Carrier, dealer directories available from TTS

More than 21,000 individual U.S. trucking firms -- representing companies with a combined total of 2.5-million vehicles and $127 billion in total revenue -- are offered in the new National Motor Carrier Directory now available from Transportation Technical Services. The 1,535-page directory includes 5,100 new listings. Each profile features the name of the chief executive officer, address, motor carrier number, type of authority, revenue, scope of operation, and amount of equipment.

TTS has also published the first Directory of Truck Dealers, a listing of 1,600 of the top medium- and heavy-truck dealers. The motor carrier directory, priced at $345, and the dealer directory at $95, can be purchased from TTS by calling 800-666-4887. Disk versions are also available.

EPA, CARB certify DDC natural gas engine Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have awarded emissions certification to Detroit Diesel Corp. for the Series 30G natural gas engine. This engine family is the first to be certified to the EPA's low-emissions vehicle standards and California's oxides of nitrogen standards. Because DDC's 30G natural gas engine is eligible for the federal Clean Fuel Fleet program, fleets that purchase a vehicle with this engine before the 1998 implementation date will obtain emissions credits.

Peterbilt bestows top technician honors Barry Simpson of Keystone Peterbilt, Lancaster, Pa., is the recipient of the 1996 Peterbilt/ASE Master Medium/ Heavy Truck Technician of the Year award. Peterbilt Motors Co. sponsors the competition among all of its dealership technicians. In addition to a cash award, Simpson received a trip for two to the '96 ASE board of directors meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

QS-9000 kudos to Spicer Driveshaft Div. QS-9000 certification has been awarded to the Atkins, Va., facility and the Toledo, Ohio-based World Center of Engineering and Technology of Dana Corp.'s Spicer Driveshaft Div. Originally developed by truck makers, the QS-9000 standard is based on ISO-9001, with specific requirements added to address the needs of truck and auto OEMs. Augmented by the Big Three -- Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors -- it now includes parts of their internally developed quality programs.

Horton hits the road Drivers who need service for a Horton product while on the road need only dial 1-888-GO-HORTON for help. Dubbed "Ready Road Response," the program has ASE-certified telephone customer support people who field calls to help drivers troubleshoot problems related to Horton products. If a service technician is needed to make repairs, arrangements will be made for towing and service at the closest facility. According to Nels Johnson, executive-vp, Horton Vehicle Components, "Once the truck is in the shop, they will call every hour to make sure progress is being made to get our customer back on the road."

Stemco expands advanced wheel-end line Stemco Inc., Longveiw, Tex., recently acquired Ceromet's Pro-Torq advanced spindle nut system line. With their single-nut construction, Pro-Torq nuts are said to eliminate variability in wheel bearing adjustment, leading to improved wheel-end and tire performance, as well as longer maintenance intervals. Ceromet is a division of Anaheim, Calif.-based Metal Powder Products.

Post Office taps Freightliner The U.S. Postal Service has awarded Freightliner a contract to build 50 alternative fuel delivery trucks for compressed natural gas (CNG). The two-ton mail trucks will be among the first medium-duty vehicles built by a truck manufacturer using the Cummins CNG engine. To date, only buses and light-duty vehicles with alternative fuel engines have been available from OEMs. The trucks, which will be used for daily mail delivery in New York City, will be built at the Freightliner Custom Chassis plant in Gaffney, S.C.

Dorsey picks Rockwell Wabco ABS Dorsey Trailers has selected Rockwell Wabco's Easy-Stop 2200 trailer antilock braking system (ABS) as standard equipment on all its trailers. According to Leonard Buckman, president of Rockwell Wabco Vehicle Control Systems, "Fleets and owner-operators are demanding the greater braking control and stability that trailer ABS can offer, as well as its contribution to lower operating costs."

SPX Automotive, Mac Tools form alliance An alliance to promote the sale, distribution, and service of SPX Corp. midrange and high-end products has been established by SPX Automotive Diagnostics and the Mac Tools division of Stanley Works. Operating under the trade name Mac Equipment Program, the venture will involve the SPX Automotive Div.'s sales team working closely with Mac Tools distributors. SPX Service network field technicians will also participate.

Allison Transmission receives ISO 9001 ISO-9001 accreditation was recently awarded to Allison Transmission. The company has been preparing for the complete registration for ISO-9000 since 1994, in an effort to make sure customers know that the company's quality processes meet consistent, measurable quality standards worldwide.

ViPar Heavy Duty adds locations ViPar Heavy Duty, a distributor network for the heavy-duty industry, has added three new members, with a total of 11 locations. This brings the number of ViPar distributors in North America to 68, operating more than 240 locations. The new firms are Truck & Trailer Parts; Covington Heavy Duty Parts; and Trucks Parts & Equipment.