Companies in the News: Kioti celebrates new distribution center; Case marks fourth year with Team Rubicon and more from 2nd Ave Lighting, Takeuchi-US, Fence Armor and ASV

June 19, 2019 -  By and
Team Rubicon partakes in clearance activities after Hurricane Michael. (Photo: Case Construction Equipment)

Team Rubicon partakes in clearance activities after Hurricane Michael. (Photo: Case Construction Equipment)

Case Construction Equipment marks its fourth year of partnership with Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization with more than 100,000 volunteers — of which more than 70 percent are military veterans.

When disaster strikes, Team Rubicon assesses and then targets areas where people are most in need — it has supported communities affected by over 350 disasters across the world since 2010.

“Our partnership with Case has had a tremendous positive impact on our mission and our volunteers’ ability to effectively support communities in the wake of disasters,” said Matt Colvin, head of partnerships at Team Rubicon. “Whenever we have Case equipment on the ground at a disaster site, we’re able to get more work done, faster. That translates into getting more families back on their feet and on the road to recovery and rebuilding sooner. Case’s on-going support is a glowing example of how strong partnerships can be force multipliers that empower Team Rubicon to carry out its disaster response mission more efficiently and effectively – ultimately allowing us to serve more people in need.”

The organization has helped rebuild after such natural disasters as wildfires, floods and hurricanes. Find out more about the organization here.

Kioti Tractor celebrated its new Canadian distribution center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Located in Mississauga, the approximately 60,000-square-foot facility will anchor Kioti’s Canadian distribution. Local officials, media members, Olympic Curling Team member Brad Jacobs and Kioti dealers were in attendance to partake in the acknowledgement of Daedong Industrial’s commitment to Kioti Canada.

“It is our dealers’ commitment to Kioti that has allowed us to come this far, and we know that this expansion will serve our growth in the future,” said Daedong Industrial Chairman Jun Sik Kim.

2nd Ave Lighting, a manufacturer of custom decorative lighting, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“We are proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of 2nd Ave Lighting,” said Director of Hospitality Marketing Max Cohen. “Over the years, we have evolved as a major factor in the upscale residential, hospitality and commercial markets. We would like to thank all of our customers and specifiers for their support.”

Founded in 1979, 2nd Ave Lighting is based in Yorkville, N.Y. The company manufactures a full range of lighting fixtures in its 180,000-square-foot green manufacturing facility. Every fixture is completely customizable or the firm will create a distinctive design concept based on specific lighting needs and applications. It is a vertically integrated operation that controls every step of production, including lighting design, fabrication, craftsmanship, hand finishing, powder coating and contract services.

Takeuchi-US announced Parman Tractor & Equipment and Western Tri State Equipment as new dealers.

Parman, located in Nashville, Tenn., will provide sales, service, parts and rental to customers throughout Tennessee.

In April, Parman Holdings Corp. acquired Cumberland Tractor & Equipment. Before this transaction, Parman had exclusively been a petroleum products distribution company. For this endeavor, plans are to retain the entire sales, service  and parts departments from Cumberland Tractor & Equipment to leverage the years of experience and knowledge from the current employees. In addition, a new facility, which will be 20,000 square feet and have 14 bays, is in the initial stages of construction. Completion is scheduled for later this year.

“We are well positioned to make this transition a success. Our customers depend on our ability to provide the highest standard of service and reliability, and we pride ourselves on our totally outrageous customer service,” said Colin Hockenberger, general manager at Parman Tractor & Equipment. “Takeuchi is well known for their strong product offering and customer service as well. We look forward to a great partnership.”

Western Tri State is a division of Mesquite Ace Lumber and located in Mesquite, Nevada. Western Tri State will  provide sales, service, parts and rental to customers throughout Southern Nevada, Southern Utah and Northwest Arizona.

Mesquite Ace Lumber Hardware, established in 1987, offers construction rentals, garden and patio, electrical, building supplies and hardware. Over the last few years, the dealer has had rising requests for compact equipment to purchase and rent. The addition of Takeuchi equipment will fill the void.

“With Takeuchi, it will give us the opportunity to sell equipment and still have machines available for rental,” said Todd Leavitt, CEO of Western Tri State Equipment. “With Takeuchi in our lineup, we feel we can help build our other products such as trailer sales. Having this new product offering should really help us expand our business.”

The new dealers will carry the full lineup of Takeuchi products, including excavators, skid steer loaders, track loaders and wheel loaders, in addition to stocking parts and performing equipment repair.

ASV Holdings, a manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders (CTLs) and skid-steers, added new dealers to its dealer network in Q1 of 2019 — King Hydraulic and Barry Equipment Co., plus a location for Northwoods Hydraulic & Equipment.

As the company expands across the U.S. and Canada, the new dealers will offer all ASV posi-track CTLs. Among these are several new CTLs — the RT-25, RT-40, small-frame CTLs and the VT-70 High Output, the company’s newest vertical lift CTL. The dealers will also carry ASV’s skid-steer loaders.

“Our customers count on their local dealer, so a strong presence of reliable partners is important to us,” said Justin Rupar, ASV vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re excited to welcome these dealers because they share many of the same values ASV is known for — the integrity, quality and customer satisfaction that elevate the ASV customer experience.”

Atlantic Fence Supply became a distributor of Fence Armor, a post protection manufacturer.

The company has an opportunity to learn more about Atlantic Fence Supply and share with it the benefits of Fence Armor and Postsaver. The Atlantic Fence Supply team is excited to become a distributor of Fence Armor and will be growing in the New England area.

GSky Plant Systems, a designer and producer of interior and exterior green walls, won three awards for an international living green wall design competition.

Its interior Versa Wall living green wall for San Francisco’s McGuire Building is the Grand Award Winner for I-Plants/Urban Horticulture Magazine’s international design contest. The award-winning Versa Wall design for the McGuire Building marks the first living green wall of its kind to include three free-hanging columns. Completely suspended with no physical connection to the ground, the columns are in a two-floor atrium space with a variety of colorful, tropical plants. The three columns feature GSky’s Versa Wall gravity-based irrigation technology for higher water efficiency.  Since each plant remains in its own four-inch pot, full-grown plants can be swapped in quickly and cleanly. This allows the columns to be redesigned at minimal cost to add seasonal color. The design integrates an array of LED lights for lighting at night.

Living green walls designed and installed by GSky also won the contest’s silver and bronze awards. The Versa Wall for the Van Dyk Recycling Solutions Corporate Office in Norwalk, Conn., earned the silver award for its two-story design. GSky’s Pro Wall for the Transwestern office campus in Los Angeles, Calif., brightens the side of a four-story parking structure with 4,000 square feet of living foliage. Winning the contest’s bronze award, the five-wall installation incorporates a design with curves flowing from one wall to the next. Exterior lighting highlights the exterior Pro Wall even at night.

Gachina Landscape Management, based in Menlo Park, Calif., participated in an Earth Day event to benefit JobTrain.

Eleven Gachina employees (and one employee’s son) volunteered their Saturday in honor of Earth Day to help with this renovation project. Gachina donated over $9,000.00 for labor, materials and equipment for the renovation. The Gachina Peninsula Branch removed old and dated plant material and amended the soil to prepare for planting. Drought-tolerant plant material was installed, and the irrigation system was adjusted for maximum water efficiency. Prochip bark was spread throughout to improve plant health.

A long-time partner and neighbor of Gachina, JobTrain works to transform lives from poverty and unemployment by preparing for successful, sustainable careers in high-demand and emerging fields. Gachina has partnered with JobTrain since 1992, providing year-round pro bono landscape management services to its facility in East Palo Alto. Jackie Gachina, president and co-founder, is on JobTrain’s board of directors.

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