Trailer Body Builders http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/rss.xml en Convention Calendar June 2017 http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/convention-calendar-june-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Monthly listing of upcoming conventions for the trailer, truck, and body industry.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/convention-calendar-june-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/convention-calendar-june-2017#comments News Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:03:00 +0000 62941 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com People and Positions June 2017 http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/people-and-positions-june-2017 <div class="field-deck"> News and highlights of people in the truck, trailer manufacturing, marketing, and distribution industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Trailer/Body Builders' June 2017 news and highlights of people in the truck, trailer manufacturing, marketing, and distribution industry.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/people-and-positions-june-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/news/people-and-positions-june-2017#comments News Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:45:00 +0000 62931 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Engineers tackle key issues http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/engineers-tackle-key-issues <div class="node-body article-body">New twists continue to surface in the Phase 2 of greenhouse gas regulation developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. </div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/engineers-tackle-key-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/engineers-tackle-key-issues#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:19:00 +0000 62921 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com New trailer products, services http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-trailer-products-services <div class="node-body article-body">Fourteen TTMA associate members delivered news about their companies’ trailer-related products and services during the TTMA convention. Here are the 14 who offered an update:</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-trailer-products-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-trailer-products-services#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000 62901 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Make every convention count http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/make-every-convention-count <div class="node-body article-body">Dan Rengert, former president of TODCO and a long-time associates member of TTMA had some specific advice for those who are relatively new to the association</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/make-every-convention-count" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/make-every-convention-count#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:21:00 +0000 62891 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Evolution of the van trailer http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/evolution-van-trailer <div class="node-body article-body">From the beginning of trucking, change has continued to take place, pushing the usable envelope to deliver freight in the most efficient manner</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/evolution-van-trailer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/evolution-van-trailer#comments Trailers Truck Bodies Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:13:00 +0000 62881 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com The industry’s safest trailer plants http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/industry-s-safest-trailer-plants <div class="node-body article-body">Eight trailer plants were recognized for their outstanding safety records during the TTMA convention. The association gives awards based on a number of factors</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/industry-s-safest-trailer-plants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/industry-s-safest-trailer-plants#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:50:00 +0000 62861 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>Receiving TTMA Plant Safety Awards are David Hill, Wabash National Corporation; Bob Wahlin, Stoughton Trailers LLC; Mark Weber, Wabash National Corporation; Dale Jones (TTMA chairman), Timpte, Inc, Charles Dutil, Manac Trailers; Jacob Radish, Heil Trailer International; Dean Engelage, Great Dane Trailers; and Tom Anderson, LBT Inc.</p> Dry van market in ‘secular decline’ http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/dry-van-market-secular-decline <div class="field-deck"> Loads have shrunk in nine of past 14 years, driven by dramatic changes in product sizes, packaging revolution, digitalization of products </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A look at the dramatic shrinkage in the dry van market and how product sizes, packaging revolution, and digitalization of product have played a role in its decline</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/dry-van-market-secular-decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/dry-van-market-secular-decline#comments Truck Bodies Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:54:00 +0000 62841 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Photos: Universal Trailer new concept in multi-plant trailer production http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-universal-trailer-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production <div class="node-body gallery-body">Photo gallery of Universal Trailer's grand opening for its new hub March 24. Much like the commuter airlines do, trailer suppliers feed the new hub with the components required to produce trailers up to 24 feet long.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-universal-trailer-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-universal-trailer-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:17:00 +0000 62761 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Last mile delivery landscape http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/last-mile-delivery-landscape <div class="field-deck"> Dramatic growth in e-commerce is changing the way products are being shipped, which will alter the picture for trucks, trailers </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Last mile delivery is the movement of products from a transportation hub to the final delivery destination and is critical in today’s landscape because of the dramatic growth in e-commerce, which is expected to impact the truck and trailer industry in ways that</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/last-mile-delivery-landscape" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/last-mile-delivery-landscape#comments Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:13:00 +0000 62821 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Photos: TTMA 2017-2018 members and awards http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-ttma-2017-2018-members-and-awards <div class="node-body gallery-body">TTMA 2017-2018 awards and members that will be leading the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association during the next year.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-ttma-2017-2018-members-and-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/photos-ttma-2017-2018-members-and-awards#comments Trailer Output Trailers Truck Bodies Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:44:00 +0000 62811 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Life and death: TTMA grows up fast in WWII http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/life-and-death-ttma-grows-fast-wwii <div class="field-deck"> June 2017 Editorial </div> <div class="node-body article-body">We think we face challenges today. But imagine what trailer manufacturers were dealing with when they gathered together 75 years ago for the very first TTMA convention.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/life-and-death-ttma-grows-fast-wwii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/life-and-death-ttma-grows-fast-wwii#comments Trailers Truck Bodies Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:01:00 +0000 62751 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com TTMA celebrates 75th anniversary http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/ttma-celebrates-75th-anniversary <div class="node-body article-body">The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary and a listing of who will be leading TTMA 2017-2018</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/ttma-celebrates-75th-anniversary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/ttma-celebrates-75th-anniversary#comments Trailer Output Trailers Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:55:00 +0000 62801 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>The 2017-2018 TTMA executive committee and their wives: Gary Smith, Kentucky Trailer; Dan and Theresa Giles, Fontaine Trailer Company; Menno and Karen Eby, M. H. Eby Inc; Bob and Heather Wahlin, Stoughton Trailers LLC;, Dale and JoAnn Jones, Timpte Inc; Dick and Hilda Giromini, Wabash National Corporation; Lloyd and Yvonne Elias, Lode-King Industries.</p> Trucks and trucking news: E-commerce, automation, advanced safety systems http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/trucks-and-trucking-news-e-commerce-automation-advanced-safety-systems <div class="node-body article-body">From our corporate cousins over at FleetOwner.com, here’s a sampling of the week’s headlines from the trucking industry.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/trucks-and-trucking-news-e-commerce-automation-advanced-safety-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/trucks-and-trucking-news-e-commerce-automation-advanced-safety-systems#comments Trailers Truck Bodies Market Stats News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:57:00 +0000 62981 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>During a ride and drive event held in the shadow of New York City&rsquo;s Citi Field, Isuzu showed off its brand-new Class 6 FTR medium-duty cabover truck model, which the company believes is positioned perfectly to benefit from e-commerce driven growth in the delivery of goods to residential areas.</p> Eby plants awarded Ford drop-ship codes http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/eby-plants-awarded-ford-drop-ship-codes <div class="node-body article-body">Ford Motor Co. has awarded drop-ship codes to four Eby Truck Bodies facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and South Dakota. This allows Ford chassis dealers to ship chassis directly to Eby locations for installation of Eby aluminum bodies, which reduces the total cost to ship completed vehicles to fleets, Ford dealers, and end-users all over the country.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/eby-plants-awarded-ford-drop-ship-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/eby-plants-awarded-ford-drop-ship-codes#comments Truck Bodies News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:39:00 +0000 62971 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Purkeys: Liftgate charging systems maintenance for fewer road calls http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/purkeys-liftgate-charging-systems-maintenance-fewer-road-calls <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For commercial trucking fleets, break-downs and road calls due to dead or uncharged batteries are a costly issue that can cut into fleets&rsquo; profit margins and drivers&rsquo; accumulated hours of service.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/purkeys-liftgate-charging-systems-maintenance-fewer-road-calls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/purkeys-liftgate-charging-systems-maintenance-fewer-road-calls#comments Equipment & Parts News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:18:00 +0000 62961 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Product training: Muncie Power sets next session for August http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/product-training-muncie-power-sets-next-session-august <div class="node-body article-body">Muncie Power Products’ next Product and Application School will be held Aug.14- 17 at Muncie’s corporate offices in Muncie, IN.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/product-training-muncie-power-sets-next-session-august" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/product-training-muncie-power-sets-next-session-august#comments Equipment & Parts News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:38:00 +0000 62951 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Vehicle-to-vehicle communication: Message to truck manufacturers remains unclear http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/vehicle-vehicle-communication-message-truck-manufacturers-remains-unclear <div class="field-deck"> Expert addresses various myths and says timelines for truck platooning and independent operation are ‘ambitious’ </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NHTSA published a vehicle-to-vehicle communication Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require wireless communication technology on all new vehicles. Read the myths and implications for the trucking industry</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/vehicle-vehicle-communication-message-truck-manufacturers-remains-unclear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/vehicle-vehicle-communication-message-truck-manufacturers-remains-unclear#comments Trailer Output Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:10:00 +0000 62871 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Legislation filed to repeal FET—again http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-dealers/legislation-filed-repeal-fet-again <div class="field-byline"> Kevin Jones </div> <div class="field-deck"> Excise tax repeal might not get far without a plan to replace </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Congress is taking yet another swing at repealing the expensive and complicated federal excise tax (FET) on heavy-duty highway vehicles. But while truck, trailer, and equipment manufacturers and dealers, along with their customers, are all for doing away with the 12% charge and paperwork headaches, industry representatives are taking a wait-and-see attitude: Similar legislation came and went in 2010 and 2012, and more recent legislation has been aimed at simply making sure the tax doesn’t increase. </div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-dealers/legislation-filed-repeal-fet-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-dealers/legislation-filed-repeal-fet-again#comments Trailer Dealers Distributors, Upfitters News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:39:00 +0000 62831 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Schneider expands in Southwest with new Phoenix facility http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/schneider-expands-southwest-new-phoenix-facility <div class="node-body article-body">Truck transportation giant Schneider is set to open a new facility in Phoenix on Wednesday, responding to industry demand by significantly investing in the growing Southwest region—to say nothing of expanding the Schneider footprint in the backyard of some its its biggest competitors.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/schneider-expands-southwest-new-phoenix-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/schneider-expands-southwest-new-phoenix-facility#comments Trailers Chassis News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:47:00 +0000 62791 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Schneider Universal Trailer introduces a new concept in multi-plant trailer production http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/universal-trailer-introduces-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production <div class="field-deck"> Taking hub-and-spoke concept to new heights for efficiency </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Universal Trailer held a grand opening for its new hub March 24. Much like the commuter airlines do, trailer suppliers feed the new hub with the components required to produce trailers up to 24 feet long.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/universal-trailer-introduces-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailer-output/universal-trailer-introduces-new-concept-multi-plant-trailer-production#comments Trailer Output Trailers Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:32:00 +0000 62781 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>Universal Trailer held a grand opening of its 200,000-sq-ft plant in Bristol IN March 24. The facility marks a new way for Universal Trailer to produce light- and medium-duty trailers.</p> Industrial expansion ‘still going strong,’ ISA June report shows http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/industrial-expansion-still-going-strong-isa-june-report-shows <div class="node-body article-body">The June ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association showed that manufacturers and distributors experienced continued economic expansion in May.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/industrial-expansion-still-going-strong-isa-june-report-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/industrial-expansion-still-going-strong-isa-june-report-shows#comments Market Stats News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:25:00 +0000 62771 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>As opposed to April, when all three Indexes dropped, in May all three rose&mdash;ISM&rsquo;s PMI from 54.8 to 54.9, ISA&rsquo;s Manufacturers Index from 58.0 to 66.0 and the ISA&rsquo;s Distributor Index rose from 58.5 to 69.9. Thus, it appears that the economic expansion seems to be picking up some steam, says the June Economic Indicator Report.</p> Industrial Supply Association ACT: Dry vans, reefers boost May trailer production http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/act-dry-vans-reefers-boost-may-trailer-production <div class="node-body article-body">Facilitated by the additional build days, total trailer production was up 12% sequentially in May, and was 2% better than last year, according to the final tally by ACT Research.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/act-dry-vans-reefers-boost-may-trailer-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/act-dry-vans-reefers-boost-may-trailer-production#comments Trailers Market Stats News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:07:00 +0000 62741 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Extreme Trailer introduces X-Lite flatbed http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/new-market/extreme-trailer-introduces-x-lite-flatbed <div class="node-body article-body">Boasting an industry-best tare weight, Extreme Trailers LLC recently introduced its 7,200-pound, all-aluminum, patent-pending X-Lite flatbed trailer. The X-Lite represents a 1,600-pound differential when compared with others of its kind, according to the company, which manufacturers of commercial flatbed, drop deck, and dump semitrailers.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/new-market/extreme-trailer-introduces-x-lite-flatbed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/new-market/extreme-trailer-introduces-x-lite-flatbed#comments New to the Market Trailers News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:14:00 +0000 62731 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Air disc brakes: Hyundai Translead now offers Bendix ADB22X-LT http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/air-disc-brakes-hyundai-translead-now-offers-bendix-adb22x-lt <div class="node-body article-body">Aiming to provide its customers with trailers that combine the performance of air disc brakes with leading-edge weight-saving and maintenance advantages, Hyundai Translead now offers the Bendix ADB22X-LT from Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/air-disc-brakes-hyundai-translead-now-offers-bendix-adb22x-lt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/equipment-parts/air-disc-brakes-hyundai-translead-now-offers-bendix-adb22x-lt#comments Equipment & Parts News Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:01:00 +0000 62721 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Bendix ADB22X-LT New book highlights trailer history, importance http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-book-highlights-trailer-history-importance <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re a Trailer-Body Builders reader, then the chances are good you’ll be interested in a new book by a long-time veteran of the business. Truck by Trailer: The History of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry is being billed as the first book to recognize the truck trailer as a unique transportation vehicle.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-book-highlights-trailer-history-importance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/new-book-highlights-trailer-history-importance#comments Trailers News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:33:00 +0000 62711 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>The Fageol Cruise Liner was an idea that &ldquo;came and went&rdquo; in 1950. The &ldquo;trailer&rdquo; was produced by the Twin Coach Company (Kent, Ohio). This vehicle appeared in an advertisement that claimed it to be up to 8,000 lbs. lighter and 10 ft. shorter than a conventional tractor and semi-trailer. International Nickel Company supplied the 18-8 austenitic chromium stainless steel used in the body. A diesel engine was mounted under the &ldquo;cab.&rdquo; (From the book, <em>Truck by Trailer: The History of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry</em>)</p> Truck tonnage ‘snapped back’ in May, ATA reports http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/truck-tonnage-snapped-back-may-ata-reports <div class="node-body article-body">American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 6.5% in May, following a 1.5% decline during April. In May, the index equaled 144.1 (2000=100), up from 135.3 in April.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/truck-tonnage-snapped-back-may-ata-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/truck-tonnage-snapped-back-may-ata-reports#comments Market Stats News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:58:00 +0000 62701 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Rooftop solar: Estes, Dynamic Energy complete PA project http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/fabrication/rooftop-solar-estes-dynamic-energy-complete-pa-project <div class="node-body article-body">Estes Express Lines and Dynamic Energy, a turnkey solar project developer, have completed a 688 kW solar project on the roof of Estes' terminal in West Middlesex, PA. The system is expected to produce 777,400 kilowatt hours of power each year, which will offset 56% of the West Middlesex terminal's annual consumption.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/fabrication/rooftop-solar-estes-dynamic-energy-complete-pa-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/fabrication/rooftop-solar-estes-dynamic-energy-complete-pa-project#comments Fabrication News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:22:00 +0000 62691 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com CIMC Intermodal moves to expanded VA facility http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/cimc-intermodal-moves-expanded-va-facility <div class="node-body article-body">CIMC Intermodal Equipment has relocated and consolidated their Emporia, VA operations to a new 78,500 square foot facility designed to better serve their customer base on the eastern seaboard and in the Great Lakes and heartland regions. </div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/cimc-intermodal-moves-expanded-va-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/trailers/cimc-intermodal-moves-expanded-va-facility#comments Trailers News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:45:00 +0000 62681 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com CIMC FTR: Freight growth drives spot market surge, trucking improvement http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/ftr-freight-growth-drives-spot-market-surge-trucking-improvement <div class="node-body article-body">FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) bounced back to a reading of 7.03 in April, up more than four points from March. As detailed in the June issue of the Trucking Update, FTR expects industry conditions to improve despite current year-over-year weakness in contract pricing. Freight demand is moving higher as the industrial sector continues to improve with capacity tightening. </div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/ftr-freight-growth-drives-spot-market-surge-trucking-improvement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/market-stats/ftr-freight-growth-drives-spot-market-surge-trucking-improvement#comments Market Stats News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:25:00 +0000 62671 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com FTR graphic