Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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32 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com hotline Trucking's Most Respected Business Report 3 million The number of vehicles Daim- ler Trucks North America has produced in North America. Roger Nielsen, DTNA COO, and Richard Shearing, DTNA VP of national accounts, handed over the keys of the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution to Steve Duley, VP of purchasing for Schneider. 130.2 The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For- Hire Truck Tonnage Index for July. That's up 1.3% from 128.6 in June and is off just 0.6% from the all-time high in November 2013 of 131. 310,718 New registrations in the U.S. for Class 3-8 vehicles for the first half of 2014 — an increase of 12.3% over the first half of 2013. Second-quarter registra- tions of 163,106 units were the best since 2007, according to vehicle industry data provider IHS Automotive, driven by Polk. Prestolite Electric & Leece- Neville, global manufacturer of heavy-duty al- ternators and starter motors, named Travis Atkinson to the newly created role of national accounts/fleet sales director. Noted y Omnitracs , the original pioneer of tracking and communi- cations in the trucking industry, is buying XRS Corp. , which led the industry in going to a mobile platform using the bring-your-own-device strategy. Omnitracs will pay $5.60 per share of XRS, which equates to $178 million in equity value. Last year, Omnitracs was sold by parent company Qualcomm to Vista Equity Partners. y Eaton is closing its clutch-assembly operation in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of next year and will shift production to Eaton plants in Indiana and Mexico. The move is no indication of the state of the clutch market, officials say, but simply part of a regular program of optimizing its manufacturing footprint. y Cummins is celebrating 40 years of making engines at its Jamestown, N.Y., engine plant. Typically, more than 400 engines are built per day at JEP. When it opened it was about 65 per day. y Vipar Heavy Duty is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 1989, 17 like-minded independent aftermarket truck parts distributors formed the organization, which today comprises 125 distributors with more than 500 locations in North America. y FleetCor Technologies , a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, is buying electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion. y Bendix upgraded its brake shoe remanufactur- ing facility in Huntington, Indiana. The $3.2 million capital investment allows the plant to handle start-to-finish brake remanufacturing and produce several million brake shoes annually. y Thirty years ago, Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders. Spray Control Systems , which does business as Minimizer, was born. On the Move Marmon High- way Technolo- gies named Ken Kelley group president of its Fontaine Fifth Wheel com- panies. He has been with MHT since 1992, most recently as president of Webb Severe Duty, and previously worked for Dana, Walther EMC and ConMet. Transtex Composite, Lebanon, Ind., added Walter Hill as vice president of aftermarket sales for North America to support its growth of aerodynamic products beyond Edge trailer skirts. Previously he was VP at truck/trailer body part maker Fleet Engineers. Continental Commercial Vehicles & Af- termarket named Howard Laster , a 19-year veteran of the company, head of aftermarket. Grote Indus- tries has a new marketing manager, Ron Gerlach , previously marketing director for Gold Medal Products. Ken Kelley by the Howard Laster Howard Laster Ron Gerlach PHOTO: DAIMLER

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