Trailer Body Builders en Ridewell Unveils Factory-Integrated Air Tank for RSS-233 Suspensions <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ridewell Suspensions now offers a pre-plumbed, factory-integrated air tank kit option for the self-steering RSS-233 8K, 10K, and 13K suspension systems.</p> <p>The integrated tank only requires a connection to the primary air supply, regulated air supply (30-120 psi), and service brake control line to complete vehicle installation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:20:00 +0000 56021 at USPS Awards Spartan Motors' Utilimaster Prototype Contract for NGDV Program <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS) business unit &mdash; which encompasses the Utilimaster go-to-market brand&mdash;received an award from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to build fully functional prototypes for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program. The NGDV Program is a part of the Postal Service&#39;s test and evaluation process undertaken as part of its plans to replace its aging delivery fleet.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:56:00 +0000 56011 at EU Commercial Vehicle Market Increases for 20th Straight Month <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased 31.8% in August thanks to a strong uplift in the van segment, marking the 20th consecutive month of growth, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers&#39; Association (ACEA).</p> <p>Growth was sustained across all major markets, especially in Italy (+105.9%), Germany (+42.6%), Spain (+19.5%), and France (+16.8%). Overall, 150,425 new commercial vehicles were registered in the EU.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:54:00 +0000 56001 at Buyers Products CEO Kleinman Dies <div class="node-body article-body"><p>James &ldquo;Jim&rdquo; Kleinman, CEO and patriarch of Buyers Products Company, passed away suddenly on Sept. 15.</p> <p>After his service in the United States Army, &nbsp;Kleinman entered the construction business and then joined his uncle at Buyers Products in 1964.&nbsp; Kleinman was responsible for travelling throughout North America, establishing and servicing customers in all 50 states, which he continued to do well into the 1980s.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:52:00 +0000 55991 at Navistar Ready for Product Sharing With VW <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As soon as Volkswagen Truck and Bus&rsquo; <a href="" target="_blank">investment deal</a> in <a href="" target="_blank" title="Keyword link list">Navistar</a> closes, teams from both companies &ldquo;will sit down to go through the product portfolios of both from A to Z,&rdquo; according to Troy Clark, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Keyword link list">Navistar</a> president and CEO.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:51:00 +0000 55981 at Class 8 Orders Hit Three-Month High in August: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Class 8 net orders rose to a three-month high of 14,200 in August, aided in part by cancellations, which fell to a 33-month low, according to the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co. (ACT).</p> <p>Seasonally adjusted, Class 8 orders were the best since March at 16,000 units. Medium-duty net orders were up m/m, totaling 17,100 units, in-line with the order trend in place since April.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:03:00 +0000 55971 at Rudy’s Keynote Appearance Canceled at The Work Truck Show <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Daniel &ldquo;Rudy&rdquo; Ruettiger, the real-life inspiration behind the hit movie &ldquo;Rudy,&rdquo; has been removed as keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2017 because of a scheduling conflict.</p> <p><br /> In the coming weeks, the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) will announce a new keynote speaker for the President&#39;s Breakfast.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:01:00 +0000 55961 at VT Hackney Receives USPS’ Prototype Contract for NGDV <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The United States Postal Service has provided notification that VT Hackney is one of a select group of companies awarded a prototype contract under the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I speak for everyone at VT Hackney in expressing our excitement in continuing the goal to develop and manufacture the next generation delivery vehicle for the most recognizable work truck in the world,&rdquo; says General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO of VT Systems, parent company to VT Hackney.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:59:00 +0000 55951 at ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 5.7% in August <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 5.7% in August, following a 2.1% decline during July.</p> <p>In August, the index equaled 141.8 (2000=100), up from 134.2 in July. The all-time high was 144 in February. Compared with August 2015, the SA index rose 5.9%, the largest year-over-year gain since May also 5.9%. In July, the year-over-year increase was 0.2%. Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2015, tonnage was up 3.5%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats News Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:32:00 +0000 55941 at Wabash to offer new composite technology in North America <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank"><org idsrc="" value="NYSE:WNC">Wabash National Corporation</org></a>&nbsp;(NYSE:WNC) has signed an agreement with&nbsp;<org>EconCore N.V.</org> to bring EconCore&rsquo;s patented honeycomb core production technology to North America.<org idsrc="" value="NYSE:WNC">&nbsp; The agreement gives&nbsp;</org>Wabash exclusive rights to manufacture and sell certain honeycomb sandwich material configuration</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:24:00 +0000 55931 at Customers order 14,000 trailers in August <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Trailer manufacturers received net orders for 14,000 trailers in August, according to a report compiled by FTR.</p> <p>August net trailer orders were up 48% from July.&nbsp; Despite the increase, orders were down 48% compared with August 2015.&nbsp; Order activity was moderately above expectations, as dry van orders and flatbeds rebounded from a weak July.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailer Output Market Stats News Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:43:00 +0000 55921 at Study identifies fleet preferences on parts, service <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have teamed up to publish a report focusing on how fleets use their vehicles, how they service and repair&nbsp;them, and how they purchase parts for them.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats News Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:00 +0000 55911 at Wabash names new president <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Wabash National Corporation&nbsp;(NYSE:WNC) has appointed&nbsp;Brent Yeagy&nbsp;as president and chief operating officer. &nbsp;Yeagy also was named to the company&rsquo;s board of directors of the corporation. Both appointments are effective October 1.</p> <p>Dick Gioromini will continue to serve as Wabash chief executive officer and will remain on the Wabash board of directors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:17:00 +0000 55901 at Sales of F-650, F-750 surpass all of 2015 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It has taken Ford only eight months to sell more F-650 and F-750 trucks than it did for all of 2015.</p> <p>The truck manufacturer sold 10,160 of the all-new medium-duty trucks, up 59% percent year-over-year through August. It marked the best year-to-date sales total for Ford&rsquo;s largest trucks since August 1997.</p> <p>The redesigned F-650 and F-750 trucks rolled off the line at Ford&rsquo;s Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland for the first time in August 2015. Ford shifted production to Ohio from Mexico in 2015 and invested $168 million in the Ohio plant.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:25:00 +0000 55891 at What’s happening in the trailer market? <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A strong van trailer segment is helping the trailer industry outperform the truck market, according to Don Ake, vice-president, commercial vehicles for FTR.&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, Ake said he expects trailer sales eventually to weaken further and more closely align with tractor sales, which is typical. Vocational trailers already have done so.&nbsp; Ake recommended that people in the trailer business pay close attention to Class 8 truck sales, particularly those selling vocational trailers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:01:00 +0000 55881 at New location for Freightliner dealer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Transteck, Inc., a Freightliner dealership with 13 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, is expanding to a 50,000 square foot facility on 7.75 acres in Elkton, Maryland.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Our company is growing at a rapid pace and we&rsquo;re excited to be able to have this opportunity to service some of our current customers, as well as future customers, over a wider area,&quot; said Larry Hufford, Dealer Principal of Transteck.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:37:00 +0000 55871 at Truck Sales Graphs August 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Review truck sales figures from the month of August 2016 for trucks with GVWR over 10,000 lb. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:16:00 +0000 55861 at HDMA to Host HD Dialogue 2016 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Heavy Duty Dialogue 2016, presented by The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will be held in Phoenix, AZ, at the Arizona Biltmore on November 9, 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>Heavy Duty Dialogue&#39;16 (HDD&#39;16) is an exceptional business conference developed specifically for executives in the global and domestic, on-highway commercial vehicle industry. The HDD&rsquo;16 program will address several key strategic areas within the Global Market for the Commercial Vehicle Industry, including:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:10:00 +0000 55851 at Gin-Cor Industries recognized as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Gin-Cor Industries, a truck equipment distributor and manufacturer based in Mattawa, Ontario, has been named one of Canada&rsquo;s fastest growing companies for the second consecutive year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gin-Cor Industries made the 2016 PROFIT 500 with five-year revenue growth of 134%, putting it in the 370th spot on Canada&#39;s PROFIT 500, a list of the 500 fastest growing businesses in Canada.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies Distributors, Upfitters News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:56:00 +0000 55841 at ACT reports growth in freight <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The nation&rsquo;s trucks hauled more freight in August, according to ACT Research, the third time in the past four months that the company has reported an increase in its freight volume index.</p> <p>The recent shift to positive in this metric since May suggests that if conditions are not exactly improving at this point, they have at least stopped getting worse. Prior to May, 14 of the preceding 15 &ldquo;net capacity&rdquo; readings were negative. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:53:00 +0000 55831 at Commercial truck sales strengthen in August <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sales of Class 3-8 trucks rose 8% in August when compared with July, according to figures compiled by WardsAuto.</p> <p>The increase, however, was not enough to match the 65,925 Class 3-8 trucks that dealers sold during August 2015.&nbsp; Sales were off 8% from last year&rsquo;s exceptionally high levels.</p> <p>Class 8 sales were down 26% from a year ago, offsetting a 10% increase in Class 6 sales and an 8% gain for Class 7.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:07:00 +0000 55821 at Karmak Acquires ADAM Systems <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Karmak, Inc. has acquired ADAM Systems based in Spanish Fort, Alabama.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:02:00 +0000 55811 at Ridewell Unveils Low-Ride-Height Trailer Suspensions <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ridewell Suspensions has released two low-mount trailer suspensions to complement its RAR-266 product family.</p> <p>One of the suspensions is rated at 20,000 pounds, while the other has a capacity of 25,000 pounds.&nbsp; Both systems are available in drum or disc brake axle configurations with standard or&nbsp;custom axle widths.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:41:00 +0000 55801 at Lights out: NTEA forced to pull plug on conference <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The National Truck Equipment Association was forced to cancel the annual Truck Product Conference following a power outage at the hotel where the event was to take place.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:04:00 +0000 55791 at Photos: TTMA convention costume parties <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 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:34:00 +0000 55781 at Jack Foate dies <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Jack Foate, formerly director of purchasing for Utility Trailer Manufacturing, died September 4 after a three-year battle with cancer. &nbsp;He was 77.<br /> Foate spent his entire career with Utility. &nbsp;He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irene; three daughters; a son; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. For details on funeral services, click <a href=";pid=181348055#sthash.tYovodu4.dpuf">here</a>.</p> </div> News Fri, 09 Sep 2016 18:07:00 +0000 55771 at Longer trailers safe, clean, says British research <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A pilot program commissioned by the British Department of Transport (DfT) indicates longer trailers provide safety and environmental benefits.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:03:00 +0000 55761 at Orders for Medium-Duty Trucks rebound in August <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Truck customers placed orders for 16.900 new Classes 5-7 vehicles in August, according to preliminary figures compiled by ACT Research.&nbsp; Final August numbers will be published in mid-September.</p> <p>&ldquo;Moving past the seasonally soft early summer, Classes 5-7 orders rebounded to a three-month high 16,900 units in August,&rdquo; said Kenny Vieth, ACT&rsquo;s president and senior analyst.</p> <p>Despite the increase, however, orders failed to reach year-ago levels for a third time in the past four months.&nbsp; They were down 5% from August 2015.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:51:00 +0000 55751 at Doonan Develops New Coil Trailer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Doonan Specialized Trailer, LLC has designed and manufactured a new &lsquo;Series 2&rsquo; V-channel trough flatbed coil haul trailer for special loading applications where coils cannot be transferred into and from a recessed trailer well, but still require safe securement on the flatbed.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market Trailers Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:23:00 +0000 55741 at Rising Rates Hide Fundamental Weakness of Container Segment: Xeneta <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Xeneta, a global benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight, believes the container ship sector remains mired in troubled waters, despite a recent rate rise on key east-west trades.</p> <p>This positive swing, it says, belies an industry still suffering from weak demand, increased void sailings and devastated profit margins.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:39:00 +0000 55731 at