Business Roundup: Deere realigns construction leadership; 5S optimization for the equipment shop; Okada taps new support manager; 5 new Terex cranes at Hydraulic Machinery in Fla.; Prinoth adds CONTRAC in W. Canada

Updated Oct 9, 2018

CONTRAC Equipment now a full-service Prinoth dealer in western Canada

Crawler carrier manufacturer Prinoth has expanded its distribution network into Western Canada for the first time with the addition of CONTRAC Equipment of Spruce Grove, Alberta.

CONTRAC, which says it is the largest independent heavy equipment dealer in Canada’s western provinces, will be a full-service Prinoth dealer. The company will sell, lease, rent and service Prinoth’s Panther vehicles.


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Hydraulic Machinery in Fla. adds five new Terex boom truck cranes

To keep up with high demands for boom truck cranes, Hydraulic Machinery is adding five new Terex boom truck cranes to its inventory in Tampa, Florida, the company says.

The recent order includes two Terex BT 5092, two Terex RS 70100 and one Terex BT 70100 boom truck cranes.


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Flewelling joins Okada America as new product support manager

Okada America has hired Bryant Flewelling as a product support manager in the western U.S.

Okada says Flewelling’s experience and range of skills will serve him well at the company, a manufacturer of a wide variety of construction and demolition attachments for heavy equipment.


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How to automate and optimize your equipment shop with 5S

If there is one thing that hurts performance and efficiency in shops today, it’s lack of organization and standardization.

Every time someone stumbles over a hose or goes looking for tool or a part, every time a mechanic walks 20 steps to grab something that should be at arm’s length, your shop is falling behind. Multiply that times the number of mechanics you employ and you’re looking at some serious deficiencies, not to mention prolonged equipment downtime.

To counteract the chaos, some shops today are employing the 5S methodology. “5S is part of the bigger picture of Lean manufacturing, and Lean is just copying what Toyota has done with Kaizen,” says Dennis Sowards, a 5S and Lean consultant. “Masaaki Imai, an international Lean guru who wrote the book “Kaizen,” said: ‘If you’re not doing 5S you’re not doing Lean.’”


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Deere realigns key Construction and Forestry leadership roles as Guinn announces retirement

With the pending retirement of its head of worldwide construction and forestry, Deere & Company is realigning its leadership team in response to the planned retirement.

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After 38 years with the company, Max Guinn, 60, will retire as president of the Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division.

“We are taking this opportunity to realign the senior management team to improve efficiency, further develop leadership talent, and more effectively align the organization in support of the company’s business strategy,” says Samuel Allen, chairman and CEO.


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