November 11, 2014

Biltmore Hotel, Miami, USA

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A major North American event focusing on rental owners and aerial work platform, mast climber, access, telehandler and scaffold distributors.

ALH Conference


Opening the ALH Conference & Awards in Miami keynote speaker Don Ahern said the North American rental industry should enjoy a strong 2015 but cautioned that a slowdown in the oil and gas sector could have a major impact.


He said the last 60 days had seen some evidence of a slower market, with one major Ahern Rentals customer in West Texas laying off 150 people and Xtreme and Snorkel also seeing a slight fall in order intake, to the extent that the group now has a new equipment inventory of US$6-7 million. He said Snorkel had last week layed off 15 people at its UK manufacturing facility.


“I would suggest we’ve been seeing a real upturn for the last three and half years. That’s a long time. Things can change in a dime”, he said. “A lot of equipment has been migrating into the oil and gas sector…what’s going to happen to all the equipment if the oil and gas sector goes soft?


“If there is a whole flood of equipment that moves back into the commercial side, that would reduce used equipment prices, utilisation level…that could be a real problem. How long will the uptick last? We’ve got to be cautious.”


However, Mr Ahern said there were many positives as well, with current good levels of activity and as many as 300 projects exceeding US$1 billion in value currently underway in the US. “There are lots and lots of major projects going on”, he concluded.



ALH winners celebrate in Miami


Almost 200 industry professionals gathered together in Miami to celebrate the industry’s best at the first-ever ALH Conference & Awards on Nov. 11.


The industry's best came together on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for the inaugural ALH Conference & Awards. The morning and afternoon consisted of top-notch panels and presentations while the evening shifted into a prestigious awards gala event.


Access, Lift & Handlers, and its publisher, KHL Group, chose to debut the North American conference and awards because the current growth of the industry makes it an ideal time to explore key business issues – as well as an opportune time to celebrate excellence in the industry.


ALH received more than 60 entries to the various awards – a response that highlighted the professionalism and commitment to excellence in the industry.


Kicking off the night’s festivities was Skyjack president Brad Boehler who presented industry veteran Brian Black with a plaque recognizing Black’s dedication to serving the aerial work platform industry. Black retired earlier this year after working more than four decades for a number of companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JLG, Snorkel, Grove, Genie and Skyjack.


The evening was hosted by Kevin O’Shea, director of safety and training at Hydro Mobile, who is probably – maybe – the industry’s most comical person.


Organized by Access, Lift & Handlers and Access International magazines, and supported by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the ALH Conference & Awards aims to be the industry’s leading conference, networking and celebrated event.






Access Industry Employer
of the Year

United Rentals.


Access Project of the Year – Powered Aerial Work Platforms

ReachMaster and Able Equipment.


Access Project of the Year – Scaffolding

Universal Builders Supply.


Access Project of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms

Klimer Platforms won for its job at St. Josaphats Steeple in Detroit, MI.


Rental Technology Award

Point of Rental won for its Mobile Workforce.


Rising Star Award for
Small Rental Company

(Less than 10 locations)

Trico Lift


Product Innovation – Teleahndlers

Xtreme Manufacturing’s XR7038


Product Innovation –
Truck-Mounted Units

Socage won for its DA392 unit.


Product Innovation –
Self-Propelled Aerial Work Platforms (platform height over 20 feet)

JLG Industries, Inc. SJ1850 boom lift.


Access Safety
Innovation Award

United Rentals won for its United Academy and scissor and boom lift training.


ALH Peron of the Year

Keith Darby of TGM Wind Services


For the entire judges' report on winners, please see the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of ALH.


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