800,000 BIG ONES
International Truck and Engine Corp.'s Chatham, Ontario heavy-truck assembly plant recently rolled its 800,000th truck off the line. Jordan Feiger, vp & gm of International's Heavy Vehicle Center, presented the keys of the milestone vehicle-an International 9400i-long-time customer Al McCully, president of Chatham-based Preferred Transportation Limited.
International executives and plant employees also recently celebrated what the OEM terms its renewed commitment to the facility. Back on September 4, International announced the plant would continue to produce premium heavy trucks as the result of a new contract inked with the Canadian Auto Workers union as well as the support of the Canadian and Ontario governments.
“International is very proud of its long manufacturing history in the Chatham-Kent community and of the high level of quality built into our trucks produced here,” noted Feiger. “We are excited about our continued operation in Chatham and look forward to the role our employees will play in strengthening our heavy business.”
International's manufacturing history in Chatham dates back to 1922, when the Chatham Wagon Works began producing trucks for the company.
WORDS OF WISDOM:
“Having products delivered on time is almost more valuable than the product itself.”
— Jeff Chung, head of logistics practice for California-based USBX Advisory Services
Miles to go
With its 2004 edition, the Rand McNally Road Atlas hits a big milestone_80 years of publication. Unlike the first one, released in 1924, the latest atlas doesn't advise drivers to rub an onion of the windshield to keep the glass mist-free. Yet all these years later, says CEO Robert S. Apatoff, “Rand McNally is still the most trusted name on the map.” Proof, too, that times change but puns do not.
“It's still hard to believe, but I'm going to enjoy driving the ‘little truck’ when I'm not driving the big one.”
— Karen Zabinski, CDL-licensed driver who won a new Dodge Ram in a Freightliner sweepstakes.
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