Vermeer names Ultimate Crew; Holt Cat hits VisionLink milestone; Orion expands & more in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing roundup

Updated Aug 23, 2016
The BT Drainage crew (center) with Jason (L) and Mary Andringa (R)The BT Drainage crew (center) with Jason (L) and Mary Andringa (R)

Vermeer names B&T Drainage winner of Ultimate Crew contest

B&T Drainage from Marshall, Illinois, was named the winner of the Ultimate Crew Contest sponsored by Vermeer at last week’s International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo in Louisville.

A panel of judges scored each team based on their times, accuracy, safety procedures and teamwork in completing a live drilling competition.

The crew won the use of a new Vermeer D24x40 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill for one year.

Variety of Equip 3 ORION

Orion Equipment expands with purchase of Pacific Coast Equipment

Orion Equipment has announced its purchase of Pacific Coast Equipment business in Vancouver, Washington, from Ohio-based Company Wrench.

Portland-Vancouver based Pacific Coast Equipment has been serving the Pacific Northwest construction market for four years with an inventory of excavators, wheel loaders, skid steers, track loaders, material handlers, high reach/long reach machines and dust suppression equipment. PCE was owned and operated by Company Wrench.

The acquisition of Pacific Coast Equipment will allow Orion Equipment to provide and expand equipment rental, new and used equipment sales, service and support for the major Vancouver-Portland metropolitan market as well as Southern Washington and the entire Oregon region.

Orion plans to offer the same products and services while adding Bell ADTs and Liebherr construction machinery (more below) and material handling equipment lines to their portfolio. As an authorized dealer for these lines, Orion Equipment will provide sales, rental, parts and service at both the Seattle and Vancouver locations.

Liebherr expands Pacific Northwest distribution with Orion

Speaking of Orion, the company has reached an agreement with Liebherr to distribute that manufacturer’s equipment in Washington and Oregon.

Orion has been granted promotion, sales and service responsibilities for the entire Liebherr earthmoving and material handling lineups in a footprint that will cover both the greater Seattle and Portland areas.

Holt Cat’s VisionLink command center.Holt Cat’s VisionLink command center.

Holt CAT celebrates 10,000th deployment of VisionLink

Holt Cat, Caterpillar and Precision Demolition gathered together at Precision Demolition’s headquarters in Lewisville to celebrate the deployment of VisionLink, a fleet management solution.

This telematics technology enables customized health and utilizations reports, provides additional onboard safety features and can map fleet movements and overall machine capabilities.

Statewide, Holt CAT has deployed approximately 10,000 heavy equipment vehicles with VisionLink-worldwide Caterpillar has supplies more than 300,000. Precision Demolition currently operates around 60 vehicles with this technology and has plans to deploy this solution to more of their fleet in the future.

BKT USA strengthens management growth with new hire

BKT USA has hired Mike Connor as its new Head of OE Sales.

Connor has over 25 years of management experience in the off-highway tire and wheel industry, holding positions as General Manager of Mefro Wheels USA and President/COO of Redco Wheel.

Bronto Skylift hires new managing director

Harry Clayhills has been named as Managing Director of Bronto Skylift, a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, following the retirement of Esa Peltola who had been with the company for 45 years.

Clayhills rejoins the Federal Signal organization where he began in 1996 as an auditor in its corporate offices. He continued to assume roles of increasing responsibility throughout a six-year career with the company.

Gehl adds Riggins Ag to dealer network

Gehl, a manufacturer of compact equipment for agriculture and construction markets, welcomes Riggins Ag Solutions Group to the Gehl dealer network.

Riggins Ag Solutions Group provides expert sales and service to the north central Missouri area for Gehl skid loaders, track loaders, compact excavators and articulated loaders.