What is Kitting?

Kitting is the bundling of components per the Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) specifications into a package to support the production line or aftermarket needs.

BENEFITS OF KITTING

  • Improved inventory turns
  • Reduced number of SKU ‘s
  • Reduced inventory on hand
  • Improved throughput
  • Custom kits for high-usage components
  • Critical parts availability

ABOUT NEWSTREAM

Whether kitting for critical orders, fulfilling your rework needs, shipping direct to customers or supplying your distribution channel, NewStream leverages shared resources to provide cost-effective kitting solutions.

We understand that quality, fill rates and on-time delivery are crucial in today’s economy and we deliver with exceptional performance. #RIGHTdowntheline

COST-EFFECTIVE KITTING SOLUTIONS:

  • TOTAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • JUST-IN-TIME OPERATION
  • OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY
  • CAPACITY TO HANDLE A WIDE RANGE OF KITS – FROM 10 COMPONENTS TO 1,000’s
  • BARCODING AND LABELING TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS
  • TOTAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
  • PACKAGING DESIGN EXPERTISE
  • FREIGHT MANAGEMENT
  • FULL EDI CAPABILITIES

#NSEgives | Ozarks Literacy Council Trivia Night

The SRC Community Relations Committee is proud to sponsor a portion of the Ozarks Literacy Council's (OLC) Trivia Night on August 24, 2017.

OLC’s Annual Trivia Night at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center offers 8 rounds of questions from various categories. Tables of 10 win prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place!

Every year is a new theme! Dress up to win Best Dressed and coordinate with teammates to win Best Table Decoration! For our 2017 event, OLC’s theme is a Millennium of Books: It was the best of books, it was the worst of books. Teams dress and decorate their table in honor of their favorite book, e.g. Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, or Alice in Wonderland.

The event also includes a silent auction, dinner, games, and drink specials. Don’t miss one of Springfield’s most exciting Trivia events!

The 2016 1st place team was Penmac Staffing! Who will take the trophy this year?

Register your team today! Click here. 

Attention SRC and NSE employees | The committee is sponsoring 10 employees to participate in the trivia night.  All you need to do is sign up with your supervisor.  Winners will be drawn on July 7th.

#NSEgives | Arc of the Ozarks Sporting Clays Shoot

The SRC Community Relations Committee is proud to sponsor the Arc of the Ozarks Sporting Clays Shooting event on August 19, 2017.

Come out on August 19th for The Arc of the Ozark's Sporting Clays Shoot at Ozark Shooters. Sign up as an individual or a team! Lunch will be provided at the end of the shoot. The funds raised from this event will benefit several clients with disabilities with start-up costs who are moving into their own homes. The ISL Start-Up Fund was established to provide a helping hand for our clients who otherwise could not afford to move into their own homes.

Register here.

Attention SRC and NSE employees | Sign up to win a spot on a 4-person team to participate in this event.  All you need to do it connect with your supervisor.  Winners will be drawn on July 7th.

Wealth and Wellness | #SRCgives $17K to area charities

The SRC subsidiaries and joint ventures held a Wealth and Wellness event on June 24th at its Sunshine Street location.  The event focused on family fun, philanthropy, and our future as employee-owners.

Employees and their families were invited to participate in games on the lawn, such as bubble ball, basketball, bounce houses, and other activities for children.  Local wellness-based vendors and SRC subsidiaries and joint ventures were also in attendance to showcase services offered and activities for guests.

The employees of SRC and its joint ventures always look for ways to make an impact within the community with the help of its employees.  Therefore, the group created a contest to raise money for charity in conjunction with the Wealth and Wellness event.  From May 1 through June 24th, each company voted on a cause for which to raise money.  The companies then held independent raffles, lunches, and other contests in order to raise funds for their given cause. As an enterprise, the employees were able to raise $17,200 for area charities.

Below is a list of charities which benefited from the contest.

In the midst of family fun and philanthropy, the SRC employee-owners also looked at the future of their employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) during the 2017 Shareholders' meeting, which was also held on the lawn at the Sunshine building.  Employees learned about the current state of the company, a five year outlook, and the new stock price.

About the ESOP | SRC believes in sharing the wealth with those who helped create it.  In fact, its ESOP is at no cost to the employee.  In its history, SRC has paid out over $100M to associates leaving the company.

Learn more about our SRC subsidiaries and joint ventures.

Join our team today.

Workforce Development in Southwest Missouri | #417Biz

Our very own Scot Scobee, from our sister-company Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation, is featured in the below article from 417Biz.  This is a very interesting ready on workforce development. Enjoy!

While many local companies struggle to recruit workers, some organizations are facing the region’s workforce development challenges head-on. Learn about their creative solutions to attracting and retaining talented employees.

BY STEPHANIE TOWNE BENOIT

At the height of the Great Recession, the scheduling board in the office of Brookline Doorworks, a Springfield garage door installer and retailer owned by Mark Foley, was woefully empty. With demand drying up and builders hunkering down to weather the storm, contractors and suppliers of all stripes felt the pinch.

Reluctant to lay off staff, Foley cut workers’ hours and struggled to find odd jobs to fill their days at work. “We tried to keep everybody busy,” Foley says. “For a while, there were some people working maybe three days a week. There wasn’t enough work.”

Fast forward a few years. The economy recovered, putting more money in homeowners’ pockets and encouraging developers to bring new projects online, causing Foley’s business to surge. “When I look at our scheduling board, there’s a lot more new construction installs,” he says. “A few years ago we might have had four or five a week, or three a week—now, we have several per day.”

But as demand for new commercial and residential construction increased, another demand—the need for skilled workers—skyrocketed, too. “It’s always been more difficult to find someone with experience in this line of work,” Foley says. “Now, it’s harder than ever.”

That need for skilled labor, and the difficulty in finding it, translates across industries in the region. According to the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and Missouri Job Center’s 2017 State of the Workforce Survey, 72 percent of its 576 respondents reported having difficulty filling positions during the past year, up from 59 percent in last year’s report.

The situation is likely to grow in severity due to a low 3.9 percent unemployment rate as of March, technology-driven shifts in industries and other market and demographic forces. But despite those obstacles, local companies are taking steps to find solutions for their immediate and long-term workforce needs by implementing robust strategies to attract talent, equipping current staff with resources to grow into hard-to-fill roles and reaching out to future generations in hopes of drawing workers into fields in need of skilled labor.

Ramping Up Recruitment

The manufacturing floor at Springfield ReManufacturing Corp.’s Heavy Duty facility hums with activity as dozens of associates take apart, clean, inspect, weld, assemble and test engine components. In the heart of that bustling space is a 2,000-square-foot area now filled by a new assembly line dedicated to diesel engines for a new client, an over-the-road trucking company.

Although that new business is a major coup, it also posed a colossal challenge for Scot Scobee, SRC’s human resource director, as the company prepared to send those orders to the production floor starting this May. “We are going to double our engine line capacity and add about 100,000 hours in our shop,” Scobee says. “The challenge is we are, in essence, hiring the same amount of people we did all last year in two months.”

To do just that, SRC held its first hiring fair in more than a decade this past March. About 200 job seekers took part in on-the-spot interviews and tours of the facility. Some of those applicants attended hanks to employee referrals, which SRC incentivized during a dedicated push in the weeks prior.

But Scobee and leaders from other SRC Holdings Corp. divisions are thinking beyond this single recruitment drive. “If we are going to grow from a half-a-billion- to a billion-dollar company in next three to five years, which is our plan, we’ve got to bring new people into the organization,” Scobee says.

Growth is also top of mind for Jim Jones, president of JRI Holdings, which designs and manufactures industrial cleaning systems under two brands, JRI Industries Inc. and Jensen Fabricating Engineers Inc. “Probably one of the single biggest hurdles is going to be finding new employees and people to allow us to grow and expand in Springfield as much as we want,” Jones says.

Jones says that challenge has existed for some time, which lead JRI to approach the Missouri Division of Workforce Development when the company needed help finding qualified candidates about eight years ago. During that process, JRI was asked whether it would consider applicants who had recently left prison. JRI agreed, thus expanding the company’s applicant pool and helping it attract great employees. “Obviously you’ve got to be somewhat interested in people’s background, but we always understand people have made mistakes,” Jones says. “If we can find somebody who wants to work and checks out, we are committed to them, kind of almost regardless of what they’ve done in the past.

It’s not just the manufacturing sector that’s redoubling recruitment efforts. For example, if there’s a career fair happening at a local college, seeing representatives from American National* in attendance is practically guaranteed. That’s because the company takes full advantage of its proximity to regional universities to maintain a talent pipeline for its Springfield corporate center, particularly for entry-level positions. “We just have better luck in this area with the entry-level market because it is so saturated with colleges,” says Megan Trower, who leads American National’s talent management department.

American National recruits much of that talent through a dynamic paid internship program with the goal of finding positions for interns within the company after they graduate. As career development trainees, participants gain valuable experience while contributing to the company alongside current staff in key capacities, such as assisting with underwriting or working in American National’s Client Service Center.

In addition to bringing students to American National’s corporate offices, the company builds bridges to college-aged prospects by engaging in classroom spaces. Human resources staff members regularly present in courses at Evangel University, several employees teach technical courses at Ozarks Technical Community College and a University of Arkansas graduate on staff returned to his alma mater to visit with actuarial students. Coupled with the internship program and dedicated career fair attendance, this classroom presence helps students gain a better understanding of the company and the opportunities available there. “Name recognition is huge,” Trower says.

Building name recognition has also been essential for Penmac Staffing Services Inc. In recent years, more companies have been seeking Penmac’s assistance in finding qualified candidates for jobs. “We have seen an increase in companies looking at using a [staffing] service that might never have used one before because they are struggling at getting enough people in their doors to fill out applications just on their own,” Penmac President Paula Adams says.

To meet that demand and drive more job seekers to openings, Penmac has increased its marketing budget, allowing the firm to intensify time-tested strategies like online and social media marketing, as well as to utilize new tools such as mass calling and texting services. The company has also increased its advertising budget and expanded to new platforms including TV. A mobile app is also in the works to help ease communication with Penmac’s current employees and applicants about job opportunities. “We use all of the media possibilities that we can to try to reach them,” Adams says.

On top of increased marketing efforts, incentives and perks for current employees are also part of Penmac’s strategy to attract applicants. For example, those who found their current position through Penmac become eligible for a bonus when they refer a friend to Penmac and after that new person works for a set period of time. Although this bonus incentive has been available for more than a decade, Penmac increases bonus pay rates or reduces eligibility requirements during certain recruitment promotions.

Penmac also makes every effort to remove factors impeding willing people from applying to open positions, such as offering a van service for a small fee to employees who lack reliable transportation, a perk available since 1988, when founder Patti Penny bought a van and personally drove employees to work. Penmac has maintained a fleet over the years and recently added an additional van and part-time driver due to increased demand.

Working Wonders

Connecting locals with employers is all in a day’s work at the City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development, which is housed in and operates the Missouri Job Center-Ozark Region. Learn about some of the department’s initiatives that are helping address the region’s pressing workforce needs.


JET

The department launched its JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) program to provide funding to companies interested in specialized training for current staff. “This is one program where you can see some direct benefit and probably see it in a shorter period of time,” says Mary Ann Rojas, director of workforce development at the city. “If you are developing or manufacturing a product and you are having difficulty with your current workforce understanding how to build a product maybe due to new technologies, requirements or regulations, and then you are able to get that training, it’s just going to help you be more competitive.”


Ozarks Promise

The need for health care professionals is striking: In the 2017 State of the Workforce Survey, health care organizations reported having more difficulty finding qualified job applicants than any other sector. But a $3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant issued to the Department of Workforce Development in partnership with Ozarks Technical Community College will help make a dent in that deficit. Known as Ozarks Promise, the grant allows 372 individuals to receive tuition-free training and certifications in occupations such as behavioral support specialists, nursing assistants and registered nurses in hopes of drawing those graduates into local health care jobs in the years to come.


Connect

The Missouri Job Center plays a major role in getting people in the Missouri Work Assistance program, the statewide program offering employment and training assistance to people receiving aid through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, workforce-ready. Based on individuals' employment plans and specific situations, participants receive training that helps them brush up on their soft skills—the lack of which is pinpointed as a hiring impediment for employers—before heading to local employers such as Mercy for several months of hands-on training. “If they see that they are a viable candidate for permanent placement, they hire them,” Rojas says. The program provides those individuals with steady jobs while helping local companies find new staff.


Financial Literacy

Inspired by Zone Blitz, launched last year to combine efforts of community partners to improve quality of life in northwest Springfield, Regions Bank approached the Department of Workforce Development to see how they could support the initiative. Realizing that employers often cited financial literacy as an impediment to workers’ productivity and job readiness, the Missouri Job Center began offering a financial basics workshop in its north Springfield location taught by Regions Bank associates. Since the workshop debuted in December 2016, dozens of participants have learned about credit scores, direct deposit, establishing checking accounts, budgeting and other topics leading to stronger financial health.

Hiring Help

In March, Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. held a hiring fair with interviews and tours to prepare for a new production line at one of its facilities. 

Left Photo: Maintenance Supervisor Darrell Miller, right, interviews Victor Bulik for one of the open positions. Right Photo: Austin Murray gets a tour of the facility from Michael Ward.

Left Photo: Maintenance Supervisor Darrell Miller, right, interviews Victor Bulik for one of the open positions. Right Photo: Austin Murray gets a tour of the facility from Michael Ward.

Navistar Defense Awarded $18.8 Million To Provide Medium Tactical Vehicles For Iraq

LISLE, Ill., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army recently awarded Navistar Defense, LLC a foreign military sales contract valued at $18.8 million to provide 115 International® 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTV) to Iraq. 

Navistar Defense MTVs are based on the highly multipurpose International® WorkStar® severe-duty platform designed for both off and on-road operation, and is the backbone for the company's MaxxPro® Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. 

"Since 2004, Navistar Defense has delivered nearly 7,000 trucks and buses to Iraq through foreign military sales contracts," said Kevin Thomas, president of Navistar Defense. "As a proven partner, we're proud to supply the Iraq Army with a highly versatile and easy-to-maintain 7000-series tactical military support truck that offers greater efficiencies in support, spare parts, training, and operations."

The majority of the work will take place at the company's West Point, Mississippi assembly plant. Delivery is planned to be completed in January 2018.

This equipment is being used by Iraqi security forces in the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense.  Navistar Defense's dealer in Iraq, Hama, provides parts and service support to Navistar vehicles in Iraq and the region.

About Navistar | Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.

Source:  Navistar News

The marks of Navistar and Navistar Defense are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Cornhole Tourney for Wounded Warriors | #NSEgives

The NSE Safety Committee is hosting its annual Cornhole Tournament this week our Springfield, Missouri headquarters.  The tournament benefits the Wounded Warriors Project.  Good luck to all of the participants!

About the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) | WWP offers 20 holistic programs to wounded service members and their caregivers completely free of charge and 100% of the funds raised through the this event go directly to Wounded Warrior Project to help fuel these programs.

Click the donation link below, then the DONATE button at the top of NSE's fundraising page to enter the amount you are able to give.

Donate to the Wounded Warriors Project  Thank you in advance for your support!

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About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

ATA April Truck Tonnage Drops for Third Month [VIDEO]

SOURCE:  ATA

SOURCE:  ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage Index slid 2.5% in April, marking the third straight month of declines.

The index for April equaled 134, down from 137.4 in March. Compared to last April, the index was down 1.8%, a change in trends from March, which showed a slight year-over-year increase. More telling was the not-seasonally adjusted index, which showed a drop of 7.8% from March.

“I have to admit that April’s contraction is a bit surprising, especially considering the anecdotal reports I’ve been hearing from fleets regarding freight levels,” said Bob Costello,  ATA chief economist. “It’s not necessarily that tonnage levels fell in April that is surprising, but the size of the decrease.”

Some economic indicators were pointing toward improved freight and ATA was expecting to see a corresponding boost in the index, however, a 2.6% drop in housing starts may have contributed to the decline, as residential construction generates heavier truck freight. The weight is important because the Truck Tonnage Index measures the weight of loads, not the amount.

“Despite the fact that tonnage is down a total of 3.6% over the last three months, I still expect moderate growth going forward as key sectors of the economy continue to improve slowly,” said Costello.

Additional data from industry intelligence firm FTR adds a little more perspective. "Our loadings data shows a 1% increase from March to April, after a 1.3% drop the prior month," said Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer for FTR. "Our tonnage data shows a 0.7% increase in April following a 2% decline in March. Short-haul, heavy freight (i.e. stone, asphalt, etc.) had a big surge in February and has come back down to earth the last two months." Compared to the previous year, FTR's numbers show loadings up 4.4% in April and tonnage up 3.7%.

Updated 5:10 p.m. EDT 5/23 to add FTR data

Springfield is Great For Business, According to Forbes

7 Cities You Didn't Expect To Be Great For Business

New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston and Los Angeles are just some of the obvious cities that come instantly to mind when you think leading business cities in the U.S.

However, freelancers, startup founders, and small business owners have some great locations that you may not have realized were great for business and now the secret is out on eight of them:

1. Springfield, Missouri: With low labor costs and tax basis, Springfield is a great place to start a new business as well as expand an existing one. The city and state provide many programs to help stimulate local business, startups, and well-known companies like Bass Pro Shops, which is headquartered in the area.

Missouri Partnership identifies key industries in the Springfield region as distribution and logistics, advanced manufacturing, call centers and back office, technology and innovation, corporate office, and data centers. Missouri Partnership’s CEO, Steve Johnson notes that "the Springfield region includes Missouri’s third largest city and metro area and is highly rated for its tax climate, livability factors, and growth in jobs and population."

springfieldmo.org

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2. Austin, Texas: More than just a great place to enjoy music, this small business-friendly city is also becoming known as a southwest hub for startups. Large tech and retail companies have also opened up offices here, creating a new opportunity for local talent to tap into greater job opportunities.

The 2016 Kauffman Growth Entrepreneurship Index had Austin as the second fastest city to grow its entrepreneurial base after Washington, D.C., with its start-up community growing by 81.2%.

3.  Provo, Utah: The city has all the ingredients for creating a great place for business, including a university setting that is doing more for entrepreneurs, a strong and giving investment community, and civic support. For example, there are co-working spaces like Startup Building and programs like the Startup Connectory that are directed at helping businesses launch and succeed.

4. Des Moines, Iowa: America’s heartland is becoming a burgeoning area for startups and entrepreneurship thanks to organizations like Greater Des Moines (DSM), which is working to help entrepreneurs and inspire angel investors to come to the city.

Initiatives include Square One DSM to connect startups and investors as well as help founders develop their business models. Mentoring and networking are also available along with other resources, tax breaks, and affordable space for setting up shop.

5. Colorado Springs, Colorado: There are multiple organizations, tax incentives, and resources that have encouraged dozens and dozens of entrepreneurs to start their businesses here and now they are thriving and helping others do the same.

Not just for cannabis, Colorado Springs and other cities throughout Colorado are launching tech, environmental, and socially driven companies thanks to groups like Peak Startup, Built In Colorado and Startup Savant.

6. Las Vegas, Nevada: After the economic crisis of 2008 and in light of the ongoing focus on gambling and resorts, Las Vegas has come a long way in a short time to reinvent itself to become a mecca for businesses of all types. With businesses fleeing California in droves due to the oppressive taxation there, Las Vegas opened many with open arms and attractive tax relief.

With Zappos and Tony Hsieh leading the way, the city now hosts some of the largest industry trade shows for tech, fintech, and other industries as well as offers Startup Row with accelerators, incubators, and investors that have co-working spaces, funding and mentoring programs, and more to stimulate a business environment that has transcended gambling, tourism and real estate.

7. Seattle, Washington: While you might think it’s an obvious city given that it’s home to Microsoft, Starbucks, and other well-known countries, it’s only been recently that it’s become a haven for startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Besides great opportunities for freelancers and outsource workers to partner with these big brands, the area has added accelerator and incubator programs, new venture capital firms, university entrepreneurship programs and economic development ventures to incentivize the development of small businesses and startup tech companies.

Moving to one of these quieter cities can provide you with an advantage over staying in a bigger city where there may be too much competition already. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy a lower cost of living, beautiful scenery, and a different pace of life designed to put more quality and creativity back into your routine.

Source: Forbes

Distler Promoted to Accounting Manager

NewStream is excited to announce the promotion of Whitney Distler to Accounting Manager from Senior Staff Accountant. Whitney replaces Jo MacDonnell, who moved to a new position at SRC Holdings.

Whitney graduated with her MBA, with a concentration in accounting, from Missouri State University in 2009.  Since that time, she has furthered her experience and career in the field of accounting through a variety of SRC subsidiaries.

Whitney is an integral part of not only the accounting team, but also the NSE and SRC corporations as a whole.  We are proud to have Whitney as an employee-owner.

Please help us congratulate Whitney!

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About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

 

Help NSE Help Wounded Warriors | #NSEgives #SRCgives

NSE is proud to host this fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP), a charity hand-picked by our employee-owners, from May 1 through June 23 as part of the SRC Wealth and Wellness event, slated for June 24, 2017.

As a corporation, we are passionate about giving back to our nation’s service members – the few who fight to protect the freedom of this great country. Often times many of these inspiring individuals come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression. Because they’ve risked everything for us, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for these wounded service members and their caregivers.

WWP offers 20 holistic programs to wounded service members and their caregivers completely free of charge and 100% of the funds raised through the this event go directly to Wounded Warrior Project to help fuel these programs.

Click the donation link below, then the DONATE button at the top of NSE's fundraising page to enter the amount you are able to give.

Donate to the Wounded Warriors Project

Thank you in advance for your support!

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About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

Navistar’s Sass Surveys the Road Ahead for HDTX Attendees

Jeff Sass addressing attendees of first HDTX fleet networking conference.

Jeff Sass addressing attendees of first HDTX fleet networking conference.

As Navistar works to move past the mistakes of the past and looks ahead to the future, International Trucks’ Jeff Sass opened HDT’s inaugural Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange fleet networking conference in Phoenix this week with a peek at the future, from electric trucks to autonomous vehicles. HDTX is a new invitation-only event for select truck fleet executives co-hosted by an array of suppliers. 

Sass, senior vice president, North America Truck Sales and Marketing, was up front about how the company’s failed emissions compliance strategy is still affecting customers plagued with reliability issues, but forthrightly dealt with customer questions and complaints. And he pointed out that Navistar has an all-new engine, the A26, introduced at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council meeting earlier this year. 

“All the people involved in the MaxxForce program are gone,” he said. The 12.4-liter A26 is the first product of Navistar’s Project Alpha and was designed with drivers and uptime in mind, he said. 

“But connected trucks is really where the industry is headed,” Sass said. Trucks will talk to each other, to the infrastructure around them, and to their owners. Reprogramming trucks remotely and being able to do advanced prognosis on trucks, he said, are “another aspect of making it easier to drive the trucks. Because we have a significant driver shortage. 

“We as an industry have adopted advances in automated connected vehicle technology,” he continued, noting that advanced driver assistance systems, such as lane departure warning, collision mitigation and cameras, are making truck driving easier and safer — and, he said, “will lead at some point to autonomous, driverless trucks. 

“Now, do I believe that on I-10 out here at 3 o’clock in the afternoon as my wife is driving my two daughters to soccer practice that there will be a truck with no driver in it? No. But there are short-term applications where driverless will make sense.” 

He then offered a couple of examples:

Congested intermodal ports. At the Port of Long Beach, there’s a 4-mile-long line as drivers wait to pick up containers. “Every minute that driver is in that truck goes against their hours of service,” he said. “Why can’t that line be completely autonomous, driverless, inching forward minute by minute, and as it gets to be fourth in line the driver gets an alert, hops in the truck, and saves all that time and productivity?

In fleet yards. While visiting a fleet recently, he observed a driver checking in at the guard shack, then going to the fueling bay, to the wash bay, parking the trailer, then parking the truck, a process that took some 17 minutes. “Why couldn’t that driver get out at the guard desk and go to the locker room and then autonomously have that truck go to the fuel bay, go to the wash bay, park the trailer, park the truck?” Sass suggested. “No one is going to have a problem with a truck on private property operating by itself.”

He said another technology on the way is electric trucks. The cost of battery storage is rapidly diminishing, he said, and right now it’s about $185 per kilowatt hour. “If we can get it down to about $100 per kilowatt hour, you will find the inflection point where electric and diesel cross. So, at 100ish dollars per kilowatt hour that’s where it will make economic sense. Elon Musk [of Tesla] says it’s going to be in three years. Most people are saying around 2025.” 

Platooning is a reality as far as technology goes, Sass said, but he’s not sure the commercial model is there yet. “I’ve seen it happen at our test track in New Carlisle, Indiana. Two trucks 30 feet apart from each other going at 60 mph. Doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until you’re in that trail truck. It’s really close. Really close. If it brakes or has to veer, they talk to each other, the trucks know, and it’s been very safe for us.” 

However, he said, “can you imagine two fleets that are competitors with one another, both on I-10 right here in Phoenix at 2 in the morning, debating who goes in front? Because the trail truck is the one that gets 90% of the benefit. So, until there’s some sort of legislation, or tax credit, or something that provides a commercial aspect to it,” that’s unlikely to happen, he contended. 

Looking further down the road, he said that maybe there will be cabless autonomous electric vehicles — “kind of just a battery on wheels that pulls a trailer.” Perhaps there will be remote dispatching, where autonomous trucks that go from hub to hub and autodock at hubs will be controlled by someone pushing buttons on a screen — or a hologram. 

But in the nearer future, he said, there’s still a role for drivers, a very important one. 

“With all the increases of electronics on the truck … the role of a driver is becoming more like a pilot,” he said — the pilot handles takeoff and landing, with autopilot used in between, with pilots still right there in case there’s a problem. “I was on my 47th American Airlines flight this year this morning, and I’ll tell you, I feel very comfortable walking in and seeing that there’s pilots sitting in the cockpit. I don't know that I would actually get on a plane without a pilot. There will be drivers in our trucks for a long period of time.”

Source: TruckingInfo

 

SRC named to Forbes 25 Small Giants list | #theSRCstory

Forbes announced its Small Giants 2017 - America's Best Small Companies this week and our SRC employee-owners were listed as a Top 25 company.  Congratulations to our SRC family on this amazing accomplishment!

Forbes Small Giants 2017: America's Best Small Companies

This is our second annual list of Small Giants, 25 companies that value greatness over growth. They aren’t opposed to growth—just to growth at all costs. We picked 25 businesses that have sound models, strong balance sheets and steady profits—all privately owned and closely held. They contribute to their communities. They have been acknowledged as outstanding by others in their field. And they do things any business can learn from. Here is this year's unranked list, all hailing from a wide range of industries, including American manufacturing.

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Source: Forbes

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About SRC Holdings Corporation | SRC Holdings Corp. is the oldest employee-owned remanufacturer to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in North America. Its associates have been leaders in core logistics, disassembly, cleaning, machining, assembly and testing everything from fuel injectors to large off-highway transmissions. The company is known worldwide for its open-book culture which espouses transparency, integrity, and economic literacy.

About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

Drones in Truck Fleets: Beyond Package Delivery

Once approved by the FAA, Workhorse will release a version of the E-GEN hybrid-electric truck that has been specifically designed to incorporate HorseFly. (PHOTO: WORKHORSE)

Once approved by the FAA, Workhorse will release a version of the E-GEN hybrid-electric truck that has been specifically designed to incorporate HorseFly. (PHOTO: WORKHORSE)

In today’s digital age, technology is developing at a break-neck pace and fleet management is often the recipient and early adopter of many of the new options available.

One of the more newsworthy pieces of modern technology has been the “drone.” A drone is defined by Webster’s as an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond the line of the operator's sight.

Package delivery fleets are finding ways to utilize drones for delivering lightweight packages short distances from moving vehicles. But, beyond delivery fleets, I got to thinking about a few other ways truck fleet managers may find some benefits from having a drone in their vehicle fleet.

A utility fleet in Kansas has recently replaced the use of some bucket trucks with drones to “improve the way it conducts inspections.” Other fleets may be able to utilize drones for inspections, such as gas and oil fleets that operate in more remote areas.

One possible use for a drone in fleet management would be for quick site flyovers, versus the need to walk or drive around a facility. Want to check in on your maintenance facility? Check over your facility grounds for any maintenance or clean up needs? Just about anything that can be accomplished by a quick walk around can be handled by drones. They can also be used for security purposes allowing security personnel to cover more ground. 

Another possible use would be photography and videography. Need to get a photo of your fleet vehicles or facility? Want to make a promo video for your fleet? (Check out what Stertil-Koni Lifts recently did with a drone at a fleet facility in Long Beach, Calif., here).

Furthermore, light package delivery isn’t off the table for fleets – perhaps delivering interoffice mail, light parts to a maintenance bay, or other small items.

The possibilities are endless. What are some ways your fleet is currently using drone technology? Or if you aren’t currently using it, what other ways do you see it being a possible benefit for fleets? Or, do you see them as a distraction and unneeded in fleet?

May 5, 2017 | by Lauren Fletcher

Source: Work Truck

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About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

 

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About NewStream Enterprises (NSE) |  NSE, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings Corporation, was formed in 1990 to provide customized supply chain management, such as kitting, packaging, light assembly, warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment, to the world’s leading On and Off Highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It is an employee owned company which truly believes in the power of a workforce when each has a stake in outcome.  NSE can manage all or any segment of your supply chain process. Our services are customized to fit your requirements. From materials management, to direct order fulfillment, NSE becomes a seamless extension of your business.

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