“Reshaping entire North American trucking industry…”
Posted May 2, 2009on:
The entire North American trucking industry is in the midst of a fundamental reshaping, which will lead to flat tonnage levels for fleets and fewer truck manufacturers producing much more expensive vehicles and mostly in Mexico, said a senior executive of Navistar Inc.
James Hebe, the truck maker’s senior vice president for North American sales operations, said at the American Truck Dealers’ annual meeting here on April 20 that, although the current recession started in late 2007, trucking’s downturn began a year earlier.
Hebe, former chief executive officer of what is now Daimler Trucks North America, spoke out against a variety of federal policies and said trucking eventually would bid farewell to a number of institutions long associated with the industry, including “long and tall” tractor design, owner-operators and independent maintenance shops…Read More