Used Truck Association plans convention

The Used Truck Association (UTA) will hold it fifth annual convention Nov 3-6, 2004, at the Scottsdale Radisson Resort and Spa in Scottsdale AZ.

This year's convention, “Information, Knowledge & Networking Equals POWER,” will bring together used-truck industry leaders in a forum conducive to networking.

Author, business leader, and motivator Vince Lombardi Jr is the keynote speaker, said the UTA.

Other presenters include Chris Brady, Commercial Vehicle Consulting, who will discuss the state of the industry and give an economic forecast. Commercial vehicle manufacturers, industry vendors, and component suppliers will offer new technology and programs benefiting the used-truck marketplace.

Programs include the second annual Putting for Scholars charity golf tournament, presentation of the UTA Lifetime Achievement Award, think tank roundtables, panel discussions, and the end-of-year awards dinner.

For more information, phone 317-297-5500 or visit the web site at www.uta.org.

Keynote speakers in place for TMW event

TMW Systems has announced the keynote speakers for its 18th annual Client Conference and Vendor Showcase, set for Nov 7-10, 2004, at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center in Cleveland OH.

This event attracts more than 500 attendees representing 150-plus trucking companies of every type from around the world. It features more than 100 classes focusing on the industry, software enhancements, and new products, as well as a vendor showcase.

Lior Arussy, founder and president of global consulting firm Strativity Group Inc, will present “Information 2 Innovation — Transforming IT into Growth Drivers” at the conference luncheon November 8. He will address challenges faced by technology professionals and how they should transform the IT function to become user-centric and an innovation and growth driver within their organizations.

Dan C Baker will present an entertaining look at “Trucking Today” on November 9 from 12-1:30 pm. Known for his motivational and sometimes humorous songs for truckers, Dan presents numerous seminars and workshops on leadership, teamwork and employee retention to the trucking industry.

For more information, phone Shelli Weisz at 216-831-6606 or e-mail sweisz@tmwsystems.com.

ACERT creators honored as top inventors

Caterpillar Inc congratulates its employees, Jim Weber and Scott Leman, who were named National Inventors of the Year for 2004 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Weber and Leman were team members of the extended group of Cat employees who created the company's ACERT (Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology), which reduces Cat diesel engine emissions. The company has reduced on-highway diesel emissions in trucks and buses by nearly 90% since 1988 and will reduce those emissions another 90% by 2007 with ACERT.

Weber and Leman invented a new air management system combined with precise valve control to reduce emissions at the point of combustion rather than downstream in the exhaust. An advanced air system with series turbochargers and a variable-valve actuation device precisely provides the optimal quantity of cool, clean air into the combustion chamber at various engine speeds and loads, thereby enabling more complete combustion and superior fuel economy.

V-Net ready to give Canada a natural Rush

V-Net Beverage Inc has appointed a Canadian distributor for its Rush Cola products with Tree of Life/Gourmet Award Foods Canada Inc, a marketer of natural and specialty foods. Rush Cola will be launched in June 2004 across Canada.

Tree of Life operates three distribution warehouses in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, Canada servicing 20,000 food chains and independent retailers. The company has a sales force of 130 account representatives and a group of 30 subdistributors that serve smaller “mom and pop”-type outlets.

V-Net has the distribution and licensing rights to Rush Cola products, specially formulated, low-calorie, natural soft drinks enhanced with herbs.