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Crown Equipment Expands Service, Training Opportunities with New Kansas City Branch

Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today announced the opening of a company-owned branch in Kansas City, Kan. The new 70,000-square-foot facility provides Crown customers in the area with an even closer resource for their material handling product needs, as well as expanded customer service offerings and opportunities for technician and operator training.

“Each of our customers comes to us with unique considerations and needs for their forklift fleet,” said Jim Mozer, senior vice president, Crown Equipment. “We’re not just about selling forklifts; rather, we know the importance of the personal, collaborative relationship required to find a solution meeting the requirements of today’s dynamic warehouses and other material handling environments. The opening of this facility deepens this commitment to our customers in the Midwest via additional support for purchase and maintenance decisions, and training opportunities necessary to help fleets and operators achieve optimal levels of safety and productivity.”

In addition to an extensive inventory of parts and a fully equipped maintenance shop, the branch offers battery and charger service, rental fleets, and forklift remanufacturing. Also, Crown’s Train-the-Trainer and Demonstrated Performance® Service Training educational programs will provide customized lessons and hands-on exercises to connect classroom instruction with real-world application.

“Many of our customers in this region are national companies with large distribution centers,” said Paul Wright, Kansas City branch manager. “This new facility ensures that we’re able to help all of our customers operate at peak levels of productivity without experiencing costly downtime from maintenance-related incidents.”

The Kansas City location will be Crown’s 56th company-owned branch. The branch is located at 9500 Widmer Road in Lenexa, Kan., and can be reached directly at 913-888-9777. MORE

Accellos Appoints David Dick as New Director of Asia Pacific Channel Sales

Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, today announced the appointment of David Dick as Director of Asia Pacific Channel Sales.  Dick brings Accellos over 12 years’ experience in sales, marketing, product management, business development, and product services management for supply chain software technologies.

Prior to joining Accellos, Dick was with Translogix International, a leader in transport and logistics solutions in Australia and New Zealand.  During his time at Translogix, Dick was instrumental in developing the business from only 30 customers to over 350 customers.

Dick has an extensive career specializing in providing practical solutions that deliver rapid ROI through solid understanding of the clients business and extensive understanding of how to leverage technology to introduce positive change.

This strategic appointment extends Accellos’s commitment to the region and provides additional support and focus for Accellos customers and partners.

Johnson Controls Expands Guangzhou Factory to Meet Increasing Demand for Energy Efficient Building Technologies

Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, expanded its Guangzhou factory to house the world’s first fully-automated air handling unit (AHU) assembly line and four additional variable refrigerant flow (VRF) production lines to meet Asian and global demand. This expansion will increase AHU manufacturing capacity by 30 percent.

“Since our first entrance into China more than 100 years ago, we have earned the confidence and trust of our customers across Asia with our high quality products including YORK® air conditioning and industrial refrigeration products,” said Soren Bjerg, vice president and managing director of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Asia. “With the Guangzhou plant expansion, we aim to increase our manufacturing base to supply growing demand for our products, and to demonstrate our strong commitment to Asia and to our customers.”

The new air handling unit (AHU) assembly line will be a fully automated one-stop manufacturing point for installation, assembly, testing and packaging. This new assembly line will enhance the AHU manufacturing capacity of the Guangzhou plant by 30 percent due to shortened lead times and increased efficiencies. More efficient and energy-saving air-conditioning products will be manufactured in order to meet anticipated market demands in the next five years.

Four additional VRF assembly lines will increase production capacity and enable the company to meet customer demands in China, Southeast Asia and throughout the world. VRF is a ductless HVAC system and has become a leading product in the global market due to its technical design and ease of installation.

The plant will also house a new VRF and small tonnage chiller test center. This new facility will simulate a wide variety of extreme conditions to test the existing units and provide a platform for the research and development of new products. MORE

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