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Bendix honors three employees for excellence in leadership



Bendix honors three employees for excellence in leadership
2019 Excellence in Bendix Leadership Award honorees are joined by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems executive leadership. From left: Michael J. Hawthorne, president and CEO; honoree Mike Goetz, quality director; honoree Jackie Perez, plant manager for Bendix’s Acuña, Mexico, facility; honoree Kathy Gosnell, group controller for North America; and Joe McAleese, chairman. (Courtesy: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS)

ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has honored Mike Goetz, Kathy Gosnell, and Jackie Perez with its 2019 Excellence in Bendix Leadership Award, in recognition of their outstanding talents, commitment and contributions.

The award, now in its 10th year, recognizes employees who exemplify leadership in their behavior and actions, whether or not they hold a leadership title or manage others in their everyday role. Presented as a part of the company’s Drive for Distinction celebration, the Excellence in Bendix Leadership Award is the highest individual distinction a Bendix employee can achieve.

Recipients are nominated by their peers and recommended by their managers for demonstrating invaluable leadership characteristics, such as collaboration, guidance, integrity, and excellence.

“Leaders are employees — at all levels of the organization — who have turned their vision into reality. We are pleased to celebrate their skills, accomplishments, and dedication with Bendix’s premier individual achievement award,” said Michael J. Hawthorne, Bendix president and CEO. “Mike, Kathy and Jackie drive themselves to achieve success, while motivating and inspiring others to do the same. As a company, we can count on them to help us meet the demands of a constantly changing global marketplace. And it’s through their efforts – together with the commitment of their fellow team members – that Bendix is shaping tomorrow’s transportation.”

Goetz, a quality director, is based at Bendix’s Elyria, Ohio, headquarters, and has served the company for 29 years. Long recognized for his diligent, thoughtful approach, Goetz ensures that the Bendix team continues to advance toward outstanding levels of quality and customer support. He helps establish what quality can, and should, represent on behalf of Bendix’s brand.

“Day in and day out, Mike has quietly driven the charge for excellence, never seeking attention or praise for himself,” said Bendix COO Carlos Hungria in remarks presenting Goetz with his award. “Mike’s responsiveness knows no bounds – always doing what it takes to ensure internal and external customer needs are met. He reaches out to offer his experience and expertise. And he steps up with courage – speaking up for what’s right, even in the face of opposition.”

For more than four decades — 43 years, to be exact — Kathy Gosnell has been bringing her leadership to bear at Bendix. The group controller for North America, she is also based in Elyria. Gosnell is viewed by colleagues and peers alike as a teacher and a coach, a friend and a mentor – always willing to lend a helping hand to ensure that collective responsibilities and commitments are fulfilled.

“For Kathy, it has been, is, and always will be the team that matters. Routinely taking the time after significant projects to reflect on how the team can deliver continuous improvement, Kathy embodies what her colleagues refer to as ‘fearless leadership’ – not shying away from difficult tasks or challenges,” Hawthorne said in presenting Gosnell’s award. “As a true demonstration of how impactful Kathy’s passion, dedication, and leadership are to Bendix, the entire Accounting team unanimously nominated her for this award. That’s high praise indeed.”

Perez is plant manager for Bendix’s Acuña, Mexico, facility. Throughout her 16 years as a Bendix team member, she has consistently demonstrated her exceptional leadership abilities and deep passion for the people who report to work each day in Acuña. Perez is known as a supportive and insightful leader — and an empathetic listener — who has assembled a strong and talented team, one that delivers a common vision with an authentic sense of unity and friendship.

Established in May 1988, Bendix’s Acuña manufacturing operation consists of three state-of-the-art facilities and a logistics center. The operation employs more than 1,800 workers and encompasses 412,000 square feet. Acuña is one of the fastest-growing Bendix manufacturing sites.

“As a plant manager, she’s connected, consistent, and driven,” said Bendix Chairman Joe McAleese, who presented Perez with her award. “Under Jackie’s direction, Acuña has implemented a refreshed shop floor management system that brings an additional level of emphasis on safety, quality, and problem-solving to daily operations. Thanks to her inspiring vision, key performance indicators at Acuña are at, or above, outstanding levels. She has also worked with her team to substantially increase community engagement and to introduce numerous employee and family events.”

Perez is also a graduate of the Bendix Strategic Leadership Program, holding a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s University and a master’s in controlling and accounting from New England College.



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Kenworth to collaborate with Meritor on T680E Electric powertrain development



concept photo of Kenworth electric model
The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4x2 and 6x4 axles and as a 6x4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth has announced it will collaborate with Meritor on electric powertrain development for Class 8 Kenworth T680E battery-electric vehicles.

The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4×2 and 6×4 axles and as a 6×4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application.

“The Kenworth T680E development in collaboration with Meritor is a major advanced technology step in Kenworth’s evolution of zero-emission electric powertrain solutions for our customers,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Initial production of the Kenworth T680E is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2020 and ramp through 2021.”

Meritor, Inc. is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan.

“We look forward to working closely with Kenworth to help develop the Kenworth T680E as an important, viable battery-electric answer for the day cab market,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of Global Electrification for Meritor.

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New Kenworth parts, service locations now open in Maryland and Nebraska



Kenworth service location in Maryland
West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City, Iowa, and located along Highway 275, a major trucking route in the area. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

WESTMINSTER, Md. And West Point, Neb. — Kenworth now offers additional locations for parts and services. Mid Atlantic Kenworth has added a full-service location in Westminster, Maryland, while Sioux Falls Kenworth has opened a new parts and services dealership in West Point, Nebraska.


In Westminster, Maryland, the 17,400-square-foot facility features a full parts and service department, with 10 service bays to maximize customer uptime for truck operators passing through the area. A drivers’ lounge is available to customers while their trucks are serviced.

The facility, Kenworth Mid Atlantic Westminster is located on three acres, which offers customers ample room to park their trucks.

The Westminster, Maryland facility is located at 821 Baltimore Blvd. and its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.


With its new parts and service dealership in West Point, Nebraska, Sioux Falls Kenworth can now offer expanded support to fleets and operators in the greater Sioux City, Iowa area.

West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City and located along Highway 275. The 12,800-square-foot building is situated on 3.5 acres. The facility features an 8,600-square-foot service department with eight service bays. Also included is a 1,200-square-foot parts retail display area and a 1,900-square-foot space for bulk storage.

The West Point facility is located at 1805 Sycamore St. in West Point. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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Agility partners with XStream Trucking to distribute aerodynamic TruckWings



a patented design allows truckwings to swing out and retract
The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract at lower speeds. (Courtesy: Agility Fuel Solutions)

COSTA MESA, Cali. — Agility Fuel Solutions and XStream Trucking have announced that Agility will be the exclusive distributor of Xstream’s TruckWings aerodynamic systems for compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in North America. Agility will also distribute TruckWings on a non-exclusive basis to the diesel truck market.

The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract against the rear of the cab at lower speeds to leave room for turning maneuvers.

“TruckWings is the first device which completely solves the turbulence problem created by the open area between the tractor and trailer that contributes significantly to a truck’s overall aerodynamic drag,” said Daniel Burrows, XStream Trucking’s founder and CEO. “We are pleased to now partner with Agility to offer TruckWings as a factory option for CNG trucks in North America.”

Agility, a business area of Hexagon Composites ASA, and XStream Trucking have previously partnered to provide TruckWings systems for over 750 CNG trucks used by major fleet operators. Agility’s leadership in providing clean fuel solutions for commercial vehicles coupled with its extensive customer base and value-added aftermarket services will expand XStream’s TruckWings solution to reach the growing CNG truck market throughout North America.

“Agility’s trucking fleet customers are focused on fuel cost savings and on increasing the fuel economy of their CNG trucks. TruckWings are a great answer to this problem, as we’ve demonstrated in real-world use with some of our major fleet customers,” said Eric Bippus, Agility’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing. “We are very pleased to enter into this distribution agreement and to continue to work with XStream Trucking to deliver clean and efficient transportation solutions for the North American trucking market.”

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