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February 2012

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Industry Focus PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Following are personnel changes and announce- ments in the trucking industry: Phillips Industries has hired Rick Barlow as Eastern regional sales manager. Betts Springs has promoted William Michael "Bill" Betts to vice president. In this newly created role, Betts will lead sales and marketing for the Betts branded Spray Suppres- sion business. FleetPride announced two senior level promotions. Mike Paxton has moved from vice president business develop- ment and strategic planning to vice president of mergers and acquisitions, and Peter Pasdach moves from vice president Mid- west region to vice president of business development. Compli, a provider of HR and compliance management software, has appointed Dar- rel Young as vice president of development. Ancra's Cargo Division an- nounces the addition of John Czarnecki as sales executive for the Mid-States region with sales responsibility for Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan. Bee Line has named Tricia Kane marketing communica- tions manager. Chuck Bosselman, chairman of Bosselman Companies, lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 7 in Grand Island, Neb. surround- ed by his family. Barlow Betts Young Czarnecki Bosselman SEASONAL CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS CAUSE SHIPPERS CONDITIONS INDEX TO DECLINE, FTR SAYS FTR Associates' Shippers Condi- tions Index (SCI) for November dropped 2.5 points from the pre- vious month to a reading of -6.1 refl ecting seasonal tightening of shipping capacity. The SCI sums up all market infl uences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable. FTR's January Shippers Up- date published January 6 reports that the trucking industry is cur- rently in a stable phase with fi rm rates and modestly tight capacity, a situation that is expected to continue throughout much of the year, according to FTR. Now that the revised federal hours-of-service regulations have been issued, the acute trucking capacity shortage that had been expected to hit in 2012 has been postponed until 2013. "The fi nal hours-of-service regulations recently issued by the FMCSA were not as onerous as originally feared," says Larry Gross, senior consultant for FTR. "The enforcement date of mid-2013 provides plenty of time for the inevitable court challenges to proceed without imposing additional uncer- tainty costs on shippers and carriers. Nevertheless, unless there are further changes in this or other new regulations, or a major economic slowdown between now and the middle of next year, we still project a major capacity shortage in trucking for next summer." WIX LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE Wix Filters, a member of the Affi nia Group family of brands, has launched ecoLAST.com, a special web site featuring ecoLAST oil fi lter benefi ts, an application look-up, a fl eet savings calculator, technology information and more. The ecoLast line of direct replacement spin-on heavy-duty oil fi lters are said to double oil life and save fl eets $100 to $200 per vehicle annually. "Our new ecoLAST line of heavy- duty oil fi lters performs so well that it requires fl eet managers to change the way they view their maintenance schedule," says Mike Harvey, brand manager for Wix Filters. "We created ecoLAST.com to give fl eet managers a place to learn more about the technology and to see how much money they can save by changing their fl eet to ecoLAST oil fi lters," he adds. 4 TRUCK PARTS & SERVICE | February 2012

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