Reading Sweeps ‘Green’ and ‘Editors’ Choice’ Awards

March 13, 2009
Reading Truck Body, LLC (Reading, PA) won two awards at The Work Truck Show last week, both of which were voted on by industry trade press

Reading Truck Body, LLC (Reading, PA) won two awards at The Work Truck Show last week, both of which were voted on by industry trade press. The company’s new Aluminum Classic II service body earned the Editors’ Choice Award for New Product Innovation and the inaugural Work Truck Show Green Award. With these awards, attending media recognized the Aluminum Classic II as both the most innovative new product at the show and the one that most advances work truck fuel utilization.

The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, was held in conjunction with the 45th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention March 3-6 at the McCormick Place West Building in Chicago, IL.

Attending media selected the Editor’s Choice Award winner from a field of nearly 100 products introduced through the Work Truck Show New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs. The NTEA developed the Work Truck Show Green Award this year to recognize companies that have gone the extra mile to develop products and technology that advance work truck fuel utilization. Editors at the show chose from 17 entries in this contest.

Reading says that its new eight-foot Aluminum Classic II service body weighs 45 percent (500 pounds) less than comparable steel service bodies, providing a fuel savings of up to 12 percent, depending on vehicle application. The Aluminum Classic II also offers improved payload capacity and reduced wear and tear on chassis components. It is fully recyclable. Priced just 15 percent higher than a standard steel body, the new Aluminum Classic II features stainless steel rotary locks, hidden hinges, the Dual Pro door seal system, LED lights and a slam-action tailgate. Reading provides a 10-year limited warranty on the body, which is available in 8-foot single wheel and 9-foot dual wheel models.

“We predicted that our customers and potential buyers were going to be greatly impressed with the new Aluminum Classic II, and we’re gratified that media at the show also recognized the value and advantages of this product,” says Jim Kraschinsky, senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Reading Group. “We’ve been manufacturing aluminum service/utility bodies of all sizes for more than 25 years, and we’re particularly excited about these new bodies that offer such huge weight and fuel-saving benefits. The Aluminum Classic II is Reading-rugged, environmentally friendly, and will help fleets, utilities, contractors and companies of all types to save money.”

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