Trailer Body Builders en Wabash Making $100 Million Increase to Stock Repurchase Program <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Wabash National Corporation&nbsp;(NYSE:WNC) announced that its board of directors has authorized the company to repurchase up to an additional&nbsp;$100 million&nbsp;of its common stock over the next two years.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:54:00 +0000 59861 at EU Commercial Vehicle Market Increases 8% in January <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EU demand for new commercial vehicles grew 8.2% in the first month of the year, totaling 173,614 units, and was mostly driven by the light commercial vehicle segment, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers&#39; Association (ACEA).</p> <p>The EU&rsquo;s five largest markets all posted gains in January, with Spain (+23.8%), Italy (+11.4%) and France (+10.3%) recording the highest growth rates.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:01:00 +0000 59851 at Spartan Motors’ Net Income Up 151% in 2016 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) reported that net income improved $25.6 million, or 150.7%, to $8.6 million, in 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the fourth quarter, net income improved $10.4 million, or 110%, to $900,000, &nbsp;from a net loss of $9.5 million.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000 59841 at Peterbilt Names North American Dealer of the Year <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Peterbilt named The Peterbilt Store its North American Dealer of the Year for its outstanding fleet sales and support, excellent PACCAR MX engine sales and territory acquisition that increased their area of responsibility to a total of 15 locations in seven states.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:44:00 +0000 59831 at Felling to Offer Lifetime Limited Warranty <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Felling Trailers, Inc. is implementing a new Lifetime Limited Warranty on its trailers, effective March 1. The new warranty will apply to all new trailers built on or after the effective date in lieu of its previous offering of a five-year Structural Warranty.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Felling Trailers, Inc. our goal is to meet and exceed our customers&rsquo; expectations. Our Lifetime Limited Warranty vastly surpasses anything else in the marketplace,&rdquo; said Pat Jennissen, VP of Sales &amp; Marketing for Felling Trailers, Inc.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers News Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:43:00 +0000 59821 at Mickey Truck Bodies to Break Ground on New Plant <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mickey Truck Bodies is planning to break ground in March on a 20,000-square-foot liftgate installation facility on the 13-acre site the company purchased in 2015 from Pearson Furniture.</p> <p>The new facility, which is expected to be operational in July, will house a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation. The company expects to hire approximately 25 additional employees to handle the workload. Liftgates are one of the most popular accessories on Mickey&rsquo;s truck bodies. Mickey is an authorized installer for all major liftgate brands.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:50:00 +0000 59811 at January Trailer Orders Nearly Hit 33,000: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The trailer industry closed the first month of the year with orders up 92% year-over-year, however volume was still off 6% sequentially, as total net orders approached 33,000 units, according to ACT Research.</p> <p>Seasonal adjustment made January the best order month in the past 16.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:49:00 +0000 59801 at ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 2.9% in January <div class="node-body article-body"><p>American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.9% in January, following a 4.3% decrease during December.</p> <p>In January, the index equaled 138.8 (2000=100), up from 134.9 in December. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.</p> <p>Compared with January 2016, the SA index increased 2.6%. In December, the index fell 0.2% on a year-over-year basis. For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5%.</p> <p>ATA recently revised the seasonally adjusted index back five years as part of its annual revision.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:48:00 +0000 59791 at Doepker Adds Edmonton Trailer Manufacturing Product Line <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Doepker Industries Ltd. has added the Edmonton Trailer Manufacturing (ETM) product line to its portfolio. Dirk Woestenenk, previously General Manager at ETM, has joined the Doepker team as Heavy Haul Division Manager. The entire product line, including sliding tilt decks, low beds, crane dollies, jeeps, and boosters, will be manufactured and supported by Doepker and authorized distribution locations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailer Components News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000 59781 at West European Trailer Market Reaches Third-Highest Demand in 2016 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Last year featured the third-highest level of new trailer registrations ever, surpassed only by 2007 and 2008, according to consulting group CLEAR.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might look like good news for the trailer industry, and in fact it is. However, there was a distinct weakening of the market in the second half of the year and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain were all less buoyant markets at the end of the year than they were in mid-2016.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:45:00 +0000 59771 at Merritt Unveils New Gooseneck Trailer Series <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Merritt Trailers, Inc. is introducing for the 2018 model year a new series of gooseneck stock trailers. The new 8&rsquo; wide model comes in a variety of lengths and popular options so you can equip the trailer to suit your specific needs.</p> <p>The riveted side sheets, extruded aluminum side posts, gusseted rear corners and I-beam cross members provide an aluminum trailer designed for off-road use. Gravel roads and pastures don&rsquo;t have to be avoided with a Merritt stock trailer.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:41:00 +0000 59761 at Photos: TTMA conventions, more early 2000s <div class="node-body gallery-body"></div> Trailers Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:46:00 +0000 59681 at Vision Truck Group Named Mack’s 2016 North American Dealer of the Year <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mack Trucks named Vision Truck Group of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada its 2016 North American Dealer of the Year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vision Truck Group achieved 189 percent of its sales goal in 2016, while also achieving 25 percent market share in their region. Vision Truck Group also made significant investments in facilities, services and people and celebrated 50 years in business in 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000 59751 at Krone Updates Box Liner elTU5 Plus Series <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Krone has introduced a container chassis from the Box Liner eLTU5 Plus Series, which is also equipped with GenSet&mdash;a Carrier unit from the UG15l series that is equipped with a 189-l diesel tank, ensuring that the cold chain is not interrupted when the container is transported on the road.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:33:00 +0000 59741 at Rush Opens New Location in Farmington, New Mexico <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA and RUSHB) has opened Rush Truck Center&ndash;Farmington, a 14,000-square-foot facility with a parts showroom with an extensive parts inventory and eight service bays utilizing state-of-the-art technology.</p> <p>There are more than 100 Rush Truck Centers locations in 21 states, including three in New Mexico.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:32:00 +0000 59731 at Felling Trailers Unveils Advanced Design I Series <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Felling Trailers has released an advanced design for the I Series model line that incorporates additional standard features, structural strength, and ease of operator use. Along with this, the production processes of the I Series have become more streamlined, increasing efficiencies and reducing production time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Advanced Standard Specifications:</p> <p>&bull; Hitch Plate &ndash; The design of the hitch plate area has been simplified to reduce the number of welds needed in production, which adds integrity and strength in final construction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000 59721 at Class 8 Orders Hit 13-Month High in January: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Class 8 net orders jumped to a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, lending further support to the notion that Q2-Q3 2016 marked the bottom of the current cycle, according to ACT Research.</p> <p>A driver of renewed market strength has been an uptick in demand for vocational equipment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Orders for vocational equipment rose to a two-year high 8,500 units, or 38.5% of the month&rsquo;s intake,&rdquo; said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research President and Senior Analyst.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:26:00 +0000 59711 at Utilimaster Seeks Withdrawal from USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle 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;has stopped development on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a prime contractor in the functional prototype development project and has sought withdrawal from the USPS.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:22:00 +0000 59701 at Final Net Trailer Orders Up 86% in January at 32,800 Units: FTR <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR reports final January net trailer orders at 32,800 units, down 4% m/m but up 86% y/y.&nbsp;</p> <p>Orders were very strong for the third consecutive month and again exceeded expectations in January.&nbsp; Backlogs likewise jumped for the third straight month to very healthy levels.&nbsp; Dry van orders were very sturdy, up a huge 146% y/y, but reefers orders slowed, down 52% from December.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Market Stats News Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:51:00 +0000 59691 at Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Falls Slightly in February <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=unYrMNgTvxn7Vhk_4Xe5UkNe3GMdyDTDUxtjDx_d1cs&amp;m=CewDEvj3AzBR3cwzcXOYz9wRWK2Yq6GZ_du5T4wZAxU&amp;s=rYGnhQjEiskwKAPaHNE77zeWFginXMh7jtena-CSiDk&amp;e="><strong><span _22_3b__mso-fareast-language3a_en-us22_ms="">Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry</span></strong></a> (MCI-EFI) came in at 72.2 in February, leveling off after January&rsquo;s all-time high index of 73.4.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:49:00 +0000 59671 at Navistar Gives Diamond Status to Key Suppliers <div class="node-body article-body"><div> <p>Navistar recognized 34 top-performing suppliers with its annual Diamond Supplier Award. This select group, which represents the top two percent of the company&rsquo;s supply base, helped Navistar improve customer uptime and exceeded the performance expectations for quality, delivery, technology, and cost.</p></div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:09:00 +0000 59661 at Workhorse Electric Delivery Trucks Reaching 30 MPGe <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Workhorse Group Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles, announced that its <a href="" target="_blank">electric delivery truck models are achieving 30+ miles</a> per gallon equivalent (MPGe) during stop-and-go parcel, bakery, and uniform delivery routes. This is up to six times more fuel efficient than the typical 5-8 miles per gallon achieved by gasoline- or diesel-powered medium-duty trucks, according to the company.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:45:00 +0000 59651 at Ox Bodies Unveils Lightweight Steel Dump Body <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ox Bodies, Inc., a Truck Bodies and Equipment International Inc. (TBEI) company, has introduced its TrailMaker dump body, which is constructed of carbon steel that offers the weight of aluminum, making it up to 35 percent lighter than standard Ox Bodies dump bodies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:10:00 +0000 59641 at Spartan Opens New Cargo Van and Fleet Upfit Facility in Kansas City <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Spartan&nbsp;Fleet Vehicles and Services, a business unit of <a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=TRIf0eJDtlo7d1jsZb1YNukihX4606Hlr8-bQmSJ5vE&amp;s=3PCaqCkPx4z_6IrrSX78qc1pl6ZtSEoSjJt8Aw9AqEw&amp;e=" target="_blank">Sp</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Distributors, Upfitters News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:09:00 +0000 59631 at TODCO 60th Anniversary Features Contest to Find Oldest Working Door <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To help celebrate 60 years in business, TODCO is searching for the oldest TODCO roll-up door that is still in operation and on the road today.&nbsp;</p> <p>The winner will receive a check for $1,000 and a new TODCO door in exchange for the original door so it can be placed on display in TODCO&rsquo;s R &amp; D department.&nbsp;Please email photos, door serial number and contact information to <a href=""></a> by July 31.&nbsp; The winner will be announced and contacted by August 31.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:06:00 +0000 59621 at Badger Truck Equipment Named Wisconsin Dealer for Schmidt Snow and Ice Equipment <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Badger Truck Equipment (BTE) has been named the exclusive Wisconsin dealer for Schmidt Snow and Ice Equipment. BTE has installed and deployed two Schmidt Stratos spreader units on vehicles for Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Distributors, Upfitters News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:20:00 +0000 59611 at Fleets on Solid Ground for 2017: Survey <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The quarterly Fleet Sentiment survey conducted in early January by CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR) indicates that truck fleets are on solid ground entering 2017.&nbsp;The majority of measures covered by the survey, show either positive Q/Q or Y/Y comparisons.</p> <p>Fleets participating in the Q1 2017 survey operate more than 40,000 medium and heavy duty trucks (primarily Class 8) and 90,000 trailers.&nbsp; They represent a varied mix of fleet demographics.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Key results from the survey include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:18:00 +0000 59601 at Ford Investing $1 Billion in Company to Make Self-Driving Cars <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ford is <a href="">committ</a>ing to the future of self-driving cars by investing $1 billion in a new artificial intelligence (AI) company, according to WIRED magazine.</p> <p>The investment will be spread over five years into <a href="">Argo AI</a>, a startup based in Pittsburgh, with engineering hubs in southeastern Michigan and the Bay Area of California. The firm includes staff from Carnegie Mellon University, which has helped develop self-driving vehicles for both Uber and Google.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:16:00 +0000 59591 at Truck Sales Graphs January 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Review truck sales figures from the month of January 2017 for trucks with GVWR over 10,000 lb. These graphs were compiled using data supplied by Wards Communications.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:06:00 +0000 59581 at Medium and Heavy Truck Sales Down 2% in January <div class="field-byline"> By Rick Weber </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Medium and heavy truck sales were down 2% in January over the same period a year ago and down 33% from the previous month, according to figures compiled by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Wards Communications</strong></a>.</p> <p>Dealers sold 47,189 trucks with GVW ratings above 10,000 pounds during the month, down from January 2016 (47,964) and December 2016 (70,771).</p> <p>Compared with January 2016, Class 8 trucks were down 31% (10,944, compared to 15,949). Class 7 sales were 3,939, down 9% from 4,334.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:33:00 +0000 59571 at