August Business News: American Augers, Godwin Pumps, Caterpillar and more

August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8

Vanair Manufacturing
Vanair Manufacturing is in plans to acquire Air N Arc Inc., which will relocate to Vanair’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Michigan City, IN, from their current facility in Hiawatha, KS.

To assure a seamless transition President Vince Eck, Sales Manager Dean Strathman, and Production Manager Donnie Stone will be joining Vanair as part of the acquisition. Along with these key personnel, Vanair will maintain the current Air N Arc product line and dealer network. This will ensure that customers, dealers and distributors will experience no disruption in the support and service of Air N Arc products.

Air N Arc Mfg. has a complete line of welder/generator/air compressor/DC booster combination packages that are specially tailored for the work truck industry. All of their All-In-One Power Systems are designed to mount into standard service bodies without body modification and allow the user easy access to controls and utilities. The systems include gasoline, diesel and hydraulically driven systems.

Vanair manufactures vehicle-mounted air compressors, generators and multi-drive systems. 800.526.8817,

Ray O’Connor, executive officer of Topcon Corporation and president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), announced the formation of a new business unit created to focus exclusively on the construction market.

Topcon’s survey instrument division also becomes a separate business unit. O’Connor said, “We are taking the two premier brands in the survey global marketplace – Topcon and Sokkia – and building an organization to maximize our opportunities in every segment of the survey business.”

Jamie Williamson, senior vice president and general manager, will head up the TPS Construction Business Unit. Murray Lodge will continue as vice president of construction sales in the new business unit. Mark Contino has been named vice president of product marketing for construction and Topcon’s other four business units. He will report to O’Connor. 925.245.8300,

3M Co. has eliminated 1,000 jobs in its second quarter. Most of the losses were in Western Europe and Asia and doesn’t take into account the 700 U.S. employees who accepted early retirement packages this spring.

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