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Grote Industries has named Southwire Canada (SWC) its Supplier of the Year. SWC has supported Grote Industries’ sales growth and helped improve the operational efficiency of its manufacturing process, according to an announcement.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Grote Industries for our efforts to be Canada’s number one supplier for electrical wire and cable,” says Maureen Russolo, vice president, customer experience. “We look forward to building on recent momentum to create a stronger, more reliable supply chain for both companies.”
SWC has been Grote’s strategic partner for 29 years, providing wiring solutions for the company’s advanced products in vehicle, trailer and battery cables.
In reworking Grote’s service model, Southwire introduced an enhanced customer experience strategy to improve overall service and product delivery, which improved reporting and communication throughout the manufacturing and product delivery cycle to support Grote’s production and sales goals. The new resource alignment led to improved accuracy in supply chain forecasts and dramatically improved their On Time in Full delivery, the company says.
“SWC really listened to our needs as a customer,” says Kirk Batten, Grote Industries controller. “They demonstrated leadership and genuine interest in partnering with Grote. They have dramatically improved their level of service for all aspects of our business.”
This level of efficiency is especially important during the harsh winter months in the trucking industry. The availability of Grote branded products ready to ship from SWC stock points has increased sales to trucking customers with urgent, unplanned maintenance to their fleets to keep freight moving across North America. Enhanced communication between the two operations has enabled both companies to manage costs and increase revenue while providing superior service to Grote’s customers, the companies say.
“We are growing very quickly, and I am thrilled to have SWC as a strategic partner in our growth,” says Batten. “I would highly recommend SWC to others in the industry.”
TruckPro LLC has acquired the assets of Pascale Service Corporation (PSC), owned by Jim Pascale and located in Pawtucket, R.I. PSC has served the greater Providence market for more than 70 years, providing service and products for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles at its 16-bay facility.
“We are very excited to expand in the New England market by joining forces with PSC,” says Chuck Broadus, TruckPro CEO. “We have tremendous respect for the great reputation Jim and his team have built and are excited to partner with them to continue their commitment to excellent service.”
Jim Pascale, who will continue to lead day-to-day operations, says, “We are thrilled to partner with TruckPro, one of the largest and most respected distributors and service providers in our industry. With similar cultures that focus on providing superior customer service, we know the combination will be very successful and beneficial for our customers as well as the associates at PSC.”
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced two senior leadership appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Jon Bellissimo, vice president, Americas product development and head of Goodyear Chemical, will become senior vice president, global operations and technology. Laura Duda, vice president, Americas communications, will become senior vice president, global communications and chief communications officer.
In his new role, Bellissimo will provide executive leadership for Goodyear’s global engineering; quality; procurement; manufacturing and environmental, health, safety and sustainability; sales and Operations planning and project management functions.
Bellissimo brings four decades of experience in the design, development and manufacturing of Goodyear products, having served in a variety of functional and operational roles at the regional and global levels. In addition to his product development leadership within the Americas and Goodyear’s Chemical business, Bellissimo served as the director of Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio, and has played an integral role in manufacturing plant startups around the world, the company says.
Bellissimo succeeds Joe Zekoski, who will retire after a career of nearly 40 years at Goodyear.
Duda will lead all aspects of Goodyear’s global communications, including media relations, associate communications, corporate reputation, philanthropy, community relations and the company’s fleet of airships.
Duda joined Goodyear in 2016 with nearly 20 years of strategic communications leadership experience in the energy industry. Immediately prior, she led corporate, utility and commercial communications for Chicago-based Exelon Corporation.
Duda succeeds Paul Fitzhenry, who is returning to the East Coast to join his family and pursue his next opportunity after serving as Goodyear’s chief communications officer since 2012. Fitzhenry will remain with Goodyear through the first quarter of 2019 to ensure a smooth transition, Goodyear says.
“I am excited to welcome Jon and Laura to Goodyear’s senior leadership team. They are proven leaders who will bring both innovative thinking and deep industry knowledge that will position Goodyear for the future,” says Richard J. Kramer, chairman, CEO and president.
“At the same time, I want to express my gratitude for the contributions of both Joe Zekoski and Paul Fitzhenry. Their tireless work and commitment to Goodyear has had a lasting impact on our associates and helped position our company for ongoing success,” Kramer adds.
VMAC announced Thursday it recently sponsored Nanaimo’s Education & Career Fair (ECF).
VMAC says ECF is responsible for British Columbia’s largest career development fair, attracting more than 10,000 attendees over five different locations each year.
“It’s our pleasure to support this event, which supports the career pursuits of B.C. students planning for higher education and learning about the various career paths available to them,” says Chris Larsen, VMAC’S HR and Special Projects Manager.
The Nanaimo Education & Career Fair included a variety of exhibitors, including local employers, trade and professional associations, as well as universities, colleges and technical institutions.
Students visiting the VMAC booth were interested in learning about the wide range of career paths available to them, most notably Engineering, Fabrication, Machining, Marketing, and Quality Control.
“We wanted to communicate to students that their options are limitless in the manufacturing industry. In addition to offering career paths, training, and apprenticeships for engineering and trades, we also have opportunities in areas like sales and marketing, finance, supply chain, HR, and quality control,” says Chris Larsen. “We hope these students had the opportunity to speak with a variety of employers and post-secondary institutions at this career fair and were able to learn of some new career possibilities.”
Coming in ninth on the Truck Parts & Service top products of 2018 list is Phillips Industries’ QWIK-CHECK. As the name implies, this product was developed for quick confirmation of power within the 7-way connection between the tractor and trailer.
Phillips says QWIK-CHECK eliminates the immediate need for a continuity tester, visually confirming an electrical signal from the tractor to the trailer. QWIK-CHECK was designed for integration into the electrical system of the nosebox.
With the tractor turned on, the color-coded LED lights of the QWIK-CHECK will light up as each circuit receives power. Each light is an indication that power to the correlating circuit is reaching the 7-way connection. If a light does not come on, there is a problem with the associated circuit and further investigation is warranted, Phillips says.
The universal unit comes with 12-in. blunt cut wires and ring terminals to customize installation. Replacement units come with wires pre-cut to length and ring terminals already installed, according to the company.
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The 2018 Truck Parts & Service top products countdown will continue Monday with No. 8.
The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) announces a new executive panel of the seventh annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD) Conference representing a cross section of fleets.
Mike Palmer, vice president of fleet services for Estes Express Lines, Gloria Pliler, director of purchasing for Daseke, Lee Quinn, maintenance director of Point Ready Mix, Brett Wacker, vice president of maintenance for Dart Transit Company, and Stu MacKay of MacKay & Company will discuss ‘Parts and Service: The Fleet Perspective.’
MacKay will lead the fleet executives through a discussion outlining their distinct and different sets of operating and maintenance parameters, offering diverse insights and fleet composition outlooks. The panel will address what works for them and why, in terms of technological advances in vehicles and components, component specifications, vehicle maintenance and service issues, tractor and trailer lifespans, and more.
The fleet panel will conclude a busy day of discussion. Other HDAD panels and presentations will include:
The Real World View – A Global Perspective
The Everchanging and Evolving Aftermarket
The Global Economic Overview
Aftermarket Industry Economy & Outlook
Realities of Current and Future Technology on the Aftermarket
The Changing Distribution Model – The Growing and Emerging Players
As with previous HDAD conferences, HDMA says audience questions can be texted to the session leader to be asked of the panelists. The phone number will appear on screens throughout each session.
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The conference will immediately precede Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2019.
Technavio Wednesday released a new global commercial vehicle suspension system market report that states the industry is expected to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 5 percent in the coming years.
Technavio says a key factor driving the growth of the market is the rising sales of commercial vehicles, with the rising amount of freight and the increasing amount of manufacturing operations in developing countries driving sales. These sales and production will have a direct impact on the commercial vehicle suspension system market.
However, the rising sales of commercial vehicles also will drive the confidence of vehicle users to introduce newer models of trucks with advanced technological features dimming the forecast period, with growth momentum of the market is expected to decelerate on a yearly basis during the forecast period 2018 of 2022, Technavio states in its report.
Additionally, Technavio says its market research report on the global commercial vehicle suspension system market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook during the forecast period. Technavio classifies an emerging trend as a major factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.
For more information, and to purchase the report, please CLICK HERE.
Reliance Power Parts has expanded its product portfolio to include three new inframe engine kits for the Navistar Maxxforce DT configuration.
The company says the kits fit applications from model years 2007-2009, with 7.6 liters displacement and serial numbers above 3,000,000. These engines operate in ranges starting at 210 and up through 300 hp and feature enhanced EGR.
The kits, available now, increase Reliance’s coverage of many popular bus and medium-duty truck applications, offering solutions for repairs to this set of engines, the company says.
Navistar’s Maxxforce DT 466 Overhaul Kits will contain:
As part of its ongoing commitment to encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and careers, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently donated $12,500 to Elyria Catholic High School (ECHS) students in their new Maker Space to equip a collaborative classroom for students to develop STEM-related technology and entrepreneurial skills.
“Education and STEM are key activities that Bendix supports, as we believe they are the foundation for self-sufficiency and align with who we are as a company – technology driven,” says Maria Gutierrez, Bendix’s director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “I get particularly excited with maker spaces because that is the best way to learn and get kids excited – when they get to physically touch, experiment, and create. It’s like playing, but with the science behind it. To me, that is the root of innovation.”
The Elyria Catholic Maker Space includes two 3D printers, 10 drones, a tilting interactive board, a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, an iPad kiosk, computers, and collaborative workplace furniture. Bendix says these technologies will allow for new curricular opportunities and extracurricular activities to develop students’ skills. ECHS hopes this space will prepare more students for college and careers in STEM-related industries.
“The Maker Space at Elyria Catholic allows our engineering students to explore technologies and our business students to experience the entrepreneurial process,” says Michelle Hoffman, director of advancement at ECHS. “The Maker Space is truly inspiring our faculty and students to pursue more STEM projects in all of their classes.”
The Maker Space opened on Oct. 14 at the school’s open house for prospective students. Students in business and entrepreneurship, engineering, and physics classes were the first to use the room, along with those participating in the Science Olympiad. The space has sparked so much interest that a team was created to compete in local drone competitions, and the school is considering forming a FIRST Robotics team, Bendix says.
Sponsoring the Maker Space is part of Bendix’s ongoing commitment to support local education and STEM initiatives. In addition to Bendix, the Maker Space was made possible by Ridge Tool, a Catholic Community Foundation Rooted in Faith grant, and proceeds from Elyria Catholic High School’s 2018 Forward Gala.
Each year, the suppliers of the medium- and heavy-duty trucking aftermarket develop products to improve vehicles and help the aftermarket community better serve its customers. It was no different in 2018 as a plethora of great offerings were introduced.
We don’t have to wait for the Times Square ball to drop in New York City on New Year’s Eve to begin a countdown because it’s time to countdown the Top 10 aftermarket products of 2018.
As it is every year, the Truck Parts & Service Top 10 countdown is determined exclusively by you, based on page views of new product releases posted here during the past calendar year. Beginning today, we will release one new Top 10 product each weekday (except Christmas Eve and Christmas) for the remainder of the year.
Today, Truck Parts & Service begins the countdown with Minimizer floor mats for the popular Cascadia line of trucks.