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INDUSTRY NEWS: MAY 2017

LANDI RENZO USA OFFERS INDUSTRY’S FIRST FORD F-150 WITH CNG FOR MODEL YEAR 2018

Landi Renzo USA, a division of Landi Renzo Group, the global leader in alternative fuel systems, announces the company will offer the Ford F-150 with compressed natural gas (CNG) for model year 2018 with Ford Ship-Thru strategically located adjacent to the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City, Missouri. As a Ford-approved Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) system developer, Landi Renzo USA is the first to offer the all-new F-150 truck for MY2018 with 5.0-liter gaseous prep engine via Ford dealers as a Ship-Thru.
“The adaptable F-150 will be a hit with our fleet customers and it’s exciting to add the all-purpose pickup with CNG to our comprehensive Ford product line,” says Paul Shaffer, executive vice president for business development with Landi Renzo USA. “We’re confident that with our Ford Ship-Thru strategy out of Kansas City, Landi Renzo will have the most cost-competitive solution in the market. We will be offering many options, including multiple CNG tank configurations and other essential equipment used in fleet operations for the popular truck.”
Landi Renzo will start taking orders for the MY2018 F-150 with CNG in May, 2017. Additional Landi Renzo model year 2018 products for CNG-equipped Ford trucks include F-250/350, F-450/550, F-650/750, F-53/59, and E-450.
Landi Renzo USA is also introducing a new warranty program on all of its CNG-fueled systems beginning with MY2018 Ford vehicles with a landmark three years/50,000 miles—compared to the industry average of three years/36,000 miles.
Shaffer continued, “Landi Renzo is now offering fleets the best warranty in the business. Plus, as a leading Ford QVM, the OEM warranty remains intact so fleets can rely on the most comprehensive warranty package in the industry.”
Landi Renzo plans to continue aggressively expanding its Ford Ship-Thru capabilities and streamlining fleet supply chain logistics.
www.landiusa.com

HARRIS WILLIAMS & CO. ADVISES TBEI ON ITS PENDING SALE TO FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for more than 25 years, announces the pending sale of Truck Bodies and Equipment International (TBEI), a leading US manufacturer of dump truck bodies and trailers, to Federal Signal Corporation. Harris Williams & Co. is serving as the exclusive advisor to TBEI, a portfolio company of GenNx360 Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm investing in middle market companies. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is being led by Frank Mountcastle, John Arendale, Jason Bass, Jershon Jones, and James O’Malley of Harris Williams & Co.’s Transportation & Logistics and Industrials Groups.
TBEI manufactures dump bodies, dump trailers, landscape bodies, grain bodies, platforms, hoists, and truck and trailer equipment and accessories. It operates five major brands in four strategically located manufacturing and installation facilities in Minnesota, Alabama, Mississippi, and North Dakota with 500-plus distributors and dealers across North America.
www.tbei.com

JANAM PARTNERS WITH TOUCHSTAR TO IMPROVE FLEET MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS

Janam Technologies LLC, a leading provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, and TouchStar, a multinational provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announce that Janam’s XT2 is the preferred rugged mobile computer for TouchStar’s TransPac application.
TransPac is a cloud-based application that integrates seamlessly with an organization’s fleet tracking and planning software. It enables users to view customer details, fulfill orders, and print invoices while on-site with the customer. It also integrates directly with fleet management and accounting software to help improve driver efficiency and create an effective scheduling and delivery process.
According to David Fredericks, sales manager, TouchStar, “The partnership between TouchStar and Janam is particularly relevant in a setting such as NAFA. Together, we provide fleet managers with the contemporary tools they need.”
Key facts:

  • TouchStar selected Janam’s XT2 rugged touch computer because of its rich set of features and attractive pricing. Smaller and more rugged than competitive devices, the Android-powered XT2 offers TouchStar’s customers ample screen size, superior barcode scanning capabilities, and the ability to withstand the toughest operating environments.
  • TouchStar’s TransPac application running on Janam’s XT2 enables customers to enhance inventory management, improve customer service, simplify billing, and increase driver utilization.
  • Janam’s XT2 is also interoperable with TouchStar’s FleetAtlas Framework—a dynamic fleet management solution that allows for seamless integration of TouchStar’s dispatch, planning, mobility, BI, compliance, and telematics solutions.

www.touchstargroup.com

JACOBS AND DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA SIGN NEW LONG-TERM AGREEMENT THROUGH 2027

Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, the world’s leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, signs new long-term agreement with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) to ensure this long standing partnership continues well into the future.
With this new long-term agreement, Jacobs and Daimler continue their long-standing relationship, which began in 1962 when engine brakes were first installed on a Detroit Diesel Series 71 engine in an aftermarket application. Since the early 1980s, Jacobs Engine Brakes® have been standard equipment starting with the joint development of the Detroit Diesel S60 engine platform in 1984 and, more recently, the Daimler global engine platform that launched in 2007.
The engine braking system represents the most advanced engine braking technology available on the market, and it is designed for high performance, rapid response, and extreme durability. In addition, the design is modular, which allows for technology to be seamlessly adapted as market demands change.
“We are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish with Daimler,” said Paul Paré, director of marketing at Jacobs Vehicle Systems.
www.jakebrake.com

PETERBILT SHOWCASES BATTERY-ELECTRIC REFUSE MODEL 520 AT WASTEEXPO 2017

Peterbilt’s Model 520 refuse truck with advanced battery-electric drive system was demoed at the WasteExpo 2017 show in New Orleans, Louisiana, earlier this month.
“Peterbilt is working closely with its partners to explore the capabilities and performance of battery-electric drive systems,” says Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “Customers in urban environments and applications, such as drayage and refuse collection, stand to benefit from the zero-emissions performance of these advanced vehicles.”
The Peterbilt Model 520 on display is equipped with the Transpower ElecTruck™ drive system, which has accumulated more than 80,000 miles of Class 8 heavy-duty use in a variety of commercial applications since 2013. The ElecTruck system uses high-power electric motors, inverters, and batteries to power commercial trucks weighing as much as 80,000 lbs.
The variant of the TransPower ElecTruck system developed for the Model 520 refuse truck uses a 300 kW-hour battery pack to enable an urban refuse truck to operate for up to 65 miles or eight hours on a single charge. The ElecTruck system also features a 70-kW onboard battery charger that can fully charge the truck’s lithium-ion battery pack in two to four hours.
www.peterbilt.com
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