Industry News - March 2013

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PolyPortables partners with Jordan-Blanchard Capital

PolyPortables partnered with Jordan-Blanchard Capital (JBC) in a transaction that will ultimately lead to full ownership by JBC. Kathy Crafton, former chief executive officer of the portable restroom manufacturer and daughter of PolyPortables founders Ed and Mitzi Crafton, will serve on the board of directors, providing oversight and guidance during the transition. Jeff Thomas, a principal with JBC, will serve as interim chief executive officer and be responsible for operational management of the company.

Interlube Systems achieves 100,000 pump sale

Interlube Systems achieved the 100,000th sale of its AC range of automatic lubrication pumps. The compact, electrically operated, multi-line lubrication system was launched in 2002.

Lucidity Enterprise acquires Optronics International

Taiwan-based Lucidity Enterprise Co. acquired Optronics International, manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty vehicle lighting. Optronics will operate as an independent business unit and maintain its headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.; manufacturing facility in Muskogee, Okla.; and distribution facility in Elkhart, Ind.

Elastec/American Marine among fastest-growing companies

Elastec and American Marine ranked 3,123 and 1,869 on Inc. magazine's 500/5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the fifth year Elastec has made the list and second year for American Marine. The companies merged in January 2012, forming Elastec/American Marine, manufacturer of environmental equipment to control water and solid waste pollution with a core competency in oil spill recovery.

VAC2GO opens Richmond office

VAC2GO opened a vacuum equipment rental office in Richmond, Va., serving Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk and Washington, D.C. The company's third branch rents Guzzler Classic and ACE vacuum trucks, as well as Vactor combination units, vacuum truck hoses and accessories.

Advantage Funding hires sales managers

Advantage Funding hired Thomas Dimmler, Anne Eubanks, Peter Basini and Ken Blackman as regional sales managers for its new truck financing division, focusing on short-haul vocational trucks. Dimmler is located in the state of Washington, Eubanks in Southern California, Basini in Arizona and Blackman in western Massachusetts.

Lock America names VP, sales manager; CEO steps back

Lock America International named Watson Visuwan vice president of marketing and Dan Walsh sales manager. CEO Frank Minnella will step back from daily involvement in company operations to take on an advisory role.

Webasto, ESW form emissions partnership

Webasto Product North America, designer of engine idle reduction technologies, and ESW Group, provider of emissions control products, formed a partnership that will enable fleets and municipalities to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment. Webasto manufactures fuel-operated heaters that eliminate the need to idle for engine pre-heat and cab comfort. ESW's diesel particulate filter removes diesel particulate matter from diesel engine exhaust.


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