Monday, September 30, 2013

A Letter from Michael Riggs - Sr. Vice President, Somerset Welding & Steel

At J&J, we recognize the purchase of equipment we manufacture is a major capital investment for your business. You expect your investment to provide trouble-free service through its life cycle and your equipment is the image of your company to your customers. People see good equipment and they believe "good company." J&J strives to maximize your investment through our investment in our ISO 9001 quality management system. "What does this mean to me?"

ISO 9001 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to harmonize quality system requirements internationally. The ISO 9001 quality system standard is the first to be recognized internationally and contains requirements for an effective quality management system. J&J is ISO 9001 certified and has been since 1997. Our ISO certification is monitored by an accredited third-party agency that performs surveillance audits on our quality system annually, and requires a full re-certification audit every three years. Audits cover everything from quoting, contract review, engineering and design processes, control of internal and supplier non-conformance, corrective and preventive action, equipment calibration, manufacturing process control, after-sale processes, and the list goes on.

Our ISO 9001 certification is our demonstration to you, our customers, that we are committed to providing you with dependable truck equipment and trailers that are "Built for the Long Haul." As always, we appreciate your business and know that we are nothing without your trust and support.

Michael D. Riggs

J&J Participates in Ride and Drive Event

Western Star featured two J&J dump bodies at their Serious Ride and Drive which recently took place in Detroit. The event consisted of a plant tour and the opportunity for dealers and customers to put a variety of trucks through a battery of tough tests on dirt tracks and highway and maneuverability courses. J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers sent Jason Cornell, Director of Business Development, to help out and demonstrate features on J&J's Off Road (OR) and Material Hauler (MH) dump bodies.

The 40-ton Off Road J&J dump body is mounted on a Western Star 6900XD. It was shown at the Mid America Truck Show earlier this year and was also displayed at the Brickyard 400 Nascar event in July. In October, it will go to a mine training event at Allison Transmission proving grounds in Indianapolis, where dealers and body builders can experience the truck first hand. From then on, it will be touring mine sites across the country for demo purposes.

Quality Control is Serious Business

The last step in the quality control system is the final inspection. Each piece of equipment that J&J manufactures goes through a rigorous checklist covering primary equipment, sub-assemblies, controls, instrumentation, and workmanship. The J&J quality control team is supervised by Dennis Armstrong and directed by Jason Mahla. It is their responsibility to ensure that every product that leaves the J&J facility has undergone a thorough review and testing. The dump body final inspection checklist has over 100 items and each requires the initials of a J&J quality inspector. Defects are recorded in the quality database and metrics from the database are used to drive continuous improvement activities.

10 More Big Trucks for Camz

In 1999, Chuck Campbell, a US Army Veteran and owner of Camz Corporation, bought his first truck; 14 years later, he and co-owner wife, Amy, now own over 45. The trucks are primarily tri-axles which haul salt, sand, stone, and gravel. The couple employ 50 full and part time employees who work both day and night shifts. Their area of coverage is the Mid-Atlantic region which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. Chuck has been a power buyer of J&J dump bodies, purchasing over 50 since he started the company. The most recent order was for J&J Lightweight Crossmemberless (LWC) steel dump bodies which he had mounted on his new Kenworth trucks. Chuck and Amy purchased the chassis from Central Truck Center in Landover, MD. At J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, we know that to keep our customers combing back, we have to consistently satisfy customer needs, produce a high quality product, and deliver on time. We look forward to welcoming Chuck and Amy back the next time they need dump bodies or trailers.

Photos from J&J Customers

Send your photos to us and, if selected, we'll publish in the newsletter. Email them to with your name and company and a brief description. $10 Visa gift card for pictures we use!

John Tobia, Director of Public Works and Engineering at Monmouth County, New Jersey, submitted this photo as a follow up to a story J&J ran in the last issue of The Long Hauler. Here a highway crew is working to rehabilitate parts of Ocean Boulevard North, one of the many roadways affected by Hurricane Sandy. Much progress has been accomplished, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Chuck Farthing of Truck & Equipment Corp. located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, sent J&J this photo of two Hino trucks that they had mounted with J&J medium-duty polished aluminum dump bodies. The trucks were purchased by an asphalt paving and road construction company located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

High Pressure Well Service Truck Ready to Work

Oil and gas well production declines over the life of a well from a variety of factors including paraffin, asphaltene sludge, inorganic scale, wettability and other blockages.

These sophisticated service trucks are used to maximize oil and gas production by chemically treating well factors causing production decline. The design features a 210 gallon, DOT 412 tank, six (6) stainless steel additive tanks, stainless steel low pressure manifold, high accuracy digital flow meter, and a triplex pump capable of 84GPM.

J&J engineering collaborates with our customer stakeholders via web conferencing, allowing critical input and design review from multiple locations across the country without the need for travel and project delays.

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

In this issue, many OEM stories deal with alternate fuel options - hot topic!

Caterpillar Global Petroleum and Cabot Oil & Gas announced the first use of natural gas to power equipment for hydraulic fracturing in northeastern Pennsylvania. The companies are using Marcellus Shale natural gas to fracture wells via innovative fuel technology. This marks the first time "field" gas has been used in northeastern Pennsylvania for this purpose. The process of using clean-burning natural gas can displace up to 70% of the diesel fuel traditionally used to operate fracturing equipment.

Freightliner Trucks announced that it began full production on its Freightliner Cascadia (R) 113-inch BBC day cab with natural gas technology. Equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine as a factory-installed option, the Cascadia 113 natural gas day cab is ideal for regional haul, vocation and refuse applications. The engine operates exclusively on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and features ratings of up to 400hp and 1,450lb-ft torque and an optional engine brake.

Hino Trucks announces a new preventive service care program for their 195 diesel model trucks called HinoCare. The two-year or 60,000 mile maintenance program is available on all 2013MY and 2014MY 195 and 195 double cab trucks delivered between July 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 and is free of charge to the customer. While Hino is renowned for its exceptional quality, durability and reliability, peace of mind is also part of Hino's customer focus and service heritage.

Kenworth Truck Company showcased four natural gas trucks in its booth during the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo that took place last June in Washington, DC. ACT Expo is North America's leading alternative fuel and clean vehicle technologies show, according to show organizers. "We're seeing a growing interest in Kenworth's industry-leading, natural gas trucks among fleet and truck operators throughout the United States and Canada," said Alan Fennimore, Kenworth vocational marketing manager.

Mack Trucks will begin production of dimethyl ether (DME)-powered MACK (R) Pinnacle TM Axle Back models in 2015. DME, a non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel, offers many environmental and societal benefits, including that it can be made from multiple sustainable feedstocks. One of the most significant advantages of the fuel is that it produces no soot, eliminating the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF). DME can provide up to a 95 percent CO2 reduction compared with diesel when produced from biomass or biogas. Furthermore, DME can be made from North America's plentiful domestic natural gas supply and other sustainable sources.

Navistar, Inc. announced the launch of its heavy-duty International (R) WorkStar (R) vocational trucks powered by the company's 13-liter engine with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology. The WorkStar is the fourth heavy-duty International (R) truck model to transition to SCR technology since December 2012. "With the launch of the WorkStar with our 13-liter SCR engine, we continue to make great progress in our engine transition strategy and customers are benefiting from our expanded product line-up," said Bill Kozek, president North America Truck and Parts, Navistar.

Peterbilt Motors Company named Rush Peterbilt Truck Center (Nashville) the 2012 Medium Duty Dealer of the Year by Peterbilt Motors Company during the company's annual Dealer Meeting. "Rush Peterbilt Truck Center - Nashville led the sale and support of the full lineup of Peterbilt medium-duty vehicles with record-breaking results," said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General manager and PACCAR Vice President. "They embraced the versatility and superior performance of our medium-duty trucks and tractors by focusing on a wide range of market segments and customers."

Volvo Trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and dimethyl ether (DME) were displayed at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, north America's largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference. The vehicles highlight Volvo Trucks' leadership in alternative fuel and driveline development. The CNG- and DME-powered Volvo VNL models at the show are just two offerings in Volvo's robust alternative fuel lineup. Volvo announced June 6 that it would commercialize DME-powered vehicles in 2015 as part of its comprehensive "Blue Power" alternative fuels strategy for north America.

Daimler Trucks North America has recognized 44 North American manufacturers from the USA, Canada, and Mexico as recipients of its highest award for its suppliers: the 2012 Masters of Quality Supplier Award. The selected suppliers provide top quality components for Freightliner and Western Star truck brands. The annual program, now in its 26th year, recognizes suppliers that meet or exceed the company's stringent quality standards by receiving high scores on their delivery, technology, and cost performance as measured on a Balanced Scorecard.

Repair and Refurbish Saves You Money

Before the Refurbishment
Before Refurbishment
After J&J Refurbishment
All the components from this truck, used for surface mining, were cleaned, prepped, repaired, sand blasted, painted, and mounted onto a new Mack chassis provided by WW Engine. Repair and refurbishing is an excellent way for companies to extend the life of their existing equipment.

Before Refurbishment

Turn Your Pick Up Into a Service Truck

J&J Truck Equipment recently completed this all-aluminum service body for a customer in Belmont, Ohio. Truckcraft's TC-250 model is designed to fit 56" single rear wheel chassis and feature diamond plate compartment tops. The unique door construction uses bulb-style weather seal and the double panel doors with sandwiched honeycomb material between them provides exceptional rigidity. The custom mesh crate will be used to store shovels and other tools.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Superior Quality Lube Skids

Mobile lube skids provide a convenient and economical way to maintain heavy equipment and fleets on the job site. J&J Truck Equipment is an authorized Dealer of Auto Crane lube skids which feature several improvements over other manufacturers including four lifting lugs for greater stability and enclosed fork pockets for secure lift which are accessible from all four sides for added convenience. Lube skids utilize four 60-gallon aluminum tanks to reduce weight and increase corrosion resistance. The units come standard with 50 feet of hose on each reel, easy access to optional oil filters, and shielded pumps that reduce exposure to potentially damaging objects while driving. Several configurations are available, so call J&J and let us help you select the right system for your needs.

Fascan International Names J&J Truck Equipment as Authorized Distributor

J&J Truck Equipment, a division of Somerset Welding & Steel announced that they have been appointed an authorized distributor for Fascan International, a US supplier of Fassi hydraulic articulating cranes. Manufactured to the highest quality standards, and with headquarters in Bergamo, Italy, the Fassi Group is a worldwide provider of cranes and components. J&J Truck Equipment will offer the full Fassi product line and parts to their customers.

David Spear, J&J Truck Equipment's general manager said, "We are pleased to partner with a solid company like Fassi, a top quality manufacturer in our industry. Their innovative product lines will complement our current offerings and our customers will have more choices than ever before."

Meet Gary Shaffer, J&J's New Warranty Administrator

In his new position as warranty administrator, Gary is responsible for the effective disposition of all warranty issues for J&J customers. He brings over 25 years of experience in parts and inventory management with a concentration on customer service and administration. This experience will be a valuable asset in his current role. Gary is an excellent communicator who looks forward to getting to know J&J customers and assisting them with claims and other concerns.

In Gary's spare time, he enjoys playing racquetball and playing musical instruments such as drums, banjo, and guitar.

Gary can be reached by phone at 814.444.7044 or by email:

Headed to Work in Africa

International Affiliates recently took possession of 14 Mack trucks that were mounted with J&J steel Material Hauler (MH) dump bodies. They are on their way to Camaroon, a country that is located on the west coast of Africa. The trucks will be used for new road construction and remediation of existing roadways.

According to Bill Riggs, president of Somerset Welding & Steel, "We are actively pursuing partnerships that allow us to create worldwide brand recognition of J&J Products. Delivering these trucks to Africa is an important part of this initiative."