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Bendix Unveils Upgraded Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Facility

ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has expanded its remanufacturing capabilities and capacity with a $3.2 million capital investment in equipment and facility upgrades at its Huntington, Indiana, plant. The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center now handles the complete salvage, coining, and assembly processes that make up start-to-finish remanufacturing and can produce several million remanufactured commercial vehicle brake shoes annually. Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, began serial production of reman shoes at the facility in the fall of 2012. Combining Bendix’s nearly 40 years’ experience in remanufacturing with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake’s acknowledged leadership in wheel-end solutions and brake shoe manufacturing, the center has assembled more than 1.9 million brake shoes since its opening in 2012. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. “As the commercial vehicle industry continues to adapt to ever-changing regulations and compliance standards, fleets and owner-operators are turning in greater numbers to high-quality remanufactured brake shoes as a solution in their parts strategy,” said Henry Foxx, Bendix director of remanufactured products. “The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center grew from our desire to provide reman brake shoes offering the durability, reliability, performance, and extended lining life expected of original equipment. With the completion of the next phase of production expansion, in tandem with our three-tiered portfolio of reman brake shoe offerings, Bendix is better equipped than ever to meet every customer’s need for safety, performance, and value.”
Bendix’s Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center employs 65 people, part of Huntington’s total roster of 430 employees. The center’s 74,000 square feet bring the Huntington operation’s total to 547,000 square feet, comprising four manufacturing and assembly facilities as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center. Key to the upgrades to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center is the coining process, which returns used brake shoes to the shape engineered by their original equipment (OE) manufacturers. Bendix has always coined 100 percent of its remanufactured brake shoes, and the upgrade increases coining capacity and capability. “A brake shoe undergoes a tremendous amount of force and drastic temperature changes during its life cycle,” said Frank Gilboy, BSFB brake shoe product line manager. “Over time, this results in deformation. It’s twisted, or it’s stretched, and if you just reline that shoe with new friction – like most brake shoe reliners do – you’re going to have issues when it engages with the drum, because it no longer has the correct geometry to provide full contact and stopping power.” The new Bendix 1,000-ton coining press reproduces the original manufacturing methods, applying the full tonnage necessary to return the shoe to its proper shape and OE specifications. All of those specifications are crucial to maintaining brake safety and performance in the era of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) mandate and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. “We understand how critical it is for all the welds to be correct, for the thickness of the steel to be correct, and for all the other factors that go into brake shoe engineering to be considered,” Gilboy said. “Our inspection uses all of our OE design experience and criteria to make sure that the shoes we inspect and put into remanufacturing production are suitable to go back out there for another lifetime in the field.”
Other improvements to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center include a self-contained salvage and de-lining area, which prevents dust and other contaminants from reaching the painting and riveting process; four automated de-liners that remove the friction with greater accuracy and reduce the chance of accidental shoe damage; and two new 24-cubic-foot blasters that clean the shoes in order to provide the best adhesion surface for the new lining. Additionally, a new 2,000-square-foot paint line can handle up to 500 parts per hour. When Bendix reman shoes undergo final assembly, the production line uses the same riveting procedure used by OE manufacturers. This ensures correct lining attachment for maximum lining service.
The improvements were also designed to meet Bendix’s rigorous standards for safe and environmentally sustainable workplaces. Employee ergonomic and safety considerations played significant roles in developing the production line, which also incorporates extensive wastewater treatment and waste diversion methods.
The always expanding remanufactured Bendix brake shoe product portfolio is supported with in-house research and development – along with ongoing comprehensive friction testing – conducted at the company’s engineering center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as a state-of-the-art order fulfillment operation to ensure that customers receive fast and easy access to inventory. Bendix remanufactured shoes are fully supported by field-tested sales and service professionals; a 100 percent ASE-certified field technical support team; and the Bendix Tech Team (at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE), an expert technical support group providing service advice, brake system troubleshooting, and product training.
Bendix remanufactured brake shoes are part of the company’s ever-growing portfolio of wheel-end technology that delivers on safety, plus other areas critical to fleets’ success. By delivering complete braking solutions and robust post-sales support, Bendix helps improve vehicle performance and efficiency, lowering ownership costs and increasing highway safety. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit FoundationBrakes.com.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 2,700 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Huntington, Indiana; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725), or visit bendix.com.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call 1-866-610-9709 or visit FoundationBrakes.com.

JASPER Announces Changes To Production Leadership Team

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has announced the following changes to its production leadership team.
David Burbidge has been named General Manager of Jasper Innovative Solutions (JIS). David has worked with JASPER for the past seven years in a consulting role, and has worked extensively in the areas of Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, and Materials Management. David will become a full-time Associate-Owner of JASPER and will work with our JIS team from the Crawford County, Indiana, Facility.
Luke Bawel has been named Division Manager of our Power Drive Transmission Division. Luke has been with JASPER for ten years and has served as the General Manager of JIS and Vice President of Jasper Innovative Logistics. In addition to his role as JASPER Power Drive Transmission Manager, Luke will continue as a member of JASPER’s Executive Team.
Sara Schmidt will join our Production Control Team as Production Control Manager. Sara has led our Power Drive Transmission Division the past four years, and successfully led the transition of transmission manufacturing into the Power Drive Facility. Sara’s new role will focus specifically on scheduling, core buying, parts buying, and coordination with our logistics teams.
“Thank you to all of these great JASPER leaders for their contributions, and for their willingness to take on new responsibilities,” said Zach Bawel, JASPER President/Chief Operating Officer. “We are confident that their continued efforts will keep JASPER growing and thriving.”

VIPAR Heavy Duty Launches New Product Advisory Councils

New councils bring stockholder insight to forefront
VIPAR Heavy Duty forms new Product Advisory Councils for the U.S. and Canada
Stockholders from across both countries to meet monthly
Product Advisory Councils developed to refine supplier programs and further strengthen the network
Crystal Lake, IL, July 2, 2018 - VIPAR Heavy Duty recently launched Product Advisory Councils for the U.S. and Canada. The councils are comprised of stockholders who will meet monthly with the VIPAR Heavy Duty program management team to engage in discussion on existing supplier programs and new program opportunities to further strengthen the network and its offerings.
The Product Advisory Councils were developed to refine supplier programs, taking into account stockholders’ local market conditions. Stockholders representing the geographic regions within the U.S. and Canada were selected as members for each respective council.
“Our kick-off meetings were highly successful with robust discussions about our supplier programs and market factors impacting our stockholders,” said Larry Griffin, vice president of program management, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “The insight generated through enhanced engagement with these council members will be valuable for our program management team as we strive to become more informed about local market conditions and their effect on the success of our supplier programs.”
The Product Advisory Council meetings will be held virtually each month with in-person meetings scheduled during the VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference in October.
About VIPAR Heavy Duty
VIPAR Heavy Duty is North America’s leading network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors. VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors serve the needs of their customers from more than 630 locations across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors are specialists who understand the demands of their local, regional, and national customers for quality parts and exceptional service. VIPAR Heavy Duty also operates two wholly owned subsidiaries, Global Parts Network, LLC and Power Heavy Duty, LLC, as part of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies. For more information, visit www.vipar.com.

Study Finds Over 100,000 Industry Jobs At Risk With Tariffs On Imported Auto Parts

Bethesda, MD, July 2, 2018 - The Auto Care Association last Friday urged the Trump administration to consider the severity of unintended consequences that may ensue by imposing tariffs on imported autos and auto parts, including the negative impact it would have on both the U.S. automotive industry and the jobs created by these imports, but also the U.S. economy at large.
In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Automobiles, Including Cars, SUVs, Vans and Light Trucks, and Automotive Parts, the association explained that the auto care industry’s “ability to source parts and components globally supports U.S. auto exports, provides U.S. consumers with a wider selection of vehicles and parts, and keeps vehicle repair and maintenance costs affordable for working families.”
The association’s comments further explained that “the availability of affordable high-quality parts from foreign sources creates thousands of jobs that might be threatened should the Trump administration move forward with a tariff on vehicles and vehicle parts.”
Included in the comments was a recent economic study completed for the Auto Care Association by John Dunham and Associates, which found that a 25 percent tariff on imported auto parts could cause a reduction of 17,800 jobs in the auto parts manufacturing sector, resulting in $1.4 billion in lost wages. The study further predicts that 6,800 jobs would be lost by vehicle repair shops and an additional 85,200 jobs in the auto care wholesale and retail segment due to lower demand. These are mostly small family-owned businesses that would suffer severe economic harm should a 25 percent tariff be levied on autos and auto parts.
Because the auto industry operates on a global platform, the reality is that goods are rarely designed, manufactured and consumed in one country. Technological efficiencies, lower trade costs and improved logistics have allowed companies to tighten and optimize supply chains. Imports help companies lower costs and improve product quality, allowing them to remain competitive domestically and export globally.
The study also found that imposing additional tariffs on auto parts and components would increase their price substantially, making it more difficult for working Americans to afford a new car or the cost of repairing the vehicle they currently own. The study estimates that the cost of car ownership will increase by more than $700 per year per household should the tariffs be imposed.
The Auto Care Association concluded its comments to the Department of Commerce by recommending that the Trump administration “refrain from trade restrictions that would undermine the auto industry, and instead seek solutions that protect U.S. investments, facilitate trade and create competitive value chains that benefit the global growth of our industry.”
For more information about the Auto Care Association’s government affairs initiatives, please contact Aaron Lowe at aaron.lowe@autocare.org.

Automotive Communications Council Announces New 2018 Leadership And Board Appointments

Jacki Lutz of Schrader Performance Sensors moves into President Role, Georgianne Dickey of NTN Bearing steps up to Vice President.
Schaumburg, IL, June 28, 2018 - Following a record breaking new attendee turn out for the Automotive Communications Council's (ACC) annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, the council has announced the new appointments to its leadership team and Board of Governors.
The structure of the membership-run organization promotes a deeper involvement of the ACC membership and encourages education across all marketing and communications functions. The council is led by a President, Immediate Past President, Vice President and 6 additional members that serve as the Board of Governors. These 9 members serve as project leads in various areas of need for the organization including communications, events and member services. All leadership roles are effective July 1, 2018.
Jacki Lutz, Head of Global Marketing and Communications for Schrader Performance Sensors, will step into the role of President of the Automotive Communications Council. Jacki has been active in ACC for 4 years and was involved on the Events Committee before serving on the board the past 2 years. Last year she served as Vice President. "ACC has been a huge asset to me over the years," says Lutz. "I am both honored and excited to give back to this association that has given me so much." Jacki has been working in the automotive aftermarket for the past 5 years, all of which were spent with Schrader Performance Sensors. Jacki is responsible for the marketing and communications strategies and implementation for Schrader's global aftermarket business, including North America, Europe and APAC.
Georgianne Dickey, Senior Manager of Product and Marketing Communications, NTN Bearing, will lead as Vice President of the council. She has been a member of ACC for 9 years and has served as a member of the board for 7 years. Dickey is responsible for strategic development and implementation of product management and integrated marketing communications plans for NTN Bearing.

Also appointed to serve are six board members who will join the leadership team to serve as the Board of Governors. The complete 2018-2019 Leadership Team and Board of Governor members include:
• Immediate Past President: Meagan Moody, Marketing Communications Manager, ZF Aftermarket
• President: Jacki Lutz, Head of Global Marketing and Communications, Schrader Performance Sensors
• Vice President: Georgianne Dickey, Senior Manager of Product and Marketing Communications, NTN Bearing

Board of Directors:
• Jim Merle, Babcox Media
• Jake Spencer, Barolin & Spencer
• Jennifer Holland, ASE
• Abby Harding, Remington Industries
• Monika LaPrete, CRP Industries
• Sarah Longardner, Mann & Hummel

"On behalf of the association, I want to thank Meagan Moody for devoting 2 years as president of ACC." says Lutz. "She did an incredible job and I am very grateful for her mentorship over the past year."
For more information about ACC, visit www.acc-online.org, contact Jacki Lutz at 248-821-5175 or email info@acc-online.org. Information is also available on Facebook and LinkedIn, under the Automotive Communications Council group page.
About ACC
For marketing and communications professionals in the auto care industry, the Automotive Communications Council is a unique forum for learning and professional development focused on current and emerging marketing practices, achieved through collaboration and idea sharing with like-minded professionals.
www.acc-online.org