Polar Tank to offer Stainless Steel Hangers on Hendrickson Suspensions

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Polar Tank Trailer LLC announces the product innovation of stainless steel hangers and upper spring plates available with Hendrickson suspensions.  Polar and Hendrickson have partnered together to bring an enhanced air-ride suspensions available for a full range of tank trailers, exclusively for Polar Tank Trailer.

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The new parts provide the corrosion resistance of stainless steel while offering improved appearance, increased strength, and superior durability.  The new hangers will increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process at Polar Tank while replacing steel parts with innovative, high-strength stainless steel hangers to provide increased longevity, low maintenance, and the exceptional durability that our customers have come to expect from Polar Trailers.

Stainless steel suspension advantages

  • Eliminates corrosion in sensitive, hard to reach areas
  • Increased longevity, durability and low maintenance
  • Outperforms conventional steel components in durability testing
  • Paint-free corrosion resistance
  • Improved appearance
  • Developed in conjunction with Hendrickson

Features

  • Structural grade, high-strength stainless steel
  • Hendrickson’s proven, lightweight INTRAAX design
  • Optimized sub-frame design for light weight and manufacturability, through intensive use of computer simulation
  • Robotically welded sub-frame for optimum strength and consistency
  • “Soft Coat” corrosion resistant coating used on trailing arms and axle, incorporating self-healing characteristics
  • Available exclusively on an extensive range of Polar Trailers
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POLAR myLIFT – Hassle-free lift axle control. Every load, every time.


See myLIFT in action!

The Polar MyLift™ valve automatically deploys and lifts up to two axles by reading the pressure in the fixed-axle air suspension. When the trailer reaches full load, the lift axles deploy. Once unloaded, the axles return to the lifted position. It’s all automatic, with no input from the driver and no connection to switches in the cab of the truck.
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Polar MyLift valves come factory set for each application, and can be customized for a wide variety of axle configurations. The MyLift system also extends wheel-end component life and reduces tire wear.

POLAR MYLIFT ADVANTAGES

  • Automatically responds to the pressure in primary suspension air bags to lower the lift axle once loaded
  • Evenly distributes the load between the axles
  • Designed to perform in the harshest of operating environments
  • External, easy-access override switch for manual lift axle control
  • Fail-safe lowers axle when power is removed

FEATURES

  • Sealed stainless steel enclosure prevents corrosion
  • Compatible with all ECU brands and all suspension manufacturer under-beam lift systems
  • Plug-and-play with various wiring harness manufacturers
  • Highest net solenoid shifting forces on the market
  • High wattage coils for improved performance
  • Balanced valve design for superior reliability
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POLAR SERVICE CENTERS NAMES GARY MURPHY DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, NORTH REGION

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Jan, 2014—Polar Service Centers, the national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy Director Of Business Development, north region.
“We are excited to have Gary rejoin the Polar team, Gary is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the tank trailer and tank truck parts and service business,” said Mike Evans, president of Polar Service Centers. “Working with our branches across the entire northern half of the US, Gary will provide sales leadership and management in support of our new business efforts with specific emphasis on enhancing Polar Service Centers abilities to support the needs of tank trailer and tank truck operators.”

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POLAR NAMES FRANK WOHLETZ CONTROLLER, POLAR TANK TRAILER

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (March 8, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has hired Frank Wohletz as division controller.

Prior to his new role, Wohletz was chief financial officer at Microbiologics, a medical device manufacturer. Previously he was U.S. division controller for New Flyer, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses, and worked at Polar Corporation in financial management positions from 1993 to 1999. Wohletz was the company’s controller from 1995 to 1999.

“Frank’s accounting and financial background in manufacturing, and specifically in heavy-duty vehicle manufacturing, will be a real benefit to us as we continue to grow our business,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer.

Wohletz holds both an MBA and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. The company has plants in Opole and Holdingford, Minn., and Springfield, Mo.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR TANK TRAILER NAMES JOHN KOLL DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, HIRES DON OLSON AS SALES MANAGER – WESTERN U.S.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Feb. 26, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, one of North America’s largest producers of trailers for dry and liquid bulk freight, has named John Koll director of product management, a new department created to improve the company’s existing line of tank trailers and to identify opportunities to develop new products.

Koll will lead a team of managers that will work closely with manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, and sales to oversee the entire line of Polar Tank Trailer products. “Under John’s direction, this team’s mission is to ensure that the trailers we engineer and build are meeting the exacting needs of our customers today and in the future,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer. “This is an exciting, progressive position within Polar, and John is the right person to lead this effort.”

To replace Koll, the company has hired Don Olson as Western regional sales manager. Olson is responsible for new equipment sales in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, and for used equipment sales in these states as well as in New Mexico and Colorado.

“Don has a wealth of experience in the tank industry and his strong relationships among dry and liquid bulk fleets in the West will be instrumental as we expand our business in the region,” Painter said.

Olson comes to Polar Tank Trailer from Beall Corporation, where he was vice president of sales in Southern California from 2002 to 2012. His extensive career in the tank business includes a position as Polar Tank Co.’s regional sales manager for the Upper Midwest from 1988 to 1995.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for dry and liquid bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. The company has plants in Opole and Holdingford, Minn., and Springfield, Mo.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is one of North America’s largest producers of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR CORPORATION ACQUIRES BEALL PARTS AND SERVICE BUSINESS

 

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Feb. 4, 2013)—Polar Corporation announced today that it has acquired the assets of Beall Transport Equipment Co. (BTEC), the aftermarket parts and service division of Beall Corporation.

BTEC has branches in Denver; Salt Lake City; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Kent, Wash.; and Billings, Mont. They will join the Polar Service Centers national network of parts and service locations. Branches in Portland, Phoenix, and Billings will be integrated with existing facilities currently operated by Polar’s service, parts, and equipment business known as Polar Service Centers.

“With stable financial footing, these former Beall branches will have more flexibility to deliver the high-quality service that Beall customers have come to appreciate over the years,” said Ted Fick, president and CEO of Polar Corporation. “Meanwhile, Polar customers will benefit from the high level of competency and experience of Beall technicians. Their expertise is exceptional within the commercial tank industry and we’re excited to bring them into the Polar family.”

Fick said the Beall locations align well with Polar Service Centers and its independent dealers, especially in the Western United States. Together, the organizations will provide commercial tank carriers with the most comprehensive aftermarket parts and service network in the industry.

With a nationwide network of branch locations and independent dealers, Polar Service Centers is the only national parts and service network dedicated to dry and liquid tank equipment. It provides convenient, consistent access to aftermarket parts and qualified technicians who can work on any brand of tank trailer, as well as sales of new and used tank equipment.

The transaction closed Feb. 1; financial terms were not disclosed. Beall Corporation has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since September.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three divisions, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR NAMES JIM BACH DIRECTOR OF MATERIALS

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Dec. X, 2012)—Polar Tank Trailer, North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has hired Jim Bach as director of materials.

In his new role, Bach is responsible for planning, master scheduling, and inventory optimization for the company’s manufacturing operations in Opole and Holdingford, Minn.

Prior to joining Polar, Bach spent nearly 17 years in senior management positions focused on forecasting, demand planning, materials handling, distribution, and quality within the medical device industry. “Jim’s role is vital to our efficiency, productivity, and ability meet customer demand,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer. “His extensive background in manufacturing and materials management makes him ideally suited to this job.”

Bach has bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Cloud State University.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. The company has plants in Opole and Holdingford, Minn., and Springfield, Mo.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers;  Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR TANK TRAILER NAMES JEFF BEHRENS DIRECTOR OF PURCHASING

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Jan. 4, 2013)—Polar Tank Trailer, North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers, has named Jeff Behrens director of purchasing.

Based in Opole, Minn., Behrens is responsible for procurement and logistics for the company’s three manufacturing plants. Previously, Behrens was division controller for Polar Service Centers. He was controller for Polar Tank Trailer from 1997 to 2011.

“Jeff’s financial and management experience at Polar, including his extensive knowledge of our operations and supplier relationships, are great assets as we grow and support our customers,” said Jim Painter, president of Polar Tank Trailer.

Behrens has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buena Vista University and a CPA designation.

Polar Tank Trailer designs and builds aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers for bulk cargoes, including oil and fuel, food products, asphalt, chemicals, and corrosives. The company has plants in Opole and Holdingford, Minn., and Springfield, Mo.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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POLAR INTRODUCES INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED MC-331 TANK TRAILER

Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport features powder-coated barrel, all-stainless piping for durability and lower lifecycle costs

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2012)—Polar Corporation today introduced its first trailer for the North American propane industry, the Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport.

Designed for durability and low lifecycle costs, the Polar NexGen MC-331 is the first highway transport with a powder-coated barrel, delivering up to three times the life of traditional paint. It limits nicks to the point of impact and in most cases will eliminate the need to refurbish and repaint the barrel every three to five years.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 trailer has all-stainless piping and aluminum or stainless decking and fenders for further corrosion protection. It is also equipped with all-welded liquid piping, Blackmer or Corken product pumps, Marshall Excelsior valves, and BASE Engineering radio remote shutdown systems. Fender and decking construction is modular for easy service and lower repair costs.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 was developed collaboratively, leveraging engineering resources across Polar and JARCO, the industry’s leading producer of propane bobtails with a 53-year history in the propane vehicle market. Polar acquired JARCO in 2010.

“This trailer builds on the success of the NexGen propane bobtail introduced by Polar earlier this year,” said Ted Fick, president and CEO of Polar Corporation. “It extends the benefits of the NexGen bobtail to over-the-road propane transporters.”

Fick explained that as North America’s largest manufacturer of trailers for dry and liquid bulk freight, Polar can offer fleets a wider variety of suspensions, axles, rollover protection, and central tire inflation systems, as well as custom engineering options.

The Polar NexGen MC-331 highway transport trailer is available through Polar Tank Trailer, authorized independent dealers, and Polar Service Centers, a national network of over 30 locations offering trailer parts, service, and sales. It is assembled in Salem, Ill.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Quality Trailer Products manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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QUALITY TRAILER PRODUCTS, CENTURY WHEEL & RIM CHANGE NAME TO ROCKWELL AMERICAN

Polar Corporation unifies trailer-component brands under a single identity

AZLE, Texas (DRAFT)—Polar Corporation today announced that its Quality Trailer Products and Century Wheel & Rim operations are officially doing business as Rockwell American effective Jan. 2.

The change culminates a year-long initiative to unify the company’s Quality Trailer Products, Century Wheel & Rim, and Rockwell American brands under a single identity. The company’s legal name and structure will not change, nor has there been a change in ownership, management, or locations. The new web site address is www.rockwellamerican.com.

“The Rockwell American name has long been associated with quality, reliability, and service, a reputation we’ve maintained since acquiring Rockwell American Manufacturing in 2005,” said Chris Dietemann, president.

Over the years, the company has significantly broadened its line of manufactured and distributed trailer parts through acquisitions, rigorous product development, and long-term supplier relationships. “The decision reinforces our position as an integrated supplier to trailer builders and the trailer aftermarket,” Dietemann said.

In addition to stocking trailer parts through a wholly owned national sales and distribution network, Rockwell American manufactures and markets wheels, axles, fenders, brake components, leaf springs, and other components for light, medium, and heavy duty commercial trailers.

Based in Azle, Texas, Rockwell American is a division of Polar Corporation, North America’s largest manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel tank trailers.

About Polar Corporation

Polar Corporation consists of three companies, all leaders in their respective markets. Polar Tank Trailer is North America’s largest producer of dry and liquid bulk tank trailers; Polar Service Centers is a national parts, service, and sales network for all makes of heavy-duty vehicles and commercial tanks; and Rockwell American manufactures and sells parts and components for the light-duty trailer industry. For more information, visit polartank.com.

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