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INDUSTRY NEWS: NOVEMBER 2017

PETERBILT CELEBRATES 1,000,000TH TRUCK MILESTONE

Peterbilt Motors Company will celebrate a significant milestone with the production of its 1,000,000th truck in mid-January 2018.

To commemorate this event, Peterbilt will celebrate by hosting a SuperFan campaign to identify the ultimate fan of the iconic brand.

The Peterbilt SuperFan promotion will recognize five SuperFans through a promotional campaign culminating with a special presentation at the 2018 Mid America Trucking Show (MATS). One finalist will be selected as the top SuperFan and will be honored with the keys to the unique, 1,000,000th production unit, a Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage, fully customized to celebrate this remarkable milestone. Peterbilt is accepting submissions from fans throughout the United States and Canada via a dedicated website at www.peterbilt.com/SuperFanSearch through December 22, 2017. People are encouraged to visit the website and submit their stories, videos, and photos that show the passion that makes them a SuperFan. The five finalists will be selected just after the New Year.

RAMSEY RECEIVES EQUITY INVESTMENT FROM NORWEST EQUITY PARTNERS

Ramsey Industries, a leading manufacturer of service cranes, industrial and commercial winches, planetary gear, and digger drives, announces it has received a significant capital investment from Norwest Equity Partners, a leading middle market investment firm founded in 1961. The transaction closed on November 6, 2017.

John Celoni, Ramsey CEO, states, “On behalf of the entire Ramsey team, we are thrilled to partner with NEP for the next phase of our growth. NEP has a long standing reputation for not only successful investments but continued advancement and implementation of strategic initiatives for its portfolio companies.

NEP and Ramsey complement each other well as they share established business roots and longevity of operations. Ramsey has built a reputation of having long-standing customer relationships with a diversified supplier base and a sales team focused on working together with channel partners to create successful solutions. Ramsey products are built from innovative, highly-engineered solutions that drive superior performance and much of the Company’s growth plans will be defined by continued innovation, including new product development focusing on market needs, as well as both customer and geography footprint expansion. For more, visit www.ramseyindustries.com and www.nep.com.

SKYBITZ ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH VELOCITI

Telular, the leader in IoT Telematics solutions and Velociti, Inc., a leading provider of technology deployment services, announce that SkyBitz and Velociti have forged a partnership that will greatly increase the speed and efficiency by which customers can deploy SkyBitz’ technology across their fleets.

SkyBitz and Velociti are solidifying the partnership by focusing on automation and customer training, as the benefits of fleet-wide telematics adoption are the most impactful once the entire fleet is fully deployed with the telematics solution. By optimizing the deployment model, SkyBitz is ensuring that its customers reap the benefits of telematics faster than the competition. By working with Velociti, the two companies can commit to best in class service levels for customers and fleets of all sizes. For more, visit www.skybitz.com.

SYNNEX CORPORATION AND CALAMP SIMPLIFY ELD COMPLIANCE

SYNNEX Corporation, a leading business process services company, and CalAmp, a telematics pioneer leading transformation in a global connected economy, announce the launch of the CalAmp V-Series electronic logging device (ELD) bundle available through SYNNEX. As the deadline for compliance with new federal rules for transportation fleets approaches, SYNNEX has expanded its options for partners to meet the market demand. The CalAmp V-Series offering enables the trucking industry to meet the December 18, 2017, deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ELD mandate with easy deployment and reliable support. For more, visit www.synnex.com.

WESTERN STAR REWARDS VETERANS WITH DISCOUNT PROGRAM

Western Star Trucks and Daimler Truck Financial (DTF) announce their program to give discounts on new trucks to U.S. and Canadian military veterans will continue throughout 2018.

The Western Star VetStar Military Appreciation Program, launched in 2017, offers U.S. veterans up to a $2,000 match on a down payment on a new Western Star truck financed through DTF. Canadian veterans are eligible for a CAD $3,000 match on their down payment through DTF.

“We owe a tremendous debt to our armed forces members and veterans in the United States and Canada, and we can think of no better way to show our appreciation,” says Samantha Parlier, vice president of marketing and product strategy, Western Star.

The VetStar program applies to all new Western Star models (glider kits and used units are not eligible), and is intended for owner-operators and small fleets. There is no limit per customer and the discount can be used in conjunction with other programs. For more, visit www.westernstartrucks.com.

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MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE

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