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    TRAIL-EZE Makes Commitment to Survivor Fund
    TRAILEZE Survivor Fund

    TRAIL-EZE family: (from left) Cynthia Bjerrum, Dean Oehlerking and Brandon Bjerrum.

    Equipment trailer manufacturer TRAIL-EZE Trailers has pledged financial support for the Survivor Fund program for 2016 and beyond. The South Dakota-based firm said it will donate an amount for each unit sold to towing companies.

    “That number could be substantial,” said Don Huber, Eastern sales manager. The first check, for funds raised through September, is to be presented at this year’s Tennessee Tow Show.

    The move comes as a third generation — Brandon Bjerrum — takes the helm of family-owned TRAIL-EZE, which is over 50 years old. “We want people to know that our new third-generation CEO is very interested and wants to get more involved in some of the industries,” Huber noted. “I think it will be a good program for years.”

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    Ghost Rider

    Ghost RiderGhost Rider is a 2015 International Terrastar with a Maxxforce 7, 6.5L 300 HP engine. The custom paint and decals are by Chet Maura Custom Creations from Killingworth Conn. The truck’s owner, William Genovese of Arite Auto Parts in New Britain, Conn., had Maura custom paint his Harley-Davidson and he liked the result so much he had this truck painted to match.

    Arite Auto Parts is a full service automotive salvage recycling center, used parts center and auto repair shop handling major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic models.

    Their motto: “We believe all cars — even if it’s the last ride — should go out in style.”

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    MiaThis is Mia, a blue nose pitbull that livens thing up at Zuccala Wrecker Service in Boynton Beach, Fla., Lindsey Zuccala discovered her in February 2015. She reports: “I was walking out of the office one night to close down the shop and here comes this cute little pit bull out from under one of my tow trucks. I took her home that night and fell in love with her. She was about four months old and is growing fast.

    “She comes to work with me every day and loves to run in the yard. Her favorite thing to do is to sit in a desk chair and watch everyone come in and out of the yard. She always wants to know what’s going on, and everyone loves to see her when they come into the office.”

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Daimler Trucks North America Names Kary Schaefer General Manager, Marketing and Strategy

Kary SchaeferDaimler Trucks North America (DTNA) today announced that Kary Schaefer has been appointed general manager, marketing and strategy. Schaefer will lead the Freightliner Trucks and Detroit™ marketing organizations in the launch of upcoming products, steering product strategy requirements and implementing customer and dealer satisfaction initiatives. Schaefer, whose most recent position at DTNA was general manager of the Enhanced Platform program for vocational products, also will continue to manage that initiative.

Schaefer joined DTNA in 1995 as a design engineer. She has held several positions in engineering, and in 2008, she was named chief engineer, where she led the Cab Engineering Department. Prior to joining DTNA, Schaefer held leadership positions with Boeing, Pacific Testing Laboratories, Abossein Engineering and Cloud Cap Technologies, a division of United Technologies Corp.

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