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12 posts categorized "Crenlo news"

March 01, 2013

Crenlo + Space and Naval Warfare Systems contract

Rochester's manufacturer, Crenlo, has been awarded a federal contract by The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which is part of the U.S. Navy.
I don't know a lot about it. It looks to be for customized cabinets under Crenlo's Emcor brand. The cabinets are slated to be used in a moderization project at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans. 
Navy_SPAWAR_LogoSPAWAR (which always makes me think of Spa War, like Liliac Wellness and Healing Touch fighting on some battlefield somewhere. Heh) has a long relationship with Mayo Clinic.
For many years, the Special Purpose Processor Development Group in the Mayo Support Center has had a contract with SPAWAR to develop/test electronics, some which are used with missiles.
Hhhmmm... Just noticed that contract was renewed last year for $28.4 million and it runs through 2017. Think I need to follow that up one of these days.
Anyway, back to Crenlo, I spotted a posting about its contract on the Federal Business Opportunities website from Feb. 27. Here's some of that:

The SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, New Orleans Office intends to award a firm fixed price purchase order for the items on the attached document. Manufacturer-Crenlo.

CrenlotruckNo other product will be accepted. Brand name only - an equal product will not be accepted. This is a Small Business Set-Aside only. No electronic or hard copy Request for Quote (RFQ) will be prepared or made available for distribution.


Award will be made on an all or nothing basis. The Government will accept quotes from all responsible sources with the capability to provide the BRAND NAME product cited and will award a contract resulting from this RFQ to the responsible vendor whose offer conforms to the solicitation and is considered to be the Lowest Priced Technically Acceptable offer.

The part numbers must be the manufacturer's part numbers. The Crenlo cabinetry must conform to the critical design requirements of SSCLANT Drawing 29355-525209-01 (attached) and interface with the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Visual Information Display System (VIDS), Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch and Visual Communications System (VISCOM) equipment procured for the National Airspace Modernization at NAS JRB New Orleans.

Crenlo EMCOR has devloped custom mechanical interfaces for this equipment.

January 21, 2013

Crenlo laying off 17 workers

Crenlo, which employs more than 600 workers at two locations in Rochester, has announced the imminent layoff of 17 hourly employees, according to news reports.

Office-buildingCrenlo's last major layoff was in 2009, when it laid off 193 employees during a rough fiscal year. The company recalled more than 140 of the laid-off workers, though about 30 were later laid off again.

Crenlo, which has two plants in Rochester, is a manufacturer of steel frame cab enclosures and rollover structures for equipment in the construction, agriculture, and commercial equipment markets. It also produces a line of electronic equipment enclosures.

The company was founded in Rochester in 1951. It is owned by International Equipment Solutions, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners of New York City. That is the second owner since its local owners sold the company to an Illinois company, Dover Corp., in 1999.

June 04, 2012

Crenlo's owner buys a cab-maker in Brazil

The corporate owner of Crenlo, one of Rochester's largest manufacturers, has added a Brazilian firm that also makes cabs for heavy equipment to its portfolio.

International Equipment Solutions announced Monday that it acquired Brazil-based Siac do Brasil from SIAC S.p.A. of Bergamo, Italy. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

International Equipment, which is owned by KPS Capital Partners, Office-buildingdescribes Siac do Brasil as "the leading manufacturer of cab enclosures in Brazil."

KPS formed IES last year and used it to purchase Rochester-based Crenlo for $290 million, along with Paladin Brands of Iowa, from Dover Corp. Crenlo employs about 750 people here at two facilities. It makes cabs for construction and agriculture companies such as Caterpillar and John Deere, as well as electronic enclosures under the EMCOR brand.

Picking up this Brazilian company fits with the international strategy that KPS and IES announced last year.

"The acquisition of Siac do Brasil is a critical strategic step in the growth and globalization of IES," stated CEO Steve Andrews in Monday's press release. "The acquisition not only expands many of our current North American OEM supply partnerships into the Brazilian market, but further broadens our customer base as well. Additionally, the acquisition introduces IES as an important supplier in the rapidly growing Brazilian locomotive market."

Crenlo's president says this move is good for the local company, though it does not directly affect the Rochester operations.

"This is a positive development for Crenlo, as it broadens the overall cab enclosure business under IES to be more global in scope," says Dave Kilburn. "This acquisition will not have any unfavorable impact on either jobs or activity at Crenlo, as the acquired company only operates in Brazil."

He also commented that Crenlo is currently doing well and "has bounced back from some tougher times back in 2009."

Founded in Rochester in 1951, Crenlo was under the control of independent Minnesota owners for much its 60 years. It was acquired as a subsidiary by Dover Corp. in 1999.

September 29, 2011

$290M sale of Crenlo finalized

The sale of one of Rochester's largest manufacturers — Crenlo — became official today as a $290 million deal closed.

Crenlo employs about 650 to 680 people at two facilities.

Crenlotruck The new owners have said not how this sale could impact Rochester's workers, though local leaders called it a "positive development" when the sale was announced at the start of this month.

Dover Corp., the $5 billion Illinois-based conglomerate that owns Crenlo, sold the Rochester industrial cab and enclosure maker along with Paladin Brands of Iowa  to International Equipment Solutions, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners of New York City.

"We are pleased to announce the completion of the sale of Crenlo and Paladin," said Bob Livingston, Dover's president and CEO in a statement. "While both of these companies have strong market positions, their sale is an important step in Dover's long-term vision of strengthening the portfolio, improving margins and reducing our exposure to construction related end-markets. This transaction also provides additional financial capacity to continue Dover's expansion plans in our key growth spaces through both acquisitions and internal initiatives."

Founded in Rochester in 1951, Crenlo makes cabs for construction and agriculture companies such as Caterpillar and John Deere, as well as electronic enclosures under the EMCOR brand.

Crenlo, which was under the control of independent Minnesota owners for much its 60 years, was acquired as a subsidiary by Dover Corp. in 1999.

September 07, 2011

Rochester cab maker sold to NYC firm

Here's some from the piece I have in today's paper about the sale of Crenlo.

See the print edition for the full story.

A long-rumored sale of one of Rochester's largest manufacturers — Crenlo — was announced this morning.

6a00d83451cc8269e2014e86de6e87970d-250wi Crenlo employs about 650 people at two Rochester facilities that make industrial cabs and enclosures.

Dover Corp., the $5 billion Illinois-based conglomerate that owns Crenlo, announced that it's selling the cab and enclosure maker to International Equipment Solutions, an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners of New York City.

No financial details of the transaction were released. The deal is expected to close by the end of September.

6a00d83451cc8269e2013480be5c87970c-250wi Another Dover subsidiary, Paladin Brands of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is also being sold along with Crenlo.

"Crenlo and Paladin are outstanding companies with fine brands and people, however, these businesses are no longer aligned with our long term growth strategy. With this transaction we are better positioned to focus on and serve the key market sectors within Industrial Products," said Thomas Giacomini, the president and CEO of Dover Industrial Products.

No comment was available this morning from officials of Crenlo or of the United Auto Workers Union, which represents many Crenlo workers.

July 26, 2011

IBM's weather forecasting system gets rained on

Here's some from an interesting piece by William Pentland (who looks a lot like Thomas Dolby) on's Clean Beta energy blog.

Deep+thunder Basically, using utility giant Con Edison as his example, the piece calls the effectiveness of IBM's super-duper weather forecasting program called Deep Thunder. (Whoever names stuff at IBM must have a fun job. Heh)

I point this out mainly because a 2010 case study by IBM says at that time, Deep Thunder was running on an IBM System P server at the IBM Data Center in Rochester.

I wonder how KTTC's Randy Brock would fare in a head-to-head weather forecast cage match? I bet he'd do better than those guys did on Jeopardy! against IBM's Watson.

Anyway, here some from Pentland's piece:

Deep Thunder couples high-resolution weather forecasts with business processes to enhance operational planning and facilitate efficient and effective decision making processes. Or, as IBM puts it: “It is not about weather but integrating forecasts into decision making to optimize business processes.”

In 2001, a prototype was pioneered to provide 24-hour forecasts for the New York City area at 1 kilometer resolution twice daily. More recently, IBM has extended the Deep Thunder platform for forecasting local weather conditions in Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Baltimore and Washington D.C. and other metropolitan areas.


The big question for IBM is whether Deep Thunder delivers on its promise.  At least one high-profile customer, Consolidated Edison of New York, has concluded that it does not.

Here's what Con Ed said in 2008:

3650853-illustration-of-dark-cloud-icon-with-lightnings-underneath [Con Edison] has initiated a project with IBM to apply IBM’s Deep Thunder technology to the problem of forecasting weather-caused damage at a micro-geographic level. The goal . . . is to develop and integrate more precise weather forecasting capability into our emergency response management utilizing finer resolution forecasting models. The training of key operations and planning personnel commenced on June 1, 2008 and continues as the application is modified. The Deep Thunder forecasting model is being included as appropriate in operational decisions to continue to test against real time weather data for accuracy and refinement. We are now developing the specifications and implementation for specific customizations of the current Deep Thunder capability to enable the Company to evaluate “predicted” overhead system damage based on Deep Thunder enhanced weather forecasts.

Then this is a follow up report more than two years later:

“[i]nvestigation into integrating the Deep Thunder micro-weather modeling system with the STAR system determined that it is not feasible with the current software . . The [Deep Thunder] predictive model has proved to be no more accurate than the existing static matrix currently in use. The model’s usefulness is limited and no further modifications are anticipated.”

June 03, 2011

Crenlo for sale? Maybe

Is the conglomerate that owns a Rochester manufacturer looking to sell it off? Maybe.
A local anonymous call and international media reports based on unnamed sources say Dover Corp. has hired a firm to try to auction off Crenlo.

Crenlo's CEO Lance Fleming and the Dover headquarters in Illinois are making no statements to confirm or deny it.
Crenlo, which employs about 650 at two Rochester facilities, was reportedly abuzz Thursday with meetings. One employee told me staff members were told the company is looking for a buyer, but the employee did not want to be named.

The issue is arising just after Crenlo celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding in Rochester. It's unclear what a sale could mean for the Rochester workforce.
An article in the Financial Times says that the $5 billion Dover Corp. has hired Lazard Middle Market to sell Crenlo as well as two other industrial subsidiaries.

Citing two unnamed sources, the piece said work on auctioning off Crenlo, Texas Hydraulics and Paladin began a couple months ago.

 This is not the first time Crenlo has faced such a prospect.

Dover made a similar announcement in the fall of 2007. After 10 months with no suitable buyer, it pulled Crenlo off the market and re-committed itself to supporting the manufacturer.

March 21, 2011

Roch.'s Crenlo to get a new president

Crenlotruck One of Rochester's largest manufacturers will soon have a new leader.

Crenlo, which primarily makes cabs for construction and agriculture equipment as well as electronic enclosures under the EMCOR brand at two local facilities, announced Monday that a former executive has been hired as the company's president to replace the retiring President and CEO Lance Fleming.

Dave Kilburn, who worked as Crenlo's chief financial from 2001 to 2008, will report to Fleming  until his planned retirement in the third quarter of this year.
For the past several years, Kilburn has worked as the CFO of Atlas Pacific Engineering Co. in Pueblo, Colo. 6a00d83451cc8269e201287700289a970c-250wi

He and his wife, Cindy, are moving back to Rochester to take this position.

Crenlo currently has about 675 employees in Rochester. For much of its 60 years, the firm was under the control of independent Minnesota owners.

In 1999, Crenlo was acquired as a subsidiary by Illinois-based Dover Corp., a more than $5 billion publicly held multi-national, diversified, manufacturing conglomerate.

October 26, 2010

More on Crenlo/ Emcor's $200,000 fed contract

I chatted with Greg Wetzel, the general manager of Crenlo's Emcor division, about this Monday. 

Sounds like interesting things are in the works for Emcor. I think this a Rochester company worth keeping an eye on.

Here's my write-up about Crenlo/Emcor's latest federal contract. I mentioned this contract in an earlier posting on local contracts:

Emcor logo A new $200,852 contract with the U.S. Department of Defense is giving a Rochester manufacturer a little economic boost.

Crenlo Inc., which primarily makes cabs for construction and agriculture equipment, recently locked down the deal to sell more than 100 pilot consoles to the U.S. Air Education and Training Command at the Keesler Air Force Base Biloxi, Miss.

Emcor Enclosures, a division of Crenlo, makes the consoles.

Emcor2 While such a project is not unusual, Crenlo says this contract is larger — both in terms of dollar amount and number of units sold — than what the Defense Department typically awards for this type of project.

Emcor is not a major part of the Crenlo operation now. However, the company says it is moving ahead with "a strategic plan and vision to grow the Emcor business aggressively … "

Crenlo employs more than 600 people at its two Rochester facilities

May 13, 2010

Crenlo brings back majority of laid off workers

Here's some from my piece on Crenlo partially rebounding after a brutal 2009.The full piece is here on

Dhemoyeflro8jw51320108432 A Rochester manufacturer battered by a rough 2009 has recalled more than 140 laid-off workers to handle new contracts.Crenlo Inc., which makes cabs for construction and agriculture equipment, laid off 193 employees last year. At the end of April, fewer than 50 workers were still without jobs.

Currently, the two Rochester facilities are staffed with almost 600 employees.

"We're running everything. All the products we have are running at some levels," Crenlo CEO and President Lance Fleming said. "Of course, we're nowhere near being back to where we were in 2006, 2007 and 2008."

Driving this partial recovery are three new contracts for vehicle cabs and one for an enclosure product, all of which Crenlo landed during the last part of 2009.

One of the cab projects links the Rochester company with Dodge Center's McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing. Crenlo is making cabs for Autocar, which makes truck chassis; those chassis are used on McNeilus garbage trucks.