The Tommy Gate Tuckunder Development Video depicts the hard working staff at Woodbine Manufacturing Company and the production of the Tuckunder Series hydraulic lift. It was filmed on location in Woodbine, Iowa.
DETROIT – General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece to make three products: Chevrolet Equinox V-6 engine covers, insulation for The Empowerment Plan coats for the homeless, and air filters for 10 GM plants.
The program engages a supply web of 11 organizations and reduces landfill waste. The resulting social impact contributes to the initiative’s progress and expansion.
GM supplier Filtration Services Group involved the N.E.W. Life Center in Flint to make air filter panels from the 9,000 square feet of fleece created since Do Your Part launched in April. After at-risk individuals participate in programs dedicated to employment preparation or life change, this nonprofit training center employs them to further develop their skills.
GM is donating enough insulation for The Empowerment Plan’s seamstresses — formerly homeless women — to make 6,500 coats that transform into sleeping bags that are given to those in need at no cost. The nonprofit trains their employees in lean manufacturing and teaches them soft and hard skills to propel them to bigger and better opportunities.
“We’re committed to proving to employers that formerly homeless people can be a skilled talent pool,” said Veronika Scott, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan. “The end product is more than a coat: It empowers women to take control of their lives and provides the path to long-term, sustainable jobs.”
Scott says GM’s insulation provides the warmth needed for the homeless to withstand cold nights. Each coat contains 31 water bottles. The GM Foundation also supports The Empowerment Plan, providing it with $220,000 since 2013.
An estimated 1.2 million bottles from five GM facilities throughout metro Detroit and Flint supplemented the significant volumes coming from the Flint community. The company recently added its Romulus Powertrain plant to the program. While many employees bring reusable water bottles to work, all of GM’s facilities provide water bottle recycling. Employees at these Michigan sites know exactly what the bottles will become when they throw the bottles in the recycling bins.
“People want to do the right thing,” said John Bradburn, GM global waste reduction manager. “The Do Your Part recycling initiative is a way our employees and communities can connect their individual actions to broader social and environmental causes.”
Learn more about these water bottles’ transformation at doyourpart.gm.green.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com
Experts Test Trucks in Segment Challenge,
Applaud Canyon’s Interior, Ability and Performance
DETROIT – The 2016 GMC Canyon has been named the Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016. Cars.com put the current lineup of midsize pickup trucks to the test in its Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge to determine the overall best option for buyers.
Canyon, the segment’s only premium midsize truck, was also named the top pick by the editors of Cars.com in a 2015 midsize pickup comparison test.
“Establishing a benchmark for a premium midsize pickup was our goal with the Canyon, and PickupTruck.com’s insights affirm our instincts,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The Canyon’s quiet cabin, premium design and materials make it a maneuverable solution for customers who want the capability of a pickup with the modern amenities customers expect from GMC.”
Testing included head-to-head comparisons in 18 objective categories and included the following vehicles: 2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier.
“The Canyon is an all-around great truck,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-
chief. “It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”
The Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge was conducted in partnership with PickupTrucks.com, a Cars.com company. For full results of this challenge, including detailed scoring from each of the 18 test categories, click here or visit www.cars.com/news.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.
Rear view of a Harbor 8' service body with raised cargo bed enclosure, conduit box mounted in material rack with Rack-strap tie downs, 3-piece cargo bed enclosure and barn style rear doors.
The 3-Piece Cargo Bed Enclosure is a great way to keep your stuff accessible and yet out of sight.
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The Harbor Lo-Pro Workmaster on a SRW Cut-Away
The Harbor WorkMaster is a Service Body with a roof and additional useful features. Available in a 10' (10' 4") for the single rear wheel cutaway chassis, perfect plumbers or HVAC truck, and is also useful in any number of different professions such as remodeling, mobile mechanic, locksmith, and other service industry uses to name a few. If you could use a truck that has storage for tools and parts and want a space that you can stand up in and is enclosed to do your work in or keep larger items out of the weather and public view, the WorkMaster is your truck.
Interior Ladder Rack keeps them out of sight. Standard with Rear Grab Handles, Interior Dome Lamp and a Rear Access Panel that is flush with the first shelf to handle occasional longer cargo. The Master Lock System is standard. A Florescent upgrade package is available.
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In this episode of 940 Weekends, a series dedicated to unique ways dads can spend time with with their kids during the 940 Weekends between birth and their child turning 18, paper airplane world record holder John Collins explains how kids can build the ultimate paper airplane. Learning how to make paper airplanes can be a great way to show kids that some things aren't perfect the first time, and that making improvements can lead to something great.
Since 1981, Venco has been providing scissors hoists for commercial and industrial uses. Our rugged hoists are highly regarded in the industry and represent an excellent value. Hoists are offered for pickup truck, conversion/dump body, and trailer hoist applications.
*Venco hoists are designed for and intended to be used on stationary trucks dumping on firm and level ground. Spreading applications and/or shock unloading are strictly prohibited and will void any warranty.
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Noted truck cap and tonneau manufacturer Snugtop has taken capsule-style commercial toppers to the next level with the introduction of the lightweight SnugPro Capsule. It features an industry-first “drop in” design that snugly fits over the OEM wheel well and provides maximum interior room—as well as unparalleled mounting security.
Thanks to its one-piece Advanced Structural Composite construction the SnugPro Capsule weighs only 475 pounds—the lightest capsule in the industry. Moreover, it’s sleek, aerodynamic style enhances factory lines and contributes to optimum fuel economy.
The SnugPro Capsule is specifically designed for each make and model truck and painted to match the color and gloss of the vehicle using the Axalta ChromaPremier process, preventing surface oxidation commonly occurring with a gelcoat finish. A built-in LED brake light and optional rear-view camera add to its style and functionality.
Built for long-term durability, the SnugPro Capsule is reinforced to provide a hefty 500 lb. roof carrying capacity and compliment a wide assortment of ladder and other racks. Features like full-length heavy-duty door hinges, stainless steel T-handles, and 3-point locking add to its rugged construction.
Multiple door and shelving options enable businesses to tailor the SnugPro Capsule to their specific needs. The use of J-hooks allow the unit to be installed without any drilling, and also facilitates easy transfers in the years to come.
For additional information go to www.snugtopcommercial.com or call the factory at 562-432-5454.
THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS ORGANIZATION
Shelf Staxx are a lightweight, durable van shelving system that creates an organizational solution for your van. The modular design allows for flexibility in both configuration and layout. Shelf Staxx’s modern appearance compliments both the current and new generation of commercial vans.
Shelf Staxx include five base modules and three extension modules configurated to fit inside of your cargo van. The base modules come with a row of Sortimo by Knapheide BOXXes to help you move towards complete organization. Extension modules attach to the end panel of the base module to allow for more storage space toward the front portion of your van.
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129 high school students team up with GM retirees
and college students for summertime “leadership factory”
DETROIT – When high school students Sadeeque Mohamed and Tiera Wade joined the inaugural GM Student Corps in 2013 as paid interns, they never expected to return to GM and their alma maters to mentor the 2016 Student Corps members.
Wade, a Wayne State University student who graduated from River Rouge High School, credits the program for her decision to enter social work and launch a non-profit organization. Mohamed, a computer science major at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, is a Hamtramck High School graduate.
“Student Corps is a life-changing experience, which is why I joined again this year as a college intern,” Mohamed said. “I wanted to give back to Hamtramck and the program, which helped me immensely. I also wanted to help mentor high school students from my community and provide students with guidance and support.”
As a high schooler with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mohamed opened his own computer and phone repair company with the money he earned during his GM Student Corps internship.
“Student Corps was not a typical internship or job. It was truly a leadership factory,” said Mohamed. “It taught me to be a business-minded person. I was earning good money that helped me and my family, and was able to successfully manage my business until I started my freshman year of college.”
Since 2013, more than 500 high school students have earned a paycheck while learning real-world work skills and giving back to their communities via the GM Student Corps. This year’s Student Corps includes 129 students from 13 high schools in metro Detroit, Flint and Pontiac.
The program pairs teams of 10 high school interns with retired GM executives and college interns to plan and complete community service projects, primarily at neighborhood schools and parks.
This summer 60 GM retirees and 13 college interns are working with students to develop teamwork, leadership skills and a community service mindset. The teams work as small start-ups and manage all aspects of their restoration, repair and clean-up projects, from budgeting, planning and problem solving to execution.
Students also attend a financial planning seminar and engage in life skills sessions on topics such as decision making, relationship building and resume writing. They tour GM facilities and the University of Detroit Mercy for exposure to career and educational opportunities.
Participating high schools select students based on their leadership potential, dedication, determination and academics. The college interns come from University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University.
“Each summer, the students perform important and valuable work at schools and parks in their communities, but just as important are the lasting relationships between our retirees and students,” said Heidi Magyar, director of GM Community Outreach and Student Corps. “We’re thrilled to have Sadeeque and Tiera return to the program this summer to mentor our Student Corps members.”
The program runs through mid-August and concludes with a formal presentation to program champion Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, and his leadership team.
The 2016 GM Student Corps schools are Central Collegiate Academy, Detroit Public Schools Cody Campus, East Detroit High School, Flint Southwestern Academy, Hamtramck High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison High School, Melvindale High School, Detroit Public Schools Osborn Campus, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School and Van Dyke Lincoln High School.
Last summer, the GM Student Corps renovated 11 schools and eight parks, spreading nearly 1,000 yards of mulch, applying 246 gallons of paint, planting 700 flowers and trees, and laying 46 yards of stone.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
When it comes to choosing high quality, professional grade commercial vehicle equipment, Masterack is an industry leader with over 40 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, and installation. Our large selection of steel and composite van interiors, pickup equipment, ladder racks, and accessories are available as pre-designed trade packages or can easily be mix-and-matched to customize your vehicle.
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Watch Mike Soich, Regional Sales Manager, point out the industry-leading features found on Knapheide EC Series Service Bodies.