Outdoor Power Equipment

July 2017

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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT JULY 2017 15 American LandMaster, a manufacturer, designer and distributor of off-road utility vehicles, announced plans on May 3 to expand its operations in Indiana, creating up to 67 new jobs by 2020. "For over 50 years, American LandMaster has been proud to manufacture UTVs and off-road vehicles that are truly made in the U.S.," said Pat Morello, chief executive officer of American LandMaster. "We're thrilled to continue this American-made tradition by investing in northern Indiana. Not only will the new facility create jobs, it will also position American LandMaster to continue our growth through enhanced quality, faster innovation and customer service." Founded in 1959, American LandMaster, an Ambassador Enterprises affiliate, has built and distributed more than one million American-made utility vehicles. The company, which established its first Indiana operations in Fort Wayne in 2012, offers its customers full-size, crew and electric UTVs, as well as go-karts to meet the needs of customers for work or play. The company will invest more than $4 million to lease and equip a 112,000-square-foot space at 2499 S. 600 E. near U.S. Highway 30 in Columbia City. The new facility will serve as the company's headquarters and accommodate the consolidation of American LandMaster's manufacturing operations in Roseland, La., and Fort Wayne. With plans to begin production at the new facility in September 2017, the move will support the company's efforts to increase efficiency of its operations, enhance customer service, and increase its product lineup. The new facility, which is located less than 15 miles from the company's manufacturing operations in Fort Wayne, will accommodate the company's entire workforce in Indiana. "Here in Indiana, businesses like American LandMaster provide more than 1.2 million jobs for Hoosier families," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "This week, we not only celebrate National Small Business Week, but the success of American LandMaster in Indiana. We look forward to witnessing their growth as we continue our efforts to build a pro-growth business climate, support Indiana's entrepreneurs, and invest in our Hoosier workforce." The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered ASW LLC (dba American LandMaster) up to $420,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $70,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Whitley County Council is also considering additional incentives at the request of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. "We are pleased that American LandMaster has chosen to move its operations here to Whitley County," said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf. "Not only do we welcome the company to our community, we also want to warmly welcome and provide support to any employees who are considering relocating to the Whitley County community." Nearly 500,000 small businesses across Indiana, including American LandMaster, employ 1.2 million Hoosiers across the state, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The May 3 announcement helped mark National Small Business Week, which celebrates the small business community and its economic impact on Indiana. INDUSTRY NEWS American LandMaster announces plans to extend operations in Louisiana engine noise, ensuring consistent and reliable measurements. Dynamometer sound testing is done not only to measure volume, but also to help engineers design engines with a more pleasing tone and pitch, which improves operator comfort and lessens noise concerns when working in residential areas. Briggs & Stratton's NVH lab also conducts two primary vibration tests. The first uses an accelerometer to measure the degree to which an engine's vibration will transfer to a piece of equipment. The second tests for potential component failure using an electro-dynamic shaker to replicate real-world, application- specific conditions. The electro-dynamic shaker test is conducted to determine product life expectancy for specific parts and components. If a part failure occurs, or vibration concern is noted, engineers can modify designs to counteract the problem. For example, a component's weight distribution may be re-engineered to counteract vibration. After changes are made, technicians repeat the tests to ensure the engine will perform optimally for its intended application. The lab's advanced electro-dynamic shaker makes it possible for engineers to replicate the effects of 1,000 hours of real-world operation in only 300 hours. "At the center of all Briggs & Stratton innovations is the voice of our customers, whether that's professionals or homeowners, and the No. 1 thing they want in engines, along with reliability, is less noise," said Rick Zeckmeister, vice president of marketing and planning for Briggs & Stratton's Global Engines & Power Group. "This is an area where we have made significant strides thanks to great engineers and the NVH lab. We've led the way in NVH testing since the early 1970s, and I'm proud that we continue to implement the latest testing equipment that helps us push the industry to new heights." "We're thrilled to continue this American-made tradition by investing in northern Indiana." — PAT MORELLO, CEO AMERICAN LANDMASTER

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