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MANUFACTURERS - MARCH 2018

Clearwater, Fla.-based Kemco Systems has named Stephen Stewart as Southwest regional sales manager. Based in Colorado, he joins the water and energy technology company after 18 years in branch and regional management roles with U.S. Filter. The company notes that Stewart’s expertise and passion for providing solutions for water and wastewater needs matches its mission to provide the most efficient and highest quality systems in the industry.

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Stephen Stewart

Trimble has closed a $500 million deal for e-Builder, a leading SaaS-based construction program management and integrated project delivery solution for owners and contractors across the design, construct and operate lifecycle. Owners benefit through e-Builder’s improved transparency and accountability, Trimble notes, while contractors see faster payments, increased productivity and improved competitive advantage. The solution measures and manages every step of the capital project delivery process, from planning, design and procurement to construction and operation.

Rob Neitzke has transitioned from leadership of the natural gas-powered engine Cummins Westport joint venture to executive director of the Cummins Inc. On-Highway North American Original Equipment Manufacturer business. He will drive OEM relationships from both a commercial and strategic perspective, and succeeds Jeff Caldwell, now tasked with overseeing North American market product launches.

Prior to his 2015-17 Cummins Westport term, Neitzke, an electrical engineer with a master’s in Business Administration, led the Cummins Engine business for the Construction market. He was part of the manufacturer’s first class of Black Belts in Six Sigma—the business improvement tool that management credits with saving the company and customers billions since 2000.

EPD NOW is a new Sika Corp. service providing concrete producers measurement of concrete mixes’ environmental profile. The technology enables them to generate a mix-specific, project bid- or submittal-ready Environmental Product Declaration, per LEED V4 requirements, from a web browser, mobile device or Command Alkon COMMANDqc program. Sika teamed with Berkeley, Calif., EPD specialist Climate Earth on EPD NOW.

Heavy-duty truck suspension specialist Link Manufacturing Ltd. in Sioux Center, Iowa, has promoted Jeff Vierkant to vice president of Manufacturing, responsible for all aspects of engineering, production, quality, purchasing, sourcing, shipping and receiving. He joined Link in December 2015 as director of Manufacturing, where he oversaw quality assurance initiatives, initiated lean process improvements, and helped improve production capabilities.

Sellick Equipment Ltd. recently cut the ribbon on a $21 million Harrow, Ontario, facility equipped with advanced technology to help maintain leadership in rough terrain forklifts. The 126,000-sq.-ft. operation is designed for new product innovation and design flexibility. To ensure higher quality standards than legacy production lines, Sellick officials note, all areas of manufacturing have been upgraded, including a new machining center consisting of CNC controlled laser cutting, milling and turning devices; automated storage and retrieval systems for raw materials and aftermarket parts; plus, advanced metal preparation and paint line.

Nearing its 50th year in business, Sellick Equipment continues to produce a wide variety of rough terrain forklifts, each built to meet a customer’s application and supported by a dedicated North American dealer network. “Our long-term plan is to increase the business through new product,” says President Howard Sellick. “The sky’s the limit on what we can produce in this new facility.”