Truck and Trailer Equipment Articles

Grote Industries Adds Three Accomplished Employees to Leadership Team →

Grote continues its refocus on creating and leading safety-related innovation with the addition of three experienced members to its leadership team. Kent Bode has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S. sales team, while Cesar Perez-Bolivar transitions to take over leadership responsibilities of Grote Electronics, and Mel Mendoza has been hired as the new vice president of operations, North America.  Click for more...


Volvo Trucks Simplifies EV Charger Procurement With Vendor Direct Shipping Program →

Volvo Trucks North America announced a new program to provide streamlined access to electric vehicle (EV) charging offerings for dealers and fleet customers. The Vendor Direct Shipping program provides customers the opportunity to procure mobile and fixed charging hardware solutions directly from Volvo Trucks dealers when they purchase Volvo VNR Electric trucks. "The Vendor Direct Shipping program is a simple and effective method of ordering charging hardware for customers purchasing VNR Electric trucks.  Click for more...


Welch Wins Bid for 2022 Trailer for a Cause Benefitting Eagle's Healing Nest →

Felling Trailers Inc. conducted its 10th annual online auction of an FT-3 drop deck utility trailer to benefit a non-profit organization: Eagle's Healing Nest. A winning bid of $7,752.00 won the auction that ended at noon on Aug. 27. The bid winner was Joe Welch of Caledonia, Minn. Welch, an equipment dealer, has followed Felling Trailers' Trailer for a Cause auctions for a few years. "This was the first auction I was able to catch before it closed.  Click for more...


Johnson Feed Journeys From Horse and Wagon to Kenworth T680 Next Generation →

When Carl Johnson founded City Dray Line (now named Johnson Feed Inc.) in 1920, the Prohibition era had just begun, Warren G. Harding was elected U.S. president and car production was starting to ramp up to meet the demands of middle-class Americans. The trucking industry as we know it today was in its infancy, with most major truck manufacturers not yet established. In fact, when City Dray Line first opened for business, the company used a horse and wagon to deliver coal and other supplies to farmers located near the small town of Fairview in southeast South Dakota.  Click for more...


VIDEO: Volvo Trucks to Begin Customer Testing of Fuel Cell Trucks in 2025 →

Volvo Trucks are running tests of fuel cell electric trucks that only emit water vapor and have an operational range comparable to diesel trucks, up to 1,000 km. A second pilot phase is to follow in a few years' time and will see customer tests on public roads. The testing of fuel cell electric trucks in commercial traffic will start in 2025 with selected customers in northern Europe, followed by additional trucks in more countries over the coming years.  Click for more...


Valew Quality Truck Bodies Achieves Baffling System Patent →

Valew Quality Truck Bodies, the long-time manufacturer of Valew Water Trucks, recently was awarded a patent for its new baffling system and the production on the new system was introduced this year on both its 2,000-gal. and 4,000-gal. trucks. Over decades of building water trucks, Roger Hayes realized that there were costly problems with traditional baffle designs. According to Hayes, CEO of Valew Quality Truck Bodies, "traditional materials used for baffles are pricey and made of steel — which often rust, and most manufacturers don't weld their baffles in place which causes them to fall." Hayes reasoned that there must be a better, safer solution that also would offer greater durability.  Click for more...


Volvo LIGHTS Project Wraps Up in Southern California →

Volvo Trucks North America announced the culmination of the Volvo LIGHTS project — a three-year project that brought together 14 public and private partners to design and implement a blueprint for the robust support ecosystem necessary to deploy battery-electric trucks and equipment at scale. During the project, which ran from 2019 to 2022 in California's South Coast Air Basin, Volvo Trucks deployed its first Class 8 pilot Volvo VNR Electric trucks to fleet operators to collect real-world operating data and customer feedback ahead of announcing its commercial model in December 2020.  Click for more...


Grote Industries Revolutionizing Safety, Efficiency in Trucking With 4SEE Smart Trailer System →

Grote Industries is continuing its mission of creating and leading safety-related innovation by developing the 4SEE smart trailer system, a combination of hardware and software that will enable truck fleets to have much more access to data related to their operations and help improve safety on the roadways. Currently, only 5 percent of the three million trailers on the road in North America are considered smart trailers.  Click for more...


Grote Industries Announces Fourth Generation of Leadership →

As Grote Industries enters its 121st year of operation, the family announced recently that fourth-generation family members Dominic, John and Mike Grote acquired 100 percent control of Grote Industries Inc. Along with this expansion in their ownership, the vision for Grote also has progressed. The company is now poised to focus on creating and leading safety-related innovation. Dominic Grote will continue as CEO and president, while John Grote has been appointed chief operating officer and Mike Grote continues in his role as general manager, Asia.  Click for more...


Kenworth T680 Next Gen to Transport U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Tour Schedule Announced →

A Kenworth T680 Next Generation will transport the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the National Forests in North Carolina to Washington, D.C., with stops en route to a full slate of community celebrations. This year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree — a 78-ft. tall Red Spruce — is scheduled to be harvested Nov. 2 from the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The tour theme is "From the Mountains to the Sea." Hardy Brothers Trucking was chosen to transport the tree.  Click for more...


In Field Or Pit, Innovative Fueling Solution Streamlines Fleet Management for Keeter Trucking & Excavating →

Ben Keeter operates two businesses in the Boulder, Colo., area: Keeter Trucking & Excavating, which includes work for individual homeowners to large commercial projects, and Hogan/Keeter — a company that recycles concrete, asphalt and screened pit run and turns it into a variety of decorative materials. "I like being hands on myself, so though we've explored going larger, we've decided to stay somewhat small," Keeter said.  Click for more...


NTEA Announces Work Truck Week Dates Through 2030 →

To help attendees and exhibiting companies make future Work Truck Week plans, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry has announced dates for North America's largest work truck event through March 2030. The event, which includes The Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit, NTEA Annual Meeting, a ride-and-drive, educational conference and networking activities, is held every March at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Click for more...


NTEA Releases 23rd Edition of Annual Manufacturers' Shipments Survey Report →

NTEA's newly released Annual Manufacturers' Shipments Survey (AMSS) Report (23rd edition) indicates the 2021 bounce out of the 2020 recession led to a truck equipment industry increase of 16.2 percent in terms of dollar value shipped, after — 15.8 percent growth in 2020. This publication, featuring 2021 data, enables the industry to estimate market size by dollars and units for 76 product lines.  Click for more...


Curry Supply Welcomes Rob Gray as New Director of Marketing →

Curry Supply Co. announced the newest addition to the Curry team — new director of marketing Rob Gray. In this role, Gray will provide leadership in effective and focused marketing strategies. He will plan, produce and execute corporate events and major tradeshows. Gray will lead the marketing team and work with developers, advertisers and production managers to market products and services to drive sales and grow brand awareness.  Click for more...


Kenworth PACCAR TX-18, TX-18 Pro Automated Transmissions Available for Order →

Kenworth announced that the new PACCAR TX-18 and PACCAR TX-18 Pro automated transmissions for Class 8 heavy on-highway and select off-highway vocational applications are now available for order. Both 18-speed transmissions build upon the efficiency of the PACCAR TX-12, which was designed to be the most efficient on-highway automated transmission. The PACCAR TX-18 offers additional capability for heavy on-highway use for applications, such as heavy haul transport.  Click for more...


Tri-State Trailer Sales Stays Ahead of Supply Chain Curve →

While the impact of inflation and supply chain issues has been felt by all, it may be argued that the construction industry has been particularly vulnerable to its effects. Work depends on the availability of equipment and parts, as well as the ability to transport equipment and materials to the job site. According to Tri-State Trailer Sales' Pat Smrek, the trailer dealership gained important insight into the potential for supply issues impacting construction trailers during the initial Covid lockdowns.  Click for more...


Landoll Tractor Names Mike Kornegay Dealer Salesperson of Year →

Landoll Trailers congratulated Mike Kornegay of Eastern Wrecker Sales, Clayton, N.C., for being named the Landoll Dealer Salesperson of the Year. Kornegay has built a reputation of dependability for his dealership and with his customers. "When Mike says he's going to do something, he does it. He's extremely organized, pays attention to detail, and somehow always finds the trailer his customers are looking for," said Jim Ladner, Landoll Trailers sales manager.  Click for more...


NTEA Announces MVP Status Holders →

Because standards don't raise themselves, NTEA's Member Verification Program (MVP) acknowledges the companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, truck dealers and OEMs know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards and comply with federal regulations. New MVP members (since April 1, 2022) Sabre Equipment Inc.  Click for more...


Gabrielli Truck Sales Becomes Mack's First Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer in New York →

Mack Trucks dealer Gabrielli Truck Sales, located near John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, N.Y., is now a Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer, becoming the first Mack dealer in New York to be EV-certified. With this designation, Gabrielli is now fully equipped to service and support the Mack LR Electric, Mack's first electric Class 8 refuse vehicle, for the New York City region and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).  Click for more...


New CDL Rule Causes Concerns →

At the heart of the entry-level driver training rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is ensuring that first-time commercial drivers are regulated. The rule, which was kicked down the road for several years, went into effect early in 2022. Though the agency meant well, some say it is putting a heavy burden on an industry that's already hamstrung by a limited worker pool. To be certified, drivers must complete their training from a school or carrier listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry before taking their commercial driver's license (CDL) test.  Click for more...



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