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INDUSTRY NEWS: SEPTEMBER 2017

STERTIL-KONI’S DIAMONDLIFTS SELECTED FOR NEW FACILITY AT O’HARE AIRPORT

Heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni announces that the company’s innovative inground telescopic piston lift model, the DIAMONDLIFT, was selected for use at the new American Airlines, Inc. maintenance facility, under construction at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. For more, visit www.stertil-koni.com.

VIPAR HEAVY DUTY AND MERITOR ENTER AGREEMENT

VIPAR Heavy Duty and Meritor announce a long-term agreement providing for VIPAR to offer a robust and growing portfolio of Meritor steering and suspension products through the VIPAR Heavy Duty network and its family of companies. For more, visit www.vipar.com.

PETERBILT OFFERING BENDIX SLACK ADJUSTERS AND SPRING BRAKES AS FACTORY OPTIONS

Peterbilt is offering the Bendix® Versajust® LS slack adjuster and the Bendix® Eversure® spring brake as factory options on a variety of its models. The Bendix Versajust LS is a link-style automatic slack adjuster that can extend lining life by up to 16 percent and drum life by up to 30 percent. It is designed to significantly reduce brake maintenance and minimize the risk of dragging brakes. The slack adjuster is covered by a standard 6-year/1.0M mile warranty. The Bendix® Eversure spring brake offers potential increased payload, better fuel economy and lower cost of operation. The Eversure is equipped with one of the lightest chambers on the North American market, saving up to eight lbs per tandem axle.
The Versajust slack adjusters and Eversure spring brakes are available for both steer and drive axles on Peterbilt Models 579, 567, 520, 389, 367 and 365, as well as in 579 and 389 glider kits. For more, visit www.peterbilt.com.

MARANGONI TREAD NORTH AMERICA HOSTS US CONGRESSMAN TO PROMOTE RETREAD CAMPAIGN

Marangoni Tread North America hosted US Congressman Jim Cooper at its Madison, Tennessee, headquarters to promote Retread Instead.
Bill Sweatman, president of Marangoni Tread N.A., welcomed Congressman Cooper and gave a presentation on behalf of the entire retread industry and the important role it plays economically and environmentally. Sweatman also expressed concern for the more-than 60,000 US jobs in the retreading and related industries that are being threatened as a result of the February 22, 2017, ruling by the US International Trade Commission to not impose tariffs on truck and bus tires produced in China.
Marangoni has taken a “no wait” approach and launched an aggressive Retread Instead education campaign. The goal is to promote the practice of buying quality premium new tires with the intent toward Total Life Cycle tire maintenance including retreading.

DAIMLER SUPPORTS VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER IN TEXAS

Daimler AG’s US-based subsidiaries Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz US International, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and Daimler Trucks North America donated $1 million to the distressed population coping with Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic impact. The donation was to be sent to American Red Cross and used for immediate disaster relief. For more, visit www.daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com.

LTA MANUFACTURING ACQUIRES ATC TRUCK COVERS, JASON INDUSTRIES, AND RANCH FIBERGLASS

LTA Manufacturing LLC announces the acquisition of Ranch Fiberglass, ATC Truck Covers, and Jason Industries. LTA Manufacturing will handle the sales, marketing, and manufacturing of all products for the three brands under its umbrella.
Jason Industries, a leading producer of pickup truck caps and tonneau covers for 45 years, decided to exit the business to focus on the RV and marine industries. All Jason molds have been transferred to ATC’s Ottawa, Kansas, facility where production has begun.
Ranch Fiberglass is a producer of fiberglass truck caps and tonneau covers in Elkhart, Indiana. The molds and production from Ranch will remain in Indiana. Dustin Geyer, former president of Ranch Fiberglass, will be the new president and a shareholder of LTA Manufacturing LLC. For more, visit www.atctruckcovers.com, or www.ranchfiberglass.com.

GEOTAB PROVIDES DATA INSIGHT INTO HURRICANE HARVEY’S IMPACT

Geotab is providing insight to companies with fleets affected by Hurricane Harvey. The global leader in smart transportation and telematics technology launched a time-lapse map, which will be updated weekly, to track commercial fleet activity in Houston and surrounding cities, in the wake of one of the nation’s costliest disasters.
The time-lapse map by Geotab illustrates the monstrous hurricane’s impact by showing the drastic reduction of on-the-road vehicles in the affected areas. Based on Geotab’s data there was an 88-percent reduction in commercial fleet activity in the Houston area from August 21 to August 28—translating into severe economic losses and downtime.
More than 500 roadways in southeast Texas experienced flood conditions during and after the storm, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Businesses using a telematics system with Geotab devices have been able to stay in touch with commercial drivers and access real-time updates, letting them know if they need to take appropriate detours or make complete stops. For more, visit www.geotab.com.

CURRY SUPPLY PARTNERS WITH LINE-X FOR NEARLY INDESTRUCTIBLE COATINGS

LINE-X, a global leader in versatile protective coatings, announces an industrial partnership with Curry Supply, leading manufacturer of high-quality commercial service vehicles, including several on- and off-road trucks used in a variety of construction, maintenance, and service trades.
Curry Supply is now applying LINE-X protective coatings to numerous exterior components to provide a nearly impenetrable barrier to scratches, abrasions, harsh chemicals, and the elements. LINE-X coatings help extend the life of vehicles and enable enhanced customization options with color-matching abilities and style preferences. Curry Supply also has incorporated LINE-X protective coatings into their commercial vehicle reconditioning and restoration service. For more, visit www.linex.com.

OPTRONICS APPLIES LED SUPERLAMP TECHNOLOGY TO INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announces its plans to make the new LED SuperLamp technology available in a variety of applications, including headlamps, back-up lamps, marker/clearance lamps, and work lamps, as well as interior cab and trailer lighting. Previously, Optronics’ LED SuperLamp has been available only as a stop/tail/turn lamp.
The patented coating on LED SuperLamps resists 45 specific chemical agents, including petroleum distillates such as coolant ethylene and coolant propylene, as well as diesel fuel, battery fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, organic solvents, methanol, detergents, cleaners, and urea. Lamps featuring LED SuperLamp technology are not damaged by transient voltage, EMI and ESD. The LEDs are able to function even submerged in water.
LED SuperLamps have been tested and proven to resist component degeneration from UV exposure, flammability, vibration, temperature cycling, accelerated aging, high-velocity water spray, free-fall drops, humidity, salt-fog corrosion, dust, thermal shock, and gravel bombardment. For more, visit www.optronicsinc.com.

DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA BREAKS GROUND ON $27 MILLION LOGISTICS CENTER

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) broke ground recently on a logistics center at its Cleveland, North Carolina, truck manufacturing plant. The new center, expected to be complete in early in 2019, represents a $27 million investment, and will create numerous jobs. The facility produces Freightliner and Western Star Class 8 models for sale in North America, along with the Freightliner Columbia® and Argosy® cab-over-engine models for the export market.

DETROIT DIESEL REMANUFACTURING COMPANY ACQUIRES MASCOT TRUCK PARTS

Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing (Detroit Reman) is acquiring the US and Canadian business operations of Mascot Truck Parts, a leading provider of remanufactured driveline components for the heavy- and medium-duty truck aftermarket in both countries.
Mascot Truck Parts will continue operations and customer support at its Remanufacturing Centers of Excellence in Plainfield, Indiana, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Mascot Truck Parts will continue shipping within 24 hours from its 28 logistic centers in North America. For more, visit www.detroitdieselreman.com.
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