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Hyster-Yale Group and Capacity Trucks to develop electric, automation-ready terminal tractors

Capacity Trucks Inc.
Capacity Trucks Inc.

Greenville, N.C. (Dec. 14, 2020) – Hyster-Yale Group and Capacity Trucks are joining forces to address growing demand for environmentally sustainable terminal tractor solutions in port, terminal and distribution center markets. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to co-develop electric and hydrogen-powered terminal tractors with automation-ready capabilities. Initial prototypes are targeted to be available in 2021 for market testing.

The collaboration leverages each company’s product expertise in the global material handling solutions market, bringing together Capacity’s robust terminal truck platform and Hyster-Yale Group’s vast experience in lift truck electric powertrain technology and hydrogen fuel cell technology developed by its subsidiary company, Nuvera. VDL Automated Vehicles, a subsidiary of VDL Groep BV, is designated as the preferred integration partner and supplier for automation.

“We are working closely with our customers to achieve their zero-emissions goals and responding to their needs with the most robust electric and hydrogen fuel cell solutions through this strategic partnership with Hyster-Yale,” says Ryan Rockafellow, Vice President and General Manager, Capacity Trucks. “Together our companies bring best-in-class capabilities to provide and help our customers adapt to a changing marketplace with advanced technology.”

Hyster-Yale Group Inc.
Hyster-Yale Group Inc.

The agreement includes exclusive manufacturing and supply provisions, with units branded separately as either Capacity® or Hyster® – one of Hyster-Yale Group’s industry-leading forklift truck brands with an established presence in port, rail terminal and distribution center environments. In addition to co-developing products, the partnership is also designed to capitalize on the companies’ combined sales, distribution and service capabilities through their existing dealer networks and corporate sales teams.

“Partnering with Capacity enables us to leverage our investment in electrification and automation solutions to better serve our customers as a more comprehensive resource,” says David Leblanc, Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Business Development, Hyster-Yale Group. “We look forward to putting our combined power to work.”

Company Contact:
Jeremy Cayton
Hyster-Yale Group

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Dan Gauss

Hyster-Yale Group
5875 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 300
Cleveland, Ohio 44124-4069

About Hyster-Yale Group
Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names. Hyster-Yale Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 7,600 people world-wide.

About Capacity Trucks
Capacity began in 1974, and over the past 45+ years, they’ve set the standard in what customers look for in a durable and hardworking yard truck. Now a part of the REV Group family of specialty vehicles (NYSE: REVG), customers will find Capacity Trucks in the busiest ports, rail terminals, and warehouse/distribution centers throughout the world. Known for superb design, innovative engineering, durability, and a customer-focused culture, Capacity’s reputation for service has also grown with an ever-expanding network of dedicated dealers.

Truck Accessories Group Announces Opening of New Production Facility

Elkhart, IN, December 05, 2020 — Citing a need for expanded capacity, a substantial growth in business and a continued dedication to its customer base, Truck Accessories Group (TAG) announces the planned opening of a fifth fiberglass cap manufacturing facility.

Truck Accessories Group, LLC
Truck Accessories Group, LLC

“This is an important new chapter in the evolution and success of our company and the industry as a whole,” said John Aleva, Truck Accessories Group President. “Over the past year, we have recognized a growing demand for capacity. That, along with a thriving Fleet vehicle market and increased interest in specialized projects within the automotive industry made this the right time to extend our capabilities.”

According to Aleva, the new facility, located in Mexico, is consistent with TAG’s strategy to apply business continuity thinking and advanced production technology in order to provide manufacturing solutions. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to begin production in early 2021.

He added, “Our goal is to strengthen production quality and improve our employee’s work-life balance while shortening lead times and readying ourselves to meet anticipated market needs. We believe that these necessary and significant investments in the business now will help solidify our position within the industry, and addressing capacity allows us to create room for growth and provide continued employees with balance and opportunities,” said Aleva.

About Truck Accessories Group
Truck Accessories Group, LLC (TAG) is a collection of companies that make it North America’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fiberglass and aluminum truck caps and tonneau covers. These recreational and commercial/fleet products include LEER, SnugTop, Century, Pace Edwards by LEER, and BedSlide brands. With corporate headquarters in Elkhart, IN, TAG also has manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, and California and has more than 1,750 independent dealers across North America. For more information on LEER, SnugTop, Century, Pace Edwards by LEER, or BedSlide products, go to,,, or or call Stacey Harris at 574-850-4260.

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Bystronic Introduces ByTube 130 Tube Laser Cutting Machine

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Dec. 2, 2020 — With the ByTube 130, Bystronic is introducing a new laser cutting system that offers fabricators and manufacturers an easy entry into tube processing, a growing manufacturing market with a bright future.

With the new ByTube 130 laser cutting system, job shops can now gain access to new customer groups. After all, the fields of application for tubes are very diverse: from the automotive and construction industries right through to furniture, machine, and equipment manufacturers. Exploiting this market potential is critical to success in the metal processing business.

The ByTube 130 is the optimal solution for sheet metal processing companies that want to expand their capabilities. The automated system reduces the need for manual interventions, making entry into the field of tube processing particularly easy. Since 85 percent of the market potential lies in the small tube segment, the ByTube 130 is geared toward the processing of tubes with diameters between 3/8 and 5 inches and workpiece lengths up to 28 feet. The machine has a loading capacity of 11 pounds per foot. Since 2D cutting accounts for 90 percent of the market, the 2D cutting head can process a large number of customer orders.

Fiber laser ensures speed and flexibility

The ability to process a wide range of material types and thicknesses offers users the flexibility required to manage a diverse range of orders. A growing number of fabricators and manufacturers are discovering laser cutting as an alternative to the two separate processes of sawing and drilling. The Fiber laser performs both simultaneously – and considerably faster. Thanks to clean cutting edges, deburring is also a thing of the past.

State-of-the-art sheet metal processing is not possible without high-performance software. The powerful Bystronic ByVision Tube user interface is highly intuitive. Even entry-level users without extensive experience can immediately operate the ByTube 130.

About Bystronic Inc.
Bystronic is a worldwide supplier of high-quality press brakes, laser cutting systems, automation, and software for the economical processing of sheet metal and tubes. Bystronic stands for reliability, high-performance innovation, an outstanding price-performance ratio, and user-friendly operation. The focus is on the automation of the complete material and data flow of the sheet metal cutting and bending process chain. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Elgin, IL. Offices are also located in Toronto, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico.  For more information on Bystronic Inc., visit, or to contact by e-mail,