Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Yanmar Diesel Engine Co. said they have agreed to mutually supply diesel engines for industrial use, starting this year. Isuzu will supply engines with a displacement of 4.8 to 5.2 L to Yanmar Diesel, while Yanmar Diesel will supply engines with displacements from 0.5 to 3.3 L to Isuzu. The companies will sell the products individually through their existing networks, the announcement said.

Isuzu and Yanmar Diesel said the program is designed to improve profitability by sharing resources and concentrating on selective operations in the area of industrial diesel engines. In the fiscal year ending March 31, Isuzu made a total of 66,000 industrial engines while Yanmar Diesel made 400,000 engines.

Western Star Trucks has announced details about the transition of its manufacturing and other operations to Portland, Ore. The company is making a $16 million investment to prepare the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant for Western Star heavy-duty truck production. In addition, Western Star engineering, manufacturing, customer support and other technical staff are relocating to Portland. Production of Western Star trucks in Portland begins in October 2002. Western Star announced in October 2001 that it would be relocating truck production and other operations from Kelowna, British Columbia, to Portland.

The Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant is building dedicated cab, chassis and sleeper lines for the Western Star product as well as an E-coat system. Western Star Trucks is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC.

GE Energy Rentals and Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. have announced that they are "aligning." Under a new, nonexclusive agreement, GE Energy Rentals' power and climate control equipment is available at several Hertz facilities across the U.S., with more locations to be added in the coming months. Customers also will be able to place orders at any Hertz location in the U.S. to rent GE equipment, including generators, heating and cooling systems and light towers.

Also from the rental world, United Rentals Inc. said that it had acquired 35 locations in 12 states from National Equipment Services Inc., for about $110 million.

AGGO Corp. has announced a major manufacturing rationalization plan of its European factories which will result in the closure of a tractor factory in Coventry, England. The Coventry plant manufactures transaxles and assembles tractors in 50 to 110 hp range, and has been the major export facility for CKD kit shipments to licensees. CKD operations and lower specification products will be relocated to Canoas, Brazil. The higher specification Coventry tractors will be relocated to the AGCO facility in Beauvais, France, where high horsepower tractors are currently produced.

The transaxles produced at Coventry will be discontinued and a new transaxle for these models will be sourced from GIMA, the AGCO transmission/axle manufacturing joint venture with Renault, which is located at Beauvais. Tractor production at Coventry is planned to cease by the end of the year and the transaxle production will terminate by June 2003.

Buhler Industries Inc., the Winnipeg, Manitoba, manufacturer of tractors, augers, loaders, snow blowers, wheel loaders, mowers, balers and bale wagons, said it has negotiated for the purchase of the Alloway Industries L.L.C. manufacturing plant and equipment located in Fargo, N.D. Alloway Industries L.L.C. is a joint venture enterprise between Deere & Co. and Woods Equipment Co. Earlier this year, Deere and Woods announced that the joint venture would be dissolved and the Alloway plant closed by July 31st of this year. Buhler plans to take possession and begin operating the facility as of August 1, 2002.

Engineered Support Systems, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., a supplier of integrated military electronics, support equipment and logistics services said it has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Universal Power Systems Inc., (UPSI) for $5.5 million in cash. UPSI, of Chantilly, Va., is a provider of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for front-line military and naval applications, intelligence agencies and remote industrial locations.

Altronic Controls Inc., Garland, Texas, has acquired Gas Technologies Inc., Weston, Fla., a manufacturer of dual-fuel conversion systems for industrial diesel-based engines.

North American Power Systems (NorAm), Oklahoma City Okla., has been appointed the Perkins Engines distributor for Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.



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