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This is issue #114 - 03 July
2003 of the weekly newsletter for industry
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RAYMOND TO APPEAL AGAINST USD14 MILLION
GREENE, NY, United States
Raymond Corporation has confirmed it will appeal against
a USD14 million verdict for wrongful termination of a
The June 19 verdict, reported in
Forkliftaction.com News #113, found Raymond
unfairly treated Minnesota Supply Company (MSC) in
terminating its dealership arrangement in
Raymond president and chief executive James
Malvaso said the judgement was "erroneous" and his
company had acted in a "highly ethical and responsible"
A Raymond statement said MSC's
performance "dramatically" declined in the early 1990s
and, in response to Raymond's concerns, MSC committed to
improve its performance. When it did not, both companies
agreed to end their relationship, Raymond
Although MSC executed a "termination by
mutual consent" document when the companies parted, it
"was able to convince the trial court that it should not
be bound by its own document", the statement
"After several years of sub-standard
performance, and attempts on Raymonds part to mutually
remedy (the) situation, Raymond ... entered into a
termination by mutual consent agreement with MSC," Mr
"This latest verdict is yet another
example of a legal system that is out of control.
Raymond will use all available avenues to right this
- Raymond website -
HYSTER WINS NEW GENERAL MOTORS SOLE-SUPPLIER
GREENVILLE, NC, United States
has won a three-year contract to supply materials
handling equipment and forklifts to General Motors
The contract, which includes a further
two-year option, covers forklift installations in
Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the USA, and other
locations worldwide as required.
The value of the
contract was not released.
GM has also extended
its fleet management contract with Hyster to coincide
with the term of the new contract. Hyster will
coordinate the management, including parts, of more than
10,000 Hyster forklifts at 63 GM locations.
- Hyster USA website -
**FORK TALK** ENTER THE KNOWLEDGE ZONE @ IMHX
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
your reason for visiting IMHX 2004? If it is to find out
about industry issues, legislation, best practice and
new products, you will want to attend some of the 90
presentations being run at the three-day
The "Knowledge Zone", which contains three
presentation theatres, will be a central attraction at
IMHX. There will be 10 presentations a day in each
~ The Must Know theatre will feature
presentations by government agencies, industry
associations and media on health and safety and relevant
~ The Whats New? theatre will be a
forum for exhibitors to present their latest products
and services or other topics; and
~ The Real Life
theatre will feature case studies, presented by
logistics consultancies with direct experience in
distribution and materials handling
Forkliftaction.com readers are
invited to submit papers to present in the Knowledge
Zone. If you're interested, email Rowan Jagger on
IMHX 2004 organiser
Turret RAI says 60% of available space has now been
sold, with 120 companies buying exhibition
2004 website -
**ADVERTISEMENT** CLARK-FILCO ON TRACK FOR 2003
Clark MHE owner FiLCO has begun
building forklifts, despite only bringing it out of
insolvency in May.
FiLCO will produce 1400 units this
year and refurbish used Clark forklifts. Half of 2003's
production is already sold.
FiLCO will target major
rental companies and appoint sales staff in key markets
like the UK, France and Spain.
FiLCO will become the
most competitive manufacturer of three and four wheel
1.6 ton electric forklifts, and will produce a full line
Our slogan is "High Quality @ Low
For more information, phone +492085881342,
fax +492085881336, email email@example.com
or see www.filcogmbh.com.
**MOVERS & SHAKERS** NEW PORT OF BRISBANE
has been appointed general manager, port development,
for the Port of Brisbane Corporation (PBC), a role he
has acted in since July last year.
was previously PBC's senior manager, business
development, and before joining PBC was Queensland
manager of the Association of Employers of Waterside
Gerry has extensive experience in
waterfront industrial relations and human resources, and
is well qualified to take on this key role as the leader
of our largest division, PBC chief executive Jeff
HYDRAULIC EXTENDERS LIGHTEN THE LOAD
Meijer Special Equipment has released a
new range of hydraulically-controlled extending forks,
which it said would reduce pallet and product damage in
Unlike conventional mechanical
extendable forks, the new Slide-Range is controllable
from the seat, and does not suffer the weight gains
necessary with manual fork extenders.
forks are often too long or too short, especially for
euro-pallets. Forks too short do not support loads
completely, and forks that are too long can damage
goods. Damage and extra handling costs are estimated at
1% of the total stacked volume.
One feature of
the Slide-Range is that the outer forks are level with
the inner forks, preventing damage to pallets when
retracting the forks. It is also possible to move two
pallets at once.
- Meijer website -
FORKLIFT DRIVER WINS USD100,000 POWERBALL
GREEN BAY, WI, Australia
fired forklift driver has had a change of fortune after
winning USD100,000 on TV lottery Powerball last
Alan Jensen bought some Powerball
tickets at Lou's One Stop purely by chance. He told The
Green Bay News-Chronicle he rarely shopped there,
usually stopping at an adjacent McDonald's
Jensen, who was laid off this year,
said he would use the money to "put a house up, go on
vacation and just enjoy life".
AMSKAN LAUNCHES WORLD FIRST FORKLIFT SAFETY
Amskan Ltd has
released the latest development of the Fork Alert
System, the Vest Alert.
Vest Alert is the world's
first intelligent vest that alerts the wearer to the
presence of a forklift. Vest Alert allows the wearer to
move or at least be aware of a forklift's
Vest Alert is a great complement to
Amskan's Fork Alert System. The two products can help to
prevent death or injury, therefore reducing your
For more information, see www.amskan.com or contact Amskan by
phone on +61-3-9565-9705 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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