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  • Up on stage

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 30, 2012
      I had quite a thrill last week. I was invited to serve as a session moderator during Heavy Duty Dialogue (HDD) ’12, the theme of which was: The Global Commercial Vehicle Industry . If you’re not familiar with HDD, it is an exceptional...
  • A witch hunt in Detroit

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 23, 2012
      Book titles and covers have always intrigued me. While I subscribe to that old saying, “Don't judge a book by its cover,” I nevertheless use a book title and its cover to help make an assessment about reading the book. So, when I came...
  • Want to help your technicians stay safer at work?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 16, 2012
    For more than 30 years, DuPont’s STOP (Safety Training Observation Program) has helped organizations prevent injuries by increasing safety awareness. Thousands of companies and government organizations worldwide have realized not only the human...
  • My visit to the ATHS

    By David A. Kolman - Thursday January 12, 2012
    While in Kansas City, MO, I had the opportunity to take part in a special visit to the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS). I was somewhat familiar with ATHS, and at one time subscribed to its Wheels of Time publication. However, I really had...
  • Motivation on the factory floor

    - Sunday January 8, 2012
      When it comes to almost anything, a little friendly competition usually enhances things. Volvo Trucks has taken this concept and adapted it to its seven Volvo Powertrain plants around the world, including the one in Hagerstown, MD. A subsidiary...
  • Opportunity Knocks

    By Jacques Gordon - Friday January 6, 2012
    Just got our first real cold weather here in the mid-Atlantic area; lots of dead batteries and hard-start cold issues, so most shops around here are pretty busy this week. Of course, most of those cars haven’t been to a shop for a while, and...
  • Here is to another new year

    - Monday December 26, 2011
      Personally, I am not a big fan of New Years. I don’t like to see another year end and a new one start. And this seems to happen faster as I grow older. Nevertheless, for each and every New Year I make resolutions. Why? Because many years...
  • Christmas Eve at the maintenance facility

    - Tuesday December 20, 2011
      T’was the night before Christmas and all through the maintenance facility, Not a creature was stirring, and there was no technician-manager hostility.   The stockings were hung in the lunchroom with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon...
  • Strengthen your relationship with truck drivers

    - Thursday December 15, 2011
        Want an easy way to help solidify a strong relationship with truckers? Help them keep money in their pocket and avoid losing their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Make sure they are aware that effective January 3, 2012, it is illegal to...
  • An accomplished individual

    - Monday December 12, 2011
      Thanks to the nice folks at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and its Alliance Truck Parts, I got to meet Sam Hornish, Jr. For those of you who may not be into car racing, this 33-year-old from Defiance, OH, is one of the most successful...