Business News for July: John Deere, Midwest Mole, Caterpillar, American Augers

July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7
Griff Morris of FMI

Kubota Corporation has named Satoshi Iida as the new president of Kubota Tractor Corporation, based in Torrance, CA. Iida, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical and systems engineering, has been with Kubota Corporation for 29 years and served in the company’s engineering, utility tractor and construction equipment divisions. He was previously appointed to executive level management positions within Kubota, including his most recent appointment, prior to joining Kubota Tractor Corporation, as president of Kubota Europe in France. Iida is a member of Kubota Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Commercial Coating Services

Commercial Coating Services International (CCSI), a subsidiary of Insituform Technologies’ newly acquired subsidiary, The Bayou Companies Inc., recently surpassed one million man hours worked without filing a single lost time injury report.

According to Dave Hammon, CCSI’s Human Resources, Health & Safety manager, there have been no lost time injury reports filed since Dec. 13, 2004.

CCSI owns one of the world’s largest fleets of field joint coating systems and is a leader in field joint anti-corrosion coating with more than two million field joints coated worldwide. 636.530.8000, www.insituform.com

ESCO Corporation

Portland, OR-based ESCO Corporation has announced that it has assumed 100 percent ownership of its ESCO SOLDERING joint venture, effective May 12. The ESCO SOLDERING business has approximately 450 employees and is located in Betim, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais – home to several large mining operations. The business will continue to be known as ESCO SOLDERING.

The joint venture was formed in May 2007 between ESCO and Soldering, a manufacturer of wear-resistant steel products for the mining, industrial, sugar, heavy construction and cement markets. The resulting partnership created a leading manufacturer and supplier of wear prod¬ucts for equipment manufacturers and end-user customers. 503.778.6612, www.escocorp.com

Ledcor Pipeline

Kevin Cater has been appointed to the position of president of Ledcor Pipeline Inc. In this role, Cater will be responsible for overseeing Ledcor’s pipeline operations in the U.S. and will be based out of the company’s office in Houston, TX.