BUYER BEWARE! SW2 wireless mobile column lift systems manufactured in France by Sefac S.A. and distributed in the U.S. by Sefac U.S.A. Inc.

BUYER BEWARE!
SW2 wireless mobile column lift systems manufactured in France by Sefac S.A. and distributed in the U.S. by Sefac U.S.A. Inc. are the subject of two patent infringement lawsuits brought by Gray Manufacturing Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In those lawsuits, Gray Manufacturing alleges that the SW2 lift systems and the use of those lift systems infringe U.S. Patent No. RE41,554, U.S. Patent No. 7,014,012, and the recently issued U.S. Patent No. 10,214,403. Gray Manufacturing intends to aggressively assert those patents against all infringers, including by bringing infringement actions against anyone who purchases and uses Sefac’s SW2 lift systems.

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Gray Manufacturing Co., Inc. Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against French company Sefac S.A. and its U.S. distributor Sefac USA Inc.

March 4, 2019

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Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics, announced today that it has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit against a French company Sefac S.A. and its U.S. distributor Sefac USA Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the lawsuit, Gray Manufacturing alleges that SW2.2 wireless mobile column lift systems manufactured by Sefac S.A. and distributed in the U.S. by Sefac USA and the use of those lift systems by customers infringe U.S. Patent No. 10,214,403.

“We filed the lawsuit shortly after our latest patent issued on February 26, 2019 and it supplements the prior lawsuit we brought against Sefac USA on October 17, 2017,” said Sterett “Stet” Schanze, president of Gray Manufacturing. “That prior lawsuit remains pending and involves earlier patents asserted against the SW2.2 lifts. Our patents are the result of substantial investments in research and development. We have an obligation to our customers, our stakeholders, and our existing licensees to continue to enforce these important patent rights as new patents issue. Purchasers of the SW2.2 lifts and systems should be aware of our desire to identify and bring suit against anyone who uses the SW2.2 mobile column lifts and systems in violation of our developing patent rights.”

About Gray Manufacturing
Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a family owned and operated business since 1952 located in St. Joseph, MO, specializing in manufacturing portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics. Gray Manufacturing is recognized around the world for providing high quality shop service equipment for the automotive, truck, and service vehicle industries.

Please direct questions to:
Sterett W. “Stet” Schanze
President
Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc.
3501 S. Leonard Road
St. Joseph, Missouri 64503
Phone: 816.233.6121
www.grayusa.com

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Maxima Agreement 2019

January 10, 2019

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Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling heavy duty lifting equipment for use by professional
mechanics, announced today that it has resolved its patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2016 against MIT Group and MIT Automobile, Inc. among others, doing business under the brand name “Maxima” and manufacturing and/or selling lifts under the brand name “Maxima”.

While MIT Group d/b/a “Maxima” denied liability to Gray, pursuant to the agreement, it agreed that it would not contest the validity and enforceability with the of Gray Manufacturing’s U.S. Patent No.
RE41,554 “Coordinated Lift System”; U.S. Patent No. 7,014,012 “Coordinated Lift System” and U.S. Patent No. 7,219,770 “Coordinated Lift System with User Selectable RF Channels” related
to wireless lifting devices. MIT Group d/b/a “Maxima” also agreed not to infringe the Gray patents.

Please direct questions to:

Sterett W. “Stet” Schanze
President
Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc.
3501 S. Leonard Road
St. Joseph, Missouri 64503
Phone: 816.233.6121
www.grayusa.com

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HEAVY DUTY LIFT INDUSTRY LEADERS ENTER AGREEMENT TO MUTUALLY LICENSE PATENTED TECHNOLOGIES

March 12, 2019

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Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., (Gray) and Vehicle Service Group, LLC (VSG) jointly announced today that they have entered an agreement to recognize the validity and enforceability of eleven (11) collectively held US patents. No more blacklist holders of patented technology. Additionally, they will share, through mutual licensing agreements, protected technologies so they may continue to bring their respective customers the best, most advanced lifting systems available in today’s marketplace.

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Gray Manufacturing Co., Inc. Files Canadian Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Gray Manufacturing Co., Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics, announced today that earlier this year it initiated a patent infringement claim in federal court in Canada against Service De Freins Montreal Ltd., Montreal Brakes Services Ltd. In the claim, Gray Manufacturing alleges, among other things, that the defendant violated Gray’s Canadian patent related to wireless lifting devices.

 

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Gray Manufacturing Co., Inc. Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics, announced today that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ARS Global Guiding, Inc., of Pasadena, California, Maxima USA, of Pasadena, California and the Chinese companies of Yantai Maxima Automobile Repair Equipment Manufacture Co., Ltd., Yantai Bantam Automobile Test & Repair Equipment Manufacture Co., Ltd., MIT Group / Maxima, and MIT Automobile, Inc. among other defendants.

A patent infringement claim in federal court in Canada against Service De Freins Montreal Ltd., Montreal Brakes Services Ltd.  In the claim, Gray Manufacturing alleges, among other, that the defendant violated Gray’s Canadian patent related to wireless lifting devices.
 

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Gray Launches Company Merchandise Web Store

Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics, announced today that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ARS Global Guiding, Inc., of Pasadena, California, Maxima USA, of Pasadena, California and the Chinese companies of Yantai Maxima Automobile Repair Equipment Manufacture Co., Ltd., Yantai Bantam Automobile Test & Repair Equipment Manufacture Co., Ltd., MIT Group / Maxima, and MIT Automobile, Inc. among other defendants.

A patent infringement claim in federal court in Canada against Service De Freins Montreal Ltd., Montreal Brakes Services Ltd. In the claim, Gray Manufacturing alleges that the defendant violated Gray’s Canadian patent related to wireless lifting devices. Gray company merchandise can now be purchased at  www.companycasuals.com/GrayManufacturing

Gray Manufacturing Recently Featured On “Spotlight On Industry”

We are sticklers about how products go out the door. We insist on testing each and every unit before it ships. We could eliminate this step to reduce our cost, but that would make us like other manufacturers…and we are not.

While the rest of the world is outsourcing and going overseas, we are committed to doing as much of our manufacturing ourselves as possible. The reasons are simple and sound. When we have control, we are in a better position to take care of our customers. We can prioritize manufacturing and inventory to match customer demands. Our success is tied directly to our ability to help leohamel.com san diego customers keep their shops running at peak efficiency. That means it’s imperative that we have the products they need on the shelf for timely delivery. Downtime is the enemy of our customers, so battling it is our chief objective.

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Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc. Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification

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Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc., a family owned and operated business in St. Joseph, Missouri, specializing in manufacturing and selling of portable lifting equipment for use by professional mechanics, is proud to announce Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc. has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard was developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and establishes an effective quality management program for manufacturing companies.  In Gray’s continuing commitment to excellence, this achievement will ensure that customers continue to receive the very best in quality and service.

Please direct questions to:

Kevin Murril, Manager of Quality & Safety

816-233-6121

kmurril@grayusa.com

 

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