Fire-engine builder American LaFrance has announced its headquarters and Cleveland, NC, manufacturing operations will move to North Charleston, SC, by next year. The move will centralize sales, engineering, purchasing, customer support and some manufacturing functions at a state-of-the-art plant owned by American LaFrance's corporate parent, Freightliner LLC. The 170-year-old firm manufactures fire trucks and other emergency apparatus.
Quick Fuel Fleet Services Inc., a joint venture of ExxonMobil and Jacobus Energy Inc., has announced that its automated fueling facilities will now accept the T-Chek Systems Card. Visit www.quickfuel.com for more information.
Stemco says its new DataTrac electronic hubodometer is the most accurate, easy-to-use mileage counter on the market today. Completely electronic with no moving parts, it's powered by a lithium battery and provides both trip and life readings. It is covered by a four-year/500,000-mil warranty. Other features include light weight of just 5.6 ounces, compact size and easy-to-read LCD display. DataTrac will be offered for either retrofit or OEM installation.
Rostra Precision Controls now offers a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty on its RearSentry obstacle-sensing device. The RearSentry is designed specifically for Class 2-7 straight truck applications on vehicles with reduced rear visibility or equipment that extends from the rear, such as generator decks, buckets and booms.
Western Star Trucks has added a truck locator function to its web site, www.westernstartrucks.com. The new feature lets potential customers electronically search the new truck inventory of Western Star dealers in the United States and Canada. Users can specify everything from cab and sleeper size to engine, transmission and axle-rating choices. The search engine then returns the closest matches and the dealerships where the trucks are located.
Index Sensors & Controls says the extended-warranty version of its APAds A/C protection and diagnostic module is now available for all heavy-duty vehicle makes. Index says the APAds system automatically lubricates, monitors and protects A/C systems year-round. When the system detects harmful conditions it temporarily suspends compressor operation, preventing rapid cycling and premature wear and tear. In addition, the maker says APAds saves troubleshooting time and service costs. Techs can quickly diagnose an A/C problem by reading APAds' simple LED blink codes.
Grote Industries' new Blue Chip premium stop/tail/turn lamp is the maker's top-of-the-line Series 40 4-in.-round incandescent lamp and is easily recognized by its clear blue back. Grote says the Blue Chip lamp, in red or in yellow, is designed to be the longest-lasting in its field, a claim backed up by a three-year warranty. Key features include the company's proprietary Torsion Mount II shock-absorbing bulb cradle, a 2057LL long-life bulb, 50% more cushioning gel and Clear Chip Coating to prevent UV fading.
ArvinMeritor has released a new brochure covering its complete braking system. The ArvinMeritor/Meritor WABCO piece outlines all braking system components and describes the benefits associated with each. A copy can be obtained by requesting Item No. SP-0244 from: ArvinMeritor Literature Distribution, 7525 Cogswell Rd., Romulus, MI 48174 or by phoning 800-535-5560.
Falconer, NY-based Truck-Lite Co. has completed its acquisition of Signal-Stat Lighting Products, a division of Federal Mogul Corp. With facilities in El Paso and Brownsville TX, and Logansport, IN, Signal-Stat makes sealed and bulb-replaceable lighting, turn signal switches, emergency lighting and vehicle safety accessories for the commercial vehicle market. www.truck-lite.com
Trouble starting your truck? The KrankingKART is now available from KBi/Kold-Ban International Ltd. According to KBi, the portable device has more power to crank a vehicle than four fully-charged group 31 batteries. www.koldban.com or 312