Volumetric mixer truck specialist Cemen Tech has signed Elliott Equipment Co. as Midwest dealer, working with city and state government accounts in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. Elliott Equipment has full-service facilities in Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Neb.; Grandview, Mo.; and, Commerce City, Colo.

“We have established ourselves as one of the leading municipal equipment dealerships in the country. Adding Cemen Tech volumetric mixers will allow us to better help customers fill their need for quality equipment for their public works department and street departments,” says Gene Elliot, president of Elliott Equipment.

“The addition to our global network of dealers enhances our position as the world leader in volumetrics while providing additional support for customers throughout the Midwest,” adds Cemen Tech Director of Sales & Marketing Mark Rinehart, adding that the company will “work with Elliott’s team of sales professionals to help introduce local and state governments to the benefits of producing concrete themselves. Municipalities all across the United States are using our mixers to produce the concrete needed for infrastructure repairs. Many municipalities are seeing a return on investment in less than two years.”

Daimler Trucks North America through its associated brands Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, Freightliner Custom Chassis and Alliance Truck Parts, has opened a new parts distribution center (PDC) in Dallas. The facility is a major step in a multifaceted plan to improve parts availability and meet customer uptime expectations. At 275,000 sq. ft., management notes, the operation is a critical strategic component that will allow customers to receive stock and mission critical parts in record time, and represents a significant investment in the DTNA supply chain. All PDC locations are a part of a network of services available to all customers of DTNA brands.

Following an agreement with state officials, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC has selected a nearly 1,000-acre site in Mississippi for a new plant to drive the future growth of its commercial truck tire business in the North American market. Continental has committed for a long-term investment totaling approximately $1.4 billion and employing 2,500 people when the plant reaches full capacity in the next decade. The new manufacturing facility will be located on a greenfield site in Hinds County off of Interstate 20, 20 miles outside of Jackson, the state’s capital city.

“The project is part of our global growth strategy. In a first step the new plant is especially addressing our commitment to grow our commercial vehicle tire business in North America,” says Continental Executive Board Member Nikolai Setzer. “The announcement of a new tire plant in the U.S. is the second in just five years for Continental. We thank the state of Mississippi, Hinds County and the City of Clinton and Governor Bryant for his leadership in bringing us to the Jackson area, and look forward to a strong business relationship for years to come.”

A date for the start of construction has not yet been announced, but the company expects to break ground in the next several months in cadence with market demands. Commercial vehicle tire production is planned to start by 2019.