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AED Holds Annual Summit, CONDEX Show in Orlando

Fri February 11, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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aIn it for the long haul, Towmaster trailers has been supporting AED and CONDEX for many years. (L-R) are Dave Lundin, CFO Janelle Johnson and Lennie Stulc.
aIn it for the long haul, Towmaster trailers has been supporting AED and CONDEX for many years. (L-R) are Dave Lundin, CFO Janelle Johnson and Lennie Stulc.
aIn it for the long haul, Towmaster trailers has been supporting AED and CONDEX for many years. (L-R) are Dave Lundin, CFO Janelle Johnson and Lennie Stulc. Roland Jarl, The EEI Group, Mahwah, N.J., stands in front of his full line of hydraulic hammers and hydraulic crushers. EEI’s Full lineup of hydraulic hammers. IronPlanet’s display drew a lot of activity. The company is now doing weekly online auctions. LuiGong showcased an extensive lineup of its heavy equipment. Jim Behrenwald (L) of J.D.E. Equipment discusses portable asphalt recycling with Greg Harla of Bagela USA. Among the most innovative new products displayed at the CONDEX show was the Arctic Sectional Snowplow. Randy Strait (L), president of Arctic & Ice Control Products and one of the largest snow removal contractors in the Midwest, explains his products’ Conferences large and small were held throughout the Orlando Marriott Convention Center to assist equipment distributors with improving their business methods. Representatives of Hydrema USA Inc., including Kevin O’Donnell (L) and  Kresten Binder, both of Hydrema were very pleased to relay that the articulated truck market in North America is beginning to show renewed strength and that their dealer network Paladin and its large variety of construction equipment attachments had a strong showing at CONDEX. Brad Hargrave (L) of LiuGong reviews his company’s complete line of earthmoving equipment with Mike Sylvia of Woods C.R.W. Corp. Chris Koch, North American sales manager of Zoomlion America, Yorkville, Wis., displays the company’s product line of cranes, concrete pumps and earth moving machinery. Midland Manufacturing and its U.S. distributors had an astounding year in 2010, having maxed out its production capabilities; the company already has made plans to expand production for 2011. Bill Gerhart of Yamaha was on hand at CONDEX to answer any and all questions from equipment distributors who are looking to improve their offerings in the compact equipment category. Ted McKeon (C), Northeast publisher of Construction Equipment Guide, welcomes Dennis Heller (L), president and CEO of Stephenson Equipment Inc. and David Donati, branch manager of Stephenson Equipment Inc. (L-R): Stopping by the Construction Equipment Guide booth are 2011 AED Chairman Dennis Kruepke, his wife Barb and Rick Dahl, president of Metrolift Inc. (L-R): Gary Cochran, president, and Andy Campbell, sales, both of Coneqtec Universal, answer questions from Robert Sloan of Contractors Equipment Rentals, Elmhurst, Ill. (L-R) are Rich Rose, Bruce Bunting and Haily Mayer, all of the Knapheide Manufacturing Co., Quincy, Ill. (L-R): Fred Vilsmeier of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers; Ted McKeon, Northeast publisher of Construction Equipment Guide; John Regan of G&H Services; and Kent Hogeboom of Construction Equipment Guide, catch up on the latest AED happenings. Barry, Matt and Anne Stoughton, all of BLS Enterprises Inc., Itasca, Ill., display their tufpads and rubber tracks. Jeff Neubauer of Stucchi USA Inc. is ready to talk about all his company has to offer.

AED held its annual Summit & CONDEX show Jan. 26 to 28 in Orlando, Fla.

Representatives from the industry’s leading dealerships and manufacturers from the United States, Canada and abroad attended the AED convention.

The mood during the show and conference was upbeat. After two consecutive years of dramatic declines in the market, in 2010 dealers in the United States saw sales improve between 10 and 15 percent.

During the Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast Jan. 28, North American construction equipment distributors elected Dennis Kruepke to the position of 2011 Chairman of Associated Equipment Distributors. Kruepke is president and CEO of McCann Industries, Addison, Ill., the Case dealer serving the Chicago metro area.

Kruepke entered the construction equipment industry through manufacturing doors, initially with Gehl, then Toyota’s skid steer group and Mustang. He joined Dick McCann’s company in 1995 as partner and president of then newly formed McCann Power & Equipment — the company merged that business with its McCann Construction Specialities in 2000, and Kruepke was named president and CEO.

Also during the summit, AED announced its 2011 legislative priorities.

“What happens in Washington will, to a great extent, determine whether AED members are able to grow and prosper, or whether the equipment industry continues to scrape by or shrink further,” said AED President and CEO Toby Mack. “The association will aggressively push for robust and sustained infrastructure investments and tax and labor policies that create an environment conducive for job creation and economic growth.”

“Underinvestment in our national infrastructure poses a serious challenge to our economic growth and must be a top congressional priority,” said AED Vice President of Government Affairs Christian Klein. “When combined with tax policies that have stifled growth and discouraged investments, the construction equipment industry has been hit especially hard. Without a new approach, industry unemployment will continue to outpace other sectors and America’s economic well being and competitiveness will be severely undermined.”

Insufficient funding for transportation networks clogs the arteries of national commerce, costing the U.S. economy $115 billion annually in wasted time and fuel. A lack of attention to underground water infrastructure meanwhile, has led the American Society of Civil Engineers to give it a grade of “D-”, the lowest in any infrastructure category.

“Spending alone will not solve the national infrastructure. Companies need certainty in the tax code and investment schedules to aid long-term planning. Business owners need assurance that lawmakers will not propose laws and regulations that jam the wheels of industry,” said Mack.

Long-time AED member John Regan was presented with the 2011 AED Distinguished Service Award on Jan. 28 during the annual Summit convention. Walter Berry, president of Berry Companies, and chairman of the AED Foundation, presided over the morning’s program.

Regan was the executive vice president and general manager of G&H Services Inc., a John Deere and Hyundai dealership based in Northwest New Jersey that has closed its doors after 60 years of serving its territory. Regan joined the dealership 39 years ago in 1972 and jointly owned and operated the company together with its founder’s son, Bruce Gordon.

Beginning in 1998, Regan served a two-year term as AED’s Region 2 director. During his equipment industry career, he held the title of president for both the New Jersey AED Local Group and the Northeast John Deere Dealers Association simultaneously. He also was a member of the John Deere Eastern Region dealer advisory board.