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NTEA Receives Three Diamond Awards

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) was recently honored with three Diamond Awards, the highest honor bestowed upon a non-profit by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE).


ARI Appoints Jackson to Truck Sales Team

MT. LAUREL, NJ – Automotive Resources International has added Rob Jackson to its team of truck sales managers.

America’s Body Company Acquired by The Reading Group

COLUMBUS, OHIO – America’s Body Company (ABC) has been acquired by The Reading Group, LLC from Leggett & Platt, Inc. ABC has one of the nation’s largest networks of truck equipment distribution, installation and manufacturing facilities.

Kenworth Goes Green with Revamped Trucks

GREEN BAY, WI – Kenworth is rolling out a new diesel-electric hybrid system. But what sets this vehicle apart from others is a gray box, about the size of an oversized piece of luggage, attached to the chassis frame on the driver’s side.

Navistar Introduces Industry-First Hybrid Battery Lease

DALLAS – Navistar is now offering customers “extra savings and peace of mind” when buying an International DuraStar diesel/electric hybrid truck. Among the new options is a 60-month battery-lease program, said to be the first of its kind in the North American truck industry.

Layton Truck Moves to New Denver Facility

DENVER – Layton Truck Equipment, a part of the Auto Truck Group, finds a new home on Denver’s east side. Since March 2004 Layton Truck Equipment had been doing business out a 17,000-square-foot facility just north of Downtown Denver.


All-New 2009 Ford F-150 Provides Enhanced Fuel Efficiency

DEARBORN, MI – The new 2009 F-150 now provides unsurpassed fuel efficiency, thanks to significant miles per gallon improvement across the entire F-150 lineup.

Select International to Showcase Assessment Expertise for Trucking Industry at ATA Management Conference & Exhibition

NEW ORLEANS – Select International will introduce RoadWorthy, a remote assessment that provides intelligent decision support for driver selection, at The American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition.

Auto Truck Group Announces Snowplow Promotion

BENSENVILLE, IL– Auto Truck Group is now beginning a new promotion to sell the Meyer EZ-Mount Xpress snowplow. The EZ-Mount Xpress is Meyer’s premium snowplow that features a fast and easy mounting system.

ExxonMobil Chemical Completes Manufacturing Facility to Produce New Specialty Compounds for Energy Efficient Tires

HOUSTON – ExxonMobil Chemical has announced the start-up of a manufacturing facility at its existing site in Pensacola, Fla., that provides new capacity for the production of a revolutionary new tire material technology that can improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

Volvo Group Total Truck Deliveries Rise Two Percent in July

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Total truck deliveries from Volvo Group’s four truck companies in July grew two percent to 19,243 from 18,824 reported in the year-earlier period.

Navistar Shareholders Re-Elect Full Slate of Directors

WARRENVILLE, IL – Shareholders of Navistar International Corporation re-elected 10 directors to the company’s board of directors.

Adrian Steel Announces New ADseries Van Shelving

ADRIAN, MI – Featuring ADjustable shelves that can easily be moved as needed, Adrian Steel's new ADaptable rail system allows shelving to be repositioned in the van without having to re-drill holes.

Peterbilt Launches Hybrid Truck Production

NAPA, CA – Peterbilt has begun production of medium-duty hybrid trucks, delivering two production Model 335 hybrid diesel-electric trucks to VinLux Fine Wine Transport of Napa, Calif., a joint venture of Biagi Bros.

In Memoriam: John Charles Ray

FANCY GAP, VA – John Charles Ray, 70, past chairman of the American Truck Dealers, died Sept. 8 at his home.

Nikkei Business Says GM in Talks to Sell Truck Ops to Isuzu

TOKYO – General Motors Corp is in talks to sell its midsize-truck operations to Isuzu Motors but Japan’s No. 2 truck maker said it had received no such offer.

FMCSA Waives Hours Regs for Gulf States Drivers

WASHINGTON – Motor carriers and drivers providing emergency in areas affected by Hurricane Gustav will be relieved of federal hours-of-service regulations.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Adds Marketing Manager

REDFORD, MI – Greg Gusko has joined the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO) team as marketing manager.

Trucks, SUVs Gain Market Share at GM, Ford

DETROIT– General Motors Corp. (GM) and Ford Motor Co. executives said sales of trucks and SUVs in August again made up a bigger share of total sales as gasoline prices continued to fall from record highs in July.

City of Los Angeles Sanitation Bureau Awards Contract to Clean Energy to Supply Fuel for LNG-Powered Refuse Trucks

SEAL BEACH, CA – The Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a contract for up to 10 years to supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel for the City’s growing fleet of 340 LNG refuse trucks.

Ford Plans Conversion for Michigan SUV Plant

WAYNE, MI – Ford Motor Co. will invest at least $75 million to begin converting a Michigan SUV plant to small-car production as part of its strategic shift to sell more of the fuel-efficient vehicles in North America starting in 2010.

Southeast Toyota Distributors Opens Premier Truck Maintenance Facility

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (Southeast Toyota) has completed construction of an $8.5 million, 21,500-square-foot truck maintenance facility for its subsidiary Southeast Transportation Systems (STS).

Alcoa Launches Three New Wheel Lines for Full-Size Trucks

CLEVELAND – Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a Cleveland, Ohio-based business has expanded their aftermarket catalog to include three new wheel lines for full-size trucks.

Ford Plans Conversion for Michigan SUV Plant

WAYNE, MI – Ford Motor Co. will invest at least $75 million to begin converting a Michigan SUV plant to small-car production as part of its strategic shift to sell more of the fuel-efficient vehicles in North America starting in 2010.

Con Edison of New York Orders Hybrid Electric Trucks from Azure Dynamics

OAK PARK, MI – Azure Dynamics Corporation, a developer of hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial vehicles, has received an initial order for three units from Con Edison of New York for its Balance Hybrid Electric system integrated on Ford’s E-450 chassis.


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