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Cooper director applauds Chinese tire ruling

March 1, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – The director of Cooper Tire’s truck-related business is clearly happy with news that the U.S. Department of Commerce will not issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on tires imported from China.

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Manac takes share of ABS Remorques

February 17, 2017 by John Smith

ASBESTOS, QC – Manac has taken a minority stake in ABS Remorques, a Canadian manufacturer of conveyor semi-trailers, the companies have announced.

ABS designs and manufactures specialized live-bottom semi-trailers for aggregate haulers, and has a production facility located in Asbestos, Quebec. Manac produces vans, flatbeds, and specialty trailers such as dumps, low beds, grain hoppers, chassis, chip and logging trailers.

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Bendix doubles capacity at Acuna, Mexico

December 13, 2016 by John Smith

ELYRIA, OH – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is doubling production capacity of its manufacturing operation in Acuna, Mexico to support growing demand for its solenoid valves and assembled manifolds.

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Pirelli announces plans for commercial tires

April 1, 2016 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY — Pirelli, a tire maker that many North Americans equate with Formula 1 or Superbike racing circuits, has announced plans to launch commercial tires in North America.

“We’re coming. We’re testing,” says Clif Armstrong, who has been named president of the company’s newly formed TP Commercial Solutions. The products are to be manufactured in Brazil and available for Class 6-8 applications, with selected sizes available for Class 5 vehicles.

One thing that sets this announcement apart from traditional rollouts, however, is the lack of tires. They are not yet available through a tire dealer near you. But 40 North American fleets are involved in testing 1,800 tires in on/off-road and linehaul applications. Armstrong himself spent time in Montreal working on some of the tests.

The final results for steer and drive tires in the on/off-road segment are expected in 60 days, meaning production could begin by September. Tests of the 225 linehaul tires will take eight to 12 months. And Armstrong says there is no rush: “We’re going to do this the right tire at the right time.”

The announcement still deserves to be taken seriously. Pirelli makes 5 million commercial tires per year for markets including Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, using production facilities established in Brazil, China, Egypt and Turkey. Armstrong is familiar with the North American market, having held senior roles with Continental Tire.

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Hamilton garbage truck-maker bankrupt

December 15, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

HAMILTON, ON- Hamilton, Ontario-based garbage truck manufacturer Universal Handling Equipment has filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.

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Trailer Manufacturer Gets Huge Order for Christmas

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Trailer manufacturer Manac Inc. will start the New Year with what they believe is the largest Canadian trailer order to date: one order of 700 vans from Train Trailer, who rents and leases trailers.

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PEI trailer maker wins prestigious award

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

COLEMAN, PEI — Better than half a year after being nominated, Harvey Stewart was honored with the Ernst & Young Atlantic Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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July’s Tonnage Drop ‘Not Surprising’, says Costello

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ARLINGTON, VA.- The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index for July fell 0.4 percent. That’s the first drop since April and comes as no surprise, said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

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Detroit Diesel plant recognized for innovation

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

REDFORD, Mich. — Detroit Diesel Corporation has been recognized with a Modern Productivity Award in Warehousing/Manufacturing from Modern Materials Handling magazine.

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Ingersoll Expands into Trailer Suspensions at Truck Show

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

INGERSOLL, ON – One of the brightest spots in the southeastern Ontario economy shone just a little brighter.

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Manufacturing numbers continue to slide

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturing sales declined 0.9% in September, continuing a weakening trend observed during the past six months.

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Federal budget offers a little something for everyone, but is it enough?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — While the Federation of Canadian Municipalities received its wish for permanent infrastructure funding, the manufacturing industry felt it got the short end of the stick in the federal budget.

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Drop in exports contributes to slowing economy

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Canada’s economic growth slowed considerably in the fourth quarter of 2007 as real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.2 percent, down from 0.7 percent in the third quarter.

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Manufacturing sales rebound despite lower prices

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Manufacturing sales rebounded slightly in September after a sharp drop in August, despite total numbers being minimized by decreasing product prices.

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Navistar Re-Locates Engine Assembly Plant

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

LISLE, IL – Navistar announced it’s combining the manufacturing of mid-range engines as the next step in its turnaround efforts.