Business news 9/14/18

Sept. 14, 2018

Fleet Advantage COO & CTO James Griffin selected as finalist for the South Florida Business Journal’s 2018 Technology Awards

September 5, 2018—Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management announced today its COO and CTO, James Griffin, has been selected as a finalist for the South Florida Business Journal’s 2018 Technology Awards, honoring chief information officers who lead their organizations in delivering business value and innovative use of IT. He is one of three finalists in the category of private companies over $50 million in revenue. Griffin joined Fleet Advantage as CTO in 2014 and also was appointed COO in 2016. He has built a successful career providing technology leadership development and strategic planning for large-scale technology and informational architectures. Over the last two years Griffin’s efforts have resulted in industry-leading platforms that have enhanced customer value, data security and overall company performance.

CM Labs selected by Manitowoc as training simulator partner for next-generation crane control system

September 5, 2018—Today, CM Labs announced that they have been chosen by Manitowoc Cranes, leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions, to develop and deliver a series of groundbreaking simulators that showcase Manitowoc’s intuitive new Crane Control System (CCS). Unveiled at Manitowoc’s 2018 Crane Days event held June 3-8 in Shady Grove, Pa., Manitowoc’s initial order of CCS-driven Vortex Simulators is intended to help dealers market and educate crane operators on the benefits and capabilities of CCS equipped models. Simulators are already being delivered to Manitowoc clients for operator training, including locals of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). Manitowoc’s CCS operating platform provides a common human-machine interface across multiple crane product lines. Each CCS unit features the same control layout, with standardized symbols, and is made up of several common components (crane controller, safety controller, small IO (input/output), large IO, joysticks, jog-dial and display).

Klein Tools acquires Ergodyne in St. Paul, Minn.

Sept. 5, 2018—Klein Tools Inc. and Tenacious Holdings Inc. (the parent company of Ergodyne) have announced today that Klein Tools has acquired Ergodyne. Ergodyne will be operated as a separate business unit in St. Paul, Minn., at its current headquarters. Tom Votel will remain president and continue to lead the Ergodyne team. Klein Tools, a sixth-generation, family-owned company that was founded in 1857, is an iconic American brand and business. For over 161 years Klein Tools has remained dedicated to manufacturing professional grade tools and related equipment for tradespeople worldwide. Ergodyne, founded in 1983, has spent the last three decades pioneering the development of products for the workplace. What started with one product has grown into a line of top-flight, battle-tested Tenacious Work Gear. Today, Ergodyne has established itself as the leading innovator in the safety products space.

Cross Country Infrastructure Services acquires Nevada equipment rental company Rain2Day

Aug. 28, 2018—Cross Country Infrastructure Services, Inc., a leading equipment and supplies provider to the construction industry, announced today that it has acquired Rain2Day Inc. With the addition of Rain2Day, Cross Country has grown their reach in the Western United States market. Rain2Day is a rental provider of pumps and tanks primarily supporting the growing market in Las Vegas and the surrounding Nevada area.

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