Friday, May 28, 2010

Trafficmaster Provides a New Vision for Fleet Operators

LONDON, May 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Trafficmaster, the leading provider of intelligent driving solutions, is launching its latest version of Fleet Director which features the latest in 3D satellite mapping and vehicle tracking technology and has an all new look designed for ease of use. It includes a 360 degree 3D panoramic view of buildings, cities, roads and landscapes and can pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle.

Devised by Trafficmaster's own telematics development team, the amazing cartography view is overlaid by Trafficmaster's own fleet tracking software that includes vehicle location, two-way messaging exception alerts and the ability to send a navigation route from the fleet manager's PC straight to the vehicle. The new mapping technology gives fleet managers and operators a new dimension in understanding the exact location of a vehicle whether that is in a car park, on a motorway, a private driveway or even in a field.

What's more Fleet Director now utilises an all new user interface, designed for ease of use and to be intuitive from the outset. It provides drop down menus, sliding screens and simple zoom in and image revolving keys. The fleet operator can also set numerous points of interest just by clicking the cursor on the map and naming the point. This makes the whole solution easy to use, so cuts down on training and doesn't limit the number of users.

Fleet Director encompasses its ground-breaking fleet management technology, which includes:

Finding Actual Closest Vehicle and Route To Vehicle

Fleet Director is still the only fleet management system that is able to precisely identify the driver closest to a job using real routes and not, as on other systems, simply as the crow flies. This gives managers an accurate picture of the nearest vehicle to a location, saving mileage, time and fuel costs. The fleet operator can send the quickest route direct to the vehicle giving the driver clear turn-by-turn verbal instructions and simple routing pictograms.

Automatic Vehicle Activity Alerts

Fleet Director provides automated email reporting for the fleet manager - straight from the vehicle's system into the manager's email box. For instance, if a driver breaks an exception condition, maybe speeding or entering a no-go zone, the manager -- and any other named recipients who may be involved in a fleet's management such as the HR Director or FD -- receives an instant email alert. Other regular reports can also be set up for automated email to any recipient list.

Two-way messaging

Via Fleet Director's Colour Touchscreen, drivers and managers can communicate instantly using a two-way messaging function. This delivers notification of job changes, posts new job details and can be used to check on current driver location and schedules. Up to 50 pre-set messages can be stored for instant messaging on regular tasks.

Dashboard reports

Straightforward rapid reporting systems and instant snapshot reports of a vehicle's recent activity that day are key features of Fleet Director. More detailed reports can also be called up from the system to help improve operating efficiencies and support payroll and overtime calculations.

"Fleet Director has long been recognised by customers and the fleet industry, for its ability to help fleet managers and the business run its vehicles more efficiently. It has proven to help companies become more productive, manage running costs effectively and become more competitive. Now with the incredible ability to view maps and landscapes in 3D, pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle and have the intuitive but simple to use screen interface, a fleet managers job has been made that little bit easier," concludes John Lawrence, sales and marketing director at Trafficmaster.

The latest version of Fleet Director will available to existing and new customers from the 28th of May. For more information, please visit the new enhanced Fleet Director website, or call 0870 460 5693

About Trafficmaster

Trafficmaster is an expert in intelligent driving. The Group comprises US-based Teletrac Inc. and Trafficmaster Plc in the UK. Both organisations focus on intelligent vehicle services which enhance the driving experience and improve business performance by saving companies and drivers time and money and reducing their environmental impact.

Teletrac Inc offers fleet tracking, management and navigation solutions under the Fleet Director brand across the US, serving 6,000 fleets and a total of 90,000 commercial vehicles, using wireless and GPS technology.

The group has also developed a suite of Trafficmaster services in the UK. Trafficmaster's key product is the award-winning Smartnav, an intelligent satellite navigation system, which uses live traffic information and real-time road speeds to calculate optimum routes and avoid traffic congestion on the way.

Trafficmaster's comprehensive traffic data means Smartnav is continually updated with traffic information, road closures and speed camera locations, without the need for CDs or internet-sourced updates.

Trafficmaster also offers Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking, monitored 24 hours a day in the Trafficmaster Control Centre. Stolen vehicles can automatically inform Trafficmaster and are then monitored remotely and police informed of their whereabouts for fast and efficient recovery.

The company provides live traffic information direct via mobile phone services and Radio Data System -Traffic Message Channel (RDS TMC) to other aftermarket and factory-fit satellite navigation systems.

Trafficmaster also maintains its own unique traffic monitoring network of road-side sensors, covering 8,000 miles of UK motorways and trunk roads. In 2007 the company launched its fleet management solution, Fleet Director, in the UK. Combining all of Trafficmaster's intelligent technology businesses can save time and money, whilst reducing the environmental impact of driving.

Trafficmaster was founded in 1988 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1994. Teletrac Inc is a wholly owned US subsidiary company.

Old Dominion CEO Named 2010 Business Leader of the Year

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (May 27, 2010) – David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., was recently honored as the 2010 Triad Area Business Leader of the Year.

“I am tremendously grateful to my fellow local-area entrepreneurs and business leaders for considering me for this award,” Congdon said. “At Old Dominion, we are in the business of keeping promises, and we strive to exemplify that in everything we do, especially at the leadership level. This award is a reflection of the integrity of Old Dominion, its customers and its employees.”

The Triad Business Leader of the Year Award is selected by a panel of local business and civic leaders and is given to the individual that demonstrates significant business accomplishment as a leader in the Triad area. Congdon received the award May 3 at the Business Leader Media Hall of Fame Awards in Greensboro, N.C.
Congdon began his career with Old Dominion in 1978 and has served at the leadership level since becoming the president and chief operating officer in 1997. In 2008 he was appointed as president and CEO of the company.

For more information about Old Dominion, visit or call (800) 432-6335.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gamber-Johnson Introduces the New NotePad™ V - Universal Computer Cradle

Stevens Point, WI – May 27, 2010 – Gamber-Johnson, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of rugged docking stations and vehicle mounting solutions announces the release of a new Universal Computer Cradle, the NotePad™ V — a rugged mounting cradle for most of the computers currently in the marketplace today.

The NotePad™ V (Item No. 7160-0250) is the next version of universal computer cradles in a long line of industry proven cradles from Gamber-Johnson. Dating back to the original release of the NotePad™ in 1995, Gamber-Johnson’s NotePad™ product line has stood for product quality, innovation and safety. Each new version builds upon Gamber-Johnson’s best and makes it even better.

“When the New Notepad™ V was designed we kept five crucial areas of importance in mind: Security, Function, Safety, Aesthetics and Installation,” notes Tom O’Brien, Product Manager, Gamber-Johnson. “Using each of the five crucial areas as guidelines we were able to improve upon our current NotePad™ IV cradle design and still keep the features that had made the NotePad™ series so popular. In the last 13 years over Gamber-Johnson has deployed over 72,000 cradles.”

The result is a NotePad™ V Universal Computer Cradle with added:
• Security
o Special “flanged” side clips provide for superior strength – computers cannot be removed by bending the side clip.
o New heavy duty keyed lock securely closes chassis when activated.
o Computer is supported on all sides by strengthened clip design.
• Function
o Using the same quick and easy size adjustment feature from the NotePad™ III and IV series, the NotePad™ V cradle can easily adjust to computers:
 Widths from 10.62” to 16.5”.
 Thickness up to 1.50”
 Depths from 9.00” to 12.38”
o T-molded polycarbonate covers hold clips in place during installation for easy height adjustment.
o Reversible front and back supports adjust to accommodate narrower computers and net books.
o Sliding mounting plates on the underside of the cradle make mounting easy and allow for multiple offset options in the vehicle.
o All restraints are adjusted by using one tool.
o Easy in and easy out ease of use.
o The chassis surface provides a level clamping surface for the computer and prevents it from rocking in the cradle and keeps it in place even on the roughest terrain.
• Safety
o Gusseted rear support brackets allow for added restraint.
o No catch points, no pinch points and no sharp corners
o Tested and passed MIL STD 810G, Method 514.6, Category 24 for one hour in each axis
o Lock and slide mechanism is cycle tested for 10,000 cycles
o Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 30 MPH front and side impact tested and passed
• Aesthetics – The smooth surface of the anodized aluminum finish, rounded edges and sleek design enhance user comfort and safety.
• Installation – Simple, one-handed operation for inserting and removing the computer from the cradle. The computer set-up is efficient and can be done in five minutes or less. Once installed there is no need to remove the cradle if you switch computers. Adjustments are done quickly and effortlessly.

Designed with the user in mind, Gamber-Johnson made its popular NotePad™ IV even better, stronger and safer giving you the confidence that the cradle will meet the demands of the mobile environment and your computer will stay in place. NotePad™ V – Gamber-Johnson’s best – even better.

Visit our NotePad™ V web page for more information (video, FAQ, dimensional guide) on the NotePad™ V at

Global Supply Chain Management Company Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport® Partnership

Brentwood, Tenn. (May 26, 2010) – Global logistics company, OHL, recently joined the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution.
OHL will contribute to the Partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of freight operations. Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas, and nitrogen oxide is an air pollutant that contributes to smog. By joining SmartWay Transport Partnership, OHL demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

“At OHL, we believe in being environmentally friendly, socially aware and acting in support of responsible initiatives and organizations that improve the lives of people throughout the world,” stated Scott McWilliams, OHL’s CEO. “We are pleased to participate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership.”

Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial strategies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. The Partnership currently has over 2,600 Partners. For information about the SmartWay Transport Partnership visit

Propane Vehicles Prominent at Clean Air Conference

WASHINGTON (May 26, 2010) — Five propane-fueled vehicles were available for test-driving today at the Mobilizing North Carolina conference, in Raleigh, N.C., to showcase propane’s use as a clean, cost-effective alternative fuel. Alliance AutoGas and Roush Performance, with support from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), displayed a Ford Crown Victoria police sedan, a Mercury Grand Marquis, two F-250 pickup trucks (regular and crew cab), and an F-350 truck.

The one-day event, called CARE for “clean air and renewable energy,” featured alternative fuels and advanced transportation technology solutions that can help meet the state’s air quality, energy, and transportation needs.

A PERC representative spoke during an alternative fuels session called “Transportation Technology Options.” Other speakers included North Carolina Senator Josh Stein and state government officials.

“Propane vehicles have been in use since 1913. It’s a well-established fuel that increases energy security and improves the environment,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “With more than 270,000 propane-fueled vehicles in the United States and 14 million worldwide, propane is widely used, and we’re thrilled that the beautiful state of North Carolina is pursuing propane and other alternative fuel options.”

According to the Department of Energy, North Carolina uses the most propane transportation fuel with 17 percent consumption, followed by California (11.5 percent), Michigan (6.9 percent), and Texas (6.4 percent). DOE also reports that propane vehicles currently on U.S. roads displace more than 150 million gallons of gasoline each year.

For more information about the conference, visit For more information about PERC and its programs, visit


DEARBORN, Mich., May 26, 2010 – SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International Company and industry leader in fire and life safety systems and services, recently ordered 200 Ford Fusion Hybrids as part of a company-wide effort to replace 25 percent of its sales fleet with hybrid vehicles.

The majority of SimplexGrinnell's 7,000-vehicle fleet is comprised of large commercial trucks and vans; however, the fleet also includes 2,000 cars, which are used by the company's sales and leadership staff. That's where the Ford Fusion Hybrid – America's most fuel-efficient midsize car – will make a significant impact, according to Jim Spicer, president of SimplexGrinnell.

"The Fusion Hybrids will provide us with much greater fuel savings and CO2 reductions compared to the conventional gas vehicles they are replacing," he said. "They also are a perfect fit for our staff."

SimplexGrinnell, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., operates in 150 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to Janice Buxton, senior manager of Fleet Services for SimplexGrinnell, the Fusion Hybrids will be used primarily in major metropolitan areas where employees do city driving of less than 2,500 miles per month. In order to achieve full efficiency, the company will start placing the hybrids in fairly neutral climates, but will look to expand use in more demanding areas.

The 200 Fusion Hybrids support a Tyco company-wide environmental program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water consumption by 25 percent over the next five years. The program, known as "Vital World," includes a series of steps the company is taking around the world to reduce its impact on the environment and to help customers reduce theirs.

SimplexGrinnell initiative encourages employees to adopt 'greener' driving habits
In addition to contributing to the company-wide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Fusion Hybrids also may be used by employees participating in the EcoWheels™ Green Driver Challenge, which is organized by Wheels, Inc., SimplexGrinnell's fleet management company. The program encourages drivers to commit to practices such as reducing idling time, checking tire pressure and planning routes more efficiently. It began on April 22, 2010 and runs through July 1, 2010.

By registering at a special website and indicating what sustainable actions they pledge to take, drivers participating in the EcoWheels Green Driver Challenge will immediately learn the environmental impact of their commitment because the website will calculate the CO2 output that each pledge will save and the impact of that reduction in the equivalent number of trees planted.

"Our company is strongly committed to the environment and to reducing our carbon footprint," said Spicer. "By participating in the Green Driver Challenge, we can engage our drivers to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and add the incentive of tracking in real time the positive effect their commitment has on the environment."

Spicer signed on for the challenge himself and encouraged each member of his senior leadership to do the same.

"The program has been well received, and we're working to increase participation, both among our fleet drivers and our employees in their personal vehicles," said Buxton. "Based on enrollment so far, we will be saving more than 93,000 pounds of CO2, which is the equivalent of planting roughly 6,500 trees. We're looking forward to seeing how employees driving the new Fusion Hybrids will impact those numbers."

In addition to Fusion Hybrid, SimplexGrinnell also purchased 200 units of Ford Focus, 50 of Taurus, 28 Fusion gas models and a handful of Edge vehicles.

"All of the vehicles were chosen based on their suitability for the job, operating cost and fuel efficiency," said Buxton.

Buxton says SimplexGrinnell also is looking to integrate the Ford Transit Connect into its fleet. ADT Security Services, the world's largest electronic security provider and also a Tyco company, plans to order 3,000 Transit Connects within the next six months, a move that will save ADT approximately $5.3 million in annual fuel costs while reducing carbon emissions.

"We're working to determine where the best fit might be for the Transit Connect," said Buxton.

SimplexGrinnell provides a comprehensive array of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, integrated security, communications and nurse call systems and services. With 1 million customers, 150 local offices and more than 200 years of history in the fire business, SimplexGrinnell is the leader in fire and life safety. For more information, please visit

Verizon's Five New Plug-in Hybrid Trucks to Help Company Roll into a Green Future Verizon's Five New Plug-in Hybrid Trucks to Help Company Roll int

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Waukesha, WI, United States, 05/25/2010 - Odyne Systems working with Verizon has delivered five new Plug-in Hybrid trucks that Verizon has added to their fleet and will put into service this week (NYSE:VZ).

Verizon Communications, Inc., a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass markets, business, government and wholesale customers, recently purchased five 29 foot plug-in hybrid bucket trucks, from Odyne Systems, LLC.

“These smaller 10 Series bucket trucks are work trucks with a bucket height of 29 feet.” says Ken McKenney, a Verizon Fleet Sustainability manager. “We will use them for new installations, repairs, cable maintenance, splicing and corrections. We chose the Odyne system because it provided what we needed. We worked through DUECO, Inc. with whom we have a long and successful relationship – it’s been a good experience”.

Odyne’s Plug-in hybrid units provide a turnkey hybrid solution for companies needing units that have extended periods of jobsite idle time, in conjunction with city driving cycles (a high percentage of starting and stopping), companies can gain the most benefits from using a parallel plug-in hybrid system in these conditions. Long known for participating, not only in New York's sustainable energy and environmental initiatives but also working and thinking globally, Verizon is excited about continuing to advance its environmental plans and will continue to assess hybrid technologies to determine which technologies will most benefit its environmental sustainability initiatives.

Plug-in hybrid truck systems increase fuel efficiency while driving by using an electric motor in parallel with the existing drive train, providing launch assist and regenerative braking. Once at the jobsite, vehicles can function without using engine power. Instead, workers use the hybrid plug-in system to operate worksite applications, such as boom movement. Fleet managers may prefer a certain type of chassis, fuel type, or vehicle application configuration, and because the Odyne system was designed without any changes to an OEM engine or transmission, Odyne’s plug-in hybrid system can be used on many work truck platforms, including bucket trucks, digger derricks, or air compressor truck applications.

The batteries on the Odyne Plug-in hybrid units can recharged by:

1. Plugging In: Plug in the vehicle using electric utility grid energy.
2. Regenerative Braking: Allows the electric motor generator to slow the vehicle and use this 'captured' energy to recharge the battery system.
3. Engine Recharging in the Field: When the battery system is depleted to its maximum allowable level at the jobsite, the engine automatically starts and recharges the system to a higher level. The engine then turns off. Truck-mounted equipment continues to operate without interruption during the recharging process.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has created several programs that not only encourage companies to invest in green or sustainable technologies, but also help them establish and maintain these technologies by providing funding. One such program is Clean Cities, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program (VTP). Clean Cities is a government and industry partnership whose goal is to reduce petroleum use in the transportation/vehicle sector. They do this by coordinating strategies and resources, and providing coalitions with information, incentives and funding available from the DOE, and other federal agencies. For more
information, visit

About Odyne
Odyne ( is a manufacturer of plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty work truck vehicles. The plug-in system allows vehicles to operate on both standard fuels and battery power, reducing carbon emissions, decreasing fleet fuel costs and maintenance needs, all while providing sustainable energy solutions. As a leader in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, Odyne was the first to deploy commercialized plug-in hybrid bucket trucks, plug-in hybrid digger derricks and plug-in hybrid underground utility vehicles. With numerous plug-in patents and working vehicles nationwide, Odyne continues to specialize in medium and heavy-duty trucks for utilities, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and telecommunications companies.

Based in Waukesha, WI, 20 minutes from Milwaukee, Odyne has an increased ability to serve customers throughout North America. Odyne is forming partnerships with finalstage utility truck manufacturers to implement its plug-in hybrid systems into the commercial and utility truck market.

Lee Calkins Joins Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products Group

Atlanta, GA - Tom DeVaux, Vice President and General Manager of Crown North America, a division of the Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (CVP) Group, announced that Lee M. Calkins joined the company on May 3, 2010. Calkins will oversee sales and marketing of OEM Specialty Vehicles for Crown North America as well as the CVP group. He will have functional responsibility for Crown’s police, public safety, and government/military sales. Additionally, Calkins will serve as the group’s sales manager for all Chrysler OEM programs. Calkins will be based out of Troy, Michigan.

Calkins joins the CVP team after a long and distinguished employment with Canfield Equipment Service, Inc. in Warren, Michigan. Calkins has spent the last 12 years in the automotive industry serving in sales and marketing roles for OEM, fleet, and distributor operations. Calkins has utilized his expertise in writing articles for “Police Fleet Manager” magazine and serving on the Chrysler Police Advisory Board.

Magellan Creates a Line of GPS Navigators for Use Every Day

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan today announced the latest generation of the RoadMate series of portable vehicle navigation devices. The new series includes models in a variety of screen sizes and feature sets to meet any consumer navigation needs. At its core, the new line is designed to bring daily relevance to the GPS navigator by helping consumers get to new and familiar places quicker.

Now, Magellan's new 2010 RoadMate navigators all come with integrated Free Lifetime Live Traffic. This service, which is provided to Magellan customers, keeps the Magellan RoadMate apprised of any traffic conditions that may delay the drive and calculates route options for the driver to choose from. Magellan has overhauled the traffic interface to provide a higher level of control and now additionally focuses on flow reporting which detects traffic congestion and not just reported accidents. The GPS navigator's primary benefit is no longer only to direct drivers to new places. Now, the Magellan RoadMate also gets you to places you may know well but gets you there quicker.

The 2010 Magellan RoadMate line maintains the comprehensive features consumers have come to expect. The entire RoadMate lineup boasts the exclusive OneTouch personalization feature allowing you to save favorite places, categories and searches. All models also feature spoken street names, 6 million points of interest, QuickSpell for error-free address entry and multi-destination routing. Each of the 2010 RoadMates come with specialized parking features such as the Automatic Parking Lot Finder which identifies local parking lots once you arrive at your destination. Then, with the Find Your Car feature, records the location of your car and directs you to it. - handy when locating your car in large parking lots.

The series includes many models with a wide variety of features so you can pick the device most suited to your driving needs. Most models at no extra charge, include the AAA Tourbook which is exclusive to Magellan. With AAA's famous Tourbook integrated in your Magellan navigator, restaurant and hotel research is easier than ever. Highway Lane Assist gives you clear visual guidance of which lane you should start heading towards for your next maneuver. No more missing your exit because you're in the wrong lane. Bluetooth models give you the convenience and safety of hands-free talking when used with a Bluetooth enabled phone. You can find these features on screen sizes ranging from 4.3" to 4.7" to 5" for the viewing experience you desire.
Some models are also available with "free" future map upgrades to ensure that your Magellan RoadMate stays up to date. If you'd like even more security, The Magellan RoadMate 3045-LM comes with a lifetime upgrade option in which you are able to upgrade your maps four times a year for the life of the product at no additional charge!

The ultimate navigator is found in the top-of-the-line Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter which is designed with added features to help you get through your daily commute. It has the same subscription-free live traffic service shared by the rest of the 2010 family but the Commuter goes a step further. The Commuter adds the innovative new Traffic Wake-up function which automatically powers on the GPS device and has your real-time traffic updates ready when you need them.

"The traffic system that all GPS units use must prioritize which traffic condition data to send. Unfortunately, that means your standard traffic GPS may not have the full picture when it is first turned on," said Mike Wagner, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Magellan. "Magellan recognized the challenge this posed to commuters and developed the only GPS navigator with the Traffic Wake-up feature. Two times a day the Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter will wake itself up 30 minutes before your pre-determined commute starts and begins gathering traffic information. By the time you slide behind the wheel, your 3065 Commuter is loaded with the optimal route for the day's commute."

Another customized Commuter feature is Periodic Reporting, which provides detailed information to track mileage for business use for expense reports and tax purposes. This allows a user to track their mileage and use this information for business expense reports and year end tax filing, all with a touch of a button.

2010 RoadMate Line-up

All new 2010 RoadMate models include Free Lifetime Live Traffic, OneTouch, spoken street names, QuickSpell, Multi-destination Routing, 6 million POIs, Highway Exit POIs, Find Your Car, Parking Lot Finder and more.

The RoadMate 2000 Series Features three 4.3" models starting with the RoadMate 2035 with map coverage of the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico. The RoadMate 2036 adds Canadian map coverage, built-in AAA Tourbook and Roadside Assistance and Highway Lane Assist. The Roadmate 2045 adds an expansion micro SD slot.

Adding to the feature set of the RoadMate 2045, the RoadMate 3000 Series features four 4.7" models beginning with the RoadMate 3045 with map coverage of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The RoadMate 3045-LM adds Free Lifetime Maps. The RoadMate 3055 takes the features of the 3045 and steps up with Bluetooth and voice dialing for improved safety. The flagship RoadMate 3065 Commuter model adds the exclusive Traffic Wake-up and Periodic Reporting.

Rounding out the new line-up, the RoadMate 5045 adds a 5" screen to the RoadMate 3045 feature set including map coverage of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The new RoadMate series is now available online and at major retail stores nationwide, as well as, The devices will retail between $169.99 and $299.99.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – TMW Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software to the transportation services industry, has been named among the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers in North America. The honor comes from Inbound Logistics magazine, published monthly for business professionals working in sourcing, logistics and transportation.

“Top 100 Logistics IT Providers like TMW empower supply chain management and logistics while continuing to offer innovative and practical solutions in the face of economic uncertainty. During 2010, TMW consistently provided the kinds of technology solutions Inbound Logistics readers need to successfully manage their global enterprises,” said Felicia Stratton, editor, Inbound Logistics. “As shippers, carriers and 3PLs increase their use of logistics IT, TMW continues to be flexible and responsive, anticipating customers’ evolving needs.”

“We are pleased to be recognized for our work,” said TMW Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer David Mook. “We have teams of employees charged with innovation, fine-tuning and releasing outstanding software products to keep all-important freight moving. Being named to the list further validates our efforts.”

Top companies were chosen based on their excellence in solving transportation and logistics challenges at a higher, more strategic level. TMW was selected because its solution offerings solve specific logistics challenges and improve processes—creating a ripple effect of efficiencies across the entire value chain.

About TMW Systems
TMW Systems is the leading provider of enterprise transportation software, including TL2000, TruckMate, Innovative IES and TMWSuite. For use with all major operations platforms in the trucking industry, TMW also offers TMT Fleet Maintenance software, IDSC ExpertFuel for fuel routing, IDSC Netwise for yield optimization and IDSC MatchAdvice and TripAlert to improve asset utilization. Customers include private and for-hire trucking, 3PLs and shippers, brokerage, construction, ready-mix concrete, municipal fleets, heavy-duty repair and waste management operations. With offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Vancouver, British Columbia; TMW currently serves more than 1,800 customers managing over 400,000 power units and maintaining more than 1.2 million assets worldwide, including North America, Europe, China and Latin America. For more information, visit or call (800) 401-6682.

About Inbound Logistics
Inbound Logistics is the pioneering publication of demand-driven logistics practices, also known as supply chain management. IL’s educational mission is to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory and neutralize transportation cost increases by aligning supply-to-demand and adjusting enterprise functions to support that paradigm shift. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at

New PlastiKote Delivers The Perfect Finish

Wheeling, Ill. – May 24, 2010 – The Valspar Corporation has unveiled the new PlastiKote brand of innovative paint and automotive touch-up products. The PlastiKote line consists of enhanced product formulations that are specially designed for a professional, flawless finish. In addition to its superior products, the new PlastiKote brand features a sleek new logo, newly designed packaging and a Web site designed to highlight the premium quality product options.

“Our customers expect the best and the best is what we are committed to deliver,” said Michael J. Watson, global managing director-aerosol for Valspar. “As part of the Valspar Corporation, the new PlastiKote brand benefits from the global footprint, research and development capabilities of one of the world’s leading coatings manufacturers.”

PlastiKote has a long history of developing premium, solution-specific automotive paint and coating products that meet demanding or unique requirements, environments or surfaces. With its new and improved formulations, a sleek and bold look to reflect the premium quality line of products and a commitment to providing first-class customer service, the new PlastiKote promises to provide The Perfect Finish™ every time.

“At PlastiKote, ‘The Perfect Finish™’ is our business. Our products are second to none when it comes to quality and performance, but our commitment to excellence does not stop there,” said Lance S. Bunch, category manager of automotive and industrial aftermarkets for Valspar. “Because there is a tremendous heritage of quality in the PlastiKote brand, customers know when they use a PlastiKote product, they will get ‘The Perfect Finish™’ every time.”’

For more information on the new PlastiKote and its products, visit

About PlastiKote – The Perfect Finish™
PlastiKote is a premium line of automotive aerosol paints and coatings that are specially designed for a professional, flawless finish. Since 1923, the PlastiKote brand has been known for leading-edge formulations and solution-specific products that meet demanding or unique requirements, environments or surfaces. As part of the Valspar Corporation, which also includes the House of Kolor brand, PlastiKote benefits from the global footprint and research and development capabilities of one of the world’s leading coating manufacturers. For more information, visit


YPSILANTI, Mich., May 24, 2010 – Ford Motor Company – moving to create a center of excellence in Michigan for vehicle electrification – today announced it is investing $135 million to design, engineer and produce key components for the company’s next-generation hybrid-electric vehicles.

Ford engineers in Dearborn will design the battery packs while engineers in Livonia will design electric-drive transaxles for the next-generation hybrids, based on Ford’s global C- and CD-car platforms, which go into production in North America in 2012.

“Electrified vehicles are a key part of our plan to offer a full lineup of green vehicles, and we are building a center of excellence in the U.S., here in Michigan, to keep Ford on the cutting edge,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Today’s announcement is another important step in our larger strategy to launch a family of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles around the world.”

Ford’s Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., will assemble the battery packs beginning in 2012, moving work to Michigan that is currently performed in Mexico by a supplier. Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., will build the electric drive transaxles beginning in 2012 from a supplier facility in Japan. Ford is adding a combined 170 jobs at the Rawsonville and Van Dyke facilities to build these key components.

“I am proud of the tremendous success of the UAW and Ford in working together to keep good manufacturing jobs in the U.S.,” said Bob King, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “We are pleased that both Rawsonville and Van Dyke Transmission have been selected to produce these important components for Ford's next generation hybrid-electric vehicles. These new products will help the community and local economy in Michigan by creating 170 new direct jobs at Ford and hundreds of other supporting jobs in the community, while helping to reduce emissions that cause air pollution and global warming.”

Center of Excellence in Michigan
Ford’s creation of a center of excellence for vehicle electrification in Michigan now includes the design and manufacture of electrified key components as well as total vehicle manufacturing for hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. Ford is adding more than 50 engineers to work on electrification as we bring these technologies in-house. By physically bringing research, engineering and manufacturing closer together, Ford, its suppliers, universities and related industries can drive both innovation and job growth in this evolving form of transportation.

“We're working hard to make Michigan the center for electrified vehicle technology and production,” said Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. “Today’s announcement by Ford represents another step forward in moving Michigan from the Rust Belt to the Green Belt by investing in green technology and creating green jobs.”
Ford’s in-house team will design and engineer the advanced lithium-ion battery systems powering its next-generation hybrid vehicles. These battery systems will be designed specifically for the company’s next-generation hybrids, including the new global CD-car platform hybrid and the new global C-car platform hybrid, which will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in 2012.

To support battery pack assembly at the Rawsonville Plant, Ford will invest approximately $10 million in capital equipment and add about 40 jobs. Ford’s investment also supports the necessary engineering and launch costs for the advanced battery systems.

“Southeast Michigan has the talented, skilled work force that can turn 21st Century visions into reality. I am delighted that Ford will expand its presence in our area with a new operation critical to the company’s future,” said U.S. Congressman John Dingell. These are the jobs that will revitalize our region, strengthen our environment and allow us here in Southeast Michigan to power the high-tech economy of the 21st Century. This is the kind of announcement that shows the green shoots of our economic recovery.”

Hybrid Electric Drive Transmission
Ford also will internally design and engineer an electric, front-wheel-drive, continuously variable transaxle to supply its next-generation hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles in North America. Beginning in early 2012, Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., will produce the HF35 transaxle. Current model electric-drive transaxles are provided by a supplier in Japan.

To launch the new transaxle, Ford will add engineering and production jobs in Southeast Michigan, including about 130 manufacturing jobs at its Van Dyke facility, while investing about $125 million. The investment includes a grant received from the Department of Energy to help create green technology jobs in the U.S. This investment includes manufacturing capital equipment, launch and engineering costs and supplier tooling upgrades, all required to support the production launch of the HF35 transaxle.

Ford’s Electrified Future
Ford's global electrification strategy includes plans to launch five new full electric or hybrid vehicles in the compact, midsize and light commercial segments for the North American market by 2012 and European markets by 2013. This lineup includes:

* The Transit Connect Electric light commercial vehicle in North America later this year and in Europe in 2011
* The Focus Electric in North America in 2011 and in Europe in 2012
* A Lincoln MKZ hybrid, available this fall in North America
* A next-generation hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle based on Ford's global C-car platform in North America in 2012
* A C-MAX hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric model for Europe in 2013

“Electrified vehicles are one part of Ford’s broader strategy to offer a wide range of environmentally friendly transportation solutions designed to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions affordably for customers around the world,” said Nancy Gioia, Ford’s director of global electrification.

American Trucking Associations Presents Schneider National With Excellence in Security Award

Green Bay, Wis. – The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council (SCS&LPC) presented its 2010 Excellence in Security Award to Schneider National, Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., at the Council’s recent Supply Chain Security 2010 conference and exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas.

Since 2001, the annual ATA Excellence in Security Award has been given to the motor carrier best demonstrating its ability to evaluate the risk, implement the plans, apply the tools, train the personnel, and manage the systems and processes to successfully minimize theft and secure its supply chain.

“Schneider National is being recognized for its comprehensive and effective security policies, procedures, plans, programs, and training; its commitment to constantly reevaluating and controlling risk; its innovative approach to traditional and homeland security challenges; its extensive emergency response protocols and programs; its successful record of securing the supply chain; and its contributions to national transportation security,” ATA Senior Vice President Warren Hoemann said.

Walter Fountain, CPP, CCSP, director, Loss Prevention and Enterprise Security at Schneider National, Inc., accepted the award for the company. “Safety has long been Schneider’s number-one core value, including the safety and security of our freight and the drivers who move it,” noted Fountain. “The theft activity we’ve seen in the last 18 months requires that we’re more diligent and observant than ever. We’re honored that our peers believe in the work we’re doing by presenting us with this very elite award.”

Schneider’s security initiatives have paid off: The company realized a 76 percent drop in cargo thefts in 2009 alone. Recent Schneider security initiatives include the installation of the new Qualcomm MCP200 into all 13,000 company vehicles. The new technology enhances security by providing more reliable positioning data, on-board reference data for cross-border movements and secure locations, and rapid deployment of training materials for the associate to use during operational delays.

Schneider National has also increased training surrounding catastrophic events that could have significant impact on supply chain activity. Topics range from the loss of computer technology, pandemics and hurricanes to active shooter scenarios.
For more information about Schneider National’s commitment to freight security, please visit For a free copy of the white paper “A 360⁰ Approach to Freight Security,” which details best practices for keeping cargo safe in transit, visit

About the American Trucking Associations
The American Trucking Associations ( is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. Follow ATA on Twitter @TruckingMatters (, or become a fan on Facebook (

The Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council of American Trucking Associations is an organization of transportation security, freight claims and loss prevention professionals representing motor carriers and interested organizations. It serves, promotes and creates value for members and the industry through research, education, training and peer interaction.

About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include Van Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and International Logistics services.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for 75 years. A $2.9 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries worldwide. For more information about Schneider National, visit


(Washington, D.C.) – As the Obama Administration announces its plans today for future fuel economy standards, and as federal agencies are directed to work together on more stringent rules for cars, trucks and commercial vehicles, the following statement was issued by Steve Larkin, President of the Aluminum Association, Inc.

“As truck, commercial vehicle and auto manufacturers strive to meet increasing fuel economy and emissions standards, safely reducing vehicle weight – not necessarily reducing vehicle size – must be part of the solution since powertrain improvements alone won’t get the job done. The answer to consumer and government demands for cleaner, more efficient, affordable cars and trucks is a holistic approach to include lighter yet stronger materials like aluminum, matched with smart design, advanced powertrains and cleaner fuels.

Aluminum is more crash absorbent than the predominant material in vehicles and can safely cut weight without reducing size. This is key since vehicle size – not weight – has been shown to be a better determinant of vehicle safety. Down weighting with aluminum instead of downsizing vehicles overall offers great potential, since lighter vehicles can produce fewer emissions and need less fuel or battery power to operate. Recent studies have shown aluminum can help reduce component weight by as much as 40 percent.

In commercial vehicle applications, reducing weight with greater aluminum use delivers truck owners and operators a high return on investment, including reduced fuel consumption, increased payloads and decreased maintenance costs. Recent research shows that a one ton weight reduction with aluminum can save up to 3,400 gallons of fuel over the lifetime of a commercial vehicle.

In auto applications, consumers can get a 5 to 7 percent vehicle fuel economy improvement for every 10 percent of weight reduction by substituting aluminum for conventional steel. For plug-in electric vehicles, upgrading from traditional steel to an advanced aluminum body structure offers potential cost savings of up to $3,000 per vehicle, since the stored energy requirements of expensive batteries can be cut by 10 percent. Both aluminum-structured hybrids and aluminum-bodied diesels could return about a 13 percent increase in fuel economy, as compared to steel-bodied hybrids and diesel vehicles.

In terms of emissions, lightweighting the world’s overall transportation fleet through the use of aluminum has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 660 million tons annually, or nearly nine percent of global, transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. In the auto sector, using aluminum can save a net 20 pounds of CO2 over the typical lifecycle of a vehicle for each pound of aluminum replacing two pounds of iron or steel – and more than 90 percent of automotive aluminum is recovered and recycled. For commercial vehicles, truck owners and operators can save 37 tons of CO2 over vehicle life and 32 lifecycle tons for every ton of aluminum added to fleet.

For the next generation of more fuel efficient, cleaner, safer, higher performing vehicles, aluminum will continue to be a growing part of the solution.”

The Aluminum Association provided docketed comments and comprehensive safety and cost benefit research to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of their most recent fuel economy rulemaking.

Industry Leaders Address Trucking Challenges at the Sixth Annual ALK Transportation Technology Summit

Princeton, NJ - A wary confidence prevailed among senior transportation executives and leading technology providers at this year's ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., April 27-29. Participants at the unique symposium focused less on economic issues and more on familiar trucking challenges - driver turnover, regulatory demands, and operational efficiency. The attendance was the highest in the ALK Summit's six-year history.

Keynote speaker Paul Will, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Celadon Group, the Indianapolis-based truckload carrier operating 2,900 tractors, said manufacturing is picking up, consumer spending is recovering, and projections call for continued increases into 2011. While some signs are positive, Will pointed out economic activity is substantially below its pre-recession levels. "We have a new baseline," he said. "We're growing from that." However, the commercial real estate market is still falling. "Nonresidential construction continues in a steep decline that may not bottom out until sometime next year," Will noted, "and the turnaround, such as it is, has not come in time to save some carriers."

Tim Bickmore, Executive Vice President at TransCore, reported that "the spot trucking market has turned strongly in favor of carriers this year." Bickmore is General Manager of TransCore's Commercial Business Services Group, the largest provider of freight matching services in North America and the leading source of spot market statistics. According to Bickmore, the spot market accounts for 15 to 20 percent of the entire trucking market. At last year's Summit Bickmore reported that the load-to-truck ratio had fallen to .6 loads for each available truck - close to two trucks for every available load. This year, TransCore has seen the load-to-truck ratio swing to five loads for each available truck, he said.

Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Founder and Chairman of ALK Technologies, said ALK is working on accurate dock-to-dock routing that avoid traffic delays by using both real-time and historic traffic data, including predictable slowdowns on specific routes. "There are many ways to get from A to B," he said. "Now we're trying to figure out how long it's going to take you to get from A to B."

Cindy Nelson, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for EBE Technologies, described an automated toll management solution from EBE and ALK that links precise toll costs with data from trucking operations software. She said fleets can verify that trucks actually travelled the roads where tolls were charged and that the amounts charged are correct.

Co-presenter John Hazenfield offered a tolls case study on DistTech, a liquid bulk carrier operating 500 trucks. Hazenfield is Executive Vice President and CIO for Distribution Technologies, Inc. which uses toll facilities from coast to coast and pays between $60,000 and $70,000 per month in tolls. The new system has helped DistTech successfully manage those tolls. "PC*MILER|Tolls Auditor and Manager are tremendous assets we've added to the company," he said. "We have uncovered multiple lanes where we were under-billing the shipper by $400 daily."

In another tolls-related presentation, Mike Gabbei, CIO for Celadon Group, said that using PC*MILER|Tolls' new toll plaza designations in a test group of 180 trucks was working well. "Working with ALK and Manhattan Associates, we expect to put toll transponders on the entire fleet," he said. "Along with the transponder discounts, we expect to see a $750,000 savings."

David McKinney, Vice President, Professional Services, for TMW Systems, said, "Empty miles can be the difference between profit and loss. But deadheading must be addressed from a big-picture perspective, factoring in such things as operational requirements, regulatory restrictions, and the ratio of equipment to available loads in any geographic area."

Co-presenter Murry Fitzer, CEO of Florilli Transportation, a refrigerated truckload carrier, said Florilli uses TMW's planning optimization. "I can check the deadhead report daily," he said. "I get insight that's better than looking at a weekly report."

Tom McLeod, President and CEO of McLeod Software and Robert Howard, President of RWH Trucking and Logistics, Inc. discussed the growing application of SaaS to third party logistics and freight brokerage operations. McLeod said carriers are finding themselves in the brokerage business as "a defensive move because larger players are moving in and taking over much freight management," he said. "They're changing the game." Hosted software makes sense for these companies because it can be deployed rapidly and easily scaled for a given operation.

Mike Spahis, General Manager, Logistics for Commercial Metals Company, described how they have used PC*MILER Web Services to help bring order to trucking services that had been dispersed across 170 locations, including 97 that operated a total of 600 company trucks. "We took control of an unorganized system," Spahis said. "We were paying drivers hourly or on hub miles. PC*MILER streamlines this and provides a trusted standard."

The Summit also featured three roundtable discussions. The Truckload Roundtable was led by Kevin Burch, President and CEO of Jet Express and immediate past Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association, who focused on a renewed driver shortage. The average age of drivers in the industry is 47, he noted, and the average at his own company is 58. "It's time to get recruitment and retention efforts back in gear. There is a 'perfect storm' brewing again," Burch said. The LTL Roundtable was led by Steve O'Kane, President of carrier A. Duie Pyle. The Shipper, Private Fleet & 3PL Roundtable was chaired by Robert Voltman, President and CEO of TIA, the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

Mike Bodden, ALK's Chief Technology Officer outlined roadmaps for ALK's core routing and mileage product, PC*MILER and its navigation offering CoPilot Live. Bodden said that PC*MILER 24 includes enhanced 53-foot/twin trailer routing, publicly accessible lots for LCVs (Long Combination Vehicles), and new least cost routing functionality.
Michael Kornhauser, ALK's Vice President, Managing Director of CoPilot Solutions, said that through mobile communications systems, fleets can send routes from the back office to the CoPilot Truck application in the cab, and CoPilot Truck can send out-of-route warnings back.

ALK's Dan Popkin, Vice President of CoPilot Sales led a panel discussion of truck-specific GPS navigation. The panelists were Kush Parikh, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales for INRIX, Inc.; Kendra Adams, Executive Director, New York Motor Truck Association; and Douglas Frank, Vice President, Professional Services for Cadec Global, Inc. Adams described New York State's problem with large trucks that hit low bridges on truck-restricted roadways. This problem has been attributed to truck drivers using GPS navigation devices designed for cars, and is a serious safety issue.

Other presenters addressed such topics as CSA 2010, the new safety scoring system from the FMCSA; the promise and perils of cloud computing; fleet management dashboards; and cost analysis.

"As usual the 2010 ALK Summit delivered on all aspects: knowledge, future plans for ALK and the industry, great featured speakers and an excellent networking event," said John Reed, CIO of Aim Dedicated Logistics. "The Summit takes away the normal 'hard vendor sell' and allows the attendees access to new vendor technologies without the pressure of filling a sales quota. It is the only industry event I attend where the focus is on the exchange of ideas and not on new sales."

The ALK Summit was "an executive networking session with very timely and relevant informational presentations, many of which will be useful to me immediately," said Jim Mullen, General Manager of Transfreight LLC. "I will return next year."
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LeasePlan USA Recognized as 2010 American Business AwardSM Finalist

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (May 20, 2010) – LeasePlan USA, a leading fleet and vehicle management company, has been named a finalist in the 2010 American Business Awards, also known as the Stevie Awards.

LeasePlan was named a finalist in the “Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year” category for its philanthropic efforts involving its employees as well as the communities in which the company does business.
LeasePlan and its employees are committed to serving their community through LeasePlan Cares, which partners with non-profit organizations such as the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Shelter, Inc. and Susan G. Komen. In addition, LeasePlan heavily invests in its employees through HealthyU, the company’s health and wellness initiative.

“We are excited to be named a finalist for this prestigious award. This could not have been possible without the commitment that our employees exhibit for each other, our community and our clients. These programs were created by our employees and continue to thrive under their leadership and volunteer efforts. I could not be more proud of them,” said Mike Pitcher, president and CEO.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. This year, more than 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories.

Representatives from LeasePlan will attend the annual gala on Monday, June 21, in New York City where this year’s winners will be announced.

About LeasePlan USA
LeasePlan USA, a subsidiary of LeasePlan Corp. N.V., is a global leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions. The company, which manages
1.3 million vehicles worldwide, offers clients customized plans for total fleet cost reduction through its technologically advanced products and dedication to customer service.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at


HOUSTON and TACOMA, Wash. (May 20, 2010) - U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc., a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards, is expanding its Voyager Channel Partner Program with the addition of Tacoma, Wash.-based Pettit Oil.

The latest Voyager Channel Partner to date, Pettit Oil will begin issuing co-branded fleet cards for its customers to use at its retail locations in western Washington and at any of the 230,000 Voyager fuel and maintenance acceptance locations throughout the United States.

“This gives us the opportunity to offer our fleet customers a more comprehensive fuel management system,” said Pettit Oil President Mike Barlow. “We look forward to growing along with our retail partners through our new Voyager Channel Partnership.”

As a leading distributor of fuel and lubricants, Pettit Oil supplies more than 150 convenience stores and cardlock fueling locations in the state of Washington. By becoming a Voyager Channel Partner, Pettit will offer its fleet customers more locations from which to purchase fuel and automotive services.

The Voyager Channel Partner Program allows participants to generate revenue based on monthly fuel volume purchased with the co-branded Voyager fleet card at domestic and remote locations.

“U.S. Bank is pleased to welcome Pettit Oil to its growing list of Voyager channel partners," said Jeffrey A. Rankin, senior sales and marketing officer, U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems. “We expect them to have plenty of company as our program continues to gain strength over the course of the year. The positive response from the jobber market has been encouraging and gratifying.”

About Pettit Oil Company
Pettit Oil Company has been serving the fuel and lubricant needs of Western Washington for more than 75 years. Our corporate headquarters are in Tacoma, and storage and distribution facilities are located throughout the Olympic Peninsula. We have offices in Forks, Hoquiam, Olympia, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Tacoma. Pettit Oil ranked as the 35th largest private company in Washington in 2007, and our company employs about 100 people. For more information, visit

About Voyager
U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems Inc. is a leading provider of the universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards for over 1.6 million vehicles. Specifically designed to serve the needs of any size fleet, Voyager issues the Voyager Fleet Card, accepted at over 230,000 retail locations in all 50 states and provides comprehensive fleet management information services to commercial businesses and government agencies. To learn more, visit Voyager online at

About U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $282 billion in assets as of March 31, 2010, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,025 banking offices in 24 states and 5,312 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at


ELKHART COUNTY, IND. – Navistar, Inc. announced today during a web conference
with the U.S. Department of Energy and FedEx, that it will deliver to FedEx the first full-production eStar™—Navistar’s all-electric commercial truck. The company is currently taking orders for the eStar and intends to deliver 400 units by the end of 2010.

The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero emissions vehicle.

This Class 2c-3 electric truck—the first in its category—has a range of 100 miles per charge, making it ideal for many urban applications. When it returns to its home base at the end of the day, it can be plugged in and fully recharged within 6-8 hours.

“For businesses, municipalities and other organizations that demonstrate their environmental commitment, the eStar provides them with a smart option,” said Shane Terblanche, general manager, electric vehicles, Navistar. “We have brought the eStar to market to meet the needs of responsible customers who strive to have a positive impact on the environment through energy efficiency.”

FedEx showcased a prototype of the eStar electric truck during last month’s “Charge Up Route 66” tour that began in Chicago and ended in Los Angeles as part of the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference. FedEx will evaluate the performance of the eStar vehicle in its fleet as it operates in the Los Angeles area.

“FedEx is continually looking to connect the world more responsibly,” said Mitch Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at FedEx. “Navistar’s purpose-built electric truck has the potential to assist in making our business more environmentally sustainable and reduce dependence on foreign oil, while ensuring FedEx the reliability necessary to meet our commitment for superior customer service.”

The eStar all-electric truck transitioned from concept to reality in August 2009, when President Barack Obama visited Navistar’s manufacturing plant in Indiana to announce a $39.2 million federal stimulus grant to build electric trucks. Less than one year later, Navistar has completed testing and validation, developed and delivered prototype vehicles, and received EPA and CARB certifications.

Today, the eStar meets all Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Navistar is now taking orders and building these all-electric trucks.

“With the first eStar trucks coming off the production line today, Navistar is fully capable to support our customers through select dealers networked in our initial launch regions,” Terblanche added. “No other commercial electric vehicle competes with the eStar in terms of capacity, size and application. We believe that customers will love the eStar because of its capabilities as an electric vehicle and not have to change their fleet usage in order to meet the truck’s performance.”

Unlike other electric trucks that are reconfigured models of fossil-fuel trucks, the eStar truck has been purpose-built for electric power, creating an advantage with a low center of gravity (the battery is between the frame rails, not mounted on top) and a 36-foot turning radius. The eStar is engineered with superior aerodynamics, a walk-through cab and a quick-change cassette-type battery that can be swapped out in 20 minutes, enabling around the clock operation. It is capable of carrying payloads up to two tons.

With zero tailpipe emissions, each eStar truck can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 tons annually. Drivers will be able to experience the ultimate in ergonomic design as the windshield provides nearly 180-degree visibility, the low-floor design provides easy loading/unloading and the noise level is nearly non-existent, which makes this nimble vehicle ideal for urban areas facing noise

“As the electric vehicle capital of the world, I have no doubt that Navistar chose the best possible location to make the eStar, a first of its kind clean technology truck,” said Mitch Roob, Indiana Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Sales of the eStar all-electric vehicle are conducted through a wholly owned Navistar affiliate. The eStar truck is produced through the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance, LLC, the joint venture between Navistar, Inc. and Modec Limited of the United Kingdom.

For decades, Navistar has demonstrated a commitment to technologies that benefit the
environment and its customers. In 1989, Navistar was the first original equipment manufacturer to release the smokeless diesel engine and, in 2001, Navistar was the first engine manufacturer to gain certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for meeting particulate and hydrocarbon emissions standards – six years ahead of schedule. The company was also the first to enter line production of hybrid commercial trucks and hybrid school buses.

GMC Sierra HD Leads the Segment in Towing and Payload Ratings

DETROIT – GMC announced today that the new 2011 GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups have increased towing and payload ratings through ongoing development and testing, making them the most capable and powerful heavy-duty pickups in the segment. The ratings have been increased to 21,700 pounds of towing and 6,635 pounds of payload.

“When developing the Sierra HD our focus has consistently been to deliver customers the most capable heavy-duty trucks in the market, along with premium features and styling that distinguish GMC amongst the competition,” said Rick Spina, GM Full-size Truck global vehicle line executive. “Our first set of capability tests confirmed that the team had exceeded the payload and towing targets by a significant margin. Ongoing testing demonstrated a clear opportunity to increase the true capabilities of these trucks.”

The GMC Sierra HD engineering team was able to achieve the increase in towing capacity to 21,700 by putting the Sierra HD through a wide variety of tests over various terrains, grades and weather conditions. Extensive design and lab analysis, climatic wind tunnel testing, and actual on-road extreme ride and handling testing methods were all used to confirm stable handling and performance of the powertrain, drivetrain and brake components at maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR). The GCWR is increased to 29,200 pounds.

To achieve the increased payload capacity, engineers used higher strength steel for the cargo box sills. The team conducted a significant amount of testing where maximum payloads tested the stronger cargo box and rear axle components. The maximum payload rating has been increased to 6,635 pounds.

“We encourage consumers to test drive the Sierra HD against the competition,” said Spina. “Based on our test results, we are confident our HDs will prove to be the best choice for real-world towing and hauling needs.”

For the first time ever, GMC will be offering the exclusive Denali line in our heavy-duty pickups with the Sierra Denali 2500 and 3500 HDs. The Denali version is distinguished by its iconic four-bar, chrome grille with round air inlets, along with body-color bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents and and 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels.

The GMC Sierra HD is the segment leader in diesel horsepower and torque (397hp, 765

lb-ft), conventional towing (17,000 lbs.), 5th-wheel towing (21,700 lbs.), payload (6,635 lbs.) and maximum GCWR (29,200 lbs.). Production for the Sierra HD begins next week at Flint Assembly in Flint, MI and customers can expect to start seeing the heavy-duty trucks on dealer lots shortly thereafter.

New servo honing system first to automatically profile-hone diesel cylinder liners

May 2000 — Custom bore profiles for diesel cylinder liners are among the new capabilities introduced on the SV-500 Series vertical CNC honing system. The SV-500 Series produces the industry's highest accuracy and surface finish specs, using patented technology that allows creation of whole-bore, constant crosshatch, as well as custom profiled or tapered bores. The patented machine is ideal for profile machining of diesel cylinder-liner bores to manufacturer's specs, while eliminating the "flattening" of the crosshatch angle at stroke-reversal points, sometimes required for MilSpec parts. Bore profile display and tool-control technology allow the operator to easily achieve the desired bore shape, surface crosshatch angle, or near-elimination of crosshatch.

Available with a stroke length up to 1524 mm (60"), the SV-500 Series' 15-kW (20-hp) spindle is ideal for bores up to 300 mm (12") diameter or larger, depending on the application. Its powerful spindle permits high stock removal rates on exotic materials, such as titanium and compacted-graphite iron. Standard spindle speed is 0-300 rpm, with options of 0-600 and 0-1200 rpm, and a maximum stroke rate of 27.4 meters/min (90 ft/min). Capable of using legacy tooling from Sunnen GH-210 and SV-3/SV-4 machines, it is also ideal for low to mid-volume machining of oil and gas industry components, such as gas compressors, liner hangers, telemetry units, valves, pump liners and similar parts.

An electromechanical design, the SV-500 delivers servo-accurate performance that remains consistent over time, eliminating the drift inherent to hydraulic machines. Its patented servo-stroking system brings a new level of automation and simplicity to honing complex parts, such as those with interrupted, tandem, blind or geometrically flawed bores. New capabilities include custom bore profiles, automatic geometry correction, and auto-dwell for bore straightness, ideal for blind bores. Vertical spindle orientation produces superior results with interrupted bores, where the weight of the tool and drive shaft on a horizontal hone increases the potential for washout around ports.

Equipped with the fastest, most precise linear tool feed on the market, the SV-500 Series can be configured as a single-spindle, manually loaded machine or a fully automated multi-spindle system. Sunnen system-engineers each SV-500 machine as an optimized processing package, complete with custom guarding, custom risers and fixturing, tooling, abrasives, gaging and coolants, as required by the application. The versatile platform is available with a malleable-iron base or T-slot table just above floor level, or with various workholding and table options at waist height. Part indexing options include in-line shuttles for transfer lines, as well as 2- and 32-position rotary tables or (fourth axis) servo-index table with infinite positioning. The open-base design allows easy pass-through of large parts and makes the machine highly adaptable for parallel manufacturing in a lean environment. Stainless steel guarding all around is maintenance free.

To realize highest unmanned processing efficiencies, the SV-500 can be equipped for in-process air gaging with Sunnen's PH hone head – or with post-process air gaging. PH tools are designed to produce optimum straightness and roundness with multiple stone configurations. They are available with conventional, diamond or CBN metal-bond abrasives, specifically engineered for a given application. A plug gauge shutoff is also available for processes that do not require the feed back or precision of air gauging.

Setup is fast and easy, all handled from the front of the machine without raising a cover. An intuitive interface and advanced PC-based control simplify the honing process to allow anyone with multi-axis experience to run the machine like an expert.

The SV-500 Series provides great cost, size and flexibility advantages over hydraulic honing systems of comparable capacities. Vertical design conserves shop floor space.

Additional information on the SV-500 vertical honing machine series is available from Sunnen Products Company, 7910 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63143. Tel: 1-800-325-3670; fax: 314-781-2268 or email

New ISO Container Adaptor Frame from Demountable Concepts enables a 20-Foot Shipping Container to be transported on a Demountable Flat-Bed Straight-

Glassboro, NJ – May 2010 – Demountable Concepts, Inc. introduces the new ISO Container Adaptor Frame (ICAF) that increases the versatility of straight-trucks equipped with the Demountable Truck Body System. With the ICAF, a standard 20-foot ISO container can be quickly secured and transported by straight-truck to a ship yard, rail head or job site on a demountable flat-bed truck body. Once the container is unloaded, the flat-bed can be loaded with freight for the return trip, or vice versa.

With the Demountable Truck Body System straight-trucks can quickly and easily switch between multiple cargo bodies of the same or different type; i.e., van, curtain-side, flat-bed. The ISO Container Adaptor Frame takes the system’s versatility a step further by enabling a demountable flat-bed body to multi-purpose as a container transporter. This creates more flexibility for fleet mangers by providing a useful logistics option: utilizing inexpensive and readily available commercial shipping containers with straight-trucks.

One operation to benefit from the ICAF is Atlantic Scaffolding’s Baltimore Regional Office located in Columbia, Maryland, who added the ICAF to new flat-bed bodies recently acquired from Demountable Concepts. Regional Manager, Mike Simonsen states, “We’ve kept our fleet costs low for years by using demountable flat-beds. We recently added the ICAF option to aid in job site waste removal. Now, the flat-bed that normally carries our scaffolding can be easily transformed into a container truck in minutes. The added flexibility, without having to buy another truck, has been tremendous.”

Along with eliminating the need to purchase or lease specialized trucks for occasional use, the system’s flexibility cuts time out of the loading and delivery cycle and increases efficiency throughout the operation’s labor pool.

The following example demonstrates the economies created by the Demountable System with the ICAF Option. First thing in the morning a straight-truck demounts an empty van body at the facility’s loading dock and mounts an ICAF equipped flat-bed body that’s been pre-loaded with a shipping container. The truck transports the container to its destination where it is unloaded. While there, freight is loaded onto the flat-bed for the return trip to the facility. Upon returning to the facility, the flat-bed is demounted and the truck mounts the now fully-loaded van body that was left at the dock in the morning and departs to make another delivery.

Without the demountable system this scenario requires three trucks: a van body, a container truck and a flat bed. The demountable system accomplishes it with one truck and two bodies. It’s also quicker, requires fewer drivers and less expensive to operate.

The ISO Container Adaptor Frame is built into the flat-bed’s body and a standard 20-foot container can be locked down by turning a lever under each of the container’s corners. No alterations are required to the container so it can be utilized for traditional commercial shipping at any time.

The Demountable System consists of a hydraulic lifting and lock-down mechanism installed onto the straight-truck’s chassis to facilitate swapping bodies, and heavy-duty galvanized steel retractable legs built into the base-frame of each body so it can stand on its own and be loaded independent of the truck.

Demountable Concepts, Inc., established in 1989, is North America’s premier manufacturer and supplier of the Demountable Truck Body System for straight-trucks and the Warehouse on Wheels Portable Distribution Center. Their clients include general and furniture retailers, building supply, lumber and millwork manufacturers, beverage distributors, food service and snack food companies, party rental suppliers, nurseries and others.

The system is available through most commercial truck leasing companies and dealerships and the company has a North American service network that installs the Demountable System and the ICAF option onto new and existing trucks. Demountable Concepts also supplies truck body builders with the parts necessary to make bodies interchangeable.

Find out more about Demountable Truck Body Systems by visiting, or contacting Demountable Concepts, Inc. via phone at 1-800-254-3643 or email at

First Vehicle Services Signs Contract with Brownsville Urban System

CINCINNATI — First Vehicle Services (FVS), a leader of contract fleet maintenance and management services, is pleased to continue its relationship with the Brownsville Urban System (BUS) in Brownsville, Texas. This three-year contract begins May 22 and will provide vehicle and equipment maintenance, parts procurement and inventory management for 44 vehicles responsible for transporting more than 1.6 million passengers a year. During this contract, FVS will provide cost savings and increase fleet efficiency for the organization.

“We look forward to a continued partnership with the Brownsville Urban System," said Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Services. "Our extensive experience within the industry and unmatched dedication to our customers ensures they reach their fleet maintenance and management objectives."

FVS fleet management solutions are custom-tailored to meet customer needs. They work to design a customized maintenance solution that significantly reduces costs while increasing fleet effectiveness. In addition, its stringent safety policies and operational procedures are recognized as the best in the business.

About First Vehicle Services
First Vehicle Services, part of FirstGroup America , is a leading provider of contract fleet maintenance and management services in the United States . With more than 25 years of experience, First Vehicle Services maintains more than 50,000 vehicles and equipment in the US and Puerto Rico for government agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at


JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive research and intelligence, recently announced that it has appointed David Hirst to the new position of Global Marketing Director.

David will sit on the Board of Directors and takes on full responsibility for managing marketing communications, product development, business development, strategic solutions and customer services. He joins JATO from Capgemini UK plc, a subsidiary of the global Capgemini Group, where he held the position of Marketing Director for their UK Consulting and Technology Services businesses.

David says of his appointment: “I’m very much looking forward to working with JATO Dynamics on a global level. The chance to use my experience to ensure JATO consistently delivers market leading products and services across the world is a tremendous opportunity and is one that I am looking forward to immensely.”

Neil Palfreeman, Chief Executive Officer, JATO Dynamics, says: “We are delighted to welcome David to the organisation. His contribution will be invaluable in helping us convey JATO’s breadth and depth of expertise to the industry, via a comprehensive and coherent strategy.”

About JATO
JATO was founded in 1984 and provides the world’s most timely, accurate and up-to-date information on vehicle specifications and pricing, sales and registrations, news and incentives. The company has representation in over 40 countries, providing unique local market expertise. The JATO client base includes all of the world’s volume vehicle manufacturers, giving them the ability to react to short-term market movements, plan for long-term developments and ultimately to meet consumers’ needs. JATO’s intelligence has also been adapted for consumer use in motoring web portals where customers can see the advantages and disadvantages of a specified model against any other while major leasing companies use JATO’s intelligence to drive the vehicle quotation process. Visit JATO at


Alpharetta, GA – AmeriFleet Transportation, the Atlanta-based industry leader in total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry, announces the promotion of Mark Davis to Dispatcher.

Davis joined AmeriFleet in 2008 as a Service Delivery Professional/ACE Driver. Prior to joining AmeriFleet Davis held a sales position with SearchLink where he was responsible for the recruiting of sales representative s in the chemical process industry. He began his career with Belden Inc, as a sales representative. During his more than 30 year tenure with Belden he held positions including Field Sales Representative, Regional DataCom and National Account Manager.

In his new role Davis’ responsibilities will include coordinating driver assignments to ensure company resources are utilized effectively and efficiently, maintaining accountability for troubleshooting any order issues and collaborating with account consultants to communicate pick-up or delivery delays to clients.

“We congratulate Mark on his well deserved promotion,” said John Norris, President, AmeriFleet Transportation. “Given his background and his professional approach to the business he will be an asset to our Dispatch Operations Team.”

Davis, a Lilburn, Georgia resident will be based in the company’s Atlanta office.

About AmeriFleet

Founded in 1997, Alpharetta, Georgia-based AmeriFleet Transportation provides total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry. Through more than 16 company-owned North America locations, AmeriFleet provides the industry’s most consistent high-quality transportation and ancillary services to its clients which include some of the largest fleet management/leasing companies and self managed corporate fleets in the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit

New Bridgestone-Brand R197 Promotes Superior Fuel-Efficiency and Even Wear

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is introducing the new Bridgestone-brand R197 low rolling resistance radial for superior fuel efficiency and long, even tread wear. The R197 is approved for use on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWaySM-certified equipment and is ideal for fleets running California Air Resources Board (CARB)-compliant vehicles. The new tire is suitable for all-position use but is designed for single and tandem axle trailer and dolly applications in long haul and regional haul service.

“The R197 is the next generation trailer tire for fleets who demand exceptional fuel efficiency without sacrificing mileage,” said Chris Hoffman, Manager, TBR & Retread Product Marketing, BBTS. “Its innovative casing and tread compounding promote lower rolling resistance for improved fuel economy, both when R197 is new and when it’s retreaded, which reduces total life cycle costs.”

Building on an energy-efficient casing and adding low rolling resistance tread and sidewall compounding, R197 combines fuel-efficient tread designs and a shallow 11/32˝ tread depth to further increase fuel economy, offering fleet owners exceptional cost per mile.

For long, even tread wear, R197 incorporates the Defense GrooveTM design that helps create uniform pressure across the shoulder to minimize edge wear and cupping. Stress relief siping along the rib edges promote even wear for higher mileage.

A classic straight-rib tread design evacuates water from the footprint for outstanding wet traction, while cross-rib sipes provide solid grip on wet roads.

To enhance durability, the R197 incorporates tough shoulder protector ribs on both sidewalls to fight damage from cuts and abrasion from curbing. When one set of ribs is worn away, the tires can be reversed to expose a fresh set of ribs for continued protection.

The R197 low rolling resistance radial is being introduced in the 295/75R22.5 size with a “G” load rating. For more information on the R197, ask your BBTS sales representative, your dealer or truckstop operator or visit For information on becoming a SmartWay fleet, go to

SmartWay is an innovative, voluntary partnership of the EPA that reduces greenhouse gases and improves fuel efficiency in the nation’s trucks and railroads. This voluntary program helps fleets make the right choices when specifying for optimum fuel efficiency – including recommendations for original equipment and replacement tires.

The EPA verifies low rolling resistance tires achieving at least three percent better fuel economy than the average, “best selling” new tire. Fleets participating in the SmartWay partnership must use tires approved by the EPA to maintain their SmartWay status.

About Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions:
Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, manufactures, markets and sells medium and heavy duty truck tires for the original equipment and replacement markets in the United States, and in Canada, through Bridgestone Canada Inc. Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton brand truck tires are available through more than 2,500 dealers and truck stops across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, through its Bandag brand, Bandag retreading dealers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise. This combination of new and retread product offering provides trucking customers with total tire solutions.

PHH Arval Named 2010 Stevie Awards Finalist in two categories for innovation

Sparks, MD – PHH Arval has been named as a finalist in two categories of The American Business “Stevie” AwardsSM – “Most Innovative Company of the Year” and “New Product or Service of the Year” for PHH ConnectSM, its mobile application for fleet drivers.

“It’s an honor to be ranked among the top companies in both categories,” said Tom Keilty, chief operating officer, PHH Arval. “We are committed to using innovative technology and the expertise of our people to enhance customer service and productivity for both our clients and their employees who drive company vehicles. It’s rewarding to be recognized for this by such a prestigious business awards program.”

“Most Innovative Company of the Year”
PHH’s wide range of innovations have led to the company’s reputation as a leader in the fleet industry. These include its unique Innovation Center, a dedicated research and development team that prototypes and pilots the next generation of innovative fleet applications; PHH Connect, the fleet industry’s first mobile application; Rally to ResultsSM Advantage Dashboard, a cutting-edge tool focused on process improvements that are important to PHH clients; PHH Onboard® telematics service, recently enhanced with greater functionality; North American Vehicle Ordering, the first fully integrated North American technology platform for ordering fleet vehicles from the manufacturers; and PHH GreenFleet® Driver Training, an online training program for fleet drivers to help them in a more environmentally-friendly way.

“Best New Product or Service of the Year”
PHH Connect is the fleet management industry’s first mobile application for fleet drivers (sales and service personnel who are driving company vehicles). This unique service runs on BlackBerry, Apple® iPhone, Android™ and Windows Mobile® devices. Using their mobile devices, fleet drivers have immediate access to various PHH services and call centers, including help with accidents, maintenance, and other transactions. The most recent enhancements allow drivers to report mileage from their mobile devices – improving productivity and customer satisfaction.

The American Business Awards is the only national, independent business awards program honoring organizations of all types – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. This year’s Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 21 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. More than 600 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.

About PHH Arval
PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation [NYSE: PHH ], is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada. PHH Arval provides outsourced fleet management solutions to corporate clients, including nearly one-third of the Fortune 500 companies. Through consultative expertise, flexible customer service, and award-winning Internet technology, PHH Arval helps clients reduce costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit , or call 800 ONLY PHH.

About PHH Corporation
Headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, PHH Corporation is a leading outsource provider of mortgage and vehicle fleet management services. Its subsidiary, PHH Mortgage, is one of the top five retail originators of residential mortgages in the United States1, and its subsidiary, PHH Arval, is a leading fleet management services provider in the United States and Canada. For additional information about the company and its subsidiaries, please visit our Web site at


CLEVELAND, Ohio – TMW Systems announced today that it would be making available a free service for its carrier customers designed to help them monitor and manage their critical Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) safety scores and data. The new government safety scoring program, referred to as CSA 2010, promises to affect many carriers significantly and TMW saw the need to provide its customers with powerful tools to help protect themselves in the evolving regulatory environment.

The new, Web-based service from TMW, named “CSA Management,” gives carriers extended capabilities for analyzing and transforming all of their Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety rating data for further insight and action, including government data challenge. While the CSA program and government Web site is still in limited roll-out in a few states, subject to ongoing changes, TMW is similarly offering CSA Management at no-charge, first to its customers in CSA test states then expanding access as the reach of the government program grows. Customers not in CSA test states may also request the application in order to familiarize themselves with the available FMCSA data in advance of full access to the CSA integrated scoring program.

TMW Systems is the leading developer and supplier of software designed specifically for the transportation services industry, including trucking, brokerage and logistics operations. The company offers and supports a full portfolio of operations, dispatch, fleet maintenance, TMS and carrier profitability systems for businesses throughout North America. All TMW customers may take advantage of the free CSA Management application, subject to limited availability, in tandem with the government’s gradual program roll-out in selected states.

“TMW products have long incorporated features that help carriers to keep their drivers safe and to improve vehicle health monitoring to minimize inspection violations. Our CSA Management on-line service will further help carriers monitor their all-important CSA safety ratings to stay on top of potentially negative trends, identify specific problem areas requiring attention and even spot data inaccuracies that may warrant challenge,” said David W. Wangler, President and CEO of TMW Systems. “Together with our enterprise operations software and our fleet maintenance applications, we expect CSA Management to help carriers better protect their governmental safety standings as well as promote a culture of safety within their day-to-day operations.”

With enterprise transportation software platforms widely used in the motor carrier industry and fleet maintenance software applications touching over one million pieces of equipment in North America, TMW Systems has steadily expanded product capabilities related to safety over the years. These features include tools and applications to monitor and coach driver behavior and audit driver logs, maintain centralized safety and accident data collection and reporting, and capture vehicle maintenance lifecycle and inspection details thoroughly.

Wangler also noted that an emphasis on regular safety promotion practices, driver review and coaching to help prevent inspection violations, driver accidents and citations would do the most to protect carriers from CSA interventions or to respond proactively if such interventions occur.

CSA 2010 is a FMCSA initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. It introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its State partners to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety problems before crashes occur.

Once they have obtained log-in access to their own safety data and ratings on the government’s CSA 2010 Web site, customers of any TMW software product who are active on support and maintenance with the company may request access to the free CSA Management application through their TMW technical support channels.

About TMW Systems
TMW Systems is the leading provider of enterprise transportation software, including TL2000, TruckMate, Innovative IES and TMWSuite. For use with all major operations platforms in the trucking industry, TMW also offers TMT Fleet Maintenance software, IDSC ExpertFuel for fuel routing, IDSC Netwise for yield optimization and IDSC MatchAdvice and TripAlert to improve asset utilization. Customers include private and for-hire trucking, 3PLs and shippers, brokerage, construction, ready-mix concrete, municipal fleets, heavy-duty repair and waste management operations. With offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Vancouver, British Columbia; TMW currently serves more than 1,800 customers managing over 400,000 power units and maintaining more than 1.2 million assets worldwide, including North America, Europe, China and Latin America. For more information, visit or call (800) 401-6682.


LA VERGNE, Tenn. – The state of Washington’s Department of Ecology announced recently its endorsement of steel wheel weights over other lead alternatives, a move that drew praise from the industry’s largest producer of wheel weights.

“Steel is, without a doubt, the best choice for the environment,” said Hennessy’s vice president of marketing, Kevin Keefe. “Hennessy commends the state of Washington for going a step beyond banning lead by promoting steel as the best alternative. We hope to see other states follow the example set by Washington’s Department of Ecology.”

Wheel weights, the small weights attached to the inner and outer surfaces of vehicle wheels in order to balance the tire, historically have been made of lead. But health and environmental concerns about lead have motivated Washington and four other states – California, Maine, Minnesota and Vermont – to pass legislation banning lead wheel weights. Maryland and Wisconsin have also proposed similar legislation.

“Washington state is banning the use of lead wheel weights for most vehicles in 2011 because of the toxic hazard they pose for people, the environment and aquatic life,” said Carol Kraege with the Washington Department of Ecology. “Lead wheel weights must be replaced with ‘environmentally preferred’ weights, and Ecology recommends coated steel wheel weights as replacements.”

With the Department of Ecology’s endorsement of steel as the best alternative, Washington joins Maine as the second state to put its official support behind steel. The state of Maine has declared it will not promote the use of zinc wheel weights, another alternative to lead, due to concerns about toxicity to wildlife.

Zinc is considered to be a secondary water contaminant. As a result, many businesses and some states are transitioning from lead to steel exclusively.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency accepted a petition from a dozen environmental and public health organizations to immediately begin rulemaking to ban lead wheel weights nationwide.

About Hennessy Industries
Hennessy Industries manufactures COATS®, AMMCO® and BADA® products, and is the largest full-line wheel-service equipment manufacturer in North America. Hennessy is recognized for its state-of-the-art technology in the manufacturing of COATS tire changers and wheel balancers, AMMCO brake lathes and lifts, and BADA wheel-balancing weights.

Hennessy Industries, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of DH Holding, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), a Fortune 500 company. Hennessy is headquartered in La Vergne, Tenn., with manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky.
To learn more about Hennessy, visit Shop owners and automotive industry insiders can go to for complete information on steel wheel weights and related legislation.