Fontaine PartSource News
New Fontaine PartSource Blog
JASPER, ALABAMA -- Please check out our new blog: Parts the Easy Way. At this blog we are keeping our valued Customers and friends up to date on Fontaine PartSource, where we've been, what we're doing and where we're going. Come on along for the ride. We promise you won't be disappointed! Click here to go to blog.
July 13, 2009
New Fontaine Trailer Customer Care Center
Are You Ready for the Revolution?
JASPER, ALABAMA -- The Fontaine Revolution® will soon be taking over the highways. It's loaded with performance features that the competition just can't match. This will be the most talked about and most popular flatbed trailer into the foreseeable future. It's lighter for bigger payloads and stronger for greater durability. Fleets and owner operators will really appreciate the earning power of this true workhorse. Are you ready for the demand? We offer quantity discounts on these "must-have" Revolution options. Isn't it time you joined the Revolution? Read more about it.
May 15, 2009
New Fontaine Trailer Customer Care Center
JASPER, ALABAMA -- Fontaine PartSource™, the aftermarket parts unit of Fontaine® Trailer Company, is staffing the new Fontaine Trailer Customer Care Center in Jasper, Alabama. Its purpose is to serve Fontaine Trailer dealers and end-users with technical assistance and warranty support. "We're in business to serve customers and make their lives easier. With the new Customer Care Center, Fontaine Trailer commercial customers have a single source for service information, warranty support, technical assistance and aftermarket parts," stated Ed Wentz, president of Fontaine PartSource. “Of course, Fontaine dealers remain the primary contact for end-users”, concluded Wentz.
“If a customer experiences a product or service issue, we have provided an environment to help that customer reach a satisfactory result in a timely fashion,” remarked Dan Giles, Director of Engineering for Fontaine Trailer Commercial Business. With Fontaine's new system it's easier than ever to register trailers online, plus they provide the ability to look up trailers by VIN to determine in-service dates. All Fontaine Trailer Commercial Dealers (platform and heavy-haul) can take advantage of this time-saving resource. With this move, Giles will continue to manage product performance and reliability for Fontaine, (including vendor supplied products) to make sure customers receive the best transportation products the industry has to offer.
"Fontaine PartSource has earned a reputation for providing dealers, key fleets and end-users with outstanding online product information and aftermarket parts availability," stated Wentz, "We intend to continue this same high level of service with our new FTC Customer Care Center."
March 11, 2009
Fontaine PartSource ESP Makes Finding
and Ordering the Right Trailer Parts Easy
Fontaine PartSource the aftermarket parts unit of Fontaine Trailer Company, is pleased to announce the launching of their online parts catalog, Fontaine PartSource ESP (Easy Source Parts) at: http://www.fontainepartsource.com
With ESP you can locate the part you need and place an order in seconds. This powerful technology places a vast array of Fontaine Trailer component information right at your finger tips. You can search by Part Number, Description, Serial Number or Supplier Category. After you find the part you need, simply add it to your shipping cart and indicate the quantity. When you are finished you will see a variety of payment and shipping options. Fontaine customers will benefit from this exciting tool because their dealers will be able to meet their needs more efficiently, which means maximum uptime and minimum downtime.
Fontaine PartSource wants to earn our customer’s business by providing the best service in the industry. ESP is a big step in that direction. It will give our distributors more freedom to take care of their customers while we take care of their trailer parts needs.
April 3rd, 2008
Fontaine PartSource Announces
PartSource Partner Program
Fontaine PartSource the aftermarket parts business for Fontaine Trailer Company has introduced the PartSource Partner Program. To date, twenty-one Fontaine PartSource dealers have signed up for the program covering 33 market areas in the U.S. and Canada. PartSource Partner dealers enjoy the best value options and service levels available from Fontaine PartSource in return for merchandising, promotion, volume and stocking commitments. “We developed a program to reward our dealers that are committed to growing their business with us,” according to Ed Wentz, President of Fontaine PartSource. “We have many good dealers around the U.S. and Canada that have stepped up with their willingness to serve Fontaine Trailer customers with enhanced product knowledge, on hand inventory and superior service. For that, our Partners enjoy financial and service level benefits not available to non partner dealers”,said Wentz. Fontaine expects that additional Partner dealers will be joining the program in the coming months. PartSource Partner dealers are designated on Fontaine’s website with the PartSource Partner Logo.
For more information on how to become a Fontaine PartSource Partner contact: Ed Wentz, President at
January 29th, 2008
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. To
Acquire 60% of Marmon Holdings, Inc.
December 25, 2007 - Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett and Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Marmon Holdings announced today that Berkshire will purchase 60% of Marmon Holdings, Inc., a private company owned by trusts for the benefit of members of the Pritzker Family of Chicago. Marmon Highway Technologies and Fontaine Trailer Company are members of the The Marmon Group, Inc.
The closing is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2008. At closing Berkshire will acquire 60% of Marmon for $4.5 billion. The remaining 40% will be acquired through staged acquisitions over a five to six year period. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
John Nichols, Vice Chairman of Marmon said “This is a transaction that works for all stakeholders. It will allow Marmon to thrive under its existing management team and continue implementing our management philosophy. While we have a new shareholder, it is clear that Berkshire Hathaway shares the values and approach established by the Pritzkers over many decades.”
Frank Ptak, President and CEO of Marmon said: “We have had a very positive experience working with Tom Pritzker and the leadership of the Pritzker family. We are happy that they have been able to structure this transaction in the way that will allow us to continue to grow Marmon. From management’s perspective, we are excited and energized by the idea that Warren Buffet is partnering with Tom Pritzker and John Nichols to provide guidance for our future growth.
Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in a number of diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. Common stock of the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.
December 26th, 2007
Fontaine Launch of
PartSource Tool Box a Success!
Fontaine PartSource™ recently introduced its new line of polished aluminum tool boxes and the response from Fontaine Trailer dealers has been outstanding. We delivered more boxes in the month of May than all of Jan - April of this year! The new PartSource tool box line incorporates a polished finish door panel that is custom formed. Not only does it look great it provides an additional level of strength to the door panel. Available now in five configurations to fit most platform and drop platform needs. Contact your nearest Fontaine Trailer dealer today for more information or contact Fontaine PartSource at: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 4th, 2007
Fontaine Trailer Company
Introduces the Revolution
Fontaine Trailer Company, the technology leader in the flatbed trailer industry, is introducing a revolutionary aluminum trailer that weighs less than 7,800 pounds and handles 60,000 pounds in just four feet. Called the Revolution , the trailer has an aerodynamic shape designed to cut through the air with a drag coefficient never before achieved on a flatbed trailer. Technology leading advancements such as friction-stir welding and patent-pending one-piece aluminum side rails are included in this remarkable new trailer. Also included is an integrated load securement system that makes loading and unloading faster, better and much easier. For more information go to www.fontainetrailer.com
May 23rd, 2007
Hendrickson Suspension Parts
Now Available at Fontaine PartSource
Fontaine PartSource™ has partnered with Hendrickson International® to bring its Dealer and Fleet customers a complete line of Hendrickson trailer suspension parts. We’ve worked closely with Hendrickson and our Key Dealers to understand clearly what the market needs are. Using “80/20 guidance” our focus is on Hendrickson suspension parts that mean the most to our Key Dealers and Fleets. Fontaine PartSource is positioning itself to be the leader in sourcing of Hendrickson original equipment aftermarket suspension parts for its customers. High volume items will be available for quick delivery. Bulk Packaging will be available for those Dealers and Fleets recognizing the value of volume ordering and complexity reduction for their operations. For questions contact Fontaine PartSource at 1.866.382.7278 or email us at email@example.com.
April 18th, 2007
Fontaine PartSource Introduces
New Tarp Boxes For Platform Trailers
Fontaine PartSource™ will soon provide it’s dealers with the PartSource brand of light weight durable aluminum construction Tarp Boxes. For use with Platform and Drop Platform trailers, these double and single door styles are available with robust continuous door hinges. All models have polished fronts with keyed-alike T- Handle twist locks. Heavy weather tight seals and one piece door frames create a close secure fit providing excellent protection for contents. Boxes will be available in sizes: 18″ x 24″ x 60″ and 24″ x 24″ x 60″. Contact your nearest Fontaine PartSource™ Dealer for information on this outstanding new trailer accessory.
April 18th, 2007
Infinity Twist Lock Trailer From Fontaine
Fontaine Trailer has introduced a versatile new trailer to the marketplace - the Infinity TX Twist Lock, which is really two trailers in one. There is an advanced technology dropdeck trailer to handle a variety of loads, and a twist lock trailer to haul intermodal shipping containers. For even greater flexibility, the trailer is equipped with two twist locks at the front, four in the middle and two at the rear, so drivers can haul two 20-foot ISO containers or one 40-foot container. Fontaine’s composite technology gives this versatile trailer strength, weight and durability. The steel main beams - constructed using grade 130 flanges welded continuously on both sides for maximum structural integrity - are covered by the XtreamBeam lifetime warranty. Steel crossmembers are positioned every 12 inches on the 41-foot rear deck for greater strength and durability. The front and rear skirt, siderails and floor are aluminum for superior corrosion resistance and lighter weight. For more information, visit www.fontainetrailer.com
March 26th, 2007
Fontaine PartSource Joins
National Trailer Dealers Association
Showing further commitment to the trailer industry and particularly Fontaine Trailer Company dealers, Fontaine PartSource is proud to become an Allied member of the National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA).
Many Fontaine Trailer dealers are members of this very fine association and we feel that it is important to support them with our participation. Interested in joining? Reach them at www.ntda.org.
March 2nd, 2007
Fontaine PartSource Launches New
Website to Help Customers 24/7/365
Fontaine PartSource™, the new aftermarket parts unit of Fontaine® Trailer Company, is pleased to announce the opening of their online presence: http://www.fontainepartsource.com
Features include a list of dealer locations and a “News Update” section for all the latest on Fontaine PartSource. Soon, key Fontaine dealers will have access to Fontaine’s new Parts Locator. This powerful technology places a vast array of Fontaine Trailer component information right at their finger tips. Fontaine customers will benefit from this exciting tool because their dealer will be able to meet their needs more efficiently which means maximum uptime and minimum downtime.
Future plans include part identification specific to Vehicle Identification Numbers and ordering capabilities for Fontaine dealers. The site will be a rich source of technical information and industry news separating Fontaine PartSource from the rest of the aftermarket trailer parts consolidators.
Further down the road, e-business technology will seamlessly connect aftermarket component manufacturers and Fontaine PartSource with Fontaine dealers to provide the most efficient process from order inquiry to fulfillment. Orders will process, ship, be received and re-ordered from the manufacturer without ever making a call.
For more information contact: Fontaine PartSource - 3110 Industrial Parkway - Jasper, AL 35501 - 205-385-0800 - firstname.lastname@example.org
February 13th, 2007