Flash Facts – June 16, 2003

MANUFACTURER NEWS

Ingersoll-Rand to develop online course
Ingersoll-Rand announced June 2 it would be working with Digital Think, a company known for customizing e-learning coursework, to develop an online employee orientation course. The program, known as Ingersoll-Rand University, will teach new employees about the company’s vision, values, products and services. The program will be produced in English, French, German and Spanish.

McLaughlin no longer selling HDD tracking equipment
McLaughlin Manufacturing announced last week it would no longer sell, distribute or repair any horizontal direction drill tracking equipment, including the Spot-D-Tek or Mole Map. Digital Control will take over McLaughlin’s HDD tracking business. McLaughlin, based in Greenville, S.C., will continue to manufacture and supply auger boring machines and verifier pipe and cable locating systems.

RENTAL NEWS

Hitachi Sumitomo to begin renting cranes in China
Hitachi Sumitomo revealed plans June 2 to begin renting construction cranes in China. Hitachi Sumitomo is the joint venture of Hitachi Construction Machinery and Sumitomo Heavy Industries. Both companies said demand for cranes in China is likely to double in the next few years due to an increase in large construction projects across the country.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Textron appoints president, vice presidents
Textron announced Thursday the company has appointed two vice presidents and a president. Peter Riley was named the company’s vice president of supply chain and William Ellis was appointed vice president of Textron Six Sigma and transformation. Edward Orzetti, who previously oversaw supply chain and Six Sigma efforts as vice president of enterprise excellence, was appointed president of Textron’s transformation leadership team, which is comprised of the company’s top 20 executives.

Construction Technology names national sales manager
Construction Technology named George M. Drott national sales manager on June 7. As part of his new position, he will be responsible for outside sales and product development. Drott previously served in sales and management positions with Sweepster, Ellen Equipment and J.I. Case.

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