On the Web

Staff | September 28, 2010

Manitou has launched its new website at www.manitou.com. Access to any old web addresses will automatically be directed to the new site for the United States. The MNA dealer section can be accessed on the U.S. site by selecting MNA Dealer Only Area on the distributor pulldown menu or it can be accessed directly by going to www.mnadealers.com. The website provides a global view of the Manitou Group while providing specific information on Manitou North America and its products.

Website, www.MEPSurplus.com, offers contractors an easy way to buy/sell surplus mechanical, electrical and plumbing inventory online. Contractors visit the site, where they subscribe as either a buyer, or a buyer/seller. Once a contractor is verified, that contractor is given unlimited access to the site for an entire year. The buy-only package for this site is free with no obligation or hidden fees. Contractors who have purchased or upgraded to the buyer/seller package can post their surplus items for sale, looking to turn those items back into cash. Buyers often find items they need at discounted prices and the selection is always changing. Typical items include: HVACR parts and equipment, pipefitting materials and equipment, metal-forming equipment, electrical and plumbing items, ductwork, sheetmetal products, office equipment, and business vehicles. Exclusively for use by contractors, whether residential, commercial or industrial, currently, first-time subscribers to www.MEPSurplus.com receive a 15-month subscription for the price of a 12-month subscription if they purchase the buyer/seller package. Contractors interested in buying can register and search the entire site for free. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, MEP Surplus was founded in 2006 to meet the needs of fellow contractors.

Link It Software Corporation announced that its web-based maintenance tracking software, EZ Maintenance Web (www.ezm-web.com), offers six account types designed to provide access to economical, online maintenance software to companies of any size or requirement. DZ Maintenance Web enables users to track and schedule preventative maintenance and control inventory for any type of equipment or vehicles in unlimited numbers from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Some key features include online maintenance and tracking, online work orders, e-mail alerts, and accounting.

Construction subcontractors that want to comply with the letter and spirit of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by disclosing a code of ethics to their clients have a new tool at their disposal. The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) has approved the "Model Code of Ethics for a Construction Subcontractor," a document available for download from ASA's website at www.asaonline.com. The code contains language that subcontractors can adapt to address 11 areas of ethical concern: competition, qualifications, standards of practice, conflicts of interest, public safety, service providers and suppliers, employees, public information, compliance with laws, image of the construction industry, and internal procedures. To help subcontractors tailor the model language to their needs, the code contains fields where subcontractors can enter their company names. ASA's model code contains language that would be useful to any business developing a code of ethics, but the code also addresses ethical concerns specific to the construction industry, such as language addressing bid shopping and bid peddling, the ability to perform contracts, jobsite safety and working conditions, and prompt payment of service providers and suppliers as well as the industry's image. ASA amplifies the voice of and leads trade contractors to improve the business environment for the construction industry.

Highway Equipment Company, manufacturer of highway maintenance equipment, multipurpose agricultural spreaders and road building equipment, has launched a redesigned website at www.highwayequipment.com. The new site provides a comprehensive overview of the company and Hi-Way, New Leader and Flow Boy product lines. Homepage features easy navigation into individual sites for each product line including authorized dealers who sell and service Highway's products, easy access to information about company history, career opportunities and latest news. Authorized dealers will also have access to protected information such as pricing, service bulletins, software downloads, operator's manuals, and marketing materials.

McLaughlin Group Inc. has introduced a new website at www.mightymole.com. The site is easily navigated by a minimum of mouse clicks and all pages are interactive with one another. In-depth news articles touching on unique applications in the underground industry is included as well as five distinct product classifications including Augers, Moleing, Locators, Attachments, and Vacuums. Downloadable PDF files are available for the Auger Boring and Moleing Tools Catalogs and a file is also available to help customers locate the nearest Vermeer® dealer to assist with information and sales of the complete line of vacuum excavators and accessories as well as key personnel, coverage areas and phone numbers. A Dealer Resource Section, accessed by name and password, is available to authorized McLaughlin dealers, and offers sales and marketing tools and machine and parts breakdowns for individual units.