FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has approved an additional 16 Distributor and Manufacturer members for Member Verification Program (MVP) status as of Jan. 1. Since May 2005, when the Program was initiated, 287 companies have qualified for MVP status. The program recognizes members that have implemented minimum business processes and have taken steps to comply with certain government regulations.

Applications for verification status are accepted throughout the year. Those qualifying for MVP designation are announced on a quarterly basis. To qualify, NTEA Distributor and Manufacturer members must meet criteria that are key to providing quality products and vehicles. For example, vehicle upfitters must provide proof that they are attempting to comply with specific regulatory requirements necessary for the manufacture of trucks. They also must demonstrate that they have adequate liability insurance coverage, a quality program, and ASE-certified mechanics or certified welders.

Body and equipment manufacturers have similar requirements for insurance coverage, quality programs, and certified employees. They also must verify that they provide installation instructions for their products and have a warranty policy to address product defects. In total, all verified members must provide proof that they meet four of five criteria.

To make the program increasingly more meaningful to the industry, the NTEA has stated it will add new criteria or modify criteria over time. The first modification to the Program took effect July 1, 2006, with insurance becoming a requirement for distributors and manufacturers applying to the program.

For a complete listing of MVPs, or to learn more about the program, visit