D. Mike Pennington, a leading figure in the trucking community over a career that spanned more than 40 years, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 5 of a heart attack near his home in Fernandina Beach, FL. He was 64.
Steve Chapman, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems for the past five years, is retiring, announced John Ruan III, executive chairman. Ben McLean, currently president and COO and part of the third-generation of the Ruan family, is being promoted to CEO.
Chapman will remain a member of the board of directors.
Chapman stepped in as CEO for Ruan while John Ruan III was beginning his term as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.
Eaton Corp. has named Pavan Pattada president-North American Truck, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Pattada most recently served as senior vice president, Corporate Supply Chain Management for Eaton. He will be based in Galesburg, Michigan
Heater manufacturer, Espar was honored with two awards from OEM customers in 2014, according to a release from the company.
In June, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) presented Espar with their Masters of Quality award. Espar noted that the award is the highest recognition DTNA gives to its suppliers. Only the top 3% of more than a 1,000 suppliers earn it each year.
Let’s face it; fleets are NOT going to see cheaper trucks and fuel, a rush of people begging to become drivers, disappearing regulations, or a Camelot-like sweeping away of traffic congestion before dawn everyday any time soon. Instead, the job of trucking has become tougher and tougher and the results have been devastating for many carriers.
Three veteran maintenance professionals are getting together on Thursday, September 4 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT in a free, live webinar to talk about how truck maintenance is changing due to altered duty cycles, new regulations, equipment changes and outside pressures.
Medium-duty truck maker Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. unveiled what it calls an Idle Limit System (ILS) option for controlling engine idle times that added to any of its 2012 through 2015 model-year Canter work trucks.
The OEM said its ILS programming can be set at the time of programming to shut the engine down after three, five or ten minutes of idle duration and since the system employs existing switches and sensors, no additional hardware is required.
Robert Hegbloom is taking over as head of Chrysler’s Group Ram Truck division, replacing Reid Bigland, who will become chief of the Alfa Romeo Brand for the NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] region for Chrysler. Bigland will also retain his role as head of U.S. Sales for Chrysler as well as president and CEO of Chrysler Canada.
Both Hegbloom and Bigland will serve on Chrysler’s NAFTA Leadership Team, with Bigland also maintaining his role on the Fiat Chrysler Group Executive Council (GEC).