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|We would like to extend our sympathies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. During this trying time for our American friends, it is good to know that our industry members are contributing to the relief efforts in New Orleans. This week, our lead story is on the materials handling companies who have generously given cash and equipment donations to help the city recover.|
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Companies rally around New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, United States
Materials handling companies are contributing cash and equipment to assist clean up efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.
Deere & Co will contribute USD500,000 and match employee contributions to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
“Because equipment manufactured by Deere can be helpful in relief and restoration efforts, [our] equipment divisions will also identify how in-kind equipment donations can best be used,” the company said on its website.
United Rentals says it will contribute up to USD100,000 in financial support for hurricane victims through a donation to the Red Cross fund.
Caterpillar Inc has shipped 60 Cat power modules from Brazil to the Gulf Coast region at the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s request. Each module can power 200 to 300 homes.
The company’s wheel loaders & excavators division is working with its defence & federal products division to donate a large materials handler to the US Army Corp of Engineers to rebuild New Orleans’ levees.
Bobcat Company has already shipped six truckloads of grapples and three truckloads of Bobcat loaders to Mobile, Alabama. A portion of factory production at its North Dakota, Minnesota and Georgia facilities has been dedicated to satisfying the equipment needs of affected areas.
The Komatsu Group is donating USD500,000 to the American Red Cross and has promised to match contributions by its US employees.
Ingersoll-Rand Financial Services, the main finance arm for Bobcat products, has offered a deferred loan payment program for new and existing customers.
Port of New Orleans needs diesel
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, United States
The Port of New Orleans, which will be a major force in the reconstruction of New Orleans, is in dire need of diesel.
Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) was “strongly considering” providing transport for fuel if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could provide the fuel.
The port has contacted Louisiana’s homeland security staff to make a formal request to FEMA.
Diesel is needed to run ship-board generators to create electricity to run port operations crucial to getting supplies and aid to New Orleans.
The Mississippi River is now open in both directions simultaneously with a draft of 35 feet, during daylight hours. Six or seven MARAD ships and three navy ships are scheduled to dock at the port.
Among the ships is the Iwo Jima, a 900-foot-long, US Marine Corps helicopter carrier that will be used to launch helicopters to go on missions throughout the city.
The port headquarters building now has power and the Louisiana State Police SWAT (special weapons and tactics unit) team has temporary headquarters on the first floor.
“The port’s riverfront terminals survived Hurricane Katrina in fairly decent shape,” LaGrange said. “Although they are damaged, they are still workable once electric power and manpower arrive.”
He said many repairs were needed to bring the port back to full capacity.
Cargo containers had been tossed around at the Napolean Avenue container terminal and the Nashville Avenue complex and remained strewn about.
Two gantry cranes at the Napolean and Nashville Avenue terminals were expected to have damaged electronic components. Another two gantry cranes were expected to work with electric power.
The conditions of terminals along the Mississippi River –Gulf Outlet, an alternate route for the Mississippi River, and the Industrial Canal were unknown, although they had no electric power and were severely flooded, LaGrange said.
Californian industry airs concerns over emission proposal
SACRAMENTO, CA, United Statesby US correspondent Roger Renstrom
Following forklift industry heat, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has postponed consideration of an emission standards proposal from September 15-16 to October 20-21.
CARB wants to lower emissions for off-road large spark ignition (LSI) engines (Forkliftaction.com News #215
At an August meeting, California state assembly members criticised CARB for ineffectively dealing with the forklift industry during development of the emission proposal. CARB has withheld raw data forming the basis for its proposal and not allowed outsiders to review and critique the information, legislators said.
In 2001-2004, CARB introduced LSI engine standards for new forklifts and is now addressing emissions from older forklifts.
Industry members say the expense of converting engines in old forklifts might make them virtually worthless and forcing operators and dealers to install retrofit kits could jeopardise smaller businesses.
Audie Burgan, JM Equipment Co Inc owner, said many people felt the problem would disappear over six years through a turnover of inventory. Modesto-based JM distributes new forklifts from Nissan, BT Prime-Mover and Landoll, and sells used materials handling machines and agricultural equipment from five California locations.
Joe Hensler, president of Clarklift-West Inc, which trades as Team Power Forklifts, said: “We own several hundred forklifts.Converting that inventory might cost USD1.5 million.” The Sacramento-based firm distributes new forklifts from Clark, Mitsubishi, Daewoo and Linde, and sells used machines and agricultural tractors at five California and Nevada locations.
Burgan, Hensler and Jay Waugh, of Graylift Inc, Fresno, California, are strongly encouraging others among the 50 forklift dealers in California to join a trade association willing to press the industry’s case.
“As a group, we can be heard,” said Steven Kost, executive director of the Far West Equipment Dealers Association (FWEDA), of Dixon, California. FWEDA has retained Sacramento attorney George Soares to communicate industry concerns.
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Ex-Clark chief now Linde subsidiary head
SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States
Former Clark Material Handling Company president and CEO Brian Butler is now president of Linde Material Handling-North America.
Butler succeeded Mitch Milovich, who had headed the Summerville, South Carolina-based forklift manufacturer since 1991.
Milovich has retired from Linde and returned to Lift Atlanta Inc, a family-owned Linde dealership he established in 1975.
Butler has more than 20 years’ experience in the materials handling industry. He held the positions of president, chief operating officer and vice president of sales and marketing at Clark.
Previously Butler spent most of his career at the dealership level, the most recent being vice president of sales and marketing of Material Handling Services in Chicago.
“Obviously my family and I are excited about joining Linde. I want to build on the success Linde has developed over the past few years, build on our product offering, and support our dealers and customers with world-class service and support,” Butler said.
Linde Material Handling-North America, the new name for Linde Lift Truck Corp, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde Material Handling, of Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Still to boost earnings with worker agreement
The management of Still Gmbh, a Linde subsidiary, has finalised an agreement with employee representatives for its German sites, which it says will boost its earning power.
The agreement consists of measures to increase flexibility in working hours and convert regular wage and salary payments into performance-related payments, and an employee obligation to participate in optimisation projects.
Employees receive a six-year guarantee that Still’s current German production sites will not close and jobs will not be offshored to Eastern Europe.
If substantial, long-term changes occur in the economic and operational environment, the agreement, to be effective in stages, may be terminated.
Linde concluded a similar agreement for the German sites of its materials handling unit in late July (Forkliftaction.com News #220
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Terex: SEC investigates restatements
WESTPORT, CT, United States
Telehandler manufacturer Terex Corp has announced that the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating the restatement of its reports for 2000 to 2003 and other past transactions.
Terex said it had also received a subpoena from SEC requiring it to produce documents connected to transactions between Terex, its subsidiaries, and United Rentals, in 2000 and 2001.
Terex said it would voluntarily provide the SEC with information.
According to Dow Jones News Service, Terex is a major supplier to United Rentals. In June, Terex chairman and chief executive Ronald Defeo resigned from the United Rentals board to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
Early this year, Terex announced it was restating past financial statements after an internal audit of intercompany transactions found accounting errors (Forkliftaction.com News #192
Kalmar nets huge order
Kalmar Industries has just been awarded its second largest order – 53 straddle carriers for South African Port Operations (SAPO), the terminal operating subsidiary of South Africa’s transport conglomerate, Transnet Ltd.
The first straddle carriers will be shipped from Finland in November 2005 and, by mid 2006, all 53 machines will be operating in SAPO’s container handling facilities in the ports of Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The order follows Kalmar’s largest order in 2001, for 60 straddle carriers, also for SAPO.
Durban handles more than 60 per cent of the container traffic to and from South Africa. It is the busiest port on the African continent because of its location on the world’s major shipping routes, said a Kalmar statement
Kalmar did not disclose the value of the order.
Movers & Shakers Robert Schuster
has been promoted to vice president for Cascade, Asia-Pacific. Schuster was Cascade Australia managing director before his promotion. He previously worked as parts depot manager at Cascade’s Springfield, Ohio, location. He will continue to be responsible for Australia and New Zealand.
TCM Distribution USA has appointed Tony Salvatore
as manager of parts operations. He previously spent 11 years with Mitsui Machinery Distribution in a variety of positions, the most recent being assistant parts manager (Forkliftaction.com News #215
Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has promoted two executives. Tom Carbott
is now vice president of sales. Carbott joined MHIA in 1992 and has held different management roles in education, sales, marketing and industry product service development. He will be responsible for managing sales staff and the growth of MHIA’s international trade events.
is now MHIA vice president of finance. Laurent will assume broader duties and responsibilities for the organisation’s financial planning and operations. He will also oversee membership services operations. He joined MHIA in 1988.
Forkliftaction.com will be at CeMAT 2005 – Hall 11
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Briefs Cat to supply 79 forklifts for annual rodeo
HOUSTON, TX, United States
Former sponsor Cat Lift Trucks has been awarded a three-year contract to supply forklifts for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Forkliftaction.com News #191
Mustang Industrial Equipment Co, the local Cat dealer, will provide on-site technicians to maintain the 79 Cat forklifts and other equipment used between January 15 and March 31 each year.
Overturn fatalities decreasing
IRVINE, CA, United States
Fatalities resulting from forklift tip-overs have decreased since 1999, says Toyota Material Handling USA.
The US Department of Labor reported 118 fatalities resulting from forklift overturns from 1999 to 2003, which equates to 23 deaths a year.
However, overturn fatalities for all brands have decreased 13.6 per cent since 1999. Industry-wide, there has also been an overall 35.5 per cent reduction in overturn, collision, loss of control and falls from forklifts for the same period.
Male forklift drivers “can be aggressive”
A Chinese forklift driver was the sole female participant in the 2005 Lafarge Boral Gypsum Asia (LBGA) forklift challenge in Malaysia last week.
reported Xue, 38, from Shanghai, China, has been a forklift operator for 17 years. As far as she knows, she is the only female forklift operator employed by LBGA in China.
“When I joined LBGA 10 years ago, there might have been pressure on [the men] to perform better as it would have been a loss of face to be outperformed by a woman,” she said. “However, they treat me very well and are always asking for my advice about keying in logistics data.”
She said male forklift operators could be aggressive drivers.
“Sometimes they like to drive at high speed. On the other hand, female forklift operators are calmer in handling the machines,” Xue said.
The inaugural forklift challenge saw 15 forklift drivers employed by the LBGA network of companies in China, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia compete at the Asia Pacific Auction Centre in Malaysia.
Three finalists will represent Asia in the Gypsum Board Manufacturers Australasia (GBMA) forklift competition in Auckland, New Zealand, in October.
Lafarge Boral is a plasterboard joint venture between global building materials companies Boral and Lafarge.
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1. Linde Lift Truck Corp changed its name to Linde Material Handling-North America on September 1 as part of Linde’s worldwide branding program.