Munson Machinery, a maker of mixing and blending machinery, has expanded the size of its Utica, New York, headquarters location by more than 30 percent, according to Charles Divine, Munson Machinery president and CEO.
“The expansion will boost our fabrication and assembly capabilities to increase production and reduce lead times and permit reorganizing of existing manufacturing space to improve work flow and efficiency,” Divine says. “It will also allow us to increase the size of our test lab.”
The additional space includes an expanded assembly area with 22-foot-high bays and two bridge crane systems to accommodate larger machines, a new shipping and receiving area with loading dock and space for a new water jet, sheet metal rollers and additional welding centers.
The test lab, where customers can test their materials on full-sized Munson equipment, will double in size, allowing multiple tests to be conducted at the same time.
Munson Machinery equipment includes rotary batch mixers; fluidized bed mixers; ribbon, paddle and plow blenders; vee-cone blenders; rotary continuous mixers; and high intensity mixers.
Size reduction equipment made by Munson includes hammermills and shredders, screen classifying cutters, pin mills, attrition mills, lump breakers and rotary knife cutters.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), a Washington, D.C.-based association representing toll facility owners, operators and vendors, has released a statement calling the U.S. Senate passage of H.R. 5021 (the Highway and Transportation Funding Act) an incomplete solution. The bill funds the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) through the end of 2014.
“Today’s Senate passage of the Highway Trust Fund patch does not negate the need for a long-term solution to our country’s infrastructure funding crisis,” says Patrick D. Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA. “Congress must develop a comprehensive plan to address the critical funding needs of our nation’s surface transportation system.”
Jones has nonetheless called on Congress to bring the bill to President Obama. “In the interim, we encourage Congress to quickly resolve any differences between the House and Senate bills to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.”
Among further actions recommended by the IBTTA, as spelled out by Jones, are:
- “We support an increase in the federal gasoline and diesel excise taxes, which have not been increased since 1993, to preserve the integrity of the federal Highway Trust Fund and provide funding certainty to states.
- “In addition, we urge Congress to lift the ban on tolling existing lanes of interstate highways for purposes of reconstruction, as the Obama Administration proposed in its Grow America Act.
- “Rebuilding the interstate highways will cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next several decades, and current funding sources alone are not equal to the task. States should have the flexibility to use tolling if it makes sense for them.”
In his statement, Jones also quotes a five-year old National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission document with this warning: “The roots of our current crisis lie in our failure as a nation to fully understand and, more important, act on the costs of deferred investment in our surface transportation infrastructure, especially in the face of an aging infrastructure, a growing population, and an expanding economy. This problem will only worsen until Congress addresses the fundamental fact that current HTF revenues are inadequate to support current federal program spending levels.”
Jones also urged bipartisan cooperation to craft a long-term bill. “We stand with the members of that congressionally appointed commission in calling for long-term, comprehensive and sustainable solutions to fund and finance America’s roads, bridges and tunnels. Bipartisan ideas like the fuel tax increase introduced by Senators Murphy and Corker and the historic Obama Administration proposal to lift the ban on tolling existing lanes of interstate highways for purpose of reconstruction must be considered if we are to achieve a long-term solution.”
Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) President & CEO Brian McGuire released the following statement regarding final passage of legislation to patch the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) (H.R. 5021) and keep federal surface transportation programs operating through May 2015.
"While we're relieved that H.R. 5021 is on its way to the president's desk, this isn't a moment to celebrate," McGuire said. "By waiting until the last minute to solve a problem we've known for years was coming, Congress brought the highway program and the construction industry to the brink of disaster. We hope this exercise has underscored to everyone on Capitol Hill that the Highway Trust Fund is in dire shape and needs additional revenues, be it from a gas tax increase or some other source. Providing the infrastructure that allows the economy to function is a core obligation of federal government. Now it's up to Congress to fulfill that obligation and put the HTF back on the road to long-term solvency."
Bandit Industries designs, manufactures, distributes and services hand-fed and whole tree wood chippers, stump grinders, forestry mowers, the company’s Beast recycling machines and other specialty wood and waste processing equipment. The company supplies equipment to the recycling, renewable energy, logging, forestry, tree care and land-clearing industries through a network of more than 160 locations.
Under the new structure, Jerry Morey will continue to run Bandit as president and CEO. Following the closing of the deal to take Bandit private, the company says a CEO succession plan will be initiated to recruit and train a replacement for the next phase of the company’s growth.
Mike Morey Sr. and Dianne Morey also will remain with the company in consulting roles. Bandit will be co-owned by Jerry Morey, Mike Morey, Dianne Morey and Huron Capital. The investment is expected to close in early fall 2014.
“When we announced last year that we were looking at companies for a potential sale or merger of Bandit, we were adamant that it had to be the right fit for our company, our community, our dealer network, and most importantly, our employees,” says Jerry Morey. “We were only interested in partnering with an organization that would respect and be committed to our company culture, from our employees in Michigan to our dealers operating all around the world.
Morey continues, “Huron Capital has a long history of growing companies while maintaining their independent operations and unique company culture, and that was a significant factor in our decision to partner with the firm. It also feels good to be working with another Michigan-based company that understands our challenges and shares our hometown pride. We are very much looking forward to the future for both Bandit and our mid-Michigan community.”
The company will remain at its current 280,000-square-foot world headquarters. All existing operations, including the workforce, management teams and distribution and dealer network will remain in place.
“Bandit’s history as an independent, family-run business is an important criteria for us,” says Mike Beauregard, senior partner at Huron Capital. “Our investment in the business will preserve the legacy and culture of this business while continuing to expand globally under the Bandit brand. The business will remain a private, Michigan-based company funded with Michigan-based capital and employing Michigan-based people.”
In addition to operating repair, installation and parts facilities in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas and Massachusetts, Mountain Tarp has a dealer network that spans the United States, the company says.
Mountain Tarp says its revamped website guides users to the best solutions for specific tarping applications with detailed product information and resources. Users can access the company’s product features, news, installation and operations manuals, as well as product literature and videos.
In addition, the website includes tools that enable customers to accomplish the following:
- quickly submit a quote request;
- request additional product information;
- find an installation or repair facility;
- locate parts by part number or description;
- access technical support; and
- contact the customer support team.
“We created the site to give end users detailed product information in an easy-to-follow format,” says John Defenbaugh, mobile products division president for Wastequip. “We’re confident we created a website that is compatible across a wide range of browsers and mobile devices.”
He adds, “In addition to our network of local parts, service and installation branches, our customers now have access to best-in-class images, features, literature and support systems for Mountain Tarp products.”
Wastequip’s mobile products division includes products from Galbreath, Mountain Tarp, Pioneer and Cusco. The mobile division includes nine manufacturing and installation facilities in the United States and Canada.