Tampa Company's Switch to Electric Forklifts Results in Increased Productivity; Lower Operating Costs

July 15, 2013 at 11:16 AMRing Power

With an aging lift truck fleet and increasing repair expenses, Tampa-based Corasential called on Ring Power’s Lift Truck team to perform a complete fleet evaluation.

Corasential recently turned to Ring Power Lift Trucks to lower forklift fleet operational costs.

Working closely with Coresential, the Ring Power Lift Trucks team carefully reviewed Corasential’s warehouse operations, fleet maintenance reports, and overall equipment health. By combining the equipment operations and productivity expertise of area Salesman, Joe Zevchak and the product support talents of Product Support Representative Jason Marmino, Ring Power Lift Trucks assembled a proposed fleet replacement to lower the cost of forklift ownership and improve fleet productivity.  

Because Ring Power Lift Trucks represents several leading forklift manufactures with varying operational and costs characteristics, we are able to offer a mix of equipment that best suits our individual customer’s needs.   In the case of Coresential, the Ring Power Lift Trucks team developed an initial fleet replacement plan, consisting of two Caterpillar E6000 four-wheel electric trucks and a Clark OSX15 electric order picker. 

Corasential had previously been running LP gas trucks and was leery of switching over to electric. Their previous experience with electric forklifts led to the impression of under-powered forklifts that saved time on operational expense at the cost of productivity.

If it were not for the nearly 20 year relationship with Ring Power's lift truck division, Coresential would likely have returned to their trusted LP units. Their trust in the Ring Power Lift Truck’s team and a demonstration of the capability of the Caterpillar and Clark products at the Ring Power's Riverview/Tampa facility convinced Corasential that they could go electric without sacrificing productivity.

Ring Power Lift Trucks helped Corasential increase productivity and lower operating costs with new electric forklifts.Coresential has now taken delivery of their initial truck replacements and are pleased with the productivity increases and how quiet the electric trucks are in the plant. Coresential is planning on additional replacements of LP trucks with Electric. The lower operational expense, improved productivity and safety of quiet electric has proven to be a big win for Coresential.  

Ring Power Lift Trucks is Florida's premier material handling equipment supplier, with ten conveniently located forklift facilities. Choose a new forklift or used forklift, to fit your budget. We supply forklift parts and service no matter what make or model forklift you own. We even design entire warehouses with new pallet racking.

 

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FAMILY TRADITION: Secret to Varnes brood’s 50-year success story is family ties and hard work.

June 20, 2013 at 3:58 PMRing Power

The Varnes family knows logging. Florida pine sap has been running through their veins for nearly five generations. Varnes Logging Inc. is owned and operated by its founder, James Varnes, 76, as it has been since it first opened for business on January 1, 1965.

The first generation of the Varnes family to work in the logging industry was James’s grandfather, Bart Varnes. He pulled timber with a mule in the 1920s and 1930s. “It was a hobby, but he made a living at it,” James says. The second generation was James’s father, Julian Varnes, who worked in the woods for more than 40 years, right up until the week before he passed. 

It should come as no surprise that Varnes always knew he wanted to work in the woods. He started his own logging company in the middle of high school with $700 worth of equipment: a truck, a crawler tractor and, as he says, “half a chainsaw.”

Varnes explains, “My father told me that he could have given it all to me, but he wanted me to understand that nothing’s going to be given to you, you’ve got to work for everything in this world. And I was just too hard headed to quit.” That determination has kept Varnes Logging busy for nearly 50 years.

It has also fueled a new generation carrying on the legacy. Varnes’ son Darrell, 50, is the fourth generation of the family to work in logging. He started joining his dad in the woods when he was young, and as he got old enough, started working on the crew during summer breaks and after school. “He came up working, not running around with other kids but working– kind of like myself,” Varnes says. One can detect an unmistakable and well-deserved sense of pride in their family tradition of hard work.

Darrell started his own company, Varnes Timber Harvesting, in 1991. “When I started in the business, I wanted to borrow some money (from my father),” Darrell recalls. “He told me I could make it the same way he did: digging, scratching and clawing.”

Even so, Darrell did get his start with a little more advantage than half a chainsaw. He had a brand new Peterbilt for his logging truck. Today Darrell’s company, like his father’s, is also devoted to Caterpillar forestry equipment, running two Cat machines as part of its equipment fleet.

Branching Out

As a young man, Varnes remembers his father pulling a cross cut saw. In fact, that’s how James started learning the business. The next piece of timber cutting equipment they used was a power saw on bicycle wheels, as Varnes recalls. After that, the family upgraded to a chainsaw. The first tractor machine that Varnes remembers his father having was a small D2 Caterpillar bought from Gibbs Corp. of Jacksonville. As Varnes got older and continued to work for his father, he was allowed to be more hands-on, and soon learned to operate machines, starting with a Cat 10.

Logging technology has come a long way over the years, and the Varnes family has stood witness to all kinds of innovations in timber harvesting equipment. Recently, Varnes acquired three new Caterpillar machines—a 559 loader, 553C feller-buncher and 535C skidder—all purchased from Ring Power Corp. in April this year. His operators are pleased with the new pieces.

Josh Carter, the senior member on the Varnes crew, is the feller-buncher operator. He describes the new cutter as smooth and powerful. “It bunches the trees real good, and it’s quiet inside the cab,” Carter says. “I used to run a 553, but the C model is a lot more stable. And the serviceability is a lot better from the ground level – easier to fuel.” 

Mike Manning went to work for Varnes not long after Josh as the loader operator. Manning says there is plenty to like in the new loader. “It’s fast, it’s smooth, you don’t burn much fuel. Whatever function you need, it’s right there and ready. The new outriggers make it easy to level the trailer. It’s quieter, it’s got good power, smoother hydraulics, a better trailer.”

Newest team member Caleb Green runs the skidder. “Before I could get out of here yesterday, that boy came and thanked me three times for buying the new skidder,” Varnes chuckles.

Ring Power and Varnes are equally pleased with the ongoing relationship that account manager Todd Mattox has forged with the logging family. “It’s a partnership,” Varnes believes. “I want Ring Power to be there for me when I need them, and they are. (They are) a big outfit. They can afford to take care of you, and they always do.”

Adventures In Logging

Varnes started out swamp logging, and did that until about 1980. When asked why he left the swamp for terra firma, he answers, “Because nobody wants to go work out there! I’ve been standing on the bumper of a skidder in mud up to my chest – stuck – trying my best to get cables attached (to pull it out).” He explains that it took a full day of hard work just to get two full loads. He decided to make the switch when he realized some of his peers, presumably in less difficult terrain, were getting five full loads by 9:30 in the morning. 

Moving operations to higher altitudes didn’t mean an end to hard work—or to the adventures inherent in a life in the woods. Varnes says he has seen just about every kind of animal that Florida has to offer: snakes, alligators, bobcats, deer and panthers. Once he wound up raising two orphaned Florida black bear cubs until he could find a permanent home for them at Silver Springs Zoological Gardens. Beyond that, there was the time ran away from him going 40MPH—in reverse.

Callahan Timber

Even though James and Darrell run two independent crews, they both work with Callahan Timber Co. Inc., owned by William Cook and Jim Coleman. Varnes Logging and Varnes Timber Harvesting have contracted with Callahan for six years. Varnes figures that Callahan Timber has about 16 logging crews working for them. “They are one of the biggest outfits in the Southeast,” he believes. “Been around 75 years at least. We’re their most southern loggers, [because] they work on up into Georgia.” 

Both Varnes men are very happy with their partnerships with Callahan. James explains, “Callahan puts their landowners first; this is a good thing. They have owners with very large plots of land all over the Southeast. Their big landowner base keeps us rolling. They don’t drag around, they keep you working.” The Varnes Logging Inc. crew has worked all over the state of Florida on Callahan tracts—from the Georgia line down to Okeechobee and over to Ft. Myers.

For example, the acreage Callahan Timber contracted with Varnes Logging to clear in late April was a 200-acre plot in St. Johns County. The crew had been asked to leave 30 trees per acre. “Callahan does a lot of thinning work,” Varnes says. “Darrell’s crew just did a job for Callahan where he thinned 700 acres out of a 10,000 acre parcel.”

An equally important part of the Varnes Logging operation as the patriarch is its matriarch, Varnes’ wife. Affectionately known by the team as “Miss Jo,” Josette Varnes has kept the books for Varnes Logging since the early 1990s. “Those boys have even got me callin’ her ‘Miss Jo’,” Varnes smiles.

James Varnes has high hopes for the future of the Varnes legacy, because there’s a fifth generation on the horizon. If all goes well, he hopes his granddaughter Amelia, Darrell’s daughter, might join her grandmother in the bookkeeping side of the business. There is also Darrell’s son,Weston Varnes, who will hopefully help run one of the Varnes’ logging businesses one day. He is already out in the woods working with his father and grandfather whenever he can. And who knows? Maybe he will inherit more than a chainsaw for their company’s next phase of growth.

Republished with permission from Southern Loggin' Times

 

 

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The True Cost of Workplace Accidents

June 17, 2013 at 9:47 AMRing Power

When someone you work with has an accident, everyone pays. But money is only one of the costs. Here are some of the others:

Lost Business

The more accidents you have, the less productive your company can be and, therefore, less able to compete with other more efficient, safety-minded companies. If they take away enough business, you might not get the raise you hoped for, or worse – your company may have to reduce its workforce. 

 

Reduced Budget

Your company's workers’ compensation insurance premiums depend on how often employees make claims. The more accidents you have, the higher the cost of insurance and the less you have available for other budgeted items, such as tooling, facilities, benefits – and paychecks. 

Lost Income

Consider what can happen after a fire. Even if the entire workforce avoids serious injury, many companies that suffer serious fires never open again. That means employees lose their jobs. If they can’t find other work, they can’t pay their mortgages or other bills and everyone in their families suffers.

Personal Setbacks

Carelessness on the job can lead to two kinds of pain. The physical pain after losing a hand, an eye or good health can be terrible. The emotional pain following the death of a spouse or parent or the amputation of a limb is equally terrible, but in a different way. Losing your ability to earn a living may set your family back for years as savings go up in smoke. Instead of college, the kids may have to get jobs to help out. Instead of the home you've dreamed of owning, years more of renting. Even if an accident isn't very serious, it can hurt your hopes and dreams.

The Buck Stops With You!

Fortunately, many accidents can be avoided by simply taking extra time and care, by wearing and using the right equipment and by following safe practices. There is no reason to pay the high costs of workplace accidents.

Ring Power® offers comprehensive Safety and Operator Training programs. Safety is often viewed as an expense with little return on investment. In actuality, safety focused companies enjoy extreme savings and a market advantage over their competition. Well-managed safety programs are key catalysts driving your organization to exceed typical safety success factors. Safety awareness training coupled with owning and operating Caterpillar® equipment builds your road to achievement. For more information on Ring Power's Safety programs, contact Ring Power's Safety department today. 

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Big-Hearted Tampa Concrete Company Turns to Ring Power Lift Trucks for their Material Handling Needs

June 7, 2013 at 10:44 AMRing Power

Ring Power Lift Trucks, Florida’s premier material handling equipment supplier, doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to helping a customer select the best forklift for their needs.

B.E.T.-ER Mix, a long-time fixture in the ready mix and concrete block industry, recently turned to Ring Power Lift Trucks Tampa branch for help selecting the best forklift for their application.

After carefully consulting with the customer and assessing their material handling needs, Joe DeJohn, Ring Power Lift Trucks regional sales/branch manager, recommended a Cat® PD12000-D and a Dual Block Handler for handling multiple loads of block simultaneously.

“Ready mix concrete production and concrete block manufacturing are tough enough jobs on their own, apart from the Florida heat and humidity. With those elements added in, we needed to provide our customer with the toughest, most durable and productive lift truck available. The Caterpillar name is synonymous with tough jobs, so it was the perfect fit for this customer in this rigorous application," said DeJohn.

For B.E.T.-ER Mix’s Bobby Smyne, purchasing a Cat® forklift wasn’t a tough decision.

“Caterpillar is our lift truck of choice,” he said. “They hold [up] and run well for a long, long time in our very tough environment.

In business since 1972, and with five strategically located operations, B.E.T.-ER Mix is the premier provider of concrete products in the Tampa area.

Known for their commitment to customer service and manufacturing excellence, B.E.T.-ER Mix is equally known for their pursuit of philanthropic causes. One look at the legendary Susan B. Komen Pink Logo that adorns their unique concrete mixer, tells the story of a company that looks to give back to the community in a very “concrete” way.

With a total of five trucks adorned with pink logos, B.E.T.-ER Mix is committed to getting the breast cancer awareness message out in the communities they serve. In addition to the trucks, the company regularly participates in cancer research fundraising events, including the upcoming Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk.

For DeJohn, this wasn’t just another sale.

“With my wife having gone through a very tough diagnosis and treatment last year, their cause is very personal to me,” he said. “I admire their commitment to supporting breast cancer awareness and research. Ring Power is pleased to be of service to one of our customers, who sets time and money aside to assist in the fight to end cancer, and we look forward to a long, successful and mutual continued relationship with them.“

Ring Power Lift Trucks is Florida's premier material handling equipment supplier, with ten conveniently located forklift facilities. Choose a new forklift or used forklift, to fit your budget. We supply forklift parts and service no matter what make or model forklift you own.

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Ring Power Corporation Offers Complete Gas to Energy Project Solutions

June 5, 2013 at 10:30 AMRing Power

After thoroughly assessing customer needs, market conditions and the growing demand for clean alternative sources of energy, Ring Power Corporation has formed a Gas Energy Business team. This new team, consisting of a Gas Energy Account Manager and a Gas Energy Sales Engineer, will be responsible for developing and pursuing all levels of gas to energy projects. With a Gas Energy Sales Engineer already in place, Ring Power is actively recruiting a Gas Energy Account Manager to work within the company’s Power Systems Division to deliver complete gas to energy business solutions

The gas to energy business sector further complements the products and services offered by Ring Power and Caterpillar, already established leaders in the power generation industry. Ring Power will provide customers with a suite of offerings, including turnkey installations, complete modular packaged solutions, comprehensive project engineering and finance options. Additionally, Ring Power will offer parts and service support for all of its products as well as long-term service, maintenance and operating contracts.

Ring Power’s Gas Energy Business team will work closely with industrial, commercial, healthcare, institutional, governmental and waste management customers as well as the engineering community to deliver complete gas to energy solutions. Gas to energy projects are those that involve load management, peak shaving, combined heat and power, distributed generation or renewable energy opportunities, where a greenhouse gas can be converted to the beneficial use of the consumer. 

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Caterpillar® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information on Ring Power’s Gas to Energy initiative, please contact Keith Moore, vice president, new engine business manager, 904-494-1269 or keith.moore@ringpower.com or visit www.ringpower-systems.com

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Preparing Before the Storm: Arrange a Free Survey of your Power, Temperature Control and Compressed Air Requirements

May 29, 2013 at 3:23 PMRing Power

HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1.

Ring Power's highly qualified engineers can help you weather any storm.

Nothing brings the need for emergency planning into sharper focus than an approaching hurricane. Even a close call can leave you temporarily without power. Worse yet, a direct hit can put you out of business indefinitely.

But, why wait until disaster threatens? Contingency planning can help minimize the impact of a devastating storm. By identifying your organization's critical operations and resources now and planning for emergencies before they arise, you can ensure the safety of your employees and the survival of your business.

No business is immune to catastrophic events, but all businesses can plan for them. Including Ring Power in your business contingency plan helps ensure that, when the worst happens, you and your organization will be ready to respond in an organized and efficient way. As a full-service, Cat® Power Systems distributor, Ring Power is able to meet your needs at a moment's notice with an extensive rental inventory of genuine Cat and Olympian standby and prime power gensets, compressed air equipment and temperature control products. With contingency planning, Ring Power can guarantee your rental unit will be available when you need it. And you can enjoy peace of mind all year round.

THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW.

Ring Power's highly qualified engineers can help you weather any storm. Download a FREE "Emergency Power Planner" to help you prepare your contingency plan. Or contact a Power Systems professional to arrange a FREE SURVEY of your power, temperature control and compressed air requirements.

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Cat MH3049 and MH3059 Material Handlers’ Innovative Design Focuses on Operator Safety, Structural Strength, Hydraulic Power, Fuel Efficiency and Serviceability

May 29, 2013 at 11:05 AMRing Power

Both models now available at Ring Power Corporation

The MH3049 and MH3059 Material Handlers are purpose-built from the ground up. Everything about these machines is designed to do one thing well, move scrap and debris. With an operating weight of 111,000 pounds, the MH3049 is the first of several new wheeled material handlers released by Caterpillar. Immediately following is the M3059 with an operating weight of 130,000 pounds. The new Cat® Material Handlers are designed for high productivity and dependable performance where harsh environments and the severe duty applications of industrial, recycling and waste operations call for quality and reliable products.

“We’re excited to offer the new machines, built exclusively for the scrap industry. The new material handlers feature the most advanced technology in the industry and will be backed by Ring Power’s legendary product support,” said Chris Dixon, Ring Power Forestry/Materials Processing Equipment sales operations manager. “Above all, they’re the safest machines on the market with the innovative ground level entry system.“

Both models are powered by the Cat ACERT C9 8.8L engine featuring an electronically controlled, mechanical actuated unit-injector fuel system that uses multiple-injection fuel delivery for optimum power and economy in all operating situations. The MH3049’s C9 engine is rated at 300-horsepower while the MH3059 engine is rated at 325-horsepower. These machines deliver more horsepower and consume less fuel than competitive models.

Operator Safety

• A patented ground entry and exit system with step-in-cab reduces the potential for slips and falls. With this innovative design, one step and you’re in. Cab height on both machines is adjustable up to an eye level of 18.75 feet on the MH3049 and 23.5 feet on the MH3059.

• Hydraulic cab riser allows the operator to position the cab at the most efficient height for his operation. Rotary position sensors monitor the position of the cab in relation to the rest of the machine to ensure safe operation at all times

• Operator is protected from debris that might penetrate the cab by a standard Falling Objects Guard System (FOGS) which includes a front window guard and a top guard

• Safety override valve in the cab allows the cab to be lowered to the ground in the event of power loss

• Windows can be cleaned at ground level, quickly, easily

• Rear window doubles as emergency exit

• Rearview camera on counterweight enhances visibility to worksite. Images are displayed via a high-definition color monitor.

• Cab monitor warns of tipping danger and maintenance issues

• Extensive railing and non-slip surfaces

Structures and Hydraulics 

• MH3049 boom and stick offer a horizontal reach of 58 feet 5 inches and a vertical pin height of 64 feet

• MH3059 offers a horizontal reach of 63 feet 5 inches and vertical pin height of 70 feet 4 inches

• Both boom and stick top and side plates are built from single plates of steel for extra strength

• Boom foot mounted to center of upper frame provides more stable platform and improves lifting performance

• Tapered frame design easily distributes loads and reduces stress throughout the frame

• Over-sized pins and bushings strengthen pivot points

• Feathered welds and strengthened connections add to structural quality of front linkage

•  Hydraulic pumps generate only as much oil flow and pressure as required for the application, yielding powerful response and fuel-saving efficiency. To further enhance hydraulic power and efficiency, the machines regenerate boom-down oil flow, reducing the volume of oil the pumps must produce.

Serviceability

• Primary service points under a single access panel on the right side of the machine or beneath the top ending access panel

• Machine operating system provides instant machine status to the operator and to the equipment maintenance staff

For more information on the MH3049, MH3059 or to schedule a demo, contact Chris Dixon at 407-466-5509 or chris.dixon@ringpower.com. You can also learn more about the new Cat Material Handlers by visiting www.ringpower.com

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information on Ring Power Corporation, visit www.ringpower.com

 

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Jerry Wynn named Air Compressor Parts Technical Coordinator at Ring Power

May 17, 2013 at 10:24 AMRing Power

Roger Adkins, vice president – air compressor business manager, is pleased to announce that Jerry Wynn has been named the Air Compressor Parts Technical Coordinator at Ring Power Corporation. Wynn joined Ring Power’s air compressor team in 2006 as the Air Compressor Service Supervisor in St. Augustine.

“Jerry brings a passion for providing customers with excellent service,” said Adkins.” His years of experience in the industry will be a great asset in this new position.”

Wynn will be responsible for parts and sales inventory control, specific to the requirements of Ring Power’s valued customers in the air compressor operations and rental industry. He will be based at Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.

Ring Power is Florida's supplier of new and used air compressors for sale or rent, air tools, air compressor parts and service. We represent the finest electric and diesel air compressor products in the industry. Ring Power carries a full-line of Sullair Construction and Industrial air compressor products and accessories as well as Atlas Copco Specialty Products, Atlas Copco/Hurricane Boosters, Air Tools, Legris Transair Pipe, Belaire and Champion reciprocating air compressors.

NASCAR's Air Titan and Ring Power’s Air Compressor Team make their way around the country

May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AMRing Power

New track-drying system “Saves the day” at Talladega

After debuting at Daytona International Speedway in February, Air Titan, NASCAR’s new track drying system, has made its way to other tracks around the country.

With the assistance of Ring Power’s Air Compressor team, Air Titan has been tested at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va. and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.  The May 5 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. marked the first time Air Titan actually has been used during a Sprint Cup Series race. Air Titan shined, drying the track 45 minutes sooner than NASCAR officials estimated. USA Today even called the Air Titan a “new superhero.” 

Air Titan utilizes compressed air to dry the track. The system was developed by NASCAR’s Research and Development center with the assistance of Ring Power and Sullair.

Learn more about how the new track-drying system works.

 

 

 

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Citrus County Food Bank Takes Delivery of New Forklifts

April 4, 2013 at 10:24 AMRing Power

 Community Food Bank of Citrus County gets a lift from Ring Power Lift Trucks

The fight to end hunger is a momentous task but the Community Food Bank of Citrus County is up to the challenge. Formed last year, the Community Food Bank of Citrus County works tirelessly to acquire and distribute quality, nutritious food to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters within Citrus County. 

Sharon Jones of the Community Food Bank of Citrus County sits in the Clark TMX15S, one of two forklifts the Food Bank recently purchased from Ring Power Lift Trucks.

With food donations coming into the main warehouse in Homosassa, Fla., the Community Food Bank requires, not just the work of countless volunteers; but the proper material handling equipment to ensure that the food is stored properly and efficiently, and when ready, distributed to various agencies across the county.

The Community Food Bank recently turned to Ring Power Lift Trucks for their expertise in choosing the proper material handling equipment for their job. With the help of Ring Power Lift Trucks Salesman Joe DeJohn and PSSR Rob Brown, the staff recently decided on and purchased two new forklifts for their operations.

After assessing their needs, DeJohn felt that a Big Joe E30, an electric pallet jack with a 3,000 lbs. capacity, was the best product for the application.

The food bank was also immediately sold on a Clark TMX15S electric lift truck, to work in the tight aisles in a way that no one lift truck can.

We commend the Community Food Bank of Citrus County for their selfless efforts to end hunger within the county and look forward to a continued relationship with them.
 

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift and material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala and Tallahassee. For more information on Ring Power Lift Trucks, visit the Ring Power Lift Trucks website.