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  • Manitou is confirming its dynamism in the truck-mounted forklifts section by participating in the Solutrans exhibition at Lyon
  • Manitou has a complete range of truck-mounted forklifts with masts and telescopics, as well as a set of solutions for transport professionals, which will be exhibited at the exhibition
  • Customers can count on reliable and high-performance equipment, on the support of an experienced network and local service that is symbolic of the brand
  • Lyon, 17 November 2015 – Manitou is participating in the Solutrans exhibition, Hall 5 stand XX, which is taking place in Lyon from 17 to 21 November 2015. The event will be the opportunity for Manitou to exhibit its material-handling solutions and to address professionals in road and urban transport: Manitou is the leader in all-terrain materials handling and a major player in the truck-mounted forklifts segment.

With the launch of the TMM (Truck Mounted Mast) in 2014, Manitou has a complete range of truck-mounted forklifts and solutions to cover all the requirements of transport professionals. 20 years of experience means that the leader in all-terrain materials handling has sound expertise in the sector.

Reliability and performance

The TMM is available in 4 models: 2T or 2.5T bi or multi-directional.

manitou1The TMT includes 5 units from 2.5T to 2.7T with different versions offered depending on the applications: Industrial, All-terrain (with stabilisers), and Poultry. These specifics closely meet the requirements of these different working environments.

Manitou has designed the truck-mounted forklifts with the aim of simplicity and reliability. The mechanically-welded monobloc chassis, the numerous protective devices for the hydraulic and hose components, and the paint, with a primary anti-corrosion layer, ensure the longevity and reliability of this equipment, which is particularly exposed to bad weather. This robust design enables these trucks to be used intensively.

Manitou truck-mounted forklifts are distinguished above all by their performance. During manitou2operations involving handling very heavy loads, the TMM and the TMT show great stability. The Kubota stage Euro 3A naturally-aspirated engine delivers constant power, even at a low speed. This gives the driver flexible and constant steering, while ensuring his productivity.

Concerning attachments, the TMM can be fitted with telescopic forks, an extender or both combined.

As for the TMM itself, the telescopic boom moves laterally by 135 mm for greater usage flexibility without adding any attachments. The inventor of the telescopic boom on the truck-mounted forklift, Manitou offers the best telescopic arm for optimum efficiency with minimum maintenance. Using this boom, the TMT can unload a platform from a single side without any additional equipment. Time saving guaranteed.

The driver also benefits from all necessary comfort and the safety that is essential to his material-handling operations.

The strength of a network and the service

Manitou, which positions itself on the truck-mounted forklifts segment, has an entire local network which applies all of its experience in materials-handling products. This network also provides its customers with its 20 years of expertise in truck-mounted forklifts.

1,400 dealers throughout the world provide support to customers, which is crucial in the Transport environment. The driver can count on the nearest dealership to provide him with the service that is necessary to properly complete his material-handling operation.

Before the purchase, the dealership carries out a load distribution study, to determine the maximum load capacity available on the vehicle. The driver can choose between 2 attachment systems (delivered with a clear usage manual). For specific requirements, the Manitou research department analyzes the requirement to create an appropriate solution, while ensuring the safety of the system.

The quality of the after-sales service and the availability of Manitou spare parts are recognized throughout the world. To facilitate their activities, transport companies can also count on the contracts for maintenance, financing or equipment rental that are offered by the dealership.

Julien Hiltzer, Product Manager for truck-mounted forklifts: “our range is capable of covering the essential requirements of our transport-company customers. The launch of the TMM range last year consolidated our position on a segment where we have been present for many years.

The essential advantage of this range is the network. The Manitou network is concentrated and very well-trained in its products. Transport companies know that they have all necessary support, wherever they are at any time. In a sector where dead time is very costly, this is reassuring.”

Investments for trucks that are “made in France”

The Manitou truck-mounted forklifts distributed in Europe are manufactured at Beaupréau (49). This unit also produces all-terrain masted trucks for the entire group.

Created only 15 years ago, the Beaupréau site has about 120 employees in a surface area of 8,000 m².

In order to support the growth in sales of truck-mounted forklifts, Manitou Beaupréau doubled the production line in 2015.

More than 200 truck-mounted forklifts are assembled each year.

The operators oversee the quality of each truck, carrying out numerous checks at all stages of manufacture. Their commitment is also a guarantee of success in the development of the Manitou range of truck-mounted forklifts.




GAIN Clean Fuel celebrates opening of first CNG public station in Quebec

GAIN Clean FUELCoteau-du-Lac (Quebec, CAN) – November 13, 2015 – Representatives from C.A.T., U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, and Gaz Métro, along with local and regional dignitaries, celebrated the grand opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) public station in Quebec.  The GAIN station, located at 4 Transport Street in the industrial park of Coteau-du-Lac, will provide the North American carrier with alternative fuel to support C.A.T.’s growing fleet of CNG trucks.

“The fight against climate change pushes us to innovate and rethink the way things were done in various sectors, including the transportation sector which emits close to 45% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. The Government supports Quebec businesses in their transition into this carbon constrained world. The Ecocamionnage program gives businesses the necessary leverage to contribute, in their own way, to reducing their GHG emissions, and thus, take steps toward more sustainable practices” concludes Mr. Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Canadian trucking industry to be environmentally responsible”, said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “Our transportation system is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, so investments in energy efficiency and more efficient fuels not only help to save money but will also improve the environment for Canadians.”

“We’re proud to be a leader in the industry in utilizing CNG to reduce emissions,” said C.A.T. Inc. President Daniel Goyette. “We’ve made an investment in our future with the conversion of more than 100 trucks to CNG. It’s been a very positive move by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating fuel price stability. We couldn’t be happier with our partnership to make this facility a reality.” Nearly a third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 350 tractors operates on CNG. The partnership involves U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada – which owns the GAIN Clean Fuel brand and builds and operates the station, and Gaz Métro – the supplier of natural gas to the facility.


“We’re excited for the opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel station in Quebec,” said David Vincent, Director, Business Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro.

It’s great to see C.A.T. take a leadership role in helping to get this station built. They have definitely embraced alternative energy and we hope that other carriers follow C.A.T.’s lead and take advantage of the many benefits CNG offers.

This is the second of five GAIN Clean Fuel station locations to open in partnership with C.A.T. The first station opened in Mississauga, Ontario on October 26, 2015. The other three stations locations include Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina and Scranton, Pennsylvania. These stations are finishing up on construction and will be opening soon. U.S. Venture GAIN Clean Fuel Canada is continuing to seek new partnerships to locate GAIN Clean Fuel CNG stations in Canada and the United States.

“We’re thrilled to have our second location in Canada open for business,” said GAIN Clean Fuel Business Development Manager, Marc-André Paquin. “This is one of the most heavily traveled trucking corridors in all of North America (A-20/H-401) and we look forward to serving not only C.A.T., but other carriers seeking to take advantage of the benefits. We hope this station will encourage other U.S. based carriers to seek new opportunities in Canada.”

The Coteau-du-Lac location, like all other GAIN Clean Fuel stations, will provide easy-access, fast-fill capabilities and will be open for use by other fleets and the general public. They will also have fleet card acceptance capabilities for trucker convenience and provide reliability to ensure that fleets have a consistent fuel source.

A complete list of GAIN Clean Fuel stations can be found at www.gainfuel.com


About U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, ULC

For over 60 years, U.S. Venture has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket. Guided by its company vision, “To be the very best value-adding distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America,” they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge.  Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce®, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain/GAIN clean Fuel.

About C.A.T. Inc.

C.A.T. Inc. was founded in 1978 and offers a blend of transportation, and logistics services. Their core market is truckload service between Canada and the USA and are one of a handful of carriers serving the Mexico market on a regular basis. For more information visit their website at www.cat.ca

About Gaz Métro

With more than $7 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 197,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 310,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees.

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Dedicated Ride Trucking Peterbilt 379 and spread-axle reefer is seen at the Truckin’ For Kids Truck Show in Irwindale, California on Saturday October 4th, 2014.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Seattle

Kenworth T680 76-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper Transporting Tree on Special 3,000 Mile Journey

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made its first tour stop in the Lower 48 states Saturday with a community event visit to Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and Lake Union Park.capitol-christmas-tree-1

The crowd gathered to see the 74-foot Lutz spruce from Seward, Alaska, chosen as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree; Kenworth T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper tour truck; and specially designed tour trailer.capitol-christmas-tree-2The tractor-trailer combination will travel 3,000 miles together in the next few weeks to visit community celebrations en route from Seattle to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit by newly elected U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Dec. 2, outside the U.S. Capitol building. House Speaker John W. McCormack began the Capitol Christmas Tree tradition in 1964.


The new Kenworth T680 was made available for the tour by PacLease, which provides customized full-service lease, rental and contract maintenance programs featuring Kenworth trucks. It is the second consecutive year that PacLease has generously provided a Kenworth truck for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour.


The T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is equipped with a fuel-efficient combination of the PACCAR MX-13 engine and the Eaton Fuller Advantage® 10-speed automated manual transmission. The truck also features the new Kenworth TruckTech+ designed to enhance vehicle diagnostics and to help optimize truck uptime and productivity.capitol-christmas-tree-6

Lynden Transport driver John Schank has logged more than 5 million miles on the treacherous Dalton Highway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska – has received the special honor of serving as the tour driver for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

The Kenworth T680’s distinctive decal design features the Chugach Mountains and the U.S. Capitol beneath a northern starry sky with the words “From the Northern Lights to Capitol Lights.” It includes the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree official seal, a map of the tour route across the United States, and the Alaska state logo of Lynden Transport, a long-time Kenworth customer based in Anchorage. Lynden Transport driver John Schank – who has logged more than 5 million miles on the treacherous Dalton Highway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska – has received the special honor of serving as the tour driver for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.capitol-christmas-tree-7

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree driver John Schank of Lynden Transport is shown in the driver’s seat of the new Kenworth T680 mid-roof sleeper transporting the tree to Washington, D.C.

“For the next few weeks, the Kenworth T680 with the 76-inch mid-roof sleeper serves as ‘America’s Truck’ as it transports ‘The People’s Tree’ across the country to Washington, D.C.,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “This new Kenworth configuration provides excellent fuel efficiency and driver comfort with inspirational graphics for those seeing the truck on the road or at the community events.”capitol-christmas-tree-8

During the Seattle event, visitors also signed banners on the sides of the trailer to wish the Tree well on its journey, explored the Chugach National Forest Service and Choose Outdoors exhibits, and listened to the Alaska bluegrass band Blackwater Railroad Company traveling with the tour.capitol-christmas-tree-9

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is shown in one of the viewing windows on the special trailer.

In addition, Lynden Transport’s 1954 Kenworth (nicknamed Old No. 27) was connected to a 40-foot Aero Liner trailer that serves as the company’s traveling museum. Inside MOHAI, visitors could see a 1924 Kenworth Logger built just blocks away in Seattle near the start of Kenworth’s 92-year history.capitol-christmas-tree-10

During a brief ceremony, remarks were made by Leonard Garfield, MOHAI executive director; Jered Post, Lynden Transport vice president of operations; Mona Spargo, Capitol Christmas Tree coordinator; Bruce Ward, founder and president, Choose Outdoors; and Kurt Swihart.capitol-christmas-tree-11

Upcoming stops open to the public during the 51st annual Capitol Christmas Tree tour’s are: Nov. 9 – Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, Mont.; Nov. 10 – Holiday Inn Convention Center, Sheridan, Wyo.; Nov. 11 – Main Street Square and Veteran’s Day Parade, Rapid City, S.D.; Nov. 12 – Cabela’s, La Vista, Neb.; Nov. 15 – Downtown South Bend, South Bend, Ind.; Nov. 16 – Court House/Municipal Building and Chamberlin Hill School, Findlay, Ohio; Nov. 17 – Mount Logan Elementary School, Chillicothe, Ohio; and Nov. 18 – Joint Base Andrews, Md.capitol-christmas-tree-12

Shown is the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree-cutting ceremony in Alaska.

The tour will also make a brief stop on Nov. 16 at the Kenworth – Chillicothe assembly plant, where the truck was built by Kenworth employees earlier this fall.capitol-christmas-tree-13

For more information, visit the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (CapitolChristmasTree.com). The public can track the truck’s progress at TrackTheTree.com.


The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is loaded onto to a Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) Maritime Alaska ship before departing for the Port of Tacoma.

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