Leppo chairman tells House panel U.S. oil-export ban should be lifted

Dale Leppo , chairman of Leppo, Inc., and former chairman of the Association of Equipment Distributors (AED), testified at a House Small Business Committee hearing last week. The hearing was focused on the ban on U.S. crude oil exports and what could happen if it were lifted. Leppo said that approximately 440,000 new jobs could be added to the shale supply and oil and gas industries by 2018 if the ban were lifted. Read More »

Groff acquires Trico, expands territory to 11 locations in four states

Groff Tractor & Equipment, Inc., said this week that it has acquired CASE Construction dealer Trico Equipment Services, LLC, which expands Groff’s territory to 11 locations in four states. Groff’s acquisition of Trico gives it three new facilities in New Jersey -- in Vineland, Totowa and Freehold. Groff President and CEO Mike Savastio said both companies have grown significantly by providing reliable equipment, backed by excellent service. Read More »

John Deere, King Agro form carbon-fiber partnership

Deere & Co. and carbon-fiber technology products manufacturer King Agro have entered into a partnership, John Deere said recently. Through this new association, King Agro will develop and distribute carbon-fiber booms that will be used exclusively for John Deere application equipment. "We believe our collaboration with King Agro demonstrates Deere's commitment to this innovative technology," Aaron Wetzel, John Deere's Crop Care Platform vice president, said. Read More »

Association of Leaders in Equipment Distribution plans 'Year of Action'

Daniel B. Fisher, Association of Leaders in Equipment Distribution's (AED) senior director of government affairs, conducted a webinar last week for members of the group's Advocacy Action Group (AAG). During the webinar, Fisher provided an update on AED's legislative priorities, as well as a calendar of the group's grassroots activities over the next 12 months. Read More »

John Deere plans new emissions upgrades on K-Series wheel-loader line

John Deere said recently that it will be updating its K-Series loader vehicles to keep in line with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Final Tier 4 emissions standards. Specifically, the 444K, 524K and 544K wheel loaders will receive a PowerTech diesel engine that is within the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Final Tier 4 (FT4) and the European Union's (EU) Stage IV regulatory requirements. Read More »

Study: More homeowners eye accessible design, square footage

A study from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) said that with the recovery of the housing market, homeowners are showing increasing interest in indoor and outdoor accessible-design aspects, as well as a desire for more square footage, the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) said on Tuesday.The survey indicated gains across all major housing sectors. Read More »

ISM report indicates June growth in manufacturing

The June report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), released on Wednesday, said the U.S. has seen growth in the manufacturing sector for 30 consecutive months. Out of 18 industries that fall under the manufacturing sector, 11 reported June growth in activity, including wood products, non-metal minerals, food, beverages, electrical equipment and appliances, among others. Read More »

Seaport industry group: Funding bill addresses freight-mobility needs

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) praised U.S. senators for including several seaport-industry freight-mobility priorities in legislation recently advanced by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). The legislation, dubbed the Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015, is a $278 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization bill. In it are a national freight plan and a dedicated freight program. Read More »