Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Named a Navistar® Diamond Supplier for Seventh Year

Trussville, Ala. (July 27, 2010) – Navistar, Inc. has named Fontaine Fifth Wheel a Navistar® Diamond Supplier for 2009. This is the seventh straight year that Fontaine has earned the prestigious award.

“We are pleased to present Fontaine Fifth Wheel with Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award in recognition of the company’s seven consecutive years of outstanding performance and service to Navistar and our customers,” says Persio Lisboa, Navistar chief procurement officer. “We look forward to a bright future together where we can continue to achieve shared success.”

According to Navistar, its Diamond Suppliers must meet and exceed performance expectations for quality and delivery. Additionally, Diamond Suppliers are strategically aligned with Navistar’s business goals and demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement. They represent the “best of the best” in terms of supplier/buyer collaboration.

“The entire Fontaine Fifth Wheel team is proud to have earned Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award again,” says Steve Wyatt, Fontaine Fifth Wheel senior OEM account manager. “Navistar is an excellent customer, and we are focused on continuing to work hard to exceed its high standards in 2010.”

For more information about Fontaine Fifth Wheel, visit www.fifthwheel.com or call (800) 874-9780.

About Fontaine Fifth Wheel

Based in Trussville, Ala., Fontaine Fifth Wheel is the world’s largest fifth wheel manufacturer. It has ISO 14001 registered manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Fontaine is a Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) company. MHT companies support the transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services.

MHT companies are members of The Marmon Group, an international association of business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. Member companies have combined revenues of approximately $7 billion. The Marmon Group is a Berkshire Hathaway company.

About Navistar

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Gilbarco® Encore® Ethanol blenders gain UL Listing

GREENSBORO, N.C. – July 26, 2010 – Following the June 24 announcement, UL has now extended the UL Listing to include Gilbarco Encore blenders with the flexible fuel option. These additional six models are among the first to be approved to blend mid-level ethanol/gasoline products containing up to 85% ethanol. A total of 22 Gilbarco dispenser configurations (blenders and MPDs) are now approved for use with fuels up to E85.

“Retailers want highly reliable dispensers that offer the ability to blend and dispense multiple products through each fueling position,” said Chad Johnson, marketing manager for Encore dispensers at Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “The Encore series flexible fuel dispensers help retailers meet demand for higher Ethanol fuel blends and offers the opportunity for blender of record tax incentives as well.”
The Encore S and Encore 300 dispenser models now UL Listed for use with E85 with the Flexible Fuel option include:

X + 0 Blender (on the X hoses)
X + 1 Blender (on the X hoses)
Multi-Hose MPDs
Single Hose MPD +1 (on the +1 hose)
Blender dispenser +1 (on the +1 hose)
Multi-Hose +1 Blender dispensers (on the +1 hose)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chevrolet Prepares 2011 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle for Duty

DETROIT – General Motors today announced order and delivery dates, as well as final package specifications for the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV). The rear-wheel-drive Caprice PPV joins the front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, making Chevrolet the only brand to offer a full line of police vehicles.

Chevrolet will begin taking orders for the Caprice PPV detective package (9C3) in October 2010. Vehicles will hit the streets in April 2011. Ordering for the police package (9C1) will begin in January 2011 and the vehicles go on duty next June.

“When we began designing our latest police vehicle, we went directly to our customers and found that they were looking for a rear-wheel, large sedan with a V-8 engine,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “By announcing the available specs and ordering information now, we’re following through with our promise to provide them with the advanced technologies that best serve their needs for comfort, performance and safety.”

The all-new Caprice PPV features:
• Comfort: Segment-leading interior volume (112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters) provides a spacious interior, providing officers with more comfort for long hours on patrol. In addition, it has specially designed front seats sculptured to allow for gun belts. The seats are made with high wear material and have a seat back security panel. There’s also an eight-way power driver’s seat with reclining back and lumbar control, featuring quick-adjust manual fore and aft movement for additional comfort.

• Performance: Responsive rear-wheel-drive and a powerful 6.0L V-8 engine, with 355 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. torque, including the fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. It delivers expected best-in-class top speed and zero-to-60 acceleration in less than six seconds. A V-6 engine also will be available beginning in the 2012 model year. In addition, the 6-speed transmission has sport shift calibrations for performance driving. A 2.92 axle ratio with limited slip is standard.

• Safety: Full-width prisoner partition enabled by front seat only head curtain with side impact airbags. Rear seat head curtain side impact airbags are available. StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic stability control technology, provides a “police performance” mode for enhanced stability during high-speed driving.

• Exterior: Vehicle has an overall length of 204.2 inches (5,186.1 mm), an overall width of 74.75 inches (1,898.7 mm) and an overall height of 58.66 inches (1,489.95 mm). Efficient packaging allows spacious interior, without showing it on the exterior. Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt on center caps and wheel covers.

• Interior: Designed for five-passenger seating, the upper-center section of the dashboard can be used for equipment mounting without concern of air bag deployment interference. A certified speedometer (160-mph certified analog) includes trip odometer, warning lights and multifunction display with Engine Oil Life monitor. A Driver Information Center with a “Trap Speed” feature captures speed when tracking/pacing other vehicles.

• Additional Options: Available auxiliary battery to power police equipment and full-size spare tire under a flat load surface. Vinyl rear seat and floor covering also available.

“Chevrolet’s history with law enforcement spans across almost as many years as the brand itself and we’re ready to see the Caprice PPV report for active duty,” Small said.

A full list of vehicle specifications and additional information about the Caprice PPV can be found at the recently updated website, www.chevroletcapriceppv.com

UPS Sets New Automotive Goal to Improve Fuel Efficiency by 20 Percent

UPS (NYSE:UPS) has set a new automotive goal to improve the miles per gallon (MPG) performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020.

The goal was announced today as UPS released the latest annual update of its corporate Sustainability Report, available at ups.com/sustainability.

The new goal builds on gains UPS already has made by increasing its U.S. MPG 10% between 2000 and 2009 and applies to a U.S. ground fleet of 60,000 vehicles.

"Our automotive efficiencies over the last decade show a genuine commitment to conserving fuel and decreasing the emissions associated with the packages we deliver," said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president and the executive responsible for UPS's sustainability program. "This new goal for the next decade is an important milestone in UPS's continuing dedication to finding and using new technology and processes that help us meet our customers' needs in a sustainable way."

For example in 2009, UPS drivers logged 77.3 million more miles than in 2000, yet fuel consumption decreased by 3.2 million gallons. Fuel efficiency levels were improved through improved vehicle technology, effective vehicle maintenance procedures, fuel conservation efforts, sophisticated routing technology and operational initiatives such as minimizing engine idling. Alternative fuel technology and vehicle deployments also improve UPS's fuel efficiency.

The automotive goal complements UPS's announcement last year that it will improve the carbon efficiency (CO2/ATM) of its airline by an additional 20% by 2020, for a cumulative reduction of 42 percent since 1990. The airline represents 53% of the company's global carbon footprint.

Also in the new Sustainability Report, UPS announced its 2009 achievements and objectives:


* UPS maintained generous charitable giving, totaling $97.6 million despite a difficult economic year.
* The UPS Foundation expanded its focus on urgent humanitarian aid and disaster relief by providing financial support, in-kind transportation and logistics expertise.
* The company launched UPS Road Code, a safe-driving program for teenagers through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


* UPS became the first major global package carrier to offer a carbon neutral service for deliveries in the U.S.
* Supplier diversity remained strong with nearly $1.6 billion spent with small and diverse businesses.


* UPS deployed 245 new "green" vehicles running on compressed natural gas, adding to a fleet of nearly 2,000 alternative fuel vehicles.
* With 10 other members of the Air Transportation Association of America, UPS signed a memorandum of understanding with two potential aviation biofuel developers in 2009.
* UPS began reporting in greater detail on greenhouse gas emissions, including providing information on global CO2e emissions for Scope 1 and 2 for the first time and capturing and reporting more Scope 3 data from more sources.

The new report also outlines the company's continued efforts to be increasingly transparent and accountable, using hard data to guide the company in setting tougher goals and increasing third-party engagement to enhance credibility. For the first time, the UPS Sustainability Report has been assured by Deloitte & Touche LLP and checked by the Global Reporting Initiative.

cellcontrol™ First Enforceable Distracted Driving Solution for Commercial Vehicles, Busses and Other Class-A Vehicles

BATON ROUGE, La., July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- cellcontrol™, a leading supplier of driving while distracted solutions, announced today that it has adapted its cellcontrol technology to Class A (SAE J1939), an industry standard that will allow cellcontrol to operate within a variety of fleet vehicles including commercial vehicles, big rigs, school busses, heavy equipment and other Class-A vehicles. Utilizing the vehicle's onboard computer, cellcontrol determines when the vehicle is moving at any speed and instantly blocks the use of a driver's cell phone, laptop computer or other mobile device based on a company's distracted driving policy.

Mobile phone functions that cellcontrol can prevent include phone, text, e-mail, Web, push-to-talk and other distracting features. Calling 911 is always allowed as well as incoming texts, emails and calls, which are received but cannot be accessed or responded to while the vehicle is moving. In addition to those features, cellcontrol will also report idle time, mileage and speed capturing for fleet managers who want to ensure their drivers are following correct company policies and procedures when it comes to the operation of their company vehicle.

Federal Rule to Prevent Distracted Driving

In March 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed to Secretary LaHood a new federal rule that would specifically prohibit texting by interstate bus and truck drivers while driving their vehicle. The news came on the heels of President Obama signing an Executive Order directing federal employees not to engage in text messaging while driving government-owned vehicles or equipment. Federal employees were required to comply with the ban starting on December 30, 2009.

cellcontrol is aimed at helping prevent the 500,000 injury-resulting accidents that are caused each year by the use of a mobile device while driving. Utilizing patent pending technology, cellcontrol can block one or many of the features that come equipped on a mobile phone. Another key feature of cellcontrol is its ability to prevent the use of laptops when a vehicle is moving. This is especially helpful for companies, who manage mobile employees that continuously work on their computers during the course of the work day.

Additionally, cellcontrol enables users to "white list" certain numbers to be allowed through the system. For example, a fleet manager can have only calls from his company go through to their drivers' phone. Users also have the freedom to customize which mobile features they want to prevent. For example, a fleet manager in Austin, Texas. may choose to block only texts and e-mails (since that is currently Austin city law), but still allow phone calls. Additionally, the technology allows for one phone to be paired with many vehicles.

"An accident caused by a driver of a bus or 18-wheeler while using their mobile device has the potential for traumatic results and significantly increases the odds of a fatality in comparison to a passenger vehicle," said Chuck Cox, CEO of cellcontrol. "Because of this very real danger of such negligent activity, as well as federal and state laws, we have now proven our capability to work in both passenger and heavy vehicles, allowing for the first time a safe, reliable and accurate technology solution which will enforce the federal rule preventing bus and truck drivers from texting while driving."

PHH Arval acquires select assets of The Center for Transportation Safety, LLC

Sparks, Maryland – July 21, 2010 – PHH Arval announced today that it has acquired select assets of the Center for Transportation Safety, LLC, including the company’s brand. The Center for Transportation Safety, LLC, is a leading provider of fleet risk management and training solutions, focusing on simulator, classroom, behind-the-wheel and mobile training programs for drivers of all classes of vehicles in the United States and Canada.

PHH Arval will now market its newly acquired risk management and training products and solutions under the PHH Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) brand, and CTS will operate as a separate division within PHH Arval.

According to George Kilroy, president and CEO of PHH Arval, “This new in-house capability, made possible by the acquisition of the Center for Transportation Safety, LLC’s assets and brand, is another step in PHH Arval’s commitment to investing in the products, services, technology and capabilities that benefit our clients. We see this as a great opportunity to enhance our fleet risk and safety offerings, an area of prime importance to our clients. We will combine CTS’ safety training expertise with our existing portfolio of risk and safety services to help our clients reduce their vehicle accident rates and costs and keep their fleet drivers safer.”

Jay Shelly, former president and owner of the Center for Transportation Safety, LLC, has been hired by PHH Arval to help lead the newly created division. “I am excited to be part of PHH Arval, the premier fleet management company in North America. We can offer clients the full range of risk, safety and accident management programs, in addition to delivering our expertise and proven success in driver training.”

This acquisition follows a recent announcement about PHH Arval’s strategic partnership with a safety firm focused on comprehensive, web-based driver training. These additions are designed to strengthen PHH Arval’s leadership position in providing comprehensive programs to identify risk, provide targeted training, and manage vehicle crashes.

PHH’s Center for Transportation Safety will provide driver safety capabilities that cover vehicles of all sizes, including cars and light trucks, police and rescue vehicles, delivery vehicles, straight trucks, tractor-trailers, specialty tractor-trailers, and forklifts. The simulator, classroom, behind-the-wheel and mobile training programs can be accomplished at the client’s site or a field location. PHH’s Center for Transportation Safety also provides training for new hires and employees who have been assigned company vehicles for the first time. And it expects to achieve positive results for clients in recruiting and training drivers to receive their Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs).

Comdata Corporation Announces New Sales Leader within Fleet Division

Brentwood, Tenn., — July 21, 2010 — Comdata Corporation, a leader in payment innovation, announces Ethon Stanford as vice president of sales for its national accounts division, which services large, national fleets. Stanford will provide strategic and operational direction for Comdata’s sales efforts in the transportation industry, especially for mid- to large-sized fleets.

“With nearly three decades of industry experience, Ethon has a solid understanding of both our fleet customers and the transportation industry overall,” said Randy Morgan, executive vice president of sales.
“Our customers are looking for ways to drive efficiencies and reduce expenses, and Ethon’s extensive knowledge of Comdata solutions will enable him to create that value for them.”

Stanford has been with Comdata for 26 years and helped start Comdata’s national accounts division in 1987. During his tenure, he has served in a variety of sales and product management roles.


About Comdata Corporation
Comdata Corporation is a leading business-to-business provider of innovative electronic payment solutions. As an issuer and a processor, the company enables more than $23 billion in fleet card, credit card, pay card and virtual card transactions annually. Over 1.8 million Comdata cards are issued annually, and active cards at any given time total approximately 1.5 million. With state-of-the-art technology and redundancy, Comdata captures and reports detailed transaction data, empowering its customers to analyze their spending patterns in order to gain unprecedented control of their expenses. Other Comdata solutions include truck stop point-of-sale (POS) systems, regulatory compliance programs, and receivables financing options. Comdata provides solutions to over 25,000 customers in four primary industries: fleet, aviation, construction and retail/hospitality. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee with more than 1,000 employees in the United States and Canada, Comdata is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ceridian Corporation. www.comdata.com

Friday, July 23, 2010

Alanco Announces Qualcomm Now Offers StarTrak's Reefer Trak(R) Solution for Refrigerated Trailers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jul 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alanco Technologies, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!alan/quotes/nls/alan (ALAN 0.21, -.00, -0.05%) reported today that its wholly owned subsidiary StarTrak Systems, the leading provider of wireless monitoring and management data services for the refrigerated transportation industry and Qualcomm Incorporated /quotes/comstock/15*!qcom/quotes/nls/qcom (QCOM 39.53, +0.42, +1.07%) , a leading provider of integrated wireless systems and services to transportation, logistics, and service fleet companies, announced that the two companies will offer StarTrak's ReeferTrak(R) system for refrigerated transport to Qualcomm customers. ReeferTrak is the industry-leading solution for cold chain management and is designed to meet the unique needs of refrigerated transport companies. In addition to benefiting from the asset management capabilities of Qualcomm's mobile information systems, carriers will also be provided with the ability to remotely control and proactively monitor and manage their reefer assets.

The ReeferTrak system's two-way logistical, monitoring and control capabilities can now provide Qualcomm customers the ability to monitor reefer location, as well as control the critical conditions of their refrigerated trailers throughout the shipping process. Fleets can track and locate their reefer assets, monitor and control fuel consumption and remotely control the reefer's operation with capabilities such as start and stop, change set point, and initiate a defrost. They can also remotely monitor reefer operation conditions for alarms, temperatures, and set points. Fleets that adopt the StarTrak solution can benefit from reduced freight claims, risk avoidance, improved cargo security and better fuel management.

"Qualcomm is pleased to collaborate with StarTrak Systems to deliver the benefits of refrigerated asset management to our customers," said Norm Ellis, Vice President of Sales, service and marketing for Qualcomm Enterprise Services. "The StarTrak solution complements Qualcomm's portfolio of fleet management platforms and helps assure carriers and shippers that refrigerated freight is delivered properly and operating costs are controlled across the supply chain."

"This collaboration allows trucking companies and private fleets to acquire best-in-class wireless refrigerated solutions that are complementary to their existing Qualcomm services," said Tom Robinson, Executive Vice President of StarTrak. "These services permit our mutual customer base to meet the growing compliance demands of refrigerated shipment temperature monitoring, as well as provide a strong, operationally driven ROI for carriers and private fleets."

About Alanco and StarTrak Systems

Alanco Technologies, Inc. provides wireless monitoring and asset management solutions through its StarTrak Systems subsidiary. StarTrak Systems is the dominant provider of tracking, monitoring and control services to the refrigerated or "Reefer" segment of the transportation marketplace, enabling customers to increase efficiency and reduce costs of the refrigerated supply chain. For more information, visit the Alanco website at www.alanco.com or StarTrak Systems at www.startrak.com.

About Qualcomm Enterprise Services

Qualcomm Enterprise Services has provided integrated wireless systems and services to transportation and logistics companies around the world since 1988. With more than 1.3 million mobile units shipped to businesses in 39 countries on four continents, Qualcomm Enterprise Services delivers the business insight these companies need in order to operate at peak performance and provide superior customer service. Backed by a global, 24/7, world-class technology infrastructure, Qualcomm Enterprise Services is positioned to meet and exceed the increasingly complex and business-critical needs of its more than 2,500 clients with superior customer care and professional services. For more information, visit the Qualcomm Enterprise Services website at www.qualcomm.com/qes.

Qualcomm Incorporated /quotes/comstock/15*!qcom/quotes/nls/qcom (QCOM 39.53, +0.42, +1.07%) is the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies. For 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of wireless communications, connecting people more closely to information, entertainment and each other. Today, Qualcomm technologies are powering the convergence of mobile communications and consumer electronics, making wireless devices and services more personal, affordable and accessible to people everywhere. For more information, visit the Qualcomm website at www.qualcomm.com.

Latest Alternative-Fuels Workshop Calls Attention to Today’s Available Clean Vehicles

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2010) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and the other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance continue their nationwide training program on alternative fuel at a workshop for fleet managers today in Casa Grande, Ariz.

This free workshop is the fifth in a series of 14 training seminars across the country made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Energy Department. The workshops cover alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, environmental impacts, and latest technologies.

Each workshop culminates with a ride-and-drive event that gives fleet managers a chance to get behind the wheel of vehicles that run on alternative fuels. A Roush-equipped propane-fueled Ford F-250 truck owned by Ferrellgas will be available for test-driving at the Casa Grande event.

“These workshops bring together four alternative fuel industries to train fleet managers on the choices and options available for fleet vehicles,” said Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “By encouraging wider use of propane and other alternative fuel vehicles, we significantly increase our nation’s environmental and energy security goals.”

The Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance consists of PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Fuels represented include propane, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

Each of the full-day collaborative workshops scheduled over the next two years will involve a site in the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program, which uses local coalitions to promote the use of alternative fuels such as propane. The Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition will host the Casa Grande workshop. A future workshop is scheduled for September 9 in Denver, with more dates and locations to be announced soon.

To register for a workshop or view a free online webcast, visit www.altfuelsalliance.org. For more information on PERC and its programs, visit www.propanecouncil.org.


Watertown, S.D. (July 16, 2010) – The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced approval of nearly $500,000 in funds for a California Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid retrofit project. The project, scheduled to be completed in January 2012, will retrofit 12 medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles with the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System. The HyPower™ technology can significantly reduce vehicle fuel consumption, lower engine emissions and minimize noise pollution when installed on utility service vehicles.

In collaboration with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and CALSTART, the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid Project is aligned with the goals of the CEC AB 118 program, which seeks to advance medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies in order to significantly reduce the demand for petroleum fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of this project is to demonstrate that vehicle fleets can transition to the HyPower™ Hybrid technology at a faster rate and with a much lower initial capital investment by retrofitting existing service vehicles rather than purchasing new ones.

“We are pleased to partner with the CEC, PG&E and CALSTART to move forward with the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid Project,” says Joe Caywood, marketing manager, Terex Utilities. “This retrofit project will make a significant impact in ‘greening’ service vehicle fleets quickly and efficiently. A primary benefit of the HyPower™ System is fuel savings. Immediate benefits of the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid system are reduced fuel consumption (600-1,000 gallons per year per vehicle) lowered CO2 emissions (6-10 metric tons per year per vehicle) and reduced worksite noise pollution.

The Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid System employs rechargeable batteries to provide power for aerial boom operation, cabin heating and air conditioning, as well as worksite lighting — virtually eliminating long stretches of engine run time. The Terex® hybrid technology replaces fuel consumption used when idling with stored electric energy. The HyPower™ System utilizes a standard electrical connection (110-V outlet) for recharging batteries, which enables service truck operators to use the electrical power grid as a primary recharging source.

“With the HyPower™ Hybrid System, Terex has not only paved the way for utility companies to ‘green’ their service vehicle fleets, but we’ve also created a technology that is easily transferrable to a vast number of other vehicles that operate auxiliary devices using standard power take-off (PTO),” says Caywood. “Hydraulically operated devices that use this technology could include garbage compactors on sanitation vehicles, winches on tow trucks and lifts on delivery trucks.”

A longer term benefit of this technology: The Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid Project will create and sustain full-time and temporary manufacturing and service positions in California. The Terex Sacramento Service Center will be the first center to train and support green professionals who install and utilize the HyPower™ System.

The CEC grant for the Terex® HyPower™ Hybrid Project matches an additional $2.4 million in private funds and in-kind contributions from PG&E and Terex.
For more information about the CEC AB 118 program, visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/PON-09-004_NOPA_rev.pdf

About the California Energy Commission
California is the world's fifth largest consumer of energy and ranks second in gasoline consumption only behind the whole United States. Today, California is a world leader in electricity created by renewable energy resources and has been at the forefront in energy efficiency. Directing how such a nation-state uses its energy has been the purpose of the California Energy Commission for more than a quarter of a century. The Energy Commission is the state's principal energy policy and planning organization. For more information, visit http://www.energy.ca.gov/index.html

About Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about.

HVIP is one of several projects operated by CALSTART, North America’s leading clean transportation technologies and solutions consortium. One key focus area for CALSTART has been the market introduction of clean, low-carbon solutions in medium and heavy-duty vehicles. CALSTART is a member-supported organization of more than 140 firms, fleets and agencies worldwide dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech, clean transportation industry that cleans the air, creates jobs, cuts imported oil and reduces global warming emissions. Visit www.calstart.org

About Terex
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer operating in four business segments: Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Terex Construction, Terex Cranes, and Terex Materials Processing. Terex manufactures a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, energy, refining, and utility industries. Terex offers a complete line of financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information on Terex can be found at www.terex.com.


DEARBORN, Mich., July 23, 2010 – Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reported second quarter 2010 net income of $2.6 billion, or 61 cents per share, a $338 million improvement from second quarter 2009, as each of its major business operations around the world recorded improved profits.

Excluding special items, Ford reported a pre-tax operating profit of $2.9 billion, or 68 cents per share, an improvement of $3.5 billion from a year ago and a $932 million improvement from the prior quarter, and the company’s best quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2004. Ford has posted an Automotive and total company pre-tax operating profit for four consecutive quarters.

Ford North America posted a second quarter pre-tax operating profit of $1.9 billion, a $2.8 billion improvement from second quarter 2009.

“We delivered a very strong second quarter and first half of 2010 and are ahead of where we thought we would be despite the still-challenging business conditions,” said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally. “We remain on track to deliver solid profits and positive Automotive operating-related cash flow for 2010, and we expect even better financial results in 2011.

“Our progress is being led by the strength of our new products and our leaner, global structure,” Mulally added. “Customers are responding to our strongest ever product lineup – a full family of vehicles with world-class quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value.”

Ford’s second quarter revenue was $31.3 billion, up $4.5 billion from the same period a year ago. Excluding Volvo revenue from 2009, Ford’s revenue in the second quarter was up $7.4 billion compared to 2009, or over 30 percent.

Automotive operating-related cash flow was positive $2.6 billion during the second quarter, primarily reflecting pre-tax operating profits and favorable changes in working capital.

Ford finished the second quarter with $21.9 billion in Automotive gross cash, a decrease of $3.4 billion since the first quarter, as a result of substantial debt reduction actions. Including available credit lines, total Automotive liquidity was $25.4 billion at the end of the quarter.

The company ended the second quarter with Automotive debt of $27.3 billion, down $7 billion in the quarter. The reduction included a $3.8 billion payment by Ford to the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, and a $3 billion repayment of Ford’s revolving credit facility. The debt reduction will save Ford more than $470 million in annualized interest savings.

Special items were an unfavorable pre-tax amount of $95 million in the second quarter. Ford recorded $229 million of personnel and dealer-related charges related primarily to the plan to discontinue production of the Mercury brand, which was offset partially by $94 million of favorable held-for-sale adjustments for Volvo and a $40 million gain related to the full pre-payment of Ford’s VEBA Note A debt obligation at a discount.

The first half cost associated with Mercury discontinuation and total U.S. dealer reductions is expected to be somewhat less than half of the total expected special item charges for these actions during the 2010 to 2011 period.

If Volvo had continued to be reported as an ongoing operation, Ford would have reported a second quarter pre-tax operating profit of $53 million for Volvo, representing a $290 million improvement compared to the second quarter of 2009.

“Our fundamental business is strong and we continue to gain momentum around the world,” said Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Profits improved across our global business operations in the second quarter and we made continued progress in paying down our debt and strengthening our balance sheet.”

Repair Shops Support Passage of Right to Repair Act

BOWIE, MD – July 22, 2010 – Passage of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act is critical to the long term survival of a competitive automotive repair industry, according to Paul Fiore, executive vice president of the Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT) which represents service station dealers and repair shops throughout the country.

“It is absolutely critical that an enforceable Right to Repair bill be enacted,” said Fiore. “Many of our members have small businesses that have been in their family for generations. They are not seeking an unfair advantage, nor are they looking for access to the proprietary information protected by the bill. They simply seek equal access to safety and repair information from the carmakers. Our membership overwhelmingly supports the bill because they want to be able to compete fairly now and, more importantly, in the future.”

The right to repair bill protects consumer choice and saves drivers money by requiring big automobile manufacturers like Toyota, GM, Ford and others to share relevant repair and safety information with local neighborhood automotive technicians and repair shops. The bill also provides strong protections for automobile manufacturers’ proprietary information. “We don’t need to know how they build their vehicles, just how to repair them,” Fiore stated.

Right to repair bills have been introduced in many states including the Massachusetts Right to Repair bill which was introduced by state Sen. Stephen J. Buoniconti, D-West Springfield and Rep. Garrett J. Bradley, D-Hingham. Following passage by an overwhelming majority in the Massachusetts Senate, the bill is awaiting a final vote in the House of Representatives. The pending legislation has the support of an impressive array of state organizations including AAA of Southern New England which has over two million members.

At the federal level, the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (S 3181) was recently introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS). The House version of the bill was introduced by Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA) and currently has 68 cosponsors. To learn more about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.rightorepair.org or www.massrighttorepair.com.

About SSDA-AT:
Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT) is a national association composed of individual and state affiliate associations representing service station dealers, repair facilities, car washes and convenience stores. For over 58 years, SSDA-AT has worked for the betterment of its members as a voice on Capitol Hill, with federal regulators, with the media, in the courts, and with suppliers. For more information, visit www.ssda-at.org.

Firestone Industrial Products Achieves Internationally Recognized TS Certification at Brazil Facility

INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2010) — Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC’s air spring manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has earned ISO/TS 16949 certification.

“The company’s certification reinforces Firestone Industrial Products’ commitment to producing high-quality products for our customers,” said Acacio Santos, Brazil plant general manager. “We remain diligent in our efforts to supply the global air spring market with superior products that meet an internationally recognized set of requirements.”

ISO/TS 16949 is a technical specification, created by the International Automotive Task Force, to align quality system standards for automotive products worldwide. To achieve certification, the plant developed a comprehensive quality management system, specific to automotive suppliers, which underwent an independent audit.

The Brazil manufacturing plant is the third Firestone Industrial Products facility to earn TS Certification. The company’s Williamsburg, Ky., and Wolsztyn, Poland, facilities also have achieved the international certification.

About Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC:
Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC, a subsidiary of Firestone Diversified Products LLC, specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 70 years of research and development on technologically advanced air springs. Its famous Airide™ brand has set the standard for air spring manufacturing and technology since 1939. For more information, visit www.firestoneip.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010


DEARBORN, Mich., July 22, 2010 – The reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer – designed and built in the United States – will do more than redefine how Americans think of SUVs. The all-new vehicle will bring more than 600 new supplier jobs in addition to the 1,200 Ford positions being added. The 2011 Explorer also will be exported to more than 90 countries after it goes into production later this year.

“The economic impact of the new Explorer will benefit hundreds of American communities,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Not only does the new Explorer change the game for SUVs, it will help boost the American economy by fueling jobs and new investments.”

The new Explorer will be produced at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant later this year as a result of a $400 million investment that is adding 1,200 new jobs at the plant.

Key suppliers to the Explorer are investing in new facilities, adding shifts and hiring for more than 600 jobs in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Each automotive job is estimated to generate an additional 10 indirect jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research data. That means Explorer could help create up to 12,000 new jobs overall.

“Suppliers across the country are stepping up to the challenge of building the next Explorer,” said Tony Brown, group vice president, Ford Global Purchasing. “There are more than 100 companies in 23 states that will produce parts and components for the 2011 Explorer and hundreds more indirect suppliers beyond that.”

Suppliers adding jobs come from across Ford’s supply base and include members of the company’s minority- and women-owned business groups. They include:

* Dakkota Integrated Systems (fascia and headliners), adding jobs in Illinois and Michigan
* Johnson Controls (door trim panels and fascia components), adding jobs in Michigan
* Key Safety Systems (restraints), adding jobs in Michigan
* Lear Corporation (seats), adding jobs in Indiana
* NYX (interior hard-trim), adding jobs in Michigan
* Piston Automotive (cooling modules), adding jobs in Illinois
* Tower Automotive (body stampings), adding jobs in Illinois
* ZF Lemforder (chassis modules), adding jobs in Illinois

American workers also will benefit from Explorer’s popularity overseas. The iconic SUV is Ford’s most exported North American product and has helped secure U.S. jobs in a time of economic turmoil.

The new Explorer is expected to maintain that leading export role as the company raises expectations for U.S. sales based on the vehicle’s outstanding combination of fuel efficiency, capability, safety and technology. The new Explorer will be exported to up to 90 countries, assisting with Ford’s overall efforts to increase exports from North America. This also supports President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports during the next five years.

Ford is revealing the all-new Explorer on Monday in a variety of ways to introduce as many audiences as possible to the reinvented SUV, including extensive use of social media.

The new Explorer goes on sale this winter. It will feature class-leading fuel economy – with an improvement of more than 30 percent versus the current Explorer – plus industry-first safety features, such as inflatable rear seat belts and Curve Control, as well as cutting-edge technology innovations like MyFord Touch™ and world-class craftsmanship.

Kinedyne Appoints Sales Representative for Eastern Canada

TORONTO, CANADA (July 21, 2010) – Kinedyne Canada Limited recently appointed Robert Mitchell Hynes, of Pierrefonds, Quebec, as the new sales representative for its Eastern Canada region. In this role, Hynes provides leadership and coordination of company sales, pricing, and marketing functions within Ontario, Quebec, and throughout the Maritime Provinces

Hynes works in conjunction with Robert J. Spooner, Kinedyne’s director of sales for Canada, to implement pricing, sales, and marketing strategies. Before joining Kinedyne – a world leader in cargo securement products for the transportation industry – Hynes held sales positions for such companies as Tenaquip Canada, Bell Nexxia, and Atlantic Braids, Inc., and also worked as regional sales manager for Amdocs Customer Service Management.

“With his extensive professional background, I’m confident Robert will be a major asset for our sales team,” comments Spooner. “I’ve been particularly impressed by his insights related to developing new sales strategies in his territory.”

A graduate of John Abbott College, with a Diplome d’Etudes Collegial (DEC) degree in business administration, Hynes has professional expertise in monitoring and analyzing sales and marketing activity, interacting with clients, and sharing information related to products and regulatory requirements.

About Kinedyne Corporation
Founded in 1968, Kinedyne Corporation is the world leader in manufacturing and distributing cargo control products for the transportation industry. The company maintains the top market share in several industry sectors through the development and engineering of a high-quality product offering, which features more than 5,000 items, including multiple patented products. Kinedyne products service users that include OEM’s, fleet operators and independent owner/operators. The company serves several markets including Heavy Duty Trucking, Government & Military, Farm & Agricultural, Moving & Storage, Automotive and Recreational Vehicles.

Headquartered in Branchburg, NJ, the company operates facilities in Lawrence, KS, Prattville, AL, and Reno, NV. In addition, it is the parent company for a worldwide operations group including Kinedyne Canada Limited (Canada) and Nantong Kinedyne Ltd. (China), and its affiliate Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. (Mexico).


ATLANTA – Manheim is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its General Motors Dealer Lane program by adding the lane’s first-ever monthly Online Event Sale on OVE.com. The first open sale will run Friday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST and include more than 300 late-model, low-mileage units from GM franchised dealers, giving buyers convenient access to the freshest possible General Motors Dealer Lane pre-owned inventory straight from dealership lots.

Launched just a year ago, The General Motors Dealer Lane program has been on the fast track to success. The lane is now offered at 24 Manheim locations around the country. The expansion to OVE.com Online Event Sales means all dealers now have the opportunity to purchase these late-model, low-mileage units in any manner that they choose from Manheim.

The General Motors Dealer Lane vehicles are the cream of the crop – no older than five years with 75,000 miles or less on the odometer. Every vehicle in the Online Event Sale follows the same criteria as the in-lane vehicles, and the vehicles offered online come with a Manheim-approved Condition Report (CR) and guaranteed satisfaction through Manheim’s Online Buy Back Policy.*

“The success of The General Motors Dealer Lane program is due in large part to [Manheim’s] excellent customer service,” said Blake Hubbard, used car manager, Maher Chevy in St. Petersburg, Fla. “The Manheim team strives to build long-term, repeat customers instead of one-time buyers, which increases our confidence in both the quality of the cars and the entire buying process.”

To-date, approximately 21 percent of all Manheim vehicles are sold to online buyers and OVE.com’s average monthly volume through June 2010 is up 38 percent over 2009’s average monthly volume. The efficiency and ease of buying online is an increasingly popular solution for time- and inventory-constrained dealers.

“Manheim has seen great success in-lane with The General Motors Dealer Lane program,” said Debbie Conrad, executive director, General Motors Dealer Business. “We are excited to be expanding The General Motors Dealer Lane program to include a monthly Online Event Sale so all dealers will have their choice of channels to pick from when sourcing late-model, low- mileage inventory from The General Motors Dealer Lane program.”

The General Motors Dealer Lane Online Event Sale will be held on Friday, July 23, on OVE.com from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special preview began on July 21. Dealers can access The General Motors Dealer Lane sale, as well as other Manheim Online Event Sales, by clicking on the Daily Sales calendar on www.manheim.com.

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 130 worldwide wholesale operating locations, Manheim impacts every stage of a used vehicle’s life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.

Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world’s largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and online offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visitors each week.

Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. In 2009, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Audi celebrates 2 million U.S. sales; imagines how cars will look when it achieves 3 million in sales

HERNDON, Va., Jul 20, 2010 - The momentum that propelled Audi to record U.S. sales in the first half of 2010 also helped it achieve the benchmark of 2 million vehicles sold to American luxury car consumers.

The milestone came in late June with the sale of an Audi A3 TDI®, the reigning 2010 Green Car of the Year, to a customer at Keyes Audi in Van Nuys, Calif. The transaction involving a first-time Audi buyer illustrated how American luxury car buyers are moving Audi to the top of their shopping lists due to its roster of progressive models offering leading-edge technology and exceptional efficiency.

“The story of Audi in the U.S. is really a story written by the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve invited our brand into their lives,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “We’re grateful for those opportunities.”

Audi of America began offering its luxury cars to U.S. consumers 40 years ago with the Audi Super 90 and the Audi 100. It expects to reach its next million-car milestone in fewer years. This is because U.S. consumer awareness and consideration survey scores are at record levels and because of previously announced plans by AUDI AG to offer a broader lineup of vehicles to meet changing consumer demands. Since 2000, Audi has doubled its model count in the U.S. market and tripled the number of variants it offers.

Over the years, the evolution of the Audi brand has brought advances considered ahead of the competition in aerodynamics, all-wheel-drive with the introduction of quattro®, clean diesel and other technologies. The 2 million Audis sold in the U.S. include breakthrough models, such as the Coupe quattro, the Audi 5000, the Audi V8, the Audi A4, the Audi TT, the Audi R8, the Audi Q5 crossover, the Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel and the all-new Audi A8 flagship coming out in November.

Audi concept cars suggest there are indeed more progressive innovations and designs to come from Audi, including the e-tron electromobility studies.

To mark the achievement of reaching 2 million U.S. sales, Audi is using social media to invite auto enthusiasts to imagine how Audi vehicles and personal transportation will appear when the brand reaches 3 million in sales. That discussion can be found at facebook.com/audi under “Driver’s Spotlight” and Facebook fans are encouraged to submit renderings depicting their visions of the future.

Audi of America, Inc. and its 272 U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2009 Audi outsold all other luxury brands in Europe, while in the U.S. market Audi posted the largest market share gain of any luxury automotive brand. Between 2010 and 2012 the Audi Group is planning to invest around 5.5 billion Euros, mainly in new products, in order to sustain the Company’s technological lead. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.


MIAMI – (July 20, 2010) – Do people believe they can get away with a traffic violation based on what they drive? Conventional wisdom says people with nicer vehicles get all the breaks, but a new LeaseTrader.com survey says the nicer a person’s car, the more likely they believe they will get caught.

A nationwide online marketplace for car leases, LeaseTrader.com recently polled roughly 2017 drivers across America to find out if they believe they can get away with a traffic violation based on what they drive. The company polled drivers on their likelihood of getting tickets for speeding, red light infractions, parking fines, and illegal u-turn. The survey was comprised of drivers in four different sets of vehicles (examples):

Economy (Ford Focus, Chevy Cobalt)
Mid-Size (Honda Accord, Toyota Camry)
SUV/Truck (Chevy Tahoe, Ford F-150)
Luxury (BMW 7 Series, Mercedes M Class)

The survey showed that luxury drivers across the board feel they get away with less compared with the other three sets of drivers. 63.2 percent of luxury drivers feel they will get a speeding ticket if they travel 10 miles per hour faster than the limit, compared with mid-size drivers (45.8%), economy drivers (28.2%) and SUV/truck drivers (41.2%). People leasing luxury cars feel they have a false sense of entitlement when it comes to speeding.

Drivers of economy vehicles also feel they’re least likely to get a ticket running a red light (15.7%), including new red light cameras, because of a blend-in syndrome where they feel their cars don’t stand out as much as the rest. Drivers of luxury vehicles again were highest (62.1%) followed by SUV/Truck (43.6%) and mid-size (35.7%).

Luxury drivers felt differently when it came to parking fines, however, with many feeling (72.5%) they wouldn’t receive a ticket for parking illegally, possibly because of a feeling of entitlement. Mid-size drivers were next (62.8%) followed by economy drivers (54.2%). Only a few SUV/truck drivers feel they wouldn’t get a parking ticket (21.4%).

About LeaseTrader.com
LeaseTrader.com, the most recognized name in car leasing, easily and affordably matches car shoppers with individuals looking to escape their auto lease. Privately held and founded in 1998, LeaseTrader.com is headquartered in Miami. For more information visit www.LeaseTrader.com, on Twitter @Lease_Trader, or call 800-770-0207.

Rent-A-Center Names Eric McCartney Vice President of Fleet Management

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, today announced the appointment of Eric McCartney to vice president of fleet management. Reporting to Dave West, executive vice president of operational services, McCartney is charged with developing and implementing the strategy for design requirements, replacing and reselling, fleet maintenance and fuel programs for Rent-A-Center’s fleet of vehicles. “Eric has done an
exceptional job managing a fleet of more than 6,400 vehicles that support our store and product-service operations,” said West.

A native of Plano, Texas, McCartney began his career with Rent-A-Center in January 1997 in store operations. In January 1999, McCartney moved to Rent-A-Center’s corporate headquarters as fleet manager. In 2007 he was promoted to director of fleet.

Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates approximately 3,000 company-owned stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico. The stores offer high-quality, durable goods such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories under flexible rental-purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period. ColorTyme, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rent-A-Center, is a national franchiser of approximately 215 rent-to-own stores operating under the trade name of "ColorTyme."

Fleet Veteran Jack Pierce Joins Hourglass Management Corporation Team

DENVER, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hourglass Management Corporation (HMC), an industry leader focused on strategic consultation and best practices within the Automotive Remarketing, Financing and Fleet Management industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Pierce to Vice President, Business Development.

In this role, Pierce is responsible for creating new business opportunities across HMC's suite of companies, including Flexco Fleet Services (FFS), Innovative Funding Services (IFS) and Fleet Direct. Pierce reports directly to Ron Shoemaker, President and CEO.

Ron Shoemaker shared, "Jack's credentials, experience and laser focus will be critical as we work to expand and improve efficiencies and synergies among our portfolio of companies. Clearly our clients will benefit substantially from his contributions on our team and Jack will play an integral role in continuing to expand our breadth of services and overall corporate footprint."

Pierce brings nearly 15 years of expertise and experience to HMC. Prior to joining the company, Pierce spent six years with LeasePlan USA where he served in various capacities including Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Vice President, Operations. His time in these positions allowed him to take part in some very cutting edge company projects and initiatives.

Jack Pierce said, "After a long and very fulfilling tenure at some of the best known fleet management companies, I am looking forward to applying my skill set in a fast moving environment where we can really add value and efficiencies to fleet and remarketing initiatives at some very dynamic organizations. I am thoroughly impressed by the caliber of talent that Hourglass Management has brought together and look forward to an exciting year."

In addition, Pierce's experience includes business development roles with General Motors as well as sales and operations positions with GE Capital Fleet Services. Pierce also earned the rank of Sergeant, E-5, with the United States Marine Corps.

About Hourglass Management

Hourglass Management Corporation (HMC) is an industry leader focused on strategic consultation and best practices within the Automotive Remarketing, Financing and Fleet Management industries. HMC seeks to provide value to its customers and partners through the creation of strategic alliances and the development of new and innovative products supported by the suite of companies it represents: FFS, IFS, and Fleet Direct.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rothsay Fuels Change With Biodiesel Fleet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jul 16, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) today applauded Rothsay Biodiesel, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc, for fueling positive change with its on road use of made-in-Canada biodiesel.

Rothsay announced today that its program to fuel its own fleets with biodiesel blends reduced carbon output by approximately 700 metric tonnes in 2009 - the equivalent to removing approximately 130 cars from the road.

"Rothsay's on-road fleet experience is proof of the positive benefits of blending biodiesel in Canada. In everyday use and all weather conditions, Rothsay's biodiesel delivered top performance and, importantly, reduced the harmful greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and smog that is associated with fossil diesel use," said CRFA Chair Doug Hooper.

Three of Rothsay's truck fleets have been fuelled with biodiesel blends since 2009, bringing the total number of trucks in the fleet program to 137. In 2009, the fleets consumed more than 2.3 million litres of biodiesel blends, and travelled a combined 5.4 million kilometres at an average blend rate of 9.2 per cent with no mechanical issues or decrease in mileage.

Rothsay biodiesel is a unique renewable fuel made by converting animal fats and recycled cooking oils into an environmentally sustainable alternative fuel that reduces harmful greenhouse gases (GHG), and can be used in all diesel engines today without modification.

AmeriQuest Transportation Services Promotes Jim Guice to Executive Vice President

CHERRY HILL, NJ, July 16, 2010 – AmeriQuest Transportation Services, a leading provider of transportation management services, announced today it has promoted Jim Guice to Executive Vice President. He will report to Doug Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer.
In this new role, Guice is responsible for the company's Financial Services, Remarketing, and Aggregated Procurement operations, which have experienced record growth over the past two years.
"Under Jim’s leadership, AmeriQuest has experienced phenomenal growth across key areas of the business. In the past year, AmeriQuest has doubled its Aggregated Procurement sales force and tripled its Financial Services sales force. We now have one of the best teams in the industry, and I am confident in Jim’s ability to lead AmeriQuest to record growth targets,” said Clark. “It is clear the services AmeriQuest provides are of significant value and very much in demand. As we continue to grow, AmeriQuest will be actively seeking to acquire companies that complement our business model.”

Prior to his position as Executive Vice President, Guice served as Senior Vice President of AmeriQuest since 2004. He has more than 35 years of trucking industry leadership experience, including the startup and growth of the nation’s largest independent used truck, tractor, and trailer sales organization. He also spent 28 years in senior management with Ryder System, Inc.

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
AmeriQuest is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of over 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides supply management services, asset management services, material handling services, financing, technology products, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, integrated logistics, and contract maintenance. More information can be found at ameriquestcorp.com or by calling 877-608-0809.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Dearborn, Mich., July 15, 2009 –Ford received five segment awards, more than any other brand, in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. The closely watched survey measures customer satisfaction in design, content, and vehicle performance.

In June, the Ford brand achieved the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands in J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS). For the second consecutive year Ford was the only non-premium brand to achieve above industry average scores in both J.D. Power’s IQS and APEAL studies.

In this year’s APEAL survey, owners of the 2010 Ford Fusion, Taurus, Flex, Expedition and Explorer Sport Trac, rated these vehicles highest in their respective segments for vehicle appeal, which is comprised of style, comfort, performance and other vehicle attributes.

“It’s a significant accomplishment to do so well in APEAL on the heels of receiving high marks from J.D. Power on initial quality,” said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, Global Quality and New Model Launches. “The APEAL results stand as another proof point that Ford is redefining quality. We know it’s not enough to build defect-free cars and trucks. We move to the next step by delivering an experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations with features they would expect to find only in high-priced luxury lines.”

APEAL surveys customers on what they like about the performance, execution and layout of their new vehicle after the first three months it is in service. Customers rate their level of “gratification” on a variety of vehicle attributes, including safety, fuel economy, cargo space, roominess and exterior styling.

“At Ford, we are accelerating the development of vehicles customers will fall in love with at first sight and grow even fonder of over time,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “To deliver on that promise, our goal is nothing less than product excellence in design, feature content, safety and quality at an exceptional value.”

Since “gratification” is difficult to define and even harder to measure, Ford looked for new ways to understand how customers define it. Researchers combed through surveys, looked at historical trends and studied customer satisfaction rates. They spoke with people who recommended Ford to their friends, and to those who dismissed the brand out of hand. By discovering what makes customers feel good about their cars, Ford was able to develop customer-driven standards—Ford’s product DNA.

This strict set of guidelines is designed and built into every vehicle for a consistent feel and sound that is unmistakably Ford.

This “emotional engineering,” which focuses on the senses of sight, sound and touch, is helping Ford deliver vehicles that are satisfying to own and drive.

To add structure to the efforts to build in a Ford DNA strategy and increase customer satisfaction, Ford focuses its quality efforts in three main categories:

* Basic quality – the fundamental reliability of a vehicle.
* Performance quality – includes attributes such as fuel economy and quietness
* Excitement quality – those unexpected convenience features that surprise and delight the customers.

Ford is working to extend customer quality satisfaction beyond durability and functionality to excitement quality – the parts of the vehicle that surprise and delight. Excitement quality includes features from seats specially designed for comfort, to materials and surfaces that look good and feel right, and interiors with ambiance and innovative exterior paints.

The ownership experience is also enhanced by features such as MyFordTouch in-car connectivity technology, multi-contoured massaging seats, changeable ambient interior lighting, and refined sound quality.

“When applying the three categories of quality, it’s never about either/or; it’s all three,” said Kuzak. “We’re still consumed with basic quality, but we’re now also very focused on providing appeal and excitement to meet customers’ desires.”

New PlastiKote Catalog Now Available

Chicago, Ill. – July 15, 2010 – The new PlastiKote product catalog is now available. Featuring the complete line of premium PlastiKote automotive aerosol paints and coatings, the catalog also contains sections highlighting non-automotive specific products from the Valspar and Quikrete lines.

“When we launched the new PlastiKote earlier this year, one of our goals was to provide our customers with an informative and easy-to-use catalog,” said Lance S. Bunch, category manager of automotive aftermarkets and industrial distribution MRO for Valspar. “We have achieved that with our new catalog. The new PlastiKote catalog gives our customers a great resource that they can use to find out detailed information about our various products.”

The new PlastiKote catalog features:

• Color-coded table of contents and pages by product group for easy readability

• In-depth product descriptions

• Color swatches showing various color options for each product

• Section on Valspar brands including Anti-Rust and Tractor & Implement products

• Section on Quikrete floor coating products

For more information on the new PlastiKote and its products, visit www.PlastiKote.com or call 866-222-8714. Also, please visit the Valspar/PlastiKote booth (#4221) at the AAPEX Show, Nov. 2-4 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

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 www.PlastiKote.com.

A Drive to Customize - Beep! Automotive Ad Network Launches Custom Site Lists for Auto Manufacturers

JENKINTOWN, Pa., July 15, 2010 -- Goodway Group's Beep!
Automotive Ad Network (http://www.beepautomotive.com) announced today its removal of standard site list limits, creating a custom site list for every automotive brand.

A popular point of differentiation when choosing an ad network is the value of its "site list." However, not all of the sites on a global site list will be relevant to a particular brand, forcing customers to put in more effort and budget to determine which channels should be eliminated.

Goodway Group's Beep! Automotive Ad Network helps clients start five steps ahead in a campaign by running its global site list against daily consumer digital behavior data from Compete, Inc. to determine which sites will provide the best match for a brand prior to the campaign launch.

"It's time we move beyond run-of-network campaigns and global site lists in a category as substantial as automotive," said Goodway Group COO Jay Friedman. "We are excited to shatter the limits of standard site lists and give brands an instant edge, all without compromising attractive pricing or transparency."

Ad networks have grown in popularity in recent years for offering a significant price advantage over buying from sites directly. Beep! Automotive is the first ad network dedicated fully to the automotive retail vertical. Beep!
Automotive reveals where auto shoppers are actively engaging online and then layers the user-specific data to target the campaign specific to a brand's customer profile.

About Goodway Group

Goodway Group is a third-generation, 80-year-old marketing services company that owns and operates three ad networks, Beep! Automotive, SWAY Political and IvyPixel. With more than 30 years of specialized experience in retail marketing, Goodway brings and applies its wealth of experience in retail marketing to online media to deliver measurable, effective results.

The company headquarters are located in Jenkintown, PA, just 10 miles north of Philadelphia, with regional offices located in Austin, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. For more information, visit http://www.goodwaygroup.com.


DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2010 – Ford Motor Company today announced key executive appointments to further sharpen its senior leadership team’s focus on the “One Ford” plan and to support the company’s growth around the world.

The changes affect Ford’s Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Ford of Europe, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, and Latin American operations. The moves include:

* John Fleming, 58, Ford executive vice president currently serving dual roles as Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe and head of Global Manufacturing and Labor affairs, will lead the company’s Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs operations.
* Stephen Odell, 55, currently CEO of Volvo Cars, is appointed a Ford group vice president and succeeds Fleming as chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe.
* Stuart Rowley, 43, chief financial officer of Volvo, becomes chief financial officer, Ford of Europe.

All three appointments will be effective upon the closing of Ford’s sale of Volvo to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Limited, expected to occur later this quarter.

Jim Farley, 48, currently Ford group vice president, Global Marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations, will take an expanded role as Ford’s global leader for marketing, sales and service around the world. This marks the first time Ford has a single global leader for marketing, sales and service. The move is effective Aug. 1.

In parallel, Ford is reorganizing its operations in Canada, Mexico and South America. Effective Aug. 1, Eduardo Serrano, 50, currently president and CEO of Ford of Mexico, is appointed executive director, Latin America, with responsibility for the company’s operations in Mexico and South America. David Mondragon will continue as president, Ford of Canada. Both Serrano and Mondragon will report to Mark Fields, Ford executive vice president and president of the Americas.

“These moves allow us to strengthen our global team as we accelerate our One Ford plan and continue to profitably grow serving our customers around the world,” said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally.

Fleming to lead Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Fleming was named CEO of Ford of Europe in 2005 and added the title of chairman in October 2008. He took on the added responsibilities as Ford’s head of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs in December 2009.

Fleming will be based in Dearborn, Mich., and will oversee Ford’s Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs operations at a critical time for new global product introductions around the world, rapid expansion in growth markets and labor negotiations in several global markets that are critical to the company’s competitiveness.

“During the past five years, John’s strong leadership has been critical to Ford of Europe’s continued product and financial resurgence,” Mulally said. “As a world-class manufacturing executive, he will play an equally vital role as we drive toward industry leadership in efficient, high quality manufacturing worldwide and work with our labor unions to remain fully competitive with the best in the world.”

Fleming joined Ford in 1967 in manufacturing. He oversees the operations of 80 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants around the world and also is responsible for the company’s worldwide engineering support for stamping, vehicle and powertrain manufacturing.

Odell to lead Ford of Europe
Odell takes over as chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe after leading a significant restructuring and successful financial turnaround at Volvo Cars, where he has been president since October 2008. During that period, he also shepherded the company through an extremely complex sale process that required intense focus on sustaining momentum during an uncertain time.

Prior to leading Volvo, Odell served as vice president and chief operating officer, Ford of Europe and, before that, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, and senior managing executive officer, marketing, sales and customer services, Mazda Motor Corporation. He joined Ford of Britain in 1980 as a graduate trainee.

“Stephen did an outstanding job leading Volvo back to profitability and has a strong record of delivering results for Ford of Europe,” Mulally said. “We are thrilled that he will be returning to lead Ford of Europe to build upon the tremendous foundation of great products and profitable growth we have in the region.”

Odell will lead the Ford of Europe team responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 51 individual markets, as well as Ford’s Export Operations & Global Growth Initiatives. This year, Ford of Europe plans to reveal or introduce more than 11 new models and derivatives, along with a host of new, customer-focused technologies.
Rowley, currently chief financial officer of Volvo, becomes chief financial officer, Ford of Europe, after the sale of Volvo closes. Concurrently, Bryan Myers, who has served as acting chief financial officer, Ford of Europe, since the end of 2009, will return to his previous role as controller, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.

Farley to lead Global Marketing, Sales and Service
Farley has led Ford’s Global Marketing operations since he joined the company in November 2007. In September 2009, Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America were added to his responsibilities and today the regions are well positioned for continued growth.

Under Farley’s leadership, Ford is creating a strengthened Global Marketing, Sales and Service operation to complement its Global Product Development, Global Manufacturing and Global Purchasing operations, as the company moves to further improve its brands image globally and launches an unprecedented number of vehicles. Farley will work closely with Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, to further develop Ford’s complete family of world class vehicles that customers want and value.

“As we accelerate our profitable growth plan around the world, it is critical that we build a world-class global marketing, sales and service operation. There is no one better to lead this effort than Jim Farley,” Mulally said. “Jim has been instrumental in building the Ford brand to unprecedented strength in North America, and we are fortunate to have his experience and expertise to accelerate this progress globally.”

Annual Survey of Equipment Finance Activity Shows Unprecedented Decline of 30.3% in New Business Volume in 2009

Washington, DC, July 14, 2010— The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) today released its 2010 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA), which shows that new business volume among a sample of the ELFA member companies declined 30.3 percent in 2009, in contrast to a 2.2 percent decline in 2008. Pre-tax income and net income, in dollar terms, declined by 55.7 percent and 54.4 percent, respectively. Decreases in revenues and total headcount were only 13.8 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively.

For the first time in the past 10 years of the SEFA, weighted average return on equity (ROE) was in the single digits at 5.2 percent, a decline from 11 percent in 2008. Return on assets (ROA) declined by half, falling to 0.6 percent from 1.2 percent during the year-earlier period.

“Not surprisingly, industry performance data for 2009 mirrored the difficult conditions prevalent in the broader U.S. economy,” commented ELFA President Woody Sutton. “Fortunately, it appears the worst is behind us: More recent data collected during the past two quarters suggests a gradually improving U.S. economy extends to the equipment leasing and finance sector.”

The SEFA is the broadest compendium of industry data, comprising a representative cross-section of equipment lease and loan origination by product, structure and origination. It provides a baseline and benchmark for companies operating in the equipment finance space through a voluntary survey of ELFA member companies. In the 2010 SEFA project, 100 reporting entities participated in the survey as compared to 122 the prior year.

Independent equipment finance organizations had the largest decline in new business volume with a rate of 46.3 percent, while new business volume for Banks and Captives declined by 26.1 percent and 20.9 percent, respectively. From an asset perspective, new business volume by equipment type declined for all categories with transportation and construction equipment hardest hit and computer equipment investment close behind. Similar trends were seen in equipment investment by end-user industry with construction, utilities and services showing the sharpest declines.

Other key findings:
• Portfolio Performance. Equipment finance organizations report average charge-offs of 1.6 percent of the average net lease receivables balance, up from 0.7 percent in 2008. Receivables over 90 days rose to 1.4 percent from 1.0 percent the prior year.
• Margins. Average pre-tax yield decreased to 7.15 percent from 7.29 percent in 2008. Average cost of funds were lower at 3.30 percent, down from 4.21 percent in 2008. Pre-tax spreads increased to an average of 3.85 percent from 3.08 percent in 2008.
• Lease Applications Processed. Total number of applications submitted (1.87 million) is down from 2008 (1.96 million), with the number of applications approved (66.9 percent) also declining when compared to the previous year (72.5 percent).
• Workforce. Total number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees declined in all types of equipment finance organizations. Headcount of Independents fell 9.7 percent, while Bank and Captive FTEs declined 5.3 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.

Once again, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP managed the survey for the ELFA, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and quality of the submitted data and results.

The 2010 SEFA is available for purchase at http://www.elfaonline.org/cvweb_elfa/cgi-bin/msascartlist.dll/ProductInfo?productcd=RSEFA2010. SEFA survey participants may receive the report at no charge.

Old Dominion Earns Logistics Management’s ‘2010 Quest for Quality Award’

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 2010) – Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has earned Logistics Management’s “2010 Quest for Quality Award” in a pair of categories – Expedited Motor Carriers and Multiregional LTL Carriers.

This year’s awards – part of the 27th Annual Quest for Quality Survey of Logistics Management readers, which include buyers of logistics and transportation services – will be featured in the magazine’s August issue. The industry-wide survey recognizes the leading providers of transportation services.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award as it validates the promise of reliable service that we make for every shipment we deliver,” said David Congdon, Old Dominion’s president and CEO. “Our quest is never-ending, and while we rejoice in this honor, we do not let it slow our drive to innovate or our aim to provide the highest-quality service possible.”

The Expedited Motor Carriers award was presented to OD-Expedited while the Multiregional LTL Carriers honor was bestowed to the entire company.
OD-Expedited provides daily on-time deliveries, guaranteed deliveries within normal transit times and time-specific deliveries, including air service, tailored to customers’ needs.

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

About Old Dominion Freight Line
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a national less-than-truckload motor carrier providing one-to-five day service among six regions in the United States and next-day and second-day service within these regions. Through its four product groups, OD-Domestic, OD-Expedited, OD-Global and OD-Technology, the Company offers an array of innovative products and services that provide direct service to 48 states within the Southeast, Gulf Coast, Northeast, Midwest, Central and West regions of the country. In addition to domestic less-than-truckload services, the Company offers assembly and distribution services as well as LCL and FCL delivery services to and from all of North America, Central America, South America and the Far East. The Company also offers a broad range of expedited and logistical services for both its domestic and global markets, and for more than 75 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Increases Customer Support with New Dealership in Shartlesville

SHARTLESVILLE, Pa., July 14, 2010 – Kenworth of Pennsylvania has expanded its operation with a new full-service dealership in Shartlesville that provides truck operators comfortable driver amenities, easier accessibility and a wide selection of new Kenworth trucks.

A member of the Kenworth dealer network of more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada, Kenworth of Pennsylvania-Shartlesville is conveniently located at Exit 23 off U.S. Interstate 78, a major east/west highway that crosses Pennsylvania and connects with New York City.

The 25,000 square-foot full-service facility is located on a nearly 8-acre site. The dealership has five drive-through bays. One bay is dedicated for truck washing and preventive and express maintenance services, including Kenworth PremierCare(R) ExpressLube.

“Our new location in Shartlesville is the second new facility we’ve opened in the past two years,” said Gary Mitchell, president of Kenworth of Pennsylvania, which also operates dealerships in Carlisle, Clintonville, Dunmore, and New Stanton, Pa. “Kenworth of Pennsylvania is committed to supporting customers across Pennsylvania with state-of-the-art facilities in easy-to-find locations that provide ample parking. The Shartlesville dealership is conveniently located across the street from a new, major truck stop.”

The dealership offers Kenworth PremierCare(R) parts and service programs; PacLease services such as customized full-service leasing programs and truck rentals; and PACCAR Financial support through flexible retail loans, leases and insurance products for the transportation industry. The Shartlesville dealership offers a wide selection of heavy and medium duty trucks.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania – Shartlesville is located at 16 Motel Drive. The dealership is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 610-488-1660 or toll-free at 877-242-9320. The dealer website is www.kwofpa.com. Key personnel include: Bill Sims, general manager; Todd Kauffman, new truck sales manager; Troy Morgan, parts manager; and Bob Green, service manager.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. In 2009, Kenworth became the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth. A PACCAR Company.

Kinedyne introduces Steadymate® line of Recreational Vehicle tie-downs to U.S. market

BRANCHBURG, NJ (July 14, 2010) – Kinedyne Corporation, the worldwide leader in cargo control for the trucking industry, is now offering something new – a high quality line of tie-downs specifically designed to meet the needs of consumers who own and transport recreational vehicles. The company recently introduced the Steadymate® line to U.S. customers as part of the launch of their new 2010 catalog of load securement solutions.

A top seller in Canada for more than five years, this four-season line of tie-downs and securement point hardware is now available to Kinedyne distributors throughout the United States.

Steadymate products were designed for consumers who buy tie-downs from Aftermarket Parts dealers focused on the Utility and Recreational user segments. The line will also be sold through a network of Power Sports Equipment dealers who service motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, snow-mobile and boat owners. The launch of Steadymate to the U.S. market will also focus on the Retail Automotive Aftermarket channel, featuring products designed for off-road enthusiasts including cargo nets, tow straps and cargo bars.

“The launch of Steadymate in the U.S. market represents a great opportunity,” observes Larry Harrison, Kinedyne’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our research showed there was not a recognizable brand in the marketplace and no true four-season solution that covered trailers and pickup trucks.”

In fact, the benefit of purchasing a Steadymate product is two-fold. First, the system will help ensure the safe arrival of valuable equipment – be it a power boat, a motorcycle or a lawn mower – through technology designed to prevent damage during transport. Second, thanks to their exceptional strength, Steadymate products help avert slippage or outright failure that can injure people and damage equipment.

“This is a product line that has already proven to be exceptionally durable in Canada over time and under the most severe conditions,” says Dorothy Creighton, Steadymate Product Manager. “When a consumer buys a Steadymate product, they are assured of getting a tie-down designed to be ‘beyond compliant’ so it will perform better than any other product on the market. It is the Kinedyne lineage of excellence that makes the Steadymate brand the best choice in load securement for consumers who take so much pride in their recreational vehicles.”

In addition to the new Kinedyne catalog, the Steadymate line is supported with a wide array of award winning marketing and training material. This includes several fully-stocked point-of-sales display units, catalogs, brochures, sales flyers, posters and a comprehensive collection securement of training materials.

The line is supported by a dedicated Web site, www.steadymate.com, featuring detailed product information and reviews, videos and securement tips geared toward the recreational vehicle owner. Links to news articles about Steadymate from various media outlets covering the North American recreational vehicle market are also provided at the site.

For more information contact Kinedyne Customer Service in the United States at (800) 848-6057 or visit the web site at www.steadymate.com for a complete listing of Steadymate products.

About Kinedyne Corporation
Founded in 1968, Kinedyne Corporation is the world leader in manufacturing and distributing cargo control products for the transportation industry. The company maintains the top market share in several industry sectors through the development and engineering of a high-quality product offering, which features more than 5,000 items, including multiple patented products. Kinedyne products service users that include OEM’s, fleet operators and independent owner/operators. The company serves several markets including Heavy Duty Trucking, Government & Military, Farm & Agricultural, Moving & Storage, Automotive and Recreational Vehicles.

Headquartered in Branchburg, NJ, the company operates facilities in Lawrence, KS, Prattville, AL, and Reno, NV. In addition, it is the parent company for a worldwide operations group including Kinedyne Canada Limited (Canada) and Nantong Kinedyne Ltd. (China), and its affiliate Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. (Mexico).


DEARBORN, Mich., July 14, 2010 – The 2011 Ford Edge now will officially offer the best fuel economy with the most power along with class-exclusive technology, dynamic design and improved craftsmanship.

The 2011 Ford Edge SEL and Limited, which account for about 80 percent of all Edge sales, are now EPA-estimated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway (front-wheel drive), which is unsurpassed in each category. The new Edge is now 1 mpg better city and 2 mpg better highway – with even greater power. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 285 horsepower, best-in-class among V6 competitors and 20 more horsepower than the outgoing Edge.

“Providing class-leading fuel economy and power are two of many examples of the improved attributes customers will find in the 2011 Edge,” said Elaine Bannon, Edge chief engineer. “The new Edge demonstrates how a refresh at Ford is much more than just a few tweaks. It’s reworking all the elements, adding more content and improving the look and feel of the vehicle.”

“The 2011 Ford Edge will deliver V6 horsepower and fuel economy the competition simply can’t beat,” said Amy Marentic, group marketing manager, Ford cars and CUVs. “With up to a 4 mpg advantage over the competition, Edge will give customers the best of both worlds by delivering an engaging, fun-to-drive experience without sacrificing fuel economy. Edge will deliver all this while continuing to provide customers bold, distinctive styling and revolutionary technology highlighted by the industry-first MyFord Touch™ system.”

How 2011 Edge earned fuel economy leadership
Advanced engine technology, clever control strategies and a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission combine to create a powertrain that efficiently produces increased levels of power and performance with improved fuel economy. Next-generation tires are key as well.

Engineers and designers examined all aspects of the popular midsize crossover and optimized them piece by piece, system by system. This intensive approach to detail has paid dividends.

Ford improved in fuel economy more than any major automaker between 2004 and 2009, according to the EPA. The government agency rates Ford’s combined car and truck fuel economy improvement at nearly 20 percent, almost double the next closest competitor.

“The key to the performance gains and fuel economy with the 2011 Ford Edge is that we don’t look at power and fuel economy as being mutually exclusive,” said Mazen Hammoud, Edge Powertrain Calibrations manager. “Instead, we focus on optimizing every component, every system and every control in the powertrain for greater overall efficiency, enabling increased power and better performance.”
Here’s a quick look at some of the key reasons why the 2011 Edge delivers class-leading power and fuel economy:

* Advanced technology: New for 2011 is twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), which allows on-the-fly adjustment to the engine’s airflow for maximum efficiency. This leads to better fuel economy – approximately a 3 to 4 percent improvement from this strategy alone.
* New engine hardware: The 3.5-liter V6 for 2011 Edge adds piston-cooling jets and polished valvetrain buckets and combines them with an improved intake manifold and cylinder head with increased port flow to optimize the system as a whole. The piston-cooling jets spray oil on the underside of the pistons and enable faster oil warm-up and a higher compression ratio. The polished valvetrain buckets reduce friction, which in turn aids fuel economy and also improves durability (wear) of the cam and bucket tappet. The improved intake manifold and cylinder head optimizes engine airflow.
* Lower idle speed: Engine idle speed was reduced from 620 to 600 rpm to save fuel.
* Aerodynamic optimizations: Underbody shielding and tire spoilers were added to help create a more efficient aerodynamic shape. Also, the grille openings were optimized to reduce excess airflow to the engine compartment, thus reducing drag.
* Fuel shutoff: The 2011 Edge employs an aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff control system, which shuts off the engine when the customer doesn’t command engine torque – such as decelerating at freeway speeds.
* Battery management system: The new Edge also uses smart charging. Normally the alternator continuously charges the battery, which wastes energy. Smart charging increases the alternator output when braking or decelerating, converting the vehicle’s motion energy into electric energy without using additional fuel. The recovered energy then goes to recharge the battery so that it can be used later.
* Electrical load shedding: This new feature shuts off devices if they are left on with the key in the accessory position. This saves battery life and keeps the battery from going dead, aiding reliable starts.
* Reliable starts: The one-touch starting in the 2011 Edge enables starts of around seven-tenths of a second with precise fuel delivery for maximum fuel economy and minimal emissions.
* New tires: Both the 2011 Edge SEL and Edge Limited add next-generation 18-inch tires. Just as the new powertrain produces increased power and better fuel economy, the new tires have been engineered to provide better performance and grip while also increasing fuel economy through improved construction and compound.

“The 2011 Ford Edge adds more power and performance with better fuel economy for a better customer experience,” said Bannon.

JASPER Offers Late-Model Cummins ISB 6.7L Complete Diesel Engine

Jasper Engines & Transmissions now has the late-model Cummins ISB 6.7 liter Common Rail Front Gear Train Complete engine for sale. This JASPER remanufactured engine is currently available for the 2007-2010 Dodge 2500, 3500, 4500 & 5500 series trucks and the 2008 Sterling Bullet truck.

“We are breaking away from our traditional Complete Cummins format for this application and are including the Oil Pan, Oil Pick Up Tube & Outer Front Cover,” says Fred Ernst, JASPER Diesel Marketing Manager.

This new product is available on exchange. It will include the block, head, crank, cam, rods, valve train, oil pump, oil pan & pickup tube, oil filter, oil cooler, inner & outer gear covers and finishing gaskets.

This engine is covered by a one year parts and labor warranty.

“We are moving forward with plans to also have this Complete engine available for a broader range of applications than the Dodge truck, both on & off highway, as well as the development of our Running Complete format,” added Ernst. “Be watching & listening for that future announcement”.

For more information on this and other JASPER remanufactured products, contact us at 1-800-827-7455 or visit www.jasperengines.com.


The World Food Programme (WFP), a UN organization, is extending its long-term relationship with Chevin Fleet Solutions and implementing the supplier’s web-based fleet management system across all of the 82 countries the WFP operates in. The roll out will deliver improved visibility of fleet requirements, streamline efficiencies and reduce cost, allowing the humanitarian agency to better provide its vital service to those most in need.

FleetWave, the web-based application designed by asset management consultancy and software house Chevin Fleet Solutions, will be rolled out in Uganda during July 2010 and internationally across the whole organisation by the end of the year.

Traditionally, the WFP has relied upon a paper-based fleet management process, with countries such as Sudan and Afghanistan being covered by RoadBase, Chevin’s desktop fleet management application designed for smaller or less complex fleets.

After meeting with the WFP in Rome during November 2009, Chevin Fleet Solutions immediately began developing the FleetWave system, achieving a short turn-around time and successfully engineering the software to the specific requirements of the WFP. The addition of a ‘specific trips’ module means that FleetWave will now enable fleet logistics teams in each country’s office to input data such as vehicle routing, journey duration and fuel consumption; and a ‘way bills’ module gives fleet and logistics managers access to an audit trail of when and where deliveries have been successfully dropped off, providing full chain of custody records for all aid donations.

Jean Francois Milhaud, ODTL / FSU / Fleet Manager at the WFP HQ in Rome, comments: “I am delighted to be extending our relationship with Chevin. They have adapted the FleetWave system to our specific needs, allowing us to utilize each fleet to its full potential, making the organisation as a whole more efficient and helping us to reduce cost whilst achieving our aim of providing food and other aid to those in need.”

FleetWave will not only promote consistent working practices on a global scale, and open up communication channels to provide clearer visibility, but will give drivers, engineers and fleet managers access to real-time data anywhere in the world via a web connection.

Chevin travelled to Uganda and Ghana recently in preparation for the launch, meeting with a selection of representatives from some of the 82 countries covered by the WFP for a train the trainer programme to deliver instruction on how to use the system.

Following initial implementation of the new system, the WFP and Chevin will meet to discuss further possible enhancements to the system. Options include French translation for use in the WFP’s many French speaking countries, an offline version of the system that can be updated remotely where internet access is unavailable and then automatically replicated into the live system upon return, interfaces to tracking systems, and a currency exchange rate module.

Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director of Chevin Fleet Solutions, commented: “Chevin has been working with the WFP for almost 10 years and it has been fantastic to be involved in such an exciting and worthy project and we will continue to discuss improvements, to ensure that FleetWave provides the WFP with the services it needs.”

Chevin Fleet Solutions will also be providing second-line technical support to the World Food Programme. Mr. Sowerby added: “It has been a pleasure working with the WFP to deliver them with this FleetWave system. We want to ensure that they receive all possible technical support, guaranteeing that any problems are solved as quickly and efficiently as possible and further improving the service of the WFP.”