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March 22, 2018
<p><strong>As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians.</strong> <em>Photo: 3M</em></p> Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

<p>The Work Truck Show 2018 included 13,570 attendees from 21 countries and all 50 states plus Puerto Rico. <em>(Photo courtesy of NTEA)</em></p> The Work Truck Show 2018 Breaks Records

A record crowd of 13,570 industry professionals turned out for The Work Truck Show 2018, drawn by an unprecedented six vehicle launches from North America’s leading commercial truck manufacturers, product launches, and educational sessions.

<p>FLYNN</p> Fleet Advantage Leases 10,000th Truck

In 2017 alone, Fleet Advantage placed purchase orders on more than 1,800 new Class 8 Sleepers and Daycabs from various OEMs, valued at more than $225 million.

<p>Locator Service consolidates in-stock inventory on one platform to help a manufacturer or distributor&rsquo;s sales reps locate upfits on their stocking dealer&rsquo;s lot. <em>(Image courtesy of Work Truck Solutions)</em></p> Work Truck Solutions Helps Keep Track of Inventory

Work Truck Solutions, Inc. announced a new suite of solutions designed specifically for body manufacturers and distributors, which will give these businesses a detailed breakdown of their inventory across their dealers' lots, alert them when their vehicles are sold, and provide a simple way to search for specific trucks on their dealer's lots.

<p>The 2019 Transit Connect cargo van will offer three engines that can run five fuel types.</p> Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Cargo Van

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect compact cargo van is adding a diesel engine option, fleet model, and array of driver-assisting features to reduce accidents for commercial users. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2018 Work Truck Show, as you can see in these photos. Read the full story here. Photos by Kim Pham.

<p>The visual exploration prominently features the special team of engineers, designers, and technicians that Bollinger Motors assembled to pave the way for the B1 SUT. <em>(Photo courtesy of Bollinger Motors)</em></p> Bollinger Releases 'Making of the Electric Truck' Movie

As Bollinger Motors ramps up B1 production, the company released a short movie delving into the design process and technology behind the first all-electric multi-purpose vehicle of its kind.

<p><strong>American businesses may apply for an exclusion through the Commerce Department from the recently enacted tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.</strong> <em>Photo: Creative Commons</em></p> Feds Offer Exclusion from Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

The Department of Commerce has outlined a process that would allow individual American businesses to apply for an exclusion from the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum recently enacted by the Trump administration.

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