New looks Freightliner Corp. and Oshkosh Truck Corp. will terminate the strategic alliance they formed almost two years ago. ... AlliedSignal Inc. has announced the acquisition of Prestone Products, the Danbury, Conn.-based manufacturer of antifreeze and other vehicle care products. ... Accuride Corp. and Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. have formed a joint venture to design, manufacture, and market aluminum wheels, called AKW L.P. ... From hereon in, the Jacobs Vehicle Systems Extarder will be known as the Jacobs Exhaust Brake. ... Donaldson Co. Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Armada Tube Group, including Armada Products Co., Armada, Mich., and Lakeside Tube Fabricators Inc., Mooresville, N.C. ... JPE Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., announced the acquisition of Dallas-based Brake, Axle and Tandem Co. (BATCO), which specializes in brake hardware, wheel attaching, and suspension parts for the heavy-duty truck and trailer aftermarket. JPE also owns Dayton Parts, a manufacturer/distributor of undercarriage parts. ... Ceridian Corp., parent company of Comdata, has acquired Archco Inc., Edina, Minn., a fuel-management services provider.
Milestones The first American LaFrance fire truck has rolled off the assembly line at Freightliner's Cleveland, N.C.-based American LaFrance manufacturing plant. The Eagle is the first chassis developed for the American LaFrance line since Freightliner's 1995 acquisition of the fire truck maker. ... The Spicer Clutch Div. of Dana Corp. is part of the group of baby boomers celebrating the "big" birthday this year: 50. Spicer Clutch was born in 1947 when Dana Corp. bought the Auburn, Ind., manufacturing facilities of the Atwood Vacuum Machine Co. ... Toyota Industrial Equipment, a division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., can't count itself among the boomers, but it is celebrating 30 years in the U.S.
Breaking new ground RADAC Corp. has added Raleigh, N.C., to its list of distribution centers. The center was opened in an effort to better serve some of the company's largest customers. ... Navistar has picked Garland, Tex., as the new site for its International 5000 Series Paystar production. The severe-service trucks are being manufactured at SST Truck Co., a joint venture between TIC United Corp. and Navistar. ... Lanair Waste Oil Heaters are now being produced out of a new 30,000-sq.-ft. facility in Janesville, Wis.
Quality kudos All five facilities of Dana Corp.'s Spicer Heavy Axle and Brake Div. have been recommended for QS-9000 registration; certificates should be issued in July. ... The Heavy Duty Friction Group of Carlisle Motion Control Industries was awarded QS-9000 and ISO-9001 registration for three facilities: the Fredericksburg, Va., manufacturing plant; Charlottesville, Va., R&D facility; and Ridgway, Pa., customer support functions. ... Toronto-based Arvin Ride Control Products Canada has attained QS-9000 and ISO-9001 registration.