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NATM Headquarters • 2420 SW 17th St. • Topeka, KS 66604• (785) 272-4433 • Fax: (785) 272-4455 On the Cover: Turtleback Trailers, photo courtesy of Adventure Driven, www.adventuredriven.com.


Communications Director Meghan Ryan


Meghan.Ryan@natm.com Pam.Trusdale@natm.com


Executive Director Pam Trusdale


Kendra.Ansley@natm.com


Assistant Director Kendra Ansley


Russ.Moore@natm.com Events Director


Technical Director Russ Moore


Allison.Malmstrom@natm.com Allison Malmstrom Sheli.Sweeney@natm.com


Membership Director Sheli Sweeney


Greg.Soden@natm.com


Compliance Director Greg Soden


Monica.Johnson@natm.com


Trade Show Director Monica Johnson


Kathleen.Dultmeier@natm.com


Marketing Coordinator Kathleen Dultmeier


Cindy.Streeter@natm.com


Bookkeeper Cindy Streeter


Linda.Brink@natm.com


Technical Assistant Linda Brink


Christina.Trimmer@natm.com OFFICERS President


Executive Assistant Christina Trimmer


CAR MATE Trailers, Inc. Vice President


Greg Snyder


Patrick Jennissen Felling Trailers


U-Haul International, Inc. Bob de Kruyff Treasurer


Past President Mike Lloyd Aluma, Ltd


DIRECTORS FEB. 2014 - FEB. 2017


Doug Deaver M. H. Eby, Inc.


Adam Dexter Dexter Axle


BoatMate Trailers, Inc. Ron Yarnell


Owen E. Shelton PPG Industries, Inc.


DIRECTORS FEB 2015 - FEB. 2018 Les Eaves


Optronics International Nathan Long


Delta Manufacturing Marcus Hester


Tracker Marine Group Marty Lorick


Carry-On Trailer, Inc.


Triple Crown Trailers Rick Russell


DIRECTORS FEB. 2016 - Feb. 2019 Rick Coffey


Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.


MGS, Incorporated Josh Johnson


Te Carlstar Group Chris Steinman


Chris Pokornowski Towmaster, Inc.


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Tracks Advertisers President's Report Headquarters Report


Tracks


58 60


14 2016 NATM Committee Assignments


15 NATM Expands Technical Subcommittees


19 NATM Strategic Plan 25 29


Strategic Budgeting


Letters from NHTSA Hitting Mailboxes Now: Early Warning Reporting Obligations


32 34


37


Call for Member Educational Articles, Webinars


Advertising with NATM


Accessing the Early Warning Reporting Guide, Tandem Towing Fact Sheet


2015: A Year of Success for NATM in Washington, D.C.


44 Tandem Trailer Deliveries Fact Sheet: Congress Enacts Federal Length Exemption


46 49 52


The Fast Lane to Success: LANE Trailer Mfg. Co.


Preparation for Ownership Transitioning: ERP a Practical Fit


Biggest Mistakes Companies Make with Workers’ Comp. Insurance


Pros and Cons of High Strength Steel


72 74


81 82


Expedition Inspired™: Turtleback Trailers


Brooks Brothers Trailers


62 Ways to Increase Arc-On Time and Throughput in the Welding Operation


68 A Star is Born: Norstar 70


Imperial Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.


Cyber Risk in an Online World


74 ALCOM LLC Celebrates 10 Successful Years


80 Vegas a Lucky Gamble for the 2016 NATM Convention


2016 Convention & Trade Show Sponsors


2016 NATM Young Professional Award


85 2016 NATM Outstanding Associate Member Award


86 NATM Green Manufacturing Award


88 2016 NATM Outstanding Member Award


90 2016 NATM Golf Tournament 92 NATM Trade Show Experiences 94


Understanding the UPS and FedEx Small Package Rate Increases


96 Member News 102 New Members


About this publication: Tracks Volume 29, Number 2 March/April 2016 is published six times a year (bi-monthly) for $50 per year by the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, 2420 SW 17th St, Topeka, KS 66604. Periodicals postage paid at Topeka, KS. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, 2420 SW 17th St, Topeka, KS 66604. The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers assumes no responsibility for statements, representations, or claims made or expressed in this publication, including those made in advertising appearing herein, nor does it accept responsibility for any errors or omissions made in publishing or reproducing articles or advertising appearing in Tracks or for the return of unsolicited manuscripts sent to NATM.


USPS Number: 022438 ISSN Number: 1552-2415


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