Industry News: March 2016

Catch up on the latest acquisitions, promotions and company milestones
Industry News: March 2016
Manitou welcomes Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment Co. to dealer network.

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Manitou welcomes Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment Co. to dealer network
Fernbridge Tractor & Equipment Co., located in Fortuna, California, has joined the Manitou dealer network and will serve Humbolt, Del-Norte and Trinity counties for rough-terrain vertical masted forklifts, semi-industrial vertical masted forklifts and agricultural telescopic handlers. 

Ditch Witch founder Ed Malzahn passes away
Ed Malzahn, founder of Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works company, died on Dec. 11. He was 94. Malzahn is credited with changing the way utility infrastructure is installed and maintained when he launched the first service line trencher, the Ditch Witch model DWP, in 1949 from a small machine shop in Oklahoma. Today, the company employs more than 1,500 workers and has more than 175 dealerships and branches serving 195 countries.

JCB North America celebrates production milestone
JCB North America celebrated the production of its 100,000th compact excavator. The company’s first compact excavator rolled off the production line in 1989.

Continental ContiTech to expand industrial hose plant
Continental ContiTech announced a $7.2 million expansion of its industrial hose plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The company expects construction to be completed by the end of the year.

JWC Environmental names regional sales manager 
Paul Schuitt has joined JWC Environmental as the western regional sales manager for the municipal wastewater market. Schuitt has over 31 years of operations and maintenance experience in the water and wastewater industry, and 16 years of equipment sales, service and consulting as principal of GPS Environmental.

WERF accepting nominations for annual awards
The Water Environment Research Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 Award of Excellence for Innovation and Paul L. Busch Award. More information on the awards, including the nomination process, is online at or

Grundfos Pumps regional managing director to leave company
Duncan Cooper, Grundfos Pumps’ regional managing director and group senior vice president for Grundfos Americas, will leave the company this summer. Cooper has been instrumental in improving company performance, most significantly in the area of financial stability, since arriving in 2013.

Vermeer names board of directors
Vermeer appointed Robert Hund and Scott Nelson to its board of directors. Both are veteran corporate executives within the industrial equipment manufacturing industry.


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