NEWS & UPDATES

Read the Press Release:

Stewart & Stevenson now Valley Power Systems

Information about Valley Power Systems, Inc acquisition of Stewart & Stevenson’s Power Products Division provided by Wayne Antonovich:

“Effective August 29, 2005, Valley Power Systems, Inc. (Valley) headquartered in Los Angeles (City of Industry), California has acquired the California operations of Stewart and Stevenson’s Power Products Division (S&S). These newest locations under the growing group of Valley companies include Bakersfield, San Leandro and West Sacramento.

Mike Barnett, President of Valley, states that this increased territory and blending of resources and experience strongly reinforces Valley’s commitment to the power system business. Valley is an authorized distributor/dealer for such manufacturers as Detroit Diesel/MTU, Allison Transmissions, Deutz, John Deere Gas, Volvo Penta, Electro-Motive, GE Jenbacher, Mercedes Benz, Northern Lights, Lugger, Waukesha and E-One. Markets served include on-highway, transit, marine, construction & industrial, power generation, agricultural and fire apparatus.

Valley began operation in Bakersfield, California in 1963 and today has roughly 600 employees. The headquarters for Valley Power Systems, Inc., is located in City of Industry, California, with 11 additional facilities throughout California. Valley Power Systems, Inc., also owns Northern Lights/Lugger (aka Alaska Diesel Electric) with locations in Seattle, WA, Anchorage, AK, Andover, MA and Pompano Beach, FL. For further information, contact Valley at inquiries@valleypsi.com.”

Fire Magazine Article

BY ED BALLAM WEST SAYVILLE, N.Y. – It might be an overstatement, but not by much, to say that nearly all fire apparatus and ambulances built today have some pieces made by Kussmaul Electronics Company Inc. on board. For nearly 40 years, Kussmaul has been quietly carving itself a niche in the fire service and emergency response market developing products to solve challenges and problems with vehicles – like dead and overworked batteries and inadequate pressure in air brake systems.

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Inspections Suggested for 1998-2005

Ford E-350 and E-450 Front Ends

May 2005, MERGINET—Emergency service organizations using the Ford E-350 and E-450 model vehicles from the years 1998 through 2005 should inspect the front end right and left spring tower flange for cracking, according to a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) issued by Ford Motor Company on January 5, 2005.

TSB 05-1-1, sent to all Ford service departments and other agencies servicing such vehicles, notes that “Some higher-mileage E-350 and E-450 cutaway vans may exhibit cracks in the left or right spring tower flange.”

Ford Motor Co. is currently assessing the problem for any safety risk, and the Office of Defects Investigation at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is actively observing the status of Ford’s assessment. However, NHTSA has not initiated an official investigation since they have no reports of catastrophic failure, vehicle crashes or injuries potentially associated with this condition.

At this point, the E-350 and E-450 model vehicles should undergo inspection of the front right and left spring tower flanges, a NHTSA spokesperson suggested to Merginet. A visual inspection under the front wheel wells should identify any cracks (see photo). The TSB outlines repair procedures according to the size and location of any crack and the mileage and warranty status of the vehicle.

While it appears that such cracks develop over a longer duration of time, no hard data is available on just how quickly any cracks may grow. Vehicles displaying such spring tower cracks should undergo repair sooner rather than later to avoid any extension of a crack.

NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation, 400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC, 20590, encourages feedback from owners of Ford E-350 and E-450 vehicle models. Contact Robert Squire by phone at 202-493-0212, via e-mail or access the Web site for the Office of Defects Investigation.