Propane Autogas Takes Center Stage at NTEA Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show

PERC promotes largest exhibition of propane autogas products at NTEA annual trade show

WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2013) When fleet managers visit the show floor at the at the Green Truck Summit March 5 and 6 and the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show March 6 to 8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, they will see no fewer than eight exhibitors demonstrating vehicles fueled by propane autogas, a powerful, American-made fuel that helps fleets nationwide save money, meet their emission reduction goals, and become less dependent on foreign oil.

At the center of it all, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), in booth 5691, will display new propane autogas technology and direct attendees to the large selection of propane autogas vehicles available at the show. At the Green Truck Summit, PERC will demonstrate the economical and environment benefits of propane autogas at the forum "Propane Autogas & Your Fleet: The Latest Product Offerings," March 6 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Led by Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer for PERC, the forum will illustrate the business case for propane autogas with leading manufacturers developing the technology. The panel includes presentations from Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at Roush CleanTech, and Gordon Taylor, commercial product manager for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.

"PERC’s investment in propane autogas research and development has expanded the portfolio of propane autogas vehicles on the market today," Perkins said. "Partnerships with industry leaders such as Roush CleanTech and Freightliner Custom Chassis have strengthened propane autogas offerings, making the fuel the best value for fleet managers while significantly cutting harmful emissions."

At the PERC booth, Freightliner Custom Chassis will showcase the production version of its S2G propane chassis with a propane bobtail body, as well as have a version available for ride-alongs and test-drives. The S2G will enter production later this summer and is the only factory-installed propane autogas engine available in the medium-duty truck market. It is equipped with CleanFuel USA liquid propane injected engine technology and a clean-burning 8.0-liter, 350-hp engine supplied by Powertrain Integration. The S2G is ideal for a variety of applications including pickup and delivery, student transportation, and municipal operations.

"The S2G offers fleet owners great return on investment with the affordability and abundant infrastructure of propane autogas, while also providing the only true, factory-installed and -supported propane chassis on the market," said Bryan Henke, manager of product marketing at Freightliner. "With the S2G, fleet owners and drivers can lower both their operational costs and their fleet emissions with the S2G without compromising payload, power, or performance."

Roush CleanTech's EPA- and CARB-certified Ford E-250 cargo van will also be on display at the PERC booth. Equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 engine, the Ford E-250 features the same Roush CleanTech liquid propane fuel system available nationwide on a variety of Ford trucks and vans, and delivers equivalent horsepower, torque, and towing capacity of gasoline models with significant reductions in exhaust emissions.

"Fleets nationwide are turning to Roush CleanTech to maximize fuel savings without compromising on performance," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at Roush CleanTech. "A typical Ford E-250 cargo van fueled by clean-burning, American-made propane autogas can save a fleet manager over $30,000 in operating costs over the life of the vehicle, with the added benefit of reduced emissions and lower maintenance costs."

Fleet managers can experience the full extent of propane autogas offerings at NTEA by picking up a "Propane Autogas Tour" roadmap from the PERC booth. The roadmap includes directions to all exhibitors featuring propane autogas vehicles, including GM, Ford Commercial Truck, Roush CleanTech, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., Powertrain Integration, Knapheide, and Green Alternative Systems.

Two refueling dispensers on display at the booth will demonstrate the ease and efficiency of fueling options available with propane autogas. For more information about PERC and propane-autogas-fueled products, visit http://autogasusa.org.

North America’s Largest Work Truck Event Returns to Indianapolis Next Week

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Feb. 26, 2013) — More than 10,000 work truck industry professionals are set to descend on Indianapolis next week for North America’s largest work truck event. The Work Truck Show® 2013 runs March 6−8 at the Indiana Convention Center and features 500,000 square feet of the newest vocational trucks, vans and equipment.

Governmental agencies and private companies rely on work trucks every day to get their jobs done, particularly in the construction, utility, municipal, delivery, landscaping and agricultural industries. The Work Truck Show offers something for everyone, including educational sessions, product introductions and unique test drives on city streets.

“This is the biggest week of the year for many people in our industry,” says Shawn Jacobs, NTEA 2013 Convention chairman and president & CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment (Syracuse, NY). “The Work Truck Show is where new chassis, bodies, equipment, components and technologies are launched. Educational sessions start March 5, a day before the show floor opens, because we have so many topics to cover.”

Off the 500,000 square-foot show floor, attendees can take part in the interactive Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. It is the only event in the country that offers real-world test drives in more than 20 commercially viable advanced hybrid and alternative fuel vocational vehicles. The Ride-and-Drive route takes participants onto the streets of Indianapolis and around Lucas Oil Stadium before returning to the Convention Center, giving them a true idea about how the trucks perform.

Other event highlights include keynote entertainment from largest-selling comedy-recording artist Jeff Foxworthy at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting on March 7 and an Opening Reception at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5.

Last year’s Work Truck Show, which was also held at the Indiana Convention Center, was the largest in history with 563 exhibitors and more than 10,400 attendees. Shortly after it wrapped up, the NTEA committed to holding the event in Indianapolis through 2016.

“Indianapolis has been great,” says Jacobs. “We used to rotate the show among several cities, but have settled on Indianapolis because attendance records have been broken every time it’s been here, including last year, 2011, 2007 and 2005. Exhibit space for 2013 has been sold out since October, so we expect it to be another great year.”

The Indiana Convention Center serves as a convenient site for the 53 exhibiting companies from across the state, including:

Aero Industries, Inc. (Indianapolis)
Alexander Screw Products/Weightlifter (Indianapolis)
Allison Transmission, Inc. (Indianapolis)
Amerimax (Bristol)
Andy Mohr Truck Center (Indianapolis)
ASA/Voyager Cameras (Elkhart)
Better Way Products (New Paris)
Boss Industries, Inc. (La Porte)
Clean Seal, Inc. (South Bend)
CNG Source, Inc. (Indianapolis)
Crosspoint Kinetics (Indianapolis)
CTW (Greenwood)
Cummins, Inc. (Columbus)
Delco Remy (Pendleton)
ECHO Automotive (Anderson)
EZ Trac - TDS Drive (Brookston)
Greater Indiana Clean Cities (Mooresville)
Green Alternative Systems (Elkhart)
IMMI/Cargo Buckle (Westfield)
IMPCO Automotive (Union City)
Jason Industries, Inc. (Elkhart)
KampCo Steel Products, Inc. (Elkhart)
Liquid Spring LLC (Lafayette)
MCC Equipment & Service Center (Indianapolis)
Meyer Distributing (Jasper)
Mid-State Truck Equipment (Fishers)
Midway Specialty Vehicles (Elkhart)
Monroe Custom Bodies, Inc. (Greenfield)
MOR/ryde International (Elkhart)
Muncie Power Products (Muncie)
Nagy FleetNet, Inc. (Elkhart)
Power-Packer, Inc. (Mishawaka)
ProAir (Elkhart)
RC Industries, Inc. (Elkhart)
Real Power/Contour Hardening, Inc. (Indianapolis)
Reelcraft Industries, Inc. (Columbia City)
Remy, Inc. (Pendleton)
Rotary Lift (Madison)
Ryder Transportation, Inc. (Indianapolis)
Speedway LLC/SuperFleet (Indianapolis)
Sto-Away Power Cranes, Inc. (Crown Point)
Sun Power Technologies (Whitestown)
Supreme Corporation (Goshen)
TKO Graphix (Plainfield)
Tower Structural Laminating (Ligonier)
Truck Accessories Group - LEER Fleet/Pace Edwards (Elkhart)
TST-Transportation Safety Technologies, Inc./Riverside Mfg. LLC (Fort Wayne)
Utilimaster Corp. (Bristol)
Vanair Manufacturing, Inc. (Michigan City)
Van's Electrical Systems (Indianapolis)
Warner Bodies (Noblesville)
Zuncin/YSN (Elkhart)

Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show is open to all work truck industry professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.

To register, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832. On-site registration is also available.

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.


Auto Crane Commemorates 55 Years of Invention and Innovation

Ramsey Industries, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) announced that its Auto Crane® subsidiary is celebrating 55 years since the company’s invention of the original field service crane, and with it, the birth of a new industry.

When entrepreneurs Claire Simmons and Carl White in 1958 designed a small crane that could literally fit in the trunk of an automobile, they immediately solved a back-breaking problem experienced by oil-field service technicians who previously had no other means to hoist heavy drill bits but on their backs. But inventing a crane that was easily transportable also introduced the concept of mobile service to lift and repair heavy equipment in remote areas.

Auto Crane’s first client was Hughes Tools, headed by none other than billionaire Howard Hughes. In the rich Texas oil fields, Auto Crane service cranes were put to work and quickly became a staple of the oil production industry. With mobile crane service now a reality, drilling operations no longer experienced expensive downtime waiting for off-site repairs, and service technicians could repair equipment faster and safer without the manual labor of lifting heavy drilling components.

"Looking back, Auto Crane truly revolutionized the way service work was being done at the time," said John Celoni, president and chief executive officer of Ramsey Industries, Inc. "If you think about it, we essentially brought the workshop to the site where techs were then able to work on the equipment right then and there, eliminating the downtime and cost associated with transporting the equipment to an off-site repair shop."

Auto Crane on an El Camino.

Over the decades, Auto Crane continued to expand and innovate its product line with "back-saving" service cranes that addressed both safety and operational problems in the energy, mining and construction industries. Among these were the first electric cable crane in the 1970s that offered unprecedented lifting capacities for even bigger equipment. In the 1980s, Auto Crane designed the first fully hydraulic line of service cranes that increased productivity with fully hydraulic hoists, boom extensions and power rotation. The company in the 1990s introduced the first electric over hydraulic service crane, which gave operators more versatility than ever.

In 2003, Auto Crane’s passion for inventing and innovating mobile service cranes took a new turn. This time, all eyes focused on the trucks that transported the crane to its service areas. Service technicians needed a specialized truck body designed specifically to disperse heavy loads and torsion of heavy lifting. They also needed a durable solution with compartments for work tools and ancillary equipment to make time-efficient repairs. Auto Crane soon unveiled its patented Titan® crane body another industry first.

With safety always at the forefront of its product line innovations, Auto Crane took a fresh look at minimizing and eliminating common control problems experienced by crane operators. With technology as its guide, Auto Crane created in 2010 the patented NexStar™ crane control system for its hydraulic cranes. NexStar revolutionized the service crane industry by delivering unprecedented control to the operator’s hands and providing a virtual second shield of defense, preventing the operator from unsafe overload conditions.

"Throughout the years, Auto Crane has always taken the approach that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we’ve proven that with our NexStar System," Celoni says. "NexStar truly eliminates the guesswork that once came with what operators could and could not lift due to the weight of the load, the angle of their boom, or the angle of their chassis."

Since then, Auto Crane continues to engineer and enhance the safest cranes and most robust crane bodies in the industry. The company expanded its NexStar crane control system to its electric over hydraulic cranes, making them the safest and best performing EH cranes in the world. With the release of the new Titan in 2013, Auto Crane once again improves performance and agility of its truck body while reducing weight for additional payload.

See all about Auto Crane products at www.autocrane.com


Super Duty- We Own Work- Heavy Hauling

Tom Horton uses his Super Duty® to haul more trailers than he could with a semi, so each and every load is more profitable. Here's a look at a man with an innovative mind and a very smart truck.


Knapheide's Top of the Line PGNC Gooseneck Body in White

Knapheide's PGNC Gooseneck can pull, haul, and store. The PGNC was designed to be the top of the line Gooseneck Body, with superior standard features and a rugged durable construction.

The PGNC Gooseneck Body is the premier Gooseneck Body from Knapheide.  This Gooseneck Body comes stockpiled with standard features, everything from skirted gooseneck styling to integrated front toolboxes to a complete gooseneck and receiver hitch towing system.  And since it's constructed of rugged 12 gauge tread plate and steel, you know it will be tough enough to withstand even the harshest towing, hauling, and storing conditions.  If you want a Gooseneck Body that will prove it's worth day in and day out, the Knapheide PGNC is the Gooseneck Body for you.

This unit was installed and painted white to match the truck by California Work Trucks in Union City, CA. California Work Trucks is an authorized Knapheide distributor. For more information about Knapheide products, go to www.Knapheide.com, and for more information about California Work Trucks, go to www.CalWorkTrucks.com


The Collector

George Tackaberry lifts the lid on his business, his best friend and his world-renouned collection of International trucks.



Real Power Custom Mobile EV Charging Truck

Real Power's latest delivery: a custom mobile EV Charging truck built for one of our automotive customers. This truck can recharge up to 6 electric vehicles at the same time. It is equipped with 2-50kW DC Chargers and 2- L2 SAE J1772 70A chargers. Additional 50A 240V outlets are inside the truck and can be used for additional chargers. See more at www.RealACPower.com


Ram to Build Industry’s Only Light-duty Diesel Pickup

  • 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel to deliver best-in-class fuel economy, a title already owned by the 2013 Ram 1500
  • Clean diesel features low CO2 emissions and impressive V-6 capability
  • Diesel engines praised for outstanding range and torque
  • Ram first to market with game-changing technologies

February 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Beginning in third-quarter 2013, Ram will become the only brand to offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks.

The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The powertrain is expected to deliver an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class torque and impressive capability.

“Truck owners have been emphatically asking for it, and Ram will be the only manufacturer to offer a diesel powertrain in the half-ton segment with the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “The half-ton truck market is incredibly competitive, and although we’re honored the Ram 1500 has received a number of prestigious awards, we cannot rest on what we have accomplished, we must keep pushing.”

The 2013 Ram 1500 won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, The North American Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas -- a rare trifecta in the pickup segment. Building on the award-winning truck, the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will further stretch its best-in-class fuel economy title lead and continue to raise the innovation bar in one of the automotive industry’s most customer-loyal segments.

“The Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter V-6 turbo EcoDiesel and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission deliver on the demands of truckers by providing best-in-class torque, fuel economy and range. There’s no doubt that being the only truck manufacturer to offer this game changing technology will provide Ram with a competitive advantage,” added Diaz.

The new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel is among today's most advanced diesel engines. Its emissions are 60 percent less than those produced by diesel powertrains 25 years ago. The impressive combination of torque and fuel economy marks new levels of performance for small V-6 engines.

Ram’s newest turbo diesel engine is manufactured by VM Motori, a Chrysler Group diesel engine supplier since 1992.

Over the past 10 months, the Ram Truck brand has set an aggressive product cadence. Ram’s big push began in April 2012 with the introduction of the Ram 1500 with class-leading 25 mpg fuel efficiency and innovative features such as Active Level four-corner air suspension.

The Ram Brand followed that news with the launch of the Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. Their 30,000-pound trailer-tow rating – more than three tons more than their closest competitor -- and 850 lb.-ft. of torque are at the top of their class. Most recently, Ram introduced the new 2014 Ram ProMaster van with its own list of best-in-class features, including fuel efficiency, payload, cargo capacity and lowest cost of ownership.

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.

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Sani Hire's Port-A-Loos Flushed By Isuzu

Regardless of whether you call it a dunny, lavatory, water closet, loo or a just plain old toilet, it’s a necessity we can’t go without.

Dating back to 2,800 BC, the toilet came into being in Pakistan during the “Age of Cleanliness”.  Since then, it has seen a lot of change, a more recent and very welcome development being the birth of the modern day ‘port-a-loo’ in the 1960s.

Now a major operator in the Australian portable toilet industry is waste management company, Sani Hire, with operations based in Sydney and Melbourne.

The company, established in 1978 in Sydney, where its head office is still based, has since expanded into Melbourne. Its growth has been impressive and it now ranks as one of the largest independent suppliers of portable sanitation with a team of 22 employees.

Managing Director, Jay Wilson, said he has just completed converting his truck fleet to exclusively Isuzu.

“We recently replaced two trucks from another Japanese brand and couldn’t be happier,” he said.

“We’ve been using Isuzu trucks for 24 years and they are very dependable and reliable, ensuring we can deliver our customer service guarantee. We usually keep our trucks for up to 10 years before replacing them with new ones.”

Sani Hire now has a fleet of 14 service vehicles across its three branches in Victoria and New South Wales.  The size of the fleet allows plenty of scope to relocate vehicles, which satisfies customer demand while minimising vehicle downtime.

The most recent purchase was an FVY 1400 employed as a vacuum tanker for servicing portable toilets and liquid waste onsite with a capacity of up to 12,000 litres. The waste is picked up onsite and then delivered to Sani Hire’s depots, which have government approved trade waste facilities for the disposal of the non-hazardous contents into the sewage system.

Apart from the FVY 1400 vacuum tanker, Sani Hire’s Isuzu fleet also includes models such as the NQR 400, FSR 850, FVR 950, and FVD 950.

Ranging up to six metres in overall length, the trucks are fitted with either a tray body or vacuum tank. All truck bodies are designed and built by vacuum tanker manufacturer, Mansfield Vacuum Truck Supplies in Victoria.

The vacuum tankers are fitted with either Canadian Wallenstein, or Masport vacuum pumps which enable the driver to quickly load the tanker without any messy spillage. The tanks are fabricated from extra thick metal to deal with the corrosive waste.

For more efficient handling, the tanker’s hose reel is hydraulically rewound, eliminating the need for the driver to rewind the hose manually.
When asked about the smell, Jay said that he is now used to it after years of dealing with toilet waste.

“The trucks’ vacuum tanks keep the smell at bay during transit. The only time you really smell it is when you are sucking the waste from the portable toilets and pumping it back in the sewage system.”

The performance of the trucks has been highly regarded by the drivers, especially in the areas of comfort and driver fatigue management.

“The FVY 1400’s Isri 6860 air suspension driver’s seat is a pleasure to drive on, especially on bumpy roads,” Jay said, “while the power output (221 kW @ 2,400 RPM) is ideal for extra heavy loads.”

Sani Hire provides portable toilets for everything from 21st birthdays and construction sites to a wide range of outdoor events, including a high profile U2 concert.

The company sets itself apart from its competitors by specialising only in all aspects of portable sanitation and dealing with portable toilets and associated products.

It complements the provision of portable toilets by providing state-of-the-art waste removal, toilet cleaning, and the replenishment of fresh water, toilet paper and chemicals.

According to Jay, payload capacity and reliability were two big deciding factors in purchasing Isuzu trucks.

“We operate 24/7 and need trucks to keep up with the demand of our business,” he said.

“The Isuzus’ automatic transmission and the short wheelbases we require are great for getting in and out of tight sites we have to service.

“The resale value on Isuzus is really handy as well. The parts are very easy to source and we get great ongoing service for a low cost.

“We are very satisfied with the quality of the product that Isuzu provides and we plan to add two more trucks to our fleet in the next 12 months.”

Click here to see the video 'On the Road with Sani Hire'.
See more about Isuzu Trucks in Australia at www.Isuzu.com.au


2014 Ram Promaster Walk Around by PickupTruck.com

From the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, PickupTrucks.com's Mark Williams takes a look at the 2014 Ram ProMaster. www.pickuptruck.com


Ram Truck builds momentum for America's Heartland

Turns out the Baltimore Ravens weren’t the only big winners to emerge from this year’s hard-fought NFL Super Bowl.

The 2013 Super Bowl racked up a “Super-Sized” win for the Ram Truck Brand “Farmer” video, as well. "Farmer" aired during the big game's fourth quarter.

18 million views as of Feb. 14! That’s how many post-game ‘hits’ the brand’s much-talked-about video has garnered. It took just ONE week to go above and beyond the 10 million view goal the brand had set to trigger a $1M donation to the National FFA Organization to help fund the organizations “Feeding the World-Starting at Home” initiative.

And the clock is still running as people just can’t seem to get enough of this two-minute moving tribute to the strength and tenacity of the American farmer, told through beautifully compelling images and the “So God Made A Farmer” narrative made memorable decades ago by radio legend Paul Harvey.

Olivier Francois, Chrysler Group LLC Chief Marketing Officer described the video as an effort … “to create a call-to-action to support farmers and to recognize their place as the foundation of the American character"  and added we are "gratified with the dialog the video sparked.”

“Farmer” has inspired hundreds of heartfelt letters to Chrysler Group Chairman & CEO Sergio Marchionne since its first airing.

From the Illinois Farm Bureau - “Many of our members were pleasantly surprised that Ram Trucks would vocalize their view of farmers on such a huge stage, in such a great way.”

Some 250 agribusiness organizations, members of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, expressed their heartfelt gratitude, saying “The ad reminded viewers that farmers and ranchers – those who feed and clothe this country and much of the world – must not be taken for granted …”

“ 'Farmer' is about having America appreciate everything that farmers and farm families do on a daily basis and captures the hardwork, determination and character of the farmer in all of us,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “We are so pleased and excited that this has touched the hearts and souls of so many people in a positive way.”

These powerful responses send a message about hardwork and determination that Ram Truck not only stands for but continues to support through an initiative called “The Year of the Farmer.” The year-long effort will keep the spotlight focused on American farm families, and include publishing a book of many of the stirring images collected by photographers commissioned to work on the initiative. Ram Truck will donate proceeds from the book to agriculture and hunger efforts across the country.

We’ll keep you updated as Ram Truck gets closer to the publishing date. Meanwhile, here’s another look at “Farmer,” the Ram Truck video that captured the hearts of Super Bowl fans and viewers across the country.


Mining Not Taxing On Isuzu Fleet

Isuzu trucks are valued across Australia for their ruggedness and reliability but perhaps nowhere more so than at the Peak Gold Mines in Cobar, New South Wales.

As part of its fleet, the mine runs seven Isuzu trucks; four of which are used underground transporting men, equipment and explosives to service the copper and gold mine’s 24-hour-a-day operation.

Located approximately 700 kilometres north-west of Sydney, Cobar is a famous old mining town.

Found just a short eight kilometre drive south from the town centre, Peak Gold Mines employs 340 staff on site and has a seven year mine life, up to 2018.

To keep its around-the-clock schedule, Peak Gold Mines relies on a range of reliable equipment, including modern development jumbo boom drills, load-haul-dump loaders, and a total of 55 trucks and utility support vehicles.

According to Mobile Maintenance Planner, Ben Trudgett, the Isuzus easily cope with the rock road bases and 1:6 gradient in the decline mine.

Mr Trudgett said two of the company’s Isuzu trucks were registered, with the remaining five unregistered.

“Our Isuzu NLS 200 crew cab is used underground by the Mobile Maintenance Team. It also transports the team to other workshops,” he said.

“We also have four FTS 750 Isuzu trucks, which are used as stores trucks. One of these is a registered truck and is used for town store runs. The other three are unregistered and are mainly used underground.

“Our fleet also includes two FTS 800 4x4s – one is a fuel truck and the other an explosives truck.”

Mr Trudgett said both the FTS 800 4x4 fuel truck and explosives truck required some extra body work to fit the mine’s application.

“The fuel truck has a double skin road transport fuel body, which is capable of carrying 7,000 litres. This body was purpose built for safety and practicality,” he said.

“The explosives truck has a reinforced headboard for additional safety of operators.

“All of the other Isuzu trucks are as built and simply have tray bodies.”

As the Peak Gold Mines operate constantly, the trucks are used on a daily basis.

“The registered stores truck does two runs into town Monday to Friday. The other registered truck is utilised 24/7 to transport logistics in the underground workings,” Mr Trudgett said.

“The explosives truck is also used every day by the charge-up crews.”

According to Mr Trudgett, not everybody can take the trucks underground.

“Any operator who is ‘ticketed’ to operate the trucks can drive them. We have our own in house trainers who train and accredit each operator who is competent to operate the machines in the mine,” he said.

“Apart from the registered stores truck, all other Isuzu trucks go into the mine. The conditions are harsh, the roads are rock base with a 1:6 decline. However the Isuzu trucks have no issues with the conditions – they do everything that we ask of them, and sometimes more.”

Mr Trudgett said he believes the most favourable features of the Isuzu trucks are their reliability and operator comfort.

“The Isuzus offer more than enough power. They have no trouble driving up steep declines at about 20km/h when they are loaded,” he said.

“We chose to purchase Isuzu trucks because they offer a fleet of standard service trucks that meet our specification and the product’s reliability is fantastic. We also can’t go past the back-up parts and service from the Isuzu Dealership, Tracserv in Dubbo – we have had very good experiences with them.”

Peak Gold Mines replaces trucks on an as-needs basis, based on their condition, age and life hours.

“We select the best truck that suits the application required. We purchased one of our underground stores trucks in 2000 and the other two in 2008; we purchased our above ground stores truck in 2005. The explosives truck, fuel truck and NLS 200 crew cab were all added to our fleet in 2011,” Mr Trudgett said.

“We would definitely consider purchasing more Isuzu trucks when we require replacement vehicles. We have a good relationship with Tracserv and the trucks’ reliability and performance in the mine are unsurpassed.”

Two mining fields are run from the Peak Gold Mines site, one hosting a processing plant and administration buildings.

Peak Gold Mines is operated by Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Canadian company, New Gold Incorporated. It commenced production in 1992.
For more information about Isuzu Trucks in Australia, see www.Isuzu.com.au


eNowEnergy Brings Solar Power To The Transportation Industry

eNow is a clean tech company which has designed solar based auxiliary power systems. Our systems have been developed to replace diesel powered auxilary power units (APU's). eNow has developed proprietary PV Modules (patents pending) and systems, specifically for medium and heavy duty trucks, commercial buses and school buses.

See more about this company and products at www.enowenergy.com


Watching the Grass Grows a Big Business

Watching, or should we say, making the grass grow – and then delivering it to customers within and beyond Australia  has turned into a big business for StrathAyr Pty Ltd.

As a developer of natural turf technology, StrathAyr provides a variety of turf options for residential and commercial use – making the drawn out process of preparing the ground, planting seed, and waiting for it to shoot and grow a thing of the past.

The name “StrathAyr” derives from the property name of the company’s original turf farm in Tasmania where the family business began in 1969. After receiving growing demand for its turf systems, the company expanded to Victoria in 1972.

Today, with a staff of over 30, StrathAyr operates two turf farms, one each in Victoria and Tasmania.  The farms produce high quality turf such as the popular Sir Walter Buffalo Lawn, Legend Couch and Village Green Kikuyu.

As well as delivering turf to customers, StrathAyr provides a lawn installation service conducted by a team of experienced installers, and offers a wide range of lawn care products including lawn fertilisers and pest and weed control.

StrathAyr’s Victorian farm turf deliveries are handled by two Isuzu FVY 1400 6x4 curtainsiders.

Victorian Farm Manager, Nick Behm, said the Isuzu trucks were just the right size for delivering turf to residential homes, race tracks, landscapers and sports fields.

“The trucks’ 24,000 kg GVM rating is great for our heavy loads of turf and installation equipment,” Nick said.
“On top of that, we’re more than happy with the build quality, the cab comfort and safety features while the inbuilt multimedia unit with NAVTEQ satellite navigation is particularly handy.”

The curtainsider bodies include provision for a detachable forklift for the easy loading and unloading of the turf pallets.

When asked why StrathAyr chose Isuzu, Nick said it came down to functionality and value for money.

“We were looking for a truck model that could handle heavy loads and would still be easy to drive despite its size,” Nick said.

“According to the drivers, operating the trucks is no more stressful than driving a car. The turning circle is surprisingly good for a medium duty truck which makes parking in tight residential streets effortless.”

The company also has a separate business division called StrathAyr Turf Systems, which specialises in providing all types of natural turf solutions such as removable natural turf systems for stadiums  and racetracks, natural turf drop-in portable cricket wickets, as well as natural turf replacement products.

The major projects conducted by StrathAyr Turf Systems include the long-awaited redevelopment of Punt Road Oval currently underway in Melbourne, Victoria – the home of the AFL Richmond Tigers.

In 1990, StrathAyr expanded its markets beyond Australia’s coastline, when BAyr Root (soil free) Turf was air freighted from Australia to Hong Kong for the resurfacing of the Sha Tin Racetrack.

Since then, the international business has continued to grow with StrathAyr Turf Systems installed at sporting venues in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

See more about Isuzu Trucks in Australia at www.Isuzu.com.au


Sno-Way Revolution HD Snow Plow Fits HD 1-ton to Class 5 Trucks

The Revolution™ HD is here. This plow is designed to flat out move more snow. The fully controllable independently moveable 13-1/2” wings allow you to make your plow a full open plow to a box end plow in a matter of seconds. The Revolution™ HD with patented Down Pressure® on a one ton or larger truck will cut your plowing time in half when compared against any plow in the market.

  • Patented Ground Hugger Blade Design
    • Keeps Plow on the Ground
  • Tube Steel/Tab-Slot and Lock Construction
    • Engineered for Load Force Absorption
    • Engineered to Last
  • Fast-Force Hydraulic System
  • Pre-Drilled Top Blade Rail
    • Allows for E-Z Installation of E-Z Fit Deflector
  • 150° Hydraulic Wing Rotation
    • Infinite Snow Moving Adjustability
  • Down Pressure® Hydraulics System
    • Scrapes clean forward and back dragging
    • Increases snow-moving efficiency 30%
  • EIS™ – Energy Interruption System
    • Down-time reduction
    • Corrosion elimination
    • Plug and play design
  • Superior Paint for Corrosion Resistance
    • Zinc Phosphate Rinse
    • E-Coat Primer
    • Powder Coat Finish

See much more about Sno-Way products at http://www.snoway.com



Novi, Michigan – Hino Trucks Class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model 195h took home ATD’s 2013 Medium Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award.  Hino has taken home this award each time a truck was submitted into the annual contest - Hino’s model 268 won in 2010 and Model 338 won in 2011.

Hino 195h was selected for the medium-duty (Class 3-7) category after impressing the judges with its comfort, great visibility, maneuverability, high-tech equipment and smooth, fuel-saving operation. The trucks were selected from a field of five medium-duty trucks and a five-member panel of journalists evaluated the trucks last October. The judging categories included innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.  “Every year the challenge is greater and greater,” said judge Paul Hartley, writer and owner of AddMedia. “The manufacturers bring the best in the game.

“We are honored to once again accept this prestigious award from the American Truck Dealers Association.” said Bob McDowell, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Customer Support for Hino.  “The innovation and technical advancements in our 195h diesel-electric hybrid are unmatched in the industry today.  We successfully launched the truck this fall in California and we are happy to report that to date, we have deployed 130 trucks into the Californian market.”

Hino Trucks will continue its roll out of the 195h model by offering it through its dealers in the Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Sunbelt metropolitan areas in April, and all states by June.

The Class 5 COE is also offered as a diesel model 195. Both the 195 and 195h models will carry a 19,500 lb. GVW rating, with an optional de-rate 17,500 lb GVW rating, and are powered by the award winning Hino Series engine. The 5-liter engine is rated at 210 hp and 440 lb. ft. of torque. Utilizing Aisin’s A465, 6-speed automatic transmission, the Hino hybrid is the first to be packaged with an automatic transmission.

Both models feature an ergonomically friendly wide cab with a North American standard 33-inch frame rail width, a 56,900 PSI frame, and a standard center mounted rear fuel tank. The cab’s styling emphasizes aerodynamics and visibility with an angled windshield, narrow pillars and rounded-radius curves. Inside, the new cab uses its increased width to provide room for drivers up to 6 ft. 6 in. tall, seating for three and a versatile mobile workspace with a variety of organizational storage options. Both the 195 and 195h are available as a standard 2-door cab, or are available in a 4-door double cab.

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 5-7 commercial trucks in the United States. In 2012, Hino introduced its Class 5 cab-over diesel-electric trucks making diesel-electric hybrids a viable option in the U.S. commercial truck industry for the first time. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer service and support. Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers the lowest total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market. For more information, visit our internet home page at www.hino.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ATD: ATD represents about 2,000 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers. ATD members share in NADA’s programs, services and benefits. ATD hosts an annual convention for dealers and dealership managers. For more information, visit www.atd.org.



SmartSpace™ streamlines lightweight storage systems with unlimited configuration possibilities

Atlanta, February 8, 2013 – Masterack®, a division of Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, in continued pursuit of cutting-edge technologies, will reveal SmartSpace™, an all-new cargo management system targeted to create a revolutionary change in cargo storage that satisfies the rapidly changing needs of the industry. “We realize that the vehicle industry is changing now more than ever, and that we are in a position to provide solutions that help our customers capitalize on those changes and produce additional efficiencies and cost savings for them,” said Ross Haith, President, Masterack and FECAP Divisions for Leggett & Platt CVP. Masterack will have SmartSpace on display at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 6-8. The NTEA Work Truck Show is the largest work truck event in North America. 

Benefits of SmartSpace
SmartSpace Cargo Management System was developed from the ground up, with the support of Masterack’s largest fleet, OEM, and distributor customers. The highly configurable storage system features stackable shelf units, designed for use in the new high-cube cargo vans coming to market within the next 18 months, which include the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster, as well as smaller fleet vehicles such as the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200. The new system is engineered with lightweight materials which provide fuel efficiency over traditional steel cargo management systems. SmartSpace is modular, giving users the ability to easily and quickly customize the system for different trades and needs, even after delivery of the vehicle. Additionally, the system satisfies Masterack’s installation partners’ desire to reduce installation time for the system. “Our customers asked for a cargo management system that would save them time, so we designed a shelving module that can be installed at 90 or 180 degrees for rear and side door access,” said Jenn Voelker, Marketing Manager. “We focused on the details, down to new drawer latches which secure drawers individually and provide quiet, rattle-free storage.”

SmartSpace will be available to Masterack customers in the fourth quarter this year.

About Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products
Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products is a division of global diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE: LEG). Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Leggett & Platt CVP is a family of companies that provides a single source for commercial vehicle needs. Through its brands Leggett & Platt CVP designs, manufactures and installs commercial vehicle interior systems, truck equipment and accessories. The Leggett & Platt CVP family of companies includes 11 facilities in North America. For more information on Leggett & Platt CVP, visit www.LeggettCVP.com.   

About Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a diversified manufacturer (and member of the S&P 500) that conceives, designs, and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles. Leggett & Platt serves a broad suite of customers that comprise a “Who’s Who” of U.S. manufacturers and retailers. The 130-year-old company (founded 1883) is made of 20 business units, 18,000 employee-partners and 130 facilities located in 17 countries. Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. producer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) components for office furniture; c) drawn steel wire; d) automotive seat support and lumbar systems; e) carpet cushion; f) adjustable beds; and g) bedding industry machinery for wire forming, sewing, and quilting.


HINO Dump Truck ROCKS!

So, here's another Hino 60 second commercial and guess what? Some nice aluminum wheels on this puppy too! I'm looking around at the majority of their videos and see almost all with Alcoa wheels. Why do you think that is on these big old work truck? Why?

Because they ROCK! That's why! Makes any work truck look great. www.Hino.com

HINO Moving Truck with Side Door and Attic

Here's a Hino 2012MY spot showing a nice moving van with furniture attic and side doors. A little long for the city, but check out the great wheels! Some nice aluminum wheels (probably Alcoa) makes any work truck new or used look like it should cost $5,000 more! www.Hino.com


Ram ProMaster Introduction at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Fred Diaz, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand, introduces the all-new Ram ProMaster at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.


New 2014 Toyota Tundra at Chicago Auto Show

From the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, PickupTrucks.com's Mark Williams takes a look at the 2014 Toyota Tundra. www.pickuptrucks.com


2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van Joins Innovative Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup

CHICAGO - The all-new 2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van adds a new dimension to the Nissan Commercial Vehicle lineup - compact. More than 4.5 feet shorter in length and 2.5 feet lower in height compared to the Nissan NV 2500/3500 High Roof Cargo Van, the new NV200 is designed to be the "right size" for a growing number of small business owners and fleet operators wanting smaller, more efficient work vans. It is also ideal for business owners coming from passenger vehicles, thanks to the NV200's cargo size optimization and functionality.

Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles and Fleet said: "For many years businesses have bought large vans simply because that's what was available. The 2013 Nissan NV200 offers a great new alternative - a commercial quality vehicle that optimizes cargo space while offering the best possible fuel economy and an affordable price. We"re now able to offer vehicles for nearly every business need, the compact NV200, the full-size NV 1500/2500/3500 Cargo Standard Roof, the 4-row/12-person NV 3500 Passenger and the extra-large NV 2500/3500 Cargo High Roof."

Maximizing Cargo Efficiency
Built on Nissan's proven compact commercial platform, the NV200 offers high cargo volume capacity in a small exterior package. Unique for North America, the NV200 body has been extended 7.9 inches versus the models sold in other global markets.

This longer body length offers additional cargo carrying capability for North American customers.
The combination of a 115.2-inch wheelbase with a 186.3-inch overall length, along with a compact drivetrain and rear suspension, provides an 82.8-inch cargo length, 54.8-inch cargo width (48.0 inches between the wheelwells) and 53.0-inch cargo area height. Along with its low cargo floor height (19.5 inches) and tall roofline, the NV200 a large cargo capacity of 122.7 cubic feet. Payload is estimated at 1,500 pounds (S model).

Said Castelli: "As the next 'innovation for business," the new NV200 is designed to be highly maneuverable in traffic or when negotiating city parking spaces, with a 36.7-foot curb-to-curb turning diameter. Yet it is every inch a business workhorse with its wide-opening doors and its ability to carry standard U.S. 40x48-inch pallets enhancing its exceptional utility."

The tall rear French doors are a 40/60-split design, with the 60-percent side on the right (curb) side for easy access from a sidewalk. The 40-percent left side door is shorter, reducing its potential intrusion into the street when open, helping lower the risk of accidents due to passing vehicles. Both rear doors feature dual opening positions of 90º and 180º. The standard sliding side doors are designed for low effort. All doors are solid (no windows) to accommodate advertising or business signage, with available privacy door glass.

Added commercial flexibility is provided by the standard integrated mounting points, which allow installation of racks and shelves without drilling into the sidewalls, and six available floor mounted cargo hooks in the cargo area.

The new NV200's exterior design features a Nissan signature front grille, aerodynamic front-end design and functional cabin design. Other exterior features include halogen headlights, durable black front and rear bumpers and outside mirrors with wide-angle spotter mirrors and available heated function. Body-colored bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors are also offered. A selection of five exterior colors is offered: Blue Onyx, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Red Brick and Fresh Powder.

A Driver-Focused Cockpit
The driver-focused cockpit includes both comfort and functional features. The driver's seat is mounted in a high "commanding" position that is easy to get in and out of and provides a good view of the road and surrounding environment. The 6-way adjustable seat with manual lumbar and armrest is designed for durability with outboard vinyl wear patches. The passenger's seat is a 4-way adjustable design. Height-adjustable front seat head restraints and front door map pockets are also standard.

The Nissan NV200 offers "Mobile Office" functionality with a center console featuring laptop/hanging file folder storage, pen/pencil tray, CD holder and dual cupholders. Recessed storage areas are provided on the upper instrument panel for folders and documents. In addition, the passenger seat folds down to serve as a worktop or lunch table, or it extends the cargo space for hauling longer items such as pipe or lumber. Passenger seat slide travel is nearly 9.5 inches. The durable 15x13-inch tray built into the seatback can fit most laptops and includes a penholder for use as desk.

Power windows with auto up/down are standard, as is the 12-volt power outlet on the instrument panel. An additional 12-volt power point in rear of center console is also available. There is also a passenger-side underseat storage tray, drive computer, battery saver feature, AM/FM/CD with auxiliary input and two front door mounted speakers.

Available technology includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), and RearView Monitor.

The available NissanConnect with Navigation system includes 5.8-inch touch screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Pandora® radio capability (iPhone® only), Streaming audio via Bluetooth® and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant.

"Business today runs on technology and the NV200 offers a range of available features including RearView Monitor and our advanced NissanConnect with Navigation system with Hands-free Text Messaging to help keep drivers connected to the office or home," added Castelli.

Standard safety features include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front occupant head protection, front seat mounted driver and passenger side impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Efficiency and Affordability
The 2013 Nissan NV200 is built on Nissan's proven compact commercial platform and features an efficient 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder engine rated at 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with a responsive and efficient Xtronic CVT® transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway and 24 mpg Combined.

The NV200 suspension utilizes independent struts and stabilizer bar in front and a leaf spring design in the rear. Front disc/rear drum brakes with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist are standard, along with electric power-assisted steering and 15-inch steel wheels mounted with 185/60R15 high-load all-season tires.

Two Well-Equipped Models
The 2013 Nissan NV200 is available in two well-equipped models, NV200 S and NV200 SV in a choice of five exterior colors, matched with a gray cloth interior.

In addition to the long list of standard features on the NV200 S, the SV model adds power heated outside mirrors, power door locks with auto-locking feature, remote keyless entry with two key fobs, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, additional 12V power point in the rear of the center console, six floor-mounted cargo hooks in the cargo area and full wheel covers.

Several option packages are available, including Back Door Glass Package; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System; Cruise Control Package; and an Exterior Appearance Package with body-color bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors and chrome grille. The Technology Package includes the NissanConnect with Navigation system, RearView Monitor and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

Said Castelli: "Built into the NV200 from the earliest planning, is low total cost of ownership. The 2013 Nissan NV200 offers a competitive price, excellent fuel efficiency and reduced upfitting costs due to the standard integrated mounting points, all of which will provide business owners with a low total cost of ownership."

A Global Award Winner
While new to North America, the Nissan NV200 compact van is in use in more than 40 countries around the world, receiving acclaim from both users and media alike for its optimal functionality and smart design. It won the 2010 International Van of the Year award in Europe, the 2010 Commercial Delivery Van (CDV) of the Year in China, and the 2011 Universal Design Award from Universal Design GMbH, a German organization dedicated to promoting the convergence of design and the emerging importance of customer needs. NV200 has also established a presence as the strong segment leader in Japan with a wide-ranging lineup that includes a taxi version - and will soon be seen on the streets of New York City as the designated taxi design.

"Our global success provides a great foundation for the North American version, which we know will become an essential tool for business," concluded Castelli.

The new Nissan NV200 will be assembled in Cuernavaca, Mexico and available through a select network of certified Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide.

For more information on the complete line of Nissan Commercial Vehicles, please go to www.nissancommercialvehicles.com.

* MSRP for 2013 Nissan NV200, excluding tax, title, license, options and destination. Dealer sets actual price.

** Ward's segmentation: Light Vehicle Small Van. '13 Nissan NV200 v. '12 and '13 competitors. EPA fuel economy estimate 24 MPG City. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
+ Destination and Handling: $845


F-150 We Own Work: Farming

A fleet of F-150 EcoBoost-equipped trucks grind it out in the fields day in and day out at Grimmway Farms. See how they prove their capability, efficiency and reliability.



Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection -Features & CRUSH TEST (amazing!)

This quick-look clip shows all of the amazing features of Andersen's best-selling 5th Wheel connection including the incredible hydraulic CRUSH TEST showing how strong the base really is! Take a quick tour of the easiest, smoothest and quietest 5th Wheel towing connection available.

Lightweight, yet extremely strong, the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection works with your gooseneck ball hitch or rail set, and fits all standard types and brands.

Boasting a quick and easy one-person hook up and removal, the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection is praised as "the smoothest 5th Wheel tow I've ever experienced!" Because the Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection rides on a greaseless ball, it has more swivel in all directions of any 5th Wheel hook up. Users are amazed at how quiet, smooth and solid the ride feels. With comments like, "I forgot the 5th Wheel was even back there...," Andersen's Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection is at the forefront of stress-free and easy 5th Wheel towing. See more at http://www.andersenhitches.com/


BAF Corporate and Product Overview - 2013

An updated product lineup for 2013. BAF has the largest Ford CNG lineup in the industry. See much more about BAF Technologies at http://baftechnologies.com/


Clean Cities: Essential Baking

A Seattle Baking company finds alternative fuel to be a recipe for success. Here's MotorWeek's Clean Cities Success Story.

Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial "Farmer"

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,'Maybe next year,' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark."

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. "So God made a farmer."


CURT - Xtra Duty and Commercial Duty Hitch Lineup

CURT's revamped Xtra Duty (XD) hitch series is designed for power. XD hitches nowhave increased capacities with a GTW of 16,000 lbs. and a TW of 2,400 lbs. The additionof the XD+ series pushes those capacities up to 17,000 lbs GTW and 2,550 TW.

The Commercial Duty (CD) hitch series boasts TW capacities of an impressive2,700 lbs. In addition, the new CD+ series can tow a whopping 20,000 lbs.

All XD and CD series hitches feature large chain plates for easy attachment of heavy duty hooks and chains, strong grade 8 hardware, large main bodies and a durable carbide powder coat finish.



Tip- ex show 2012

Short video of Tip-ex 2012, inside and outside the Harrogate show, with exhibitors showing the latest developments in Tippers and bulk haulage. http://www.tip-ex.co.uk/


The Must-Attend Event for the Work Truck Industry

The Work Truck Show, held in conjunction with the annual NTEA Convention, is the must-attend industry event featuring the newest products, dozens of intensive training programs and technical engineering support from hundreds of exhibitors.

NTEA_WTS12 Show Floor 1As North America’s largest work truck event, it is the ultimate opportunity for attendees to interact with thousands of industry peers; meet with current suppliers; get answers to critical technical questions; experience special events; and visit with hundreds of exhibiting companies. 
Product Launches and Innovations
The show floor showcases approximately 500,000 sq. ft. of Class 1–8 vocational trucks and equipment, featuring dozens of product launches:
  • Truck Chassis
  • Truck Bodies & Equipment
  • Snow & Ice Control Equipment
  • Cranes & Aerial Devices
  • Liftgates & Material Handling Equipment
  • New Product Spotlight

The Green Truck Summit
GTS 2010 LogoHeld in conjunction with The Work Truck Show and produced in partnership with CALSTART, this day-and-a-half intensive program offers valuable insight into real-world deployment and application of green technologies and how they impact commercial trucks:
  • Technology deployment
  • Fuel utilization
  • Fleet and vehicle integration
  • Cost justification

The Latest in Green InitiativesIn addition to the Green Truck Summit, several key event components are tailored to address today’s growing interest and demand for hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel technology, including:
  • The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive
  • CALSTART Clean Technologies and Fuels Pavilion
  • Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Curriculum
  • Green Product Showcase
  • The Work Truck Show Green Award
WTS 11 Recap 6

World-Class Industry TrainingMore than 60 intensive educational programs provide expert knowledge into essential industry topics such as:
  • Truck Specification
  • Truck OEM Update Sessions
  • Industry Trends & Benchmarks
  • Fleet Management
  • Truck Upfitting
  • Regulatory Compliance


ROUSH CleanTech - 2012 Overview

2012 was our busiest and most successful year yet!

Check out this highlight video of some of the notable things we accomplished last year, and some of what's to come in 2013!