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January 29, 2017
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ATD Chairman: Federal Excise Tax on New Heavy-Duty Trucks Hurts Small Businesses


ATD Chairman Steve Parker delivers a keynote address at the 2017 ATD convention in New Orleans.

Steve Parker, chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD), called on the nation's commercial truck dealers to urge Congress to explore reforming or possibly repealing the 12-percent federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of trucks, trailers and other commercial truck products.

“The FET was originally imposed to help finance the cost of World War I,” Parker said in remarks during the ATD Convention and Expo in New Orleans. “But since 1955, the tax rate on our products has increased by 300 percent - ballooning from 3 percent to 12 percent.”
 
Parker, president of Baltimore Potomac Truck Centers in Linthicum, Md., which operates five full-service commercial truck dealership locations with Mack, Volvo and Hino Trucks franchises in Maryland and Virginia, added that any increase in the FET would depress new truck sales and slow the deployment of cleaner, safer and more fuel-efficient trucks into America's trucking fleet.
Source: ATD

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Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year


Sharon Nuss (left) joins her husband on stage after he was named 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year at the ATD convention in New Orleans.

Robert Nuss, president of Minnesota-based Nuss Truck Group, has been named the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software. Nuss received the award on Jan. 27 during the 2017 ATD Convention & Expo,in New Orleans, La. Nuss Truck Group, which is based in Rochester Minn., offers Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Isuzu Commercial Trucks, and Volvo Construction equipment. He was one of five nominees for the Truck Dealer of the Year award, which honors excellence in business practices, industry leadership and community service. Faculty members from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business choose the winner.

Katie Hopkins, executive vice president of Truck Centers, Inc., in Troy, Ill., was runner up. The other nominees were James Carello, president of Regional International Corp. in Henrietta, N.Y.; Gary Nicholas, president/CEO of Nicholas-Wyoming Valley Truck Sales, Inc., in Luzerne, Pa.; and Zach Wagner, CEO of Gateway Truck & Refrigeration in Collinsville, Ill.

Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli Speaks to ATD Members

 

Mark Scarpelli, 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, extended a hand to those gathered at the American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo in New Orleans on Jan. 28. “There’s something that ATD Chairman Steve Parker said that really struck a chord,” he told the crowd. “He told his ATD audience that ‘car and truck dealers are brothers and sisters-in-arms … and those arms are very long.’”

Scarpelli urged ATD members to not only work with association leadership but with each other to ensure they are treated fairly by Washington legislators. “We have a lot of reach. We have a lot of influence. And together, there’s nothing that we can’t accomplish for our industry. It might take some time, but I know we’ll get there,” he said. “Because as soon as Steve and I get back to D.C., we’re tackling the issues that are hurting car and truck dealers alike. “

Scarpelli cited government overreach into car and truck dealership business. “We need to talk to those in Washington who make these policies. And we need to educate them about our businesses,” he said. “We need everyone here in this room today—and those at home—to be involved and stay engaged.”

“Whether we sell cars or trucks, we’re all working toward the same goal. To give our customers the transportation they need. So stretch out those arms because we have another year ahead of us,” he said.
Source: ATD

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ADESA Auction at NADA Convention Raises $94,423 for Canine Companions

An ADESA auction at the NADA Convention and Expo today raised $94,423 for the NADA Foundation, which supports Canine Companions for Independence. Retired Army Sgt. Steve Blackman and his service dog, Gottlieb, attended the auction today to represent Canine Companions. “My life has completely changed. No longer do I wake every morning wondering what the day is going to bring and if I can make it through it because I have [Gottlieb],” said Blackman, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in service. “I know my family doesn't have to worry about me anymore. I can go out and do things and leave the house because I have him. Canine Companions has made this possible for veterans and so many other people with disabilities. It gives us our independence back.”
Source: NADA/ATD


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Top Stories
ATD Chairman: Federal Excise Tax on New Heavy-Duty Trucks Hurts Small Businesses
Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year
NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli Speaks to ATD Members
ADESA Auction at NADA Convention Raises $94,423 for Canine Companions
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