ThinkBIG Enrolls New Class

August 4, 2020 at 12:01 PMRing Power

On Aug. 17, the newest class of ThinkBIG technician scholarship recipients will begin their ThinkBIG journey at South Georgia Technical College.  L-R: Lucas Missall (Gainesville PSD), Mason Underkoffler (Orlando HE), Alex Laird (Tampa HE), Simon Westra (Tampa HE). The ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship recipients will begin class in August.

Over the next two years, the six students will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at their Ring Power branch.   

Five of the students will follow the heavy equipment technician track; one will complete the generator technician track. Upon graduation in 2022, all of the students will have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology.

The new class includes:

Lucas Missall (Gainesville Power Systems)

Mason Underkoffler (Orlando Heavy Equipment)

Alex Laird (Tampa Heavy Equipment)

Simon Westra (Tampa Heavy Equipment) 

Isaiah Greer (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment)

James Bozman (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment) 

For more information on Ring Power's Technician Scholarship program, visit www.ringpower.com/thinkbig 

L-R: Isaiah Greer (WCC HE) and James Bozman (WCC HE). Both of these ThinkBIG technician scholarship students will be working out of WCC Heavy Equipment Main Shop.  

 

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Heavy Equipment Operator Training Adapts to COVID-19

July 22, 2020 at 12:18 PMRing Power

COVID-19 has changehow we all work and operate. But while many stay home, construction workers and equipment operators remain on the frontline. As essential workers, the job doesn’t stop. While work on critical projects continues, machine operators still require ongoing training on the equipment they use to get the job done. Ring Power’s heavy equipment operator training team has made extensive changes to ensure these essential workers receive the training they need, as safely as possible.    

New Safety Precautions Include: 

COVID-19 questionnaire must be completed prior to class start 

Temperature checks prior to class start 

Class size decreased to 6 persons maximum 

Larger classroom utilized for proper social distancing 

Zero handshake policy 

Masks required for all in classroom instruction and inside machines 

All students provided with latex gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes 

Instructor stands outside the cab window to go over the familiarization of the controls and technology with the students vs being inside the cab with them (Facetime can be used if requested) 

All communication with the student after initial familiarization and start up is now done over two-way radios to decrease close contact encounters 

“Our group is resilient and committed to our customers and we have adapted and will continue to adapt as things are always changing, said Blake Conwell, Field Operations Manager. “As long as we are able to provide the same great service to our customers in a safe responsible manner, we are going to do that day in and day out! 

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Hydraulic Cylinder Bench Added to Gainesville Store

July 16, 2020 at 2:08 PMRing Power

Addition of larger hydraulic cylinder bench serves the needs of Alachua County and surrounding areas 

 

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, has installed a Tuxco HCS-40 Hydraulic Cylinder Servicer at its Gainesville branch to better serve Gainesville customers hydraulic cylinder repair needs. 

The new hydraulic repair bench is capable of repairing cylinders up to 27 feet long, 22 inches in diameter. With its massive 40,000 lb-ft of torque force, disassembling and reassembling hydraulic cylinders is easier than ever. 

 

 

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"The new Gainesville hydraulic repair bench will allow hydraulic cylinder repairs to be completed quickly and efficiently, said Dan Jung, Hydraulic Support Consultant. "Instead of having to be sent to an offsite location, hydraulic cylinder repairs can now be completed onsite at the Gainesville hydraulic repair shop -- saving customer's time and money"


Ring Power's Hydraulic Shop is North and Central Florida's source for all hydraulic repairs. Its Florida hydraulic specialists rebuild cylinders of all makes and models of machines and construction equipment. 

Don’t let hydraulic cylinder problems sideline your operations. Give Ring Power's Central Florida Hydraulic Shop a call at 904-481-6734!

 

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Ring Power Sends Customer to Compete in Cat Operator Challenge

January 6, 2020 at 12:17 PMRing Power

On a crisp day in Clayton, North Carolina, local Operator Challenge winners from across the country came together for a single purpose—to crush their North American competition. 

Kenny Billings, equipment operator at Cypress Gulf, represented Ring Power at the North American Regional Finals on October 24.

Billings, who won the Ring Power Operator Challenge this summer, was accompanied by Ring Power demo operator Blake Conwell during the event. Conwell coached him on a couple events prior to the Regional Finals, getting together at the Tampa branch to practice running some of the Cat Next Gen machines he would be operating in North Carolina.

“I met a lot of nice, world-class operators and made a lot of new friends,” Billings said. “Blake was great. It was a great experience overall. I really enjoyed it.”

Billings admitted that even though they had practiced plenty, the challenges at the regional finals proved to be pretty tough, even for a 38-year veteran operator like himself. But Billings is always up for a challenge.

“They were a little tougher than I expected,” Billings said. “But any Cat equipment out there I can operate.” While Billings had an excellent showing in all events, he ranked 10th overall in the competition.

Events at the regional finals included:

• Trenching Challenge — Operators used a Cat excavator to dig a trench with Grade with 2D Grade technology.

• Fully Loaded Challenge — Operators used a Cat wheel loader with production measurement technology to accurately load a target.

• Easy Doze It Challenge — Operators used a Cat dozer blade and steering while working through a course.

• Control To A Tee Challenge — Operators used a Cat mini excavator to “tee off” a golf ball then navigate a course and place the ball in a hole.

“With the Trenching Challenge, my trench was good and straight, and I was on grade,” Billings said. “The Easy Doze It course was hard, but I had the least penalties on that one. The mini excavator golf tee was very difficult!”

Billings said the event was a great way to indulge in his competitive side. He’s already looking forward to the potential of another Operator Challenge next year.

“I hope they continue to do these,” Billings said. “I’ll be at every one. These Next Gen Cats are awesome.”

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Heavy Equipment Techs Attend D6 XE Training

December 17, 2019 at 9:15 AMRing Power

In October, Ring Power’s training department conducted a training class in Ocala, Florida on the new Cat® D6 XE Track-Type Tractor. This was a chance for Heavy Equipment (HE) Service Technicians to learn all about the world’s first world’s first high drive electric drive dozer. Pictured L-R: Tyler Grissom (Tallahassee HE FS Tech II), Travis Thomas (Lake City HE Service Tech II), Alex Daugherty (Ocala HE Service Tech II, Steve Bourn (Tampa HE Service Tech I), Noland Lashinski (WCC Technical Communicator), Tyler Vickery (Ocala HE FS Tech II), Steve Smith (Lakeland HE FS Tech II), Buck Reed (Orlando HE FS Tech II), Clyde Rogers (Tampa Training Instructor).  On equipment: Chris Clardy (Pecan Park HE FS Tech II), Joel Hindmarsh (WCC HE FS Tech I). Not pictured: Nate Cournoyer, Mike Lundquist, Josh Watson.

The electric drive system starts with a Cat C9.3B engine. Instead of powering a torque converter, the engine drives a generator that turns the mechanical engine power into electricity. Instead of a transmission, an electric motor powers the final drives. A power inverter is connected to both the generator and the motor by heavy-duty power cables and connectors, and this inverter controls the flow of electricity between the two components.

The electric motor can operate at all ground speeds, ensuring the dozer is always operating at the most efficient point possible. The electric drive components are fully sealed against the environment and liquid cooled, so the whole system performs efficiently and reliably in the most demanding dozer applications. Like a traditional powershift transmission in a high drive dozer, the D6 XE Electric Drive power train is completely modular, so internal components can be accessed quickly and efficiently.

The new D6 XE with Electric Drive offers up to 35 percent better fuel efficiency; class-leading maneuverability and power; almost 90 percent fewer rotating parts than a traditional power train — which generates less heat and aids serviceability and component life.

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Cat Operator Challenge Puts Operators to the Test

July 9, 2019 at 10:29 AMRing Power

Equipment operators from across Ring Power’s North & Central Florida territory descended on Ring Power’s Riverview branch Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20, to put their skills to the ultimate test.  

Operators competed in a range of Cat earthmoving equipmentand tasks. Each performance was scored based on speed, accuracy and operating best practice. 

A total of 38 operators competed during the two-day event.

Challenges included:

Load Me Up

Operators were tasked with loading three passes with a 972M XE onto a 730 Articulated Truck.

Watch Your Weight

A test of speed and productivity. Using Cat Production Management (CPM) on the 323 Next Gen Excavator, operators loaded a 725 Articulated Truck.

Stay on Track

Operators used a 299D2 to compete an obstacle course and a series of skills tests.

The Grand Prize Winner was determined by calculating the contestants’ scores for both days.

The operator with the best average score was named the winner and was awarded $500 and a Cat cooler.

Winners

FIRST PLACE  

Name: Theodoros Fetsis

Company: AAA

 

SECOND PLACE 

Name: Kenny Billings

Company: Cypress Gulf

 

THIRD PLACE

Name: Mike Meyers

Company: City of Lakeland

The local event champion will advance to the North American Regional Finals in Clayton, North Carolina, October 21-25, 2019. Theodoros Fetsis is unable to travel to the event, therefore Kenny Billings will represent Ring Power in the Regional Finals.

The Regional champions will then advance to compete against operators from around the world, 23 countries, at the Global Finals at ConExpo, Las Vegas, NV in 2020!

See all of the contestants here. 

 

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Chris Zeras Appointed to Board of Directors

May 29, 2019 at 10:15 AMRing Power

At the Ring Power Board of Directors meeting April 16, Chris Zeras was named Senior Vice President, New Sales - Heavy Equipment Division and elected to the Ring Power Board of Directors.  

In his 21 years with Ring Power, Zeras has worked as a sales coordinator and account manager for the Cat Rental Store, and as a heavy equipment salesperson. He has earned numerous sales awards, including Central Florida Top Rental Producer, Account Manager of the Year, and Top Revenue Producer.

 

In addition to Zeras' appointment to the Board, the following were appointed new officers at the April meeting:

Dylan McCandless - Vice President – South Regional Sales Manager/Heavy Equipment Division

James Scarpo - Vice President – Tampa Branch Manager

Matt Session - Vice President – Orlando Branch Manager

 

 

 

 


About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 56 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

 

 

 

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“Gear Up” Event Showcases Game-Changing Equipment

May 21, 2019 at 10:07 AMRing Power

More than 100 customers came out to the Orlando branch April 25, eager to learn about the features and benefits of Next Generation Cat® machines. 

Three Next Gen excavator models — the 323,330 and 336 were among the machines highlighted at the event. Attendees learned how new machine technology offers up to 45 percent increased productivity, 25 percent reduced fuel consumption, and 12 percent reduced maintenance costs.  Customers had the chance to get into the operator’s seat to experience the new machines for themselves.

A Cat 623K Scraper was also on hand for the event. Caterpillar is the only company to manufacture this size scraper. The machine is equipped with load assist, and is available for purchase or rent.

Customers also had the chance to see a D5 dozer equipped with Trimble Earthworks. Trimble GNSS receivers have now been moved from the blade to the cab. This new setup improves safety by eliminating the need for operators to be on blade to mount and dismount the receivers.

In addition to showcasing new equipment, the demo event featured a service expo for customers to learn more about what our service departments offer.

A handful of lucky customers left the demo event with one of several prizes given away.

Prizes included:

A fishing excursion aboard the Ring Leader

Feed Your Crew: Food and drinks for up to 40 people

One-week excavator rental

50” TV

Cat Cooler

Cat Bluetooth speaker

Monster Jam tickets

Gear Up Events are planned for Tampa and St. Augustine in the Fall.

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Changes to Heavy Equipment Management Team

April 12, 2019 at 10:58 AMRing Power

Chris Zeras

Ring Power Executive Vice President of Sales, Kevin Robbins, has announced the promotion of Chris Zeras to Vice President of New Sales - Heavy Equipment Division. He replaces Tim Maguire, who retired last month.   

In his 21 years with Ring Power, Zeras has worked as a sales coordinator and account manager for the Cat Rental Store, and as a heavy equipment salesperson. He has earned numerous sales awards, including Central Florida Top Rental Producer, Account Manager of the Year, and Top Revenue Producer. He most recently held the position of Heavy Equipment Sales Manager – Central Florida.

 As Vice President of Sales, Zeras will oversee all new heavy equipment sales responsibilities in Ring Power’s North and Central Florida territory.

 “I’m excited to take on this additional responsibility and look forward to working with additional team members in our northern territory,” Zeras said.

Dylan McCandless

Dylan McCandless replaces Zeras as Heavy Equipment Sales Manager – Central Florida. 

Since joining Ring Power in 2004, McCandless has held positions of increasing responsibility, including, Cat Rental Store sales coordinator, account manager, and heavy equipment salesperson. Since 2014, he has served as sales manager for the Tampa branch.

James Scarpo

James Scarpo replaces McCandless as Tampa Branch Manager.  

Scarpo previously worked for Rozier Machinery, joining Ring Power following its acquisition of Rozier in 1986. During his career with the company, he has worked as a gate attendant, rental coordinator, heavy equipment salesperson, and assistant used equipment manager. Since 1991, Scarpo has worked as a heavy equipment salesperson for Tampa.

Matt Sessions

Matt Sessions will take on the role of Orlando Branch Manager. Sessions joined Ring Power in 1998 as a sales coordinator for the Cat Rental Store in Jacksonville. He later worked as an account manager in Tallahassee and Mulberry. Since 2007, Sessions has worked as a heavy equipment salesperson for Orlando. 

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 57 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

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Ring Power to Sell and Service Full Line of Thunder Creek Fuel and Service Trailers

November 12, 2018 at 10:25 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation today announced it has reached an agreement with Thunder Creek Equipment to become the official distributor of Thunder Creek products in 44 counties in north and central Florida.  

Ring Power will sell and service Thunder Creek’s full line of products, including its Multi-Tank Trailers (MTTs) and Service and Lube Trailers (SLTs).

Thunder Creek is a leader in off-road maintenance solutions for road and bridge construction. This includes the first solution that allows contractors to legally transport bulk diesel without a CDL or HAZMAT—the MTT trailer. The company is also at the forefront of mobile and stationary solutions for delivering quality DEF in off-road environments, as well as service and lube trailers that eliminate the need for larger and more costly service trucks.

“Thunder Creek is an innovator in the areas of off-road equipment service and fluid handling,” said Tim Maguire, senior vice president – director of heavy equipment new sales.  “Fleet managers and contractors who value quality manufacturing, as well as premium fluid management, distribution and disposal systems, will see the value and protection that Thunder Creek brings to their high-horsepower, engine-driven equipment.” 

“The state of Florida represents a strong construction market, and we wanted to partner with an established equipment dealer known for its excellent product offering and service organization,” says Luke Van Wyk, vice president - Sales, Thunder Creek Equipment. “Florida, like many states, is also challenged with finding skilled labor — our service solutions make it easier for contractors to stay ahead of schedule and keep their heavy equipment running.” 

About Ring Power Corporation

 

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 56 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

 

About Thunder Creek

 

Based in Pella, Iowa, Thunder Creek Equipment is a leading manufacturer of fuel and service trailers. For more information on the entire line of Thunder Creek solutions, visit www.thundercreek.com.

 

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