Columbia High School Gets a Lift from Ring Power

October 8, 2012 at 9:59 AMRing Power

 

Ring Power donates the use of Cat forklift to high school’s Global Logistics Academy

 

 

 In a small Lake City warehouse, big things are happening.

The warehouse is part of Columbia High School’s Global Logistics Academy, and inside students get hands-on instruction, gaining the skills and experience necessary for a successful career in the logistics field.

But until recently the warehouse lacked a key ingredient — a forklift

So academy instructor Rebecca Golden made a call to Ring Power in Lake City and Regional Sales Manager Todd Sandlin set the wheels in motion to make a forklift in the warehouse become a reality.

Oct. 2 Ring Power Lift Trucks, with administrators and students watching, handed over the keys to a Cat Lift Trucks C5000 to Golden. With the support of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift of America (MCFA), Ring Power Lift Trucks donated the use of the Cat Lift Trucks forklift for the academic year.

“The forklift will allow students to train and become forklift certified, making them more employable,” said Golden.

Having a forklift in the warehouse will also allow outside groups to come in and become forklift certified, providing additional income to sustain the program, Golden said.

 

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At the warehouse on campus students receive books from First Book, an organization out of Washington D.C. that collects and donates books. When a shipment arrives, students receive the order, package the books and then distribute them throughout the country.

Three years ago the Global Logistics Academy started with just 53 students. Currently 124 students are enrolled in the program and many of them enter careers in the logistics field upon completion of the program.

Anthony and Andrew Pickolo started in the logistics program in their sophomore year. Now seniors, they are spending time in the warehouse on-campus and interning with several companies off-campus.

Andrew said once he completes the program this year he is “pretty much guaranteed employment at the Target distribution center.”

Target has also partnered with the logistics academy and recently donated racking for the warehouse.

The Columbia High School Logistics Academy makes a lot of sense.

Lake City, with its access to major highways and rail lines, is quickly positioning itself as an inland port. Several major corporations have distribution centers already located in Lake City, and many more are expected.

 

 

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There's No Such Thing as One-Size-Fits-All

September 24, 2012 at 12:14 PMRing Power

There’s really no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Sure, some clothing claims to be one-size-fits-all, but in reality — it doesn’t exactly "fit" every person just right.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is certainly not in the clothing business, but we understand that the one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work, especially when it comes to forklifts.big joe forklift florida

That’s why we’re proud to carry multiple lines of Lift Trucks to meet the individual material handling needs of your business. Whether you’re in the market for a new forklift, a used forklift, or just need to rent one for a short time.

We recently launched a renewed partnership with Big Joe Pallet Movers to carry its lifts at Ring Power Lift Trucks ten locations throughout Florida.

We’re happy to continue our relationship with Big Joe. They provide widely accepted entry level economically attractive products that complement our current line of forklifts.

And if your lift no longer “fits” your needs, rest assured we have one that will.

We represent leading forklift manufactures, including; Cat Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark Material Handling, Jungheinrich warehouse trucks, Linde, CombiLift, Kalmar container handlers and industrial forklifts, Bendi and Drexel wing mast, Navigator , Princeton Piggybacks, Big Joe and more.

For more information, visit http://lifttrucks.ringpower.com/

 

 

 

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Are All Used Forklifts the Same? We Say NO!

August 16, 2012 at 10:23 AMRing Power

See how our used forklifts differ from the competitions.

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The quality and pride Ring Power Lift Trucks takes in rebuilding and reconditioning a used forklift is the difference. Our goal when producing a used lift truck, is to provide a quality forklift that far exceeds our customer’s expectations, backed by superior support services, guarantees and warranties. 

To meet these goals the following forklift components and systems are visually inspected and replacement parts or reconditioning as needed:

• Engines & Transmissions – Transmissions and engines including support systems are thoroughly inspected to ensure appropriate performance for operational hours.
• Hydraulic Systems – The forklift's hydraulic system, including cylinders and hoses, is inspected. Any hydraulic leaks are repaired and the entire system is checked to ensure appropriate performance.
• Masts – Mast including rollers and lift chains are inspected for damage and wear. Adjustments are made to ensure safe dependable operation.
• Steer & Drive Axles – inspected for leaks or damage due to overloading or abuse.
• Brakes – The forklift's brakes are visually and operationally tested with adjustments or replacement as needed.
• Gauges & Electrical Systems – Complete electrical system, including gauges, is inspected with corrections made as needed.

The entire forklift and it's systems are then tested for proper operation. See more forklift pictures at our Google+ Page

The Mitsubishi FD150 forklift, pictured at right, had badly damaged body and carriage and needed plenty of cleaning and reconditioning. The Mitsubishi FD50 required new body work, new tires, new paint and we steam cleaned the engine.

Ring Power Lift Trucks leases and finances a wide variety used forklifts throughout Florida, from pneumatic tire IC forklifts to efficient electric cushion forklifts, from container handlers by Kalmar and Linde to narrow aisle warehouse forklifts by Jungheinrich, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Cat Lift Trucks, Clark, Linde, Princeton and others. Visit our website for complete information.See our entire inventory of used electric forklifts and wide range of IC pneumatic forklifts for sale.

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Vote for Ring Power in the Business Journal's Social Madness Contest

June 7, 2012 at 10:00 AMRing Power

Vote Now! Social Madness

Voting officially began June 1 for American City Business Journals’ Social Madness competition to find out which local companies are the best at social media. Help us show that WE are the best!

The first phase of voting continues through June 18, so be sure to vote for your favorite Northeast Florida business (Ring Power Corporation!) and support us further by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter, and liking our Facebook company page.

To vote for us, follow one of two instructions:

1. Simply click on the link below, go to the "Large Companies" section and click "Vote" next to our name. (You will be asked to key in an authorization code to make sure you're human.) 

http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/exclusives/socialmadness

2. Visit www.ringpower.com and click on the "VOTE" button in the bottom, right hand corner labeled "#social madness challenge". 

Show Ring Power your support today, we need your help!

Ring Power® Celebrates 50 Years as Full-Line Caterpillar® Dealer

March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AMRing Power
This month Ring Power Corporation, in St. Augustine, Florida, celebrates 50 years as a full-line dealer of Caterpillar earthmoving, engine and material handling equipment.

Ring Power Corporation proudly announces their 50-year, golden anniversary as a Caterpillar dealership in Florida. In 1961, L.C. Ringhaver, the owner of the world’s largest shrimp boat manufacturer, Diesel Engine Sales, Inc. (DESCO), acquired the Caterpillar engine dealership rights from Jacksonville-based Gibbs Corporation. Originally established in St. Augustine, Fla., Ring Power Corp. was founded to sell and service Cat® marine engines to Northeast Florida’s thriving shrimp trawler industry. 

Following the death of Cat dealer Lobrano Machinery Company’s president and owner, Tom Lobrano, Ring Power Corporation was awarded the dealer territory in Jacksonville, Ocala and Tallahassee, Fla. for the full line of Caterpillar equipment in March of 1962. 

For the next 14 years, L.C. Ringhaver successfully developed the North Florida Caterpillar dealership, Ring Power Corporation, into a customer-focused, service-oriented establishment. Upon L.C. Ringhaver’s death in 1976, his eldest son, Lance Ringhaver, assumed leadership of the company as President and Chairman, a role he would retain until his acquisition of the Central Florida Caterpillar dealership, Rozier Machinery, 10 years later.

In 1986, Caterpillar awarded the Central Florida dealership rights to the Ringhavers. Lance Ringhaver moved to Tampa, Fla. to start a new dealership, Ringhaver Equipment Company, while Randy Ringhaver took leadership of Ring Power Corporation in Jacksonville. For nearly two decades, both Cat dealerships continued to flourish, taking on new business opportunities and products such as an expanded power systems line, rental equipment operations, forklifts, cranes, air compressors and utility equipment, all backed by parts and product support.

In 2004, Ringhaver Equipment Company and Ring Power Corporation officially merged into one consolidated company with Randy Ringhaver as Chairman and President of the new Ring Power Corporation. The combined Cat dealership territory now consists of 44 counties throughout North and Central Florida.

Ring Power Corporation, the North and Central Florida Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

Top Ring Power Blog Posts of 2011

January 12, 2012 at 2:40 PMRing Power

The year 2012 is off and running and 2011 is rapidly fading into history. During the past year, Ring Power saw new faces in new places, launched new and exciting products, like Caterpillar's new CT660 Vocational Truck, and formed new partnerships to meet the equipment and energy needs of new customers in far off places. Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. achieved a huge milestone in 2011 by rolling out its 350,000th new forklift off the factory floor located in Houston.


Here's a quick rundown of Ring Power's top blog postings in 2011.
1.  Heavy Construction Equipment Regional Manager for Central Florida Territory Named
2.  Construction Equipment Rental Division Appoints New Sales Managers
3.  New Orlando Regional Heavy Equipment Sales Manager Appointed
4.  Custom Generator Enclosure Designer & Builder Joins Phoenix Products
5.  Electric Power Generation Business Development Manager Named
6.  New Tampa Heavy Equipment Sales Manager Appointed
7.  Caterpillar® & Ring Power® Sign Agreement with APR Energy®
8.  Roadside Vegetation Management & Mowing Seminars Repeat in 2011
9.  Ring Power Crane Offers Manitowoc EnCORE Factory Certified Crane Rebuilds and Repowers
10. Crane Division Announces Promotion of Regional Sales Manager

All of Ring Power's associates look forward to providing the ultimate in equipment service to past, current and prospective customers in 2012.

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Stand-up Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks vs. Jungheinrich's Side-Seated—December, 2011

December 21, 2011 at 5:07 PMRing Power

Jungheinrich's side-seated moving mast reach truck is a better choice.

side seated reach truck is safer, less operator fatigue and more productive operator

Think for a moment of a mobile piece of equipment that requires that the operator stand in order to address the workload at hand.

Give up yet? It’s fairly difficult to do. In fact, for all practical purposes there is really one style of equipment that can be found in only one industry, which situates the operator in a standing position. That product is a Stand Up Narrow Aisle Reach Truck. And while this style of truck dominates the narrow aisle reach truck market in the United States, we have an alternative that might be the right product and the right solution for your materials handling application.

Whether you are working in narrow aisles currently with Stand Up Reach Trucks or running out of space and contemplating a change to a tighter aisle, we encourage you to take a look at the Jungheinrich ETV Side-Seated Moving Mast Reach Truck, nominated for 2011 Product of the Year by Material Handling Wholesaler.

Although we’re discussing a forklift, what’s really under discussion here is an idea… the idea that a seated worker or forklift operator is more effective, safer, more comfortable and ultimately more productive than one who stands. Let’s look briefly at the side-seated reach truck concept.

SAFER
First and foremost, the seated position offers a significant safety enhancement in the sense that inertia makes less of an impact on an operator’s body (with upper legs, torso, lower and middle back firmly and safely in contact with the operator seat), than it would on a truck drivers feet only. In other words, think of the results of trying to push over a person who is seated, versus one standing. Obviously, the seated individual would be more difficult to move.

LESS OPERATOR FATIGUE
Secondly, a seated operator position offers the ability to use your hands AND feet for operating the equipment while sitting. In the standing position, your feet are removed from useful productivity due to being needed for… you guessed it, standing. You can’t stand without feet, and while you’re standing – those same feet can no longer be used for accelerator and brake pedals.

In short, seated operators are positioned in a safer work environment and will experience less fatigue through the course of the shift. In fact, the level of overall comfort, feeling of security and the ability to operate a machine utilizing hands and feet will impact productivity significantly.

MORE PRODUCTIVE
Cycle or throughput tests of Stand Up Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks versus Side-Seated, Moving Mast Reach trucks routinely show productivity increases of +20-percent! In simple terms, this means that a warehouse utilizing a fleet of 10 reach trucks, could potentially eliminate 1-2 trucks from the facility and maintain the current level of pallet throughput and productivity. Imagine the savings to be realized by reducing the size of your current lift truck fleet by 20 percent.

In addition to the above features, this style of truck also offers a very versatile capability, with the proper mast/lift height configuration – this truck can also work directly from the “trailer to rack,” again enabling our customers to eliminate a step in the unloading and storage process, as well as another opportunity to eliminate now unnecessary trucks from their applications… in this case, perhaps a standard sit down forklift or an electric pallet truck being used for trailer unloading and product staging.

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Tremendously enhanced ergonomics and operator safety, increased productivity, fleet/cost reduction opportunities, packaged under the Jungheinrich name while working in aisles as narrow as 9’0” feet!

Please contact Ring Power Lift Trucks for a no obligation “desk-demo” and a closer look at this labor saving, space saving and money saving machine.

Ring Power to Attend ICUEE 2011 in Louisville — September 2011

September 16, 2011 at 4:25 PMRing Power

ICUEE 2011 - The Demo Expo "Hands Down the Best Place for Hands On"

Ring Power is eagerly anticipating this year's ICUEE [pronounced I.Q.] at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville Kentucky. Held October 4-6, ICUEE is the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition. Also known as The Demo Expo, ICUEE is the best place for hands on demonstrations of construction and utility equipment operation. Attendees can operate the equipment themselves and explore the newest industry products and innovations.

The broad spectrum of equipment available to operate is the ultimate in competitive comparisons. An extensive education program complements displays of the latest equipment technology and product innovations. Ring Power will be on-site proudly representing our Terex Utilities line. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The event will feature:

 
  • Over 950 exhibitors  
  • Over 20,000 attendees
  • A comprehensive education program during the three-day exposition with sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management and applied technology
  • Machinery is exhibited in job-like conditions and attendees can experience first-hand equipment in action, working at ground level, underground and overhead.
  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits of equipment including (but not limited to):
  • Admixtures/Chemicals
  • Aerial/Digger Derricks
  • Attachments
  • Cable Equipment
  • Compaction Equipment
  • Components
  • Cranes
  • Drilling Equipment
  • Earthmoving Machinery
  • Electronics / Controls / Instrumentation
  • Engines/Components
  • Hand Tools
  • Hydro Excavation Equipment
  • Information Technology
  • Job-Site Products/Materials
  • Landscaping Equipment
  • Light Equipment
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  • Hydro Excavation Equipment
  • Information Technology
  • Job-Site Products/Materials
  • Landscaping Equipment
  • Lubricants
  • Overhead & Maintenance Equipment
  • Paving Equipment
  • Publications
  • Pumps
  • Recycling Equipment
  • Safety & Traffic Equipment
  • Service Providers
  • Sewer Equipment
  • Site Preparation
  • Testing Equipment
  • Tires
  • Tracked Vehicles
  • Trailers
  • Trenching & Shoring
  • Trenchless Equipment
  • Trucks/Truck Bodies/Accessories
  • Utility Locating Equipment
  • Vacuum Excavation Equipment
  •                 ICUEE 2011 The Demo Expo

     

     

     

         

    Forklift Manufacturer Celebrates 350,000th Forklift — August 2011

    August 26, 2011 at 12:45 PMRing Power
    Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. celebrates milestone with production of 350,000th forklift.

    Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. celebrates milestone with production of 350,000th forklift.The MCFA forklift, number 350,000, will be used in fabrication and assembly tasks around MCFA facilities.

    Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), a leading provider of forklifts in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Latin America, recently celebrated the manufacturing of its milestone 350,000th forklift, a feat equivalent to producing enough forklifts to stretch across the state of Texas. MCFA reached the landmark number through the manufacturing and distribution of three distinct brands of material handling equipment – Cat® lift trucks, Mitsubishi forklift trucks and Jungheinrich® warehouse products.

    On August 18, more than 700 MCFA employees, including recently appointed MCFA President Hiroshi Nagai, gathered for an ice cream social to celebrate the manufacturing milestone. The 350,000th forklift, a member of the 3,000–7,000 lb. Internal Combustion (IC) Pneumatic Tire forklift family, painted blue and branded MCFA, was on display and later will be used in fabrication and assembly tasks around MCFA facilities.

    MCFA formed in 1992 when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) entered into a business relationship with Caterpillar Industrial Inc. (CII). The company produced its 100,000th forklift in 1998 and four years later, in 2002, moved into its current headquarters in West Houston. In 2005, MCFA celebrated the shipment of its 250,000th forklift and now in 2011 celebrates its latest milestone with the production of the 350,000th forklift from its Houston manufacturing facility.

    “MCFA prides itself on manufacturing quality and reliable products,” said Jay Gusler, director of operations, MCFA. “We’re excited to reach this milestone of 350,000 forklifts produced from our Houston manufacturing facility and appreciate the support of our employees, dealer network and customers in helping us realize this major company achievement.”

    Ring Power Lift Trucks leases and finances a wide variety forklifts, from pneumatic tire IC forklifts to efficient electric cushion and pneumatic tire forklifts, from container hanlders by Kalmar and Linde to narrow aisle warehouse forklifts by Jungheinrich, Mitsubishi Forklifts and Cat Lift Trucks. Even very narrow aisle trucks by Bendi and Drexel.

    Quality Forklifts. Even Better People.

     

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    Ring Power Champions Diesel Technology at Florida SkillsUSA Competition—August 2011

    August 1, 2011 at 8:53 AMRing Power
    Students from 83 high schools, tech centers and colleges compete in the 44th Annual SkillsUSA Competition.

    Students from 83 Florida highschools, tech centers and colleges compete in the 44th Annual SkillsUSA Competition.Ring Power Training Instructor Bob Delp explains the electrical fundamentals test objectives to SkillsUSA competitor.

    This past spring, the 2011 Florida SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference drew to a close at the Manatee Civic Center in Bradenton, where over 3000 students, educators, business people and supporters from across the state gathered for the 44th annual event. In all, more than 1300 students from 83 high schools, technical centers and colleges throughout Florida competed in 188 skills and leadership contests—the largest number of contests and greatest number of schools in the history of the conference!

    Ring Power Corporation supports the mission of SkillsUSA by taking part every year in the organization’s state-level competitions. This year, nine students competed in the Diesel Equipment Technology trials, which were held in Ring Power’s Sarasota’s heavy equipment shops. Tampa Training Instructor Josh Markosen volunteered his services as a judge of the contestants’ hydraulic fundamentals skills; Ring Power Training Instructor Bob Delp judged contestants on electrical fundamentals skills; Sarasota Heavy Equipment Technician James Freeman judged their electronic engine skills; Sarasota Heavy Equipment Technician Josh Ritter judged their preventive maintenance skills; and Sarasota Heavy Equipment Service Business Manager Nathan Worley judged job interviewing skills.

    Dwayne Rainer, Lakeland Cat Rental Store Field Service Technician, has been involved with SkillsUSA since he was a student. In 1990, when he was class president of his school’s chapter, Rainer took first place in the Florida diesel equipment technology competition and fourth place in the National Competition. Last year, as event chairman of the diesel equipment technology competition, Rainer organized the flow of students through the skill stations and assisted with judging, tallying and submitting the final competition results. This year, Rainer served as coordinator of the competition.

    Photo: Ring Power Training Instructor Bob Delp (center) explains the electrical fundamentals test objectives to SkillsUSA competitor. 

    About SkillsUSA

    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

    SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, tech
    nical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

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    About Ring Power Corp

    Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Additional heavy equipment branch locations include, Tallahassee, Lake City, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Perry, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, and Palm Bay. Ring Power is provides parts and service on all makes of heavy equipment repairs, both Cat and competitive machines such as Volvo, John Deere, Komatsu, Bob Cat and others.