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Miss HDAW’14? Check out this rewind from Vegas

If you flew out of Las Vegas and away from Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) without at least one nugget of new knowledge, you spent way too much time on the gaming floor. Record numbers flooded the showroom and packed educational sessions in and around the Terry Fator Theatre ...

Market projections from HD Aftermarket Dialogue

Earlier this month I wrote a detailed feature on the State of the Aftermarket. The article featured a comprehensive evaluation of 2013 and the projections for the market moving forward in 2014. During Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Monday, Jan. 27 before Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) in Las Vegas, ...

There’s nothing special about being a generalist

Daley Thompson is largely considered one of the greatest decathletes of all time. An eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist, the London-born athlete has shattered decathlete records multiple times over. Thompson is legendary in his speciality but Bruce Merrifield, who spoke at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Monday as part of the SOLD ...

Auto industry solves its Right to Repair question

I always hear people in the heavy-duty aftermarket say our industry is consistently seven to ten years behind the automotive industry. It doesn’t matter what innovation or technology it is, if it is in use in the heavy-duty market, it probably debuted earlier somewhere in or around a car. If ...

The first day of the rest of your life

This month marks a new beginning; the beginning of a new year, and a dawn of a new emissions age. Effective this month, heavy-duty engine and truck makers will offer new models that comply with the additional new standards for lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and minimum fuel ...

Slow and steady growth in 2014

The aftermarket survived a slow start to post a solid year in 2013, its fourth in a row since last decade’s recession. Business growth has been minimal but it’s happened, and early indications are 2014 will be more of the same. Considering what the market went through just five ...

Debunking the retreading myth

While home with my family during the holiday break I joined my father on a short trip to a nearby town. On the way there we started discussing the stories I was working on for Truck Parts & Service and I mentioned I was conducting interviews for an article ...

Final thoughts on the year

Yesterday I posted a blog on Successful Dealer highlighting my top stories of 2013. Before we completely turn our backs on last year, I’d like to do the same for Truck Parts & Service. So without further ado, here are three stories I really enjoyed on Truck Parts & ...

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 over a Rubbermaid trashcan. That seemingly mundane event inspired her husband, Dick, to develop heavy-duty poly truck fenders, which in-turn led to the ...

Updating our calendar

For those of you who don’t know, it’s common in the publishing business for magazines — and trade magazines like this one, specifically — to release an editorial calendar before an upcoming year to notify advertisers, marketing firms and readers about what’s to come. Truck Parts & Service has ...