Jason Cannon

Articles by Jason Cannon

Jason Cannon serves as the Online Managing Editor for Truck Parts and Service and its sister site, Successful Dealer. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.

Jason Cannon has posted 1084 Articles for Truck Parts & Service

Tramec Sloan acquires Crawford Machine

Tramec Sloan has acquired Crawford Machine, Inc. (CMI), a producer of brass components and related air assemblies used throughout the tractor and trailer markets in North America. Galion, Ohio-based CMI employs 135 people, and was founded in 2001 by Hank Hessey and his family. CMI's customers include the top North American tractor/trailer manufacturers, chassis manufacturers ...

REPAIR SHOP OF HORRORS: Like a giant birthday cake

On the ASE test, it does say that the best way to put out an engine fire is to blow it out, right? I think it's safe to assume this video was made on a Monday, because this guy makes every bad decision known to man and the outcome ...

Minimizer celebrates 30 years

Great ideas are often born in the strangest places. In Minimizer's case, it was born in the trash...kind of. Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her car ...

Larson Electronics discontinues its smaller brands

Larson Electronics says the company will discontinue its smaller brands, including the Magnalight brand, in order to focus on the global Larson Electronics brand. Rob Bresnahan, President of Larson Electronics, says some of the very first work and spotlights developed by Larson are still working out in the field ...

REPAIR SHOP OF HORRORS: Drop it like it’s hot

Those big hydraulic truck lifts are awesome aren't they? They allow you to work underneath giant heavy trucks without having to crawl underneath them. And for the most part, keep you out of harm's way from careless co-workers. I bet this guy put in a requisition form for one of ...

Premier Bandag expanding, adding jobs

The Premier Bandag retreading facility in Morehead, Ky., is undergoing renovation and expansion, which is likely to bring about eight new jobs. The location, owned by S&S Tire, is adding roughly 6,000 square feet. The addition will feature a wheel refurbishing area, as well as two new truck bays to ...

Mack awards technician scholarship

Mack Trucks has awarded Nathaniel Chyle, a student enrolled in WyoTech’s Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE) for Mack Trucks program in Blairsville, Pa., with a Mack Trucks DATE Scholarship. Chyle, who says he hopes to become a shop foreman or lead technician, will use the $8,700 scholarship to take ...

Top 10 of 2013: Cleaire forced out of business

The No. 1 story from Truck Parts & Service this year came from late January when, following two major brush fires allegedly caused by its products and mounting product recalls forced San Leandro, Calif.-based Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls out of business. Cleaire’s equipment has been proposed as the culprit of ...

2014 prediction: 3-D printing will see bump

For each of the past 33 years, The University of Alabama’s Office of Media Relations offers predictions from faculty experts for the coming year. While the university noted “educated guesses” don’t always come true, the school's track record over the years has been pretty good. Among their 2014 predictions is ...

REPAIR SHOP OF HORRORS: Pile up

One of the best ways to increase shop revenues is to create more service opportunities. But I'm not sure this is the best way to go about doing that. Listen for the guy around the one minute mark tell the guy to be careful and not scratch the side ...