Sunday, June 30, 2013

History Haven: The Ford Archives -- Ford Mustang Countdown

When historians document the history of Ford Motor Company and the Mustang, one of the places they look to for information is the company archives. Within the Ford Archives, Dean Weber and his team regularly catalog and retrieve millions of documents, images and videos in one of the oldest corporate archives in America. The archives contain a vast treasure trove of Mustang design drawings, specifications, manuals, brochures, photographs, commercials and more.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: Palfinger

PALFINGER is one of the leading truck equipment manufacturers offering a comprehensive product portfolio of truck-mounted lifting, handling and service equipment throughout North and Latin America. Our high quality of service ensures the reliable, continuous and sustainable performance of our equipment. Through acquisitions PALFINGER continuous to strengthen its role in the market and as a technology leader.


PALFINGER holds the top position in market share in many of its’ business units. This has been achieved through a focus on innovative technologies and a strong commitment to service.


PALFINGER focuses on creating new solutions for our customers. Through advanced technologies and integrated systems, PALFINGER brings a new level of efficiency to the market.


PALFINGER values high quality and excellent service. Through Palfinger University we offer exceptional training opportunities to employees, dealers / distributors and customers.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: United Truck Bodies

Legendary work truck pioneer, Jack Podlesak, started providing the utility and telephone industry with his utility body to provide security and cost savings in 1953. Under Jack's stewardship, the company grew to three locations providing the highest quality utility bodies, cranes and digger derricks to the utility industry.

Jack retired from the business in 1989 at which time, former employees lead by Norm Rose, purchased the company. Norm led the company until his retirement in 2006 at which time the plant was relocated to its present home in Phoenix, Arizona.

UTB is lead today with an experienced team of truck equipment veterans who have continued to grow and expand the company in the tradition of Mr. Podlesak who required that each body was Built to Work...Built to Last!

The product line has expanded today to include crane bodies, dump bodies, contractor and chippers. For all your vocational needs, United Truck Bodies is here to serve the contractor and utility industry.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: Ranger Design Inc

Providing Innovative Van Storage Systems Solutions since 1988

Ranger’s van storage systems success story began in 1988, the brainchild of two brothers with shared passion for innovation, service and integrity. Now with factories in Rochester NY and Montreal QC, and a network of dealers across North America, Ranger Design has progressed far beyond the beginning 25 years ago; yet those same values: innovation, service and integrity, still drive the company today.

In our modern fast-paced world, Ranger combines old-fashioned values with cutting-edge technology to bring you consistent quality and strength, in an efficient way, to meet your toughest deadlines.  Our products are backed by an unbeatable warranty – your vehicle will wear out before your Ranger upfit does!   From shelving units and van storage systems to partitions and ladder racks, we believe that Ranger has the solution to your unique needs.

Contact us today and experience the Ranger difference yourself!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cleaning Up with Natural Gas

The same type of gas you use to cook a pot of spaghetti in your home can also be a safe, clean and every bit as capable a solution for your vehicle. And, according to current national averages, a cheaper solution. Ford is already taking steps toward a future where we rely less on petroleum vehicles and more on vehicles that run on natural gas and other alternative fuels

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ford Goes Electric

Ford has five vehicles that run on electric technology. It's part of our strategy to make cars that last when it comes to efficiency on the road and to create a lasting impact on our earth -- doing our share to reduce the impacts of climate change. It's also about building a range of electric vehicles, from all-electric to plug-in hybrids, that fit the needs of each customer.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ford Alternative Fuel Solutions

When it comes to climate change, Ford is offering solutions that can help customers improve their carbon footprint and their bottom line. It starts with creating a no-compromise range of efficient, alternative fuel vehicles. From electric cars, to hybrids, to natural gas-powered commercial trucks, Ford is committed to delivering the right vehicle for the right job while, most importantly, doing right by our planet.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Marathon's heritage in the truck body industry dates back over forty years. Satellite Truck Body, founded in 1970, was purchased by Marathon Industries Inc. in 1993.

Marathon Industries, Inc. is a California-based corporation, with its headquarters located in Santa Clarita, California (a northern suburb of Los Angeles). The company occupies ten-plus acres of production, chassis storage and administrative space. Its designated manufacturing space is approximately 100,000 square feet. Marathon's main business is the manufacture, assembly, installation and repair of truck bodies, trailers and transportation equipment.


The company is a member of the National Truck Equipment Association. Whatever the transportation challenge or special opportunity facing you or your customer, Marathon's qualified staff can help with direct or phone sales consulting and support.

Ford Motor Credit and Mercedes Benz Credit review Marathon's financial situation annually and issue multi million-dollar credit lines to the company. The company maintains all of the proper insurance coverage and government environmental compliance certification.

With Marathon’s uniquely qualified employee team vitally concerned with the day-to-day operations and management of the company our customers can be confident that their needs and situations will be addressed to their satisfaction.

Marathon Industries, Inc. is one of the largest regional truck body companies in the country. 

The company's products are of the highest quality and produced quickly at competitive prices.

Marathon is a unique company in the truck body industry. It holds capacity enough to manage the largest orders from large fleet and truck rental customers, while small enough to be responsive to each dealer and/or customer’s individual situation and needs.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Inflatable Rear Safety Belts

The world's first automotive production inflatable rear safety belts are available in the XLT, Limited and Sport models (2nd-row outboard seating positions). The inflated safety belt helps distribute crash-force energy across more of the occupant's torso than a traditional safety belt, which helps reduce the risk of injury, while providing support to the head and neck. In the event of a frontal or side crash, the inflatable safety belt holds the passenger in the appropriate seating position, helping to reduce risk of injury. These safety belts are compatible with child safety seats.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: Sortimo USA

More than 40 years ago the famous blue metal case started the Sortimo success story. Sortimo started as a pioneer, turned into a trend setter and a market leader in the in-vehicle equipment industry. We offer suitable in-vehicle equipment for all light commercial vehicles in Europe.

Sortimo has become an in-vehicle equipment partner of the automotive industry when it comes to order, safety and future-oriented concepts for cargo management in the loading area.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control* represents a major step beyond conventional cruise control. When its sensors detect traffic slowing, your vehicle also slows down. After traffic has cleared, your vehicle resumes the preset speed. Forward collision warning with brake support will alert you if it senses a potential collision with the car in front of you. A heads-up display, which simulates brake lights, flashes on the windshield. If you don't react in time, the brakes will precharge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you brake.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's judgment

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vendor Spotlight: Commercial Truck Dealer Success

Commercial Truck Dealer Success is helping dealers, managers and salespeople achieve greater commercial truck success with improved sales, service and gross profits along with manageable systems and effective procedures. Our programs are proven. 

Thank you for taking the time to view our site. Please call or email any questions. We look forward to serving you!

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ford EcoBoost Challenge Drive Event

Ford is taking the competition head on, inviting customers across the country to put the automaker's popular EcoBoost vehicles to the test against its competitors, while also getting the opportunity to drive the highly anticipated all-new Fiesta ST before it's available in Dealerships.

The Ford EcoBoost Challenge will allow customers to drive the Ford Fusion and Escape head-to-head against the competition while also experiencing how EcoBoost technology delivers exceptional fuel economy and power. The tour, beginning in June, will head to 12 markets nationally, and will also features the Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid.

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