September 2012 Industry Focus

Management Truck Parts & Service Staff September 1, 2012

People in the News

Following are personnel changes and announcements in the trucking industry:

Bergstrom Inc. has named Alan Leupold director of test and development.

Reyco Granning has named Brien Scheffee leader of the company’s light-vehicle and powered-vehicle units, while Joe Gallo will lead the trailer group and Steve Denny will lead the aftermarket group.

Ancra International has hired Larry Bethel as director of purchasing and planning, and Jeff Murillo as manager of business development.

PalFleet Truck Equipment has appointed Bruce Helmeid as general manager of the company’s Nashville, Tenn. location.


Power Train Companies has appointed John Wolff to store manager of the Indianapolis branch, Larry Higashi to the role of vice president of remanufacturing and Brandon Ford to the new director of sales, adding to his role as marketing director.

American Trucking Associations has named Don Lynn its new vice president of sales and marketing.

Polar Service Centers has named Jeff Buckholz regional field sales representative for the Northeast.

Great Dane has added Robert Maharrey as its new director of quality assurance.

Eaton Corp. has named Patrick Randrianarison president of the Vehicle Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Succeeding Randrianarison as Eaton’s president in South America and president of the Vehicle Group – South America will be Antonio Galvao.

Economic News

The following is economic news from the trucking industry:

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing July Class 8 truck net orders at 12,568 units, the lowest month for orders since August 2010 and 32 percent below the same month last year. FTR says July orders came in 23 percent below weak June activity and continue to reflect soft demand for Class 8 vehicles.

For-hire trucking companies added 3,100 payroll jobs in July as the overall U.S. economy added a net of 163,000 nonfarm jobs, according to the latest estimates released Aug. 3 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payroll employment in trucking was up 0.23 percent over May and 3.3 percent over July 2011.

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