APA Releases New Life-Cycle Cost Software
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has released a new version of the software program LCCAExpress for life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of pavements. Version 2.0 of LCCAExpress is geared to less-complex projects and is available as a free download at www.AsphaltRoads.org.
“The updated software now offers the ability to print out a professional-looking report. It allows the user the addition of a fourth overlay option as well as more maintenance options and the choice of whether to calculate user delay. LCCAExpress does all this in a very user-friendly way,” said Jill Thomas of the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, co-chair of the APA’s Economics Team.
Like its predecessor programs, LCCAExpress 2.0 still uses the principles recommended by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to compare the economics of alternative designs for a given road project. It is a simplified version of the APA’s original LCCA software, which is also available as a free download at www.AsphaltRoads.org.
Titan Move Improves Sales
An August 2011 relocation from Mountain View, CA, to Dallas, TX, has resulted in additional sales for Titan Laboratories, according to owner Jamie Smith. Smith attributed the sales increase to reduced shipping costs to customers east of the Mississippi River.
“It just makes more sense to have a facility like this centered in the country to even out the shipping costs across the board," Smith said. Titan is currently extending special rates to their customers on the west coast for the rest of 2012.
In addition, Smith said Titan is considering expanding their offerings to include some of their popular products in disposable wipes and aerosols. “The practicality of these specialty items is a reality that we can no longer ignore, and we want to give our distributors the ability to take advantage of this emerging market, and we invite any feedback our distributors may have.” Jamie said.
He said Titan is also planning a low-VOC version of its Oil-Flo Safety Solvent Cleaner and a citrus version for specific applications.
IES Formed to Acquire Paladin Brands Holding
International Equipment Solutions Inc. (“IES”), a newly formed holding company of KPS Capital Partners, has acquired Paladin Brands Holding, Cedar Rapids, IA. IES also acquired Crenlo, a North American provider of steel cabs and roll-over protective structures and electronics enclosures for a wide range of markets.
“We are very excited to create International Equipment Solutions," said Raquel Palmer, a KPS partner. "IES, by acquiring Paladin and Crenlo, launches as the premier international engineered equipment manufacturer, with an industry leading portfolio of brands and an exceptionally strong reputation for quality, durability, delivery, product support and product innovation."
IES said Paladin is the leading independent North American provider of engineered attachment tools for operator-driven equipment serving a wide range of markets. Paladin operates four business units, each focused on specific markets and products. Paladin Construction Group serves the construction, landscaping, agriculture and aviation markets under brands Bradco, McMillen, FFC, Sweepster, Harley, JRB, C&P and CustomWorks. Paladin Demolition and Recycling serves the demolition and metal recycling markets, Paladin Utility serves the utility and foundation drilling markets, and Paladin Custom Material Handling serves the demolition, forestry and material handling markets.
“Our entire team at Paladin is pleased to move forward under KPS and excited about their commitment to manufacturing excellence and to supporting our future growth," said David Burdakin, Paladin president. "We will remain focused on providing our customers with industry leading products and unsurpassed service.”
Palmer said KPS plans to grow IES aggressively "both organically and through acquisition in North America and globally. The combination of the company’s exceptional operational expertise and strong customer relationships, combined with financial resources provided by KPS, will facilitate IES’s global expansion, especially in China, India and South America," she said.