Industry News - July 2021

Milwaukee Tool expanding footprint in Mississippi
Milwaukee Tool announced it is building a new manufacturing facility in Grenada, Mississippi. Anticipated to open in late 2022, the new facility will accommodate increased capacity for the company’s growing power tool and accessories business. With this facility, Milwaukee has committed to creating 1,200 jobs in the region. 

Vacuworx introduces online training program
Vacuworx introduced a training program to provide access to information to help ensure that dealers and contractors are able to use and service its equipment correctly and safely. The new online Vacuworx Training Center is available to anyone who operates or services Vacuworx vacuum lifting systems through the company’s website, The self-guided program currently includes five modules, each with course certifications, focused on the RC Series lifters including installation, daily operation checklist, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Vacuum Truck Rentals named authorized service center
Vacuum Truck Rentals has partnered with GapVax and Kaiser Premier and is now an authorized warranty and service center for both manufacturers. As an authorized warranty and service center, each of VTR’s 16 locations will provide service, repair and warranty work for GapVax and Kaiser Premier equipment.

Custom Truck One Source and NESCO combine
Custom Truck One Source and NESCO have combined into one company. With over 40 locations, the combined Custom Truck One Source will create a one-stop-shop provider of specialty rental equipment. The company will offer an 8,800-piece rental fleet, source NESCO’s parts, tools and accessories, and provide varied equipment offerings of Custom Truck, including roll-offs, dump trucks, water trucks, vacuum trucks and trailers.

ServiceTitan announces $500M investment 
ServiceTitan announced a $500 million round at an $8.3 billion valuation. The capital raised will be used to fuel growth as the company continues to invest in customer experience, product development and hiring talent. The company also announced that it has surpassed $250 million in annual recurring revenue, growing more than 50% over the past 12 months. The company serves more than 7,500 contracting businesses that collectively employ more than 100,000 technicians and perform more than $20 billion worth of annual transactions across various home and commercial service verticals, including plumbing, air conditioning, electrical and more.

New CUES Florida sales reps named
In an effort to continue providing the best customer service to its Florida clients, CUES announced Al Milley and Stuart Rome as its two new Florida regional sales managers.

DCA launches new trenchless microsite
The Distribution Contractors Association launched a microsite,, during the DCA Virtual Spring Meeting in early March. The site’s multimedia content gives users a concise, basic overview of the applications, techniques, equipment and tooling used in horizontal directional drilling and trenchless work. Topics also include drilling fluid’s purpose, environmentally friendly additives and recycling process.

ACPA names new executive director for Texas
The American Concrete Pipe Association announced Patrick Tarlton as the Texas Concrete Pipe Association’s new executive director. Joining ACPA’s staff of state directors across the U.S., Tarlton will represent the TCPA and its mission to promote the benefits and specification of reinforced concrete pipe and box culverts.

Makita breaks ground on major expansion
Makita U.S.A. launched construction of a new 600,000-square-foot facility northeast of Atlanta in Hall County, Georgia. The new facility will be constructed on 80 acres of land and is part of Makita’s planned future development to address continuing growth in the United States. The new facility will serve as a distribution center, and will also include a sales and training center, customer service resources, and a factory service center. The location has adjacent space for future expansion up to 800,000 square feet.

GapVax welcomes new team members and dealer
Brad Renzelmann and Gap Barbin joined the GapVax team. Renzelmann will serve Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois for municipal and industrial sales. Barbin handles industrial and municipal sales for Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota. GapVax also announced a new dealer, JWR Inc., which will serve Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with GapVax sales, service and parts. 


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