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ICYMI 2017: TBB’s top magazine stories

Jan. 2, 2018
Here are are the 2017 magazine stories that picked up the most page views when posted on the What’s in Print section of the website.

Visits to trailer manufacturers, truck body builders, upfitters and truck equipment dealers—and passing along insights from those on-site discussions and facility tours—have been the bread and butter of Trailer/Body Builders magazine for nearly 60 years. Below are the 2017 magazine stories that picked up the most page views when posted on the What’s in Print section of the website. (In some instances, these links connect to the photos from the magazine story, with a “read full article” link to the feature text.)

Hyundai Translead just posted its best year in the company’s history. And with the opening of a second plant in Mexico last year, it now has the capacity to do even more. The new facility is expected to add 30,000 trailers to Hyundai’s capacity.

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Vanguard has underlined the “National” in Vanguard National. Now in its second decade of building van trailers in Monon, Indiana, the company decided a few years back that the trailer market in the United States is far too big to be served from one trailer manufacturing plant.

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When it comes to delivering the right part, as soon as it’s needed, aftermarket suppliers serving the heavy-duty equipment industry have lagged behind those serving the automotive and light-duty sectors—but the gap is narrowing thanks to better distribution networks and inventory management technology.

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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mike Shuemake got “railroaded” by the State of California, but most likely his Central Valley Trailer Repair will come out all the better—eventually. Here’s the story, as Shuemake tells it during a wide-ranging interview from his new headquarters.

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Hub and spoke. Airlines use it to improve efficiency of the routes they fly. Now a major manufacturer of light- and medium-duty trailers is using it to do the same thing in the trailer business. Universal Trailer details how the concept works for them.

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Les Smith is convinced he can build a better trailer, and he makes no secret about how he’s going to do it. Indeed, spend a morning with him at the Extreme Trailers LLC facility and you’ll quickly learn the mantra: tare weight, tare weight, tare weight.

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