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Selling in a winter wonderland: When temps fall, aftermarket part sales go up

Maintaining heavy-duty equipment is a tough job. But during a winter like this one, where polar vortices and arctic temperatures have covered most of North America for months, it can feel downright impossible. Snow, wind, freezing rain, road chemicals and frigid temperatures all have adverse effects on heavy-duty ...

Bremen Castings holding anniversary open house

Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), a family-owned iron foundry and machine shop, recently just celebrated its greatest achievement – 75 years in business. To commemorate this anniversary, the Indiana-based foundry will be hosting an open house for customers and the public on Monday, May 12, 2014. Tours of the facility will ...

Minimizer to celebrate 30 years

Minimizer will celebrate its 30th anniversary in style this weekend with an event in Minneapolis. Born out of a simple idea when he saw his wife ...

The real cost of counterfeit truck parts

Counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar business, and you can find knockoff truck parts just as easily as phony Gucci bags and flimsy Oakley sunglasses. According to the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) Counterfeit Parts Task Force, it's hard to estimate the counterfeiting's exact financial impact to the trucking industry, ...

You’ve got to fight for your right…to repair

The heavy-duty right to repair debate is ratcheting up. Only two months after the automotive industry resolved its right to repair puzzle with a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), representatives from both sides of the heavy-duty debate have initiated discussions toward a possible compromise. Earlier this year a meeting took ...

Martina McBride performs at TMC

Though this year's Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting technically ended Thursday, Wednesday night proved to be the true climax of the event. In classic Nashville fashion, the Council welcomed country music star Martina McBride to highlight this year's meeting with a concert at Wednesday evening's dinner and reception. McBride, ...

Shell preparing for new oil standards

In a meeting Tuesday at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville, Shell described its intentions in preparing for the new industry oil standards that are set to be released in 2016. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is currently in the process of developing standards for ...

FleetPride acquires Oregon distributor

FleetPride, Inc. has entered an agreement to acquire the assets of Ott's Friction Supply, Inc. in a deal that is expected to close March 17. The acquisition includes locations in Portland and Eugene, Ore. A new facility in the southern part of the greater Portland area is slated to open in the second quarter ...

TMC service providers offer tips for employee retention

The technician shortage facing the trucking industry isn't going away anytime soon. Industry experts believe things will get worse before they get better, and with a large percentage of techs nearing retirement, it's likely competing for the services of new technicians will become industry standard in the coming ...

TMC honors three suppliers as Recognized Associates, bestows Secretary Award

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council named three industry suppliers as Recognized Associates during its 2014 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Justin Anderson, president, HDI Sales; Brian “Mack” Mackenzie, Silver Eagle Manufacturing; and Ted Raquet, vice president for key accounts, Maxon Lift Corp each were honored. The Recognized Associate ...