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FEBRUARY 2014 issue of
Rental Management

2014 For the Record
  • Montabert, Lyon, France, plans to further extend its brand into North America and replace the Tramac brand name on select products. The company designs and manufactures hydraulic demolition and drilling attachments and pneumatic equipment, and has its North American headquarters in Suwanee, Ga. The rebranded products will include hydraulic breakers, plate compactors, drilling attachments and pneumatic equipment — all most recently branded “Tramac by Montabert,” which the French attachment manufacturer has been using to establish a North American Montabert brand presence. The transition will take place this winter and into 2014.
  • Riwal, Dordrecht, Netherlands, has opened a depot in the Camainas region in the state of Säo Paulo to develop its business in that area of Brazil. The depot offers aerial work platforms and telehandlers while also serving as a training center offering International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)-certified training courses to aerial work platform operators. “Besides Curitiba where we established our first operation, the Campinas region in the state of São Paulo is a key area to open a depot,” says Pedro Torres, Riwal’s region director with responsibility for Brazil. “It is one of the most promising states of Brazil when it comes to aerial work platforms. The enormous potential is supported by many new industries that are settling here. Our team in our newest depot is committed to delivering the best customer experience for both our existing and new customers.”
  • Cross Country Pipeline Supply Co., Aurora, Colo., has acquired Power Associates International (PAI), Houston. Cross Country is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PAI maintains a rental fleet of more than 370 units and sells newly manufactured products. The company manufactures and assembles hydrostatic testing systems and components that are rented or sold to a range of customers active in the pipeline industry, including contractors, pipeline owners and testing/maintenance firms. Jim Hodde, PAI president, and his management team will remain with PAI post-closing. “PAI is an important addition to Cross Country as we seek to broaden and deepen our client relationships,” said Gerry Plescia, Cross Country CEO. “PAI diversifies our product offerings and expands our services into the integrity, testing and maintenance market. We are very excited to partner with Jim and the team at PAI to further strengthen the service we provide to our combined client base.”
  • David Rose, owner of Northwest Rental Center, Richland, Wash., is now Richland’s first new mayor since 2008. Having served as mayor pro tem, Rose was chosen unanimously by his fellow council members for a two-year term. Rose joined the council in 2004 and will take over for longtime Mayor John Fox, who retired at the end of 2013.




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