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Mark Blackford, national sales manager, Grote Industries

Grote Appoints Blackford to National Fleet Manager

MADISON, IN - Grote Industries, a world leader in high-performance LED lighting and lighting harness technology for the transportation industry, announced that Mark Blackford will be stepping into the role of national fleet manager.

Toyo Tires Adds New Sizes to Commercial Tire Line-Up

CYPRESS, CA - Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced three new sizes in its line-up of commercial tire products. Medium truck tire products by Toyo Tires are available in a broad range of sizes and applications for: all-position, drive-axle, free-rolling, steer, and on/off road.

NAFA Enters Endorsement Agreement With NTEA

PRINCETON, NJ - The NAFA and the NTEA have entered into an endorsement agreement allowing each association to cross-promote the their organization's certification programs to mutually benefit the membership of both organizations.

New International Workstar Features Sloped Hood, Upgraded Interior

LAS VEGAS - At a press event at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction industry trade show, Navistar introduced several new features for its International WorkStar line of severe service trucks.

Mitsubishi Fuso to Resume Truck Production

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) announced it will start limited vehicle assembly on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at its main Kawasaki, Japan plant, in a move intended to support the company's customers around the world. The company began limited parts production last week.

Ohio Private Commercial Motor Carrier Administrative Rules Rescinded

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rescinded administrative rules applying to Class 3-6 private commercial motor vehicles operating in intrastate commerce.

NREL Releases Hybrid Electric Fleet Study

WASHINGTON - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which recently completed a year-long technology evaluation of gasoline hybrid electric trucks in the FedEx fleet, has released its report on the project.

What Do You Think: Diesel Fuel Prices

TORRANCE, CA - Work Truck magazine wants to know what you think! Check out our new weekly polls and provide your input. This week's poll: diesel fuel costs.

Energy Xtreme Wins The Work Truck Show 2011 Green Award

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI— Energy Xtreme of Austin, Texas has won The Work Truck Show 2011 Green Award for its new U36 Crossover mild-hybrid plug-in system.

Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana CNG System

AT&T to Deploy New CNG Chevrolet Express Cargo Vans

ATLANTA – AT&T plans to deploy 101 new Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 vans powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) for its customer service fleet.

Freightliner Trucks Introduces New Severe Duty Family of Trucks

LAS VEGAS - Freightliner Trucks today introduced two new Severe Duty (SD) truck models. The new line of SD trucks is designed to serve the Class 7 and 8 vocational markets, providing a set-back axle position in both a 108-inch and 114-inch BBC configuration.

Freightliner Introduces New SmartPlex Electrical System

INDIANAPOLIS - Freightliner Trucks introduced the SmartPlex Electrical System for the Freightliner 114SD and Business Class M2 platforms. The electrical system provides unmatched flexibility for Truck Equipment Manufacturers (TEM) when configuring a truck to suit specific body installations.

The Work Truck Show 2011 Editors' Choice Award Goes to Dakota Bodies

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - Dakota Bodies, Inc. (Watertown, S.D.) won The Work Truck Show 2011 Editors' Choice Award for its new Component Body.

Navistar & Women in Trucking Award "2011 Influential Woman of the Year"

SAN DIEGO - Navistar, Inc. and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) presented the inaugural "Influential Woman of the Year" award to Rochelle Gorman, chief executive officer, CalArk International.

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Trucks Get Increased Capabilities

INDIANAPOLIS - Ram Truck announced that 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 MD Chassis Cab commercial trucks will be available with an optional 30,000-lb. GCWR.

Navistar Showcases Lineup of Alternative-Energy Vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS - Navistar showcased a number alternative fueled vehicles for the work truck market at the Green Truck Summit at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show

Assembly of Isuzu N-Series Gasoline Trucks by Spartan Motors to Begin in April 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., announced that production of gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series trucks will begin April 18 at the Spartan Motors, Inc., facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Truck Tire Prices Hiking Up

AKRON, OHIO - Several tire manufacturers have announced increases in pricing for commercial truck tires.

GM Suspends Shreveport Assembly Plant Production

DETROIT – General Motors announced it has suspended production at its Shreveport Assembly plant in Louisiana for the week of March 21

SILL

Sill Installed as 47th President of the NTEA

INDIANAPOLIS - Steven Sill, president of Aspen Equipment Company (Bloomington, Minn.), was installed as the 47th President of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, at The Work Truck Show 2011, held in Indianapolis.

New NTEA Logo

NTEA has a New Look

INDIANAPOLIS - The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) is excited to celebrate its evolution as an organization by unveiling a new logo, which uses the acronym NTEA, a bold tagline "The Association for the Work Truck Industry," and simple graphic.

:  Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Robert Brown (second from r.) presents the Ram Chassis Cab team with the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award. From left, Joe Veltri, vice president -- Product Planning; Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and head of National Sales; and Scott Kunselman, senior vice president -- Engineering. Shown in back is the 2011 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab.

Ram 4500/5500 Named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

DETROIT - The 2011 Ram 4500/5500 was named Work Truck magazine's Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

Rush Enterprises Acquires Ford Franchise in Orlando

SAN ANTONIO - Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced that its subsidiary, Rush Truck Centers of Florida, Inc., has acquired certain assets of Heintzelman's Truck Center.

RODI

Former QUALCOMM Exec Rodi Joins Rand McNally

SKOKIE, IL - Rand McNally announced that Jim Rodi has joined the company as senior vice president of Mobile Communications.

DOT Proposes New HazMat Rule

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released a proposed rule that the department said will improve the safe transfer of hazardous materials to and from rail cargo and highway cargo trucks.





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