Knapheide Joins Forces With First Response Team of America

Jan 25, 2013 - The Knapheide Manufacturing Company has partnered with the First Response Team of America to provide truck equipment for use on disaster sites.  Knapheide will be donating a custom Service Body designed to fulfill disaster relief needs of the First Response Team of America.     

The First Response Team of America is a unique non-profit organization, consisting of several committed individuals that are passionate about supplying the help communities need in the first few hours and days following the aftermath of a natural disaster.  The organization travels across the country with a convoy of unique disaster response and recover trucks and equipment from one natural or man-made disaster area to the next.  Many times, the team reaches those in need far in advance of traditional relief agencies and during the crucial moments following the catastrophe.  They conduct joint efforts with local first responders to save lives and restore hope across communities nationwide.

“Our company has seen first-hand the devastation of two major floods,” said Bo Knapheide, Senior Vice President of Distributor and Fleet Operations at Knapheide.  “There is a sense of pride that comes with being able to support this great organization.  First Response Team works tirelessly to restore hope in countless communities across the nation, communities that are battered and bruised by natural disasters and are in desperate need of assistance.”     

The custom Knapheide Service Body will be 11’ in length and 60” in height which will provide abundant storage space.  The body will have both compartment and external work lights to increase safety and convenience in low light conditions.  Often times fuel and maintenance equipment are scarce after natural disasters.  An auxiliary compressor and diesel fuel tank mounted to the body will allow the First Response Team to maintain and refuel their hovercraft, cranes, light towers, generator, Peterbilt trucks, CAT backhoe and skid steer, and more.  Aluminum mechanics drawers installed in a compartment will provide ample storage for tools.  Security features like the telescopic sliding roof that will enclose the cargo area and the Masterlocking system will keep all of the valuable tools and equipment safe and sound on or off the jobsite.

Tad Agoglia, creator of First Response Team of America, said, “We have been to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and more.  We carry a lot of equipment because you can never fully know
what you will need until you arrive, different situations call for different equipment.  The people that we meet and help have had everything go wrong for them, their home, their community, their life destroyed in a short time, they have lost hope.  The last thing we want to happen is a piece of equipment go down.  We heavily rely on the equipment to restore hope in the minds of the effected people.  To a private contractor down equipment can mean loss of profit, to our organization it can mean loss of life.  Reliability is of the upmost importance to us and we knew Knapheide could build us the ideal service truck.  This truck will be the lifeline to keep our fleet of vehicles and equipment up and running properly.  We are grateful for the employees and executives at Knapheide and their generous contribution.”

About The Knapheide Manufacturing Company
Since 1848 Knapheide has provided its customers with high quality, work ready transportation solutions. The Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its inception over 160 years ago. Today, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Knapheide’s main manufacturing facility, Westphalia, is located in Quincy, Illinois and is over 480,000 square feet. Westphalia is highly automated and has the most technologically advanced equipment and processes in the industry. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service Bodies, KUV Bodies, Platform Bodies, Gooseneck Bodies, Dump Bodies, Forestry Bodies, Pick Up Accessories, Van Equipment, Mechanics Trucks, Water Trucks, and Fuel/Lube Trucks. Knapheide’s vast distribution system includes 200+ distributors strategically located throughout North America. The ability to evolve into new technology, processes, and products has made Knapheide the leader in the industry and allowed the company to move into new markets to better serve our distributors, fleet customers and end users.  For more information on The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, please visit www.knapheide.com

About First Response Team Of America
When all hope seems lost, when confusion reigns, when the only thought on a survivor’s mind is, “What now?” – that’s the moment the First Response Team arrives, bringing new light to communities in their darkest hours.  We fill the gap between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of traditional relief agencies, when too many communities must fend for themselves because the resources necessary for rescue and recovery – equipment, tools and personnel – are damaged, inaccessible or unavailable.

By studying weather patterns and communicating with leading meteorologists, we’re able to anticipate when and where the next disaster may hit.  We position our rapid response team near storm locations nationwide and, when alerted to potential disaster, deploy immediately with our fleet of more than $1 million in specialized disaster response equipment.  Our goal is to arrive in the crucial moments following the catastrophe, and our mission is to reduce the time it takes for help to reach those in need – so we can join local first responders in saving lives and restoring hope.  For more information, visit www.firstresponseteam.org


Fontaine Modification Joins Alliance AutoGas Network

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2013) — Fontaine Modification Company has joined the Alliance AutoGas network, with all eight of its modification centers nationwide certified as Alliance AutoGas conversion centers. As a result, fleets can have their vehicles converted to run on propane autogas (LPG) at Fontaine’s modification centers in Garland, Texas; Denton, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dublin, Va.; Gainesville, Ga.; Springfield, Ohio; and Williamstown, W.V.

            “One of our strengths as a company is our ability to process alternative fuel system installations and truck modifications for thousands of vehicles in multiple locations consistently, so the first truck is the same as the last truck, and a truck modified in Texas is handled exactly the same way as its counterpart in North Carolina,” explains Paul Kokalis, executive vice president of the Fontaine Modification Alternative Fuels Group. “That consistency means no surprises for our customers, just reliable results.”
            Alliance AutoGas is a national consortium of more than 50 partners that work together to provide everything fleets need to convert their vehicles to run on autogas, including conversion kits, installation, fuel, safety training and ongoing technical support. Autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world. It reduces emissions, costs less than gasoline and is produced almost entirely in the United States.
            “A leading truck modification services provider with decades of experience, Fontaine Modification is a welcome addition to Alliance AutoGas as a new certified conversion center,” says Stuart Weidie, president of Alliance AutoGas and founder of Autogas for America. “The Alliance network is continuing to expand as more fleets demand affordable alternative fuel in the face of rising gasoline prices. Autogas is the most practical fuel choice for fleets because it’s clean, reliable, cost-effective and widely available, now.”
About Fontaine Modification                                               
            Based in Charlotte, N.C., Fontaine Modification is North America’s most comprehensive provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets. Fontaine uses established ship-thru agreements with all major truck manufacturers to streamline the final delivery process to the end-user.
Fontaine is a Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) company. MHT companies support the transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services. MHT companies are members of The Marmon Group, an international association of business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. The Marmon Group is a Berkshire Hathaway Company.
For more information about Fontaine Modification, call 800.FONTAINE (800.366.8246) or visit www.fontainemod.com.
About Alliance AutoGas
Alliance AutoGas enables fleet managers to use clean, economical, American-made autogas through vehicle conversions, on-site fueling and ongoing safety training and technical support. For fleets interested in new propane autogas-powered vehicles, Alliance also provides OEM vehicles through partnerships with automotive experts at ROUSH CleanTech as part of the complete program.
The Alliance AutoGas partner network of propane marketers and conversion centers is experiencing tremendous growth, now including 64 partners and spanning 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland& Labrador. Learn more at: www.allianceautogas.com.


Try Out Real-World, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles at The Work Truck Show® 2013 Green Truck Ride-and-Drive

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Jan. 22, 2013) — The Work Truck Show’s Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is the only event of the year that lets attendees test-drive more than 20 commercially viable advanced hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles in a real-world environment. In 2013, 21 trucks, vans, and buses featuring the latest innovations in fuel efficiency are available to show attendees as part of the free Ride-and-Drive. An additional four vehicles are staged as stationary displays nearby to provide demonstrations of energy-efficient equipment, including aerial devices, hybrid cranes and refrigeration systems.

The Work Truck Show® 2013, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 6−8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Educational programming and the Green Truck Summit start March 5. The test drives are conducted on city streets outside the convention center March 6 and 7 from 12:00pm to 4:30pm.

“Unlike some other new product test drive events, the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive offers vehicles that are viable in the real world right now,” says Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations for NTEA. “Drivers get to take real commercial vehicles out on actual city streets in order to get a true idea about how they perform. There’s no other event where you can get behind the wheel of so many cutting-edge vehicles like these on an open course.”

New technologies in this year’s Ride-and-Drive vehicles include high-efficiency engines, hybrid powertrains, alternative fuel systems, noise reduction systems and lightweight, aerodynamic bodies. The broad spectrum of vehicle power systems represented includes diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), autogas (propane), bi-fuel, hydraulic hybrid and electric hybrid (series and parallel).

The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive is sponsored by Hino Trucks. The companies providing vehicles are:

Allison Transmission, Inc.
Ÿ Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid transmission system
Altec Industries
Ÿ Aerial device with hybrid idle management system
BAE Systems
Ÿ Tractor with heavy-duty hybrid electric propulsion system
Chelsea Products Div. of Parker
Ÿ Truck with noise-reducing PTO system
Chevrolet & GMC Commercial Truck
Ÿ Bi-fuel CNG Silverado 2500HD
Crosspoint Kinetics
Ÿ Shuttle bus with parallel electric hybrid drive system
ECHO Automotive
Ÿ Plug-in electric hybrid van
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation
Ÿ MT-55 van with parallel hydraulic hybrid drive system
Freightliner Trucks
Ÿ 114SD natural gas powered dump truck
Hino Trucks
Ÿ Two COE 195s with diesel-electric hybrid powertrains
IMPCO Automotive
Ÿ Bi-fuel CNG truck
International Truck
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.
Ÿ Bi-phase propane autogas N-Series truck
Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies
Ÿ Truck with all-electric refrigeration system
Ÿ Ultra-high thermal efficient refrigerated truck body
Kenworth Truck Co.
Ÿ CNG-powered T660 tractor
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
Ÿ CNG-powered cargo van
Ÿ Flatbed/crane truck with parallel electric hybrid power system
Peterbilt Motors Company
Ÿ CNG-powered 382 day cab tractor
Propane Education & Research Council
Ÿ Pickup truck with propane autogas fuel system
Ÿ Freightliner S2G Custom Chassis with propane autogas system
Ram Commercial
Ÿ 2500 series truck with CNG/gasoline dual fuel system
ROUSH CleanTech
Ÿ Autogas-powered pickup truck
Wrightspeed, Inc.
Ÿ Truck with series electric hybrid drive system

“We’re very encouraged by the extensive exhibitor involvement in this unique event,” said Johnson. “The number of green truck enhancements available as factory installments has grown tremendously in recent years. It’s obvious there is a strong market for fuel-efficient vehicles, and The Work Truck Show is the best place for fleets to find the green trucks they need.”

Participation is free and all vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all Work Truck Show attendees wishing to participate in the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. A CDL is required to drive some of the vehicles. (Anyone without a CDL is welcome to ride in these vehicles as they are driven by manufacturer representatives).

Complete vehicle descriptions are available at http://www.ntea.com/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=28187. Visit www.ntea.com/worktruckshow/greenproductsandprograms to learn more about the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, Green Truck Summit and other Work Truck Show 2013 green programs and products on display.

Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show brings together thousands of work truck industry professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers. To register for The Work Truck Show 2013, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.

Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show conversation on Twitter with the official hashtag: #wts2013.

About NTEAEstablished in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. The NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.


Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp Starts New Year With 650 Truck Orders

  • Malaysia's leading waste disposal company SWM continues to rely on Fuso with a purchase of 466 news trucks
  • Australia's largest freight and logistics services providerStarTrack banks on 185 new commercial vehicles by Fuso
  • With its “FUSO 2015” growth strategy Daimler is on track to its international medium-term target of 200,000 sold units per year
The Japanese subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), starts the new year with a favorable orders position in the Asia-Pacific export markets of Malaysia and Australia. The current large orders for a total of 650 light-duty Fuso Canter trucks and medium-duty Fuso Fighter trucks underscore the company´s commitment to sell 200,000 commercial vehicles per year in international markets in the medium term.
“With large orders like these we are sustainably reinforcing our export business in important markets like Malaysia and Australia,” emphasized Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss, MFTBC Senior Vice President of Sales and After Sales Fuso. “Our broad-based sales network in over 150 countries and our strong sales partners are the best prerequisites for tapping into further market potential in our export countries.”
SWM Owns Largest Fleet of Fuso Vehicles in Malaysia
Fuso has won yet another large order from the waste disposal provider SWM (Southern Waste Management) founded in 1995. With 474 Fuso vehicles already in customer use today, SWM is expanding its Fuso fleet by 466 new medium-duty Fuso Fighter trucks to a total of 940 commercial vehicles of the Japanese Daimler subsidiary. This makes SWM into Malaysia's largest operator of Fuso trucks. Southern Waste Management is responsible for the collection, transport and disposal of all kinds of waste on the entire southern peninsula of Malaysia. SWM carries out the entire waste disposal activities of the Malaysia region, which is home to over 4 million people, with continued reliance on the dependable and eco-friendly vehicle technologies of its fleet vehicles.
Australian Logistics Provider StarTrack Buys 185 Fuso Trucks
StarTrack, Australia's largest freight and logistics company is supplementing its existing fleet of 3,000 trucks with 185 new vehicles of the light-duty type Fuso Canter. StarTrack has relied on the quality of the Fuso brand for quite some time. In 2011, the company established itself as operator of the largest fleet of hybrid vehicles on the Australian continent. The “green” fleet consists of several dozen Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid commercial trucks. StarTrack’s fleet of conventional and alternative-drive vehicles processes over 1.2 million shipments throughout Australia each week and thus relies to a particularly great extent on trucks with efficient fuel consumption.
On the Way to Becoming a Profitable Player with the “FUSO 2015” Growth Strategy
With the “FUSO 2015” growth offensive launched in the previous year, the company is striving to establish itself as a profitable global player with a strong base in the Japanese home market and a doubling of international sales in the medium term. The ambitious growth program is based on the five strategic pillars: Leader in Green Innovation, Customer Number One in Japan, Profitable Global Player, Efficiency Leader among Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturers, and Employer Number One in Japan. With a view to the successful implementation of the growth strategy, in the middle of 2012 Fuso optimized the sales structure to better satisfy customers´ requirements in over 150 markets worldwide.


Dual purpose truck takes Isuzu to the finish line

IAL - Dual Purpose Truck Takes Isuzu To The Finish Line
The equipment needed to succeed in motor racing and the excavation business rarely fits the bill for both, but Russell Hardy has created an exception, a crew cab Isuzu FRR 600 which doubles, maybe triples, as excavation equipment, a race car and crew transporter as well as a service vehicle.

Russell, managing director of Hardy’s Excavations and Hardy’s Motorsports, is a successful participant in both enterprises, most recently storming to second and third placing in the recent AMCA Nationals Title held in Darwin.

And it was in transporting two cars and crew from his company’s Pottsville, New South Wales base to that event, that his FRR 600 was put to its first test.

Hardy’s Excavations, founded in 1986, is a family-owned company managed by Russell, his wife, son and daughter.

The company’s 25 employees provide rock crushing services, plant screening, plant hire and underground cable installation for large road base construction companies.

Russell said he was looking for a truck that would be ideal for multi-purpose use and have the capacity to carry his race crew to and from race meetings.

“We chose the Isuzu FRR 600 because it fits the bill and eliminates the use of a second vehicle to carry my race crew," Russell said.

The truck tows a 10 tonne capacity tri-axle trailer imported from trailer manufacturer, United Trailers in Indiana, USA.

Once the trailer arrived on Australian shores, it was modified by a local Lismore body builder to include a number of cabinets and drawers to store all the necessary servicing equipment to maintain Hardy’s Excavations’ fleet of earthmoving machines.

The truck’s maiden voyage was a two-day road trip from Pottsville to Darwin for the aforementioned Northern Territory AMCA Nationals titles.

With a round trip of over 7000 km of road to conquer with two drivers, the truck was put to the test with long hours of non-stop driving punctuated by overnight camps.

According to Russell, the FRR 600 did not disappoint in its debut.

“The trailer was loaded with two race cars, including all spares necessary to maintain a two car race team, also accompanied by a two man pit crew and the truck drove without a hitch all the way to Darwin and return," Russell said.

“With its standard Isuzu Sitec 236HP engine, the truck effortlessly climbed all the hills we encountered.”

The FRR 600 joins two other Isuzu trucks, an NQR 450 and NPR 200, which are currently used as service trucks.

Russell said he chose Isuzu because he previously had a smaller Isuzu FRR 500 he used for carrying his race cars and was happy with the quality of its finish and operating comfort.

“Isuzu makes great light to medium trucks that are reliable and get the job done without a hassle,” Russell said.

“The full interior trim and padded roof lining is the icing on the cake.

“We would definitely have the Isuzu brand front of mind if we ever need another service truck or race car carrier.”

Hardy’s Excavations pays tribute for its success to its longstanding relationships with major companies like Leighton’s, Baulderstone, Abigroup Essential Energy and Boral Quarry.
See more about Isuzu Truck in Australia at www.isuzu.com.au


First Nissan NV Vans With Quigley 4x4 Units Are Off Production Line

Latest News From the Quigley 4x4 website:
Our first orders started to arrive the beginning of October 2012.  The first two are off the production floor and finishing up in QC!  We are excited to be under way on our latest product offering.  The photos below show our first 2 production orders passing our online QC checks and ready to be lowered.  From here the units will go through our alignment analysis and then off to our final QC testing and approval.  The final QC process includes many rigorous procedures including a thorough drive test sequence.  Our sales staff is waiting to hear from you, 800-233-9358, on the Nissan NV 4x4!
See more about Quigley products at http://www.quigley4x4.com/


2013 Ram 1500: The Road to 36 MPG (HR)

Learn how the all-new 2013 Ram 1500 has achieved Best-in-Class fuel efficiency with Chief Engineer Mike Raymond. From the lighter, yet stronger frame, to the 3.6L Pentastar V6, it's easy to see why the Ram 1500 is Motor Trend's 2013 Truck of the Year®


2013 Ram 1500: North American Truck/ Utility of the Year

January 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The new Ram 1500 has been named 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year by a panel of automotive experts. The award is unique and considered by many to be one of the world’s most prestigious based on its diverse mix of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada who serve as the voting jurors.

The winners were announced at a news conference today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“For the Ram Truck Brand, this ranks as one of the proudest days in our history,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “Every truck-maker aspires to win the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. I tip my hat to the folks who worked behind the scenes to make the 2013 Ram 1500 a technological triumph.

“In no other truck will you find Ram’s incredible combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency – 25 miles per gallon -- Pentastar and HEMI engines matched to TorqueFlite 8-speed transmissions, air suspension. Uconnect Access and 12 fuel-saving technologies that have raised the bar in the fullsize pickup segment.”

This is the 20th year of the awards. The Ram has won North American Truck of the Year honors just once: in the award’s inaugural year 1994.

For 2013, the new Ram 1500 offers buyers best-in-class 25 MPG fuel efficiency, new technology and new features without sacrificing capability. Ram 1500–the most recognizable pickup on the road–marks a milestone for Ram as this truck delivers a truckload of pioneering and fuel-saving systems. Equipped with a choice of engines, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine or the award-winning Pentastar V-6, the Ram 1500 offers the best powertrains in the industry and are known for their reliability.

The 2013 Ram 1500 features first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and active air suspension. The 2013 Ram 1500 is available in nine trim levels and starts at $23,585 including $995 destination charge.

Ram engineers changed every area of the truck – from a newly designed frame to new engines and transmissions to a new interior with the next-generation Uconnect® access system. With best-in-class ride and handling and best-in-class aerodynamics, the 2013 Ram 1500 delivers unmatched content, performance and capability to truck buyers.

To be eligible, a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. After considering dozens of vehicles this year, the jurors finally narrowed the field to the 11 cars and 10 trucks/utility vehicles on which they voted.

Early in December the jurors voted on those short-list vehicles, sending their ballots directly to Deloitte & Touche in Detroit.

On those ballots jurors were given 25 points to distribute among the cars and 25 points to distribute among the trucks. However, no more than 10 points may be given to a single vehicle and those maximum points may be given to only one truck and one car. Jurors must use all their points.

That vote narrows the field to three cars and three trucks. Those finalists were disclosed at a luncheon held by the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

Then the jurors voted again on those three cars and three trucks/utility vehicles.

In that vote jurors have 10 points for the cars and 10 points for the trucks. All 10 points may be given to a single vehicle or they may be divided up. All the points must be used.

This year, to reflect the growing numbers of crossover vehicles in the North American market, jurors voted to change the name of North American Truck of the Year to North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

The awards are financed by the jurors’ dues and the organization does not accept advertising or fees from automakers.

About Ram Truck BrandThe Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.


Ram Truck Brand Continues 'Road to the Ram® Jam' All-star Country Music Series With First of Five Charity Auctions Beginning Jan. 22

Kellie Pickler is the first artist to auction off her Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit USO Warrior and Family Care

January 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Ram Truck brand continues its successful “Road to the Ram® Jam” all-star country music series with the first of five charity auctions where each participating artist will auction off their 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit a charity of their choice.

Starting at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 22, fans can bid for Kellie Pickler’s Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck with all the proceeds from the auction benefiting the USO Warrior and Family Care program, a comprehensive long-term effort designed to help the nation’s wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers navigate through the challenges of recovery. To get more information on the charity auction hosted on eBay Giving Works and to bid on Pickler’s truck, visit www.ebay.com/roadtoramjam.

As part of the Road to the Ram Jam series, all five participating artists – Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin – received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. Those trucks will be auctioned off in the next three months with all proceeds benefiting a charity of each artist’s choice. Fans will have two weeks to bid on each artist’s truck.

Gilbert’s truck will go up for auction Feb. 5 with all proceeds benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Currington follows Gilbert on Feb. 19 with proceeds benefiting Team Rubicon, Zac Brown Band on March 5 with proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, and Corbin on March 18 with proceeds benefiting the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.

“Ram was proud to partner with these five great country music artists on the 'Road to Ram Jam'," said Fred Diaz -President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. "It is nice to know how much they each loved driving their trucks and now we wholeheartedly encourage Ram truck and country music fans to support the auctions and the wonderful charities they benefit.”

“I love everything there is to love about my Ram Truck,” Pickler said. “And I have to be honest I am a little sad about giving it up, but it's for a great cause and we really want to raise a lot of money for the USO, so please log on and bid.”

“USO Warrior and Family Care provides services that help our heroes heal with honor,” added Kelli Pendleton, programs manager for USO Fort Campbell. “We are so grateful to Kellie for thinking of the USO and the work we do to support our nation's wounded, ill and injured as well as to Ram and everyone who casts their bids in support of such a worthwhile initiative.” To learn more about USO Warrior and Family Care visit http://uso.org/warriorandfamilycare.

The Road to the Ram Jam series was the ultimate country music fan experience. It helped bring fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, the opportunity to win prizes, free music downloads, as well as a chance to enter to win trips for two to the exclusive Ram Jam concert. The invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event, held on Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn., was a huge success with performances by all five participating artists. Those who missed the live stream of the concert event on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music can go to http://music.yahoo.com/programs/ram-country/ and check out some of the highlights from the night.

About Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol where it was evident to all that she was a star. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings/BNA Records to release her debut, "Small Town Girl," which has gone on to sell more than 800,000 copies worldwide and produce three singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”

In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10) and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist, but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, "100 Proof," with famed producer Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten. An avid supporter of the U.S. military, she has performed on six USO Tours, having most recently visited Afghanistan in December 2012. Pickler also just announced that she has signed with a new label, Black River Entertainment in Nashville, and will begin work on a new album expected in 2013. For more information, visit www.kelliepickler.com.

About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. They provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the United States and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. They also provide critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of their programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of their corporate partners and the dedication of their volunteers and staff. To join them in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.


Predictions and Challenges for a Great 2013 | Real World Sales Wisdom

PLEASE NOTE: These are not economic predictions. They are based on my personal observation and first-hand knowledge of sales forces across the United States - their present situation, and their future hope based on market conditions and readiness.

And please DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELVES. Rather ask yourselves: Am I ready to win more based on these predictions and challenges?

1. PREDICTION: More business will be available as the economy begins to surge and the elections become a reality. CHALLENGE: Are you ready for an increase in business, not just with product and inventory ability - but with better attitude, mood, friendliness, and morale of the entire company?

2. PREDICTION: There will be pricing challenges even in the wake of greater business. CHALLENGE: Now is the time for PROFIT. You have left too much money on the table for the past two years. Create a better value proposition, and use it rather than having to justify (and perhaps lower) your price.

3. PREDICTION: There will be an emphasis on 3rd party purchasers and buying groups in order to leverage pricing. CHALLENGE: Build value-based relationships that the customer would lose out on if they joined the group. Get testimonials from customers that decided not to participate.

4. PREDICTION: Full participation in business social media is no longer an option for your company. CHALLENGE: Counsel your counsel and determine what you CAN do. Do that as fast as you can. Your plan must include all forms of business social media, and interaction with customers one-on-one. Need examples? There are plenty of them online right now. One of them may even be your competition.

5. PREDICTION: Full participation in business social media is no longer an option for you personally. CHALLENGE: Set up a business Facebook page where people can "Like" you and invite all your customers to begin to comment on your products, service, and impact of ownership or service provided. Your LinkedIn connections must exceed 501 and you must have at least 10 recommendations. This makes your image look powerful, structured, and reputable. Twitter must attract 500 followers, and you must tweet twice a day. Your YouTube channel must have at least 10 testimonial videos that use the most searchable words in your business category. Your blog is the real-world outlet for yourself and your customers - make it valuable and interact with customers one-on-one.

6. PREDICTION: Your personal reputation and brand will play a greater role in getting a sales meeting and getting a favorable decision. CHALLENGE: Google yourself to establish your base in January. Then take WEEKLY actions to enhance your status. Get testimonials. Volunteer for charity. Speak in public. Post on your blog. Get others to praise you. And build your reputation one action item, and one good deed, at a time.

7. PREDICTION: You will need to be able to differentiate yourself from the competition (in the mind of your customer) to be greater than ever. CHALLENGE: Begin by asking yourself and your present customers what differentiates you from your competition. Then take actions to widen the gap. HINT: The ordinary things are a great start. Use Ace of Sales emails (www.aceofsales.com) to begin the process.

8. PREDICTION: Your company will finally (after three years) begin to provide sales training. CHALLENGE: Is the training relevant? Is the training acceptable to your sales team? Is the trainer acceptable to your sales team? Does the training incorporate the voice of your customers? Is the training working?

9. PREDICTION: You will lose more than one sale to an inferior competitor. CHALLENGE: Find out why and fix it. HINT: It ain't price!

10. PREDICTION: More face-to-face meetings will be necessary to build relationships, or you will become vulnerable to the competition. CHALLENGE: Double your existing face-to-face meetings from last year, and double your networking hours.

11. PREDICTION: Breakfast will be the new lunch. CHALLENGE: Your connections, relationships, and even your prospects are crunched for time. The two-hour lunch will wane. An early morning, 30-minute meeting over coffee will net more, and better, results. Set a goal of three breakfasts a week.

12. PREDICTION: Your sales plan/goal/quota/numbers will be much more attainable. CHALLENGE: The business is out there for you to earn. Your perceived value, your perceived difference, and your reputation will determine your numbers way more than your price.

12.5 PREDICTION: Your personal dedication, or rededication, to excellence will reach new heights. CHALLENGE: Allocate three hours a day to YOU. Allocate an hour for social media and personal branding. Allocate an hour for customer interaction. And allocate an hour for reading and study. You will have to allocate more time for personal development and training because the new challenges require new knowledge.



Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Ram Diesel For Chrysler Group

  • Milestone engine destined for display
  • Ram-Cummins partnership spans four decades
  • Capability of current High-Output Cummins engine more than double that of original offering

December 10, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Cummins Inc. has produced its 2-millionth diesel engine for Ram Trucks, highlighting the latest milestone in a storied partnership that spans four decades.

The 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel is distinguished by its “Cummins Red” rocker cover and breather. But despite its 800 lb.-ft. peak torque rating, the historic engine – feted today at a Cummins plant in Columbus, Ind. – will not see service. Instead, it will go on display, touring the U.S.

“The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the industry’s most enduring and certainly fitting of such a tribute,” says Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “Both companies have benefited greatly, but Ram diesel customers are the real beneficiaries. Every day they experience the toughness and capability a Cummins-powered Ram can deliver.”

Cummins began supplying engines to Chrysler Group in 1988. Today in North America, only Ram-brand pickups and chassis cabs feature the coveted Cummins “C” logo.

“I am immensely proud of our association with Cummins,” says Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering. “And I have no qualms matching our truck diesels against those of any competitor for performance and durability.”

For 2013, Cummins-powered Rams boast capabilities and features that include:

  • Best-in-class torque and a 10 percent fuel-economy improvement
  • Exclusive dual-inlet “Ram Active Air” that adjusts induction according to driving conditions for optimal performance
  • “Smart” exhaust brake for smoother driving characteristics
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil-change interval
  • A new cooling system for improved performance and durability
  • B20 fuel capability
  • Next-generation Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid system with range of up to 4,000 miles between refills
  • Dual fuel filtration system for enhanced reliability and durability in virtually every climate and environment
  • Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles

The Chrysler Group-Cummins partnership traces its beginnings to 1985, when development work began on a 5.9-liter 12-valve in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel. When it launched in 1989, it was rated at 160 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of peak torque – less than half the numbers for today’s High-Output 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel.

In the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups, the top-line Cummins engine makes 385 horsepower and a best-in-class 850 lb. ft. of torque.

Among other notable events in the evolution of Cummins diesels produced for Chrysler Group:
  • 24-valve design introduced in model-year 1998.5
  • Adoption of high-pressure common-rail fuel delivery in 2003
  • Named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list in 2004
  • Displacement increased to 6.7 liters from 5.9 liters in model-year 2007.5
  • Met 2010 EPA emissions certification in 2007

Take-rate is testament to the appeal of Cummins engines among Ram customers. Diesels account for nearly 80 percent of Ram Heavy Duty sales.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

Chrysler Group LLC Corporate Overview

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

Ram to Build Most Capable Trucks Ever

  • Ram 3500 Heavy Duty’s maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds far surpasses closest competitor’s 23,100-pound max
  • 850 lb.-ft. Cummins Turbo Diesel is tops for torque
  • 37,600-pound Gross Combined Weight Rating leads all heavy-duty pickups
  • Ram 2500 leads all ¾-ton pickups
  • Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver best-in-class towing

January 9, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - In the quest to build the most capable trucks available, Ram officially released class-leading towing and weight ratings for its 2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.

The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-load transmission, an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb.-ft. of torque and other significant driveline upgrades.

Ram’s closest competitor is limited to a 23,100-pound maximum trailer.

"We built the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty to be the undisputed Heavy Duty 'King of the Road.' These new rigs deliver on the number one key attribute most critical to these customers: uncompromising capability,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “Towing capability, reliability and engine performance are ranked first through third, respectively, with HD customers. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks unequivocally deliver all those things, as well as a very low total cost of ownership.”

The Ram 3500’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) -- which is defined by the maximum combined weight of the truck, payload and trailer -- has been raised to 37,600 pounds, which again far surpasses the closest competitor’s 30,500-pound GCWR.

Ram has increased the capability in its other truck models as well.

For 2013, the Ram 2500 will also benefit from increased towing and GCWR. At 18,350 and 25,000, Ram 2500’s towing and GCW ratings are also best among ¾-ton pickups.

Ram Chassis Cab trucks also deliver maximum capability with best-in-class towing and GCWR figures 29,600 pounds and 37,500 pounds, respectively (5500 model).

Ram Heavy Duty adds a number of new features for 2013, including a factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, a 17,000-pound Class V hitch with 1,800 pounds of tongue weight, class-exclusive electronic stability control (ESC) for dual-rear-wheels and a new Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) –positioned camera, the first of its kind in the heavy-duty pickup category, to provide a full view of the bed for easier hook-up of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers as well as monitoring cargo.

For 2013, all Ram Heavy Duty diesels benefit from an all-new cooling system. A high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers and low-slung charge air cooler afford 25 percent more heat-rejection capacity. Lower operating temperatures deliver improved performance, durability and lower operating costs. Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram trucks also provide best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals.

Ram is also introducing an industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water-fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water.

Also among the upgrades for 2013, Ram Heavy Duty front drive shafts and U-joints are sized larger to align with the truck’s new Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR).

To handle the best-in-class towing capability of the new Ram Heavy Duty, a new front and rear suspension system with advanced geometry builds upon the chassis improvements and greatly improves overall roll stiffness. An advanced three-link front suspension on the Ram 3500 is necessary for the vehicle’s higher GVWR and for use with heavy front loads, including snow plows. Additionally, a newly designed Hotchkiss leaf spring rear suspension on the Ram 3500 offers improved ride and handling while delivering higher towing and payload capability.


High-Strength Steels Help Create Tough New 2014 Silverado

Adds structural strength without increasing weight on built-to-last full-size pickups

DETROIT – Full-size pickups are unique. Their owners routinely use them in ways that would horrify most car owners.  They pull heavy trailers through the mountains, haul tools and supplies down washboard gravel roads, and slog through mud and muck on farms and construction sites. And trucks are expected to perform these tasks for years on end, with a minimum of repairs.

To help the new 2014 Silverado  measure up to these tasks, engineers chose high-strength steels for the backbone of the new trucks – the fully boxed frames and the structure of the cabs that carry and protect the occupants.

“Chevy owners use their trucks for earning a living and taking care of their families,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer.  “To meet the needs of these hard-working men and women, we chose high-strength steels for the key structural elements of the 2014 Silverado. That reduces the weight of these components without sacrificing the toughness and durability customers count on.”

To ensure that the new Silverado is up to the challenge, key elements of the updated frame, including the main rails and major cross members, are made from high-strength steel.  Hydroforming is used to improve strength and reduce mass of the front of the frame.

The cab structures are all new, and incorporate high strength steel in the A-pillars, B-pillars, roof rails and rocker panels. Ultra-high-strength steel is used in areas of the rocker panels and underbody in anticipation of new shallow-offset crash tests. In all, about two-thirds of the cab structure is made from high-strength steels.

Even the pickup bed benefits from tougher steels. The 2014 Silverado 1500 features a roll-formed steel pickup box, which is lighter, stronger and more durable than traditional stamped steel boxes used by major competitors.

Aluminum is used in a number of areas to reduce mass without compromising dependability.  The blocks and cylinder heads of all three EcoTec3 engines are cast aluminum, while 4WD crew cab models use forged aluminum upper front control arms and cast aluminum lower control arms and steering knuckles for a mass reduction of 42 pounds. The hoods are also aluminum, saving 17 pounds over a comparable steel panel.

The strategic use of high strength steels, aluminum and other premium materials enabled engineers to create a new Silverado that is stronger, more capable and more efficient than current models, while still being lighter than comparable models from a key competitor.

The materials and technologies used for Chevrolet pickups will continue to evolve, as truck customers face fluctuating fuel prices and truck makers engineer for strict new federal fuel economy standards, said Luke.

“But whether we are engineering full-size pickups like Silverado, or our efficient new midsize trucks, we can’t forget that trucks are workhorses. The materials we select and the powertrains we engineer must be able to get the job done, and save our customers money by holding down overall cost of ownership year in and year out.”

To help validate its design and materials for the 2014 Silverado, GM’s new full-size trucks will undergo more than 6 million miles of durability testing on proving grounds and tough test roads, equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition, the trucks will accumulate real-world mileage in excess of 7 million miles during final testing, bringing total test miles to more than 13 million.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year.  Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


Truck Vault In The Explorer PPV

A quick video promoting TruckVault for use in the Explorer PPV at SHOT '13. See more about the Truck Vault line of products at www.TruckVault.com


IAA Hannover 2012 - Ford Transit Interview

Barb Samardzich, Vice President Product Development for Ford of Europe, spoke to VansA2Z Editor Neil McIntee about Ford's ambitious plans to replace its entire light commercial vehicle range by the end of 2014. www.VansA2Z.com


Future of the Vocational Truck Industry on Display at The Work Truck Show® 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Jan. 11, 2013) — The first opportunity industry professionals have to see all the newest trucks, equipment, technology and components this year is The Work Truck Show® 2013. More than 80 exhibitors have already started promoting new products they will introduce at the show. The Work Truck Show 2013 is held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, March 6-8. Educational programming, including the Green Truck Summit and more than 60 intensive educational sessions, starts March 5.
“This is the best show of the year for seeing all the latest products from across the work truck industry,” says Shawn Jacobs, 2013 NTEA Convention chairman and president & CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment (Syracuse, NY). “In one place, you can check out everything from a new work truck body to an improved backup camera. There’s a good chance that something you see at the show this year will change the way you do business in the future.”
Attendees hoping to see all the new products and maximize their time in Indianapolis can download the Work Truck Show app, which is available for most mobile devices and will be updated for the 2013 show on Feb. 1. The app allows users to view the show’s floor plan, browse educational sessions, schedule appointments and find exhibitors featuring products in the New Product Spotlight or Green Product Showcase. To get it, scan the QR code at www.ntea.com/worktruckshow/index.aspx?id=25950 or visit www.guidebook.com/getit with a smart phone or device. Follow the prompts to download the Guidebook app. Then, open the app, select “Download Guides” and search for “The Work Truck Show.”
Some of the new products currently scheduled to be part of The Work Truck Show 2013 include:
A.R.E. Accessories
Lightweight truck cap
Altec Industries
Aluminum body aerial vehicle
American Midwest Fleet Solutions
Brush/grill guard
Arctic Fox LLC
Inline diesel fuel warmer
Arctic Fox LLC
Insulated, sleeved coolant hoses
ASA / Voyager Cameras
Radio head unit
Auto Meter Products Inc
Fuel economy gauge
BAE Systems
Heavy-duty hybrid systems
Stainless steel dump bodies
BEDNET Cargo Restraint Systems
Cargo restraint systems
Boss Industries Inc
Compressor control system
Bucher Hydraulics Inc
Pressure-balanced pump
Clean technology consulting and services
Certified Power Inc
Touchscreen spreader controls
Chelsea Products Div of Parker
560V clutch pack
ChemSpec USA
Industrial topcoat system
Chevrolet & GMC Commercial Truck
2013 CNG bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra 2500
Cirus Controls LLC
Touchscreen spreader controls
Clean Seal Inc
Compression, torsion, wave and extension spring applications
Clean Seal Inc
Automotive hoses
Dee Zee Inc
Collapsible ladder rack
DewEze Manufacturing
Clutch pump kit
Doosan Portable Power
Truck-mounted utility air compressor
Eberhard Manufacturing Co
Complete door system product line
ECHO Automotive
Plug-in hybrid electric kit for fleet vehicles
Efficient Transportation Solutions
Composite truck body kit
eNow Inc
Solar-based auxiliary power systems
Fastway Trailer Products
Coiled breakaway trailer cable
Godwin Group
Conversion hoist for 10-foot bodies
GPS Insight
Fuel-optimizing GPS software
Greater Indiana Clean Cities
Midwest LNG provider
Hino Trucks
Class 5 195 and 195h COE trucks
Husky Liners
Backup camera mounting kit
Husky Liners
Point-of-purchase product display
On-demand, instant ice/snow tire chains
InterMotive Vehicle Controls
Medium-duty truck idle reduction system
Knapheide Manufacturing Company (The)
Van partitions
LADD Distribution
Power connectors for harsh environments
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
Ventilation air and electrical power system
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
Docking station for Panasonic Toughbook 53
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
Cargo management system
Maxon Lift Corp
Steel/aluminum platforms and cart stops
Maxon Lift Corp
Stainless steel, dual-cylinder rail lift
Meyer Distributing
Grille guard
Meyer Products LLC
Insert hopper
Miller Electric Mfg Co
Mobile Power
Under-hood generator system
Muncie Power Products
Telescopic cylinders
Newgistics Freight Services
Freight management services
Efficient route management software
Nortech Innovative Products
LED light string kit
Optronics International
LED stop/turn/tail lights with glowing rings
Palfinger North America Group
Sprinter van aerial splicing unit
Power-Packer Inc
Motion control solutions
Pride Bodies LTD
Aluminum crane bodies
PRO-VISION Video Systems
Wide-angle camera
RAM Mounting Systems
Smartphone holder and mount
RAM Mounting Systems
iPad cradle and mount
RAM Mounting Systems
No-drill laptop mount
Rand McNally
Mobile fleet management system
Service body window grilles
Roll-Rite LLC
Wireless controls for side-roll tarps
Rotary Lift
Mobile column vehicle lift
ROUSH CleanTech
Propane autogas Ford F-650 and E-250
RSC Bio Solutions
Biodegradable, synthetic hydraulic fluids
S&S Truck Parts Inc
PTO and hydraulic systems
2,750-pound capacity liftgate
Sage Oil Vac Inc
Lube skids with enclosed reel cabinets
Sortimo NA
Roof-mounted shelving system
SuperSprings International Inc
Coil spring suspension enhancer
Switch-N-Go/AmeriDeck/Bucks Fabricating
Detachable truck body
Terex Utilities
Hybrid digger derrick system
Terminal Supply Company
Flame-resistant wire sleeving
Transglobal Door
Composite roll-up door
TriMark Corporation
Two-point paddle handle
TruckCraft Corp
Aluminum service body
Vanair Manufacturing Inc
Power system with six forms of power
Venco/Venturo Manufacturing Inc
Subframe conversion hoist
VMAC - Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors
Multi-function stand-alone diesel drive
Power system for Ford F-450/550
Whelen Engineering Co Inc
LED lighting series
Xantrex Technology
Zip's Truck Equipment Inc
Storage compartments
To see the most up-to-date list of new products, including detailed product descriptions, use the Work Truck Show app or go online to www.ntea.com/worktruckshow, select “2013 Floor Plan” from the “About the Work Truck Show” drop-down menu, and then click on “Featured Exhibitors.”
Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show brings together thousands of work truck industry professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers. To register for The Work Truck Show 2013, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.
Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show conversation on Twitter with the official hashtag: #wts2013.
About NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. The NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.