance-driven couplers and attachments for all makes and models of skid steers, wheel loaders, excavators, tractor-loader backhoes and tractors are now available through one company with more than 2,000 dealer and rental locations. Manufacturing and warehousing facilities include: Dexter, Michigan; Akron, Ohio; Delhi, Iowa; and Ooltewah, Tennessee. Additional inventories for prompt delivery are strategically placed throughout North America.

As part of the effort to announce the new Paladin Construction Group, the company has implemented a long-term, contractor-focused support program named Back 2 Work With Paladin. The Program’s goal is to help contractors capitalize and profit from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and its $143.4 billion infrastructure investment during a time when thousands of contractors and dealer/rental companies are struggling to find enough business to ride out the recession.

The two-year Program helps contractors and dealer/rental companies identify and locate projects that are or will be released in the near future related to where the ARRA funds are most targeted—at the county level and specific market segments such as roads and bridges, aviation, national parks, energy, water and others. In addition, Paladin Construction Group is offering contractors a break on new attachment costs with a Contractor Rebate worth up to US$500.00 when they purchase one or more Paladin brand attachments. The Back 2 Work With Paladin Program was officially launched at the ICUEE 2009 Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in October and will extend through the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show in March 2011. A special ARRA-focused by market Web site, www.back2work.com, has been created as well for contractors that explain the Program and how they can benefit.

It had rained all day. At various time the downpour was unreal. We stopped in and visited Allied. We got a chance to see the new HH-46b Hole Hog underground piercing tool that was being introduced at this show. We also had an opportunity to look at the company’s new product line of breaker bits that have been designed and engineered to fit any breakers on the market.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn the Hy-Ram was back with three models on display during ICUEE the HR 75, HR 100 and HR 500. Specs and details will be coming.

We stopped and watched a Prinorth all terrain vehicle play in some serious mud.Prinoth

Well, tomorrow’s another day that will be starting in a couple of hours with press conferences by JCB, Dueco, Astec Underground/AmericanAugers and booth visits with A.R.E. Trucks, McLaughlin, Vermeer and Stellar.