Cautionary Flags for USA Trucking Aftermarket PDF Print Email
Friday, June 10, 2016 01:42 PM

Cautionary Flags for USA Trucking Aftermarket
New Truck Sales Down, Tonnage Down, Used Truck Prices Down

Although some indicators are trending towards good news for truck service and parts, a key ATA (American Trucking Association) indicator for health of the over-the-road truck aftermarket is sending signal for caution. 

In its May 24 release the American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage decreased 2.1% from April, following a 4.4% drop During March. In April, the index equaled 134.8, down from 137.6 in March. The all-time high was 144 in February. 

“After having an abnormally large seasonally adjusted gain in February, tonnage fell in April, in addition to the large drop in March, “said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “There is still an inventory correction transpiring throughout the supply chain that will keep a lid on truck freight volumes in the near term. As a result, we are likely still to experience lackluster tonnage numbers in the next few months.” 

ATA estimates the number of Class 8 trucks used for business purposes, excluding government and farm, around 2.4 million.

Diesel Progress Magazine reported that Class 8 truck production is expected to drop to 75% of the 320,000 build in 2015 which was considered strong. It says that the 25% drop is in response to declining freight demand and freight rates along with “the highest used truck inventory in 15 years.”

According to NADA Used Car Guide commercial truck analyst, Chris Visser, "As in the auction and wholesale lanes, depreciation in the retail channel moderated going into the second quarter. Three to five-year old sleeper tractors lost about 3 percent of their value from February to March, and we estimate another similar loss from March to April."

Visser went on to say, "High-volume 2011 to 2013 model year trucks lost approximately 5 percent of their value from February to March. We also predict a similar drop from March to April. Retail pricing continues to decrease, and perhaps as a result, buyers are entering the market in incrementally greater numbers."

Falling used truck prices may bring some buyers into the market. However, in recent down turns in shipping, NARSA members reported that their customers were parking tractors rather than replacing them. The ATA says that 67% of U.S. freight by weight moves by truck.


Hilco Industrial - Webcast Auction PDF Print Email
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 02:13 PM

Radiator & Heat Exchanger Manufacturing Equipment, Metal Fabricating, Welding & More

Hilco was appointed by the Company to assist in the sale of machinery and equipment no longer required to the ongoing operations. This Calgary, Alberta, Canada based manufacturer produced premium quality Charge Air Coolers (CAC), Charge Air Cooler Testing Equipment, Oil Coolers, Radiators, and Radiator/ Charge Air Cooler Cooling Modules for all turbo-diesel powered equipment used in Transportation, Agricultural, Industrial, and other Applications. 

The realignment of this facility offers manufacturers of heat transfer products, including large industrial radiators and heat exchangers, the opportunity to increase production or upgrade existing equipment by purchasing name brand production lines and machinery at auction prices.

Featured Items

(4) Voss Manufacturing RF-300 Aluminum Fin Machine

Voss Manufacturing Auto Tube Stuffing Machine

Charge Air Cooler/Radiator Core Builders



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Taylor TD-36 Tandem Axle, 4-Roll Chassis Dynamometer

Drive-In Environmental Wind Tunnel

PV/T Inc. Cold Wall Batch Type Vacuum Furnace


Metal Fabrication & Machining 

Amada FBD-8025NT 80-Ton Hydraulic CNC Press Brake

Amada M-3060 6mm x 3060mm Mechanical Shear

Amada Vipros 255 20-Ton Hydraulic CNC Turret Punch

Haas VF-4 CNC Vertical Machining Center



(9) Lincoln Precision
275 TIG Welders

(9) Lincoln Invertec V350
Pro Welders

(9) Lincoln Cobramatic 
Wire Feeders



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Hilco Industrial is a worldwide leader in buying and selling industrial machinery and equipment. The primary source for machinery buyers looking for great deals. 


Throwback Thursday: ACJ 1964 PDF Print Email
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:30 AM

Automotive Cooling Journal January - February 1964

This #ThrowbackThursday, step inside the pages of The Cooling Journal’s parent, The Automotive Cooling Journal, NARSA’s first official publication. 

Click on the cover to read the full issue. 

NARSA Membership News PDF Print Email
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 PM

NARSA Membership News

For the first time since 2009, the NARSA Board of Directors had to increase membership dues for all members. The new annual dues structure is as follows and is based on number of employees as well as the business category:

Shop Membership - 50% or more of gross sales from service/repair qualifies a business as a shop. 

NARSA Shop Membership: 1-4 employees - $345 USD

NARSA Shop Membership: 5+ employees - $375 USD


Distributor Membership - 50% or more of gross sales from distribution qualifies a business as a distributor.

NARSA Distributor Membership: 1-5 locations - $895 USD

NARSA Distributor Membership: 6+ locations - $995 USD


Manufacturer Membership - 50% or more of gross sales from manufacturing qualifies a business as a manufacturer.

NARSA Manufacturer Membership: $995 USD


This is an automated process aligned with our new website and database management system that allows us to send you emails.  So, please disregard any attached invoices you may receive with a membership renewal as it may be incorrect. If you need to renew your membership please click here to select your member type and renew your membership today!

Innovate 2016 Recap PDF Print Email
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 02:40 PM

Innovate 2016 Spans Generations with Shared Message of Success and Support for Others

SAN ANTONIO, TX – “Innovate 2016, “the NARSA spring conference, provided an audience of loyal NARSA business leaders with a refreshing outlook as the 2016 season begins.

Two great leaders with proven track records in building successful businesses provided detailed and personal accounts on how they succeeded. Both Frank Finger and Jim Butitta acknowledged that lion’s share of their accomplishments came by surrounding themselves with talented people. They were both inspiring and both shared genuine and emotional messages about the importance of respect for others and sharing.

Workshops gave the conference participants time to learn from experienced facilitators and from their peers in a comfortable setting. Workshops on social media, DPF filters, employee management, constructing facilities and strategic planning were presented by industry insiders who are currently walking the walk.

Said NARSA executive Wayne Juchno, “The conference was designed by business leaders for business leaders. The result was a solid program. It is very important for our members to stay in touch with the past as well as plan for their future. We had three generations of members representing their businesses. It was really exciting to see the generational give and take. I hope we can do this again next year. I would hope those who attended would come again and bring others.”

NARSA could not have produced this special conference without the support of a group of leading companies and members. Special thanks to Innovator Sponsor: C, G &J; Partner Sponsors: ARZON, Johnson Mfg. Co., Rocore, Taalman, TSM, and ThermaSys Tubing; and Contributing Sponsors: D Barlow Sales Solutions, Damon Industries, and Liland Global.

Thank you to the all-star cast of presenters: Frank Finger, Jim Butitta. Darlene Barlow, Mark Taylor, Joel Christianson, Liz Juchno, and Kyle Rickermann.

Visit our Facebook page for pictures of NARSA Innovate 2016. 


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