Flash Facts — March 3


Sun Hydraulics to open Midwest operation
Sun Hyraulics announced its plans to establish an operation in Kansas City, which will be used for the promotion and production of custom engineered hydraulic valve packages. The company is hoping its Midwest operation will help produce larger manifolds in the United States as well as ductile iron manifolds.

Claas to buy stake in Renault
Claas KgaA will soon become a major shareholder in the tractor unit of Renault SA. Claas recently announced it will buy 51 percent of Renault Agriculture and by 2006 will have acquired 80 percent of the division’s shares. Renault will continue to exist as a legal entity and the brand name will continue to be used.

Perkins demonstrates Tier 3 emissions capability
With the help of Caterpillar’s ACERT technology, Perkins Engines has demonstrated Tier 3 emissions capability for its 1100 series diesel range. Caterpillar, the parent company of Perkins, plans to make ACERT available for on-highway use March 19.


Navistar appoints two new vice presidents
Navistar International recently named Terry M. Endsley vice president and treasurer of Navistar and its operating company, International Truck and Engine Corp. Endsley succeeds Thomas M. Hough, who left the position when he was named vice president of strategic initiatives.

Nortrax adds three vice presidents
Nortrax has added three people to its executive management team — William Horaney, vice president, sales and marketing; Mike Wingard, vice president, product support; and Mark Germain, vice president, product support. Nortrax, based in Moline, Ill., is one of John Deere’s largest North American dealer organizations.

Multiquip names director
Multiquip, a leading supplier of compaction equipment, has announced the return of Mike Ferguson as director of sales for the company’s General Construction Equipment Unit. Ferguson will oversee all North American Multiquip sales operations and activities.

The Holland Group announces seven promotions
As part of its effort to strengthen its position in the truck and trailer market, The Holland Group recently announced seven new personnel assignments. Pat McGurk was named director of trailer suspension system PMT. David Roe was promoted to PMT director – coupler/kingpin products. Dan Millar assumed responsibility for the direction of Holland’s global aftermarket. Bill Hicks was assigned the new trailer suspension systems engineering group leader. Mark Thomas was appointed the market intelligence analyst. Mark Molitor was named engineering group leader for the truck and bus suspension product group and John Cook was appointed marketing product manager.

Charles Machine Works appoints chief operating officer
Charles Machine Works recently appointed Tiffany Sewell-Howard the company’s chief operating officer. In that position, she will lead the company in marketing, product development, manufacturing and electronics/downhole tools. CMW is best known for its manufacture of Ditch Witch and Subsite products.