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Liebherr Concrete Technology opens headquarters

Liebherr Concrete Technology has established a headquarters in Newport News, Va. Liebherr concrete products were previously available in European markets and are now available in North America. Those products include twin shaft mixers, ring pan mixers, concrete reclaimers, concrete batch plants and material handling systems. The company plans to introduce Liebherr ready mix trucks in North America in the future.

Gehl to temporarily suspend West Bend production
Gehl will suspend production at its West Bend, Wis., plant for about six weeks beginning Nov. 25. The company said the move will help it better manage its inventory. Gehl will temporarily layoff about 120 employees during the shutdown. The company also reported reduced demand for its telescopic material handlers and lower agricultural equipment sales. On the bright side, Gehl said demand has been good for its new tracked loader and all-wheel steer loader products. The company’s new attachment business has also created positive results.

KCI buys parts, service businesses from Milwaukee crane company
KCI Konecranes has acquired the assets related to the replacement parts and service businesses of Crane Manufacturing & Service Corporation in Milwaukee, Wis. The deal closed Oct. 16. KCI will halt the company’s crane production, and only the service and spare parts business will continue with offices and a warehouse in the Milwaukee area. The business will be organized as part of Crane Pro Parts, KCI’s North American spare parts business.

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Arnco, a supplier of polyurethane flatproofing fill for tires, has named Barry J. Craft to the newly created position of national accounts manager. He will also hold the mining marketing manager title. Craft has more than 30 years of experience in the off-road tire industry. He joined Arnco in 1997 after operating his own underground mining tire company for four years. Craft previously held sales and service positions with several off-road tire firms.

CNH Global on Thursday appointed Harold Boyanovsky president of its construction equipment business. He will be responsible for CNH construction equipment operations worldwide, including the design, manufacture, sales and marketing of all brands and the company’s partnership with Kobelco. Boyanovsky replaces Fausto Lanfranco, who is retiring. Boyanovsky will retain his current position as president of worldwide agricultural equipment products through the end of the year.