Kendra Fritz

Assistant Director,
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
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Kendra Fritz is the Assistant Director at the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM). Kendra has been with NATM since 2011. She created NATM’s ISO 17020 Quality Management System and oversees the running of this system along with the Dealers Committed to Compliance and the membership program. In her current position she assists with governance, government affairs, finance and the NATM Compliance Verification Program as well as writes for Tracks magazine. Kendra is a graduate of Washburn University.

Are the Chinese dumping tires?

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers has been closely monitoring and providing comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce as it continues to investigate and determine whether tariffs should be applied to certain tires imported from China.  As discussed in presentations at the NATM Convention, the case is one which could have significant financial and logistical impacts on light and medium duty trailer manufacturers.  Throughout the process, NATM has maintained that specialty trailer tires should not be subject to the tariffs.

Having difficulties with height-adjustable couplers?
A customer inquired about variations between component manufacturers on their height-adjustable couplers. This individual rotated between a ball style and lunette eye adjustable coupler and was wondering how...
Weld Fatigue
The issue of weld fatigue has been an issue for manufacturers since the beginning of the age of industrialization, and while technology has advanced greatly in recent decades, welding fatigue continues to be the most common failure mode, particularly in frames for mobile equipment such as trailers. Currently, There are no federal regulations as to how ...
Tire Tariff – Preliminary Determination
On June 3, 2014 the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) received an antidumping and countervailing duty (CVD) petition alleging certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires produced in China were unfairly competing with domestically produced tires. In response, an investigation was ...
Used tires on new trailers
NATM receives frequent questions regarding the legality of installing used tires on new trailers. Trailer manufacturers and dealers should know this practice is illegal, per NHTSA regulation (49 C.F.R. § 571.120 S5.1.1), with one narrow exception. That exception ...

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