Badger Rough Terrain Crane added to Ring Power Crane Product Mix

February 7, 2011 at 9:08 AMRing Power
ring power crane announced as badger rough terrain crane dealer and Little Giant crawler crane in Southeast, including Florida, Georgia and Carolinas.

Ring Power Crane named Badger rough terrain crane dealer for Southeast, including North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.rough terrain crane and crawler crane

Ring Power Crane announces the addition of Badger rough terrain cranes to their crane lineup. The dealership agreement entitles Ring Power Crane to sell and service Badger cab-down rough terrain cranes, as well as Little Giant truck-mounted and crawler cranes throughout the Southeast, including North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Badger Equipment Co., based in Winona, Minn., is a division of Manitex International, Inc., a leading provider of engineered lifting solutions including boom truck cranes, rough terrain forklifts and special mission oriented vehicles. Badger has manufactured more than 10,000 specialized earthmoving, railroad and material handling machines since it opened in 1945. Ring Power Crane now carries the company’s newest series of 20- and 30-ton cab-down style rough terrain cranes, which are designed for heavy-duty construction and industrial applications. The Little Giant carrier-mounted cranes and crawler cranes Ring Power Crane offers are built to last and equal to the most punishing lifting, dredging, pile-driving and scrap-handling operations. For more information about Badger and Little Giant products, visit http://www.badgerequipment.com and http://www.littlegiantcorp.com.

VP and Ring Power Crane Acting General Manager Dave Glass is pleased with the new partnership. “Badger Equipment’s mission and philosophy very closely mirrors our own,” he said. “It isn’t enough just to expand our product offerings. As a Badger dealer, we will be able to put the customer first and provide the exemplary product support Ring Power Crane is known for.”

Badger CD4420 20-ton capacity crane
Machine weight 52,500 lbs. (3 section boom)
Machine weight 56,000 lbs. (4 section boom)

Badger CD4430 30-ton capacity crane
Machine weight 54,000 lbs. (3 section boom)
Machine weight 55,500 lbs. (4 section boom)

Rough Terrain Crane Specs:
● 20, 25 and 30 ton capacity
● Multiple boom configurations
● Tier III Rated Cummins engine

● Four steering modes with auto-alignment
● Highly visible and ergonomically engineered two door cab with joystick controls
● Pick and carry capabilities

Ring Power Crane is a full-service dealer offering new and used cranes for purchase, lease or rental from America’s leading crane manufacturers—Grove Cranes, National Crane boom trucks, Manitowoc crawler cranes, Broderson, Manitex, Tadano, and now Badger and Little Giant—to contractors and crane businesses throughout the Southeastern U.S. Ring Power Crane’s international business unit serves customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about Ring Power Crane products and services, visit http://www.ringpowercrane.com.

 

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Used Crane Manager Appointed at Ring Power Crane—January 2011

January 19, 2011 at 3:30 PMRing Power
Used crane manager appointed for crane division of Ring Power Corporation.

 

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Ring Power Crane announces Keith Summerlin as the new Used Crane Manager. Although Summerlin will continue his established relationships with key crane customers in the northeast Florida market, Summerlin will also oversee the day-to-day operations for used cranes. Additional responsibilities include used crane procurement, attend equipment auctions, assess or appraise crane values and purchase or buy used cranes for resale.

Summerlin began his career at Ring Power in 1991 and served in a variety of capacities ranging from the service department, Cat Rental Store Sales, and his recent position as the Regional Sales Manager Crane Division for the North Florida territory.

Throughout his career at Ring Power, Summerlin has established exceptional relationships with both customers and co-workers. We look forward to Summerlin’s extensive experience in establishing Ring Power Crane as a premier used crane equipment supplier on a worldwide basis.

Headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, Ring Power Crane is a division of Ring Power Corporation offering crane sales and crane rentals of new and used cranes with locations in Florida and the southeast including, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Ring Power Crane is a full service dealer for new and used boom trucks, rough and all terrain cranes, truck cranes, crawler cranes, pickers, tower cranes, superstackers and lattice boom cranes by leading manufacturers Grove Crane, Manitowoc Crane, National Boom Truck, Tadano Boom Truck, Manitex Boom Truck, Broderson Industrial Cranes and PTC Driving Equipment. Ring Power Crane also exports from their office in Miami, Florida.

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3 Ways to Extend Your Air Compressors Life

December 21, 2010 at 8:17 AMRing Power
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1AIR COMPRESSOR SERVICE AGREEMENTS. With a full range of coverage options available, service agreements inspect your air compressor for wear, damage and potential failure.air  compressor service, fluid analysis and trend tracker extends life of compressor Below are three different types of Air Compressor Service Agreements and their key benefits:

 

  • Planned Maintenance Agreements — Offer compressed air maintenance at specified service intervals. Includes 46-point compressor inspection, filters and fluid. Ring Power offers air compressor rentals available when production cannot be interrupted.
  • Compressor Owner Protection Plan — Ring Power assumes 100% of the maintenance and oversees the performance of your air compressor as if we owned it.
  • AirTrility — Ring Power will design, install, monitor and maintain your air compressor system without asset ownership.

 

2 AIR COMPRESSOR FLUID ANALYSIS — Fluids are the life-blood of your air compressor. Fluids keep bearings lubricated. Fluids and coolants remove the heat of compression and keep your air compressor operating smoothly. Regular fluid sampling and analysis informs you if fluid needs to be changed, if intake air is contaminated, if fluids have been mixed or if sever wear is occurring. Key benefits:

 

  • Current status of your lubricant and equipment
  • Positive input to determine maintenance schedule
  • Detailed history of lubricant performance
  • Better control of maintenance expenditures

 

3 TRENDTRACKER — Conditioned monitoring and data management is playing a key role in the life of all equipment. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of preventative and predictive maintenance practices. Trending the performance of key components over time can provide advanced indication of imminent equipment failure. Key benefits:

 

  • Helps reduce unplanned plant shutdowns
  • Maximizes the life of your air compressor
  • Detailed history of lubricant performance
  • Repair before failure fixes typically are less costly
  • Minimizes downtime

 

Ring Power offers a variety of air compressor maintenance programs that not only satisfy your needs, but also compliments your business objectives. Take advantage of Ring Power’s knowledge and expertise to help you assemble the exact level of service to meet your compressed air requirements. Ring Power services and supports all makes and models of air compressors. Contact us and we will have a consultant review your compressed air requirements.

Ring Power is a leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, compressor parts and air compressor service in Florida for over 45 years. Our offices serve Miami, Pompano Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas. Buy, rent or lease electric or diesel air compressors and industrial air compressors with names like Sullair, Hurricane boosters, and Belaire. See all the air compressors, portable or industrial compressed air, high pressure, or ultra high pressure, at our website compressedair.ringpower.com.

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Farm Tractors Use SCR to Meet Tier IV Regulations: How does it work?

September 17, 2010 at 9:55 AMRing Power

This blog post is a continuation of how Challenger farm tractors are meeting the Environmental Protection Agency's new Tier IV interim regulation for offroad machinery, which begins January 1, 2011. Growers are in need of a balanced solution, investment versus operating costs. Challenger's brand of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), called e3, proposes to help meet these challenges with higher fuel savings and fewer particulate matter, all without a loss of power, and in some instances more power.

So what exactly is SCR? And how does it work?how does scr work?

Selective Catalytic Reduction, or SCR, was first introduced in the 1970’s to power plants burning fossil fuels to reduce their nitrogen oxides (NOx) outputs. This technology continued to grow through the 1980’s and is now commonplace. SCR is a multi-stage chemical reaction that efficiently reduces the amount of Nox. The system is simple, consisting of a tank to hold the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), a metering mechanism, an injector, and the SCR catalyst. The metering device communicates with the engine ECU to determine how much DEF to inject. The DEF is inject into the hot diesel exhaust stream after it leaves the turbo charger. The fluid evaporates, freeing ammonia (NH3), and the ammonia reacts with the Nox to form a new molecule. That compound then passes through the SCR catalyst to be broken down into water, H2O and nitrogen (N2).

► Selective Catalytic Reduction
    – Chemical process used in industry and on-road markets

    – Drastic reduction of NOx

► SCR uses:
    – Combination of hardware, software & diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) - Urea

► After-treatment
    – Benefits customers

Follow our next posting: reviewing the properties of Deisel Exhaust Fluid. Please do not hesitate to contact our agrticultural division with any questions regarding Challeneger's e3.

Ring Power' Agricultural Division sells and leases new and used Challenger Agricultural and Farm Tractors throughout Florida and the Southeast, with service and repair facilities located in Perry, Tallahassee, Lake City, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, St. Augustine and Tampa. Ring Power also supplies a range of farm implements and attachments from Sunflower disc harrows, field cultivars and grain drills, SprayCoupe sprayers, RoGator ag sprayers, TerraGator, Diamond Boom Mowers, and Land Pride grooming mowers.

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Match the Right Forklift Battery to the Application

September 10, 2010 at 3:10 PMRing Power
forklift battery selection and applications

Electric forklifts are becoming more prevalent in the material handling industry. Electric forklifts are quiet, energy efficient, and require less overall maintenance costs. Today’s electric forklifts are not just used in warehouse applications either, as evident with Cat Lift Trucks’ new 10,000-lbs. 80-volt electric pneumatic truck. Or Linde’s energy efficient RX60 high-performance electric lift truck, also featuring an 80-volt electrical system, AC motors and 1,000-hour service intervals.

All electric forklifts rely on battery power and each application has an industrial battery to match. Exide Technologies has a battery power no matter where your lift truck operates.

GNB Flooded Classic Battery

Titan Flooded Forklift Battery

Exide Fusion Fast Charge Battery

The economical Flooded flat-panel forklift battery is the ideal solution for use in all classes of forklift trucks.
3 years full, plus 2 year prorated warranty.

Titan Flooded batteries are designed to deliver consistent, reliable power and engineered to increase your efficiency and productivity. For standard and high demand applications.
5 years full, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Exide Fusion line of fast charge batteries is specifically designed to meet the high-energy demands of fast charging using rugged flooded flat-plate technology. Ideal for cold-storage applications and 10-12 hour shifts. Meets high-energy demands of opportunity fast charging applications.
4 years full when used with a Fusion charger.

Tubular-HP High Performance Battery

Liberator Low Maintenance Battery

Element Valve-Regulated
Lead-Acid Battery

These high performance flooded tubular-plate batteries are designed to deliver more power than the equivalent dimension flooded flat-late batteries. For standard and high-demand applications.
5 years full warranty, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Liberator low-maintenance forklift battery is designed to deliver consistent, reliable power using round tubular positive plate technology. These batteries are able to achieve a 45-day or 90-day watering interval, depending on the type of SCR charger used. For medium to heavy-duty applications.
5 years full warranty, plus 1 year prorated warranty.

The Element battery virtually eliminates the mess and hazards associated with typical forklift battery maintenance. The Element makes it cleaner, safer and easier to use. A battery designed for use in all classes of electric forklift trucks. For light and standard demand applications.
1 year full, plus 2 years prorated.

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Contact Ring Power Lift Trucks to discuss all your forklift battery options or get a battery quote online. Curious to see if you can save money by converting your current internal combustion forklift to electric forklifts? Contact us. You may be surprised at the savings.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark, Linde, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks and truck-mounted forklifts, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Electric Forklift Battery Owners Turn to Exide® Technologies

August 26, 2010 at 11:39 AMRing Power
Electric forklift batteries now available at Ring Power Lift Trucks, supplied by Exide Technologies

Forklift parts supplier, Promatch collaborates with Exide Technologies for forklift industrial batteries in Florida.industrial forklift battery by exide

The Promatch® parts program, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has partnered with Exide Technologies Industrial Energy to offer a full line of Exide industrial forklift batteries and chargers. Exide Technologies is a global leader in motive power battery and charger systems for electric forklifts and other material handling equipment. In addition to a broad battery and charger offering, Exide Technologies' network of representatives offers comprehensive support and product expertise. The forklift batteries and chargers are sold through Ring Power Lift Trucks.

Assistance and Support. Together, Ring Power Lift Trucks and your local Exide Technologies representative will help you manage a successful forklift battery program.

Broad Forklift Battery Selection. Exide Technologies offers the broadest range of forklift batteries and chargers in the industry. The following forklift batteries are available throughout Ring Power's Florida locations: GNB Flooded Classic Batteries, Titan® Flooded Batteries, Exide Fusion™ Fast Charge Batteries, Tubular-HP
® High Performance Batteries, Liberator® Low Maintenance batteries, and Element® Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries.


Matching Battery Chargers. Exide also offers a line of industrial battery chargers to match the family of forklift batteries used in a wide variety of applications, from light-duty to high frequency chargers to fast charging. Exide Technologies' line includes: Exide FER50, Exide EF Series Ferroresonant Charger, Exide FLX200 Charger, Exide SCR200 Charger, Exide Element-HF
® Charger, Exide Fusion® Charger and the Exide EHF® Series High Frequency Charger.
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Environmentally Conscious. Exide Technologies is committed to keeping the environment clean. Recycling is a big part of the beneficial use and responsible handling of lead and products made from it. Exide Technologies invests in battery recycling because it's good for business and for the environment. In fiscal year 2010, Exide Technologies recycled sufficient lead tonnage to make the Company one of the largest secondary lead recyclers in the world.

Industrial Battery Experience. Exide Technologies sells more tubular batteries worldwide than any other battery manufacturer.

Forklift Battery Delivery. With Exide Technologies "Quick Ship" Program, 70% of forklift batteries are shipped within 48 hours.

Exclusive Brands. Exide Technologies is the exclusive supplier of Jungheinrich branded batteries. No battery supplier has more experience powering Jungheinrich electric forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers and walkies.

Click here to see details on the different battery types and charger types.

Interested in converting your operation from LP Gas to electric forklifts? Ring Power Lift Trucks has detailed information covering the benefits of operating electric forklifts in a wide-variety of applications–forklifts are not just for warehouses.

When it comes to electric forklift trucks, Ring Power Lift Trucks is Florida's real industry leader. No matter the forklift manufacturer, we supply electric forklift batteries and parts for Toyota, Clark, Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, Linde, Crown, Hyster, Komatsu, Nissan, Raymond and Yale. Our technicians service and repair electric motor drives, hydraulic pumps, power steering and electric control board assemblies.

Contact any one of Ring Power's five Florida branch locations serving Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Pompano Beach, Jacksonville, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee or email us below to order your forklift parts or schedule a service.

  

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Mike Rowe Is Ready to Hit the Dirt with Caterpillar® Customers and Dealers

August 18, 2010 at 3:31 PMRing Power

The Dirty Jobs creator and star is teaming with the company to showcase Caterpillar Customers, Dealers and Employees.

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Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has announced that it is partnering with Mike Rowe, the creator and star of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and founder of mikeroweWORKS.com. With Mike’s dedication to the trades and Caterpillar’s commitment to its customers, the two have joined forces to highlight the important and essential work Caterpillar customers perform everyday.

Rowe will be spending time with Caterpillar customers and dealers to get a real world perspective on their jobs and how the two partner to be successful. These encounters will be featured on cat.com and at Cat Dealerships across the country and will be used to demonstrate the solutions that Cat Dealers provide their customers throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, highlighting their superior parts and service support.


“When hard work is being performed and progress is being made, Mike wants to be in the thick of it, so teaming with him is an absolute perfect fit,” said Denny Vosberg, Caterpillar Parts and Service Support Manager. “Our dealer personnel are the best in the world and have been supporting our customers with their critical work for generations. Now is the time to shine a light on it and Mike is going to help us with that.”

Rowe, who calls himself a perpetual apprentice, has performed more than 300 jobs in locations around the country via his show, Dirty Jobs, which is currently one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular programs. Mike is also the creator of mikeroweWORKS.com, a website dedicated to and for people in the trades to meet, discuss relevant topics and learn what is the latest in the industry. He says his partnership with Caterpillar was “inevitable” because the two share the same work philosophy.

“I see Cat equipment and the hard working people operating it around the world, building and creating infrastructure,” said Rowe. “I’m excited to go beyond the machine and talk with the people who are actually making it happen.”

Click to learn all about Mike Rowe, Caterpillar and Ring Power Corporation.

From paving contractors throughout the state to the forests of Northwest Florida to the mines in central Florida, Ring Power is there supporting Florida's contractors and tradesmen with quality Cat parts and dependable service for their heavy equipment, both large and small. Ring Power is North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer and headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. We provide contractors in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs with parts and service for all types of heavy equipment and construction equipment.

About mikeroweWORKS
mikeroweWORKS is a PR campaign for hard work and skilled labor. Its purpose is to call attention to the growing skills gap in the trades while providing a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to investigate a career in those vocations, as well as focus the country on the very real issues facing our trade workers and farmers. In addition to the trade resource center, Mike has established the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help fund scholarship programs and other initiatives that reinvigorate Trade School enrollments and industrial arts programs around the country.
 

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Leaking Hydraulic Cylinders Can Contaminate Hydraulic System

June 15, 2010 at 4:51 PMRing Power
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Know the effects of contamination on your heavy equipment, forklift or machinery's hydraulic system.

Hydraulic fluid contamination has the potential to damage your entire hydraulic system in two different ways.

1. Accelerating Hydraulic Component Wear
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From 75 to 85 percent of all hydraulic pump, motor, cylinder and valve failures can be traced to fluid contamination. Due to the extremely small tolerances of today’s hydraulic systems, even particles that can not be seen by the naked eye can cause damage to your hydraulic system, leading to costly repairs.

2. Reducing Hydraulic System Efficiency

Machine productivity and efficient hydraulics go hand-in-hand. If a hydraulic system isn't performing at peak efficiency, it's robbing machine performance. Efficiency losses occur gradually, and can decrease productivity by as much as 16-20 percent before being detected by the operator. Over time, these "invisible" efficiency losses can also lead to increased fuel consumption.

Prevent Hydraulic System Damage
Hydraulics Xpress' exchange cylinders are in stock and ready for installation. Our highly qualified service technicians repair and rebuild hydraulic components on all equipment makes and models. Our state-of-the-art hydraulic shops are equipped with precision mills, long bed lathes and the latest welding equipment.

Cylinder Exchange Price Includes
Our hydraulic cylinder exchange price includes:
Disassembly and reassembly
New hydraulic seals for head, piston and rod
New seals for barrel and rod eye
Light honing of the barrel
Pressure testing
Cleaning and painting

Here is a list of Hydraulic Cylinder Groups rebuilt by Hydraulics Xpress. Hydraulic Cylinder Exchange.pdf

Warranty
Our hydraulic cylinders come with a warranty of 1 year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

Additional Service Available
Available for an additional charge are:
Salvage repair of cylinder head and piston
Salvage and re-tube cylinder barrels

Re-rod, HVOF cylinder rod resurfacing, and straightening of rods
Update hydraulic heads for wear rings, O-rings, and improved seals

Get a quote from Hydraulics Xpress for your hydraulic cylinder repair, as well as hydraulic pumps and motors of all makes and models, including Rexroth, Sunstrand, Denison Vickers, Linde and others. 

Hydraulics Xpress: we repair all hydraulics regardless of make or model of equipment or industrial machinery. We're located throughout North and Central Florida, with repair facilities in Tampa, Orlando, and St. Augustine. Phone toll free with any questions at 1-877-733-5120.

 

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Oil Analysis Program Keeps Engine and Systems in Top Condition

June 2, 2010 at 10:19 AMRing Power
Oil Analysis and fluid testing is the most reliable way to see what's going on inside your construction machinery, engine and hydraulic systems.

Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis tests and analyzes oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant to help keep your systems running at peak performance.  oil sampling and oil analysis testing

Ring Power’s Scheduled Oil Sampling, or S•O•S, monitors the overall health of your engine, hydraulic system, and cooling system. Our Lab performs a series of tests on oil, hydraulic fluid, and coolant to detect problems early and reduce or prevent unnecessary repairs. Machine fluid testing helps to avoid costly repairs, helps keeps operating costs lower and keeps you more profitable.

A regularly scheduled oil analysis and sampling of fluids can:
• Report condition of oil
• Detect machine problems early
• Predict necessary repairs
• Reduce unscheduled equipment downtime
• Reduce unnecessary repairs
• Minimize repair time costs
• Manger repair budgets
• Improve record keeping
• Increase trade-in value

After receiving the oil, hydraulic fluid or coolant sample(s), each is thoroughly tested and analyzed. Ring Power’s Fluid Analysis Lab provides a detailed report of the analysis, along with maintenance suggestions and recommendations once the samples are processed. Machine or engine samples needing attention will be communicated immediately by e-mail, fax, and/or phone.

Equipped with all the latest spectrascopes, inductors, gauges and computers, our Fluid Analysis Laboratory ranks as one of the best in the nation.

Exclusive tests include:
• Wear Metal Rate Analysis measures 14 wear metals in ppm.
• Physical Properties of fluids for Engines, Hydraulics and transmissions: Water, Fuel (engine diesel only), glycol (antifreeze), and viscosity
• Non-engine compartment fluid particle counts and particle analysis: ISO Code levels

Other available tests include:
• Total base number
• Totals acid number
• Diesel fuel or gasoline condition
• Water and coolant analysis, levels 1 and 2

Contact us at the link below to order your oil analysis kit or phone the Ring Power Fluid Analysis Lab, located in Tampa, Florida, at 813-671-3700 or in St Augustine, Florida, 904-737-7730. Or use our Lab's email address: SOS.Lab@ringpower.com

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.

 

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Marco Rubio Visits Ring Power Corporation at World Commerce Center in St. Augustine

April 15, 2010 at 2:32 PMRing Power

On April 14, Marco Rubio made Ring Power’s headquarters in St. Augustine a stop on his "Take a Stand" Bus Tour across Florida. The U.S. Senate candidate took a tour of the World Commerce Center facility and then spoke to a crowd of Ring Power employees and local Republican supporters. Marco Rubio tours Ring Power facility in St. Augustine with Randy Ringhaver, Chris Tomkinson and Tim Maguire

Addressing the crowd, Marco said, "It’s businesses like this that are going to make our economy stronger, employ Floridians desperately looking for work and lower our state’s record unemployment rate. Unfortunately, the policies coming out of Washington today are only going to hinder the success of this business and the thousands like it across Florida. We already know that policies like the massive health care bill are going to hurt this company."

Marco Rubio knows that last month during the health care debate, Caterpillar was one of the many companies to warn that the massive bill would lead to higher costs. Specifically, Caterpillar said that the bill would increase its health care costs by $100 million in the first year alone and put at risk the health care coverage of its 150,000 employees and retirees. What affects the goose, affects the gander. As a Caterpillar dealership, Ring Power will also be affected by the new health care legislation. Rubio sympathized, "You can read about job losses and laying people off but when you come to companies that face that, you get the full impact." Randy Ringhaver confirmed, "These additional costs are going to make it harder to remain competitive." Mr. Ringhaver said he supports Rubio "to improve the direction this country is going."

Rubio’s ultimate goal is to control the government’s expansion and spending. He believes big government is failing business people, "Our leaders need to be focused on helping businesses grow and succeed. We need pro-growth economic policies and someone in Washington who will provide clear, conservative alternatives because mandates, higher taxes and more debt are not the answer."

The suggestions Rubio outlined for getting the country back on track include: Marco Rubio speaks at Ring Power Corporation

* Freezing government spending to 2007 -- what he called "pre-Obama" -- levels. "Freezing spending indicates to people that America is serious about its debt problems," he said.

* Banning earmarks, where legislators insert pet projects into bills and see them passed without scrutiny.

* Freezing civilian hiring. "Federal employees make 70 percent more than those in the private sector," he said.

* Cutting the White House budget by 10 percent.

* Passing the line item veto, which would give the president power to veto wasteful items in a budget without having to redo the document.

* Ending the bailout program. "They want to make it permanent," he said, amazed at the idea. "We'd be institutionalizing an incentive to fail."

* Reforming entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. This would be toughest of all, he said.

"These programs must be reformed if we're going to save them," Rubio said.

* Using leftover stimulus money to pay down the national debt.

Marco firmly believes by enforcing these suggestions he can help save "the freest and most prosperous country in the world." Marco explained, "If we don't fix these problems, our children and grandchildren will be the first generation of Americans to leave behind a diminished country. We must grow our economy through the private sector, not through the government."

For more information on Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, visit his website at http://www.marcorubio.com/

 

 

 

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