International Truck and Engine Corp. is now offering Xantrex inverter/chargers as an option on its 9000i Series tractors. The heavy-duty inverter/charger converts electricity from the truck's batteries to AC power, enabling drivers to run appliances in the cab. When connected to a 120V power source, the device will also charge the vehicle's batteries. www.xantrex.com or 310
SPX Service Solutions has expanded its Tools for Trucks catalog to include an equipment section with heavy-duty wheel and tire service equipment, lifts, air conditioning diagnostic equipment, fluid handling products and shop furniture. The 200-page catalog's tool section features the newest hand tools and diagnostic products. To order a copy, call 1-800-328-6657; ask for catalog #UD02-52.
Intra Technologies has signed an agreement with International Truck and Engine Corp. that allows the engine maker to sell Intra products to the aftermarket through its dealer network. International truck dealers will offer three variations of Intra's Low-Voltage Disconnect (LVD) device, as well as its Jump-Start Prevention Kit www.nav-international.com.
CATCO Parts & Service, part of the VIPAR Heavy-Duty Network, announced the acquisition of the American Stores. Effective July 1, American stores will be owned by CATCO and operated as a separate company. The four American Stores locations are St. Paul, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Appleton, WI; and Fargo, ND.
Metform unveiled a one-piece spindle nut design for unitized and pre-loaded axles. Securelok locks the bearings onto the spindle when torqued to recommended values, according to Metform. Metform also announced the acquisition of Crewson Industries, Buffalo NY. 314
Gunite Corp., a unit of Transportation Technologies Inc., introduced a new series of disc brake rotors that are finished with a high-performance coating to protect against corrosion. According to Gunite, it is especially important to prevent the buildup of salt and other corrosive elements on the rotor's exciter teeth to maintain the integrity of the ABS system. www.gunite.com or 313