NEWS & EVENTS
Bracing Systems Inc. Joins Pettibone Dealer Network
Pettibone announces the addition of Bracing Systems, Inc. to its dealer network. With locations in Hanover Park and Mokena, Illinois, Bracing Systems will primarily focus on sales and service of Traverse telehandlers for northern Illinois and a portion of northwest Indiana.
“We are excited to welcome Bracing Systems, Inc. to the Pettibone team,” said Kyle Rubin, director of sales and marketing for Pettibone. “The company’s rich history and personal connections to the masonry and concrete industry, in particular, make Bracing Systems perfectly suited to handling the Traverse product line and its unique advantages for that market.”
Bracing Systems, Inc. was founded in 1972 when a group of masonry contractors including John and Bob Williams launched their own supply business, spurred by their invention of a bracing pole for free-standing masonry walls. The company has since grown to become a one-stop shop for masons and concrete contractors through both new equipment sales and a rental fleet.
In taking on the Pettibone Traverse, Bracing Systems now offers the industry’s only new telehandler product line with a traversing boom carriage, which allows operators to safely place loads at full lift height without needing to coordinate multiple boom functions.
“There’s a high demand for traversing telehandlers in the masonry business, so we’re thrilled to be offering Pettibone to our customers,” said Jared Williams, sales representative for Bracing Systems, Inc. “This style of boom has proven to be a safer way to land material at height, as well as to provide better control when moving mobile scaffolding around a jobsite.”
Pettibone Announces Rail Excavator Partnership with Mecalac
Looking to expand its reach into the rail market, Pettibone recently announced a partnership with Mecalac to provide sales and service support in North America for the Mecalac 8MCR Rail-Road, a compact crawler excavator that is purpose built with factory-installed hi-rails for railway maintenance work.
In addition to digging, the 8MCR Rail-Road excavator is also designed to provide outstanding lifting and handling functions for its size class with appropriate attachments. For instance, the machine can lift 6,600 pounds at 8.2 feet from the center of the rails or 2,200 pounds at 14.8 feet in a full 360-degree radius.
The Mecalac machine can also be used as a skid steer, but with the unique capability of 360-degree rotation that allows material to be moved anywhere it’s needed while the unit stays firmly on the track. Designed for exceptional efficiency, the 8MCR Rail-Road boasts higher speeds than other rail-operated excavators, moving up to 14.3 mph on rail and 6.2 mph with tires on the ground.
“We are very excited to work with our partners at Pettibone to offer the 8MCR Rail-Road to the North American rail market,” said Bruno Chaleon, special application manager for Mecalac. “Pettibone has a well-deserved reputation for providing exceptional service and support, and we look forward to a successful long-term relationship.”
“Mecalac and Pettibone are family-owned companies that share similar values and goals,” said Kyle Rubin, director of sales and marketing for Pettibone. “Much like the ongoing development that has gone into our industry-original Speed Swing, Mecalac prides itself on innovating products that match true customer needs on the jobsite – and this purpose-built rail excavator does exactly that. It’s a great fit for Pettibone as we aim to deliver new rail solutions to our customers.”
Pettibone Partners with Ontonagon Welding Program
As part of an exciting new partnership, students in the Ontonagon welding program participated in a project to cut material for and weld eight waterstrider carts to match a template provided by Pettibone. This gave the students the opportunity to reverse-engineer a waterstrider cart from the template.
“It was a great experience for students to learn about the production process, from making the fabrication jig fixtures and setting up an assembly line process,” said instructor Michael Lutz. “The carts were first tacked then fully welded to the finished product. It also taught the students about the quality control process that takes place in a manufacturing setting. The students worked hard, learned about the manufacturing process, and had fun.”
To celebrate the success of the project, representatives from Pettibone came to the Ontonagon School and gave every student a sweatshirt and a hat. The Gogebic-Ontoagon Intermediate School District (GOISD) welding program uses types of equipment and processes common to the welding trade today. Emphasis is placed on all safety procedures typical of the welding trade. Students will have an opportunity to become American Welding Society (AWS) certified.
Traverse & Extendo Receive “Top 100” Awards
Pettibone was named a double winner of Construction Equipment’s Top 100 New Products of 2018 Award! Both the Traverse T944X and Extendo 944X telehandlers were recognized. All Top 100 winners were featured in the magazine’s December issue, which you can read HERE.
Pettibone Launches 12K Telehandlers at World of Concrete
Expanding its X-Series product lineup, Pettibone debuted its new 12,000-pound-capacity telehandlers at World of Concrete 2019. The Traverse T1258X and Extendo 1246X were both on display in Las Vegas.
WATCH Pettibone’s Kyle Rubin discuss the launch during an interview with ForConstructionPros.com.
Long-Time Pettibone Dealer Landmark Equipment Now Under New Ownership
Landmark Equipment, a long-time member of the Pettibone dealer network, has announced a change in ownership. Serving material handling customers in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and northern California, Landmark Equipment has sold and serviced the Pettibone Cary-Lift product line for more than 30 years, and now also carries Pettibone Extendo and Traverse telehandlers.
The dealership was originally established in 1984 under the name Parts Company Northwest by Earl Rund and his partners, becoming Landmark Equipment in 1993. The sole owner since 2006, Rund is retiring and has sold Landmark Equipment to long-term employees John Gunderson (29 years at Landmark as a field technician and shop foreman) and Rick Nivens (25 years as shop foreman and service manager).
“It’s a pleasure for all of us at Pettibone to continue our amazing partnership with Landmark Equipment into the next generation of ownership,” said Kyle Rubin, director of sales and marketing for Pettibone. “Earl Rund has been a tremendous part of our dealer team for more than three decades, and we look forward to the next chapter at Landmark under John and Rick’s leadership.”
Landmark Equipment has been very successful with the Cary-Lift lineup, particularly with customers who move and stack items such as coated pipe and treated wooden poles. Exclusively focused on Pettibone for new equipment sales, Landmark added the Extendo and Traverse telehandlers to its offering in 2016. The company also has a long history of refurbishing and supplying used Pettibone parts from decades-old machines.
“Rick and I, along with our many experienced team members, are very excited to continue the proud tradition of Landmark Equipment while providing a great product like Pettibone to the Northwest market,” said Gunderson. “We are extremely grateful to Earl for everything he’s done for Landmark. His love of talking with and helping customers, along with his vast knowledge of parts and equipment, has been a huge asset and we wish him well in retirement.”
Pettibone Hires Vizanko as Parts and Service Manager
Steve Vizanko has been named the new parts and service manager for Pettibone. In his new position, Vizanko will oversee all aftermarket sales and service department activities.
Vizanko has a Bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing from Michigan Technological University. Coming from a professional background in small business retail, Vizanko hopes to leverage his unique experience to continue to grow relationships with new and established Pettibone dealers and customers.
“I’m really excited to be coming aboard at Pettibone at this particular time,” said Vizanko. “Our markets are strong and with the new products we’ve introduced recently, there’s a lot of good, positive energy at the company. A big focus for me is ensuring our partners know that we value a two-way street of communication that benefits everyone involved. We have a very experienced parts and service team currently in place, and I look forward to utilizing our combined talent and knowledge to its fullest potential.”
PETTIBONEGEAR.COM OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The new Pettibone merchandise shop is now open at pettibonegear.com! You can find all your favorites – from men’s and women’s Pettibone branded clothing to a wide variety of accessories like mugs, backpacks and even electronics!
Safety Considerations for Handling Heavy Pipe
An article in North American Oil & Gas Pipelines magazine discusses the numerous safety advantages afforded by the unique design of the Pettibone Cary-Lift when moving or placing pipe, versus the limitations of a wheel loaders or other equipment in this type of application. Read the article HERE.
Pettibone was the featured company on Manufacturing Marvels in a segment broadcast nationally on Fox Business Channel. Click to watch the video!
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