Product News
June 2016

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Peterson Names Its Top Dealer

Peterson Pacific Corp. named Komatsu Forest Pty. Ltd. of Australia as its 2015 Dealer of the Year. This is the second time that Komatsu Forest Pty. Ltd. has won this award.

Peterson presented the award at the 2016 AusTimber Show in Victoria, Australia.

ASTEC To Build Manufacturing Bay

ASTEC, Inc. celebrated the beginning of construction of a manufacturing bay with a groundbreaking ceremony April 13 at the ASTEC manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 24,780 sq. ft. addition, which is designed for manufacturing equipment used for ASTEC wood pellet plants and asphalt mixing plants, is expected to create 40-50 jobs with approximately 30 of those jobs starting when the bay begins operating in September.

ASTEC President Malcolm Swanson addressed a crowd of ASTEC employees gathered for the celebration. Chattanooga Deputy Administrator, Economic Development Nick Wilkinson attended the event on behalf of Mayor Andy Berke and the city of Chattanooga.

Cowin Will Distribute Fuchs Handlers

Cowin Equipment Co., Inc. is now an authorized distributor of Fuchs material handlers for Alabama, northern Georgia and Florida’s Panhandle. Cowin Equipment covers this territory with seven locations and offers sales, rental, parts and service support for the full Fuchs equipment line.

Cowin will also have at its disposal financing options offered by Terex Financial Services (TFS) to help improve the customer’s cash flow.

The distributor offers local support for its Alabama customers from its Birmingham headquarters and four branch locations in Mobile, Montgomery, Huntsville/ Decatur and Oxford. Cowin Equipment also operates branch locations in Pensacola, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga.

Flint Equipment Joins Bandit Industries

The Construction and Forestry Div. of Flint Equipment Co.’s South Carolina dealerships have joined the Bandit Industries dealer network. Flint will handle sales, parts and service of all large Bandit equipment in the region, including whole tree chippers and The Beast horizontal grinders.

Six locations in South Carolina are at Andrews, Aynor, Simpsonville, West Columbia, Ladson and Walterboro.

Morbark's Shoemaker Receives State Honor

Morbark, LLC announced that President James Shoemaker Jr. has been named the 2016 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award recipient for Large Tier companies by the Michigan Manufacturers Assn. (MMA).

Now in its 35th year, the award program recognizes manufacturers for their dedication to community service, issue advocacy and their role as a symbol of the positive work being done by the manufacturing industry.

Shoemaker joined Morbark in 2003 as director of operations before being promoted to vice president of Operations, and then was appointed President in 2011.

New Tidewater Store Focuses On Morbark

Morbark, LLC announced the territory expansion of Tidewater Equipment Co. to now serve the needs of Morbark customers throughout the entire state of Florida. Tidewater opened a new store in Tampa, Fla. on April 1.

“Tidewater has been a Gold Tier Dealer for our industrial equipment line for the past three straight years,” says John Foote, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Morbark. “This means they provide more than just our high-performance equipment; they give our customers local knowledge and support to help them grow and maintain their businesses.”

The Tampa store, located at 2254 Massaro Blvd., becomes not only the 12th Tidewater location representing Morbark industrial products, but the first that is focused specifically on the Morbark line.

Postle Industries Offers Hardfacing Alloy

Postle Industries has introduced PS98, a hardfacing alloy to be used as a matrix welding wire for tungsten carbide embedding, also known as MIG Carbide Embedding. Using specially designed vibratory feeding equipment in conjunction with the gas metal arc welding process (GMAW), tungsten carbide particles are fed from an overhead hopper directly into the PS98 molten weld pool. The resulting weld deposit, which has a hardness of 55 to 60 HRC, contains a large volume of tungsten carbide particles embedded in a hardface matrix alloy.

Tungsten carbide particles, which are extremely hard and wear-resistant, combined with the hard PS98 matrix alloy, protect a variety of equipment from premature wear in many challenging applications such as bulldozer and grader blades, dragline bucket wear parts, loader and excavator buckets, railroad tie tampers, wear plate, logging and wood chipping wear parts, as well as construction, demolition, and landfill equipment including hammermills, horizontal grinding equipment and tub grinding hammers. Visit or

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