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cranes at all times, so there are no surprises. That’s the fundamental concept behind Konecranes ability to deliver the highest lifecycle value for overhead cranes used in so many diverse situations, for so many different customers.”<


Technology Leader Laird Opens New Michigan R&D Center


> Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London), which is at the forefront of vehicle connectivity, formally opened its newest research and design center here today. The new R&D center, located in Grand


Blanc, near Flint, Michigan – in the heart of America’s automotive industry -- will serve Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions division, which also has R&D centers in Germany and China. The Grand Blanc center is among 18 other Laird R&D centers worldwide serving various Laird divisions. “This center of excellence is at the


cutting-edge of our crucial design and research work for the automotive industry here and around the globe,” said Tony Quinlan, CEO of Laird. “Our investment in Grand Blanc is evidence that Laird is committed to continue driving the future of connected vehicles in Michigan and across the United States.” The new, 43,000 square foot R&D


center sits on a 14.5-acre site in Grand Blanc, which provides space for future expansion to design and test new technologies. The center replaces a smaller Laird facility in nearby Holly, Michigan. All employees transferred to the new facility. The Grand Blanc R&D center includes


state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities, sophisticated testing labs for quality assurance, an outdoor testing range, and other facilities. Quinlan told the attending audience


the new R&D center represents a US$14.4 million investment over several years, and is expected to lead to even more new jobs at this site. The facility currently employs more than 100 people, including engineers, designers, and scientists from throughout the region. Globally, Laird has nearly 9,700 employees


at 48 locations, including 20 engineering and manufacturing facilities, 18 research and design centers, and 10 sales and administrative offices, in 19 countries worldwide. The leading global provider of end-to-end


automotive connectivity, Laird is a member of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), an international cross-industry association formed a year ago to foster the development of connected vehicles, self-driving cars, and intelligent transport systems. Laird’s unique combination of sophisticated


or “smart” antennas and in-vehicle capabilities enable LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and satellite communications; full telematics controls; consumer electronic device integration; over-the-air software updates for vehicles; in-vehicle data streaming; USB hub; wireless in-vehicle charging; and, other offerings, Quinlan said. “As a leading supplier to the automotive


industry, Laird is extremely well-positioned for the new world of increasing connectivity and digitalization that is taking place around the globe,” he said. “These transformative developments will impact the way we all travel, and benefit consumers here in Michigan and worldwide. And, that is why we are proud to support this region’s reputation as a technology hub serving the American auto industry.”<


Mazzella Companies Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification


> Mazzella Companies is excited to announce its successful certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems standard at their Cleveland, OH headquarters. ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized Quality Management System and helps organizations to meet the expectations and needs of their customers. In September of 2017, AMPLUS


Global Associates, Inc., assessed Mazzella Companies’ management systems to the updated requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, and recommended and approved them for compliance. The decision was made in 2016 to


upgrade its certified ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems to the newest ISO 9001:2015 standard. The new standard focuses on risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes to help improve communications, efficiency, and the implementation of continuous improvement. “We started this process to transform the


company—with the ultimate goal of getting certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. But during the process, we developed a ‘Mazzella


Way’ quality management system based on three key points: being the best at all we can be, insuring the safety of all of our stakeholders, and always satisfying our customers,” said Clark Neft, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Mazzella Companies. “We changed the way we looked at


things so we could create one comprehensive management system. Receiving this certification is really just one milestone in our journey. Our ultimate goal is to have all of the brands under the Mazzella Companies umbrella use the tools in the ISO 9001:2015 standard to meet our ‘Mazzella Way’ management system standards by 2019.”<


Hoist and Rigging Training Made Easier with Columbus McKinnon’s New Website


> Whether you need to meet OSHA or ASME requirements, receive overhead crane and rigging certification or simply gain the peace of mind that comes from having a safer work environment, Columbus McKinnon can help. Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, launched its new training website, putting all of the information professionals need to get trained and do their jobs safely right at their fingertips. “Promoting the safe and proper use of


hoist and rigging products is a top priority for Columbus McKinnon,” said Paul Smielecki, marketing and training manager. “Our new website will allow Channel Partners and end users to easily find detailed course information and immediately register for training classes.” In addition to comprehensive course


information, Columbus McKinnon’s new training website provides information on the company’s professional trainers as well as its training locations, including the state-of-theart Niagara Training Center and Rock Lititz entertainment center of excellence. There is even hotel and flight information available for easy and convenient trip planning. The site also features downloadable


safety resources, like a Hoist Pre-Operational Inspection Checklist, that riggers, plant managers and safety supervisors can share and post at their facilities. Visit Columbus McKinnon’s new training website at training.cmworks.com.<


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