Distributors, Upfitters http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/taxonomy/term/7343/more en 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 Fontaine Opens New Truck Modification Center in Texas http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.fontainemodification.com/" target="_blank">Fontaine Modification Fleet Services</a> announced it has moved its Laredo, TX, modification center 14 miles down the road to a new 27,000-sq.-ft. facility adjacent to TruckMovers, a yard management and third-party logistics service provider.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas#comments Distributors, Upfitters News Wed, 17 May 2017 17:38:00 +0000 61911 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Fontaine Modification opens new truck modification center in Texas http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-modification-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__email.prnewswire.com_wf_click-3Fupn-3DTwIh0OIjG8BOSB67uKqqj5U4wbFCl1lRUNJDXqIMvXF-2D2BTuHPC59duDT3Qi6zo3rn-5FBGx9O7V78Or-2D2Bco8IT-2D2F1DTbYJq8DVUqmYne1MDWDGlxpUg9wb4PU-2D2Fweb0heJSyT0Kq1-2D2Bl-2D2F1NTnfBhM-2D2FNBw5-2D2BPm5QTXXoL-2D2BgstkOJo4EWzBEf8RGfq58NFQIr-2D2FIkKTJ03CflbidOynE0ClIcwZdaWFUaO4mR62pkYer14SqAfNlITcHPu9W3L0PMMPHft6MhHKaaNASL07KZGscz9-2D2B8pe2OZbuJ9ygz0nktri-2D2FOs2jPm7pqnwn4Zf99Wk2ACJdK-2D2FOLbQmGN9N3AJ-2D2FL5Ky-2D2BqhRvijARNjvGiRoRp0RZImAhDWMhH36nqWi04f4hh72-2D2FOPHr3R6wKRdNAi2y7ACIvZWe8w-2D3D-2D3D&amp;d=DwMFaQ&a</p></div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-modification-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fontaine-modification-opens-new-truck-modification-center-texas#comments Distributors, Upfitters Chassis News Thu, 11 May 2017 14:40:00 +0000 61811 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com ‘Energy’ invigorates Work Truck Show http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/energy-invigorates-work-truck-show <div class="field-deck"> North America’s largest work truck event draws 11,799 to Indianapolis; Keane installed as 53rd NTEA president </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Work Truck Show 2017 showed the ongoing evolution of the commercial truck industry displaying advances in electrification, diesel, gasoline, and advanced fuel powertrains, light-weighting, and even augmented reality and solar power. Here are the highlights.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/energy-invigorates-work-truck-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/energy-invigorates-work-truck-show#comments Truck Bodies Truck Equipment Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 20:44:00 +0000 61471 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com How the shipping model of e-commerce is impacting truck body and trailer manufacturers http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/how-shipping-model-e-commerce-impacting-truck-body-and-trailer-manufacturers <div class="field-deck"> “Amazon effect” of fast, free shipping re-routes truck body/trailer builders’ thinking </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Read what truck body and trailer manufacturers have to say and what to consider to meet the needs of customers in an era of fast and free shipping.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/how-shipping-model-e-commerce-impacting-truck-body-and-trailer-manufacturers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-bodies/how-shipping-model-e-commerce-impacting-truck-body-and-trailer-manufacturers#comments Trailers Truck Bodies Trailer Dealers Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 20:03:00 +0000 61461 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>The growth of e-commerce is affecting trucks and trailers. Here&rsquo;s one way: this new Wabash van can be equipped with logistics tracks virtually anywhere the customer needs them. Cargo control becomes more important as loose boxes take the place of palletized cargo.</p> NHTSA’s rearview camera requirements affect commercial vehicles, so make sure compliance is achieved and maintained http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/nhtsa-s-rearview-camera-requirements-affect-commercial-vehicles-so-make-sure- <div class="field-deck"> FMVSS 111 requires vigilance </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wtih the second phase of compliance with FMVSS 111 now in effect, Steve Spata and Susan Dehne’s presentation, “FMVSS 111: How New Rearview Camera Requirements Affect Commercial Vehicles,”</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/nhtsa-s-rearview-camera-requirements-affect-commercial-vehicles-so-make-sure-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/nhtsa-s-rearview-camera-requirements-affect-commercial-vehicles-so-make-sure-#comments Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 15:18:00 +0000 61571 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com <p>Steve Spata, the NTEA&rsquo;s technical assistance director, walks people through details of the new FMVSS 121 following his presentation&mdash;including which of these areas must be visible to the driver.</p> Fleets and upfitters can forge valuable, consistent, efficient relationships if they set expectations and work together http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fleets-and-upfitters-can-forge-valuable-consistent-efficient-relationships-if <div class="field-deck"> Fleets and upfitters: Achieving harmony and profitability by first crafting expectations </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NTEA asked Matt Stewart and Tony Gonzalez to join forces for a presentation, “Fleet Expectations for Electrical Wiring on Multi-Stage Work Trucks.”</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fleets-and-upfitters-can-forge-valuable-consistent-efficient-relationships-if" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/fleets-and-upfitters-can-forge-valuable-consistent-efficient-relationships-if#comments Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 14:09:00 +0000 61531 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Who doesn’t want to make more money? http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/who-doesn-t-want-make-more-money <div class="field-deck"> Nobody, but for the typical NTEA company to move into the top 20%, it has to be willing to make sacrifices to increase gross margin percentage </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Albert Bates lays out a plan to help companies devise a profit strategy for the future in his presentation, “Business Diversification for Long-Term Distributor Success.”</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/who-doesn-t-want-make-more-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/who-doesn-t-want-make-more-money#comments Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 13:50:00 +0000 61521 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Technology—3D CAD, 3D scanning, 3D printing—is reducing costs, saving time, eliminating waste, and speeding up production http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/technology-3d-cad-3d-scanning-3d-printing-reducing-costs-saving-time-eliminat <div class="field-deck"> Manufacturing takes step up </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Rapid Prototyping for Small and Mid-Sized Companies,” exploring the product development life cycle from design to manufacturing and its technologies.</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/technology-3d-cad-3d-scanning-3d-printing-reducing-costs-saving-time-eliminat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/technology-3d-cad-3d-scanning-3d-printing-reducing-costs-saving-time-eliminat#comments Truck Bodies Truck Equipment Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 13:33:00 +0000 61511 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com Transforming the workforce http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/transforming-workforce <div class="field-deck"> Organizational change comes when companies engage everyone at every level and involve them in the decision-making process </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Brenda J Porter, VP of operations for Vanner Inc, discusses executing organizational change, making decisions, engaging employees, and creating alignment in her presentation, “Advantages of Deploying a Lean Workforce: Organizational Transformation.”</div> <p><a href="http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/transforming-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/distributors-upfitters/transforming-workforce#comments Truck Bodies Truck Equipment Distributors, Upfitters Fri, 05 May 2017 13:22:00 +0000 61501 at http://trailer-bodybuilders.com