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Kalmar Ottawa T2 - Operator Orientation 2015

Posted by Donald Robinson

Dec 9, 2015 3:54:27 PM

Louisville Switching places a lot of focus on the safety of anyone who comes into contact with one of the Ottawa Yard Trucks we sell or service. We all get in a rush to get a job done, but it's important to take a few minutes before each shift and give everything a once over inspection, with a few double-checks here and there.

Kalmar Ottawa Adds Four New Dealers to Network

Posted by Donald Robinson

Jul 9, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Kalmar Ottawa announced the addition of four new dealers to the North America network last month. Dealers in the network are committed to providing sales and product support to terminal tractor customers. Kalmar Ottawa believes these dealers are crucial to a successful business.

Introducing the New 2015 Ottawa T2

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 19, 2014 5:18:00 PM

The new year may be nine months away, but Kalmar Ottawa is rolling out the next generation of terminal tractors for 2015.

The Kalmar Ottawa T2 arrived in February after more than two years of in-depth research, creative thinking, and rigorous testing devoted to making the best tractor in the business even better and more suited to the needs of users in the next 10 to 15 years. The new yard tractor has been re-designed and re-engineered to provide superior performance, productivity, and serviceability.

Louisville Switching's Experience at the 2013 Mid America Truck Show

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 27, 2013 2:08:00 PM

This year's Mid America Truck Show was a tremendous success. Our brand new and spacious cab was on display. This cab is known as "The Skycab" and once you see it it will become apparent how this name was applied to this design. 

What to Expect from Louisville Switching at the 2013 Mid America Truck Show

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 14, 2013 12:56:00 PM

The Mid America Truck Show 2013 is shaping up to be spectacular this year. This is our 13th year in a row participating in the Truck Show! We will be manning the Kalmar/Ottawa booths with another dealer and also some OEM personnel. 

Certificate of Authenticity

Posted by Donald Robinson

May 22, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Many times when a business transaction is about to take place, the seller of an item will offer to provide a Certificate of Authenticity. This certificate offers some comfort to the buyer, and the buyer has some additional level of security in having the certificate. The seller should have no problem providing the certificate if everything is as the seller represents it to be. You would not want to purchase something of value if you were not sure of the credentials of the seller. This is good common sense.

What would happen if you attempted to acquire a Certificate of Authenticity from your yard truck supplier? This would be interesting and could go something like this:

You: “So how long have you been an Ottawa Dealer?”
Potential supplier: “Well we don’t really sell Ottawa Trucks. We are a Brand X dealer. Brand X is cheaper but it is a better truck at least according to our salesmen. The occasional use of used parts in the building of new trucks also holds down the cost. Don’t pay any attention to the resale value of a used Brand X truck. We don’t actually believe in the old myth of maximizing your ROI. Remember, we are cheaper.”

The question of Authenticity could also go like this:

You: “So do you actually make your living being a yard truck dealer?”
Potential supplier: “Well we are actually a trailer rental company but we dabble in yard trucks. We are the cheapest in town and it is because we don’t know what we are doing and we don’t have any parts. The reduced investment in parts and expertise helps to keep our pricing low.”

For this answer you could also substitute forklift dealer, class 8 dealer or wheeler dealer.

So if you get past the first two questions and you haven’t hung up yet, then try this question:

You: “How long have you been in this business?”
Potential supplier: “We have been doing this for 5 months but actually saw one of these trucks operating about 20 years ago and we have been thinking about it since then.”

Some of these scenarios make me think about the old TV commercial where a man took his car to a garage to get the transmission worked on, and when asked about the mechanic’s experience working on a transmission He replied, “I always wanted to work on one of these.”

Cheap works for some things but when you make your living with a piece of equipment, you want that equipment to be the best and provide maximum ROI. If cheap worked best for all situations then we would all be driving Yugos.

A trusting relationship with a long-term reputable Ottawa Dealer is your Certificate of Authenticity. You can count on that and you can count on us.

A Copier is a Xerox and a Spotter is an Ottawa

Posted by Donald Robinson

Apr 20, 2012 3:18:00 PM

Whenever you need to make a copy you Xerox the original. This is the common lingo that is used today in the business world. This is almost an expression of endearment. The copy machine that Xerox produced was superior in almost every way to all of the competing brands. Xerox dominated the market for this type of equipment. The impression that business people acquired over time was that your copy machine surely must be a Xerox, and, if it wasn’t, then it should have been a Xerox.

Pictures from the 2012 Mid America Truck Show

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 29, 2012 3:23:00 PM

Yesterday we published some of our thoughts and takeaways from the 2012 Mid America Truck Show. Today, we wanted to share some pictures from the event. Enjoy!

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