Trailer Body Builders en Photos: TTMA Conventions, more late 1990s <div class="node-body gallery-body"></div> Trailers Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:12:00 +0000 58981 at President Trump and the economy: Q&A with Noël Perry <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Has Donald Trump the candidate and president-elect written some campaign checks on the U.S. economy that President Trump can&rsquo;t cash? The odds&mdash;and history&mdash;say that he has very likely over-promised and will under-deliver, according to a transportation economist who, coincidentally, was a University of Pennsylvania classmate. But, basically, that makes Trump just like every other president. And that doesn&rsquo;t mean the Trump economic team won&rsquo;t try, or that White House policy won&rsquo;t have an impact on trucking.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:51:00 +0000 58991 at Wide Base 385 Steer Tires Offered on Kenworth T370 with Upper Axle Ratings <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The popular Kenworth T370 just became even more versatile thanks to the availability of wide base tires for applications requiring up to 20,000-pound front axle ratings.</p> <p>Available in 385/65R22.5 sizes, from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin, the tires were previously available only on all-wheel drive T370 steer axles with ratings up to 16,000 pounds.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:13:00 +0000 58971 at EPA's Emissions 'Cheating' Allegations Untrue, FCA Says <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has denied that certain of its model year 2014-2016 <a href="">Ram</a> 1500 pickups and Jeep Cherokee SUVs with diesel engines violate emissions requirements. The automaker&#39;s response came promptly yesterday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the violation notice it sent FCA.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:12:00 +0000 58961 at Class 8 Sales Hit Six-Month High in December: ACT <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Class 8 retail sales firmed into the end of 2016 in seasonal fashion, rising to a six-month high of 21,281 units sold in December, and bringing the full-year sales total to 249,952 units, according to ACT.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:10:00 +0000 58951 at GM to Invest $1 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing Operations <div class="node-body article-body"><p>General Motors announced that it will invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations. These investments follow $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion GM has invested in its U.S. operations since 2009.</p> <p>The new investments cover multiple new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects. A combination of 1,500 new and retained jobs are tied to the new investments. Details of individual projects will be announced throughout the year.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:47:00 +0000 58941 at ISA Manufacturer Index in Growth Mode <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The January ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association showed that manufacturers and distributors finished the year in growth mode.</p> <p>The ISA Manufacturer Index decreased to 58.0 in December from 61.4 in November. Meanwhile, the ISA Distributor Index increased to 54.6 in December from 53.5 in November.</p> <p>For each index, a reading above 50% indicates expansion, while a reading below 50% indicates contraction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:46:00 +0000 58931 at Morgan Introduces ProscapeVan for Landscapers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Morgan Corporation has launched new ProscapeVan, designed specifically to meet the needs of today&rsquo;s lawn, landscape and nursery professionals.</p> <p>The new ProscapeVan makes it easy to transport, protect and secure nearly everything that the professional landscaper uses to perform his or her job and service, and offers unique features that enable easier and more efficient landscape operations while at the same time keeping those valuable tools of the trade safe, secure, and out of the weather.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New to the Market News Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:44:00 +0000 58921 at Mack Partners with NYC Department of Sanitation, Oberon Fuels for DME Truck Demo <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In collaboration with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks has begun a demonstration to test the performance of a Dimethyl Ether (DME)-powered Mack Pinnacle model. DSNY is the first Mack customer to evaluate DME, a non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:48:00 +0000 58911 at Reading Truck Group Acquires Caseco <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href=";d=DwMBaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=zJ4pnPWSAUNRAab26J0RWdq3NnnJQlRlOSxkm-uJ1FE&amp;s=u3jYepQo0p634-yyRJf2Vnxvt36nv69LG3H07S2uPIw&amp;e=">Reading Truck Group</a> has acquired substantially all of the assets of <a name="Caseco_Manufacturing_Inc"></a><a href=";d=DwMBaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:45:00 +0000 58901 at OSHA Promoting Workplace Anti-Retaliation Programs <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued <a href=";d=DwMFAA&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsf</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:40:00 +0000 58891 at Truck Sales Graphs December 2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Review truck sales figures from the month of December 2016 for trucks with GVWR over 10,000 lb. These graphs were compiled using data supplied by Wards Communications.</p> <p>Read the related article here: <a href="" target="_blank">Medium and Heavy Truck Sales Down 1% in December, 5% for 2016</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Market Stats Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:16:00 +0000 58881 at Papé Kenworth ‘Drives Uptime’ with Kenworth TruckTech+ <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Pap&eacute; <a href="" target="_blank" title="">Kenworth</a> announced it is driving customer uptime by speeding service and repairs and increasing efficiency with Kenworth TruckTech+ Service Management at its 13 dealerships in Central California, Oregon and Washington.</p> <p>Headquartered in Eugene, OR, Pap&eacute; Kenworth provides new and used <a href="" target="_blank">Kenworth trucks</a>, lease and rental trucks, and parts and service.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:20:00 +0000 58871 at Medium and Heavy Truck Sales Down 1% in December, 5% for 2016 <div class="field-byline"> By Rick Weber </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Medium and heavy truck sales were down 1% in December over the same period a year ago and down 5% for 2016, according to figures compiled by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Wards Communications</strong></a>.</p> <p>Dealers sold 70,771 trucks with GVW ratings above 10,000 pounds during the month, down from December 2015 (71,482) but up 29% from November 2016 (54,907). For the year, sales were 696,425, down from 732,092 in 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:09:00 +0000 58861 at Trucking, Rail Industries Lobbying to Limit New Regulations <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The trucking and rail industries have teamed up to press the incoming Trump administration to limit the ability of transportation regulators to write new rules, according to a report in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>.</p> <p>Group leaders are looking to reverse Obama administration safety initiatives and slow the process for enacting new regulations. The effort is part of a push lobbyists are making in preparation for the &ldquo;prospect of business-friendly policy changes with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:57:00 +0000 58851 at GM Predicting Record Profits in 2017 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>General forecasts that pretax earnings this year should beat the record profits it expects to post for 2016. Based on that outlook, GM approved a $5 billion share repurchase, according to MarketWatch.</p> <p>GM said the forecast is based on continued strength in North America and resilient demand in China</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:55:00 +0000 58841 at Heavy-Duty Truck Project Uses Automated Systems to Reduce Fuel Consumption <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Purdue University is leading part of a national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks and the transportation infrastructure using sensors and online cloud technology.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced up to $32 million in funding for 10 projects as part of its Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:52:00 +0000 58831 at NHTSA Issues NPRM on Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:50:00 +0000 58821 at Kinedyne expands Alabama facility <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href=";d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=WEa523j9oXFddpoygX1PqNHuYsfOddm1HxUDgbotGLs&amp;m=nxm1WIRClWh1TlJDZtIy5mWmhCmWjhg7dH_oi4TogUY&amp;s=DlnpVDmYwExmknztPm7q3wQuPTBlpbD4bqfnpgjHrpc&amp;e=">Kinedyne LLC</a>, a manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry, announced that it is close to completing a major relocation, consolidation and expansion effort designed to make the company more efficient, competitive and responsive to its customers&rsquo; needs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aftermarket Parts Trailer Components News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:17:00 +0000 58811 at Vanair acquires Goodall Manufacturing <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Vanair Manufacturing, Inc acquired Goodall Mfg LLC January 3.</p> <p>Goodall manufactures jump-starting and battery-charging technology and has been serving the transportation and construction industries since 1939.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vanair manufactures a wide range of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power sources.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Equipment News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:57:00 +0000 58801 at DOT designates Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U S Department of Transportation has designated 18 colleges and universities to address America&rsquo;s growing transportation needs detailed in DOT&rsquo;s recently released report <em>Beyond Traffic 2045</em> that outlines America&rsquo;s growing need for improvements to its transportation system.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:41:00 +0000 58791 at DOT foresees more freight, more traffic in 2045 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Freight volumes are expected to increase by more than 40% over the next 30 years, placing increased pressure on a highway system that already is at or past its designed capacity.</p> <p>This is one of several points made by &nbsp;the final <em>Beyond Traffic 2045</em> report released by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:04:00 +0000 58781 at High marks for 11 NTEA members <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Eleven NTEA member companies recently qualified for the association&rsquo;s Member Verification Program (MVP), including three that qualified for the first time and eight that showed they were continuing to meet the standards required by the program.</p> <p>Program criteria can involve liability insurance, warranty programs, vehicle and employee certification, safety policies and quality assurance &mdash; factors important to dealers, fleets and OEMs. &nbsp;MVP companies must re-verify every three years.</p> <p>As of December 31, the newest MVP companies are:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Distributors, Upfitters News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000 58771 at J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers expands distributor network <div class="node-body article-body"><p>J&amp;J Truck Bodies &amp; Trailers has added Kahn Truck Equipment and Stainless &amp; Repair to its dealer network.</p> <p>Both distributors will represent J&amp;J&#39;s full product line in their respective territories. Kahn is responsible for certain counties in Missouri and Illinois while Stainless &amp; Repair will service customers in counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:31:00 +0000 58761 at Customers order 21,200 Class 8 trucks in December <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Preliminary net orders for Class 8 trucks reached 21,200 units in December, up 10% m/m, and spot on the FTR forecast, according to FTR.&nbsp;</p> <p>The solid December order activity is consistent with the order demand of the last two months. Discounting October&rsquo;s cancelations, month-to-month orders were extremely stable in the fourth quarter.&nbsp; Class 8 backlogs should rise significantly in December, FTR says, giving the market some modest momentum starting off 2017.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:21:00 +0000 58751 at Jason Holt named president of Omaha Standard Palfinger <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Jason Holt has been named president of Omaha Standard Palfinger, effective January 2, 2017. Holt previously was the company&rsquo;s vice-president of operations.</p> <p>&quot;Jason Holt is a strong leader and he possesses the required skills to leverage Omaha Standard Palfinger with a strong focus on the operational side of our business,&quot; said Mark Woody, Palfinger&rsquo;s Area North America&#39;s vice-president of sales.&nbsp; Woody temporarily assumed this position for the last year.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Truck Bodies News Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:18:00 +0000 58741 at Truck orders finish 2016 on an up note <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Preliminary net orders of medium and heavy trucks pointed to a positive end to 2016, according to figures compiled by ACT Research.</p> <p>In December, preliminary North America Classes 5-8 net order data show the industry booked 42,000 units, bringing the full-year net order tally to 415,600. These numbers are preliminary. ACT Research will publish complete industry data for December, including final order numbers, in mid-January.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chassis Market Stats News Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:15:00 +0000 58731 at Photos: Fabtech 2016 highlights <div class="node-body gallery-body">Product highlights of FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fabrication Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:05:00 +0000 58611 at Photos: Vanguard National in Trenton GA <div class="node-body gallery-body">Vanguard National dealers and suppliers tour Vanguard's new 360,000 sq-ft dry-frieght van plan in Trenton GA during its grand opening.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailers Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:39:00 +0000 58601 at How to build tomorrow’s products <div class="field-deck"> December 2016 editorial </div> <div class="node-body article-body">How will truck body and trailer manufacturing change in the coming years? We address that three ways</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trailer Output Truck Bodies Fabrication Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0000 58591 at