Wheels and deals Freightliner's Alliance Div. has launched a new line of private-branded truck parts, dubbed Alliance Parts. Covering most sizes and makes of Class 3-8 trucks, the parts will be sold through Freightliner Trucks and Sterling Truck Corp. dealers. ... Navistar International Corp. and Power Investments, a subsidiary of Delco Remy International, will form Magnum Power Products, a joint venture to provide reman'd engines and component parts for service replacement. ... TRW Inc. has made a cash offer to purchase LucasVarity plc. ... Accuride Corp. plans to purchase Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.'s 50% share of AKW, a joint venture between Kaiser and Accuride that designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty aluminum wheels. ... Peterson Manufacturing Co. announced the acquisition of MotorSport Marketing by the Peterson Group.
Quality kudos The first annual Truck-Lite Trophy was presented to Ron Golding, president of George H. Golding Inc., Lockport, N.Y., for his showing in the Series Championship of the National Association of Show Trucks last year. ... Pennzoil-Quaker State's Long-Life Heavy Duty Multigrade Engine Oil has received Mack EO-M Plus approval, as well as a thumbs up from Cummins CES 20076 specs. ... Navistar International Transportation Corp. and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence announced the International ASE Dealer Technician of the Year: Richard Flahiff, Nollenberger Truck Center, Stony Ridge, Ohio. ... Steven Kimsel, Lennon, Mich., has been named 1998 DuPont/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year.
More for your money Road Manager Financial Services has introduced OTR Advantage, which can help Volvo customers better manage their businesses through a variety of financial services, including accounting, tax preparation, compliance, and fuel-tax reporting. ... Michelin Americas Truck Tires continues its sponsorship of Trucker Buddy with a donation of $25,000. Other sponsors include Caterpillar, John Deere, Kenworth, Qualcomm, and Shell.
Milestones Kysor Cooling Systems N.A., a division of the Schwitzer Group, announced the production of its one-millionth on/off fan clutch, a Fail Safe K-22RA, at the company's Cadillac, Mich., facility. ... Jost International Corp. recently celebrated the production of its one-millionth landing gear. ... Pre-release testing of the Horton DriveMaster on/off fan clutch for diesel engine temperature control has surpassed the 10-million mile mark.