Fleet Engineers acquires cargo management business

Lucas Deal

January 27, 2016

SAL_RGB_webFleet Engineers, Inc., announces it has acquired Save-A-Load, Inc. manufacturer of high-quality cargo management bars for the trucking and transportation industries. The news was announced Wednesday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2016 in Las Vegas.

“Save-A-Load has built an excellent reputation for responsive services and a commitment to quality by leveraging technology to deliver driver-friendly products,” says Wes Eklund, president of Fleet Engineers. “This acquisition will enhance the current cargo management solutions for our customer base, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to manufacture and distribute a new, high quality product that is unique within the market. We are poised for exciting growth and look forward to integrating the manufacturing expertise of Save-A-Load.”

Fleet Engineers says it plans to maintain the Save-A-Load brand name, and will be moving the company’s customer service and manufacturing facilities from Charlotte, N.C., to Muskegon, Mich., later this year. Fleet Engineers says the acquisition will increase Save-A-Load’s distribution network from thirty nationwide distributors to more than 2,000.

SAL_GFS_RedBarBeautyShotSave-A-Load cargo bars incorporate a unique interior hydraulic cylinder pump that keeps the bars secure against the walls of a trailer, even as the walls experience the normal flex and yaw common during road transport. The hydraulics also have a pressure-limiting valve so that the operator cannot damage the trailer walls by over-extending the bars.

Save-A-Load cargo bars weigh just 8.8 lbs., and can be expanded from 84 in. to 114 in. in length.

Save-A-Load offers a wide variety of heavy-duty bars, hoops and configurations, along with a lighter-weight stable of products for pick-ups and SUV’s. The products are available in a multitude of colors, and all are built so that parts are replaceable, thereby extending the life cycle of every bar, Save-A-Load says.

“I’ve been working [Save-A-Load] since it started in 1994,” she says. “It’s a great product, it’s well engineered and well tested. With Fleet Engineers’ marketing and manufacturing efficiencies, we are going to see it achieve greater market share. We’re very excited about the future,” says Cathy Littlejohn, vice president and general manager of Save-A-Load, who will remain with the company.

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