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January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Ind. City Unveils New CNG Station and Maintenance Garage

Agencies purchasing compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles must have compliant maintenance facilities.  Photo via public domain

The City of Hobart, Ind., celebrated the opening of a new time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, and showcased its new CNG-compliant fleet maintenance garage.

Tags: Maintenance, New Facility, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Fleet Facility

January 9, 2018 - Press Release

Orlando Hiring Fleet Manager

The City of Orlando, Fla., is hiring a fleet manager. The fleet manager is responsible supervisory and administrative work directing the repair, maintenance and operation of motor vehicles, heavy equipment or tools.

Tags: Recruiting, City of Orlando

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Colorado Springs’ Outsourced Maintenance Plan Lags on Savings

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The City of Colorado Springs, Colo., expected to save $2 million in the first three years of its outsourced maintenance contract but has saved just $1.4 million.

Tags: Outsourcing, City of Colorado Springs, Serco Inc., Audit

December 29, 2017 - Industry News

No. 1 Leading Fleet to Construct $5.1M Facility

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San Bernardino County, Calif., Fleet Management Department, which was named the No. 1 Leading Fleet in 2017, received approval to construct a new facility at a cost of $5.1 million.

Tags: New Facility, Fleet Facility, County of San Bernardino

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Freightliner Recalls 3,000 Trucks for Brake Caliper Issue

The Freightliner 108SD was one of several models recalled by Daimler Trucks North America for an issue with improperly torqued brake caliper mounting bolts. Photo: Freightliner

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain 2018 Freightliner, Western Star and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles for an issue with improperly torqued brake caliper mounting bolts.

Tags: Freightliner, Western Star, Recalls, Brakes, Freightliner Custom Chassis

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. Communities Save with Shared Maintenance

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Shared fleet maintenance has become more widespread in New Jersey in the last several years, as the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) Fleet Maintenance Services has grown to service eight public agencies.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, New Jersey, Insourcing

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Ariz. County Raises Fleet Pay With ‘Hot Jobs’ Designation

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Mohave County, Ariz., automotive technicians and other fleet workers are getting salary bumps averaging 15.8% thanks to a new “hot jobs” designation.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Salary, Technicians

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Houston Approves $2M Maintenance Contract for Fire Equipment

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Houston City Council approved a $2 million contract with E-One, which covers OEM replacement parts and repair services for its fire trucks over three years with two one-year options.

Tags: Maintenance, Fire Trucks, E-One, Houston, First Responders

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Opens Second Parts Distribution Center in 2017

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Fiat-Chrysler has opened its second Mopar parts distribution center in 2017, this one located in the metro Detroit area.

Tags: Mopar, Parts and Service, FCA

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Texas City Awards $11.6M Maintenance Contract

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The City of Arlington, Texas, has awarded its fleet management, maintenance, and repair contract for all municipal vehicles to First Vehicle Services.

Tags: Maintenance, First Vehicle Services, Outsourcing, Maintenance Costs

December 4, 2017 - Press Release

Loveland Technician Earns National Award

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Operations Division Chief Greg Ward, left, and Fleet Services Technician Corey Lane go over documentation for a truck in the “heavy fire apparatus” category. Photo via City of Loveland

The City of Loveland, Colo., has announced that Corey Lane, fleet technician and 22-year city employee, has been recognized with the “Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year” award from a national publication.

Tags: Recognition, Fire Equipment, Employee Morale, City of Loveland, Technicians

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Ariz. County Fleet Requests Rate Increase

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The Mohave County, Ariz., fleet has requested to increase the rate to maintain county vehicles from $75 a month to $150 a month. The rate includes fuel and repairs.

Tags: Pricing, Maintenance Costs, Fuel Costs, Labor Rates

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ind. City Debates In-House Refuse Collection

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Officials at the City of Lake Station, Ind., recently voted to keep refuse collection in house rather than outsource it. The aging fleet needs to be replaced, which may require a rate increase.

Tags: Outsourcing, Vehicle Replacement, Maintenance Costs, Aging Fleet, Refuse Fleets

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Pa. City Approves $7M Maintenance Outsourcing Contract

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The City of Allentown, Pa., has approved a three-year, $7 million fleet maintenance contract with its previous provider, choosing it over a proposal by the union to conduct the work in house.

Tags: Outsourcing, Maintenance Costs, Labor Unions, Centerra

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Texas County to Centralize Fleet, Hire Administrator

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Under a new plan, Smith County, Texas, will centralize fleet operations under one administrator who will serve as the point of contact for a third-party provider.

Tags: Outsourcing, Fleet Consolidation, Maintenance Management, Replacement Cycles

November 1, 2017 - Press Release

Hunter Releases Road Force Elite Software Update

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Hunter Engineering released Road Force Elite 4.0, a balancing software that reduces the risk of errors during a tire service.

Tags: Hunter Engineering, Maintenance Management, Tires

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

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In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 26, 2017 - Industry News

Ind. County Reverses Centralized Maintenance Plan

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Rather than transferring funds to the commissioners to run the garage, the council opted to direct funding to the Sheriff’s Department.

Tags: Outsourcing, Fleet Consolidation

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Ohio City Partners with School for Training Program

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The City of Toledo, Ohio, partnered with Toledo Public Schools (TPS) and its local union to develop a program that allows students to learn and work in the city fleet.

Tags: Recruiting, Internship Program

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Union Pressure Stalls $7M Fleet Maintenance Contract

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Facing conflicting reports on costs and union pressure, the City of Allentown, Pa., council voted to table a $7 million contract for fleet maintenance.

Tags: Outsourcing, Maintenance Costs, Labor Unions, Centerra

October 18, 2017 - Press Release

Gabriel Ride Control Introduces 125 New Products

Gabriel announced the introduction of 125 new products, which will be added to 11 product lines and cover 62 vehicle models.

October 5, 2017 - Press Release

Lift Institute Updates Online Lift Safety Training Course

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Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), the trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety, has completely updated its popular Lifting It Right online training course.

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, Shop Equipment, Safety

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, CK-4, Shell Rotella, Ford Super Duty, Ford

September 27, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni to Debut Virtual Reality at APTA Expo

APTA Expo attendees will get a look — above and below ground — at the inner workings of an in-ground telescopic piston lift, the Diamondlift, and a true vertical rise, clear-floor-concept platform lift, the Skylift.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Stertil-Koni

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

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