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Former IAAP Executive Director George Dirkes Passes Away

George Earnest Dirkes passed away on Oct. 17, 2022, at the age of 92. He was a month shy of celebrating his 93rd birthday. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, daughters Kathleen Palmer (Philip Palmer) and Jennifer Dirkes (Michael Smith), grandchildren Kyle Palmer (Maggie Palmer) and Emma Palmer (Nathan Fisher), and great-granddaughter Abigail Palmer....


Kohler Executive Chairman Herbert Kohler Jr. Passes Away

Dynamic leader and Kohler Co. Executive Chairman Herbert Vollrath Kohler Jr. passed away on Sept. 3, 2022, in Kohler, Wis. He was 83. Mr. Kohler's bold ideas and hands-on leadership transformed the plumbing products manufacturer founded by his grandfather into a global and diverse family of businesses synonymous with unmatched quality, creativity and bold innovation....


Robert Mendenall, Former Sr. Vice President of Volvo CE, Passes Away

Robert "Bob" Mendenall passed away peacefully Aug. 16, 2022, at his home in Lexington, S.C., surrounded by his children and his wife, due to complications from cancer. Mr. Mendenall was born Oct. 30, 1943, at his parents' home in Bridgman, Mich....


Bob Vermeer Passes Away at Age 78

Robert "Bob" Lee Vermeer, husband, father, grandfather and leader passed away at 78 years old on Aug. 17, 2022, with loving family surrounding him. Mr. Vermeer joined Vermeer Corporation in 1974 and held multiple roles that drove the business strategy and long-term growth of Vermeer, including chief executive officer beginning in 1989 and later co-chief executive officer in 2003 alongside his sister Mary....


Former Owner of Highway Equipment Company Dies, 84

Daniel L. Reynolds Jr. of Cranberry township, formerly of McCandless Township, passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2022, at his home. He was 84. Born May 26, 1938, Mr. Reynolds was the son of the late Daniel L....


Widely Respected Industry Veteran Michael 'Mikey' J. Tulish Passes Away

Michael J. Tulish, 68, of Telford, Pa., passed away at his residence July 27, 2022. Originally from Conshohocken, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Dayoc) Tulish and was the husband of Deborah (Martin) Tulish for 38 years....


Blanchard Machinery CEO, President Joe Blanchard Passes at Age 60

The construction industry in the Southeast lost a great and trusted friend on Thursday, July 14 when Joseph Rozier Blanchard, the president and CEO of Blanchard Machinery Company in West Columbia, S.C., passed away surrounded by his loved ones at his Charleston home following a brief battle with cancer....


Former Michigan CAT President, Jerry Jung, Passes Away

Born May 27, 1953, in Sheboygan, Wis., Jerrold Mark Jung, former president of Michigan CAT, passed away July 14, 2022. Growing up in Birmingham, Mich., Mr. Jung's initiative and entrepreneurial spirit were apparent from an early age, when he founded a snow removal business as a child....


Bomag Americas Remembers Long-Time Team Member Bert DeJong

Bomag Americas announced the passing of Bert DeJong, a company leader and industry veteran for more than 30 years. DeJong is well remembered for being smart, honest and fair and an industry pioneer who helped drive success for both rental customers and Bomag....


C.E. Rentals Family Mourns Its Founder, Stanley R. Sloan

Stanley R. Sloan, founder of Contractors Equipment Rentals in Elmhurst, Ill., passed away on June 28, surrounded by his family. He would have been 91 on July 4. A native of Detroit, Mich., where he spent his childhood and young adulthood, he was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean war with four years of military service....






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