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A New Asset – Emerson Crane’s new Grove GMK5275 Performs at University of Northern Iowa 

(February 2016)—Waterloo-based Emerson Crane Rental recently took delivery of a new Grove 275-ton all-terrain crane which benefited their customers with a safer alternative to get projects done on time and on budget. This is the third crane Emerson Crane Rental has purchased from Aspen Equipment. Read a PDF of how Emerson Crane Rental performed a tandem lift with their new GMK5275 and a Grove TMS9000E at the University of Northern Iowa and has become a vital part of the company’s day-to-day operations, elevating the company into different category. View this story online at American Cranes & Transport magazine in their February 2016 issue.
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Becky Marini
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ACT magazine / A new asset

Calling an Audible

(February 2016)—Aspen Equipment now offers its own stainless steel dump body that can be used year-round in landscaping and construction. Read about how the new Aspen dump body and other product offerings from Aspen Equipment, such as the Henderson's brine-making and brine-blending facilities and the Western Striker spreader all work to combat ice and snow in changing northern climates. The article may be read online at Trailer Body Builders website, or click here to read in PDF format.
Trailer Body Builders Aspen Dump

LANDSCAPE PROS KICK-START 2016 WITH NORTHERN GREEN EXPO

(January 2016)—Aspen Equipment displayed the new Aspen Contractor Body and Western stainless steel MVP plow at the Northern Green Expo in Minneapolis. See Aspen Equipment on the cover of Construction Equipment Guide’s January 2016 issue and read about the show in this PDF or online at Construction Equipment Guide’s website.
Green Expo Aspen 2016

Aspen Equipment Takes on Skills Gap with New Training Program

(November 2015)—Aspen Equipment's new training program aims to develop employees' skills and reach the next generation of workers. Current employees can learn valuable new techniques on the job for free while customers benefit from receiving a top-quality truck produced by workers who are proud of the equipment they deliver. Read a PDF of the full cover story in published in Western Builder magazine's November 2015 issue.
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Aspen Training Program

ASPEN DISPLAYS AT THE MN FALL MAINTENANCE EXPO AND EXPANDS PRODUCT LINE

(November 2015)—Read about the latest in snow and ice removal from Aspen Equipment. At the MN Fall Maintenance Expo, Aspen Equipment demonstrated the Henderson BrineXtreme Ultimate Facility Equipment which is 100% automated. Aspen offers on-site installation, cellular gateway troubleshooting, and dedicated field service technicians to bring state-of-the-art brine technology to Minnesota. The other great product introduction displayed at the show was the Aspen Manhole Cover Lift, which is an affordable, engineering-based solution for safely lifting manhole covers, before an injury occurs. Learn more about how most trucks can be customized with this simple solution in this PDF
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Becky Marini
Marketing Manager
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WB-Fall Expo Nov 2015

Minnesota’s Western Plow Dealer Network Offers Extended Hours

(September 2015)—Check out this great article in Contractor’s Hotline magazine featuring Minnesota’s Western Plow Dealer Network’s extended hours, and where to get service after hours and on weekends. We’ve set up a strong network of strategically placed associate dealers to make sure that when the snow flies, there will be servicing dealers in our Minnesota Western Dealer Network open even when many shops are closed.

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Becky Marini
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Minnesota’s Western Plow Dealer Network Offers Extended Hours

Swiss Army Knife on Wheels

(June 2015)—To service customers on the road, Minnesota truck upfitter, Aspen Equipment, built a jack-of-all-trades vehicle that can handle just about anything. Read a PDF of how this Ford F550 with BrandFX composite body, Vanair Air-N-Arc all-in-one power system and a 38,000 foot-pound crane manufactured by Auto Crane allowed an Aspen service mechanic to drastically reduce customer downtime while boosting gas mileage and providing superior organization with watertight compartments from Weather Guard. You can view this article online at Gas & Oil Mining Contractor magazine.
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Becky Marini
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GOMC Aspen Service Truck

Minnesota's WESTERN Dealers Expand Product Line with NEW Striker Spreader

(April 2015)—Aspen Equipment Co., distributor of WESTERN® snow removal and ice control equipment, and Minnesota Western dealers are pleased to offer the all-new WESTERN Striker™ stainless steel hopper spreader. The Striker hopper spreader is available in six sizes from 7' 1.5 cu. yd. to 10' 6 cu. yd. It is built with low-maintenance, rust-resistant stainless steel for protection against rust, and reinforced with wrap-around welded joints to maximize durability. To read the full press release click below:
Read how the Striker spreader can reduce material waste and maximize material control.
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Becky Marini
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Striker Desk

The Aspen Standard: Putting the Custom Back in Customer

(January 2015)—North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and Aspen Equipment worked together to design and build three custom sign trucks to add to their fleet. Having already purchased five trucks previously from Aspen Equipment, The NDDOT Design Maintenance Division once again participated in the entire process, and helped define the standards for meeting their specific requirements for this build. The three districts reported how Aspen Equipment provided the necessary oversight and the overall result is high satisfaction. Read the full story about the design, inspection process, and in-service training that leads to a quality custom build.
Western Builder Aspen Quality.

NEW DRIVE SYSTEM FROM ASPEN EQUIPMENT

(December 2014)—Aspen Equipment has launched its new Aspen Drive System which is a safer and more efficient alternative to traditional mechanical drive systems. Read the story online at the Cranes Today website about how this non-mechanical, self-propel system interfaces with OEM chassis hardware and software to make operation easier while improving safety and efficiency. The Aspen Drive System can go up to 6 mph, compared to competitive systems which usually go about 3.5 mph. It's also easy to install, has positive braking for safety, it's impossible to drive through it so users can't damage anything -- and there's virtually nothing to maintain beyond standard chassis maintenance.
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Becky Marini
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Aspen Drive Cranes Today

Making Soft Tracks

Rubber-tracked crane footprint expands beyond the utility market

(September 2014)—For longevity, turn to Aspen Equipment! Track technology has been around for years and Aspen Equipment has been a partner with Bombadier, a pioneer of tracked machines since the 1920s. In fact, not only is Aspen a dealer, the company also marries cranes to tracked carriers. Aspen Equipment also relies on its relationship with Elliott Equipment Co., to bring truck-chassis cranes or BoomTrucks with rubber-tracked carriers to get closer to work areas, easily navigating through rough terrain, snow, muddy, swampy areas where other machines could never reach. Read the full article online at Crane & Rigging Hotline or in PDF format.
Crane Hotline Soft Tracks

MNDOT CONSULTS ASPEN TO ENGINEER ‘THE ONE’ FOR SAFER BARRIER REMOVAL

(June 2014)—Always on the lookout for better ways to achieve work zone safety, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) wrote specifications for machinery dealers to come up with a safer way to move jersey barriers — knowing that anytime you have a 10,000 lb. weight hovering over an employee, you have the potential for an accident. Read a PDF about how Aspen achieved MNDOT’s primary goal of providing a safer solution for workers by fabricating a multi-functional machine that can also clear debris and logs. The compact vehicle includes a jersey barrier specific attachment with a wider point of load contact and rubberized coating to meet MNDOT’s stringent safety requirements.
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CraneGuide SercoLoader

Getting Lean

Aspen Equipment is developing lean manufacturing strategies to help it meet growing demand

(Spring 2014)—Aspen Equipment found itself with the only good problem to have in any business: too much business. As a truck custom vocational truck expert, Aspen used its vast experience from fitting out van interiors to mounting 60-ton cranes onto trucks to provide custom solutions for customers in the construction, railroad, municipal, and snow & ice markets. To fuel its growth while employing lean manufacturing to accomplish customers’ goals, Aspen Equipment changed operations, making the company run more smoothly and causing customers’ satisfaction to climb. Read the story in this PDF or view online at Transportation and Logistics International website.
Getting Lean

Getting Lean

Aspen Equipment is Developing Lean Strategies to Help it Meet Demand

(April 2014)—The demand for Aspen Equipment’s manufacturing, installation and after-sale services has been on a steady rise across all of its customer bases, especially the railroad and municipality industries. Todd Foster, VP of sales and marketing, explains how Aspen found a way to produce more trucks, more efficiently – without overextending Aspen’s employees with this ongoing process. Read the full story online at the Construction Today website or in this PDF.
Construction Today Aspen Equipment

Aspen Equipment Named New Palfinger Crane Distributor in Minnesota

(October 4, 2013)—Aspen Equipment Co. is pleased to announce that it has become an authorized sales, service and rental provider of PALFINGER knuckle boom cranes in Minn. Aspen Equipment president Steve Sill comments, “Although PALFINGER cranes are new to Aspen Equipment’s Bloomington, Minn. product offering, our Ankeny, Iowa and Omaha, Neb. branches have been selling, renting, servicing and stocking parts for PALFINGER cranes since 2011. Customers have been pleased with PALFINGER’s wide selection, exceptional performance and low maintenance costs. Aspen Equipment’s factory trained staff will also be responsible for servicing, selling and renting PALFINGER cranes to the rail industry—in addition to mines, government, utility and construction industries.”
Jon Williams, western USA sales manager for PALFINGER North America comments, “PALFINGER is pleased to expand our relationship with Aspen Equipment into the area of Minn., and we are excited that the state can now look to them for PALFINGER knuckle boom cranes. Given their history and reputation, Aspen Equipment demonstrates the characteristics of an excellent PALFINGER distributor. Adding them to our dealer/distributor network in this area supports PALFINGER’s initiative to appoint the finest sales and service centers.”
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Becky Marini
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palfinger

As Seen in Construction Equipment Guide

(August 31, 2013)—Aspen Equipment Co. and Minn. WESTERN Plow Dealers were featured in Construction Equipment Guide's August 31, 2013 issue with an article about our celebration of WESTERN'S 5 Plow Giveaway. To read the article click below:

As Seen in Construction Equipment Guide

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As Seen in Construction Equipment Guide

As Seen in Western Builder

(July 2013)—Aspen Equipment Co. was featured in the July 2013 issue of Western Builder with a great article, "Designing for Safety and Efficiency." The article explains how Aspen Equipment custom designed and fabricated a machine which delivers a safer way to move jersey barriers for Minnesota DOT which includes a Serco loader. To read the article click below:

As Seen in Western Builder

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As Seen in Western Builder

Aspen Equipment Promotes Inside Sales/Parts Representative

(July 9, 2013)—Aspen Equipment Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Mitchell Buzzo from warehouse specialist to inside sales/parts representative for its Bloomington, Minn. location. Buzzo has been employed by Aspen Equipment for nearly one and one-half years, where his demonstrated integrity, superior customer service and willingness to learn earned his promotion into a sales position within the company. Buzzo is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in sales and marketing from Normandale Community College, which he expects to complete in 2014. In his new role, Buzzo will be a front-line customer service contact who focuses on counter sales of replacement and maintenance parts for phone-in, walk-in and internal customers.

VP of sales operations Todd Foster explains, “I sincerely believe that “Helping People Succeed” should be part of everyday practices at Aspen Equipment Co. and I strive to hire and promote people who embrace this goal.” Foster continues, “Over the past 18 months, Mitch Buzzo has exemplified this philosophy by consistently going above the call of duty to help both our customers and his fellow employees achieve their greatest success. Putting Buzzo in a front-line customer service position will continue to support this mission by giving more customers exposure to a positive, professional and helpful experience with Aspen Equipment Co.”

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Becky Marini
Marketing Manager
(952) 888-2525

Aspen Equipment Promotes Inside Sales/Parts Representative

Aspen Equipment Company Awarded Trusight’s HR Excellence Award

(February 2013)—Aspen Equipment partnered with occupational health provider, Twin Cities Occupational Health and Rehabilitation (TCOHR), to implement an ergonomics program to prevent injuries and reduce the impact of physical labor on its workforce. Aspen Equipment took suggestions from TCOHR to improve daily work postures in the shop and plans to expand these principles into office areas. Read the full story online at the MNLA’s website in the February 2013 Scoop issue archives, page 60.
MNLA Scoop Wellness story

Aspen Equipment Awarded Trusight’s HR Excellence Award First Place

(November 11, 2012)—Trusight Inc., an employer’s association representing 1,150-member companies across Minnesota, awarded Aspen Equipment Company the highest honor of first place for its integrated well-being and safety program. Aspen Equipment partnered with occupational medicine provider, Twin Cities Occupational Health and Rehabilitation (TCOHR), to implement an ergonomics program designed to prevent injuries and reduce the impact of physical labor on their workforce. Functional Job Descriptions were developed to clarify the physical demands of specific positions to ensure new employees are physically fit to perform the work required on the job ­— and to accommodate any restrictions needed when a worker is hired with known limitations.

According to Aspen Equipment president, Steve Sill, “Our goal is that the well-being program will benefit employees not only at work, but in the quality of life they enjoy outside of work too.” Sharon Hengel, human resources manager at Aspen Equipment, agrees, “Knowing that many jobs require workers to maintain awkward static postures, perform repetitive tasks involving shoulders, arms and wrists, and the frequent use of vibration and impact tools, our first idea was to implement a stretching program. It quickly grew into much more, improving employees’ lives and even those of their families. Going forward, we plan to expand these same principles into office areas, knowing that desk jobs also have impact on quality of life from being sedentary much of the day.”

Aspen Equipment Awarded Trusight’s HR Excellence Award First Place

A unique feature of this program is that although it’s strongly supported by the management of Aspen Equipment, this is an employee-driven program. According to Jim Sebesta, vice president of business development for TCOHR, “The partnership between Aspen Equipment and TCOHR seeks to address four key areas: 1) prevent work related injuries; 2) decrease employee aches and pains while on and off the job; 3) improve operations within the workplace from an ergonomic standpoint and; 4) establish cultural changes related to management vs. employee buy-in, to a culture of wellness participation. TCOHR is proud of our ongoing relationship with Aspen Equipment and congratulates Aspen’s management team in receiving the Trusight Award.”

Sill concludes, “I am proud of this program because it provides employees with a resource to become responsible for their own safety and well-being. It’s always been my feeling that taking care of employees is critical in taking care of business.”

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Becky Marini
Marketing Manager
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The Science of Sales: Re-Evaluating Rental Strategies 

(August 2012)—Aspen Equipment talks with Rental Equipment Register about the ways it equips its sales staff with the latest technologies to keep competitive in the field including iPads, rental equipment, maintenance, customer service, delivery and training. Read how Aspen Equipment earns business while ensuring the customer is given the best possible service. The sales people are competitive about sending out the newest available equipment to customers in their sales territory. The story is available on Rental Equipment Register’s website
RER Science of Sales

Aspen Equipment Wins Gold Award for Promoting Worksite Wellness

(June 22, 2012)—Hennepin County recognized Aspen Equipment Company for promoting worksite wellness at an award ceremony on June 21, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. For the fourth year in a row, recognition was given to Aspen Equipment for being an employer who makes employee health a priority. Aspen Equipment’s creative and effective wellness policies and programs which encourage healthy lifestyle choices were also commended. According to Sharon Hengel, HR director at Aspen Equipment, “We are tieing wellness and workplace safety together, realizing that they are interrelated. Our 100 employees contribute to the culture of Aspen Equipment where we actively promote safety and well-being through fitness challenges, healthy food choices and events such as Aspen’s spring Health Fair.”

Hengel continues, “In the first three years of our program, we set up the foundational aspects of our wellness program including biometric screenings, health assessments, health coaching and wellness challenges — which continue to be the core of our program. This past year, we focused on enhancing our hiring process. Aspen Equipment also enlisted the help of our occupational medicine provider to work with a physical therapist to observe and measure physical requirements of our labor workforce and look for opportunities for improvement.”

Aspen Equipment Wins Gold Award for Promoting Worksite Wellness

Company president Steve Sill’s full support has allowed Aspen Equipment to create a wellness infrastructure and environment which inspire employees’ healthy choices. According to Sill, “We value our employees. They are our greatest asset so it makes sense to offer them healthy lifestyle programs that promote longevity and reduce stress. The results have been positive, all the way down to the bottom line, where reduced health care costs for our employees and the company have been realized in premium contribution credits. In fact, while many companies are cutting back on employee benefits, these savings help Aspen Equipment add more programs and provide a comprehensive benefit package for employees who average 13 years of employment.”

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Becky Marini
Marketing Manager
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Aspen Equipment Discusses Tips for a Winning Used Crane Purchase with Crane & Rigging Hotline

(June 2012)—Check out this nice article in Crane & Rigging Hotline magazine, “No Secondhand Blues” where Aspen Equipment suggests DOT inspection reports and other tips for buying used equipment. Read the article online at Crane & Rigging Hotline:
Or, read it in PDF format by clicking here.
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Becky Marini
Marketing Manager
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Second Hand Blues On Desk

Aspen Equipment Becomes the Newest Palfinger Crane Dealer

(November 11, 2011)—Aspen Equipment is pleased to announce that it has become a dealer for the Palfinger line of cranes for the states of Iowa and Nebraska. Aspen will offer the line including sales, service and parts from facilities in Des Moines and Omaha. Expect a fully trained support staff to assist customers with their Palfinger crane repairs throughout the branches.

Aspen Equipment believes the agreement made with Palfinger shows the continued commitment to its customers of providing the top selling products with excellent service and parts support. Steve Sill, president of Aspen Equipment said, “The addition of Palfinger cranes fills out our desire to represent the finest offerings in the full spectrum of cranes from crawlers, all-terrain and rough terrain with Manitowoc and Grove through boom trucks and knuckle booms with National and Palfinger. The Palfinger line brings Aspen’s customers another excellent option for truck upfitting, and we’re proud to represent such a phenomenal line.”

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Palfinger