Rick Weber

Associate Editor,
Trailer/Body Builders

Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

‘Energy’ invigorates Work Truck Show
The Work Truck Show 2017 showed the ongoing evolution of the commercial truck industry displaying advances in electrification, diesel, gasoline, and advanced fuel powertrains, light-weighting, and even augmented reality and solar power. Here are the highlights.
NHTSA’s rearview camera requirements affect commercial vehicles, so make sure compliance is achieved and maintained
Wtih the second phase of compliance with FMVSS 111 now in effect, Steve Spata and Susan Dehne’s presentation, “FMVSS 111: How New Rearview Camera Requirements Affect Commercial Vehicles,”
Fleets and upfitters can forge valuable, consistent, efficient relationships if they set expectations and work together
NTEA asked Matt Stewart and Tony Gonzalez to join forces for a presentation, “Fleet Expectations for Electrical Wiring on Multi-Stage Work Trucks.”
Who doesn’t want to make more money?
Albert Bates lays out a plan to help companies devise a profit strategy for the future in his presentation, “Business Diversification for Long-Term Distributor Success.”
Technology—3D CAD, 3D scanning, 3D printing—is reducing costs, saving time, eliminating waste, and speeding up production
“Rapid Prototyping for Small and Mid-Sized Companies,” exploring the product development life cycle from design to manufacturing and its technologies.
Transforming the workforce
Brenda J Porter, VP of operations for Vanner Inc, discusses executing organizational change, making decisions, engaging employees, and creating alignment in her presentation, “Advantages of Deploying a Lean Workforce: Organizational Transformation.”
Shop of the Future
Truck equipment distributors and industry experts weigh in with their concepts of a dramatically different future with massive shop technology
With OE dealer gaining 4% share and independent garage losing 3% share, panel discusses where aftermarket is headed
Organizers of HDAD assembled a diverse panel to look at what’s happening with independent distributors losing share, OE dealers gaining share and trends going forward
With private brands carving out a meaningful segment of HD aftermarket, panel discusses what it all means
Private brands are an essential part of the strategy of parts sellers going forward. Find out what panelist have to say at this year's HDAD
Today’s fleet: what it needs
Stu MacKay and an assembled panel discuss the topic "Meeting the Parts and Service Needs of Today's Fleet" at this years HDAD
Aftermarket demand has risen 254% since 2010, and will remain strong through 2021
Emission-related components are the fastest-growing component in the aftermarket, an increase of 254%. Here are some examples of how dramatically the aftermarket landscape is changing
Annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue breaks down trends, outlook for truck and trailer parts business
AFTERMARKET analysts and business leaders participated in a day of insights into trends and outlooks for the commercial truck and trailer market
How to work alongside a robot
Here are some reasons to take a close look at why installing an industrial robot to take over grimy or monotonous work may not always be the answer.
Aftermarket product update
A look at some products introduced for OEMs as well as aftermarket applications at this year's Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2017.
‘Strong start’ predicted for 2017
Read why Dr Bob Dieli expects 2017’s Truckable Economic Activity to be a strong brew with copious consumption

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