Lucas Deal

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at, and is on Twitter @lddeal85.

MeritorWABCO and the Great Lakes Regional Pinewood Derby

January 20, 2017

Do you love the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) Pinewood Challenge? Of course you do. Everyone does. It’s fun. Whether you’re a regular participant or just an attendee, the HDAW Pinewood Challenge is a wonderful cap each year to a busy week in Vegas. The contest pits suppliers against distributors, engineers against salespeople and sends everyone back in time to their youth. It’s Boy Scouts, but with trucks. And ...

HDA Truck Pride adds vice president of product management

January 19, 2017

HDA Truck Pride has appointed Tom Kennedy as vice president of Product Management. Reporting to Chief Operating Officer Bill Burns, Kennedy will lead the product category management initiative focused on targeted growth through category and product line expansion, the company says. Kennedy joins the HDA Truck Pride team with more than 30 years of experience in the aftermarket industry. Most recently, Kennedy worked in Product Management at ...

Consolidation and the aftermarket

January 16, 2017

If you haven’t yet noticed, we are in the midst of a massive consolidation of the truck dealer market. The total number of medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers has been on the decline for a while, but in the past year the rate has increased significantly. No single OEM has been resistant to the consolidation, and in some cases, the changes have occurred at such a rapid ...

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