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Up close look at CAT’s new Class 8 truck

Recently, Caterpillar announced a second model to its new line of vocationally-focused work trucks and unveiled the Class 8 CT681 truck at the company's Edwards Proving Grounds outside of Peoria, Ill. The CT681 borrows heavily from the existing CT660 model, but also features a host of enhancements designed specifically for ...

Will ‘Freedom of choice’ offer opportunity for independent aftermarket?

Late last week, the Association of Global Automakers and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers released a document titled “Consumer Privacy Protection Principles.” In it, the two groups outlined a series of customer privacy options they hope to see manufacturer’s implement and offer to purchasing customers. The groups say these options ...

Mitsubishi Electric hires new account managers

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America (MEAA) said Thursday they company has added two national account managers for its heavy-duty truck business. Scott Balgenorth will be responsible for Daimler Trucks North America (Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit Diesel, and Thomas Built Busses), and Motor Coach Industries (MCI).  Balgenorth is also heading up ...

Hadley, Phillips Industries honored by DTNA

Hadley and Phillips Industries' Electrical Harness Division have received Masters of Quality awards from Daimler Trucks North America. The companies are two of only 59 manufacturers selected from more than 1,000 currently supplying Daimler to receive the award for quality excellence. Masters of Quality award is the highest recognition ...

Hendrickson selling stake in MBHA

Following its agreement to acquire the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June, Hendrickson says it has entered into an agreement to sell its 50 percent stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. (MBHA) to InvestZiur, the other 50 percent shareholder. As a result, ...

Aperia, Velociti announce partnership

Velociti Inc. and Aperia Technologies have announced a new partnership. Under the agreement, Aperia will make Velociti’s project management and deployment services available to its customers for the installation of its Halo. “We place a premium on our customers' experience,” says Josh Carter, CEO and co-founder of Aperia. “With Velociti, ...

GenNext webinar keys in on ‘four choices of leadership’

The average employee makes dozens of choices every day that impact the performance of his business. Typically large choices are strategized and agonized over while other smaller decisions are made instinctively. But just because an employee doesn’t give a decision much thought doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. An employee that ...

SuperSprings International moves into larger facility

The growth of SuperSprings International’s “fit-it-and-forget-it” suspension enhancement products has led the company to move to a larger facility in order to continue to meet its customer commitments. The new headquarters is located at 505 Maple Ave. in Carpinteria, Calif. The new facility is within the same block as ...

MERA adds three new members

Mascot Truck Parts, SKC Karbon and WAIglobal have joined the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA). Mascot Truck Parts is based in Indiana. The company remanufactures transmissions, differentials, steering gears and pumps for heavy-duty vehicles. SKC Karbon is located in Turkey, and produced remanufactured rotating electrical components. WAIglobal is based in ...

Profiling our Distributor of the Year finalists

It’s been another great year for the Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year program. After receiving votes for more than 30 aftermarket businesses during our open nomination process in the spring, we selected four great distributors as finalists for the 2014 award. Blaine Brothers, Sadler Power Train, ...