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November 15, 2017 - Press Release

Wheels Recognizes Upfit Supplier of the Year

(From left to right) Ahsan Rahim, COO, Wheels; Dave Decker, director, strategic planning, Canfield; Nate Gibson, VP of sales, Canfield; Larry Gibson, president and CEO, Canfield; Joe Brightwell, supply chain manager, Wheels; Steve Wolff, VP of operations, Wheels

Wheels Inc. named Canfield Equipment as the recipient of its 2017 Upfit Supplier of the Year Award for performance excellence, exemplary service, and innovation. This is the second year the award has been presented by the fleet management company.

Tags: Awards, Wheels Inc., Upfitters, Fleet Management Companies

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dejana Opens Underground Ship-Thru Facility

Dejana's new  ship-thru facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis. (Photo: Dejana)

Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced the opening of a new 90,000 square foot ship-thru facility in Kansas City, Mo. The new facility will be located entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolis.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Transit, Ship Thru, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Nissan TItan XD Adds Snow Plow Prep Package

The new Snow Plow Prep Package features high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs and is available for use with five leading snow plow manufacturers. (Photo courtesy of Nissan)

Though winter officially doesn’t start until December 21, the 2018 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package.

Tags: Winter Driving, Nissan, SnowEx, Meyer, Snow Plow, Western, Nissan Titan, Fisher, Boss

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

LINE-X Launches Fleet Upfitting Solution

Photo of pickup truck upfitted by LINE-X courtesy of LINE-X.

LINE-X, a provider of protective coatings and spray-on bed-liners, has launched a new service that offers complete light- and medium-duty work truck upfitting. The service offers a quick turnaround, discounts of up to 15%, and centralized control over jobs being completed at multiple shops all across North America.

Tags: Upfitting, LINE-X, Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Upfitters

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

USPS Awards Spartan Motors $214M for Delivery Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered 2,000 fleet vehicles from Spartan Motors on a $214 million contract for two types of delivery trucks with Utilimaster bodies, the vehicle manufacturer announced.

Tags: Utilimaster, USPS, Spartan Motors, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 20, 2017 - Press Release

BrandFX Moves Production to Iowa

In an effort to streamline and centralize its production, BrandFX, a manufacturer of composite bodies for service and line trucks, announced its production move to Pocahontas, Iowa.

Tags: Service Bodies, Branding, Upfitters, Production Facility

October 19, 2017 - Press Release

Mitchell 1 Celebrates Century of Innovation

Image courtesy of Mitchell 1

In 2018, Mitchell 1 will celebrate 100 years of innovation and is dedicating its fall sweepstakes to "Thank You Thursdays."

Tags: Mitchell 1, Company Anniversaries, Sweepstakes, 100th Anniversary

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech to Offer LPG E-350 Cutaway

Graphic courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

ROUSH CleanTech will offer a propane autogas-fueled Ford F-350 single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel cutaway van that can be set up as a delivery truck for food and beverage or parcel delivery fleets, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Propane Conversion, Delivery Fleets, Cutaway Vans, Ford E-350, Vehicle Modifiers

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Severe-Duty Vocational Options

Freightliner launched its severe-duty product line in 2011, and has since expanded the line with product enhancements and additional options. Photo: Daimler

New product options include the Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) automatic transmission, LifeGuard RollTek seats, improved routing and clipping, LED headlights in the M2 106 and M2 112, Bendix Tire Pressure Monitoring, and the 122SD auto hauler package.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler, Vocational Trucks, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, LED Lighting, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids to Offer Hybrid Ford F-250 Pickup

Photo by XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids will begin producing its XL3R hybrid electric drive system for 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018, the vehicle modifier told Heavy Duty Trucking in an exclusive interview.

Tags: Ford, XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Ford F-250, Vehicle Modifiers

September 8, 2017 - Press Release

TBEI/Ox Bodies Names New President

BELL

Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc. (TBEI), a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, announced Henry Bell was promoted to General Manager/President of Ox Bodies, Inc.

Tags: TBEI, Federal Signal, Promotions, Ox Bodies

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Aims for Expansion with Fabco Buy

Meritor has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings and its subsidiaries under undisclosed terms.

Tags: Meritor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Construction Fleets, Construction

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swint Named Head of Travis Body and Trailer

Stuart Swint was named general manager and president of Travis Body and Trailer, whose current head is retiring.

Tags: TBEI, Leadership, Trailers, People, Upfitting

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Poindexter Acquires Masterack

Masterack LLC, maintains its corporate headquarters in Decatur, Ga., a manufacturing plant in Social Circle, Ga., and five company-owned installation facilities across the United States. It will operate as an independent business unit within JBPCO.

Tags: Masterack, Mergers & Acquisitions, J.B. Poindexter, Van Equipment

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Begins Transit Connect Ship-Thru

Photo of 2017 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

The Auto Truck Group will begin using its New Jersey facility to offer ship-through services for the Transit Connect compact van under a new agreement with Ford, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Ford Transit Connect, Ship-Thru, Van Upfitting

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

July 20, 2017 - Press Release

IMT Names New Sales Team Members

SMUCK

Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), a manufacturer of service vehicles, truck-mounted cranes, hydraulic loaders, and air compressors, announced two new hires for its sales team.

Tags: New Hire, Iowa Mold Tooling Co.

July 13, 2017 - Press Release

Future Line Opens New Manufacturing Facility

The 18,000 square foot facility is designed and equipped to manufacture Future Line’s rapidly expanding line of aluminum truck bodies. (Photo courtesy of Future Line)

Future Line Manufacturing, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has announced the opening of its latest manufacturing facility.

Tags: New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing, Upfitters, Future Line

July 10, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Hires Vocational Fleet Sales Manager

FAY

Auto Truck Group has hired Moza Fay as a vocational fleet sales manager, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Upfitters, Vocational Fleets, New Hire

June 29, 2017 - Press Release

Work Truck Solutions Acquires $5M in Financing

Work Truck Solutions, a commercial truck inventory solutions provider, has completed a Series B Preferred Stock financing round of $5 million.

Tags: truck inventory, Work Truck Solutions, Upfitters, Truck Upfitting

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

Bureau of Labor Statistics Creates Price Indexes

Chart courtesy of NTEA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) created four new producer price indexes (PPIs) for the truck equipment industry — two codes for vans, one for service bodies and one for upfits.

Tags: NTEA, Service Bodies, Truck Equipment, Bureau of Labor Statistics

June 19, 2017 - Press Release

Stellar Names Assistant Product Manager

OPPERMAN

Adam Oppermann has joined the Stellar team as an assistant product manager where he will be instrumental in helping plan, organize, and control new product development from conceptual stage thru the product lifecycle.

Tags: Stellar Industries, Upfitters, New Hire

May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

NINNEMAN

Spartan Motors, Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands,

Tags: Upfitting, Utilimaster, Leadership, Spartan Motors, New Hire, Spartan Upfit Services

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Parcel Delivery Fleets Up Orders from Utilimaster

The vans are available in lengths of 12 feet or 14 feet, the Reach provides 540 or 630 cubic feet of storage and up to 27 inches more headroom than a conventional cargo van. (Photo courtesy of Utilimaster)

Spartan Fleet Vehicles & Services announced an expanded order from a leading American-based delivery services company to include 800 of Spartan’s fuel-efficient Utilimaster Reach walk-in vans. Additionally, a separate global logistics leader ordered 72 of the same vehicle this past week.

Tags: Utilimaster, Spartan Motors, Reach, Parcel Delivery Service, Step Vans, Deilvery Fleets

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Fontaine Modification Opens Texas Facility

Fontaine Modification Fleet Services has opened a new truck modification center in Laredo, Texas, adjacent to the TruckMovers consolidation and dispatching operation. Photo: Fontaine Modification

Fontaine Modification Fleet Services has moved its Laredo, Texas, modification center to a new location 14 miles down the road.

Tags: Upfitting, New Facility, Fontaine Modification, Vehicle Modifiers

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