Trailer Body Builders en Growth Forecasted for Global Steel Demand <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even with the global steel sector crisis that prompted plant closures and job losses this past year, demand for global steel is set to grow in 2017, according to Crownia Holdings Ltd. (TSXV: CNH.V), a Chinese company that is a global specialty steel trader and distributor.</p> <p>The global steel sector is expected to grow 0.5 percent to 1.510 billion tonnes by 2017, said Phillip Sugarman, Crownia&rsquo;s vice president of media relations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:31:00 +0000 56751 at Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Shoots to Six-Month High <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Confidence in the equipment finance market is 56.0, an increase from the September index of 53.8, and the highest level since April despite continued concerns about the November elections, according to the <a href=";d=DQMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=rkB83OSwnABKyuZe7pbhQN57LRNDrzsUaYIstZ-lf_c&amp;s=iOj6I3FslzTB_4in3ExUCHD1Sx1qdxd6wttHmV0eKVc&amp;e="><strong>Equipment Leasing &amp; Finance Foundation</strong></a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:30:00 +0000 56741 at Great Dane to Exhibit at 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle Show <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Great Dane has committed to exhibit at the 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as at the 2019 and 2021 NACV Shows. Great Dane does not plan to return to the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) in 2017.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:12:00 +0000 56731 at Wabash Names River-Roads Sales & Leasing a Full-Service Authorized Dealer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>River-Roads is authorized to sell and service Wabash National dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, and Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers in St. Louis, &nbsp;mid-Missouri and Metro eastern Illinois.</p> <p>River-Roads is a full-service semi-trailer dealer that has been in business for over 55 years.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailer Dealers News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:11:00 +0000 56721 at East European Trailer Market Projected to Grow 5% in 2017 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The East European trailer market will grow by over 6% in 2016 and by almost 5% in 2017, according to CLEAR International&rsquo;s latest forecast.</p> <p>The figure for 2016 is considerably lower than was anticipated at the beginning of the year and the difference is mostly attributable to developments in Turkey.&nbsp;Political instability had already undermined business confidence in early 2016 and then in mid-year there was an attempted military coup. This has had a dire and worsening effect on business investment, resulting in 10,000 trailers being wiped from the forecast.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:09:00 +0000 56711 at Wabash Names New Senior Product Manager <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Wabash National Corporation&rsquo;s Tank Trailer business, which designs and manufactures Walker, Brenner, <span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Beall">Beall</span> and Bulk brand tank trailers, has appointed Gordon <span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Groshong">Groshong</span> to the new position of Senior Product Manager, Aluminum.</p> <p>He will be responsible for supporting the sales and product development of all aluminum products for Wabash National&rsquo;s Tank Trailer business.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:14:00 +0000 56701 at ATA Truck Tonnage Index Drops 5.8% in September <div class="node-body article-body"><p>American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted 5.8% in September, following a 5% rise during August (a slight downward revision from our press release last month). In September, the index equaled 132.7 (2000=100), down from 140.8 in August. The all-time high was 144 in February.</p> <p>Compared with September 2015, the SA index fell 0.7%, the first year-over-year decline since October 2015. In August, the year-over-year increase was 5.2%. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage was up 3%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:13:00 +0000 56691 at Utility’s Paragould, Arkansas, Manufacturing Plant Gets Safety Award from Liberty Mutual <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company</a> announced that its Paragould, Arkansas, manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Safety Commendation Award.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:12:00 +0000 56681 at Freight Index Rises Faster Than Capacity In September <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the fourth time in the past five months the freight index rose faster than the capacity index, according to the most recent ACT For-Hire Trucking Index from ACT Research Co., LLC (ACT).</p> <p>While the changes remain small, the data suggest that excess equipment additions relative to freight growth have come to an end, and the process of rebalancing capacity and freight is underway.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:53:00 +0000 56671 at Preliminary Trailer Orders at 12,950 for September: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ACT&rsquo;s preliminary estimate for U.S. net trailer orders for September is 12,950 units. The final September volumes will be available later this month.</p> <p>&ldquo;Season patterns, which are based upon historical trends, indicated industry net order volume could push to a double-digit sequential gain in September. Our preliminary estimate shows a much weaker order pace, with net orders down approximately 16% from August,&rdquo; said Frank Maly, ACT&rsquo;s Director CV Transportation Analysis &amp; Research.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:51:00 +0000 56661 at Schneider Hits Milestone in Company-Owned Chassis Network Implementation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Schneider has reached the milestone of purchasing its 15,000<sup>th</sup> intermodal container chassis in its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet. It is anticipated that full network implementation should be complete in 2017.</p> <p>Schneider began implementing its program in 2014 to improve chassis availability and reliability, two primary service constraints within the intermodal segment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:11:00 +0000 56651 at Mercedes-Benz’s Prototype Refrigerated Trucks Enter Market <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Two prototype Mercedes-Benz &ldquo;Urban Protoype&rdquo; Econic trucks are being leased via a contract hire agreement in the UK and have gone into service this week, making multi-drop deliveries to customers throughout London, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). They are the first of the German truckmaker&rsquo;s high-visibility models to feature refrigerated bodywork.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:10:00 +0000 56641 at Meritor Expands Wheel-End Portfolio with Opti-Lite Brake Drums <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Meritor (NYSE: MTOR) announced an expansion of its wheel-end portfolio to include Opti-Lite brake drums that offer cost-conscious aftermarket consumers a new lightweight drum option. The Opti-Lite drum is designed for linehaul and weight-sensitive applications such as tanker/trailer and freight.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:23:00 +0000 56631 at NTEA Recognizes 26 New and Requalified MVP Companies <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has recognized eight organizations that have distinguished themselves as Member Verification Program (MVP) companies during the quarter ending September 2016. In addition, 18 companies requalified for the program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:22:00 +0000 56621 at OSHA’s Final Rule Establishes Procedures For Handling Retaliation Complaints Under ACA <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a <a href=";d=DQMFAA&amp;c=H98lx</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:00 +0000 56611 at Utility Trailer Sales of Arizona Opens New Facility in Tolleson <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company</a> announced that Utility Trailer Sales of Arizona has opened its new full-service dealer location in Tolleson, Arizona.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Trailer Dealers News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:20:00 +0000 56601 at SEMA Offering Lincoln Electric Celebrity Seminars <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Specialty Equipment Market Association (<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="SEMA">SEMA</span>) has contracted with master builder and television personality Bryan Fuller and long-time educator and author Mark Prosser to team up to teach several seminars on welding and fabricating at their booth during SEMA&rsquo;s signature event Nov. 1&ndash;4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.</p> <p>Three options:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fabrication News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:18:00 +0000 56591 at U.S. Manufacturing Economy Expands for Sixth Straight Month <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The US manufacturing economy expanded in September for the sixth straight month as new orders, production and employment improved, according to a study by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) published by</p> <p>ISM said its PMI, which measures economic activity in manufacturing, was 51.5% last month after being 49.4% in August. A reading above 50% indicates expansion and below 50% contraction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:17:00 +0000 56581 at Valley Equipment Opens New Facility in Salisbury, New Brunswick <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company</a> announced that Valley Equipment, Ltd. has opened a new full-service dealer location in Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Trailer Dealers News Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:17:00 +0000 56571 at Heico Acquires Ancra Systems B.V. <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href=";d=DQMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=2lFGVcIdjEvGEun2SGVqciPtNlp3CjGOIEDtKtkMJIA&amp;s=rfLE-fvAMZCeMKMHwUqtwUUeI8ZYnTQC1Wp6otT9pbk&amp;e=">The Heico Companies LLC</a>, the parent holding company for Ancra International, Kinedyne, S-Line and Wistra, has acquired <a href=";d=DQMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=2lFGVcIdj</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Equipment News Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:01:00 +0000 56561 at Photos: TTMA conventions, early 1980s <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In celebration of TTMA&rsquo;s 75</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;anniversary, Trailer/Body Builders is having a &ldquo;reminiscing&rdquo; photo gallery. New &ldquo;old&rdquo; pictures of past&nbsp;</span>TTMA<span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;conventions will be posted. Join us down memory lane as new pictures will be added in future weeks.</span></p> </div> Trailer Dealers Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:35:00 +0000 56501 at Stoughton Parts Sales Breaks Ground on Warehouse Expansion <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Stoughton Parts Sales, a division of Stoughton Trailers, LLC, broke ground on a nearly 15,000-square-foot warehouse expansion of its facility, located at 1112 Veterans Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin.</p> <p>Stoughton Parts Sales is a full-line parts distribution center, providing trailers parts and accessories, along with safety products and shop supplies to the aftermarket trailer repair industry.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts Trailers News Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:22:00 +0000 56551 at Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5 Million for Clean Air Act Violations <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Detroit Diesel Corp. will pay $28.5 million in fines and pollution-reduction projects for violating the federal Clean Air Act, according to the Detroit Free Press.</p> <p>The company was cited by federal regulators for selling heavy-duty diesel engines that were not certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and did not meet emissions standards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:20:00 +0000 56541 at Schneider to Pursue IPO in 2017 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Schneider National, Inc. intends to pursue an initial public offering of common stock in 2017, subject to satisfactory market conditions. The objectives of the planned transaction are to facilitate continuity of controlling ownership of Schneider by the future generations of the Schneider family, while continuing forward with its long-standing, independent, and professional, corporate governance structure.</p> <p>This transaction will allow the company to continue its commitment to Wisconsin and the community, and to maintain and further investments in its long-term positioning.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:28:00 +0000 56531 at GMC Releases Sierra HD All Terrain X <div class="node-body article-body"><p>GMC introduced the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X, the most off-road-capable model in the Sierra HD lineup, and one that matches its enhanced capability with trail-ready style and the brand&rsquo;s signature refinement.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:27:00 +0000 56521 at Navistar, Meritor to Co-Brand Fleetrite Brake Shoes <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Navistar announced a new agreement with Meritor, Inc. to co-brand Premium Brake Shoe Kits offered through the Fleetrite heavy duty parts brand. The agreement covers approximately 50 part numbers that will be labeled Fleetrite Manufactured by Meritor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts Chassis News Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:26:00 +0000 56511 at Badger Truck Equipment, Casper’s Split <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Badger Truck Equipment (BTE) announced it will be moving forward as a separate entity from Casper&rsquo;s Truck Equipment Milwaukee, providing sales, installation, service and parts to truck equipment customers.</p> <p>Previously, Badger Truck Equipment had announced a strategic partnership with Casper&rsquo;s Truck Equipment. The goal was to work together to strategically provide truck equipment sales, service and installation for the Milwaukee Metro, Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois market area.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Equipment News Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000 56491 at Hi-Way Tailgate Spreader specifications <div class="field-deck"> Snow & Ice Control Guide 2017 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hi-Way Tailgate Spreader specifications 2017</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Snow & Ice Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:03:00 +0000 56481 at Medium-Duty Orders Up 19% from August: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In September, 20,400 Classes 5-7 net vehicle orders were booked, according to preliminary figures by ACT. Final August numbers will be published in mid-September.</p> <p>Preliminary numbers for Class 8 were released earlier this month at 13,900 units.</p> <p>&ldquo;Because of its limited exposure to the freight economy, the Classes 5-7 market continues to distinguish itself from the Class 8 market,&rdquo; said Steve Tam, ACT&rsquo;s Vice President.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:20:00 +0000 56471 at Boss Snowplow Hopper Spreader Specifications <div class="field-deck"> Snow & Ice Control Guide 2017 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Boss Snowplow Hopper Spreader Specifications 2017</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:34:00 +0000 13954 at