Link Employees Celebrate Our 2 Millionth Cabmate

This week was one of the most memorable and rewarding weeks in my 25 years at Link as we celebrated the production of our two millionth Cabmate premium cab suspension. While we made the official announcement yesterday, the real highlight was the celebration where our management team and special guests were able to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our employees who made it all possible. If you’re not familiar with the history of Cabmate, it is the quintessential story of American ingenuity and how one idea can grow into something bigger and stronger than originally imagined. In 1980 Bill Nibbelink built the first Cabmate in order to have a more comfortable ride for his truck. Within…

TMC 2019 Focus: How Technology Can Help Tackle Trucking Industry Challenges

I spent the better part of last week at TMC 2019 in Atlanta, the annual conference of the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council. This is one of the leading educational events for the trucking industry and is designed to provide fleet owners and operators with the latest information on how to improve maintenance, sustainability and fuel efficiency. Professionals from around the country come to TMC to network and join committees, study issues and help establish new best practices and standards. The theme of this year’s event was “going beyond the frontier of maintenance.” There were several educational sessions that addressed future-oriented truck and trailer technologies, vehicle electrification issues, KPIs, and equipment specification trends. A few of the main trends that…

Our New Family of Self-Steer Auxiliary Suspensions Will Simply Outperform All Others

Link Manufacturing originally made its mark in the trucking industry with Cabmate, which has become the leading cab air suspension system for Class 7 and 8 trucks. Over the years we’ve become known as a premier manufacturer of auxiliary suspensions as well. Our self-steer and non-steer auxiliary suspensions are trusted by OEMs, fleet owners and body builders alike, and our pusher axle is a key component of the Volvo®/Mack® 6×2 configuration. But today marks a new chapter for Link and our customers, as we announced the availability of our completely redesigned family of self-steer auxiliary suspensions. This has been a fully collaborative effort for our engineering and manufacturing teams, who were challenged to create a new line of auxiliary suspensions…

Driven to Outperform for Customers and Employees in 2018

As many of you know, Denny Michels retired at the end of 2017 and I took on the role of president at Link Manufacturing beginning January 1st. I want to take a moment today to reflect on some of the key achievements we accomplished in 2017, and what’s in store for Link in the year ahead as we continue our focus on being driven to outperform for our customers and our employees. Our 2017 Milestones We’re all proud of the fact that Link received recognition as an elite supplier to one of the major OEM truck manufacturers for the second year in a row. This recognition reaffirms the importance of our customer-focused culture and ability to perform at such a…

PACCAR Names Link Manufacturing a Top Performing Supplier for the Second Consecutive Year

Link Manufacturing is Driven to Outperform

Since 2014 PACCAR has recognized its top performing suppliers through the Supplier Performance Management (SPM) program. In 2017, for the second consecutive year, PACCAR named Link as one of a select few SPM Leaders. The PACCAR SPM program evaluates a supplier’s performance in the areas of product development, operations support and business alignment. Through the SPM program, suppliers and PACCAR cross-functional teams collaborate to identify performance enhancements and to continuously improve the supplier/customer relationship. This program enhances the likelihood of high performance from the supply base. One of our key achievements in 2017 was reducing our PPM metrics to support PACCAR’s continuous improvement efforts. In 2017 we improved our OE PPM from less than 50 to less than 10. While…

Fond Memories As I Wrap Up 30 Years at Link

The end of 2017 caps my 30-year career at Link Manufacturing as President and CEO. I feel incredibly honored and fortunate to have served such an exemplary company, comprised of some of the best people anyone could ask to work with. As I approach the end of my time with this great company, I find myself reflecting about where we’ve come from and the terrific people who have helped make greatness happen at Link. Over the years there have been lots of memories—some challenging and many great. It’s tough to reflect consistently given the plethora of stories. But these are a few of the stories that will resonate with me for years to come. Icebreakers at My First Link Christmas…

Run on Less Drivers Exceed Fuel Efficiency Standards Despite Setbacks

As the Run on Less demonstration enters its final days of tracking seven fleet drivers fuel efficiency, many are waiting for the final results to be unveiled at the NACV show on Sept. 24. Despite reports of challenges the drivers have faced such as road congestion from the eclipse and evacuees from hurricane Irma, Joel Morrow of Ploger Transportation is still reporting fuel efficiency above 9 MPG. He is driving the Volvo®/Mack® configuration, a 6×2 rig which Link engineers collaborated with Volvo to design a 20K non-steer auxiliary axle suspension. With a 9” drop to alleviate issues with driveline clearance, the configuration achieves greater fuel economy, improved traction and extended tire life. Morrow recently posted to Ploger Transportation’s Facebook page…

PACCAR Recognizes Link Manufacturing as a Top Performing Supplier in North America

Each year, PACCAR recognizes the top performing suppliers in its Supplier Performance Management (SPM) program. This year Link has recognized by PACCAR as one of seven 2016 SPM Leaders – earning the highest score among the seven companies reaching the 2016 SPM Leader level. The SPM program evaluates a supplier’s performance in the areas of product development, operations support and business alignment. Through the SPM program, suppliers and PACCAR cross-functional teams collaborate to identify performance enhancements and to develop product innovations. This program ensures very high performance from the supply base. This recognition reflects our commitment to create a customer-focused culture and our team’s drive to outperform by supplying Tier 1 component systems with an on-time delivery of over 99…