Industry News: May 2021

Here's a quick roundup of recent industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.

Thomas Schmidt
Thomas Schmidt

Schmidt promoted to Barbco VP, business development
Barbco announced Thomas W. Schmidt was promoted into the newly created position of vice president, business development. Schmidt is a manufacturing veteran with many years of leadership in numerous Ohio plants including Harrison Paint, Heinemann Saw Company and Georgia Pacific.

Aries names new Pacific Northwest dealer
Aries Industries added Washington-based One.7 to its dealer network. Based in Ravensdale, Washington, One.7 has been a street maintenance and environmental equipment dealer since 2005. As an Aries Industries dealer, One.7 will sell and service Aries sewer inspection and rehabilitation equipment to customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska.

Vacuworx introduces online training program
Vacuworx introduced a training program to provide access to information to help ensure that dealers and contractors are able to use and service its equipment correctly and safely. The new online Vacuworx Training Center is available to anyone who operates or services Vacuworx vacuum lifting systems through the company’s website, The self-guided program currently includes five modules, each with course certifications, focused on the RC Series lifters including installation, daily operation checklist, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

New CUES sales reps named for Florida
In an effort to continue providing the best customer service to its Florida clients, CUES announced Al Milley and Stuart Rome as its two new Florida regional sales managers.

Vacuum Truck Rentals named authorized service center
Vacuum Truck Rentals has partnered with GapVax and Kaiser Premier and is now an authorized warranty and service center for both manufacturers. As an authorized warranty and service center, each of VTR’s 16 locations will provide service, repair and warranty work for GapVax and Kaiser Premier equipment.

Daniel "Boone" Larsen
Daniel "Boone" Larsen

Larsen retires from Felling Trailers
Daniel “Boone” Larsen, Felling Trailers’ Great Lakes regional sales manager, retired in early May. The 40-year industry veteran joined the Felling team in July 2010 as its Midwest and Southeast U.S. regional sales manager. He provided dealer support for 15 states spanning from Minnesota to Virginia, Florida to Mississippi. In the fall of 2014, Boone reduced his coverage area to the Great Lakes region to provide more focused dealer support to the Felling Trailers’ dealer base in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

VMAC recognized as Best Workplace in Canada
VMAC was again recognized as a Best Workplace in Canada for 2021, as compiled by Great Place to Work Canada. To be considered, organizations must first be Great Place To Work certified. Then employees must complete a comprehensive anonymous survey and agree over an array of criteria that their workplace is a great place to work. Finally, an in-depth review of the organization’s culture is conducted.

Makita breaks ground on major expansion
Makita U.S.A. launched construction on a new 600,000-square-foot facility northeast of Atlanta in Hall County, Georgia. The new facility will be constructed on 80 acres and is part of Makita’s planned future development to address continuing growth in the United States. The new facility will serve as a distribution center, and will also include a sales and training center, customer service resources, and a factory service center. The location has adjacent space for future expansion up to 800,000 square feet.

GSSI announces new training program
GSSI announced a comprehensive training program for new and existing customers on how to use GSSI equipment safely and effectively in the field. More than a hundred virtual and in-person classes will be held in 2021. Training is conducted by a team of three experienced full-time professional trainers. In-person classes are held in dedicated training facilities in Henderson, Nevada, and Nashua, New Hampshire, which offer more than 5,000 square feet of dedicated training space. Also offered are online webinar training options.

Stantec launches Institute for Water Technology and Policy
Stantec unveiled its newest initiative, the Stantec Institute for Water Technology and Policy, to explore the real-world impacts of a changing climate on the sustainability of water and the role of emerging technologies in water science and policy. The Institute engages scientists, engineers, and technology specialists across the globe to investigate questions at the forefront of transforming the water industry’s future.


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