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  • An Introduction

    By David Kolman - Monday September 21, 2009
    Let me briefly introduce myself. I'm David A. Kolman, the new editor of Fleet Maintenance Magazine. I have assumed the reins of this outstanding publication from Mark O'Connell. I'm very excited about this new opportunity and am thrilled to be...
  • So Long

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday July 15, 2009
    This is possibly my last Fleet Maintenance blog entry, as I have decided to step down as editor of this fine magazine and pursue new opportunities as an alternative fuels consultant, helping fleets transition to cleaner, affordable, sustainable fuels. I'm...
  • SUCCESS!

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday July 15, 2009
    The first ever Nebraska SuperTech is over, and what a success it was! There are so many things I want to blog about as to what worked and what we could improve on for next year. But for now, I just want to publicly announce all of the winners of...
  • Nebraska SuperTech, Day Zero!

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday July 8, 2009
    Our guest blogger, Amanda Schuier, can't blog for us this week, because today, July 8th, is the day of the Nebraska State Maintenance Council's first annual SuperTech technician skills competition. I couldn't be happier or more proud of what Amanda has...
  • Nebraska SuperTech is Here!

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday July 2, 2009
    Only one week to go! To say that the SuperTech Steering Committee is running around like crazy would be an understatement. There are a lot of little loose ends that still need to be tied up. We’re finalizing catering menus, making sure the news media is...
  • Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2010 In The Works

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday July 2, 2009
    I had the pleasure of spending the day in Chicago yesterday helping to plan out the educational program for the 2010 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, to be held next January in Las Vegas. I have to say, it was great spending the day with 30 or so heavy duty...
  • The Future of Commercial Fleets?

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday June 25, 2009
    Remember a few years back when Daimler-Chrysler introduced the awkward-looking Sprinter van to the North American market, at Dodge and Freightliner dealers? Back then, only a few people at FedEx thought that this very Euro vehicle could make much of a...
  • And the Winners Are...

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday June 17, 2009
    Sixteen technicians have been invited to compete in the final round of the inaugural SuperTech competition. The scores of all 30 technicians were very, very close. The following 16 are invited to attend the final round in Hastings:  (IN ALPHABETICAL...
  • EGR vs. SCR, Round 2

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday June 17, 2009
    The 2010 "EGR vs. SCR" emission control system debate has taken some interesting turns in recent days. The big news is that Navistar has filed a lawsuit against the EPA, because way back in 2001 the Agency expressed misgivings about whether Selective...
  • No Time to Rest!

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday June 11, 2009
    Thirty technicians across the state of Nebraska are sitting on pins and needles waiting to see if they will compete in the hands-on round of the Nebraska SuperTech competition in Hastings, Neb., on July 8. Fortunately, they only have to wait seven more...