Equipment en PACCAR to build new plant in Texas <div class="field-deck"> Dynacraft facility will be located about 30 miles from Dallas. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Ken Hastings, <a href="">Paccar</a>&rsquo;s head of investor relations and corporate development, confirmed to Fleet Owner the company is planning to a new manufacturing facility in McKinney, TX., located about 30 miles north of Dallas.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 23 May 2017 16:19:00 +0000 219141 at <p>A worker inside the PACCAR parts distribution center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. (Photo: PACCAR)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Shell SuperRigs 2017: And the winners are … <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, WI, captured Best of Show honors with his 2016&nbsp;<span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Peterbilt</a></span> 389 at the 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held May 18-20 at Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK. He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer. Rethwisch also won for Best Interior and Best Engine.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 23 May 2017 12:32:00 +0000 219121 at Penske opens new facility in Lafayette <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Penske Truck Leasing</a> announced the opening of its new facility in Lafayette, LA. Located at 2744 NE Evangeline Thruway, the building will offer full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Tue, 23 May 2017 11:54:00 +0000 219101 at Jim Hackett to replace Mark Fields at Ford <div class="field-deck"> Executive suite change-up is part of OEM’s effort to “transform” automaker for the future. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. is tapping <strong>Jim Hackett</strong> as its new president and CEO to replace Mark Fields, who is retiring. The move comes as the automaker struggled to adopt a <a href="" target="_blank">new strategic vision</a> regarding mobility and technology in the face of declining stock value.</p> <p>The OEM has lost nearly 40% of its stock value over the last three years, according to analysts.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Tue, 23 May 2017 10:06:00 +0000 219061 at <p>Jim Hackett, 62, has served as executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC since March 2016. (<em>Photo: Ford</em>)</p> Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation releases May confidence index <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Equipment Leasing &amp; Finance Foundation</a> released the <a href="" target="_blank">May 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry</a> (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Mon, 22 May 2017 12:21:00 +0000 219001 at Enterprise Truck opens new facility in southern Indiana <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Enterprise Truck Rental</a> has opened a new location in southern Indiana, located at 3800 Payne Koehler Road in New Albany. The facility is situated for customers in the greater Louisville area who would otherwise have to cross the Ohio River into Kentucky for truck rental services, the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HD Pickup & Van Equipment News Mon, 22 May 2017 12:01:00 +0000 218991 at Shell SuperRigs 2017: Day 2 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>The trucks that gathered to compete in the 35th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck competition at Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK, showed off a lot of style and substance in equal amounts; both in terms of their exteriors and interiors alike. Here are a few looks from day two of the competition, which wrapped up this past weekend. (<em>Photos: Shell</em>)</p> </div> Equipment News Mon, 22 May 2017 03:34:00 +0000 218971 at Class 8 backlog rises close to April 2016 levels <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Strong orders surpassed build in April, boosting industry backlogs to their best level since March 2016, according to <a href="" target="_blank">ACT Research</a>. The order strength in 2017 has largely been by the tractor daycab market.</p> <p>&ldquo;In April, tractor daycab orders were up nearly 200% from year-ago levels, while year-to-date net order performance is up 92%,&rdquo; noted Steve Tam, ACT Research&rsquo;s vice president.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Fri, 19 May 2017 12:41:00 +0000 218931 at Shake, rattle, roll: Tour Daimler's HDPG <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div>MADRAS, OR. The official first day of summer was still a month away, but the Pacific Northwest rainy season gave way to brilliant sunshine and mild temperatures just in time to allow Daimler executives and community leaders to forecast a bright future for a new truck testing facility here.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Fri, 19 May 2017 12:02:00 +0000 218941 at Daimler opens new Oregon test facility <div class="field-deck"> Company says test track will speed develop of new products, technology </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>MADRAS, OR. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) officially opened its new test facility here May 18, which the company said will speed the development of new vehicles and deployment of advanced technologies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Running Green Fri, 19 May 2017 06:35:00 +0000 218871 at <p>A Freightliner Cascadia&nbsp;takes a lap around the new test track. (Photo: Kevin Jones/Fleet Owner)</p>