New looks Carrier Transicold is now part of Carrier Refrigeration Operations (CRO), a new group formed by Carrier Corp. to put more resources behind Carrier Transicold and the company's other commercial refrigeration entities... Bandag has entered a memo of understanding to acquire all the outstanding stock of Universal Tire ... Moog Automotive business (Cooper Industries) has signed a letter of intent to exchange its temperature control product lines for Standard Motor Products' brake business... Penske Truck Leasing has entered into an agreement to acquire West Rents... GE Capital Services has merged TIP Intermodal Services and Genstar Container Corp.; the new group will be known as TIP Intermodal Services... Spartan Motors agreed to buy three fire-truck apparatus makers: Luverne Fire Apparatus; Quality Mfg.; and Smeal Fire Apparatus.
Training takes The Environmental Resource Institute (ERI) has several new multimedial products, including a library of EHS/OSHA/DOT training materials; shop management issues; and papers from the Institute's summer management program. ERI has also scheduled one-day regional workshops on environmental issues affecting equipment maintenance and refueling operations. Call 419-422-6063 for more info... Allison Transmission has opened a new customer training facility in Indianapolis.
Breaking ground The new Automotive Hall of Fame was scheduled to open August 16 in Dearborn, Mich., next to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village... Nissan Diesel America opened a new Eastern business center in Swedesboro, N.J. Webasto Thermosystems plans to build a new 30,000-sq.-ft. headquarters in Lapeer, Mich...Sears Manufacturing Co. is adding an 11,000 sq.-ft. engineering center at its Davenport, Iowa, headquarters.
Quality kudos All of Freightliner's North American manufacturing plants and corporate offices have achieved ISO certification... Neway Anchorlok's Monterrey, Mexico, manufacturing facility has earned ISO-9002 registration... The Grain Valley, Mo., manufacturing plant of Haldex Brake Products has been ISO-9001 certified... Delco Remy America has earned QS-9000 certification for five of its North American facilities... QS-9000 has also been achieved by the DuPont Suva 134a refrigerant plant, Corpus Christi, Tex... The Spicer Driveshaft Div. plant, Gordonsville, Tenn., has been awarded a certificate of achievement in product quality from New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI).
Take note Marmon-Herrington Co. is offering an improved locking device that precludes the need for more frequent brake adjustments to owners of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, 1992 and earlier, using the company's MT-14, MT-17, and MT-22 front steer-drive axles with manual brake adjusters. Call 1-800-227-0727 for more information.