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STURGEON BAY, WI (August 4, 2016) – Marine Travelift recently hosted a two-week distributor meeting and an on-site Service School for dealers and field service technicians at its manufacturing facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Both events benefitted distributors and service technicians alike by providing valuable information on industry innovations to further develop customer service abilities on a domestic and global scale.

The distributor meeting’s first week drew 11 international distributors from countries across the globe, from the Americas to Europe and Asia. The second week attracted 25 domestic and international distributors, from the United States, U.S. territories and Canada to Australia and New Zealand.

Sixteen dealers attended the Service School, hailing from Japan, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Not only were attendees able to attend a full-day hydraulics class, they also learned more about the Cummins T4 engines, wire rope, Hetronic wireless remotes, and innovations with the new Marine Travelift 85 BFMII mobile boat hoist, including the Parker IQAN system and remote login diagnostics.

That new 85-ton capacity machine was a major topic at the distributor meeting. In addition to IQAN, the new hoist also features a touchscreen dash in the operator cab for load readout and display, increased hydraulic operation speeds for higher capacity, and new industrial tires. What’s more, its tire width and wheel frame profile allows facilities to upgrade easily, as it can fit on a smaller machine’s current launching pier.

Another highlight: Marine Travelift’s new Hydro M_Drive forklift line, featuring hydrostatic transmission (currently used in the company’s mobile boat hoists) rather than geared transmission. In addition to the hydrostatic transmission, the Hydro M_Drive forklifts feature a new frame, a new drive control with rocker pedal so the operator doesn’t have to manually switch into forward and reverse, engine throttle control on the side of the seat for preselected RPM, and improved maintenance access.

“These are the two biggest advances in our hoist and forklift lines since I got involved with Marine Travelift in early 2013,” said Jack Anderson from the Norwell, Massachusetts-based Martin Walter Company. “The 85 BFMII not only fills a niche in our line, but it also has the engineering and design changes that will soon be part of the whole line. We now have a lot more to talk about. Also, the opportunity to see the huge changes in the forklift line was very valuable.”

Craig Lewis from Mechanicsville, Virginia-based Shul-Mar Equipment Inc. agreed that the 85 BFMII would fill a gap for customers who need the additional tonnage over their current 75 BFMII models along the East Coast, in the mid-Atlantic and around the world. He also observed that the Marine Travelift engineering team worked hard to develop the innovative new features and designs that will provide a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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