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November 6, 2013

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ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking Announce Dealer Nominees for National Award

Timothy J. Fyda

William Don Larson

Michael P. McMahon

William K. Reilley, Sr.

Donald L. Sherwood

R. Kyle Treadway

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced today the nominees for the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year.

The six nominees are:

  • Timothy J. Fyda, president and CEO of Fyda Freightliner, with multiple locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania;
  • William Don Larson, CEO and owner of Allstate Peterbilt Group, in Wayzata, Minn.;
  • Michael P. McMahon, CEO of McMahon Truck Centers, in Charlotte, N.C.;
  • William K. Reilley, Sr., CEO of Lakeside International Trucks, in Milwaukee, Wis.;
  • Donald L. Sherwood, dealer principal of Sherwood Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star, in Dunmore, Pa.; and
  • R. Kyle Treadway, president, dealer principal and legal counsel of Kenworth Sales Co., in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The winner and runner-up will be announced Saturday, Jan. 25, during the 51st annual ATD Convention & Expo, which runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans, Jan. 24-27.

Nominees for the annual award were selected by state, metro and national association leaders. They will be evaluated on dealership performance, industry leadership and civic contributions.

The winner and runner-up will be chosen by a panel of professors from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

About the ATD Convention

Keynote speakers at the ATD convention include ATD Chairman Dick Witcher, chief executive officer of Minuteman Trucks, in Walpole, Mass; Philip Byrd, chairman of the American Trucking Associations; and Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army Ret.), who led the Defense Department's response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The four-day event will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Truck dealers will also meet with their manufacturer executives at 11 franchise meetings and with exhibitors on the expo floor.

Dealers and their managers can also attend numerous workshops to learn ways to improve their business operations. To register or for more information, visit
Source: ATD-NADA Public Affairs

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Truck Tonnage Again Sets Record as September Loads Jump 8.4%

U.S. truck tonnage increased 8.4% in September from year-ago levels, setting another record on the strength of increased automotive, housing and oil-and-gas industry loads. The freight index, which is compiled by American Trucking Associations, also set a record in August, when it rose 6.9% from 2012. September's gain was the largest percentage increase for the seasonally adjusted index since December 2011, as measured on a year-over-year basis. Month-to-month, the tonnage index rose by 1.8 points to 128.7 from 126.9 in August. ATA uses business volume in 2000 as a base level of 100. “I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the strength of truck tonnage,” said Bob Costello, ATA's chief economist and the report's author.
Source: Transport Topics

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October Class 8 Orders Rise 13%

New Class 8 truck orders rose 13% in October to 26,300, the highest level in nearly two years, according to preliminary data from ACT Research. October's total, which was the largest since December 2011, marked the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in North American heavy-duty orders, ACT said. Last month's order activity also jumped 38.3% from September's revised tally of 19,018. Cumulative 2013 orders stand at 214,668, up 14.3% compared with the first 10 months of 2012.
Source: Transport Topics

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Economic Watch: U.S. Manufacturing Expands in October

Economic activity in the nation's manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the nation's supply executives in a survey by the Institute of Supply Management. Manufacturing expanded in October as the index registered 56.4%, an increase of 0.2 percentage point when compared to September's reading of 56.2%. A reading above 50% indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding while below 50% indicates that it is generally contracting. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 reported growth in October.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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Michigan Truck Dealership Hosts Rep. Upton

Congressman Fred Upton, R-Mich., (center) meets with Scott Rawlings (left), dealer principal of Freightliner of Kalamazoo, and Andy Tinsley (right), director of vehicle sales, at the dealership last week.

Scott Rawlings, dealer principal of Freightliner of Kalamazoo, hosted Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) at his dealership last week. During the visit, they discussed the drastic changes in the federal excise tax between 2007 and 2013. "Rep. Upton was very responsive to our concerns for the FET and the unfair burden it places on truck dealers," said Rawlings. Congressman Upton was also shown the new Freightliner Cascadia model and a truck glider unit. If you're interested in hosting your member of Congress at the dealership, contact ATD-NADA Director of Legislative Affairs, Patrick Calpin, at (202) 547-5500 or
Source: ATD-NADA Legislative Affairs

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Top Stories
ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking Announce Dealer Nominees for National Award
Truck Tonnage Again Sets Record as September Loads Jump 8.4%
October Class 8 Orders Rise 13%
Economic Watch: U.S. Manufacturing Expands in October
Michigan Truck Dealership Hosts Rep. Upton

ATD Convention: Last Chance to Book a Room at Headquarters Hotel

ATD convention attendees planning to stay at the Hilton Riverside -- the ATD headquarters hotel -- MUST register and make their room selections by next Friday, Nov. 15, to guarantee a room reservation. "A benefit of staying at the Hilton Riverside is that ATD dealers, managers, spouses and relatives can attend the daily continental breakfasts and evening receptions sponsored by Eaton," said ATD Convention Chairman Steve Parker. To register or for more information, visit

ATD-NADA Webinars

-Nov. 13: U.S. Car Sales – The Year in Review and a Look Ahead

-Nov. 20: DMS Access Concerns (Part II)

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