Milestones As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Navistar International Corp.'s used-trucks operation, the company announced the grand openings of two new locations: Baltimore and Denver. In addition, customers can now search the inventories of all 16 used-truck centers via the Internet: www.intutc.com, or via a link at www.navistar.com.
Wheels and deals General Motors Corp. plans to make its Delphi Automotive Systems parts-making unit fully independent by the end of 1999, creating a company with $31.4 billion in annual revenue. ... Mack Trucks and the United Auto Workers ratified a new three-year national master freight agreement, three months ahead of the October 31st expiration date of the current agreement. ... Isuzu Motors America and American Isuzu Motors Inc. have formed a captive finance company, Isuzu Motors Acceptance Corp., or IMAC. ... Quality Distribution Service Partners (QDSP), Itasca, Ill., entered the North American heavy-duty truck parts and service market with the acquisition of nine companies that will operate under the name "FleetPride." The partners include: FleetPride Inc., Universal Joint Sales Co. Inc., Wheatley Truck Parts Inc., Truck City Parts Inc., Holt Inc., Automotive Sales Co. Inc., SLM Power Group Inc., Drive Train Southwest, and City Spring Works Inc. ... LucasVarity announced plans to sell its Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems business. ... Wabash National Corp. acquired Arkansas-based Cloud Corp. and Cloud Oak Flooring, makers of laminated hardwood flooring for truck bodies and trailers.
Training takes SKF USA Bearing Maintenance Institute has the following seminars left on its 1998 schedule: York, Pa. (Sept. 15-17, Oct. 27-29, and Dec. 1-3); Portland, Ore. (Sept. 22-24); Reno, Nev. (Oct. 6-8); Baton Rouge, La. (Oct. 20-22); and Columbus, Ohio (Nov. 17-19). For more information, call Tom Jendzurski at 610-962-4865.
It's standard Freightliner Corp. has once again made Horton diesel engine fan clutches standard on its Class 8 vehicles.... The NEWLite air ride slider/suspension from Neway Anchorlok International is now standard on Stoughton dry freight and refrigerated van trailers.
And the winner is ... As the grand-prize winner in CAT Scale Co.'s Weigh to Win Sweepstakes, EZE Trucking's Vincent Butera is now the owner of a 1998 Freightliner Classic XL.
More for your money The 1998 Kenworth Advantages Savings Book offers savings on OEM truck parts. The coupon book, which is good until May 31, 1999, can be purchased for $9.95 from Kenworth Dealers (call 1-800-592-7747 for the location nearest you). ... Information on heavy truck products from Dana Corp.'s Drivetrain Service Div. is now available 24 hours a day. By calling the Dana Faxback System at 1-888-675-7329, customers can request faxed information on specs, sales, and service. ... In an effort to reduce order backlog and delivery lead times, Mack Trucks has instituted a new retail distribution order fulfillment policy for its Class 8 chassis production next year.
Web sightings Readers can now reach Hendrickson International via the Internet at www.hendrickson-intl.com. The site includes a detailed spec'ing guide, as well as a technical resource section. ... Makers of the EQUAL Tire Performance tire balancing system, International Marketing Inc. (IMI), have launched a new Web site providing product information and installation tips. You can find it at www.imiproducts.com.
Powered up In a major remake of its off-road products and services, Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC) has instituted a PowerEvolution program that is slated to update technology, broaden its power range, and improve efficiency. In response to customer demand, DDC will shift its resources to four-cycle products and phase down production of two-cycle products. DDC sales functions have also been realigned along the company's major markets.