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September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Rebound From July

August order activity was up 9% month-over-month and 4% year-over-year, as FTR projects that 2017 will turn out to be “another solid trailer year."

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Trail King Names New President

Joe Kolb Photo: Trail King

Trail King Industries appointed Joe Kolb as president of the trailer manufacturer, replacing Bruce Yakley, who will transition to the role of chief executive officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, Trail King, Trailers

August 18, 2017 - Industry News

GHG Rule Review Pleases Trailer Makers, Concerns Some Stakeholders

Trailer skirts like this one benefit some carriers, but not enough fleets so they should be mandated, contend trailer makers. Photo: Utility Trailer Mfg.

The Trump administration’s announcement that it will revisit parts of the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules were greeted with cautious optimism by the trailer makers who pushed for the review, but with concern by other parties.

Tags: Trailers, EPA, NHTSA, GHG Phase 2

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA to Reconsider GHG Standards for Trailers, Glider Kits

Many fuel economy experts say trailers need to be part of the equation. Photo: TrailerTails

Just months before new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency rules affecting trailers and glider kits are scheduled to start taking effect, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to revisit those rules.

Tags: Trailers, GHG Phase 2, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swint Named Head of Travis Body and Trailer

Stuart Swint was named general manager and president of Travis Body and Trailer, whose current head is retiring.

Tags: TBEI, Leadership, Trailers, People, Upfitting

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Decline But Meet Expectations

Photo: Great Dane

The final trailer order numbers for the month of July have been released by transportation industry analysts FTR and ACT Research, showing a steep decline from the previous month, but an increase overall compared to last year.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wabash National to Buy Truck Body Maker Supreme

Photo: Wabash National

Impact that rising tide of e-commerce shipping is having on the need for more “final mile” deliveries cited as driving factor behind acquisition.

Tags: Wabash National, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trailers, Truck Bodies

August 4, 2017 - Industry News

Heil Trailer's Radish to Head Sister Operation Kalyn Siebert

Photo: Kalyn Siebert

Heil Trailer International sister company Kalyn Siebert has appointed Jake Radish as its new president.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Heil Trailer

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Craftsmen Utility Trailer Opens Iowa Location

Photo: Craftsmen Utility Trailer

Craftsmen Utility Trailer, a Utility trailer dealership, has completed development its new facility in Davenport, Iowa.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Utility Trailer

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Breadner Trailer Sales Strikes Canada Deal with Stoughton

Breadner Trailer Sales has been designated as the exclusive dealer of Stoughton brand refrigerated trailers in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Tags: Canada, Trailers, Trailer Sales, Stoughton Trailers, Refrigerated Trailers, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Production up Through June

Photo: Tom Berg

Total trailer production was more than 27,000 units in June, and it has increased month over month and year over year, according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Jump 12% In June

Photo: Stoughton

The final net trailer order numbers for the month of June have been published by FTR, showing a 12% increase from the previous month.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

July 11, 2017 - Product News

U.S. Xpress to Install SmartTruck TopKit on All New Trailers

Image: SmartTruck

U.S. Xpress announced that it will include SmartTruck’s TopKit Aero System on all of its trailer builds in 2017.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Trailers, SmartTruck, U.S. Xpress, Trailer Aerodynamics

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

FTR: The Economics of 33' Trailers Only Benefit a Few Markets

Photo: Tom Berg

FTR released a new report detailing the economics of using twin 33-foot trailers, showing that only in specific cases would the extra capacity lead to a benefit. However, for those fleets, the increase would be worth it.

Tags: Trailers, LTL, FTR, Delivery Fleets, Double Trailers

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Show Sixth Year Over Year Gain

May trailer orders were better than expected, according to preliminary estimates from ACT Research. After a very slow start last fall, orders have been up year over year every month since December.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Great Dane Relocates Atlanta Branch

Great Dane's new Atlanta facility. Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane’s Atlanta, Georgia, branch has moved to a new, significantly larger location, with an expanded parts showroom and bigger stock yard.

Tags: Trailers, New Facility, Atlanta, Great Dane

June 2, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Signal Completes $270 Million Acquisition of TBEI

Federal Signal has completed its acquisition of Truck Bodies and Equipment International, a manufacturer of dump bodies and trailers, for a purchase price of $270 million.

Tags: Truck Bodies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Federal Signal, TBEI, Trailers, Truck Equipment, Upfitters

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Adds Authorized Dealer in Green Bay

Truck Equipment Inc. headquarters in Green Bay. Photo courtesy of East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Green Bay, Wis.-based Truck Equipment Inc. its latest authorized East Dealer.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

IIHS Tests Show Clear Safety Benefit of Side Underride Guards

Without a side underride guard, car in 35-mph crash test lodged beneath the semi-trailer. Photo: IIHS

Recently conducted tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have demonstrated the potentially life-saving benefit of placing side underride guards on trailers.

Tags: Accidents, IIHS, Trailers, Underride Guard, Underride

May 2, 2017 - Product News

Stoughton to Install TopKit Aero System on Rental, Lease Trailers

The TopKit Aero System Image: SmartTruck

Stoughton Lease will begin installation of SmartTruck TopKit Aero Systems on across its entire fleet of rental and lease trailers.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, SmartTruck, Aerodynamics, Stoughton Trailers, Top 20 Products, Trailers

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Thermo King Names Transport Specialists North American Dealer of the Year

Thermo King, manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions, recently recognized Cincinnati, Ohio-based Transport Specialists as its North American Dealer of the Year at the company's annual dealer principal meeting.

Tags: Trailers, Awards, Thermo King, Reefers, Dealers

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

Wabco Reveals Technology Showcase Trailer

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Wabco is debuting its interactive Technology Showcase Trailer for the first time at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show to highlight company innovations.

Tags: Trailers, Brakes, Wabco, MATS

March 17, 2017 - Product News

Phillips Collaborates on Trailer-to-Tractor Connectivity Tool

Phillips Industries and Velvac are collaborating on the TrailerLink connected vehicle solution, which is designed to support trailer-to-tractor video and data communications and connectivity.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Video Event Recorders

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Down in February, but Still Up From Last Year

February trailer orders are expected to trail January’s excellent numbers but still exceed last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary estimates from ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Adds Stepdeck Trailers

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

Flatbed carrier Melton Truck Lines has added 53-foot stepdeck trailers to its fleet to allow the company to meet a broader scope of customer needs, the company announced.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Melton Truck Lines

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