Caterpillar Acquires Mining Equipment Manufacturer; Hydro-Fire Boom Used in Gulf Oil Cleanup; Steve Rose Named Engineering Manager; FS Solutions Names Regional Sales Representatives; Alfa Laval Reaches 125-year Milestone; Water Cannon Launches Online Store; Cummins Builds Sound-Testing Facility; Vermeer Realigns Senior Staff; Gradall Names Petrole Vice President of Vacall; Triple R Specialty Launches Online Store


Caterpillar Acquires Mining Equipment Manufacturer

Caterpillar Inc. has acquired mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis., for $7.6 billion in cash. The $8.6 billion deal is expected to close in mid-2011. Bucyrus makes surface mining equipment for coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals. Caterpillar also announced a series of investments that over the next four years will enhance the company’s line of mining products, including mining shovels, ranging from a 125-ton to an 800-ton model. Early this year Caterpillar will begin pilot production at its Aurora, Ill., facility of a new 125-ton class shovel. The first commercial shovels are expected to be available later in 2011. The larger shovels are planned for commercial availability beginning in 2013 through 2014.

Hydro-Fire Boom Used in Gulf Oil Cleanup

Elastec/American Marine’s Hydro-Fire boom was used in controlled burns of oil leaked in the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the impact of the spill on the shoreline and sensitive ecosystem. The burning operations were directed from a staging area in Venice, La. By the time the well was capped, 411 burns were conducted, some lasting up to 12 hours, removing an estimated 219,000 to 309,000 barrels of oil. In addition to supporting burns, the company supplied approximately 180 skimmers and 100 miles of containment boom.

Steve Rose Named Engineering Manager

EagleBurgmann, an international supplier of industrial sealing solutions, has named Steve Rose engineering manager. Rose has 15 years of experience in design and engineering of mechanical seals. He will assist the sales team as a refinery specialist.

FS Solutions Names Regional Sales Representatives

FS Solutions named Bill Pharis and Brad Ketchum regional sales representatives for parts and service and the company’s Guzzler, Jetstream and Vactor brands. Pharis is responsible for Long Beach, Calif., and Ketchum for Pasadena, Texas. Both have 12 years of sales experience.

Alfa Laval Reaches 125-year Milestone

Established in 1885 as the De Laval Separator Co., Alfa Laval achieved a 125-year milestone in 2010. Today, the company’s heat transfer and fluid handling technologies, solutions and products are used in mining, wastewater treatment and other applications.

Water Cannon Launches Online Store

Water Cannon Inc. has launched an online store at www.cole-mart.com/watercannon. The store offers the convenience of 24-hour shopping, the ability to research and compare products, and a simple order process.

Cummins Builds Sound-Testing Facility

Cummins Power Generation has begun construction of a hemi-anechoic test chamber at its Fridley, Minn., headquarters. The facility will enable the company to further reduce sound levels in generators and other products.

Vermeer Realigns Senior Staff

Vermeer Corp. has named Mike Byram vice president of environmental solutions, Steve Heap vice president of Vermeer Latin America and Vermeer Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Dave Wisniewski vice president of underground solutions. In addition, Jason Andringa will assume the role of vice president of distribution and global accounts. He had served as managing director of Vermeer Europe, Middle East and Africa in The Netherlands. Frank Beerthuis will take over Andringa’s managing director role. Mark Core will serve as vice president for global aftermarket and marketing, David Corbin will be vice president of global forage, procurement, logistics and IT, and Doug Hundt will be vice president of global industrial solutions.

Gradall Names Petrole Vice President of Vacall

Gradall Industries Inc. named William G. Petrole III vice president of Vacall products. Petrole has 25 years experience in the industrial vacuum industry, leading companies on both the manufacturing and distribution side of the business.

Triple R Specialty Launches Online Store

Triple R Specialty has launched an online store at www.cole-mart.com/triplerspecialty. The store offers the convenience of 24-hour shopping, the ability to research and compare products, and a simple order process.


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