Industry News - March 2013

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PolyPortables partners with Jordan-Blanchard Capital

PolyPortables has partnered with Jordan-Blanchard Capital (JBC) in a transaction that will ultimately lead to full ownership by JBC. Kathy Crafton, former chief executive officer of the portable restroom manufacturer and daughter of PolyPortables founders Ed and Mitzi Crafton, will serve on the board of directors, providing oversight and guidance during the transition. Jeff Thomas, a principal with JBC, will serve as interim chief executive officer and be responsible for operational management of the company.

Hino approved for California hybrid incentive

The 2013MY Class 5 195h diesel electric cabover from Hino Trucks is approved by the California Air Resources Board and is eligible for the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. The program attempts to accelerate the deployment of hybrid and zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and vehicle technologies.

Masport moves offices, manufacturing facility

Masport moved its offices and manufacturing operation to 6801 Cornhusker Highway, Lincoln, Neb. The larger location enables the company to improve technology and customer service. Phone and fax numbers are unchanged.

Lock America names VP, sales manager; CEO steps back

Lock America International named Watson Visuwan vice president of marketing and Dan Walsh sales manager. CEO Frank Minnella will step back from daily involvement in company operations to take on an advisory role.

Webasto, ESW form emissions partnership

Webasto Product North America, designer of engine idle reduction technologies, and ESW Group, provider of emissions control products, formed a partnership that will enable fleets and municipalities to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission control and idle reduction equipment. Webasto manufactures fuel-operated heaters that eliminate the need to idle for engine pre-heat and cab comfort. ESW's diesel particulate filter removes particulate matter from diesel engine exhaust.


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