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  • A Positive Climate

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday February 19, 2009
    I just got back from the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) event in Orlando, hosted by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and several other trade organizations, and I am happy to day that I was surprised by the climate. The climate on...
  • "SuperTech" is My Middle Name

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday February 19, 2009
    I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Technology and Maintenance Council’s annual meeting and exposition down in Orlando, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend. There were numerous seminars I attended that will help me be better at my...
  • How Many Miles Can a DPF Go?

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday February 12, 2009
    I just got back from the Technology & Maintenance Council's (TMC) Annual Meeting and Expo in Orlando, and of all the presentations and discussions I heard or took part in during the week, one stands out in particular. In the "Shop Talk" session, a fleet...
  • See You in Florida!

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday February 5, 2009
    This will be my last blog before I will see many of you down in sunny Florida. I can’t wait to catch up with a lot of you face-to-face and expand my growing network within the trucking industry.  The editor of Fleet Maintenance, Mark O’Connell...
  • Straight Talk on Biodiesel

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday February 5, 2009
    I just got back from the National Biodiesel Conference in San Francisco, and I have some good news for fleet managers who have held back on using biodiesel because they're afraid of cold-weather performance and clogged fuel filters. While at the...
  • Slightly Off-Course

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday January 29, 2009
    Since all of the SuperTech Steering Committee members work full-time in our day jobs, SuperTech is really a labor of love. With the holidays and a busy year-end, our SuperTech planning has been on the back burner. But now that registration is only four...
  • Sign of the Times

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday January 29, 2009
    This week, in what is surely a sign of the times, Kenworth and Peterbilt, the two American truck brands of PACCAR, Inc., announced that they would not have exhibits at the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, perhaps the biggest truck show...
  • Selling Isn't Just for Girl Scouts

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 21, 2009
    I’ve never sold anything in my life. Except a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the fourth grade. However, I have morphed into a salesperson role since September, after I witnessed the SuperTech competition for the first time.  What am I selling...
  • Introducing... the Fiat Ram?

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 21, 2009
    Maybe it's not that crazy... Fiat, Chrysler (and Cerberus, Chrysler's owner) issued a joint press release today stating that the Italian automaker will be taking a 35% stake in the troubled American firm. In exchange for that stake, Fiat will provide...
  • The High Cost of High Mileage

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 14, 2009
    The other day I attended a presentation by Jim Hebe, the Senior Vice President of North American Sales for Navistar, Inc., about International Truck's decision to buck the industry trend and avoid using a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment...