BSM Technologies awarded contract with major U.S. oil and gas service fleet

BSM Technologies Inc., a leading provider of remote monitoring, fleet management, fleet diagnostics and automated vehicle security systems,
has been awarded a contract to provide its Sentinel FM asset tracking solution to a major U.S.-based oil and gas service fleet.  For the initial implementation, BSM equipment will be installed on 300 of the approximately 4,000 vehicles the customer operates.

"The oil and gas sector has been a major focus for us and we have several installations in Canada," said Aly Rahemtulla, President and
CEO. "This key win by our direct sales force will allow us to expand this expertise into the U.S. and provides a major opportunity for
growth."

Sentinel FM is a robust asset tracking platform for real-time fleet management. Sentinel's capability to manage a diverse group of assets
while seamlessly moving between satellite and cellular networks was a key priority for the customer, which operates in remote areas and
difficult terrain. Expected benefits for the customer include improved fleet utilization, reduced maintenance costs, improved fuel management, and enhanced reporting capabilities.

"The initial installation covers less than eight percent of the customer's fleet. We believe they will consider additional installations
once we demonstrate the benefits our solution can offer," added Mr. Rahemtulla.

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Titan’s Rear-Aft Fuel Tank

Titan Fuel Tanks, the leading manufacturer of high-performance, engineered, polymer aftermarket fuel tanks, has announced that it has started shipping its new 40-gallon 8020011, cross-linked polyethylene, rear-aft fuel tank. The polymer tank is the only one on the market engineered to fit 2011-2015 Ford F-350, F-450 and F-550 diesel cab and chassis trucks.

Titan’s new tank virtually eliminates the service and maintenance issues associated with diesel fuel line contamination originating in OE and aftermarket steel fuel tanks. The tank was met with widespread fleet interest during its first public display on June 8, at the Equipment Fleet Management 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Lincoln Electric Introduces Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD Engine-Driven Welder/Generators

Lincoln Electric's Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD engine-driven welders/generators are designed for heavy industrial applications such as mining, general construction and pipe welding.
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Lincoln Electric introduces two new models in its industrial Vantage engine-driven welder series. The Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD are each equipped with a Tier 4 Final (T4F) compliant Deutz turbo-charged diesel engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards.

Designed for heavy industrial applications such as mining, general construction and pipe welding, both engine-driven welders are engineered to handle a variety of processes:

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The Neskantaga Training Centre is a multi-purpose facility with construction components designed to be flown into remote communities and assembled on-site. The centre is outfitted with state of the art technology, including Cisco TelePresence, high-definition two-way video communication and collaboration technology, a 70-inch Smart Board, a 70-inch LED HDTV, high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, as well as individual laptops. The centre directly connects to e-learning tools and programs to offer a wide variety of curriculum including access to secondary and post-secondary institutions, safety training courses, trades and technical certifications.

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Minister Raitt responds to Transportation Safety Board report on the Lac-Mégantic derailment

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Transportation Safety Board's (TSB) final report from its investigation into the July 6, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec:

"Canadians will always remember what happened in Lac-Mégantic, and today, as the TSB concludes its investigation, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and residents of Lac-Mégantic. They continue to be foremost in our minds as we, as a government, take further action to improve railway safety for all Canadians.

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Britco was awarded the first phase of the project in December 2012, at which time Britco designed, built and installed 500 dorm rooms, a gymnasium, recreation centre, water treatment facilities, kitchen and dining areas. Second phase construction will commence immediately.

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Enerpac Introduces Industry’s Only Self-Locking Portable Lift System

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Designed with a patent-pending control system that maintains the position of a rotating locking collar near the cylinder base, the Pow’R-LOCK system provides a mechanical lock regardless of cylinder movement. This unique control system ensures safe and secure lifting for off-highway machinery, including trucks, tractors and other heavy machinery.

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All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Litre EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance

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“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-litre turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-litre Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

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Cummins first to meet 2015 LEV III Emissions Regulations

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"At Cummins, we demand that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment," said Jeff Caldwell, General Manager - Pickup Business. "Being the first in this segment to certify to these new standards demonstrates our continued commitment to the environment, and meeting more stringent requirements without hardware changes allows us to maintain the proven capability and reliability that our customers have grown to expect."

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Briggs & Stratton Corporation To Acquire Allmand Bros., Inc.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire U.S. based Allmand Bros., Inc. Founded in 1938 and based in Holdrege, Nebraska, Allmand is a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality towable light towers, industrial heaters, and solar LED arrow boards.

Allmand has sales of approximately $80 million. Briggs & Stratton will acquired all of the outstanding shares of Allmand for approximately $62 million in cash, subject to customary due diligence and working capital adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30 days.

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