Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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28 HDT • DECEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com will renovate its 370,000-square-foot facility to accommodate growth in Grote's LED vehicle lighting business. y Omnitracs LLC has renamed its FleetRisk Advisors business unit Omnitracs Analytics and promoted Dean Croke to vice president over the unit. On the Move Navistar is restructuring its senior leader- ship team. Jack Allen , executive VP and chief operating officer, is retiring. Bill Kozek , president of Navistar's North America truck and parts, has been promoted to president of truck and parts, add- ing global responsibilities. Persio Lisboa , senior vice president and chief procurement officer, has been promoted to president of operations. Walter Borst , executive vice president and chief financial officer, is adding business development, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategic planning responsibilities to his responsibilities. Vipar Heavy Duty promoted Chris Baer to executive vice president. Baer joined the company in 2002 as director of program management and in 2003 was named vice president and a corpo- rate officer. Nick Lambevski , president of Transport Trailer Sales, was inducted as the 25th president of the National Trailer Dealers Associa- tion during the 24th Annual NTDA Convention. Im- mediate Past President Mike Shuemake , president of Central Valley Trailer Repair, was there to hand over the gavel. Natural gas storage system provider Quan- tum Technologies appointed Mark Arold as vice president of operations. Arold will oversee all aspects of the company's tank and complete storage systems business units. Cummins named Tracy Embree president of the components group, moving on from her post as the president of Cum- mins turbo technologies. Knight Trans- portation President David Jackson will add CEO to his title Jan. 1 as Kevin Knight steps down from that role. Kevin Knight will remain chairman of the board and a full-time executive officer. Mitsubishi Electric Automo- tive America added two new national account managers for its heavy-duty truck business. Scott Balgenorth will be responsible for Daimler Trucks North America. Marc Van Poperin will handle North American truck fleet customer support and training, plus generating sales at heavy-duty dealers and distributor organizations. Noted y Daimler Trucks North America an- nounced that October was the company's best month ever for orders of Class 6-8 trucks, with 31,304 units ordered in NAFTA and export markets. y Custom heavy-haul trailer manufacturer Talbert Manufacturing acquired Ferree Trailers , which will add detachable, fixed and fold- ing gooseneck trailers, and tag-a-longs, as well as specialty trailers such as logging, pole and crane boom trailers, to the company's portfolio. y Lighting manufacturer Grote Industries plans to expand its headquarters in Madison, Ind. A $20.7-million investment by the end of 2018 Tracy Embree T r a c y E m b r e e Chris Baer C h r i s B a e r by the 3.1% The projected gross domestic product growth for 2015 47,810 The number of trailer orders placed in October, according to ACT Research — an all-time high and up more than 90% year over year. $52,000 The amount raised during the Owner- Operator Independent Drivers As- sociation's eighth annual Truckers for Troops care package campaign. 2,000 The number of miles that this year's Capitol Christmas Tree was trans- ported from its origin in the Chip- pewa National Forest in Minnesota. Truck and engine makers seek greener, safer future C hief executives from at least 10 top global commercial truck and engine makers are calling for European, North American and Japanese regulators to work to harmonize regulations, especially in regard to fuel efficiency im- provements and greenhouse gas reduction. A recent meeting in Tokyo was the chief executives' 12th such gathering to discuss global challenges facing commercial vehicle manufacturers. Points agreed on included: • Early action on the introduction of globally harmonized fuel effi- ciency metrics and test procedures for heavy-duty vehicles; • The need for further discussions on safety measures; • To promote global harmoniza- tion of heavy-duty hybrid certifica- tion procedures; • The need for further discussions on diesel fuel specifications; and • The need for global coop- eration in expanding a worldwide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure. Also attending were representa- tives of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, the Truck and Engine Manufacturers As- sociation and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Trucking's Worldwide Business Report hotline gl bal

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