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March Auctions in Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois

Equipment and vehicles from utilities and related companies will be auctioned in Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois in the month of March. The auctions will be held Mar. 14, 21 and 28.

Motion Industries Chairman Retires

After 37 years at Motion Industries — a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts — Chairman Bill Stevens announced his plans to retire effective March 1, 2015.

EUFMC Registration Is Now Open and Keynote Announced

Registration for the 62nd annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference from May 31-June 3, 2015 is now open.

Photo of 2015 Edge production courtesy of Ford.

Ford Begins Building 2015 Edge With New Workers

Ford has begun production of its 2015 Edge mid-size SUV and will hire 400 additional workers at the plant near Toronto where it will be built.

Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Agree to Merge Operations

The merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings will make the combined company one of the largest utilities and the 2nd largest wind operator company in the US.

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Kenworth's K270 and K370 cabovers

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Medium-Duty Extended Warranty

Kenworth is offering an extended warranty program for U.S. buying new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

ARI to Exhibit at NTEA Work Truck Show

ARI will again exhibit at the annual NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 2-6, the fleet management company announced.

Photo via Wikimedia.

UPS Wins EPA’s Climate Leadership Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized UPS with one of its Climate Leadership Awards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UPS said. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to build resilience to climate change.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Faulty Doors

The action, set to begin in March, affects 5,586 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2015 model year.

Photo: Chevrolet

Chevrolet Adds Black-Out Silverado Work Truck

Chevrolet is adding a $1,595 Black Out package for regular- and double-cab 2015 Silverado 1500 WT models.

Fleet Safety Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Keynotes on creating a successful corporate safety culture, engaging senior management to support a fleet safety program, and how to eliminate distracted driving in fleets will be presented at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference.

Sempra Energy Earns Fortune Magazine Award

Sempra Energy earned recognition as one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2015 from Fortune magazine.

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Trains 8,000 on Aluminum F-150 Production

Ford is putting 8,000 of its workers through an intensive training program to ensure everyone knows how to work with the new materials, such as aluminum panels,in the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Jim Clark, National Fleet and Dealer Manager.

Hadley Names National Fleet Manager

Hadley has hired Jim Clark as its National Fleet and Dealer Manager as part of a plan to expand the company’s national presence.

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Altec Recalls Crane Jibs for Injury Risk

The recall, set to begin March 3, will permit dealer installation of a retrofit kit designed to help operators place the limiting pin properly so jib movement is restricted.

Crash Fatalities Per Mile Fall to Record Low

The National Safety Council’s estimated annual mileage death rate for 2014 sank to 1.18 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, matching the council’s lowest preliminary estimate on record.

Consumers Energy Hiring 160 New Gas Field Employees

By developing this dedicated work force, the company has been able to more quickly respond to requests for gas main installation due to an increase in municipal, commercial, industrial, residential and other large construction projects, allowing other Consumers Energy employees to concentrate on emergent work and other projects.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

EPA Tweaks Fuel Economy Testing for Automakers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is setting new guidelines for automakers conducting fuel economy testing in the wake of several automakers having to restate their mpg numbers.

Truck and Van News: 2016 CNG F-650 Truck, Hyundai Commercial Vans

In several OEM truck and van announcements including details on the 2016 CNG F-650 and Hyundai's potential launch of commercial vans in the U.S.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reporting a Drunk Driver

Here is some advice from both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Average Diesel Price Increases for Third Straight Week to $2.90

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has increased for the third straight week since hitting a five-year low early this month, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

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