Flash Facts — Dec. 2


Eaton to produce Volvo transmissions in Brazil
Eaton Corp., based in Cleveland, Ohio, has signed an eight-year agreement with Volvo Trucks to manufacture heavy-duty transmissions for the South American market. The transmissions will be produced at Eaton’s facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to the agreement, Eaton will manufacture and deliver all the transmissions needed to meet the production requirements of the South American market.

Sandvik consolidates North American mining equipment production
Sandvik Mining and Construction is consolidating production of mining equipment in North America to its plants in Alachua, Florida, and Burlington, Ontario. The company will close its plant in Bluefield, W. Va., which primarily manufactures equipment for continuous coal mining. Sales, service and administration for the plant are being transferred to Sandvik’s Bristol, Vir., facilities. Sandvik said the price of coal has fallen dramatically since 2001 and is expected to remain at a low level.

California approves Donaldson engine filter system
Donaldson Company announced in November the California Environmental Protection Agency approved its diesel oxidation catalyst muffler and Spiracle crankcase ventilation filter. The systems reduce diesel engine emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Approval from the California EPA’s Air Resouces Board allows Donaldson to sell the combination on a retrofit basis to help vehicles operators in the state meet pollution control requirements.

Cummins consolidates heavy-duty engine production
Cummins is consolidating heavy-duty engine production at its Jamestown, N.Y., engine plant. The move will eliminate about 200 jobs at Cummins’ Columbus, Ind., facility. The Jamestown plant uses the company’s most modern assembly line and has the flexibility and capacity to meet customer requirements for Cummins’ 11-liter and 15-liter engines more cost-effectively than any other alternative, said Joe Loughrey, president of the company’s engine business unit. The consolidation is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2003.


Kobelco has named Jack Fendrick North American sales manager for its cranes division. His responsibilities include sales and dealer development for Kobelco’s crawler and foundation cranes. Fendrick says he intends to spend a lot of time with his dealers.