Business Roundup: Bomag celebrates 60 years; Franklin Equipment opens in Nashville; H&E new branch in Fort Collins; Implementing a CMMS; Housing starts dip in May

Franklin Equipment opens new location in Nashville

Franklin Equipment, which carries equipment from Wacker Neuson, Skyjack, Chicago Pneumatic and New Holland, has opened a new location in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new site, which adds to its eight other locations in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin, is part of the company’s effort to expand into the Southeast.

“We are excited to enter the Tennessee area markets and increase our coverage area for our valued regional customers. We truly appreciate the support of our valued manufacture suppliers,” says Troy Gabriel, owner of Franklin Equipment. “Our customers will find our fleet to be the newest equipment available from our equipment suppliers.”

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H&E Equipment opens branch in Fort Collins, Colorado

H&E Equipment Services has opened a new branch in Fort Collins, Colorado, adding to additional branches in Denver and Colorado Springs and bringing the nationwide total of branches to 79.

The Fort Collins location, with 15,295 square feet of space and eight pull-through bays, will provide coverage in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska

The site will provide sales and service of aerial lifts, telescopic forklifts, earthmoving, and general construction equipment from Atlas Copco, Doosan, Gehl, Generac/Magnum, Genie, JCB, JLG, John Deere, Lincoln, MQ, Miller, Okada, Skyjack, Skytrak, Wacker, and other OEMs.

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How to implement a Computerized Maintenance Management System

You bought it. Now you have to make it work. Here’s a 14-point plan to bring your maintenance-management protocols into the digital age.

Earlier this year, we looked at how to evaluate and choose a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). But that’s just half the battle. Implementing the system is equally as important. A weak effort here could bring disappointing returns on the investment, confusion in the ranks and egg on your face. By following the 14-step process below, you can have a successful implementation and reap the many rewards. But you don’t just flip a switch. A typical CMMS implementation for a construction or construction materials company takes six to 12 months.

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Bomag marks 60 years as a supplier to road construction

Bomag GmbH this year is celebrating 60 years of serving the road construction industry through soil and asphalt compaction.

The company was founded in October 1957 in the town center of Boppard/Rhine in Germany and now has roughly 2,200 employees and annual revenue of about € 700 million ($783 million), with production plans in Germany, Italy, Brazil, China and the U.S.

“We are proud of what Bomag has achieved up to now and the many innovations which have been accepted by customers all over the world, which have made Bomag the global market leader in our core business of asphalt and soil compaction”, says Jörg Unger, President of the Fayat Road Equipment Division. “Above all, this has been made possible by the commitment of our highly qualified employees, who give us their best every day and are never simply satisfied with what has already been achieved.”

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Housing starts dip 5.5% in May with big drop in multi-family

The start of construction on new homes in the U.S. fell 5.5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.092 million homes, according to the latest estimates from the Commerce Department.

Total starts are down 2.4 percent from the May 2016 estimate, largely due to a decrease in the number of multi-family homes/apartments under construction. Multi-family starts fell 9.8 percent in May from the previous month and are down 25.7 percent from the May 2016 figure.

Single-family starts saw a monthly decline of 3.9 percent, but remain up 8.5 percent over the year-ago figure.

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