Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2017

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16 LC DBM I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 1 Kubota Tractor Corporation announced an agree- ment to enter into an alliance with Smart Path Sys- tems for its precision guidance technology products that will be available for their M, L and B-Series trac- tors, F-Series mowers and utility vehicles. This technol- ogy enables the use of autonomous steering of equipment for mowing, sweeping, spraying, snow plowing and more. Operators can take predetermined paths or record their own path and replay the exact same route in the future. Managers can assign, track, and manage their operators and equipment fleet from a website. One of the 10 largest equipment rental companies in the U.S., NES Rentals is be- ing acquired by the world's largest, United Rentals for approximately $965 million in cash. Based in Chicago, Illinois, and concen- trated in the eastern half of the country, NES has 73 branches, about 1,100 employees, and close to 20,000 customers. Combining operations is expected to strengthen United Rentals' relation- ships with local and strategic accounts. A m a n u - facturer of dump hoists and truck cranes, Venco Ven- turo Industries, LLC. opened an installation center at its manufacturing facility in Cincin - nati. There a team of mechanics will be avail- able to up-fit all of the company's products, which besides the hoists and cranes include air compressors and service body packages. The company says that the factory installations often cost less, have shorter lead-times and fewer problems. GROUND GAINS Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansions

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