Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Peterson Manufacturing hosts fleets at fifth annual forum


Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Steve Sharp, right, and Mark Greffet, left, both of Peterson Manufacturing, share production information with Danny Neal, second from left, vice president of sales at the American Trucking Associations and Pat Thomas, ATA chairman, during a tour of the Peterson facility in Grandview, Missouri, during the company’s recent Fleet Forum. (Courtesy: PETERSON MANUFACTURING)
Steve Sharp, right, and Mark Greffet, left, both of Peterson Manufacturing, share production information with Danny Neal, second from left, vice president of sales at the American Trucking Associations and Pat Thomas, ATA chairman, during a tour of the Peterson facility in Grandview, Missouri, during the company’s recent Fleet Forum. (Courtesy: PETERSON MANUFACTURING)

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Leading members of the fleet trucking industry were hosted at Peterson Manufacturing’s Grandview headquarters during its fifth annual Fleet Forum June 14-15.

Forum participants included representatives from nine national trucking fleets as well as featured speakers from the American Trucking Associations.

As a supplier of vehicle lighting and safety systems for customers worldwide, Peterson holds its annual event to provide a forum for the frank and open discussion of a wide variety of issues impacting the trucking industry, according to Pat Clift, Peterson’s director of heavy duty sales who moderated the fleet forums.

Such topics included trailer lighting, harnesses and wiring, corrosion, equipment performance, CSA, emerging technology, future electrical systems and power demands, and field service.

Clift said in the forum’s casual atmosphere, participants shared information and ideas via presentations and breakout groups geared to identify emerging industry needs –– insights that Clift said “guide Peterson’s development of new, higher-performance products.”

The two-day forum featured a presentation by Pat Thomas, chairman of the American Trucking Associations.

Danny Neal, ATA vice president of national sales, also spoke to attendees.

Included on the agenda were tours of Peterson’s vertically integrated facilities, where the company’s “core four” subsidiaries control every phase of production from engineering design to delivery, according to Steve Meagher, Peterson vice president of sales.

 “We look forward to hosting our annual Fleet Forum for years to come,” Meagher said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with current and prospective customers, and to take a leadership role in innovating for the future.”

Peterson Manufacturing Co. calls itself an innovator in the engineering and production of a complete line of vehicle safety lighting, custom wiring harnesses and many other safety-related products.

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Peterson Manufacturing is a key subsidiary of Peterson Corp., nine highly specialized companies and nearly 1,000 associates working in global transportation-related industries.

With headquarters in the greater Kansas City area, Peterson Manufacturing is a privately held company and has been in operation since 1945.

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