Kevin Jones

Kevin
Jones
Editor, Trailer-Body Builders,
Trailer-Body Builders
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Winter is coming
Economist Noël Perry offers a grim outlook for most companies that currently make their money from today’s supply chain: “The changes we are looking at over the next 15 years are coming faster than anybody thinks.” What’s so scary—and what can you do about it?
Details, details, details: Photos from NTEA Truck Product Conference
NOVI, MI. For upfitters, the development is in the details. And truck OEMs were more than willing and able to provide the latest on next year’s commercial vehicles here at the 2017 NTEA Truck Product Conference.
FTR forecast: Flatbed to pace trailer market in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS. North American Class 8 truck production will hit 300,000 units in 2018, a level seen only once in the past 10 years, according to the transportation equipment experts at FTR. In other forecasts presented at 2017 FTR Transportation Conference here this week, commercial vehicle trailer production will see a modest increase, paced by an improving flatbed market, while medium-duty truck production will mirror the U.S. economy, with slow but steady growth.
TGIV: R2D2 targets last-mile deliveries
Here’s an idea for trailer and truck body builders planning to capitalize on the opportunities offered by e-commerce and the evolving supply chain: Motherships to manage delivery robots.
EPA takes ‘big first step’ on trailer GHG review
The federal agencies responsible for implementing the next phase of heavy-duty fuel efficiency standards have notified the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association that the industry's concerns warrant a formal reconsideration of the regulation.
Cummins electric powertrain: 'Winning' for another 100 years
COLUMBUS, IN. Even with a centennial celebration upcoming, Cummins Inc. executives are focused on the next 100 years, as company leadership detailed in a series of presentations here August 29. The press event, dubbed “Now It All Changes,” culminated in the unveiling of the AEOS, a Class 7 tractor with full battery electric power.
Wabash buys Supreme

Looking to the e-commerce future of the supply chain, Wabash National Corp. and Supreme Industries announced Aug. 8 an agreement under which Wabash National would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Supreme in a cash tender offer for $21 per share, which represents an equity value of $364 million.

Extreme Trailers Pushes the Limits of Light
A pair of industry veterans decided they’d learned enough about building trailers to follow their own ideas—and dreams.
Drop me a line
Kevin Jones, Trailer-Body Builder’s new editor, introduces himself and outlines the opportunities and challenges for a journalist moving to a market about which he knows just enough to be dangerous.
Photos: Extreme Trailers
Photo gallery: Extreme Trailers put design, production ideas to the test
Crash test: Trailer side guard prevents underride at 40 mph
An aftermarket tractor-trailer side guard passed a strict safety test Tuesday, but while safety researchers see the demonstration as another step toward reducing underride fatalities, a trailer industry representative cautions that extensive real-world testing is needed before effective side guard standards can be established.
EPA takes ‘big first step’ on trailer GHG reconsideration
Maybe trailers shouldn’t be considered motor vehicles after all. The federal agencies responsible for implementing the next phase of heavy-duty fuel efficiency standards have decided the industry’s concerns warrant a formal reconsideration of the regulation. TTMA President Jeff Sims called the government’s decision “a big first step towards solving the entire issue.” But he cautions that the looming implementation date—and the associated uncertainty for trailer manufacturers and their customers—remains in place, at least for the time being.
Wabash CEO: Supreme deal a "game changer"
Following up on the announcement late Tuesday that Wabash National will purchase Supreme Industries for about $364 million, CEO Dick Giromini on Wednesday characterized the deal as “a perfect marriage” and “a game changer.” While the company emphasized the importance of responding to the supply chain demands of e-commerce, investment analysts suggest the real benefit to the purchase will be in greatly reducing Wabash’s dependence on the cyclical highway van trailer market.
Wabash to buy Supreme, looking to last-mile needs of trucking
Looking to the e-commerce future of the supply chain, a couple of North America’s largest transportation equipment companies are teaming up in a cash deal for about a third of a billion dollars. Wabash National Corporation and Supreme Industries, Inc. late Tuesday announced an agreement under which Wabash National would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Supreme in a cash tender offer for $21 per share.
Sauer retirement: Praise, best wishes for ‘Voice of the Industry’
Bruce Sauer bids final farwell after a 40-year career in the trailer-, truck body-building industry. We’ve collected a few words about Bruce from some folks who have worked with him.

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