Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Letter  from the Vice President of Sales – Jerry Johnson

We have always known that even though we sell work trucks, we are really in the people business. At J&J, we want to make the best truck bodies, and have the best people making, selling, and servicing them. 

Over the next year, you’ll see even more attention paid to customer service at J&J. We are organizing our business and our systems to serve our customers’ needs better. One example of this is aftermarket parts sales. Our parts team is now located at J&J Truck Equipment where they are stocking more parts than ever before, and manufacturing replacement parts on site.  In most cases, you can walk in to J&J Truck Equipment and walk out with the parts you need, with no downtime.

As customers, you have a role in helping us improve. After you buy a piece of equipment from J&J, you receive a Customer Satisfaction Survey. We pay a lot of attention to these surveys and we need your input on what we do well, and where we need to improve. After you buy your next unit from J&J, please fill out your survey and we’ll send you a gift. 

We can’t say it often enough, but we’re going to keep trying – thank you for your business!

Real Trucks Wear Pink

A big pink dump truck attracts a lot of attention. That’s exactly what Virginia Paving Company, a division of The Lane Construction Corporation, is hoping for - more attention towards breast cancer awareness and research. Ron Wright, J&J’s South Atlantic regional sales manager worked with Tidewater Mack and Virginia Paving to spec an aluminum material hauler. As always, J&J customized the unit to meet the customer’s needs, but the J&J paint shop was a little surprised at the color choice for the chassis and toprail. Pink. After a few double-checks to make sure the color code was correct, news of the “pink truck” spread like wildfire at J&J. So we called Russell Haynes, Assistant Mechanical Supervisor at Virginia Paving, to find out the story behind the pink truck.

We learned that The Lane Construction Corporation makes community service and involvement a high priority for employees in all of its divisions. In the regions where it does business, Lane grows with the community, and helps the community grow. Each Virginia Paving Company plant location is empowered to support local projects both financially and with employee volunteers.

The pink truck fits into the Virginia Paving “Dump Trucks for Charities” program where charitable organizations can advertise on Virginia Paving trucks. This truck will be part of the Virginia Paving Norfolk plant fleet and will be in service every day in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and it will participate in local parades and events.

The pink truck, which will be driven by a female driver and will carry breast cancer awareness decals, will be a very visible reminder to everyone who sees it, that the need for breast cancer research and support is great.

Ron Burton, Senior Plant Manager at the Norfolk plant, was a big supporter of adding this pink breast cancer awareness truck into the fleet because the effects of breast cancer are so far reaching. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is estimated that in 2012, over 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and there will be nearly 40,000 deaths as a result of breast cancer.

Other Virginia Paving plants support other awareness campaigns, too. The Alexandria plant has an aluminum J&J dump truck with a giant puzzle on the cab to promote autism awareness and the Loudoun/Sterling plant has a pink J&J Susan G. Komen tank truck. Other Lane companies also participate.

At J&J, we commend The Lane Construction Company for their contributions to their local communities.  We value their business and enjoyed building the pink truck, which brightened up our lot and created a positive buzz. We’re certain it will get people talking about breast cancer awareness in Virginia too!

Keeping it  Green At MetalPro

METALPRO, Inc., a recycling company in Virginia, sent their Mack truck to J&J where it was mounted with a steel DynaHauler Material Hauler (MH). The J&J body is 24 feet in length, 96 inches wide, and 84 inches high. The truck, which also included a Prentice grapple crane, will be used to transport and recycle scrap, tires, and metal from car dealerships, collision centers, and fleet garages in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. METALPRO currently operates a fleet of 10 heavy-duty crane trucks that are all mounted with J&J bodies. The company is committed to doing its part in keeping the environment as green and friendly as possible.

On The Road  With J&J
A government agency in Virginia will use our MDC truck for light construction hauling and road maintenance work. Medium-duty dump bodies are extremely versatile and can be used for many applications including landscaping and waste hauling. The J&J steel body on this truck is 12 feet long, 96 inches wide, and 37 inches high.

More pay load, more profit! Our multi-purpose dump body is an excellent solution for hauling asphalt today, and shot rock tomorrow. The J&J ultra-light steel dump body is comparable to aluminum dump bodies in weight with the proven impact and abrasion resistance of HARDOX® steel.

J&J’s most popular product model, the MH dump body is the workhorse of coal and aggregate hauling. Available in steel and aluminum, these precision-engineered dump bodies are built to specification and will withstand many years of hard service.

News Bytes  from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar says the new CT15 Engine offers Cat CT660 Vocational Truck customers greater horsepower and torque for solid performance in demanding applications. The CT15 joins the CT11 and CT13 as the third engine option for the versatile Cat CT660. The 15-liter engine is available with as much as 550 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, which will power the Class 8 truck through heavy-hauling jobs and demanding terrain.

Freightliner Trucks introduced the 2014 Cascadia® Evolution Class 8 truck model. Powered by Detroit™ and featuring some of the most advanced aerodynamic enhancements in the industry, the Cascadia Evolution delivers up to an additional 7 percent improvement in fuel economy over an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia equipped with a first generation aerodynamic package.

Hino Trucks teamed up with Miller Industries to provide one lucky tow operator a chance to win a fully loaded 2012MY Hino model 258ALP with a Century 12 Series LCG Carrier. The truck is part of a giveaway that benefits The Professional Wreckers of Florida (PWOF) Education and Legislation Programs. This year’s winner was Joe Spina owner of Direct Towing out of Sarasota, Florida. Joe, already has two Hino 258 model trucks in his fleet.
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, distributor of America’s low-cab-forward trucks, announced a new process that will enable Isuzu dealers to more quickly convert or modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb.GVWR) trucks for their customers. Dealers can select a ship-thru option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centers. This new process will eliminate unnecessary dealer-incurred transportation expenses and will shorten the amount of time to obtain alternative fuel conversions.

Kenworth shared that the new Kenworth T680 recently was the special guest star at the “Exotics at Redmond Town Center,” a unique automotive event. The organized event features 100 to 150 exotic cars and 300 to 400 automotive enthusiasts every Saturday morning from April to October. Organizers heard about the new Kenworth T680, which is considered exotic among Class 8 trucks. So, it was only natural for the group to extend a special invitation to Kenworth to exhibit the T680 at an exotics car show.

Mack Trucks named TransEdge Truck Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, its 2011 North American Distributor of the Year. The annual award recognizes the top-performing distributors within Mack’s North American dealer network. Selection criteria include sales, facilities, personnel, service, parts, general management, customer satisfaction and community service. TransEdge owners Bob and Judy Dwyer opened the Pittsburgh location in 2007 and continue to invest heavily in their facilities and staff as they focus on the TransEdge experience and how to best serve their customers.

Navistar Defense today received a contract for $59 million to deliver 1,357 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) net kits for International® MaxxPro® Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) units in Afghanistan. The order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command is considered an urgent buy.

Peterbilt Motors Company awarded the 2011 PACCAR MX Engine Dealer of the Year to the Allstate Peterbilt Group of South St. Paul Minnesota. Don Larson, dealer principal of Allstate Peterbilt, accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting, which was held this year in Frisco, TX. “The PACCAR MX Engine Award recognizes the Peterbilt dealership group that provides the best all-around sales and service support of the MX Engine product,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President.

Western Star marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the Portland manufacturing plant that currently employs more than 1,000 people working two full shifts. The plant produces the full line of Western Star products including the 4700, 4800, 4900 and 6900 truck models that meet the highest standard of comfort, power, convenience and durability.

Volvo Trucks launched its Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service for North America, which provides a seamless, dynamically connected system of vehicle management tools to help maximize vehicle uptime. Remote Diagnostics will be standard on all Volvo-powered VN model highway trucks. Volvo Trucks’ remote diagnostics maximizes vehicle uptime by keeping customers connected.

Customer  Submitted Photos

David H. Martin Excavating, in business for over 40 years, submitted a great photo of four J&J dump bodies that were mounted on chassis provided by Hunter Keystone Peterbilt in Lancaster, Pa. J&J body types were DynaHauler Material Haulers (MH) and Semi-Ellipticals (SE). The company has a fleet of over 50 dump trucks and provides a wide variety of excavating and construction services.

Sterlingwood Trucking, a Pennsylvania-based company, sent J&J a photo of their new J&J Semi-Elliptical dump body (chassis was purchased from Hunter Truck Sales in Butler, Pa). The DynaHauler SE dump body is designed to absorb impact, maximize volume and payloads, and stand up to a constant diet of big rock.

Submit your photos! If we include them in our newsletter, we will send you a $10 Gift Card!

Hauling  Water in North Dakota

Four brightly painted J&J water transport tank trailers were sent to North Dakota to work in the Bakken Formation. The Bakken Shale Oil field, which stretches down from Canada into North Dakota and Montana could hold over 4 billion barrels of oil reserves. This would make the Formation the largest oil discovery in the U.S. next to the oil fields in Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey calls this rich oil deposit the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed. Not all vacuum trailers are created equal. J&J’s DynaHauler PVT 130 BBL trailers are engineered to meet the rigorous demands of oil and gas field service work. From the full penetration submerged arc welds to the Cor-Ten suspension sub-frame, smart investors choose the J&J DynaHauler pressure vacuum tank trailer.

Fenders: The  Minimizer Advantage

Minimizer offers a variety of semi-truck fender styles, colors, and options. Protect your investment. 
  • NEVER NEEDS PAINT: Color is molded throughout so chips, scuffs, and scratches can’t be seen. 
  • NEVER FADES: UV inhibitors are built into the materials.
  • NEVER RUSTS: Material is 100% polyethylene. 
  • NEVER STRESS CRACKS: This unique material is not affected by road vibration. 
  • NEVER NEEDS POLISHING: Simply clean with soap and water.

J&J  Custom Flat Bed 

Tri County Motor Sales provided the International chassis and J&J installed a heavy-duty aluminum flat bed and a Hiab knuckle boom crane. The flat bed is 22 feet, 4 inches long and 96 inches wide. It has groove hardwood flooring and a 40 inch high structural aluminum bulkhead. The crane was installed directly behind the cab and the telescopic outriggers extend to 14 feet, 9 inches. Call J&J for all your truck equipment needs. We deliver fast and accurate quotes, excellent service, and quality products.

J&J Is  an Authorized Distributor of VEWI Tire Wash Systems

VEWI self-cleaning truck washing units recycle and filter water, controlling and containing debris on-site. Use these wash systems for lightly soiled or extremely muddy tires, undercarriages, and even the entire vehicle. Portable and permanent systems available. See a demo unit inaction at J&J Truck Equipment’s facility in Somerset, PA. Call 800.262.6578 to schedule an appointment.

New Trucks  for Port Authority

A local government agency will use these trucks to perform field service on construction and transportation equipment. Interior drawers and shelving units provide maximum storage space and enclosed cargo areas protect and secure tools and equipment. The overhead racks are used to carry ladders, pipe, and other supplies needed on the job site. Walsh Equipment, a J&J Truck Equipment authorized distributor, provided the Ford trucks.

Refueler  Headed for Mauritania

J&J Truck Equipment provided a semi-elliptical, 5,000 gallon tank for our customer’s Western Star chassis. The truck was sent to Mauritania where it will be used to fuel other equipment and vehicles at a gold mine. Pumps, meters, and hoses are safely stored and easily accessible.

KILAR: A  Name That Carries

J&J Truck Equipment, an authorized distributor for Kilar rollbacks, installed this heavy-duty steel rollback on a Mack chassis provided by Best Line Equipment. The 40,000 lb. capacity rollback is 28 feet, 10 inches long, 102 inches wide and features wire mesh on the cabshield window. Many options and styles are available and the experts at J&J can help determine the best rollback for you based on your hauling applications. These rollbacks are ideal for easily and safely transporting equipment and vehicles. Call today and let J&J get you on the road with the equipment you need.

The Eastern Oil and Gas Association Meeting will be on August 28-29 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Visit us at Booths 130 and 2007! We will have a Tanker Trailer, Bobtail Tank, and a Winch Truck.

Rio Oil and Gas Expo & Conference is on September 17-20 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. We will be at the PA Pavilion with company literature and video.

The MinExpo on September 24-26 will be at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the PA Pavilion. There will be J&J Trucks in OEM Booths so be sure to look for us!

Stop by Booth 435 at the DUG East show November 13-15 at the David Lawrence Convention Center. We will have our company video and literature.

We will be participating in the NJ League of Municipalities on November 13-15 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Come see our Medium-Duty Municipal Dump Truck. We will be at Booth 309.

J&J FTA Dump Trailers – Steel  Frame/Aluminum Bodies

A solid waste agency in Virginia recently ordered two J&J aluminum dump trailers that they will use to haul trash. J&J also manufactures tippers, live floors, push outs, and roll offs for the waste hauling industry. The next time you need a trailer, call J&J for a quote. We are experts in trailer manufacturing, customer service, and on-time delivery.