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  • 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...
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday June 10, 2009
    This is getting depressing. The "New GM" is not going to include the Chevy Kodiak or GMC Topkick Class-5 through -7 medium-duty trucks. The General announced this week that it would halt production of its venerable work trucks on July 31, after efforts to...
  • Gas Prices Going Up--Is Anyone Surprised?

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday June 3, 2009
    You knew it was coming, didn't you? Summer is here, and gas prices are going up, close to $3 a gallon in many areas. I pretty much knew it was going to happen, which is one reason I bought a flex-fuel Ford this spring, and have been running it on E-85...
  • Championship Season

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday May 27, 2009
    I'm dealing with a strange dilemma here this week. We're preparing our July issue, which for the past three years has been dedicated to the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) SuperTech technician competition. Lee Long, George Arrants and the many...
  • The Hour Approaches

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday May 27, 2009
    The registration process for Nebraska SuperTech is now complete. For the past eight months, we’ve merely been thinking about getting to this point. Now that we’re finally here, I’m pleased to announce we have 28 technicians signed up to be...