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Volvo Trucks Partners with Fontaine Modification to Offer Reduced-Height VAH 300 Day Cab
Volvo Trucks Announcement
Volvo Trucks partners with Fontaine Modification to offer a 94.5-inch height VAH 300 model. This new, lower auto hauler cab was developed and engineered in conjunction with Fontaine. In addition to this new model, Fontaine also modifies a full range of Volvo Trucks models to service the needs of all customers for any auto hauling application or load size:
VAH 300 (Available as Fontaine Model 94 or 97)
VAH 400 (Available as Fontaine Model 97 or 102)
VAH 600 (Available as Fontaine Model 97 or 102)
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Electric trucks deliver engineering and production jobs to Detroit
Detroit Free Press (March 21, 2020)
The Detroit Free Press references the recently opened Fontaine Modification Detroit facility in an article about electric commercial vehicles bringing jobs to Detroit.
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Fontaine Modification to Install Merlin Solar Panels; Help Fleets Avoid Expensive Jumpstarts
Fontaine offers solar panel installation nationwide
Charlotte, N.C. (March 25, 2020)
To help fleets better meet their unique power demands and avoid expensive jumpstarts, Fontaine Modification now offers installation of solar panel systems from Merlin Solar for customers nationwide.
Fontaine installs Merlin Solar panels at its modification centers in Charlotte and Statesville, North Carolina; Chillicothe and Springfield, Ohio; Garland and Laredo, Texas; Dublin, Virginia; and Mineral Wells, West Virginia.
These solar panel installations feature Merlin Solar Road Warrior Series panels that are 80 percent lighter than glass and absorb 20 percent more energy in real-world conditions versus standard flexible solar panels. They are designed specifically for the transportation industry and are customizable to fit roof contours and designs for most major truck OEMs.
“Merlin’s innovative technology gives us the capability to provide customized solar power solutions to our customers’ specific needs and truck configurations,” says Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Medium & Heavy Truck Operations.
The thin, flexible and lightweight panels have a rugged design to withstand harsh environments. The panels help fleets save fuel, eliminate expensive jumpstarts, extend battery life, increase reliability and reduce vehicle downtime. They increase power to offset parasitic loads by capturing and converting the sun’s energy into power for trucks to keep them operating at peak efficiency. The solar energy also provides power to run hotel loads, reducing the number of auto-start features.
“Fontaine Modification has a nationwide network through which it can deliver our technology to its customers,” says Fernando Mejia, director, Global Applications Engineering, Specialty Products, Merlin Solar. “It’s an honor for us to make Fontaine one of our preferred installers and together provide our solar panels to customers around the country on many of the top OEM trucks. We share the goal of delivering road-ready trucks and providing the power needed to keep them on the road.”
To learn more about Merlin Solar products, visit merlinsolar.com.
Fontaine Modification Opens New Michigan Facility to Support Detroit Chassis
Modification Center to provide customized body prep, suspension, and EV conversions for F-53 and F-59 chassis
Charlotte, N.C. (March 17, 2020)
Fontaine Modification has opened its tenth modification center. The new facility, located in the greater Detroit area, will provide modifications for Ford’s F-59 and F-53 stripped chassis assembled by Detroit Chassis. This becomes the fourth facility operating under the Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions division.
“Our new modification center positions Fontaine in the heart of American manufacturing and near the Detroit Chassis plant to support the F-53 and F-59 chassis as they roll off the line,” says Pat Griffin, president, Fontaine Modification Light Duty Truck and EV Solutions. “The location will allow us to complete modifications faster and streamline the chassis delivery process so that customers get what they need sooner.”
Fontaine Modification will provide customized body prep packages, suspension modifications / upgrades, and electric vehicle conversions for F-53 and F-59 chassis at its new 65,000-square-foot modification center. Nate Eichinger, Dir. Operations, will oversee the new facility in addition to the existing Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions locations.
Jamil Young Promoted to President of New Fontaine Modification Medium and Heavy Truck Operations Division
Fontaine combines fleet and vocational services in its modification centers.
Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2020)
Building on five years of solid business growth, Fontaine Modification has combined its vocational and fleet services business units into a single division, Medium and Heavy Truck Operations. Jamil Young was named president of the new division.
As part of the business redesign, all Fontaine production facilities nationwide will now offer both vocational truck modifications and on-highway truck fleet services, making them more nimble and responsive to customer needs. Fontaine medium and heavy modification centers are located near OEM truck plants in Charlotte and Statesville, North Carolina; Chillicothe, Ohio; Garland and Laredo, Texas; and Dublin, Virginia.
The reorganization divides the day-to-day operations of Fontaine’s existing business between Young and Pat Griffin, recently appointed president of Fontaine’s Light Duty Truck and EV Solutions Division, allowing Fontaine Modification Group President Paul Kokalis to focus on acquisitions and the company’s growth as an engineering, new product development and contract manufacturing force in the industry.
“Jamil has done an excellent job driving growth over the last six years as president of Fontaine Fleet Services,” says Kokalis. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead all of our medium and heavy truck business into the future.”
Young has served as president of Fontaine Modification Fleet Services since 2014. He joined the company in 2009 and was previously vice president and general manager of southern region operations. He also has held the positions of senior operations manager and general manager of Fontaine’s Garland, Texas, modification center. Young has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.
As North America’s most comprehensive provider of post-production truck modification services, Fontaine has ship-through agreements with the leading truck OEMs to maximize customer convenience and minimize delivery costs. The company provides engineering solutions to meet customers’ unique requirements and specific applications while adhering to all federal motor vehicle safety standards. Some of the services offered include:
Sit-down dual drive conversions
Low entry stand-up conversions
Custom engineering and design
Alternative fuel system packaging and installation
Electric drivetrain packaging and installation
Installation of virtually any truck equipment, such as communications systems, auxiliary power units, PTOs, blowers, wet kits, safety systems, aero kits, and chassis equipment.
The Fontaine Modification Medium and Heavy Truck Operations Division will be based at the company’s location in Statesville, North Carolina.
Fontaine Modification Hires Pat Griffin to Lead New Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions Division
Division specializes in engineering electric powertrain solutions across OEM platforms
Charlotte, N.C. February 12, 2020
Fontaine Modification has established a new division, Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions, focused on electrification and light truck modifications. Pat Griffin returns to Fontaine to serve as division president.
As North America’s most comprehensive provider of post-production truck services, Fontaine Modification has been active for several years in engineering electric powertrain packaging and integration plans across multiple OEM platforms. Demand for these services, and requests for support on light-duty vehicles, drove the decision to create the new Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions Division.
“The biggest challenge facing many of the innovators in the electrification and advanced technology space is how to commercialize their products,” explains Paul Kokalis, president of Fontaine Modification. “We’re one of the few companies in the industry that has the manufacturing and engineering expertise, capabilities and experience necessary to scale production from a single prototype to hundreds of vehicles within eyesight of the original manufacturing plant.”
Fontaine has nine modification centers across the country. The Light Duty Truck & EV Solutions Division will be based at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will offer a range of services for light-duty vehicles from inspections all the way through body installations. Most light-duty modifications will be handled in three Fontaine facilities in West Virginia and Ohio.
Griffin, president of the new division, has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, which includes recently serving as president of Fontaine’s sister company Marmon-Herrington since 2015. He previously served as VP of sales for Fontaine Modification in addition to executive positions in engineering, quality and Lean Six Sigma with Wabash National Corporation and Hayes Lemmerz International. He earned a BS in engineering from The Ohio State University and a MA in organizational management from Tusculum University.
Reporting to Griffin as director of operations is Nate Eichinger. Prior to this promotion, Eichinger served as managing director for Fontaine’s Vocational Heavy-Duty Business. He has been with the company since 2011. Brandon Hall joins Griffin’s team as director of engineering. Prior to his promotion, Hall drove many of the electrification projects for Fontaine from his position as senior R&D project engineer. He joined the company in 2011.
“Being intimately involved in the changing landscape of truck electrification is a great, new challenge,” said Pat Griffin. “However, leading this group of talented and experienced professionals is making this new venture a smooth transition for me.”
Fontaine Modification to Offer Samsara Hardware Installation to Help Fleets Access Real-Time Data
Arrangement simplifies technology implementation, makes trucks “road-ready” upon delivery
Charlotte, N.C. January 14, 2020
Fontaine Modification is now offering installation of Samsara hardware, including Vehicle Gateways, Asset Gateways, AI dash cams, and Environmental Monitors, to help fleets access important real-time data. This hardware can be installed at Fontaine’s nine locations across the United States to provide customers with faster and easier rollout across their fleets.
“At Fontaine, we strive to ensure our customers receive their vehicles ‘road-ready’,” said Jamil Young, president of fleet services at Fontaine Modification. “This means working with leading companies such as Samsara to deliver vehicles with the technology that our customers demand installed and ready to go. We’re excited to be able to upfit fleets with Samsara’s hardware to help them improve efficiency and access information in real time.”
Samsara Vehicle Gateways are advanced sensor platforms for fleets, providing operators with real-time location and analytics, sensor data, WiFi hotspot connectivity, and ELD-ready hours of service logging. Samsara Asset Gateways are designed to monitor high-value mobile assets, such as refrigerated trailers and heavy equipment, to improve operating efficiency, theft recovery, and more. Samsara AI dash cams use artificial intelligence and computer vision to detect near-misses, road signs, and high-risk driver behavior. Samsara Environmental Monitors offer wireless and waterproof data-logging with temperature and humidity sensors for environments that rely on this data to maintain quality or compliance.
“At Samsara, our customers are always looking for ways to simplify their implementation process,” said Elizabeth Yackley, Samsara senior implementation consultant. “Partnering with Fontaine will make hardware installation even easier and faster for our customers, which gives them more time to focus on their deployment, driver training, and perfecting the processes needed to deliver value to their organization.”
Fontaine Moves Modification Center Closer to New Hino Plant
Charlotte, N.C. August 26, 2019
Fontaine Modification is relocating its West Virginia modification center from Williamstown to Mineral Wells, WV. The new modification center offers double the production space and enables Fontaine to expand its truck modification and other service offerings.
Fontaine’s center is located close to the new Hino plant and will allow easy access to the increased volumes expected as the OEM introduces its XL series of Class 8 trucks. The new center features 33,000 square feet with more than 10 dedicated bays, two drive-through lanes, a paint booth and six 5-ton overhead cranes. The overhead cranes allow for safer and more efficient handling of large materials and bodies. In addition to painting services, equipment installations, and truck modifications, the additional space will enable Fontaine to offer new services.
The facility will be managed by Chris Reynolds who was the General Manager of the Williamstown center.
“This new facility gives us the capability to run several types of products simultaneously. That will be key to supporting the Hino XL series of trucks as they are introduced to customers,” says Nate Eichinger, Fontaine Managing Director. “We are optimistic that the move will allow us to continue to grow and expand the ways that we can support Hino and its customers. We also expect that growth to result in adding new jobs going into 2020.”
Fontaine Modification Recognized for Environmentally Sustainable Fleet Management Practices
STAUNTON, Va. August 15, 2019
Fontaine Modification received a Council on Environmental Standards Association (CES) recognition award for its support and advancement of environmentally sustainable fleet management.
Judy Williams, CES president and CEO, and James Williams, vice president, presented the 2019 award to Fontaine’s Brad Howard, director of fleet operations, Wes Lundy, purchasing manager, and Brian Gagnon, director of supply chain, in recognition of the company’s support and recommendation of sustainable fleet management products, practices and protocols to its many customers, which is fulfillment of one of the Association’s operational tenants.
“We cross-reference and refer Council members and like-minded consumers to companies exhibiting strong environmental stewardship - and a commitment to honoring the intellectual properties and ideas of the people who are improving our world - to help build a 360- degree, integrated system of sustainability,” says Williams. “Participants throughout the supply chain have countless opportunities to help grow green fleets across America. When Fontaine and other companies share knowledge and environmentally sound products, practices, and ideas with OEMs and the trucking industry itself, they are promoting and supporting environmentally sustainable fleet management that benefits people, planet, and profit.”
Fontaine Designs New Roll-Up Door Installation for Freightliner M2 Cabs
Improves Tool Access for Emergency and Vehicle Recovery Fleets
Charlotte, NC August 12, 2019
A new roll-up door design from Fontaine Modification makes it easier for firefighters, EMTs, tow truck operators and others to quickly access tools and equipment stored in the cabs of Freightliner M2 trucks. This patent-pending design allows for a watertight seal of the door to the truck, smooth, reliable operation of the roll-up door, along with easy maintenance.
Previously, storage door installation involved custom bending the mounting track to match the truck side’s curvature. Bending the track could lead to leaks and challenges with opening and closing the door.
Fontaine developed a mounting system that uses a surround to allow the door to be installed in a completely vertical orientation, rather than trying to curve to the side of the truck.
“This unique solution allows for a consistent, customized fit for these Freightliner M2 cabs from the beginning, rather than needing to modify on the fly if usability issues arise,” says Nate Eichinger, managing director, Fontaine Modification. “Vehicle operators will appreciate the smooth functionality and ability to service – clean, repair, and even replace – the door, since it can be removed from the framework we designed for this application.”
The new mounting system was developed by the engineering team led by Vocational Engineering Manager Dylan Ramsey at Fontaine’s Innovation Center for Research and Development in Charlotte. It will be installed on Freightliner M2 trucks at Fontaine’s Charlotte Modification Center, which supports Freightliner’s nearby Mount Holly manufacturing facility.
Fontaine to Offer Lytx Video Telematics Pre-wire Packages for Major Truck Brands
Clients can get vehicles pre-wired for Lytx fleet solutions as a standard option for faster and easier technology deployment
San Diego, 2019
Lytx ®, a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety and operational efficiency solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, today announced that Fontaine Modification will offer pre-wiring packages for Lytx fleet solutions on major truck brands including Ford, Hino, International, Volvo, Freightliner and Kenworth. Fontaine is North America’s most comprehensive provider of post-production truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets.
“Fontaine’s reputation has been built on a history of providing high-quality service and innovative solutions,” said Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “With Lytx, we’re able to offer our customers a video telematics solution that can do it all — help improve the safety of commercial drivers, offer next-generation analytics, risk detection and fleet management — from a company that aligns with our standards for excellence. Lytx provides an innovative and dependable solution, and we’re excited to formalize our strategic relationship to offer Lytx as a standard pre-wire option for our customers as a faster, easier way to implement a video telematics solution.”
Clients who receive a vehicle pre-wired for Lytx fleet solutions will experience a simplified installation of DriveCam® SF-Series Event Recorders. Fontaine Fleet Services can help get client vehicles road-ready in a minimal amount of time so they are able to start generating revenue as soon as the vehicle arrives.
Lytx’s customizable services and programs span driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance and fuel management. The company’s unrivaled Driver Safety Program, best-in-class DriveCam Event Recorder and proprietary machine vision (MV) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are proven to help save lives and reduce risk. With the scale of its data — more than 100 billion miles of driving data analyzed and 100,000 risky driving events captured by video every day — Lytx is unmatched in its ability to provide fleets with the knowledge needed to help protect drivers and improve their driving behaviors.
“We’re honored to be working with Fontaine Modification,” said Eliot Feldstein, Lytx senior vice president of corporate and business development. “Their reputation for being the best in the business stems from their commitment to quality assurance, engineering expertise and reliable customer service. These are values we share, and we look forward to working with Fontaine to get vehicles road-ready and pre-wired for DriveCam event recorders, so our shared customers can efficiently deploy Lytx fleet solutions for accelerated impact on saving lives, reducing claims costs and improving their safety and productivity.”
Fontaine Modification Acquires ProBilt Services of Ohio
Fontaine’s ninth modification center will support nearby Kenworth plant.
Charlotte, NC April 01, 2019
Fontaine Modification Company has acquired the assets of ProBilt Services of Ohio, Inc. The 30,000-square-foot facility is located less than half a mile from Kenworth’s truck assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. This facility, with parking for more than 100 trucks, becomes Fontaine’s ninth modification center.
The Chillicothe Modification Center will provide fleet in-servicing and vehicle modifications on Kenworth trucks. The proximity to Kenworth means customers can have their modifications completed and their trucks made “work ready” simply and efficiently. Services include graphics installations, pre-delivery inspections, cab and chassis modifications, and equipment installations – up to and including some body installations.
We’re excited to add this well-run operation with its fine crew of technicians to our Fontaine network,” said Paul Kokalis, Fontaine Modification President. “We look forward to putting our experience to work for Kenworth dealers and customers throughout North America.”
“We’re proud of our Chillicothe team and the business relationships we’ve developed,” said Toney Fitzgerald, principal owner of ProBilt. “While we’re sad to leave Chillicothe, we trust Fontaine will continue to nurture and grow the business here. This move allows us to focus on our home operation in Denton, Texas.”
Fontaine and Daycab Company Introduce Extended Cab Option for International HX Series
Ship-through agreement allows customers to receive vehicles sooner
Laredo, TX March 27, 2019
Fontaine Modification Company and Daycab Company are offering a new extended cab option for InternationalÒ HXÔ Series trucks that adds eight inches of interior space to the rear of the cab. This cab expansion gives drivers additional space for storing personal items and adjusting their seats for maximum comfort while on the road.
Many fleets choose the HX Series for applications where length is a primary concern because of the design’s short bumper to back of cab measurement. But for applications where this is not as critical, an extended cab can expand the truck’s versatility.
“In some applications where drivers spend extended periods of time in their trucks, additional cab space can improve their safety, efficiency and comfort,” says Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “This new modification is a simple, effective solution.”
The cab extension was designed to use many original equipment parts, maintain the existing cab and exhaust mounting, and utilize only minimal specially designed parts. Daycab Company builds the extensions at its Tennessee manufacturing facility and paints them to match the existing cabs. Fontaine then installs them on the trucks at its Laredo, Texas, modification center, which is located near the Navistar International manufacturing plant where the HX Series is built.
After installation, Fontaine returns the trucks to International’s transportation system. Using this ship-thru process allows customers to get their vehicles quickly and efficiently, while reducing logistical time and cost.
Fontaine Designs Narrow Cab for Utility Companies and Steel Haulers
Charlotte, NC March 4, 2019
Fontaine Modification Company has developed a narrow cab for Peterbilt trucks to help fleets improve maneuverability and efficiency when hauling special loads. The narrow cab option provides a unique method for hauling utility poles and steel to off-road sites.
Utility companies and steel haulers often need to carry large items, like utility poles, to locations where tractor and trailers have trouble going. Because the cab width limits the amount of product that may be hauled on either side of the cab, fleets have typically had to use trucks that have been crudely modified, or they run over-width trucks which require permitting each time they haul a wide load.
When presented with this problem, Fontaine worked with equipment manufacturers and a utility company to develop a solution. “We narrowed the cab of a Peterbilt 365 6x6 truck by 18.5 inches, taking it from 72.5 inches wide down to 54 inches wide,” says Dan Jaynes, VP of Product Development for Fontaine. “This modification creates more space to transport poles or steel on both sides of the cab, while meeting legal requirements.”
One of the most important aspects of the modification was Fontaine’s ability to narrow the cab while maintaining the factory aesthetics particularly in the interior driver environment. The design also provides a unique door in the back of the cab that allows the driver to exit the cab when cargo is loaded on the sides.
The narrow cab was designed in Fontaine’s Charlotte Product Development Center.
Fontaine Modification Helps Fleets Improve Power Efficiency by Installing eNow Solar Power Units on Their Trucks
Fontaine modification centers nationwide now offer solar panel installation
Statesville, NC August 13, 2018
In response to increased fleet demand for the capability to collect and use solar energy to power auxiliary power units, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services now offers installation of solar panel systems from eNow Solar Energy Solutions.
Fontaine’s Statesville, N.C., location recently upfitted 26 sleeper trucks with the panels, which are designed to capture and convert the sun’s energy into useable power for trucks. Fontaine offers installation of eNow solar panels at all of its modification centers nationwide.
Unlike the heavy glass solar panels typically used in residential and commercial markets, the panels used for transportation applications are lightweight, flexible, only 1/8” thin, and sealed with a layer of ETFE that resists ice, debris, corrosion, and extreme temperatures.
“Working with eNow made our initial installation and documentation simple and efficient,” says Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “The product is rugged, robust and suitable for the working environment. The installation process is simple and straightforward, and we’re pleased to provide this service to customers at all eight of our locations.”
eNow solar panels collect energy from the sun and converts it to DC power charging the truck’s auxiliary batteries. These batteries are used to power the truck’s HVAC systems, liftgate, refrigeration, telematics and other auxiliary equipment. The solar panels produce about 300 watts per day, which helps fleets extend auxiliary battery life, decrease fuel costs and reduce downtime.
“It’s an honor to team up with a company like Fontaine Modification that has the reputation for being the best in the business,” says Guy Shaffer, chief marketing officer at eNow. “They’ve stood the test of time, continue to grow and attract business from some of the biggest OEMs in the world. Their standard of excellence aligns with eNow’s commitment to provide quality, durable energy products to the transportation industry.”
Fontaine Modification Promotes Juan Salazar to Facility Manager of Laredo Modification Center
Salazar to manage facility as truck volume nearly doubles
Laredo, TX June 19, 2018
To keep pace with a significant increase in the volume of trucks coming through its Laredo, Texas, truck modification center, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services promoted Juan Salazar to facility manager.
Salazar spent the prior two years at Fontaine as lead process engineer in Laredo and supported that function at the company’s Statesville, N.C., and Springfield, Ohio, modification centers.
As facility manager, Salazar is responsible for production planning, quality control, and achieving delivery, financial and employee safety goals. Specifically, he is spearheading the transition to a more efficient production process and the addition of a second shift to ensure that the Laredo center can handle the significant increase in truck volume.
Due to the hot truck market, the volume at Fontaine’s Laredo modification center has almost doubled from 600 trucks per month in January to about 1,100 per month in May.
“The truck industry is constantly changing and growing, and there is no limit to the types of applications our customers are coming to us for,” says Salazar. “I’m thankful for this opportunity and accept the challenge of leading the Laredo modification center to make sure we deliver the quality our customers expect.”
The Laredo modification center specializes in installing work systems, off-loading and electronics systems, vehicle tracking systems, safety equipment and graphics packages for heavy-duty trucks. The modification center supports Freightliner Trucks and Navistar manufacturing plants, utilizing ship-thru agreements with both OEMs.
To help the Laredo facility meet the increased demand for its truck modification services, Salazar led a change to more of an assembly-line production process where each technician specializes in one task or area before passing on the project to the next stage in the process. Salazar says this approach, the hiring of an additional 28 technicians and the addition of a second shift starting in June, will allow the facility to meet its commitments.
“We’re excited to welcome Juan to our Laredo facility management team during this time of increased demand for our services,” says Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “His quality assurance experience and focus on continuous improvement in production and safety make him the right person for this position.”
Before joining Fontaine Modification as a process engineer in 2016, Salazar served four years as electrical product engineer at Navistar Technical Center in Apodaca, Nuevo León, México. He earned a master’s degree in intelligent systems and a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico.
Introducing the 122SD Sleeper Auto Hauler
An internal Freightliner announcement
Freightliner Trucks Announcement (July 11, 2017)
Freightliner announced the release of a new model auto hauler produced in cooperation with Fontaine Modification Company. Read about it here:
Fontaine Modification Opens New Truck Modification Center in Texas
Laredo facility supports Freightliner and Navistar plants
Statesville, N.C. (May 11, 2017)
Fontaine Modification Fleet Services has moved its Laredo, Texas, modification center 14 miles down the road to a new 27,000-square-foot facility adjacent to TruckMovers, the major delivery company for trucks coming into Laredo.
This modification center specializes in installing work systems, off-loading and electronics systems, vehicle tracking systems, safety equipment and graphics packages for heavy-duty trucks. The purpose-built facility at 15617 U.S. Route 83, Unit B, supports Freightliner Trucks and Navistar International manufacturing plants, utilizing ship-thru agreements with both OEMs. TruckMovers transports the vehicles from the OEM plants to the Laredo location for modification and preparation for final delivery.
“Working closely with TruckMovers greatly simplifies truck scheduling and movement resulting in smooth truck flow from the factory to the customer’s location,” says Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services.
The new modification center includes 22 truck bays, five drive-through lanes and two acres of securely fenced and lighted parking. It is fully supported by an onsite staff of engineering, quality control and inventory personnel.
Production at the new Fontaine modification center began April 3.
Jeff Kolner Named General Manager of Center in Garland, Texas
Charlotte, N.C. (November. 2016)
Jeff Kolner has been named general manager of the Fontaine Modification Operation in Garland, Texas. He is responsible for sales and operations at the 45,000-sq. ft. facility. This modification center specializes in auto transport cab lowering, dual drive controls, alternative fuel systems, paint services and chassis modifications on a wide variety of OEM platforms, with a special focus on Peterbilt trucks from the OEM’s Denton, Texas, plant.
“Jeff brings almost 30 years of operations and sales management experience — including a decade with Fontaine trailer, intermodal and military products — to his new position at the helm of our Garland truck modification center,” says Paul Kokalis, president of Fontaine Modification. “He has demonstrated the ability to significantly increase operating efficiency, grow sales, implement new processes and improve safety programs. Jeff is a valuable addition to our Fontaine Modification team, and we’re confident he will further increase our support to Peterbilt and all of our area customers.”
Kolner has a long career in industrial plant and facility management. He started his career at Rotek Incorporated, a ThyssenKrupp company, while studying business management at Kent State University, and spent 17 years working his way up to assistant plant manager. At Fontaine Modification’s sister company, Fontaine Trailer, he served as plant manager of the Aluminum Platform Trailer Division and the Heavy Haul Trailer Division, as well as general manager of Fontaine Intermodal/Renew. Most recently, Kolner was director of sales for Fontaine Military Products.
He and his wife, Katherin, currently live in the Plano, Texas, area.