Monday, February 25, 2013

Mid America Trucking Show

March 21-23, 2013 Louisville, KY Booth 34405
The Mid America Show is the largest one that J&J does during the year. We contract close to 3600 square feet of space, so that we can display our latest and most innovative new dump bodies, trailers, and other specialty equipment. It's the event where our customers can get up close and personal with our commercial dump bodies, see the expert workmanship, and visit with our sales staff. J&J will also have J&J dump bodies displayed at OEM booth such as Western Star, Mack Trucks, Peterbilt, and Kenworth. Make plans to visit ther booths as well.
Several J&J staff members are at hand to man J&J's booth. During the course of the 3-day event, they are kept busy meeting current and potential customers, answering questions, and providing specs and quotes. If you are in the market for dump bodies, plan to visit the J&J booth or just stop by to check out our latest equipment.
Pictured here (L to R): Larry Faidley, inside sales; Ron Wright, Bob Hall, and Ed Monk, regional sales managers; Jerry Johnson, VP sales; and Brian Ferguson, design engineer.

NTEA Work Truck Show

March 6-8, 2013 Indianapolis, IN Booth 5439
When you visit J&J's booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show, plan on checking out J&J's medium-duty municipal line of equipment. As Noth America's largest work truck event, it is the ultimate opportunity for attendees to interact with thousands of industry peers, meet with current supplies, get answers to critical technical questions, experience special events, and visit with hundreds of exhibiting companies including J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers.
The NTEA Work Truck Show is an ideal event for J&J to meet with current authorized distributors, expand our network, and check out new product lines for the other SWS Division, J&J Truck Equipment, a well-known and respected upfitter also located in Somerset, PA.
Pictured here (L to R) is Ron Wright, J&J municipal sales manager; and Charlie Walsh and Jim Sturgeon of Walsh Equipment, an authorized J&J distributor located in Prospect, PA.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Team Parts

Ready to Help You
Somerset Welding & Steel is pleased to announce that we have consolidated the J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers and J&J Truck Equipment parts staff into one team serving customers of both companies. We expect this transition to benefit our customers by making it easy to know who and where to call for all your parts needs. Whether you have dump bodies, trailers, bobtail tank trucks, service bodies, flat beds, winch rig outs, and/or snow and ice removal equipment, call the J&J parts department. And don’t forget that J&J can also supply parts for other brands as well as custom fabricate outdated or hard-to-find parts.

Work Ready Service Trucks

J&J Truck Equipment recently completed service trucks for two different equipment companies. Each company ordered two Auto Crane service bodies outfitted with cranes, welders, generators, toolboxes, and custom drawer systems. The trucks will be used to repair and service existing equipment at customer job sites.

The Peterbilt was mounted with a Titan 50k Auto Crane service body and an 8,400 lb. capacity crane while the Kenworth was outfitted with a Titan 60k body and a 10,000 lb capacity crane.

Trucks Built Your Way

The flat bed stake body truck was mounted on a Ford truck provided by PBS Coals. It measures 11 feet, 2 inches long and is 96 inches wide. Solid aluminum drop-in removable sides were installed along with an Auto Crane 3,200 lb. capacity crane.

J&J Truck Equipment has been busy installing several winch systems on tractors provided by our customers. 4x4 Unlimited provided the Peterbilt and J&J installed a Wildcat 80 LB winch which can be controlled from inside or outside the cab.

Pocono Peterbilt provided the chassis and J&J installed a custom aluminum flat bed that measures 26 feet long and 102 inches wide. It was later outfitted with a sideboard kit by the end user, Robinson Trucking.

On the Road With J&J

More payload, more profit! This 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. Harvey Mack Sales & Service provided the Mack GU713 chassis. 

The half round barrel style is idea for use in asphalt hauling and paving applications. The dump body is designed to allow material to easily flow into paving hoppers or stockpiled into targeted areas. Available in steel or aluminum and in 13 to 20' lengths. Cleveland Brothers provided the Caterpillar CT660 chassis.

J&J’s most popular model, the MH dump body is the workhorse of coal and aggregate hauling. Available in aluminum and steel, these precision engineered dump bodies are built to specification and will withstand many years of hard use. Elliott Eilson Capitol Trucks provided the Peterbilt 389 chassis.

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar recently unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavator, the Cat ® 336EH at the trade show, “The Next Generation is Here.” The new 336EH will be sold and serviced exclusively through the global Cat dealer network following the machine’s official launch in Munich, Germany. The order board opens in February of this year, with factory shipments starting in March.

Freightliner announced that it is now offering a customer demonstrator program for its all-new Freightliner Cascadia ® 113 natural gas day cab. Five customer demonstrator tractors will be available in the United States and Canada to provide customers direct experience with Freightliner’s newest alternative fuel product. “Natural gas products can result in significant fuel cost savings, making it a smart choice for increasing profitability while benefiting the environment,” says TJ Reed, Director of Product Strategy for Freightliner.

Hino Trucks deployed the Road to Recovery Assistance Program for customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy in November, 2012. Hino dealers in the New York Metro and Northeast regions were introduced to this initiative. Hino provided $1,000 in assistance for every truck being bought to replace a damaged or lost truck as a result of Hurricane Sandy and set aside inventory for immediate delivery to help customers recover as quickly as possible.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced the debut of food trucks to their line. Nine Isuzu NRR diesel cab chassis were outfitted as food trucks by Mobi Munch, Inc. and placed into service on college campuses throughout the United States. Due to the success of this launch, additional trucks will be servicing other campuses in early 2013. These trucks provide latin, Asian, and hot dogs vendor-style.

Kenworth employees donated nearly 7,500 pounds of food to Northwest Harvest in Washington state. In the spirit of the holiday season, Kenworth employees in Kirkland, WA conducted a food drive that resulted in the nearly-four-ton donation. One of the company’s Kenworth T270 medium duty trucks was loaded and driven to make the delivery. Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best ® heavy and medium duty trucks.

Mack Trucks selects JOST International to supply American-made fifth wheel coupling dvices as a standard feature on MACK ® Pinnacle TM, Titan by Mack, and MACK Granite ® model trucks. Previously a value-added option for more than a decade, this new standard is consistent with their commitment to offer customers the best total value. With only four moving partsk these fifth wheels are one of the simplest and safest coupling devices on the market. Mack trucks are still assembled in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.
Navistar Defense Canada highlighted its latest in International ® brand military vehicles recently at the Expodefensa expo in Bogota, Columbia. As part of the display, the company featured its new Special Operations Tactical Vehicle. This is the company’s vehicle entry for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program. The vehicle’s highly-mobile, mission-ready platform is engineered specifically to carry large payloads while handling the roughest mission terrain.  

Peterbilt Motors Company displayed at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas, where they had the opportunity to attend business strategy meetings and participate in educational seminars. This was a great venue for their new Model 579 and other Peterbilt models. Peterbilt combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry.

Western Star rolled out a new website dedicated to its fans. Through, Western Star owners, operators, and enthusiasts can browse news, forums, and photo galleries. Managed by Western Star owners and fans, Star Nation joins the widespread Western Star community together to exchange maintenance tips, locate hard-to-find parts for older trucks, and share experiences. Online registration is free and members can personalize their profiles with a picture and brief bio.

Volvo Trucks recently announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have awarded all model year 2014 Volvo vehicles certificates of conformance under the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for heavy trucks. According to Goran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales and Marketing, “Environmental care is a longstanding Volvo core value, and we will continue to work with EPA and NHTSA to deliver on the important goals of these regulations.”

Customer-Submitted Photos

 Tri-Boro Construction Supplies owns several J&J dump bodies.This Mack features a polished aluminum Material Hauler, one of J&J's most popular models. The truck was featured at J&J's booth at the Mid America Show last year.

Marshall Trucking submitted a recent photo of this J&J polished aluminum dump body which they purchased in 2002. The Western Star chassis has 835, 000 miles and according to Bob Marshall, "The J&J dump body has given me great service for 10 years and still looks great!" Thanks, Bob!

J&F Contracting owns this truck which was mounted with a steel lightweight crossmemberless dump body. According to Frank Gagliardi, "We could not ask for a better body!" Thanks, Frank!

Watt's Truck Center ordered 3 of these J&J Ultra Light (UL) steel dump bodies for their customer who is in the contracting business. Ultra Light dump bodies models are extremely popular with J&J customers.

We want your photos.... show off your trucks! Send your J&J photos to us and we may publish them in our newsletter and on Facebook. Email them to with your name, company, and what you are hauling, and any other information you may think our readers will find interesting. $10 Visa gift card for pictures we use! Use it anywhere Visa is accepted.

Introducing J&J's Dynahauler EVO MPB (Multipurpose Body)

Available Spring 2013

J&J regularly reviews customer satisfaction metrics and customer feedback, internal key performance indicators (KPI), and engages in strategic planning. These activities help us determine how we are doing, new product opportunities and what we can do to enhance our customer's return on the investment in our products. 

The new J&J EVO MPB (Multi-Purpose Body) is an output from these activities. The MPB is the lightest weight truck mounted center conveyor in the industry. Purpose built for higher payloads, mitigation of roll over risk, and low overhead working conditions, the Dyna-Paver is designed for “The Long Haul”. This design features J&J’s insulated high strength aluminum EVO series side conveyor panels, variable speed asphalt rated conveyor, Hardox abrasion resistant sub-floor, and double acting tailgate for metered or high speed unloading.

Cleaning Up In NY After Sandy

Cleaning Up In NY After Sandy

Last December, J&J manufactured 15 steel Material Hauler (MH) DynaHaulers for a customer in New York. The trucks are being used to help with clean up efforts and removal of debris caused by the tragic storm that hit the area at the end of October. J&J worked with several distributors and government agencies after the storm assisting in expediting orders in an effort to provide replacement equipment that was damaged during the storm and providing new trucks to complement current fleets. In addition to the build and ship municipal units for New York, J&J also built dump bodies that are currently working in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

A Letter from SWS President, Bill Riggs

A Letter from SWS President, Bill Riggs

A new year means a new trade show season and Somerset Welding & Steel is making preparations to exhibit at two of the largest shows we do during the year.
First up is the NTEA Work Truck Show, the premier event for the display of vocational trucks and equipment. This is an interesting show for J&J because unlike most shows where we focus on end users, at the NTEA show, we meet with existing J&J distributors and look at expanding our network of dealers. So, if you are interested in becoming a distributor of J&J products, visit us at the NTEA show where we will show two municipal dump trucks in our booth.
The second show is the Mid America Truck Show. It is the annual forum for the heavy-duty trucking industry, providing face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking professionals. J&J has secured close to 3600 square feet of space, so we plan to have at least 5 dump trucks in our booth including a brand new style of dump body which we will talk about in this newsletter. If you are in the market for new dump bodies this year, plan to visit the J&J booth to see the latest and most innovative equipment on the market today.
SomersetWelding & Steel is excited to be a part of these important industry events and we look forward to meeting J&J partners, vendors, and customers. If you need free exhibit hall tickets to either of these events, email our marketing department at and request the number you would like. See you at the show!