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Rebecca “Beki” Webster Named Vice President, Human Resources

May 2, 2016 11:07 pm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 27, 2016) – HOLT CAT®announced that Rebecca “Beki” Webster has joined HOLT CAT as its new vice president of human resources. With more than 20 years of experience in human resource management and leadership, Webster will have executive oversight of all human resource operations in this new role.

In addition to managing recruitment, compensation, employee benefits, compliance and employee relations, Webster will also assume responsibility of HOLT CAT’s security and safety departments.

“My ultimate goal is to make HOLT CAT the employer of choice in San Antonio,” said Webster. “What first attracted me to HOLT CAT was its firm foundation in ethics and values. Its Values Based Leadership model is truly engrained in the company culture, and I am excited to work alongside people who are passionate and committed to the work that they do.”

A San Antonio native, Webster recently relocated to South Texas after 20 years at Northrup Grumman, a leading global aerospace and defense technology firm, where she held a number of human resource positions. During her time at Northrup Grumman, she led human resources for a 10,000-person engineering organization, in critical efforts including talent acquisition and on-boarding, talent development, organizational change and pay for performance.

HOLT CAT® sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and trucks in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. HOLT is the dealer for Link-Belt Cranes in the eastern half of Texas as well as the El Paso area. They are the dealer for AGCO/Challenger and Claas farm equipment for the eastern half of Texas and portions of Arkansas and Missouri.

Towmaster Updates Trailer Marketing App

May 2, 2016 11:04 pm

April 29, 2016, Litchfield, MN – Towmaster, Inc., manufacturer of equipment trailers and truck bodies, releases a major update to their original iOS trailer app. This new version is faster, more intuitive, and offers a new slider menu. The app continues to be an exclusive in the trailer manufacturer’s industry.

“Our trailer marketing app was the first of its kind in the trailer industry when it was released three years ago, and Towmaster continues to offer the only app in the industry of its kind”, states Shane Zeppelin, Marketing Manager at Towmaster. “Our app provides an easy reference for customers and dealers on the products we sell, and our new version includes more information than the original.”

Towmaster’s app contains PDFs of all of Towmaster’s trailer models, an extensive image gallery, links to Towmaster’s web site, YouTube videos, and social media, plus you can send images and PDFs from directly within the app. Need to contact one of our sales reps? Simply go to the contact screen and click the email or phone number.

“These features give our dealers and customers a unified source for reference materials on our products”, Shane says. “Rather than trying to find photos and PDFs in the phones or tablet’s image library or reader app, Towmaster’s app has everything in one place. The app syncs with our server, so when an update or new model is released, the app will retrieve the new images and PDF files.”

The update is available now on iOS devices with an Android update currently in development. If you have the original app installed, you can update it through your App Updates. To download Towmaster’s trailer marketing app, go to:
About Towmaster
Towmaster manufactures equipment trailers and truck bodies. Trailers are built for the construction, rental and utility markets. Truck bodies are made for the municipal market and are installed on chassis at the factory. Towmaster is known for its quality workmanship, outstanding customer service and on-time delivery. Towmaster is an ESOP (employee owned) company.
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Emergency Funding Streams Key to Senate Water Bill

May 2, 2016 10:57 pm

On April 26, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA; S. 2848), a multi-billion dollar bill to primarily fund programs overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, the legislation also includes provisions designed to channel additional money to drinking water and sewer projects.


Generally speaking, the bill is a broad blueprint for investing in the nation’s ports, waterways and aquatic ecosystems. In addition to supporting commerce and public health, WRDA aims to increase local participation by expanding the role of community partners in implementation of water resource projects. It also provides funding through existing programs to assist with crisis management.


On the drinking water front, the legislation provides $100 million in emergency assistance funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) program. Communities whose public water supplies are in declared states of emergency – specifically those addressing lead or other contaminants – may receive loans from SRF resources. In addition to emergency funding, the bill highlights the economic impact of SRF investment: According to data from the Water Environment Federation and the WateReuse Association, federal water infrastructure funds will generate more than 500,000 jobs and $102 billion in economic output over the next five years.


WRDA also dedicates $70 million in credit subsidies under the Water Infrastructure Finance Innovations Authority (WIFIA), through which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may secure loans for infrastructure projects. The WIFIA program was established in 2014 as a pilot program to attract private and non-federal investments to water infrastructure projects. Based on credit risk projections from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the funds could subsidize up to $4.2 billion in additional water infrastructure investment.


The emergency funding vehicles in the bill have drawn considerable attention in light of the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The measures came from language Sen. Inhofe co-authored with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and introduced in February 2016 as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012). Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) prevented the amendment from receiving floor consideration, placing a hold on what he claimed was a federal takeover of local water projects.


Considering the large-scale importance of WRDA programs, which include 26 approved projects for the Army Corps of Engineers in 17 states, the SRF and WIFIA loan programs for emergency projects face better odds as part of the larger bill on both sides of Capitol Hill.


When Congress last considered water infrastructure programs in 2014, AED strongly supported the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). “WRRDA will create jobs, spur economic growth and support our nation’s competitiveness,” AED’s letter of support to House and Senate leadership said. The association applauded the creation of WIFIA and reforms to SRF programs. Now that the Senate has returned to the matter, AED will continue to support responsible investment in American ports, waterways and water and wastewater systems.


After introduction, WRDA received quick bipartisan approval from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW). The legislation now awaits floor consideration by the full Senate.


To read a three page summary of the bill, click here.


To read a full section by section of the bill, click here.


To read the full text of the bill, click here.


Senate Approves Increased Airport Construction Funding

April 26, 2016 1:22 pm

On April 19, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an 18-month Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill.

The legislation increases funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) from current levels ($3.35 billion) to $3.75 billion for fiscal year 2017. The AIP is the primary vehicle for federal investment in airport infrastructure construction and improvements.

Meanwhile, the House’s FAA proposal (the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act [AIRR Act, H.R. 4441]) remains in limbo as the chamber’s leadership decides how to move forward. The AIRR Act is a six-year bill that gradually increases AIP funding from $3.557 billion in the legislation’s first year to $3.998 billion by 2022.

Congress has until mid-July to finalize a new FAA authorization law or pass another short-term extension of the current program.

Bob Huebner Joins Runnion Equipment Company

April 25, 2016 4:13 pm

Runnion Equipment Company is pleased to announce that Bob Huebner has joined the company as a sales representative for Wisconsin. Huebner is responsible for selling the equipment lines that the company represents, which include National Crane, Palfinger, Tadano, and Elliot throughout Wisconsin.
“We’re glad to welcome Bob to our team,” says Pat Runnion, CEO at Runnion Equipment. “His experience in heavy equipment sales makes him an excellent addition to our group, and we look forward to seeing his contributions.”
Prior to joining Runnion Equipment, Huebner worked in heavy construction equipment sales for 14 years. As a managing salesman, he was responsible for overseeing a six county area in Southeastern Wisconsin while expanding his knowledge of cranes and attachments.
Huebner graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point with a B.S. in Business Administration. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family and is an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan.
About Runnion Equipment
Runnion Equipment has been selling and servicing boom trucks throughout northern Illinois, northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin since 1975. Manufacturers represented by Runnion Equipment include National Crane, Elliot, Palfinger, Prentice, Tadano, Dur-A-Lift, Boscaro, Heiden, Kinshofer and Trail King. For more information, visit their website at

Lance C. Ringhaver – Obituary

April 25, 2016 4:09 pm

Lance C. Ringhaver, chairman emeritus of Ring Power Corporation and brother of Randal L. Ringhaver, died Monday night, April 4, 2016, following a highway accident in Apollo Beach, Fla. He was 76.

A well-known businessman and community leader in central Florida, Mr. Ringhaver was chairman and president of Ringhaver Equipment Company when he retired at year end 2003. In January 2004, the business merged with the family-owned Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in St. Augustine.

Mr. Ringhaver was a graduate of the Bolles School in Jacksonville and the University of Miami, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He began his career in 1961 at Ring Power Corporation, the company founded by his father, L.C. Ringhaver, and was named president in January of 1976 after serving four years as executive vice president and general manager. In 1986, Lance Ringhaver was awarded Caterpillar’s Central Florida dealership and established Ringhaver Equipment Co. in east Hillsborough County.

In addition to his lifelong business pursuits, Lance Ringhaver played an active role in the community.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mr. Ringhaver as commissioner of the Tampa Port Authority, where he also served as chairman. He was long involved in the pursuit of a Major League Baseball team for the Tampa Bay area and part of the Vince Naimoli group that was awarded the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1995. He remained an investor under current principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

Mr. Ringhaver served on the boards of The Florida Aquarium, SunTrust Bank of Tampa Bay, the University of Tampa; and Jagger’s Dream Fund, a non-profit organization founded by his late wife, Karyn, to assist in the adoption of shelter animals. He was a member of the World Presidents’ Organization/ Florida, a founding member of TEC/Vistage Florida; the Society of International Business Fellows, and the University Club of Jacksonville. He was also a past chairman of Associated Industries of Florida and served on the Flagler College Board of Trustees.

Mr. Ringhaver was an active and long-time member of Club Limited, an association of sportsmen, and valued his many Club friendships and memories.

Lance Ringhaver was predeceased by his wife, Karyn Ringhaver, in August 2014 and nephew, Randal Lee Ringhaver, Jr., in 1980.

He is survived by his brother, Randal L. Ringhaver and sister-in-law, Paula R. Ringhaver, St. Augustine; his four children, Deborah R. Lane (Charles), Crescent City; Sherri R. Geddes (Timothy), Jacksonville; Mark Ringhaver, Odessa; Lance Kendall Ringhaver (Rachel), Jacksonville; and his nine grandchildren, Heather Lane Courtney (Will); Lambert Lane; Holton Lane; Palmer Lane; Hunter Geddes; Kylie Geddes; Brooke Geddes; Rylie and Caden Ringhaver; and niece Bree Ringhaver Alban (David); Lee and Carson Alban; loved ones Lauren Ringhaver (Rich O’Brien); and Shelley Minzenberg (Karl); as well as Karyn’s daughters, Terri and Shannon Sawyer.

Germans Defeat Austrian Opponents in Table Tennis “Match in the Mining Truck” at Bauma

April 18, 2016 4:18 pm

With a score of 3:2, the men’s German table tennis players pipped their rivals from Austria to the post during the “Match in the Mining Truck”. And thereby succeeded in an (unofficial) revenge after a defeat that the Germans had suffered last year during the 2015 European championship final.

The Liebherr booth had a real sporty feel to it on the second day of the Bauma 2016 trade fair: the German national table tennis team met their Austrian rivals for a “Match in the Mining Truck”. Leading their teams, European record champion Timo Boll from Germany and the 2003 world champion Werner Schlager from Austria played in the 130-cubic-metre loading dump body from a Liebherr T 264 mining truck, with the Germans just managing to win 3:2.
In the third singles match, Chen Weixing (left) played against Bastian Steger“Table tennis in a truck – something the world has never seen. A great backdrop for our unconventional re-match against Austria. It’s really hard to imagine the shear size unless you were actually there. It was so impressive that I could barely concentrate on the game,” said Timo Boll. “It was a lot of fun to play in these unusual but impressive conditions against our German friends – a European championship re-match of a very different kind,” Werner Schlager reported.The table tennis teams from Germany and Austria competed against each other for the first time since the European championship final in 2015. Playing for Germany were Timo Boll, Bastian Steger and Jörg Roßkopf; for Austria it was Werner Schlager, Chen Weixing and Stefan Fegerl. The “Match in the Mining Truck” was presented by Norbert König, sports commentator of German public TV channel ZDF.


Closner Equipment Names Blackmon as Statewide Director of Service

April 18, 2016 4:17 pm

Closner Equipment Co. Inc. has named Clint Blackmon as Director of Service. In his new role, Blackmon will have statewide responsibility for all Field Technicians, Shop personnel and Fleet Maintenance.

Mr. Blackmon is originally from Alabama and has held various positions within the Construction and Materials industries for 20 years. Most recently, he was Director of Mobile Equipment for Summit Materials/Ramming Companies in Austin, Texas. Prior to moving to Texas, he held leadership positions at Vulcan Materials and Tractor & Equipment Co in the Southeastern US.

Closner Equipment Co. is based in San Antonio with branches in Austin and Ft. Worth. The Company is authorized to sell and support the following brands of construction equipment: Roadtec, Gomaco, Atlas Copco/Dynapac, LeeBoy, Rosco, Mauldin, Lincoln, Superior and Putzmeister America.


Accruit Announces Promotion of Karen Kemerling to President

April 18, 2016 4:16 pm

Accruit, LLC, the nation’s leading provider of qualified intermediary (QI) services and 1031 like-kind exchange (LKE) program solutions, today announced the promotion of Karen Kemerling to the position of president.

Since joining Accruit in 2013, Kemerling has held a strong leadership position as chief operating officer. She assumes the role of president from Brent Abrahm, Accruit’s CEO, to whom she will continue to report. “Karen’s ability to drive performance while supporting our company’s long-term vision made expansion of her role the logical next step for Accruit,” said Abrahm.

Since 2013, Kemerling has managed operational aspects of the company (IT, Finance/Treasury, Client Services, and Marketing) and has assisted Abrahm in implementing aggressive growth strategies for the organization. “I’m honored by the promotion and excited to be partnering with Brent,” said Kemerling. “Our skills complement each other as we work toward creating an environment that fosters problem-solving, accountability, and teamwork.”

“Karen’s leadership and business acumen are a tremendous asset to the company,” said Abrahm. “In her new capacity, these qualities will extend to further enhance the experience of clients, vendors, partners, and employees.”

About Accruit

Accruit, LLC is the nation’s leading provider of qualified intermediary and 1031 like-kind exchange program solutions, serving more than 20 industries. Accruit handles all types of LKEs, including real estate, business assets, collectibles, and franchises; they facilitate all types of forward, reverse and improvement exchange transactions nationwide. Visit us at


Komatsu and Cummins Sign Agreement to Improve Global Communities through Corporate Responsibility Partnership

April 18, 2016 4:15 pm

Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) and Cummins Inc. (Chairman and CEO: Tom Linebarger) have signed a global corporate responsibility partnership agreement to improve communities around the world. This partnership will build on the companies’ already strong business relationship. Both companies have invested in technical education in their communities as social contribution activities and have already partnered in some community projects.

By leveraging each other’s resources and best practices, they will support human resource development on a global scale.

Tetsuji Ohashi expressed, “We share a common commitment to producing and supporting products in a responsible manner, as well as to strengthening education and improving opportunities for the people of the communities where we do business. A partnership that helps the people of our communities will only make our business partnership stronger. It is with great enthusiasm that Komatsu enters into this global collaboration with a trusted partner like Cummins.”

“For decades, Cummins and Komatsu have built a strong and growing business relationship,” said Tom Linebarger. “We share common goals and aspirations for our respective businesses, as well as for the people living in our communities. Using the strength of our employees’ skills, our global presence and our strong business partnership, we can provide opportunity to those most in need. This is a win for Cummins, a win for Komatsu, but most importantly a win for our communities.”

[Komatsu and Cummins-partnered Programs (Ongoing and Planned)]

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