Wheels and deals Mack Trucks and Dana Corp. have entered into a long-term agreement establishing Dana as the original equipment supplier of its Spicer Eaton brand drive and steer axles for all Mack CH chassis and any new on-highway, heavy-duty chassis produced during the life of the agreement. Mack's proprietary on-highway heavy-duty axles will be offered as an option, and other non-standard Spicer Eaton axles available to Mack customers will be positioned as preferred supplier options. The agreement is exclusive to Mack's Class 8 on-highway trucks; Mack's proprietary axles will be standard on vocational vehicles. ... Dana Corp. has sold its hydraulic cylinder business to Atlanta-based Hyco International Inc. ... The Hub Group has acquired Quality Intermodal Corp., the Houston-based intermodal and truckload brokerage service provider. ... Penske Truck Leasing is set to acquire the assets of Barrett Driv-Ur-Self, a $4-million truck rental and leasing firm based in Albany, N.Y.
Fresh looks Emphasizing the fact that it does more than build trucks, Freightliner Corp. is sporting a new logo. The organization's various divisions and subsidiaries, including Alliance, American LaFrance, Freightliner Trucks, and Sterling Truck Corp., will use their individual logos along with the new corporate logo. ... A new logo for Nissan Diesel America, which incorporates the UD trade name, was introduced at the OEM's expanded headquarters plant in Irving, Tex. ... The Aftermarket Div. of Modine Manufacturing Co. is reorganizing its sales, service, and manufacturing operations into three regions, headed by Mary Ann Denker, northeast; Dale Roble, southeast; and Denise Rohm, western region.
Breaking new ground Through an $80-million expansion of its Warren County, Tenn., radial truck/bus tire manufacturing facility, Bridgestone/Firestone expects to increase production by 20% by the end of 1999. ... NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) opened a new U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif. ... Dana Corp. has literally broken ground for its new Spicer Heavy Axle and Brake headquarters and engineering and technology center near Kalamazoo, Mich. The 150,000-sq.-ft. facility is slated to open in August 1999.
Technology takes The PLC-4TRUCKS consortium anticipated that its first integrated circuits and related components would be ready for truck testing by June. The group, which includes Freightliner, Dialight, and Federal-Mogul, has developed a communications system that will meet the in-cab warning light requirement for trailer ABS malfunction, at a cost of $12 per assembly. ... Detroit Diesel Corp. emissions retrofit kits have met the EPA's Urban Bus Retrofit/Rebuild Regulations. ... Exxon's XD-3 Elite heavy-duty engine oil exceeds Mack and Cummins specs, as well as performance standards of the proposed API CH-4. ... Hendrickson's Aero Clad bumpers are now standard on Freightliner's Classic Series.
More for your money Pennzoil Products Co. is introducing fast-track lube centers in conjunction with its Long-Life Multigrade Engine Oil. The Long-Life Lube Center program offers marketing, technical, and financial support to repair garages, truck dealerships, and dedicated lube bays that set up fast-track lube centers. For more info, contact Pennzoil at 713-546-6443. ... Holland Axle Products has launched a Five-Year Maintenance-Free Wheel-End Component Warranty, including an application-specific performance guarantee. The company is set to offer "total responsibility and accountability for the specification, installation, and performance of all specified Pro-Par axle, brake, and wheel-end components." ... Cycloid Co. is offering a three-year, 100% extended warranty program for its air compressor system pump units. For more info, call 1-800-404-0490.
Web sightings For answers to heavy-duty filtration questions, go to www.champlabs.com, the new Web site from Champion Laboratories, maker of Luber-finer products. ... Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes can help with questions related to collision repair and surface coatings at www.sherwin-automotive.com. ... The Schwitzer Group's home on the Web is www.schwitzergroup.com.