Wheels and deals Navistar International Corp. and Siemens Automotive Systems Group intend to form a joint venture for the development of "next generation" diesel fuel injectors using digital valve technology. ... Eaton Corp. announced that its Eaton VORAD subsidiary signed an agreement with Hitachi Ltd. of Tokyo to jointly develop microelectronics for a new-generation automotive adaptive cruise control system. ... Neway Anchorlok International has formed The Lift Axle Design Group, which will work with customers in developing products for the dump truck and concrete mixer markets. ... Kalmar Industries USA acquired Bartlett Lifting Devices. ... A new alliance between Glass Technology and Guardian Auto Glass, called GlassGuard Repair Services, is intended to help reduce the costs associated with windshield repair and replacement.
More for your money Questions about Meritor Automotive's Drivetrain Plus aftermarket components? Technical specialists with the company's Aftermarket Information Services group are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-725-9355. ... Volvo Trucks North America offers a free guide book, "Partners in Business - A Business Manual for Owner-Operators and Small Fleet Owners," which can be obtained by calling 1-800-444-RSVP and asking for publication PV835-451. ... Webasto Thermosystems is offering cash rebates of up to $200 on the following: Thermo 90 S Coolant Heater; DBW 2010/190 New Arctic Coolant Heater kit; and AT 2000 Forced Air Heater. Purchases must be made between January 1 and April 30. ... Josam has developed a prototype frame and alignment shop, located in Orlando, Fla., that sports floor-level grids and aluminum frame tools on wheels.
Quality kudos Freightliner Corp. has named Ray Tompkins, Triple T Parts & Equipment, as its Master Truck Technician for 1998. ... Peterbilt Motors Co. presented its Dealer of the Year award to Claire Larson and Glenn Larson, Peterbilt of Joplin, Joplin, Mo. ... Kysor Cooling Systems received Navistar's Supplier Product Certification award, which is presented to suppliers that consistently deliver products that meet or exceed customer expectations. ... The Automotive Training Managers Council presented Navistarr International Transportation Corp. with Training Excellence Awards for the company's Diamond Logic Electronic Engine Control and EZ-Tech Electronic Service Tool maintenance technician training programs. ... The Chelsea PTO manufacturing Center, Olive Branch, Miss., part of Dana Corp.'s Drivetrain Service Div., has been awarded ISO-9001 certification. ... Recaro North America has received ISO-9001 certification. ... Ottawa Truck Div. of Kalmar Industries has achieved ISO-9001 certification. ... Koneta/LRV has been awarded QS-9000 and ISO-9002 status.
Milestones Thermo King Corp. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a revamped customer training program consisting of 40 courses. For more info, contact your dealer or write to Thermo King at 314 W. 90th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55420.
It's standard Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems has named Amoco Ultimate SF as the company's standard semi-fluid synthetic.
Web sightings Kenworth Truck Co. has redesigned its Web site (www.kenworth.com) to include links to the Weather Channel, dealer location info, and more comprehensive product information. ... Michelin Americas Truck Tires has launched an interactive Web site, www.michelintruck.com, which provides product and technical information, as well as productivity enhancement tools. ... Fontaine Fifth Wheel has joined the Web community with its new site: www.fifthwheel.com. ... Information on Thermo King Corp. dealers and products can be found at the company's new Web site: www.thermoking.com. ... The Frank A. Chille Sr. Co., maker of the Chille Valve, has a new Webb site: www.chillevalve.com. ... If you'd like to know where to buy a RECARO seat or which model will look best on your vehicle, check out RECARO North America's Web site at www.recaro-nao.com. ... Ol' Blue USA has taken its "Big Wheels, Little Kids" safety program to the information highway: www.olblueusa.org. ... The National Truck Equipment Assn. has made online equipment-buying easier by adding a "product/service" search feature to its Quick-Connect membership directory, which can be found at the group's Web site: www.ntea.com. - Marilyn Wilson
100,000-plus for Freightliner In a production milestone, Freightliner Corp. manufactured more than 100,000 Freightliner-nameplate trucks in 1998. The OEM's Cleveland, N.C., plant produced the 100,000th vehicle - a Class 8 Century Class tractor that was delivered to Memphis-based M.S. Carriers.