Kevin Jones

Editor, Trailer-Body Builders,
Trailer-Body Builders
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.
Detroit Connect: Flexible fleet telematics, analytics platform
​YOUNTVILLE, CA. Taking the next step in telematics, DTNA can now provide more vehicle data than ever before, along with a new service to “pre-analyze” and stream fleet-wide results measuring safety, uptime, fuel economy and performance—a suite of services designed to validate DTNA’s own truck performance claims and ease the “data overload” for customers, according a presentation to industry editors here. The Detroit Connect platform has also been designed to serve as a hub for the wide range of telematics services now available for commercial vehicle operations—trailer tracking, reefer monitoring, etc.—cutting telecom costs while offering third parties the opportunity to develop additional applications.

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