Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chrysler Group LLC Providing Duke Energy in Charlotte With Test Fleet of PHEV Ram 1500 Pickup Trucks

Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will deliver 10 demonstration fleet Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pickup trucks to Duke Energy of Charlotte, N.C. this week.
The PHEV Ram 1500 pickups, delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group's advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region's electric grid. In addition to Duke Energy, nine other partners across the United States are slated to receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

"Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group LLC collect a wide range of data," explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler's advanced hybrid vehicle project. "Charlotte offers heavy traffic and urban driving that are ideal city test cycles along and rural areas that include inclines on mountain grades. The constant charging will allow us to measure the impact on battery life and charging efficiency."

Earlier this year, Chrysler Group LLC delivered 10 Ram 1500 PHEV trucks to the city of Yuma, Ariz., to take full advantage of hot weather and conduct thermal testing in the desert southwest. Other cities that have received the demonstration Ram 1500 pickups include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.
"Duke Energy is pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this demonstration program with Chrysler LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy," said Jim Stanley, Duke Energy's senior vice president of power delivery. "The information from Duke Energy provided to both Chrysler and the Department of Energy will help shape product development within the automotive industry and electric utility programs and infrastructure that could lead to more of these vehicles in the future."

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies.

The Ram 1500 PHEV includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW; directional charging; reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle of the four-wheel-drive automatic transmission can be disconnected when not needed. The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter Hemi is equipped with a Fuel Saver technology that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

Urban use will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed "reverse power flow" of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group LLC, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

The Chrysler Group LLC also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

Ryder Announces New 'Flex-to-Green' Lease Offering

MIAMI, Sep 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ryder System, Inc. /quotes/zigman/240187/quotes/nls/r R -5.38% , a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced the launch of its new "Flex-to-Green" lease offering, making it easier for private fleet operators to jump start their sustainability programs by providing the option of incorporating alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets in support of their business objectives. Ryder's alternative fuel fleet includes compressed and liquid natural gas vehicles, which are offered in select markets as well as hybrid vehicles, which are available in most U.S. markets. Ryder currently supports natural gas vehicles in southern California and Arizona. As Ryder's capabilities and infrastructure to support natural gas vehicles are expanded, the Flex-to-Green lease option will be offered to customers in those new markets.

"Ryder is committed to making it as easy as possible for customers to implement sustainable transportation solutions," said Robert Sanchez, President of Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. "The new 'Flex-to-Green' offering makes sustainable efficiency simple by providing a flexible product that enables customers to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleet when they are ready."

As a leader in commercial truck leasing, Ryder has the unique ability to influence and reach a broad, diverse customer base to improve access to alternative fuels and vehicle technologies on a national level. Recognizing the company's leadership in natural gas, in April 2010, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board collaborated with Ryder as its fleet partner in a groundbreaking ceremony for its heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project. As part of the project, which aims to improve air quality in Southern California, 202 heavy-duty natural gas powered trucks are being deployed into Ryder's Southern California operations network. Ryder customers can access these natural gas-powered vehicles through short-term rentals, long-term leases or Ryder's dedicated logistics services. In addition, Ryder has constructed new natural gas refueling stations and will maintain vehicles at three maintenance shops in Fontana, Orange, and Rancho Dominguez. Each maintenance facility is being equipped for the indoor repair of natural gas vehicles.

According to Deborah Barmack, SANBAG executive director, "It's important that companies like Ryder are developing product offerings to help customers make the transition to natural gas vehicles as easy as possible so they can tap into the predictability, cost-efficiency, and environmental benefits of alternative fuels."

Ryder's "Flex-to-Green" offering is available immediately. For additional information, visit or call your local Ryder representative.

Ford Motor Company Honored with the Freedom Award from U.S. Department of Defense for Support of National Guard and Reserve Employees

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 22, 2011 – Ford Motor Company today received the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in recognition of the support it provides its National Guard and Reserve employees.

The Freedom Award is sponsored by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  It is the highest honor bestowed by the Department of Defense on America's employers who provide exceptional support to their employees.  Ford was one of 15 companies nationwide selected for this award out of more than 4,000 nominations.

"Our military members and reservists are a source of inspiration," said Mike Bannister, Ford executive vice president, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Credit Company, and executive champion of the Ford Veterans Network Group. "These are fine men and women, and we are privileged to be able to provide some measure of support as their employer. We appreciate this recognition."

Ford received a total of six nominations.  One nomination was submitted by Todd Brooks, a Ford engineering supervisor currently serving in the Navy Reserve.  "There is an incredible untold story of compassion, commitment and corporate leadership that Ford Motor Company has been quietly providing to the nation's veterans for years," he said.  "Ford makes service to our country much easier.  From senior leadership all the way down the ladder, they understand the necessity of the citizen soldier and the difficulties their loved ones face as a result of their commitment."

Earlier this week, the Michigan Legislature passed resolutions honoring Ford's work on behalf of its Guard and Reserve employees in conjunction with the Freedom Award ceremony.  Much of Ford's support goes beyond what is required by law, including the differential pay Ford provides its employees on active duty to ensure they don't take a pay cut when switching from their civilian salary to active duty. In the U.S., Ford employs approximately 700 U.S. Reservists and Guardsmen, along with more than 7,000 U.S. veterans.  Ford currently has nearly 30 U.S. employees actively serving in the military.

The Ford Motor Company Fund also announced today that it will participate in the Honor Flight Network beginning in November, sponsoring two trips to bring World War II veterans from Detroit and Louisville, Ky., to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial.  More than 60 veterans are expected to take part in the trips, where they will also receive letters from family, friends and students thanking them for their service.  The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices.  Veterans are transported, free of charge, to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.  The first honor flight took place in May of 2005 from Springfield, Ohio.

Ford Motor Company has a long history of supporting its veterans and military personnel. Ford's relationship with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) began in 1922, when Henry Ford organized a cross-country caravan of 50 Model T's to take disabled veterans to their convention in San Francisco. Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services have provided more than $6 million to veterans' organizations.

Since 1996, Ford has donated 156 vehicles to the DAV for its Transportation Network, totaling approximately $4 million.  Each year Ford sponsors the DAV's winter sports clinic and has supported the DAV's youth scholarship volunteer program since 2000.  Ford also helps other veterans through additional vehicle donations and scholarships.

In addition, the Ford Veterans Network Group (VETNG), one of Ford's corporately supported Employee Resource Groups, sponsors activities throughout the year in support of its veterans, military personnel and their families.

GE Capital Fleet Services Breaks Ground on Customer Experience and Learning Center for Electric Vehicles

Eden Prairie, Minn. – September 22, 2011 – GE Capital Fleet Services broke ground today on a customer experience and learning center that will showcase GE's comprehensive portfolio of electric vehicle deployment solutions and help GE commercial customers evaluate EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles for their fleets.

The center is being built on GE's campus in Eden Prairie, Minn., and is scheduled to open in Spring 2012. GE is building the facility so its customers can experience electric cars and trucks from a variety of manufacturers first-hand and analyze vehicle performance, driver experiences, service requirements and operational efficiencies with GE fleet experts. The center will also eventually feature alternative fuel vehicles powered by other energy sources.

"At GE, we are committed to helping our customers incorporate electric vehicles and other alternative fuel technologies into their fleets," said Clarence Nunn, president and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services. "We're looking forward to working closely with customers at our new center and sharing insights to help them improve environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions."

GE's center will be composed of four major components:
•    An education center featuring classrooms for presentations, training, and discovery workshops as well as interactive displays;
•    A solar carport and charging center that can charge up to 11 vehicles simultaneously;
•    An experience center and showroom to help customers evaluate vehicles in a variety of configurations;
•    A private half-mile driving course that will allow customers to experience a variety of cars and trucks in different driving conditions. GE will keep alternative fuel vehicles at the center on a permanent basis for customer use on the driving course.

"Electric vehicles have the potential to solve some of the world's toughest transportation challenges, and the center we are building will be a tremendous resource as we continue to educate our customers about the benefits of this technology," said Deb Frodl, chief strategy officer for GE Capital Fleet Services and global EV leader for GE.

GE's portfolio of products and services touch every part of the EV infrastructure. The center will display many of GE's end-to-end EV deployment solutions, from fleet management services, vehicle telematics tools and WattStation chargers to energy and infrastructure products that power the smart grid and serve local utilities. 

"The city of Eden Prairie is thrilled that GE is building this world-class innovation center in our community," said Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens.  "Electric vehicles promote clean energy and sustainability, and we are pleased that GE has chosen Eden Prairie as the home base for this important electric vehicle initiative."

The center is part of GE's broader ecomagination business strategy to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technology though innovation and R&D investment. GE Capital Fleet Services will run the center in collaboration with other GE businesses and GE energy and transportation experts around the world.

About GE Capital, Fleet Services
GE Capital, Fleet Services, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., is a global fleet management company with operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Visit the Web site at or follow company news via Twitter (@GEFleetSvcs).

About GE Capital
GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services. For more information, visit or follow company news via Twitter (@GECapital). GE (NYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company taking on the world's toughest challenges. For more information, visit

Go Natural CNG begins production of custom CNG hose assemblies

Woods Cross, Utah - Go Natural CNG is now manufacturing custom CNG hose assemblies. These assemblies are available in 3/8" and ½" inside diameters and can be used for CNG vehicles, CNG dispensers, CNG fuel transfer and at home CNG refueling. All of Go Natural's CNG hose assemblies comply with NFPA 52, ANSI/IAS NGV 4.2-1999 and CSA 12.52-M99 certification requirements.  

Each hose is constructed with an electrically conductive nylon core that is designed to dissipate static build-up. These hoses also include fiber reinforcement that helps maximize pressure capabilities while remaining flexible.  The outside of the hoses are covered with a red polyurethane jacket that provides abrasion resistance and protection from outdoor elements, including ultraviolet light. In compressor or dispensing applications, Go Natural installs protective wire spring guards over the end of each hose.

Once an order is placed, Go Natural manufactures the hose assemblies to the length the customer specifies. The manufacturing process includes the installation of permanent crimp fittings and wire spring guards (as necessary). Before being shipped, each hose assembly is conductivity tested and pressure tested to 10,000 PSI.

Custom hose orders are typically shipped within 48 hours. To place orders or get more information call 801-281-4766 or visit

About: Go Natural CNG specializes in the creation and distribution of CNG conversion kits, CNG hoses and hydraulic natural gas compressors for fueling stations.  Go Natural CNG also offers new replacement engine long blocks that are engineered for CNG use.

PHH Arval's George Kilroy Inducted into Fleet Hall of Fame

September 21, 2011 – Sparks, MD – PHH Arval is pleased to announce the induction of its President, George Kilroy, into the Fleet Hall of Fame.

The Fleet Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) and is presented by Automotive Fleet magazine. 2011 inductees were announced at the AFLA Conference in San Diego, California, on September 15.

Kilroy began his career at PHH Arval in 1976 and held various roles in sales, client relations, marketing, equipment leasing and senior leadership. He was named President of PHH Arval in 2001. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) after serving as the organization's President for three years.

Under Kilroy's leadership, PHH Arval has repeatedly been recognized for advancements in technology, outstanding customer service and corporate citizenship. His pioneering spirit is evident in the many innovations PHH has brought to themarketplace during his tenure as CEO, such as the industry's first telematics solution, driver mobile program, violations management program and environmental program.

Kilroy has been instrumental in leading PHH's involvement with Habitat for Humanity, Maryland Food Bank, United Way of Central Maryland and numerous other community organizations.

In 2006, Kilroy orchestrated a partnership between PHH Arval and the Environmental Defense Fund to decrease the environmental impact of commercial fleets. As a result of this partnership and a series of improvements made to the efficiency of PHH's operations, SmartCEO magazine named Kilroy their 2010 EcoCEO.

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

Chris Hill, MBA, CMC, Appointed as New President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ON (September 20, 2011) - On behalf of my colleagues on the Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that Chris Hill will take over as President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada effective January 1, 2012. The recommendation of the Search Committee was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. I am especially grateful to Vice-Chair Jim Perkins who chaired the Search Committee and skillfully reviewed a large number of applications from highly-qualified individuals from Canada and several other countries.

Chris Hill has over 30 years of experience in the private and public  sectors and is currently the Manager of the Central 
Fleet for the City of Hamilton, Ontario where he has served since 2004. Previous employment included the City of Toronto, Enbridge Commercial Services Inc, GE Capital Fleet Services and Honeywell Limited. Chris has a B.A., Faculty of Arts from York University, an M.B.A. from the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto and is a Certified Management Consultant from the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario. He is currently active in the National Association of Fleet Administrators, as well as several other organizations.

I am also pleased to advise that our current President and CEO Al Cormier will be available to assist Chris after January 1st for a transition period as necessary. As the founding CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, Al Cormier contributed many years of service to bring the association the stature it enjoys today.  

I look forward to collaborating with Chris Hill on the many important initiatives on the association's agenda. Chris will be at our EV 2011 VÉ Conference and Tradeshow and I know 
he looks forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Michael Elwood
Chair of Board of Directors 
Electric Mobility Canada - Mobilité Electrique Canada


ATLANTA – To help customers more quickly and efficiently ready vehicles for sale, Manheim is in the final stages of completing a substantial improvement initiative at all of its 72 U.S. operating locations. Its focus is two-fold: streamlining the vehicle entry process and significantly reducing time to obtain condition reports after vehicles arrive at auction.

"Customers are noticing a more production-like atmosphere on Manheim lots," said Pam Cadigan, group vice president of operational excellence at Manheim. "We now sort inventory by stage of the auction process to create efficiencies and optimize staff members' time." A scanning tracking system enables vehicles to be organized more effectively while they are being prepared for sale. 

"We have already benefited from the recent improvements we experience first-hand at 13 Manheim locations," said Chris Watkins, external operations manager of AmeriCredit/GM Financial. "The quicker we get condition reports and repair estimates, the faster we can complete those repairs and get the car in a sale. One or two days can be the difference between making a sale and waiting until the next week to run the unit."

"With better scheduling tools and following a first-in/first-out rule, we can now complete condition reports for dealer and commercial vehicles within a day of their arrival at auction. This is the first step toward our goal to reduce days to sale by 50 percent," Cadigan explained. "With improved cycle time, buyers secure their vehicles sooner, while improving sellers' holding costs and cash flow."

"Manheim's process improvements will push others in the industry to do the same, strengthening the auction business for everyone," Watkins added. The company's operational enhancements have resulted in a more consistent and efficient vehicle flow, reducing the number of days to sale by approximately four days from a historical average of 25 to 30. 

Based on the success of the vehicle entry initiative, Manheim will continue to invest in its operations, focusing on improving lot efficiencies and flow. "These process improvements are just the beginning of several changes we are making to help customers improve their bottom line," added Cadigan.

Comdata Joins Warren Transport on the Road with Its Fleet Solutions Comdata to Provide Payment Solutions that Reduce Costs and Drive Efficiencies

Brentwood, TN — September 21, 2011 — Comdata Corporation, a leader in payment innovations, announces a new relationship with Warren Transport to provide payment solutions that reduce costs and create operational efficiencies. Warren Transport will utilize the Comdata Card for Fleets to optimize their fleet program through enhanced card controls, funds distribution, reporting, and fuel discounts available with Comdata.

"Given the demands on our industry, we continuously look for solutions that drive efficiency and allow us to remain competitive," said Richard Donnelly, Warren Transport president. "Comdata's proven reputation for service excellence and position within the industry as a focused provider of innovative payment solutions provide significant advantages for both our drivers and our company."

Comdata has delivered payment solutions to the transportation industry since 1969, and the Comdata Card provides companies a one-card solution. With the Comdata Card, drivers have access to thousands of truck stop locations nationwide that offer enhanced data, and fleet managers gain the ability to supervise their program with individual card controls, online account management, and real-time reporting. The card can also be used for funds disbursements, allowing companies to distribute payments and reimbursements to drivers while they are out on the road.

"Warren Transport has an innovative spirit that allows them to address a wide range of needs for both their customers and the transportation industry," said Steve Stevenson, Comdata president. "Comdata shares their commitment to tailoring solutions that meet specific needs, and we are excited to provide a solution that allows Warren Transport to reduce costs, improve control, and create operational efficiency."

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 provides fleet, corporate payment, virtual card, and prepaid solutions to over 30,000 customers. There are more than seven million Comdata Cards, enabling more than $31 billion in transactions annually. Comdata captures and reports detailed transaction data, giving customers unprecedented control over their expenses. 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.

About Ceridian
Ceridian is a leading global business services company that provides reality-based KnowHow to take the guesswork out of impacting your organization's bottom line. From human resources and benefits to productivity and payroll services, we help organizations maximize their human, financial and technology resources. As a leader in payroll outsourcing, gift cards and corporate expense management, we're the driving force in payment innovation. Whether we're partnering with you to save money, grow your business, enhance operations or minimize financial risks we provide the insights and solutions that ensure your success.

About Warren Transport
Warren Transport operates approximately 600 power units and more than 2,000 trailers. Their trailing equipment runs the gamut from flatbeds to step flats, to double drops, triple-axle lowboys, removable goosenecks, stretch trailers, and vans. Warren Transport has always been innovative as far as equipment is concerned. They pioneered the combine trailer, which is now standard in the industry for transporting agricultural combines. To meet new challenges, they have custom-designed agricultural equipment in the field right now to serve customers' special needs. Warren Transport was founded in 1949, and their corporate offices are in Waterloo, Iowa.

New Ford Police Interceptors Validated as Pursuit-Rated in Tests Conducted by the Michigan State Police

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 – The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility today passed stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use. Of special note was the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility, which not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own amongst the sedans.

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility excelled in 0-60 acceleration, braking, and handling over the two day testing.

"We are pleased that the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility was validated because it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies," said Lisa Teed, Ford's marketing manager for the Police Interceptors.  "They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver."

Building on more than 15 years of leadership Ford has taken the key product attributes that made Crown Victoria Police Interceptor the leading law enforcement vehicle and increased the next-generation products' capabilities including offering the first and only pursuit-rated all-wheel-drive police vehicles. Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the same durability and price range of the popular Crown Victoria. The new Police Interceptors will be built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant.

Working with Ford's Police Advisory Board, consisting of law enforcement professionals from the United States and Canada who provided feedback on attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.  Ford has ensured that the new Police Interceptors are purpose-built to meet the requirements of this demanding industry.

"Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for public safety officials to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively," added Teed.  

Officer protection is the first priority. The Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles certified to pass 75 mph rear collisions. Ballistic door panels to protect from gunshots are available on the driver or passenger doors. Safety cell construction helps direct the force of a collision around the occupant compartment. Crumple zones help absorb and dissipate the energy of a crash.

Power and efficiency
The V6 powertrain portfolio of engines on the Police Interceptors provides the fuel efficiency improvement to assist government agencies in reducing their operating costs.  More importantly, the smaller-displacement engines provide increased performance and capability when compared to the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) 4.6-liter V8. The highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers at least 280 horsepower in the Sedan. An all-new EcoBoost® V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine is also available producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

"This week's testing by the Michigan State Police proves our powerful and efficient V6 powertrains exceed CVPI V8 performance and deliver savings back to government agencies," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer of the Ford Police Program.  "Government agencies have been seeking money saving solutions.  Increased performance and improved fuel economy deliver on our commitment.  In addition, engineering common components between the Sedan and Utility, and upfit-friendly solutions will aid the fleet's maintenance.  Our goal was to streamline and reduce complexity for the customer, whose resources are constrained in these economic times."

Managing increased power, requires more stopping power.  New 18-inch five-spoke steel wheels and tires are designed to work in concert with the new brake system for improved capability. Additional unique components include a larger heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. A honeycomb grille provides increased airflow throughout the vehicle to improve cooling and enhance operation.

Rigorous testing was conducted to ensure the new Police Interceptors could handle the demands of around-the-clock law enforcement duty. In addition to the certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will conduct its vehicle tests in November to further evaluate the durability and capability of police vehicles under the most extreme conditions.

The pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive.  The Sedan is available with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 engine.  The Utility has 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 engine producing 300 hp.  Front-wheel-drive configuration is optional.

Drive Safely Work Week 2011: Getting There Safely Is Everyone's Business

(SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 - PRINCETON, NJ) – Whether we're the driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or cyclist, there are things we can do in each role to help prevent distracted driving-related incidents. And for anyone willing to set the right example, the opportunities to be safe-driving role models for family and community members are limitless. That's the premise of this year's Drive Safely Work Week campaign, which runs October 3-7, 2011.  NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to help promote this year's program.

Safe driving is essential to the fleet managers who belong to NAFA, a group that collectively manages several million vehicles travelling on North American roads each day.  NAFA has lent its support to the annual campaign for the past several years through a series of articles in the Association's print and online publications, press releases, and email blasts to the Membership. 

Drive Safely Work Week, which has been sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) since 1996, encourages businesses to utilize a free campaign toolkit to help educate employees on how to prevent distracted driving.  The toolkit features facts on distracted driving, interactive quizzes and tools, daily activities and communication messages, and downloadable posters for the office.  More than anything, the campaign seeks to put a face on distracted driving and show how it affects both those in a vehicle and those sharing the road.

The campaign toolkit may be downloaded for free at Although the national observance of the campaign takes place each year during the first week of October, the materials are not dated and can be used throughout the year for continued promotion of safe driving practices.

Juan Perez, SVP Operations for AmeriFleet Transportation is a member of NAFA's Safety Advisory Council.  His company has participated in Drive Safely Work Week for the past three years. "The campaign is very worthwhile," said Perez. "We believe the week long focus on the materials is a simple and easy way to remind our employees and families of the importance and awareness."

AmeriFleet has used the suggestions from Drive Safely Work Week materials as the inspiration behind several events designed to help promote safe and responsible driving within the workplace while providing employees information to take home to share with their families.  Some of their activities have included: safe driving quizzes/games, golf cart parking lot road course, seat belt pledge, safety raffles, basic maintenance check on employee's vehicles, and a focused driving pledge.

NAFA encourages all of its members to download the free toolkit and utilize the information to help their employees become better aware about the dangers of distracted driving.  Email NAFA at for more information or for any safety or fleet related concerns.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world's premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit

Light it up Right with New Snap-on High Output Flashlights

KENOSHA, Wis. – September 20, 2011 – Snap-on's new high output flashlights provide the power and performance needed to work in dark areas. Featuring the latest technology in high output LED lighting as well as an anti-roll design and rubberized non-slip grip, these new flashlights will be a welcome addition to any service technicians' toolbox.

"The Snap-on new high output flashlights were designed with our customers in mind," said Dan Batassa, product manager for Snap-on. "These three long lasting, high power flashlights ‘light it up right' and are sure to be a great asset in the service bay or on any mobile repair vehicle."

Focusing AA LED Flashlight (ECFSN1AAF)
•    Exclusive focus-lock system
•    One-handed slide focus
•    100 lumens of light output from a single AA alkaline battery
•    Three hours estimated run time
•    426 feet beam distance
•    4.5 inches long, one-inch in diameter

2 AAA Inspection Flashlight (ECFSN2AAA)
•    High output 65 Lumen LED in a compact pocket light
•    Anti-roll design, fixed beam focus
•    200' beam distance
•    Three hours estimated run time
•    5.75 inches in length, 0.6 inches in diameter
•    Uses two AAA alkaline batteries

Hi-Power Focusing Flashlight (ECFSN4AAAF)
•    Ultra high output 200-plus lumens
•    One-handed slide focusing and focus-lock system
•    Anti-roll design
•    Dual level light output – one click 100 percent, second click, 50 percent
•    700 feet beam distance
•    Three hours estimated run time
•    5.5 inches long, approximately 1.5 inches in diameter
•    Uses four AAA batteries

Snap-on high output flashlights are backed by a limited lifetime warranty from defects in materials or workmanship. Customers can learn more by contacting their participating Snap-on franchisee or representative, visiting or by calling toll free 877-SNAPON-4 (877-762-7664).

About Snap-on Tools
Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, power sports and aviation industries.  Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products and services through franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels.  Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $2.6 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wis. with operations throughout the world.  For additional information, visit 

Velvac Cross View Mirrors Help Truck Drivers Comply with Recent New York Safety Law

New Berlin, Wisc., September 20, 2011 – Heavy truck operators that must install convex mirrors, also known as "cross view" or "crossover" mirrors, on the front of their trucks to satisfy a recent New York safety law can turn to Velvac to help achieve compliance. A leading manufacturer and supplier of vision systems to the recreational, truck, and specialty vehicle industries, Velvac offers a large line of premium hood-mounted convex mirror systems, designed and manufactured for enhanced durability, superior stability, and easy adjustments – all of which will help operators comply with the new law.

The law, which takes effect on January 14, 2012, requires all trucks registered in the state of New York with a maximum gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more to be equipped with a cross view mirror when driving in New York cities with at least one million residents. The mirror, which eliminates dangerous blind spots, must allow the operator to see a target zone of one foot in front of the vehicle and three feet above the road. This law, which impacts more than 13,000 trucks, including dump trucks, cement mixers, large delivery vehicles, and traditional tractor trailers, was written in an effort to improve vehicle safety after several young children were killed crossing the street directly in front of large trucks.

"According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, frontal impacts account for almost three-quarters of all pedestrians killed by large trucks," noted Jeff Porter, President and CEO of Velvac. "This law will go a long way in significantly reducing such fatalities, and in protecting pedestrians, especially children, from being hurt when a truck first starts to move. Velvac is pleased to see the enactment of this law, as it supports our longstanding philosophy of developing products, like the Duraball® wide view and K-10 Eyeball® mirrors, which improve driver safety and reduce blind spots. It is important that owners, operators, and dealers contact Velvac to help select the proper crossover mirror assembly for their cab configuration."

Velvac first developed front dual-view crossover mirrors more than 25 years ago and has expanded its offering on heavy trucks many times since. In 2009, Velvac acquired K-10 Enterprizes, a leading manufacturer of front crossover mirrors and the inventor of the K-10 Eyeball® convex mirror, giving Velvac one of the industry's most complete offerings of quality front crossover mirrors. When properly installed, Velvac's pod-style mirror assemblies using either the Duraball® wide view or the K-10 Eyeball® mirror will help vehicle owners comply with this recent New York State law.

For additional information on Velvac Cross View Mirrors, including product, pricing, and shipping information, call Velvac toll-free at 1.800.783.8871, e-mail Customer Solutions at, or visit the Convex Mirror product page on Velvac's website at

To read the New York State law, visit:

About Velvac, Inc.
Velvac is a leading manufacturer and supplier of vision systems and component parts to the recreational, truck and specialty vehicle industries. Velvac has the industry's broadest mirror product offerings, from high volume replacement mirror heads and service parts to unique, proprietary mirror systems. Founded in 1934, Velvac's corporate offices and aftermarket operations are located in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Its complete, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Reynosa, Mexico.

Federated and Standard® Brand Team Up to Make Dreams Come True with "Dream Car Sweepstakes"

STAUNTON, Virginia, September 20, 2011 – Federated Auto Parts and Standard® brand are teaming up again to send one lucky professional service technician or counterperson to a Mecum High Performance Car Auction in Kissimmee, Fla.  In addition to the all-expense paid trip, the winner of the "Dream Car Sweepstakes" will receive $15,000 to spend on a dream car at the auction.

"The ‘Dream Car Sweepstakes' has quickly become very popular with our customers and counterpeople," said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. "Federated and Standard® brand have a solid partnership and our ‘Dream Car Sweepstakes' promises to be a winning program again this year.  We know the lucky winner will have an incredible experience."

Participating Federated technicians and counterpeople can enter the "Dream Car Sweepstakes" for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to a televised Mecum High Performance Car Auction in Kissimmee, Fla., Jan. 25-29, 2012. Other great prizes include Apple iPads and Dell Inspiron laptops. In addition, both can qualify for a $50 Visa® gift card by supporting Standard® brand fuel injectors, ignition coils and camshaft/crankshaft position sensors.

For more information about the "Dream Car Sweepstakes," contact a Federated Auto Parts distributor or visit  

The Standard® brand has earned a reputation for delivering quality components that exceed all expectations. The flow matched fuel injectors promote smooth engine operation and balanced fuel delivery, reducing overall fuel consumption and harmful emissions. The ignition coils offer maximum performance and longevity, coupled with better connections and greater corrosion resistance, while the oxygen sensors offer superior coverage and technological improvements over the original. For more information, visit

About Federated
Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America.  Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced counterpeople who are knowledgeable in today's evolving automotive technology.  For more information, visit

AAPEX Learning Forum: Hot Topics

ORLAND PARK, IL  – SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 – Among the 30 education sessions scheduled for the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Learning Forum, 13 hot topic sessions will focus on timely issues impacting all channels of the aftermarket. Topics include the import parts explosion, social media, emerging business models, selling process techniques, trends affecting the aftermarket environment and brand protection.

All education sessions will be held over a three-day period during AAPEX, Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center Level 1, Marco Polo Rooms 701-706& 801-802, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Learning Forum sessions are free and open to everyone.The Lunch & Learn sessions at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2, require registration and pre-payment of $25per person.All AAPEX Learning Forum education sessions are accredited for 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs) by the University of the Aftermarket toward the AAP and MAAP professional designations.

Hot Topic Sessions for AAPEX 2011 include:

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

2012 Aftermarket Outlook
David Portalatin, The NPD Group

Import Parts Explosion: Are You Taking Your Share? 
Marty Gold, S-G Imported Parts, Inc. and TBD Panelists
*Presented by Auto International Association (AIA)

Not More Social Media! The Continuing Evolution of Social Media Integration within Marketing Campaigns
Tyler Olson, SMCpros

Your Business and Your Market Share Are Being Affected by Your State Legislature
Rodney Pierini, CAWA; Jennifer Zins, PlotkinsZins& Associates; Aaron Lowe, AAIA; and Ann Wilson, MEMA
*Presented by Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA); Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

QR Codes 101: What Are They and How Can They Grow Your Business?
Tyler Olson, SMCpros

New Vehicle Technologies and Their Impact on the Future
Phil Magney,IHS Global Insight

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Salespeople are from Venus: Installers are from Mars
Mac McGovern, KYB America LLC

Emerging Business Models: New Pathways to Growth and Profit
Michael Marks, Indian River Consulting Group
*Sponsored by Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA)

Selling Process Techniques: The New Age of Selling 
Michael Marks, Indian River Consulting Group
*Sponsored by Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA)

5 Trends in 5 Minutes: Trends Affecting the Aftermarket Environment
Mark Seng, Polk

Making Packaging a Team Player in Brand Protection
Institute for Packaging Professionals (IOPP); Patrick Arnold, trademark lawyer, McAndrews, Held &Mallo
*Sponsored by Institute for Packaging Professionals

Accessing Repair Information on Today's Vehicles and the Role of NASTF
Moderator: Ron Pyle, NASTF; Panelists: Mark Saxonberg, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.; Donny Seyfer, Seyfer Automotive; Bob Stewart, ACDelco e-Business; and Jeff Sweet, Identifix

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Share the Knowledge – Gain the Profits
Danny Sanchez, Autoshop Solutions Inc.
*Presented by Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP)

For a full schedule of sessions, visit

AAPEX is the annual business-to-business trade show representing the global automotive aftermarket and features more than 2,000 exhibitors. AAPEX is jointly sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the aftermarket affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). For more information, visit


Alpharetta, GA – (September, 2011) – With  demand for alternative fuel vehicles continuing to rise, AmeriFleet Transportation today announced plans to provide electric vehicle charging stations at each of their forty offices in the U.S. and Canada.  The company will continue to offer project management of logistics and transportation for clients upgrading fleets to electric, hybrid, natural gas or other alternative fuel vehicles. The industry leader in total logistics solutions and transportation services to the fleet management and corporate fleet industry, AmeriFleet is the first and only logistics company to offer large scale dedicated services for alternative fuel vehicles.

"More and more of our customers are incorporating alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets and our goal with these new services is to help make the transition as seamless as possible," said John Norris, President, AmeriFleet Transportation.

AmeriFleet will have electric vehicle charging capabilities operational beginning this month.  This effort will be led by Jon Kent, AmeriFleet's Vice President of Logistics, a certified EV Charging Station Product Specialist and Installer, enabling AmeriFleet to evaluate, oversee and manage the implementation of EV charging infrastructure for corporations and municipalities.

In addition to the charging stations, AmeriFleet will continue to offer logistical project management services.  These services include coordinating with fleet managers and alternative fuel engine installers to ensure the fewest number of vehicles are taken out of service during retrofitting and managing the prompt return of newly equipped vehicles.  AmeriFleet will source suppliers of required alternative fuel in route to delivery and handle details such as tag and titling of the vehicles.  At the time of delivery, an AmeriFleet Service Delivery Professional will provide new driver instructions ensuring that client drivers are comfortable operating their new "Green Machines."

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


ATLANTA – On Sept. 1, Keith Williams and Dan Thomas retired from Manheim. Williams retired as vice president of technology integration after serving the automotive industry for 44 years, including 26 at Manheim. Thomas retired as general manager of Manheim Nevada after a career spanning 36 years in the remarketing industry, 19 of which were at Manheim.

"Keith and Dan have been instrumental in helping Manheim maintain its leadership position within the remarketing industry for the past few decades," said Sandy Schwartz, president of Manheim. "While I appreciate all that both Keith and Dan have done for Manheim and the industry, I also feel fortunate to count both of them as great friends.  We are all grateful for their dedicated service and contributions to our company and wish them the best in their well-earned retirement years."

As vice president of technology integration, Williams helped strengthen Manheim's technology leadership position. He gathered vital feedback from customers, the field sales team and individual auction locations about online technology and how it can be used to enhance Manheim's sales and service channels.

In his previous role as vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania – the world's largest auto auction and online services center – Williams enhanced tracking and inventory systems and developed browser-based mobile applications that provided new bidding tools for early adopters of smartphones and online buying. These achievements earned him the reputation across the industry as a technology innovator.

"Keith has seen the auto industry grow and evolve for more than four decades," Schwartz said. "His ongoing commitment to innovation helped Manheim take advantage of emerging technology and trends that benefited our company and our customers.  Manheim will continue to gain from his remarkable work and ideas in the years ahead."

Williams joined Manheim in 1985 as general manager of Newburgh Auto Auction in Newburgh, N.Y. In 1997, he was named vice president of operations for the Northeast region. In 2005, Williams was named vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania; he continued in this role until December 2010 when he moved to Manheim's corporate team as vice president of technology integration. Prior to joining Manheim, Williams served 18 years in a family-owned auto dealership in the New York area.

Under Thomas' leadership, Manheim Nevada became one of Manheim's top performing operating locations.  He led all areas of operation and consistently looked for new and better way to increase efficiencies. In that role, Thomas also served as a trusted advisor for Manheim's executive team regarding industry trends in the Nevada and surrounding markets.

"Dan has been a key driver of our company's success in the Western region through the years," Schwartz added. "His efforts led to improvements in operational efficiencies and remarketing services that delivered bottom-line results for customers.  We congratulate Dan on an outstanding career."

In 1992, Thomas started his career at Manheim as general manager of Bay Cities Auto Auction in Hayward, Calif. He then spent 13 years in regional operations management roles, including serving as regional vice president of Manheim's West region where he oversaw 16 operating locations, before being named to his current role as general manager of Manheim Nevada in 2007.

Prior to working for Manheim, Thomas worked in a variety of roles in the remarketing industry, including being an independent auto dealer, an auctioneer and a general manager at Golden Gate Auto Auction.

About Manheim (
Manheim is the world's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 122 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. receives nearly 900,000 visits 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 2010, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

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

Denali Surveys Propane Autogas in Alaska's Pristine Wilderness

LIVONIA, MICH. (September 20, 2011) - Denali National Park and Preserve has been weighing propane autogas against various alternative fuel options for their fleet vehicles by testing a ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas Ford F-250 over a six-week span.

Propane autogas received a welcome reception in Alaska with the success of last month's Alaska Propane Technical Summit that exemplified how propane autogas technology can promote job growth and environmental sustainability throughout the state, capturing the interest of local municipalities, government officials and other stakeholders, including Matanuska Electric Association.

"One of the reasons we've looked at moving toward propane autogas has been to lower the amount of conventional liquid fuels that move across our state and spill onto rural roads and inside national parks," said John Quinley, assistant regional director for the National Park Services in Alaska.

Two ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas Ford F-250 pickup trucks have been demonstrating how propane autogas can perform in the sub-freezing Alaskan weather for the past nine months through a program coordinated by the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority. But just how this clean-burning technology performs in the remote operations of Denali National Park — a 6 million acre wilderness with a single main road — has been the ultimate test of propane autogas performance.

"I'm using the ROUSH CleanTech pickup for my work in daily routine road maintenance, going out to check with the crews, looking at road conditions, and in daily supervision out in the park," said Tim Taylor, the east district road manager for Denali National Park and Preserve. "I've seen absolutely no difference whatsoever between it and the other vehicles in the fleet, other than the starting and fueling procedures. It has the same pep, same power and it pulls fine."

Many Alaskan fleets operate on ultra low sulfur diesel fuel that is trucked in by ice road trucks. The process is considered expensive and dangerous, and fuel spillage often occurs in remote locations where the terrain is rough. More than 4 million gallons of propane surfaces from the North Slope in Alaska every day, making this domestic alternative fuel readily available. In fact, 90 percent of all U.S. propane supplies are produced domestically. In addition, propane autogas is non-toxic and, if spilled, will not harm soil or groundwater.

"National Parks should be leaders in sound environmental practices because they are stewards of some of the most amazing landscapes in the country. By weighing alternative fuel options like propane autogas, we're taking steps toward reducing harmful environmental impacts," said Quinley. "Propane has so much availability in Alaska, so utilizing these propane autogas vehicles is a great match for Alaska National Park Service."

Propane autogas burns cleaner in engines than gasoline and diesel, resulting in reduced maintenance costs and the potential for a longer engine life. Historically, propane autogas costs about 30 percent less per gallon than gasoline.
"Denali National Park and Preserve, with its remote, rugged terrain, is the perfect place to prove ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas technology is an environmentally sustainable and economically feasible alternative fuel that can perform in the starkest of conditions, while minimizing operational costs for the park," said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. "Environmentally friendly propane autogas can help keep our national parks beautiful for many generations to come."

While the propane autogas vehicles work to prove their power and performance in the secluded parklands of Denali, additional Alaskan business fleet managers are showing interest in this alternative fuel solution. 

"As a kid in Oklahoma 60 years ago, I drove tractors, trucks and cars that burned propane. They were extremely economical and the engines lasted forever. The crankcase oil never turned black. When disassembled for overhaul, the engine interior inside looked brand new. I have always been convinced propane is the fuel of the future — easily handled, economical, in great supply and clean burning," said Joe Griffith, CEO for Matanuska Electric Association. "I am going to try it for a backup fuel for my new 180 megawatt power plant and potentially some of our fleet vehicles."

About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Michigan, ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vehicles, including the F-150, F-250 and F-350 pickup truck series; the F-450 and F-550 chassis cab truck series; the E-150, E-250 and E-350 van and wagon series; the E-350 and E-450 cutaway van series; and the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can reduce operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

NAFA Presents First-Ever "Mastering International Fleet Management" Seminar

(SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 - PRINCETON, NJ) – As more and more corporations spread across the globe, fleet managers encounter unique situations and new problems to face.  Running a fleet in multiple countries is not just about learning the laws in those regions or understanding one's financing options, it's about learning about each country's culture and history, knowing how businesses in the region function, and understanding how workers perceive "outsiders."  NAFA Fleet Management Association is presenting its first-ever "Mastering International Fleet Management" seminar to help fleet managers get a better understanding of the challenges faced with managing a global fleet.

The seminar will take place November 1-3, 2011 at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa in Jupiter, FL.  Registration is $799 for NAFA Members and Affiliates; $1,299 for Non-Members and Non-Affiliates.  Additional registrants from the same employer can attend for half price. 

NAFA's "Mastering International Fleet Management" seminar is an intense three-day look at the complexities of running a multi-national fleet.  The seminar begins by discussing a real-life case study during an opening cocktail reception on Tuesday night, and ends Thursday with attendees working hand-in-hand with other fleet managers to resolve the issue.  In between, attendees will learn about the intricacies of developing and implementing fleet policies in numerous regions, understanding the components of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in various countries, and the impact of environmental issues on decision-making.

Registration is limited due to the seminar's unique hands-on case study participation. 

This is an excellent opportunity to learn from expert fleet professionals who have decades of international fleet experience.  Speakers Hans Damen, Managing Partner of FleetVision, and Peter Egan, Partner in FleetVision, will show the importance of company cars outside of North America; help fleet managers identify ways to get their counterparts in other countries on the same page; help attendees establish "best practice" levels within all areas of fleet; and highlight reliable sources of benchmarking data while pinpointing the best types of data to capture in order to enable meaningful analysis of your international operations.  During three days of invaluable networking time, colleagues will share experiences and work together to resolve the case study scenarios.

Attendees will receive an exclusive International Fleet Toolkit, tip sheets on how to avoid common initial mistakes, and a comprehensive checklist of tasks and items to consider regarding their global fleet.  In addition, attendees will be given the results of NAFA's first-ever Global Fleet Operations survey.  This exclusive data will help fleet managers learn how their operations measure up against their peers, allow them to see what policies and procedures others have in place, and provide ways to help better organize their own operations.

For more information or to register, please visit

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world's premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit

Telogis Introduces Telogis Progression: the Industry's Most Advanced SaaS Work Order Management Platform

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., September 20, 2011 — Telogis Inc., the platform for location intelligence, introduces Telogis Progression: a powerful new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) work order management platform that offers real-time job creation, tracking (including estimated time of arrival and completion), routing (including preplanned routes and dynamic changes throughout the day), dispatching, customer service notifications, route compliance reporting, job completion reporting, real-time traffic conditions and a rich interface to existing ERP systems. This advanced SaaS work order management platform is available in three distinct offerings: Progression, Progression Pro and Progression Enterprise.

"Telogis Progression will revolutionize the way service organizations coordinate their mobile resources to ensure customer satisfaction while simultaneously protecting their bottom line," says Newth Morris, president, Telogis Progression. "This new SaaS solution provides the greatest visibility into the real-time workings of field staff and gives business owners a dynamic tool to ensure that each system is working together to guarantee the fastest, most efficient and accurate performance in the field."

The system works with existing ERP and CRM systems, as well as order management, outage management and preventive maintenance packages to fully optimize mobile resource planning.

Telogis Progression also seamlessly integrates with the Telogis Route multi-vehicle route optimization system, Telogis Fleet GPS fleet management system, and Telogis Mobile handheld application to provide the industry's only true end-to-end enterprise platform that provides strategic and dynamic routing, real-time work order management, telematics and mobile integration on a single platform — everything necessary to manage the lifecycle of a work order.

"In order to accomplish the same with any other vendor, a company would have to contract with three vendors and a systems integrator to put the pieces together," says Morris. "We do it all with one platform, and we leverage the strength of each individual piece to create a strong, reliable platform that helps drive each customer's business and ensure customer satisfaction."
Additional key features and benefits of Telogis Progression include:
•    Visualization: allows users to view jobs on a map with clusters, view routes on a map, and view job status updates as a list and Gantt chart.
•    Dispatch center: Allows users to add, delete, edit jobs; assign jobs to nearest vehicles; and dispatch jobs over email and Telogis Mobile in real-time.
•    Detailed work order management: highlights equipment, skills, certifications needed, and delivery instructions; provides the ability to schedule work in compliance with these constraints.
•    Real-time InSight alerts: Alerts users to events in the field that may affect the day's schedule, such as vehicles running behind schedule or performing stops out of order.
•    Closed loop customer notifications: alerts customers to estimated time of arrival, start times and job completion.
•    Planned vs. actual reporting: highlights variations to the plan, such as route deviation, allowing the fleet manager to fine-tune their planning over time.
For more information on Telogis Progression and the complete platform of Telogis location-based solutions, visit

Going My Way? Schneider Logistics' New Service Benefits Less-Than-Truckload Shippers Who Share the Ride

GREEN BAY, Wis.— September 19, 2011 — Schneider Logistics, Inc., a leading logistics provider and part of the Schneider National enterprise, has unveiled a new service offering for shippers with reoccurring less-than-truckload (LTL) moves. Integrated Delivery Services (IDS) utilizes Schneider's Supply Chain management technology, cross-docking abilities and decades of Dedicated trucking experience to provide a new, cost-effective supply chain solution for shippers willing to share the ride.

"Schneider saw an opportunity to provide a smarter solution for shippers moving LTL freight in the same geographic markets," explained Todd Jadin, vice president of IDS for Schneider Logistics. "Integrated Delivery Services is especially attractive to shippers in the automotive aftermarket, heavy truck and equipment manufacturers, and specialty retailers. Companies within each of these industries run common routes and have similar distribution locations and dispatch schedules; by pooling their deliveries, we provide tremendous efficiencies and cost savings."

Schneider piloted Integrated Delivery Services in Denver with shippers of competing brands who had similar delivery windows, routes, shuttles and cross-dock locations. In an innovative shared-channel approach, Schneider merged freight and created customized routes based on multiple shippers' cross-docking, dedicated delivery, pool distribution, reverse logistics and LTL consolidation needs.

Nearly 20 customers are already reaping the benefits of Schneider's Integrated Delivery Services, which include increased visibility to the product with state-of-the-art scanning technology, access to Schneider's high level of service from its Supply Chain Management and Dedicated offerings, and cost savings of 7 to 20 percent based on network location.

While Jadin acknowledges that the thought of competitors sharing supply chains is foreign at first, the ongoing sluggish state of the economy, erratic cost of fuel and increasing cost of finding drivers require creative thinking to keep today's manufacturers and retailers competitive and in business.
"Shippers are telling us that supply chain costs are now their number one cost of doing business," noted Jadin. "That reality brings with it the need to be strategic and creative in how we help our customers succeed. Integrated Delivery Service delivers on both fronts."

Schneider's Integrated Delivery Service currently operates in eight networks across the United States:  Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Houston, Texas; Lenexa, Kan.; Jackson, Miss.; Winchester, Va., and Memphis, Tenn. Markets targeted for expansion include the Midwest and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

"Integrated Delivery Service works best for shippers who move an LTL product on a consistent basis," added Jadin. "This new service excels with daily deliveries, as over 99 percent of our stops are made within 24 hours; however, we're also successfully moving two to three loads per week for customers. Integrated Delivery Service provides Schneider the ability to give its customers more visibility, options and cost savings for LTL shipments."

Additional information on Schneider Logistics' new Integrated Delivery Service is available online at or by calling 1-888-491-1653.

About Schneider Logistics, Inc.
Schneider Logistics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider National, Inc., is a leading supply chain management provider for domestic and international shippers. The company provides Supply Chain Management, Transportation Management, domestic China and Port Logistics solutions through its transloading, warehousing, distribution, port dray and Inland Logistics Management services.

A $3.1 billion company, Schneider National has provided logistics and transportation expertise for over 75 years. For more information about Schneider Logistics, visit

AMRA Annual Member Meeting Set for Las Vegas

Falls Church, VA -The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) and Motorist Assurance
Program (MAP), the consumer outreach program of AMRA, will host its annual Fall Membership meeting
Monday, October 31, in Las Vegas, NV.

The annual meeting, to be held at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, kicks off Automotive Industry Week
for AMRA/MAP. Several industry trade shows will be held during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, including the
International Big R Show & Powertrain Expo (sponsored by APRA and ATRA), AAPEX and SEMA.

The annual meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with a Continental Breakfast, followed by the general business
portion of the meeting. This will include the installation of new board members and updates from various
AMRA/MAP committees.

After a networking break, featured speaker Jeff Anderson, the Director of Consulting and Analytics for
Experian Automotive, will take the podium. Anderson is responsible for developing strategic product initiatives
and optimizing the use of Experian Automotive's data assets in support of custom analyses. He frequently
presents Experian's insights into the automotive sector at industry events and has been quoted in top-tier
business and trade publications.

A graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in marketing and advertising, Anderson joined
Experian in 2004 after holding positions in key research, data analysis and consulting roles focused on the
automotive industry with companies such as Hamill, Thursam & Everett, Performance Marketing;
BBDO/InterOne Marketing Group; and the Polk Company.

Following the conclusion of the meeting, all attendees are invited to remain for a Networking Luncheon.
There is a cost for attending the meeting and luncheon; for more information, please contact Ben Trittipoe at

AMRA/MAP will have a booth at the AAPEX show during Industry Week, located at Booth 541 on the
upper level.

Betts Spring Introduces Smart™ A17 Technology Spring Loaded Mud Flap Hangers

Fresno, CA (September 19, 2011) Betts Spring has introduced the most innovative spring loaded mud flap hangers available to the heavy truck industry in more than two decades.  Betts, for generations a pioneering manufacturer of quality coil springs, has developed Smart™ A17 Technology that will offer Class 8 operators lighter weight, corrosion resistant spring loaded mud flap hangers with exceptional performance and extended life cycles.

Betts' Smart™ hangers have been laboratory and field tested to meet equipment manufacturer and end user demands.  The proprietary Smart™ design incorporates an open wound coil spring with unrivaled rate recovery and yield performance.  Betts has reduced the weight by 5% over current spring loaded mud flap hangers and at the same time, improved performance characteristics.   Betts' full line of straight arm, tapered arm and angle down spring-loaded mud flap hangers are being replaced with Smart™ A17 Technology products that are currently being rolled out to Betts' distributors.  By October 1, all major Class 8 manufacturers will complete release of the Smart™ hangers for production. 

Betts Spring has earned "first hang" position with major OE manufactures of Class 8 vehicles and is the first choice for aftermarket replacement and upgrade. This premier position has been earned by unwavering attention to quality and on time delivery, which consistently exceeds 99%.  Betts is a registered ISO 9001, ISO/TS16949 and ISO 14001 manufacturer. 

About Betts Spring

For over one hundred forty (140) years and during six generations of continuous family ownership, Betts Spring Company has practiced daily the mission of its founder and decorated spring maker William Michael Betts I – "Building Well, Serving Better".  From its proud beginning as the first spring manufacturer in the Western United States, Betts has evolved into a diversified manufacturing and distribution company servicing the requirements of heavy duty trucking, automotive and industrial clients with innovative, patented solutions, products and services made in the USA.  For more information, please visit

Webb Wheel OEM Business Promotes Wiechmann to Engineering Manager

Tell City, IN (September 19, 2011) Webb Wheel Products has promoted Adam Wiechmann to Engineering Manager for the OEM Business Unit.  In his new role Wiechmann will be responsible for managing the design, development, and testing of Webb OE wheel end products that include disc wheel hubs, brake drums and rotors.   

"Adam brings solid experience and academic background to his new position that will enhance our capabilities to meet the market's demands for high performance wheel end products" commented Kent Finkbiner, Business Unit President.  "With new braking regulations and additional attention to safety under the new CSA regulations, we know that equipment buyers want exceptional performance from the products we supply.  Our engineering department under Adam's direction will continue Webb's tradition of industry leading wheel-end products as well as continuing technology enhancements."

Wiechmann first joined Webb Wheel in 2008 as Senior Product Engineer.  In this position, in addition to his product design responsibilities, he played a key role in developing new testing protocols, prototype procedures and other product development functions.  Prior to Webb, Wiechmann worked at General Motors in increasingly responsible engineering positions.  He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters of Business Administration.   

Webb Wheel Products, Inc., headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, manufactures hubs, brake drums and rotors for medium- and heavy- duty trucks, trailers and buses. Webb Wheel is a Marmon Highway Technologies®/Berkshire Hathaway company. Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) supports the highway transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services.

TMW Systems Certifies PC*MILER 25

Grapevine, Texas –September 19, 2011 – ALK Technologies, Inc. today announced the successful integration and certification of industry-standard PC*MILER® 25 and PC*MILER|Tolls 25 by strategic alliance partner TMW Systems to ensure customers can take advantage of the new enhancements.

TMW Systems, the leading provider of enterprise transportation software, has certified the new PC*MILER 25 release for its Optimization Software products IDSC ExpertFuel, IDSC TripAlert, and IDSC MatchAdvice, Appian Logistics, TruckMate and TMWSuite.  Certification to other TMW Systems Enterprise Transportation Software is in process.

With new time-based features and enhancements, PC*MILER's twenty-fifth annual edition makes it simple to define a departure or arrival date and time to calculate more realistic transit times. PC*MILER 25 also has critical map data updates such as truck restrictions and truck-specific toll costs.

ALK will demonstrate PC*MILER 25 at the TMW Systems TransForum User Conference and Exhibition at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, September 18-21, Booth 300.

"Transportation service providers are concerned not only with cost containment but improving process efficiencies and data accuracy," said David Wangler, President and CEO of TMW Systems.  "We continue to invest with our partners to take full advantage of the latest software developments to provide our customers with the best tools to achieve their goals."

PC*MILER 25 can also be delivered as a hosted solutions offering through TMW Managed Services when integrated with the IDSC Optimization, TL2000, TMWSuite, TruckMate and Innovative IES platforms.  TMW Managed Services is designed to reduce IT risk and infrastructure investments, ensure system scalability and streamline technology deployments.

PC*MILER is the industry's most comprehensive and accurate truck-specific digital map data. PC*MILER 25 map data features and enhancements include 220,000 new and updated truck restrictions and allowances in addition to over 3.78 million road-specific attributes that affect truck travel.

Additional features include:
•    An expanded capability to calculate toll costs based on time of day travel for 31 discount toll programs in the United States and Canada.
•    Map tools to create geofences. When a route crosses a geofence, PC*MILER 25 displays a warning in the route itinerary or avoids the geofenced area altogether, based on user preferences.
•    Real-time and historical traffic speeds to calculate optimal routes, more precise transit times and ETAs.

 "The integration of PC*MILER 25 with TMW Systems' products adds even more precision to one of the most widely used platforms for planning and optimizing fleet operations," said Barry J. Glick, CEO of ALK Technologies. "ALK is pleased to be able to provide valuable real-time and predictive traffic speed data and features to TMW customers."

This valuable traffic speed data is included free of charge in PC*MILER 25 until the release of PC*MILER 26 in 2012. 

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Old Dominion Opens New Service Center in Pennsylvania

ALTOONA, Pennsylvania (Sept. 19, 2011) – Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. today opened a new service center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in response to significant growth in the region. The company plans to immediately hire 14 employees to support the new facility and expects to make 10 additional hires by September 2012.

Construction of the service center is part of a $100-120 million investment that Old Dominion is committing to real estate purchases and expansion projects in 2011. The Altoona Service Center will enhance the company's existing network of six additional service centers in Pennsylvania, where trucks move more than 1.2 million tons of freight each business day.
"Altoona's location in central Pennsylvania along the Interstate 99 corridor – and in close proximity to Interstate 70 and Interstate 80 – will allow us to provide direct, next-day service to many locations that previously required a two-day shipping window," said Bob Rice, service center manager at the Old Dominion Altoona Service Center. "The service center will allow us to continue growth in Pennsylvania, enabling us to provide our customers with more shipping options."
Old Dominion constructed the 40-door facility, located on an eight-acre site at 147 Theater Drive in Duncansville. To start operations, the company will employ 16 to provide service to nearly 75 cities in a 50-mile radius surrounding Altoona.

For more information about Old Dominion, including a list of available positions at the new service center, visit 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. More information can be found at

AAIA Appoints Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs

BETHESDA, MD – Sept. 19, 2011 – The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) today announced the appointment of Sheryl Wilkerson as senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs. The appointment will strengthen the current staff and bolster the association's presence in Congress, regulatory agencies and in the global marketplace, according to AAIA.

Wilkerson was previously president of Willow, LLC, where she advised automotive, telematics, industry associations and wireless and technology companies on regulatory, government affairs, public safety and technology issues. She has served as senior vice president, strategic and corporate services, for Ygmoi, LLC, a family of global technology, call center, vehicle telematics, wireless and QSR businesses based in Oak Brook, Ill.

Wilkerson has been affiliated with a number of Washington, D.C. associations and law firms and has held senior staff positions at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Federal Judiciary, Federal Communications Commission and a Vice Presidential campaign.

"Sheryl will add depth and breadth to our government affairs team as we strive to strengthen our on-going state and federal relationships and leadership role built by Aaron Lowe and his team while developing an ambitious international program for our member companies," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. "Bringing Sheryl on board with her extensive background and experience is especially timely and critical as the association confronts an ever-increasing number of domestic and global issues facing the aftermarket industry."

Wilkerson received her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Indiana University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Supreme Court Bars.

About AAIA
AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 23,000 member and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tool, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores and distribution outlets.

EPA Provides $1.5 Million for Clean Diesel Upgrades in Massachusetts

(Boston, Mass. – Sept. 19, 2011) – The U.S. EPA is providing over $1.5 million for four projects in Massachusetts to improve air quality through rapid deployment of clean diesel technologies. The EPA funds are part of a larger collaborative effort between EPA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and several other organizations, to leverage significant resources to reduce diesel emissions, improve public health, and promote clean diesel technology.

Diesel engines contribute significantly to air pollution, especially in urban areas. The fine particles in diesel exhaust pose serious health risks, including aggravated asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects. The Northeast has some of the highest asthma rates in the nation, including a childhood asthma rate above 10 percent in all six New England states.

"Reducing diesel emissions is a proven and effective way to improve air quality. Investing in Clean Diesel projects here in Massachusetts will protect peoples' health, improve air quality and help our economy by keeping jobs here in our communities," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. "Reducing diesel emissions means cleaner air for everyone, which is especially important for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems."

"As part of Gov. Patrick's ongoing commitment to protecting public health and the environment, these upgrades will reduce pollution and keep our air cleaner in many communities across the state," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. "Retrofitting this heavy duty transportation fleet will lower harmful diesel emissions and provide air quality benefits for years to come."

The projects include a $500,000 EPA grant to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) that will help improve air quality in South Boston, as truck owners upgrade diesel engines to new low-polluting models that will drastically reduce diesel exhaust. The EPA funding for Massport will replace 20 trucks operating at the Conley Container Terminal in the Port of Boston which are 15-25 years old, with new trucks that comply with 2007 emission standards. The particulate matter emissions from each new truck will be more than 20 times cleaner when compared to the highly polluting models currently in use; in terms of nitrogen oxides, the new trucks are 3 times cleaner than the trucks that they are replacing.

"We are proud to partner with the EPA on this important program," said David S. Mackey, Interim CEO of Massport. "The funding will allow us to implement a Clean Truck initiative at Conley Container Terminal aimed at reducing port-related emissions, and producing significant air quality benefits for residents in South Boston and other nearby communities."

Other related projects announced today to reduce diesel emissions in the greater Boston area include:
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: EPA is providing $373,750 to Mass DEP. This project will install diesel particulate filters on heavy-duty wheeled loaders owned and operated by the Mass. Dept. of Transportation (MassDOT), reducing PM by 0.18 tons per year, volatile organic compounds (VOC) (a precursor to ozone), by 0.21 tons per year, and carbon monoxide (CO) by .75 tons per year.  The retrofitted equipment will reduce emissions on or near roadways spanning several communities across the state. 

"This grant will allow MassDEP and MassDOT to continue our successful collaboration to significantly reduce diesel emissions from the state fleet. The grant will clean the air that we breathe and improve the environment in our communities," said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. "I want to thank the EPA for this important funding and for its support of our diesel emission reduction efforts."

Chelsea Collaborative, Inc.: EPA is providing $280,000 to the Chelsea Collaborative's Green Space and Recreation Committee to repower Transport Refrigeration Units (TRU) on 11 produce delivery trucks operating in Everett and Chelsea, Mass.  The diesel operated TRUs will be replaced with all electric TRUs powered by main engine-driven onboard electric generation/battery storage systems.  The TRUs will also be able to plug-in directly to docking stations at the owner's, Don Shapiro Produce, shipping dock in Everett.  Eliminating the need to idle, the project directly benefits the densely populated communities of Everett and Chelsea, both considered environmental justice communities.  The project follows a Recovery Act-funded project through which the Chelsea Collaborative replaced 90 TRUs at the New England Produce Center.

CLF Ventures, Inc.: EPA is providing $391,500 to CLF Ventures.  This project will repower four "tier 0" (pre-regulated) marine engines in two marine vessels: The Atlantic Queen II, an 80-foot marine fishing/excursion vessel out of Rye, N.H.; and The Captain's Lady II, a 90-foot charter fishing and excursion vessel operating out of Newburyport, Mass.  The project demonstrates a cost-effective approach to removing NOx emissions while also achieving an estimated 14 percent reduction in fuel consumption.

"This EPA funding will allow CLF Ventures, Inc. to work with Atlantic Fishing Fleet, Inc. and Captain's Fishing Parties to reduce their impacts on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing fuel costs during hard times," said Dr. JoAnne Shatkin, CEO of CLF Ventures, Inc., the non-profit consulting arm of the Conservation Law Foundation.

In addition to helping to create and retain jobs, the clean diesel projects would reduce premature deaths, asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments, lost work days, and many other health impacts every year.

Duane Reade and Smith Electric Vehicles Partner to Bring All-Electric Delivery Vehicles to New York's Streets

NEW YORK and KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 19, 2011 - In an effort to improve fuel efficiency standards and lower carbon dioxide emissions, Duane Reade today announced a partnership with Smith Electric Vehicles to add Newton™ zero-emission, all-electric commercial trucks to its delivery fleet. With the addition of these medium-duty trucks, Duane Reade is the first retail pharmacy in the United States to choose fleet electrification through a pilot program with the global leader in zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles.

The new eco-friendly additions to Duane Reade's delivery fleet will prove ideal for urban delivery applications that demand heavy stop-and-go driving, with a market-leading range in excess of 100 miles on a single overnight charge, a payload of more than 16,000 pounds and an average annual operating cost that is one-third to one-half that of conventional diesel trucks. The Newton produces zero emissions, is virtually silent and features a regenerative braking system that reduces wear on the brakes while restoring charge to the battery.

Paul Tiberio, SVP Merchandising & Chief Marketing Officer of Duane Reade, commented, "In having a significant part of our retail foundation within the most dynamic urban center in the world, we want to do our part to conserve energy across all areas of operation by lowering our carbon footprint in addition to creatively integrating low-energy output solutions within Duane Reade stores. We are excited to partner with Smith Electric Vehicles and are confident the investments we are making today are not only good for the environment, but they also work to increase our business efficiency. Milea Truck Group and Continental Truck Body were major players in helping to bring Smith Electric to Duane Reade and building the truck body here in NYC, providing jobs for New Yorkers."

Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles, commented, "We welcome Duane Reade as the first retail pharmacy in the United States that has chosen fleet electrification as a viable economic option that also advances its sustainability goals. Duane Reade is joining a growing family of Smith vehicles in New York City that includes Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Down East Seafood. We're pleased to join Duane Reade in improving its bottom line while making the Big Apple cleaner and quieter."

This program is part of a continued energy initiative at Duane Reade, whereby all new and renovated stores feature 95% to 98% low-heat LED lighting, translating to approximately 40% less power consumption each year, eliminating the high-energy output air-conditioning units that were once required to mitigate the excessive heat produced by traditional light sources. In these same stores, Duane Reade has also incorporated Polyflor flooring, which is produced by using 30% less water than most other commercial surfaces. It requires little maintenance and cleaning, while presenting an average life span of 20 to 25 years, thereby significantly reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

About Smith Electric Vehicles:
Smith Electric Vehicles ( manufactures and markets zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are designed to be a superior-performing alternative to traditional diesel trucks due to higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. Its vehicle designs leverage more than 80 years of experience in selling and servicing electric vehicles in the United Kingdom. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and outside of Newcastle, U.K.

About Duane Reade
Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in New York City. In keeping with company's brand vision of New York Living Made Easy, Duane Reade provides New Yorkers with prescriptions, health products and services, beauty products and services, food and convenience items for daily life in the City... everything for "How I Feel", "How I Look", and "What I Need Now".  The company operates 250+ stores throughout the metropolitan New York region. Duane Reade is part of the Walgreens family of companies, the nation's largest drugstore chain with more than 7,700 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

NAFA's Carolinas Chapter Holds Annual Business Meeting In Myrtle Beach October 2-4

(SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 - PRINCETON, NJ) – Business and pleasure will go hand in hand when NAFA's Carolinas Chapter holds its Annual Business Meeting October 2-4 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.  Over a course of three days, attendees will hear from high ranking executives from fleet leasing companies, major automakers, and a nationally renowned motivational speaker; they will have the opportunity to participate in a ride & drive, take part in a fleet expo, and have time to network with colleagues and industry professionals.  Attendees will also get the chance to participate in a golf tournament, enjoy a cocktail reception, and see musicians like Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison via a Legends In Concert show.

NAFA Fleet Management Association is comprised of 33 chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.   The Carolinas Chapter is holding its Annual Business Meeting in conjunction with the Southeast Government Fleet Managers Association (SGFMA).

Registration for the Annual Business Meeting begins immediately following a golf tournament taking place at River Oaks Plantation.  Following registration, Chapter Chair Kirk Budhai, Fleet Manager for Hearst Corporation Service Center, will welcome everyone to the meeting before presenting Tracy A. Williams, the former Harlem Globetrotter and nationally acclaimed motivational and transformational speaker, consultant, and trainer.  A reception and time for networking closes out the first day.

The second day begins with NAFA Affiliate Matt Betz, Vice President – Government Fleet Services Corporate Fleet Division, LeasePlan USA, speaking on "Fleet Management Branding."  He will be followed by opening remarks by Kirk Budhai; Oscar Tribble, SGFMA President; and Douglas Weichman, CAFM, President of NAFA Fleet Management Association.

Highlights of the Annual Meeting include OEM presentations by Chrysler LLC ("What direction are we going and a look into the future"), General Motors ("The Volt, new police vehicles: what to expect in the future"), Ford Motor Company ("Out with the old, in with the new: a look into the future"), and Mercedes Benz ("Clean diesel technology applicable in fleet applications"); Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, and Volkswagen will comprise a special OEM panel discussion; and high ranking executives from the industry including George Kilroy, President/CEO of PHH Arval and Randy Owen, Senior Vice President at Mercury Associates will also speak.  Kilroy will discuss "Industry changes/innovations/new technology" and Owen will provide a look at "Vehicle replacement planning and life cycle cost analysis."

Registration for the Annual Business Meeting is $100 for NAFA Members and $110 for non-members.  The golf tournament is $70 per person and admission for the Legends in Concert show costs $29 per person.  Blocks of hotel rooms at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel have been reserved by NAFA at a special group rate of $93 per night.

For more information or to request a registration form, please email

 About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world's premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit