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ICYMI 2017: TBB’s top breaking news stories

Jan. 2, 2018
Here are the top stories, by page views, from the past 12 months—and you’ll notice a theme: the increasing impact of e-commerce on transportation equipment.

Taking advantage of the new Trailer/Body Builders website launched in 2017, we’re putting additional emphasis on posting coverage of breaking news ahead of the more in-depth analysis we feature in print each month. Here are the top stories, by page views, from the past 12 months—and you’ll notice a theme: the increasing impact of e-commerce on transportation equipment.

A federal court has made it official, putting off indefinitely the implementation date for trailers under the federal government’s heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards (GHG2). Whether the decision to stay the Jan. 1 deadline eases or compounds uncertainty for trailer manufacturers and freight carriers remains to be seen, however.

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Wabash National Corp. CEO Richard Giromini will step down from his position on June 1, 2018, the publicly traded trailer manufacturer reported Friday. Brent Yeagy, currently president and chief operating officer, will become president and CEO, effective June 2, 2018, as part of a planned succession.

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Following up on the announcement that Wabash National will purchase Supreme Industries for about $364 million, CEO Dick Giromini characterized the deal as “a perfect marriage” and “a game changer.” While the company emphasized the importance of responding to the supply chain demands of e-commerce, investment analysts suggest the real benefit to the purchase will be in greatly reducing Wabash’s dependence on the cyclical highway van trailer market.

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Transporting goods from their source of manufacture to their ultimate destination may seem like a marathon race, but it’s actually a relay. In today’s transportation industry, the final leg of the shipping relay is almost always the most expensive. And it is the one undergoing the most transformation.

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COLUMBUS, IN. Even with a centennial celebration upcoming, Cummins Inc. executives are focused on the next 100 years, as company leadership detailed in a series of presentations here August 29. The press event, dubbed “Now It All Changes,” culminated in the unveiling of the AEOS, a Class 7 tractor with full battery electric power.

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