News & Notes: Dec. 2012
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Durable, resistant color-safe surface markings from Transpo Industries Inc. are delineating bike lanes in big cities across the country.
The long-term solution to color pavement markings has been installed in a connective corridor showcase for green infrastructure in Syracuse, N.Y., in a testing of new pavement-marking materials being conducted by the Federal Highway Administration in several cities including Columbia, Mo. It has also been installed in a St. Louis, Mo., connected system that’s part of the Great Rivers Greenway.
Bonnell Industries Inc. has produced a new attachment for their Push ’n Plow products.
Walmart Distribution Center in Sterling, Ill., approached Bonnell earlier this year with a very specific need: An efficient way to remove snow from around and underneath their trailers, which would make it easier for trucks to back up to trailers and hitch up. In response, Bonnell developed a wing attachment for the current Push ’n Plow line that is shorter in height, allowing the operator to sweep underneath the tongues of the trailers lined up at the distribution center. Bonnell Industries is awaiting feedback on the new attachment from Walmart Distribution Center this winter.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Registration is now open for the work truck industry’s leading educational forum on clean vehicle technologies, the Green Truck Summit.
The Green Truck Summit kicks off an extensive educational conference at The Work Truck Show 2013 on March 5. The Summit gives fleet managers and other industry professionals practical ideas and real-world solutions for implementing new green practices.
In conjunction with the Green Truck Summit, The Work Truck Show 2013 trade show floor will also open March 6-8, with educational sessions starting March 5. The Green Truck Summit and The Work Truck Show are held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Topics for the Green Truck Summit 2013 include clean technology and fuel trends, deployment strategies, viable alternative fuels and funding opportunities. The Summit’s slate of presenters includes a wide range of technical experts and industry leaders, including representatives from truck and engine OEMs, government agencies and fleet operations.
To register for the Green Truck Summit and The Work Truck Show 2013, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.
NAFA Fleet Management Association saw the effects of Hurricane Sandy up close from the association’s home office in Princeton, N.J. The office was forced to close for several days after the storm and many employees who live along the Jersey Shore were directly affected.
“Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey hard and while the entire staff was impacted — many of us without power for days, some of us still without power — all of us are here, safe and sound and trying to get back to normal,” said Executive Director Phillip E. Russo. “On behalf of the entire staff, I extend my sincere thanks to all of you who offered support and comfort during this difficult time.
“In response to Hurricane Sandy … NAFA will be making contributions to several relief funds established in the areas hardest hit. After Hurricane Katrina, NAFA donated $3,200 to relief funds in New Orleans, contributing $100 for each NAFA chapter. This time, we will be donating the same amount on behalf of each chapter but dividing the donations among funds in each state.”
To date, the response from NAFA chapters and other fleet management groups has been overwhelming. The Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators is contributing $1,000, and NAFA’s Sunshine State and Puget Sound Chapters have pledged donations as well. The members of FLAGFA and NAFA’s Sunshine State Chapter are well-versed on the damages done by hurricanes and the need for community support. If you would like to help, contact Phil Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mississauga, ON, Canada
Stan Jacks announces a new era in heavy truck lifting with the introduction of the Scorpion TJ12EXT, “The Ultimate Truck Service Jack.”
The Scorpion TJ12EXT was developed to bring in a new era in lifting technology for the heavy-truck industry. Its features include a 24,000-lb. cap, two points of contact when lifting, and the ability to lift the whole front end or rear end at once. It has dual hydraulic systems, is air operated, requires no pumping and has built-in mechanical safety, eliminating the need for vehicle stands. The Scorpion TJI2EXT includes a detachable remote control, pressbutton operation, has a low profile to go under the lowest axles, lifts over 20 inches, is configured in an upright stance for better ergonomics, and more.
Visit www.stanjacks.com for more information and a video demonstrating the jack.
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