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This is issue #104 - 24 April 2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
 
INSIDE FORKLIFTACTION

NEWS
1. FAMILY BUYS CLARK GERMANY
2. EPA LAUNCHES EMISSIONS REDUCTION PLAN
3. KALMAR SIGNS STEEL CONTRACT
4. WOODWARD AND DAEWOO LINK UP
5. **ADVERTISEMENT** MATERIALS HANDLING INDEX - HIGHLIGHT YOUR COMPANYS ENTRY
6. MOVERS & SHAKERS BPR/RICO APPOINTS DURICA
7. CAT HONOURS DEALER EXCELLENCE
8. FORKLIFT DRIVER SPOILS POISON PLAN

MEDIA RELEASES
9. CASCADE LAUNCHES REVAMPED USA WEBSITE
10. ULHS/RONCARI USA APPOINTS NEW MANAGER

UPCOMING EVENTS
11. TOC2003 EUROPE
12. 13TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
13. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE
14. MHEDA - SALES TRAINING - SALES TOPIC (TBD)

OPEN TENDERS
15. HARDWOOD PALLETS
16. HIRE/LEASE OF MHE
17. PALLET RACKS, MODULAR STORAGE, CONVEYORS
18. DRAFT TENDER - VEHICLE FLEET LEASING & MANAGEMENT
19. PERSONNEL HOIST
20. PRIOR INFORMATION - FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
21. CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

POSITIONS VACANT
22. DISTRIBUTOR - FULL TIME
23. SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME

RESUMES
24. ENGINEERING/APPLICATIONS - FULL TIME
25. DIRECTOR - FULL TIME
26. FORKLIFT/CONST./COMPACT PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME



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1. FAMILY BUYS CLARK GERMANY 
MULHEIM, Germany
FiLCO GmbH has bought Clark Material Handling GmbH from its administrators, taking over up to 250 ex-Clark employees.

FiLCO, a German limited-liability company formed by the Filipov family, would remain focused on producing forklifts, a statement said. The purchase price was not revealed.

The company plans to launch a used forklift refurbishing centre for Clark forklifts. It will also manufacture private brands and complete machines for other companies.

Werner Faenger, who has more than 30 years of Clark experience, would become president and general manager of FiLCO.

Our challenge will be to produce German quality products at the lowest possible cost, using the people, know-how and first-class manufacturing facilities here in Germany, Mr Faenger said.

No further details were available before Forkliftaction.com Newss publication deadline.

- FiLCO website -
2. EPA LAUNCHES EMISSIONS REDUCTION PLAN 
WASHINGTON, United States
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a proposal to drastically reduce emissions of soot and nitrogen oxides from diesel engines by more than 90 percent by 2014.

The national program, launched on April 15, requires stringent controls and reductions of sulphur in diesel fuel to achieve major air quality improvements throughout the USA, said EPA administrator Christie Whitman.

The non-road diesel engine program would directly affect forklifts, tractors and other off-road equipment in the materials handling, construction, agricultural and industrial sectors.

"This action represents a strong commitment to achieve cleaner air and protect the health of all Americans, especially children and the elderly who are more susceptible to diesel pollution," Ms Whitman said.

The proposal would take effect for new engines from 2008 and be fully phased in by 2014.

The EPA, in a report, estimated that, by 2030, the program could prevent about 9,600 premature deaths, 8,300 hospitalisations, 16,000 heart attacks, 5,700 childrens asthma-related hospital visits, 260,000 respiratory problems in children and nearly a million work days lost due to illness.

The public has been invited to comment on the proposal (see below for an internet hyperlink) by sending an email to nrt4@epa.gov by August 20.

Public hearings will be held in New York on June 10, Chicago on June 12, and Los Angeles on June 17.

- Click here for more information -
3. KALMAR SIGNS STEEL CONTRACT 
HOFORS, Sweden
Kalmar Industries has signed a contract to service and maintain 92 materials handling machines for Ovako Steel, a Kalmar customer for almost 20 years, in Hofors, north of Stockholm, Sweden.

Ovako Steel is the world's leading producer of steels for rolling bearings and a major producer of low-alloy special steels. The contract, which has already started, covers regular servicing, finance, insurance and administration. The terms were not disclosed.

The contract includes maintenance of Kalmar and other trucks, traction vehicles, straddle carriers, wheel loaders, side loaders, diesel and electric counterbalance forklifts and warehouse trucks.

Tailored to the client's requirements, the maintenance part of the contract takes into account the relative importance of each piece of equipment in yard operations.

Ovako Steel purchaser Reine Wahlen said Kalmar manufactured the companys most important machines.

In addition to the after-sales service Kalmar provides, its expertise in manufacturing machines key to our business is essential, given the tough environment in which these vehicles work, he said.

Susanne Nyrell, who is responsible for Kalmar rentals in Sverige, said Ovako had very tough demands for availability of machinery.

"The contract takes a lot of the administrative headaches away from Ovako and allows it to concentrate on core competencies. Constant communication with the customer, combined with flexible planning, is an absolute necessity, she said.

- Kalmar website -
4. WOODWARD AND DAEWOO LINK UP 
ROCKFORD, United States
Woodward Governor Company has won a contract to supply Woodward MI-4 engine control systems for Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery's gas forklifts for the US and Asian markets.

The MI-4 system is a system of fuel, air, and ignition control modules for small industrial engines, designed to help engine manufacturers meet the 2004 Environmental Protection Agency emission standards in the USA and other standards around the world.

Woodward vice-president Tim Lloyd said the agreement resulted directly from the companys efforts to meet the emission control needs of the engine market.

As tighter emission standards take effect for diesel and spark-ignited engines, we will continue working with Daewoo and other manufacturers to develop solutions, he said.

One partner involved in the Daewoo agreement is Natural Gas Vehicle International, in Korea, which will apply and certify the Woodward system on General Motors and Mitsubishi engines for Daewoo.

- Woodward website -
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6. MOVERS & SHAKERS BPR/RICO APPOINTS DURICA 
MEDINA, United States
BPR/Rico Equipment Inc, a producer of specially-engineered materials handling equipment, has appointed Hank Durica as national sales manager.

Mr Durica has held various sales and management positions in the primary metals and other industries.

Rico vice-president Michael Ross said: Hank brings a wealth of industry knowledge and strong sales expertise, both of which are essential to properly serve our customers.

Rico manufactures materials handling equipment, with capacities from 3,000 pounds (1.3 tonnes) to 300,000 pounds (136 tonnes), for customers in the industrial, commercial, and military markets. The company has manufacturing facilities in Ohio and West Virginia.

- Rico Equipment website -
7. CAT HONOURS DEALER EXCELLENCE 
HOUSTON, United States
Four United States Cat forklift dealers have been awarded Cats five-star customer service rating.

Cat Lift Trucks development manager Don Green said only dealers that consistently accomplished five or more identified benchmarks received five-star status.

Five-star customer service recognition means more than just a pat on the back. It boosts customer confidence, positions dealers in the top 10-15 percent in the industry, increases employee pride and adds to the dealers bottom line, Mr Green said.

Dealers awarded five-star status were Inland/Hobbs Material Handling, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Miami Industrial Trucks Inc, of Dayton, Ohio; Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Ring Lift, of Miami, Florida.

- Cat Lift Trucks website -
8. FORKLIFT DRIVER SPOILS POISON PLAN 
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
A forklift driver played a major part in unravelling a brewery contamination plot that could have caused widespread sickness in the United Kingdom.

Russell Jordan, a forklift operator with Bulmers, a famous cider brewing company, blew the whistle after he was offered GBP16,000 (USD25,300) by Michael Hancocks, a major shareholder in rival Aston Manor Brewery, to contaminate Bulmers product between August 31, 2001, and April 5, 2002.

Mr Hancocks was the instigator and prime mover in the plan, Bristol Crown Court was told. He blamed Bulmer's for his firm's business problems and wanted to teach them a lesson, a Birmingham Post report said.

He used his daughter's partner Paul Harris, chemist Richard Gay and Mr Jordan to try to disperse three lots of yeast-based contaminant into the Bulmers line, but the plan was foiled when Mr Jordan told his employers and police.

Messrs Hancocks, Gay and Harris are expected to be sentenced on May 1 after pleading guilty in previous hearings.

 

9. CASCADE LAUNCHES REVAMPED USA WEBSITE
PORTLAND, OR, United States
Cascade Corporation recently unveiled a new Americas website at www.cascorp.com that offers more functionality to lift truck dealers.

Registered users can now check the status of their web orders, review order history and maintain multiple addresses. Parts managers will find parts ordering faster because descriptions and prices are populated automatically.

Under Support/Service Literature, a search feature offers multiple ways to sort through 1,000 parts, service, installation manuals and more. Additional manuals will be added regularly.

In the Products section, Cascade has included video clips of some products, with bandwidth options.

Click here for the full text of this release.

10. ULHS/RONCARI USA APPOINTS NEW MANAGER
GREENVILLE, SC, United States
Unit Load Handling/Roncari USA, a supplier of forklift attachments and integral carriages, has appointed Tim Cornelius as regional sales manager.

Mr Cornelius, based in Greenville, SC, will be responsible for sales and support in Virginia , North and South Carolina and Georgia.

With the additional support Mr Cornelius, a 25-year industry veteran, will provide, Roncari and ULHS front-end products will have a broader market entry.

Mr Cornelius can be reached at: PH: +1-864-877-8607; FX: 864-608-1004; Mobile: 864-848-0874; or Email: CTaccor@aol.com

Click here for the full text of this release.

 
11. TOC2003 EUROPE
Genoa, Italy
10th, 11th and 12th June 2003
12. 13TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST MATERIAL HANDLING SHOW
Portland, Oregon, United States
11th and 12th June 2003
13. ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CONFERENCE
Nice, France
10th to 13th June 2003
14. MHEDA - SALES TRAINING - SALES TOPIC (TBD)
Your location, United States
2nd June 2003
 

15. HARDWOOD PALLETS
Bremerton WA, United States
Closing: 30 April 2003 TBA - Contract: N00406-03-T-1389
16. HIRE/LEASE OF MHE
Chester, United Kingdom
Closing: 01 December 2003 TBA - Contract: CH020271
17. PALLET RACKS, MODULAR STORAGE, CONVEYORS
Wright-Patterson AFB OH, United States
Closing: 16 May 2003 2:30pm - Contract: F33600-03-R-1017
18. DRAFT TENDER - VEHICLE FLEET LEASING & MANAGEMENT
Canberra ACT, Australia
Closing: 30 April 2003 5:00pm - Contract: 01/03
19. PERSONNEL HOIST
Unknown, United States
Closing: 15 May 2003 2:00pm - Contract: SOL # 51888
20. PRIOR INFORMATION - FORK-LIFT TRUCKS
La Rochelle, France
Closing: 30 April 2003 TBA - Contract: ND:64112-2003
21. CONVEYANCE SYSTEM
Memphis TN, United States
Closing: 30 April 2003 10:00pm - Contract: AMCOQCTN-0001-3
 
22. DISTRIBUTOR - FULL TIME
Various, Mexico
23. SALES REPRESENTATIVE - FULL TIME
Morris, United States
 
24. ENGINEERING/APPLICATIONS - FULL TIME
eastern USA, United States

25. DIRECTOR - FULL TIME
None, United States

26. FORKLIFT/CONST./COMPACT PARTS MANAGER - FULL TIME
Anywhere in the USA, United States

 

  

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