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May 26, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Motors Names President, Fleet Vehicles and Services

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, Walk-In Van, Reach, Parcel Delivery Service, 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

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Merchants Hires Senior Truck and Upfit Engineer

Birren

Merchants Fleet Management has hired Joe Birren as senior truck and upfit engineer, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Upfitting, Donlen, Fleet Management Companies, Merchants Fleet Management, New Hire

May 8, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Signal to Buy Truck Bodies and Equipment International

Federal Signal Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Truck Bodies and Equipment International, a manufacturer of dump truck bodies and trailers.

Tags: TBEI, Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Federal Signal

May 5, 2017 - Press Release

Patriotic Music Video Features JASPER Associate Veterans

The song “Brave Men”, is from Colton’s TIME IS NOW album, and is a tribute to all that served in America’s Armed Forces. (Screen Capture from Music Video)

Ride N High Records recording artist, Colton James, produced a special music video for Jasper Engines & Transmissions, in conjunction with the company's 75th Anniversary celebration.

Tags: Upfitting, Company Anniversaries, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, 75th Anniversary, Music Video

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

American Metals Supply Moves Steel with Wabash

Wabash National’s refrigerated truck bodies are constructed using state-of-the-art bonding assembly technology combined with a revolutionary patent-pending composite panel, providing up to 25% improvement in thermal efficiency when compared to conventional designs. (Screen capture from YouTube)

American Metals Supply Co., a wholesale distributor of sheet and coil steel, prefabricated duct and fittings, and HVACR products operates from seven locations and distributes products to nine Midwest states. To assist in their product transportation needs, they turned to Wabash Truck Bodies.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Wabash, Upfitters, American Metals Supply

May 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dejana Acquires Arrowhead Equipment

Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment, an upfitter and manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment and a subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics, Inc., announced it has acquired Arrowhead Equipment, Inc.

Tags: Upfitting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dejana Truck Equipment, Arrowhead Equipment

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

Mickey Truck Bodies Breaks Ground on New Plant

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing center will more than double the capacity of Mickey’s existing business to over 15,000 units a year. (Photo courtesy of Mickey Truck Bodies)

Mickey Truck Bodies has broken ground on a 20,000-square-foot liftgate installation facility on the 13-acre site the company purchased in 2015 from a former furniture manufacturer.

Tags: Upfitting, Expansion, Mickey Truck Bodies

April 26, 2017 - Press Release

Spartan Motors Partners with Ranger Design

Ranger and Spartan Motors will offer a portfolio of work-truck solutions with original equipment manufacturer Ship-Thru availability.

Tags: NAFA Institute & Expo, Partnership, Spartan Motors, Ranger Design

April 21, 2017 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Shipping Colorados with Ute Beds

Ute Ltd. and Auto Truck Group have come to an agreement to partner on the Ute Bed ship-thru program for Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Dealers should contact Ute Ltd. for details and purchase order.

Tags: Chevrolet, Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, GMC, Ship-Thru, Ute, Truck Equipment

April 10, 2017 - Press Release

Mountain Tarp Names Regional Sales Managers

Mountain Tarp, a Wastequip brand, announced John Tortorella and Robert Williams, as its new regional sales managers.

Tags: Mountain Tarp

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, XL Hybrids, Ship-Thru, Knapheide

April 3, 2017 - Press Release

PALFINGER Names PAL Pro Mechanic's Truck Distributor

Photo courtesy of Palfinger

Omaha Standard Palfinger announced that Aspen Equipment has become an authorized sales and service provider for the PALFINGER line of PAL Pro Mechanics Bodies and PSC Service Cranes in Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Tags: Palfinger, Omaha Standard PALFINGER, Mechanics Truck, PAL Pro Mechanics Bodies, Service Cranes, Midwest Distributor

March 21, 2017 - Industry News

Go Rhino Expands Warehouse Operations with Texas Facility

Go Rhino, a manufacturer of aftermarket accessories, is expanding its North American operations with a new distribution facility in Laredo, Texas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Distribution Centers, Go Rhino!

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ram Commercial Enhances Truck, Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial introduced its Augmented Reality Upfit Configurator and Q Pro certification program to help dealers and auxiliary equipment providers set up its trucks and vans for commercial users at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Software, Ram Truck, Augmented Reality

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer Ship-Thru on Ford CNG Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Landi Renzo USA.

Landi Renzo USA will begin offering a ship-through channel for customers to take delivery of converted compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans utilizing Ford's existing distribution network from Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant, the company announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Ford, Ship-Thru, CNG Conversions, Landi Renzo, Ford E-Series, Ford F-Series

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Mack Takes Upfitting Online with Body Builder Portal

The Mack Granite dump model. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has introduced the Mack Body Builder Portal, which brings all of the company’s body-builder resources together in a single online location.

Tags: Upfitting, Mack Trucks, Online Tool, Body Builders

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers All-Wheel Drive T880

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth’s flagship construction truck, the T880, is now available in an all-wheel drive configuration installed at the factory to speed delivery time and reduce costs.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, All-Wheel Drive, Kenworth T880, Vocational Trucks

March 6, 2017 - Product News

Morgan Launches NexGen Line of Truck Bodies

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Truck and van body maker Morgan Corporation has launched its NexGen line of truck bodies for dry freight and refrigerated applications.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Truck Bodies, Lightweight Materials

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Expansion Plans

The new facility, which is expected to be operational in July 2017, will house a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation.

Tags: Upfitting, Liftgates, Mickey Truck Bodies

February 15, 2017 - Press Release

Ranger Design Donates to Montreal Hospital

Ranger Design has donated $100,000 to the Montreal Neurological Institute to help the hospital launch its Neuro-Palliative Care program, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Charity, Ranger Design

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Todco Holds 'Oldest Door' Contest to Mark 60th Anniversary

Todco is celebrating its 60th anniversary of manufacturing dry freight and insulated roll-up doors, dry freight swing doors, walk ramps, and aftermarket parts.

Tags: Anniversary, Roll-Up Doors, Todco

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Spartan Sets Up Van Upfitting Near Transit Plant

Spartan Motors' fleet upfitting division has opened a new assembly facility in Kansas City to provide fleets with tailored upfits of cargo vans and other fleet vehicles in close proximity to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that produces the Transit full-size van.

Tags: Upfitting, Spartan Motors, Ford Transit, Ship-Thru, Van Equipment

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

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