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August 30, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Van Ship-Thru Starts Oct. 1

Photo of 2016 Metris cargo van courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.

Auto Truck Group's new facility will be located in Summerville, S.C. seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz van plant. The new service center is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Auto Truck Group, Ship-Thru, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Upfitting

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group's Western GM to Retire

Hayes

Steve Hayes, the Auto Truck Group's western region general manager, will retire on Sept. 2. Hayes finishes a 24-year career at the company and more than 35 years in the truck industry.

Tags: Retirement, Auto Truck Group

August 12, 2016 - Industry News

Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, New Facility, Truck Bodies, Manufacturing

August 1, 2016 - Press Release

Knapheide Adds Ship-Thru Capabilities for Mercedes-Benz Vans

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of MBUSA.

Knapheide announced its ability to now provide van and cutaway based upfit solutions for the Mercedes Sprinter and Metris along with ship-thru capabilities to service regional and national fleet customers and fleet management companies.

Tags: Knapheide, Ship-Thru, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Expands Van Offerings, Adds Ship-Thru

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size van courtesy of MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a turnkey “ship-thru” upfitting program for its Metris mid-size van and for Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner full-size Sprinter vans. The OEM is also rolling out a value-priced Metris Worker model, as well as expanding its Worker lineup for the Sprinter.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ship-Thru

July 26, 2016 - Industry News

Reading Group Offers Online Inventory Access

Photo courtesy of The Reading Group.

Work Truck Solutions has partnered with The Reading Group to provide up-to-date bailment pool inventory online.

Tags: Bailment Pools, The Reading Group, Work Truck Solutions, Online Inventory

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth's Body Builder Manual Assists in Planning

A bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) of only 63.4 inches enables the K270 and K370 (pictured) to haul more payload with a shorter overall length. (PHOTO: Kenworth)

The manual contains information and guidelines useful in the truck body planning and installation processes. Early in the vehicle definition and ordering process, body builders can often contribute valuable information that reduces the ultimate cost of the body installation.

Tags: Kenworth, Upfitters, Body Builders

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Chevrolet Low Cab Forward Upfitters Announced

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward models courtesy of GM.

General Motors has struck ship-thru deals with Morgan Corp. and Supreme Corp. to add bodies to the first Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks expected to arrive in late August, according to a General Motors Fleet sales manager.

Tags: General Motors, Ship-Thru, Cabovers, 2017-MY, Order-to-Delivery

June 23, 2016 - Press Release

Mickey Employees Make ‘Clean’ Sweep for High Point

<br />Mickey employees take to the streets of High Point to help Keep America Beautiful. (PHOTO: Mickey Truck Bodies)<br /><br />

Twenty-four Mickey Truck Body employees volunteered for the “Great American Clean Up” in High Point, N.C., this spring as part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.

Tags: Charity, Mickey Truck Bodies, Keep America Beautiful

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Douglas Dynamics Buys Medium-Duty Upfitter Dejana

Photo: Dejana

Douglas Dynamics has agreed to acquire medium-duty truck upfitter Dejana Truck and Utility equipment for $206 million It is expected to close the deal during the third quarter of 2016.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dejana Truck Equipment, Upfitters

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Reading Truck Body Taking Orders for Classic II, SL Service Bodies

The Classic II Service Body (PHOTO: Reading Truck Body)

After recently enhancing its two key product lines, Reading Truck Body LLC is now actively taking orders and shipping its updated models of the flagship Classic II and SL service body lines to its customers.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body

June 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford F-250 Added to Trilliant Technology Tour

PHOTO: GROTE

Grote Industries has added a new 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck to its Trilliant Technology Tour lineup, which includes three vehicles outfitted with lighting products designed and manufactured using Grote’s cutting-edge LED technology.

Tags: Ford F-250, Ford, LED Lighting, Training & Education, Grote Industries, Trilliant Technology Tour

May 24, 2016 - Product News

Knapheide's KUV Body Sheds 650 Pounds

Screenshot via Knapheide.

Knapheide has reduced the weight of its KUV enclosed utility body for chassis cab vans by 650 pounds, the upfitter has announced.

Tags: Knapheide, Van Equipment, Chassis Cab Vans

May 5, 2016 - Product News

Adrian Steel Offers Composite Van Partitions

Photo of a composite partition in a Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel has introduced a line of composite partitions for cargo vans that provide more leg room and better climate control for the driver.

Tags: Adrian Steel, Cargo Vans, Partitions

April 19, 2016 - Product News

Donlen Adding Upfit Status to FleetWeb

Donlen is adding an upfitting status tool to its FleetWeb fleet management software system, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: NAFA Institute & Expo, Donlen, Fleet Management Software, Fleet Management Companies, Order to Delivery

April 18, 2016 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group Louisville Location Now Open

Auto Truck's Louisville location has moved to a new facility and is now open for business.

Tags: Auto Truck Group, Service Center

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Donates Custom Transit to Salvation Army

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has donated a custom Transit Van to support the Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in southeast Michigan, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Disaster Relief, Salvation Army

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDA Reveals Final Rule for Hauling Food Safely

Final FDA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule differs in numerous ways from the agency&#39;s original proposal.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Feb. 5 that it has finalized a rule that will require certain shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicle, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of that food.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Refrigerated Trailers

April 1, 2016 - Press Release

Ranger Design Distributor Named Master Upfitter

Ranger Design Inc.'s distributor, Kodiak Upfitters LLC, has been granted the status of Master Upfitter 2015-2016 by Daimler Vans/Mercedes-Benz America.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Ranger Design

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

FCA Pushes Jeep Products to the Limit with Safari

Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept. Photo: FCA

Seven new Jeep concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers, will conquer the challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at the Easter Jeep Safari.

Tags: Jeep, Mopar, Concept Vehicles

March 3, 2016 - Product News

Sortimo Van Partition, Shelving Lineup Expanded

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Sortimo by Knapheide has added several van partitions and shelving products to its Exxpand lineup, the partnership announced at the Work Truck Show.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Knapheide, Sortimo, Partitions, Van Equipment

March 3, 2016 - Product News

Ranger Design Introduces Van Partition

Photo by Lauren Fletcher.

Ranger Design has launched its new Max View Clear Top Composite safety partition to separate cargo from the passenger cabin in vans such as the Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, and Ram ProMaster City.

Tags: Ranger Design, Safety, Van Upfitting

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Updates 2017 Van Lineup

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has updated its 2017 model-year van lineup to include ergonomic updates for the Transit, new technology for the Transit Connect, and a new engine offering for the E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Ford E-Series, 2017-MY, Ford Transit Connect

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Morgan Olson to Offer Electric Walk-In Van

Photo courtesy of Motive Power Systems.

Morgan Olson will begin offering its Route Star walk-in van as a battery-electric vehicle propelled by a Motiv Power System powertrain, Motiv has announced.

Tags: Morgan Olson, Motiv Power Systems, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans, Electric Trucks, Vehicle Modifiers, Work Truck Show

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Step Vans Saving Fuel for AmeriPride

Photo courtesy of XL Hybrids.

XL Hybrids, Inc. is showing service trucks for linen supply fleet AmeriPride at the Work Truck Show that integrate the company's XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive system with a Ford F-59 stripped chassis.

Tags: Work Truck Show, XL Hybrids, AmeriPride

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