PTC’s Sany America gets new chairman

Sany America's new chairman, Tim Frank. Photo/Sany America.

Tim Frank, a construction equipment executive with extensive global experience in sales, marketing, operations and product development, has been named chairman of Sany America Inc, headquartered in Peachtree City.

In this newly created position, Frank has overall responsibility for manufacturing, sales, marketing and support for all Sany equipment products in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. The appointment is effective immediately.

He comes in at a time of change for Sany’s new Peachtree City plant. In a restructuring of its global operations, Sany has refocused the $60 million Peachtree City plant from assembling concrete pumping equipment to putting together cranes.

The world leader in making concrete pumping equipment, Sany bought Germany’s Putzmeister in January and then moved assembly of concrete pump trucks from Georgia to an existing Putzmeister plant in Wisconsin.

“The 400,000-square-foot Georgia plant, which currently employs more than 120 people, will see a shift in its operations but no major changes to its employment figures,” according to a report in

The Peachtree City plant now is expected to become Sany’s “global crane center,” according to the report. “Sany sold $30 million worth of cranes last year through partnerships with nine dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Sany America hopes to double revenues in 2012.”

The new chairman has a strong background in excavators, another sector where Sany leads its home market but faces stiff competition as it expands around the world.

“Sany is a brand known for seeking strong growth through quality products and dedicated people,” said Liang Wengen, chairman of the board of Sany Group, based in Changsha, China. “Tim Frank’s vision, strategic thinking and record of accomplishment will serve Sany well as we grow our presence in the Americas. Tim knows what needs to be done to establish Sany as a market leader as it is in China and in other regions around the world. He will pursue this goal with vigor.”

Frank was most recently a consultant working on global strategic planning for the board of Sany Group in Shanghai, China. Prior, he was vice president of retail distribution and senior vice president of operations strategy and marketing at Volvo Construction Equipment, Asheville, N.C.

He also served at Volvo as vice president of sales and marketing, and vice president of excavators, helping to grow that company’s market share and profitability over the past eight years. Frank previously served in various global sales and marketing capacities at CNH Global and Caterpillar.

“Sany is the fastest growing construction equipment manufacturer in the world by a significant margin, with unprecedented results in China and other markets around the world. Most of North America is just now learning of this legacy of success and achievement,” Frank said.

“As I have grown to know Sany, it became obvious that something special was happening in this company. I am so excited to be a part of it. Construction contractors in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America will soon come to know Sany America for helping them get the job done in a competitive economy.”

Frank, 44, is a native of Peoria, Ill. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in history from Illinois State University.

Sany is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of hoisting equipment (crawler, truck, rough-terrain and all-terrain cranes), concrete machines (concrete pumps, mixer trucks and batching plants), road machinery (motor graders, rollers, pavers and asphalt batching plants), port equipment (container reach stackers, empty-container handlers, heavy forklifts and gantry cranes), excavators, rigid haul trucks, pile-driving machinery and wind turbines. Sany America Inc. sells, distributes and supports crawler cranes from 110 to 550 U.S. tons, rough-terrain cranes from 40 to 85 tons, hydraulic excavators from 7.5 to 33.5 tons, port reach stackers with maximum lift of 99,200 pounds, and empty-container handlers with maximum load of 19,850 pounds.

Sany America has an operations, assembly and research and development center in Peachtree City. For more information, visit

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SANY update

Sany, above, says the 400,000 sq. ft. warehouse is not going to increase the approximately 120 employees it has now. That's a lot of space for 120 people.

Or could it be a reaction to the prezbo stopping an"affiliate enterprise" of Sany, Ralls Corp., owned by 2 Sany executives, from building a wind turbines on land in Oregon right next to a naval site that tests highly sensitive US technology (drones)? Seems a lawsuit was filed last Oct. 1st in D.C., by Ralls (aka Sany). I can't find any more recent information than this below.

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