NATM is excited to once again partner with RSM US LLP to provide a webinar on the current state of the trailer manufacturing industry.
Given the relatively unpredictable economy and highly competitive business environment, trailer manufacturers need to capture every advantage for success. Learn how manufacturing companies like yours are addressing operational efficiencies, growth strategies, innovation, cost management—and much more.
Join RSM and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers on June 24th for a webinar discussing key current trends and issues in the trailer manufacturing industry. This webinar will discuss the results of a nationwide survey of trailer manufacturers and will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to compare their business performance with other manufacturers across the country.
This webinar will help you plan and execute strategic objectives for:
Tim Koch has significant experience in providing audit, accounting and tax services to the manufacturing, distribution/wholesale and transportation industries. He serves as the functional lead for the specialty vehicle and leisure equipment industry practice, which serves clients throughout the United States and develops key services and shapes business practices for companies in the industry. Tim has been a long-time thought leadership provider, presenter and article author for events and publications sponsored by the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers.
Chris Bradford is the tax leader of RSM’s national transportation and leisure equipment industry practice. Chris has extensive knowledge and experience with corporate tax issues such as mergers, acquisitions and business combinations. He is responsible for providing a wide array of tax services to his clients including research and experimentation credits and cost segregation studies. Chris has also been sharing his tax expertise and trailer industry insights with National Association of Trailer Manufacturers members for many years.
Who should attend?
Chief information officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers and CEOs of trailer manufacturing companies.
Details: June 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. EDT | Noon CDT
Cost: Free to NATM members!
Questions? For RSM: (313) 426-9708; For Kelli Maydew: (785) 272-4433 or email@example.com.
Register Here: https://rsmus.com/events/2019-trailer-mfg-webcast.html
U.S. Trade Representative Announces Some List 1 Exclusions, List 3 Still Uncertain
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced some exclusions to Section 301 List 1 tariffs. The list is not lengthy and represents perhaps only ancillary components affecting trailer manufacturers, if any. The notice of exclusions and complete list can be found here. The exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018. Importers can file post summary corrections or protests to obtain refunds from tariffs already paid on these items. Mowry & Grimson, a DC based legal group, reports that more than 10,000 exclusion requests have been filed for List 1 with more than 5,000 of those having been denied already.
The indefinite tariff escalation delay from 10% to 25% of Section 301 List 3 duties is still very much up in the air. While List 3 remains without an exclusion request opportunity, List 2 exclusion requests, totaling almost 3,000 in number, still remain pending a decision. NATM will keep member apprised as exclusions continue to be processed and negotiations with China continue.
Section 232 Challenge Denied in Court of Appeals
The U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) rejected a challenge on Monday against the enforcement of the President’s tariffs on certain steel imports under Section 232. As a reminder, Section 232 allows the President to take action to adjust the level of specific imports when the Secretary of Commerce has determined said imports threaten to impair the national security of the U.S. This adjustment of imports is to last until they no longer pose a threat to national security.
The challenge alleged that the delegation of legislative authority was in violation of the Constitution. The CIT found that a previous Supreme Court case created a precedent that forced the three judges to reject the challenge. Some legal analysis contends the majority and dubitante opinions have left the door open for an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and perhaps ultimately the Supreme Court. The parties have 60 days to appeal.
On March 7th, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to the salary-level threshold for the overtime pay regulation. On March 21st the DOL published the notice in the federal register, opening a 60 day public comment period which will close on May 21st.
In May 2016, the DOL released the Final Rule on the overtime pay regulation raising the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 for full-time exempt employees, but that effort was blocked by a U.S. District Court Judge and the appeal was denied. Since that time, employers have been expecting a new proposal to be released.
The new proposal raises the salary-level threshold to $35,308 ($679 per week), meaning individuals who make under $35,308 must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. The proposal does not call for automatic adjustments to the salary or create salary levels based on the region of the country.
NATM's HR consultants released the following information in regard to this potential change:
What does this mean for employers? To prepare for the implementation of a potential Final Rule, employers should begin reviewing and analyzing the positions held by exempt employees who are paid less than $679 per week.
First, the employer should review each exempt employee’s job description. In order for an exemption to apply, an employee’s specific job duties and earnings must meet all applicable FLSA requirements. Job titles never determine exempt status under the FLSA.
Second, a salary analysis should be completed to determine how many hours on average an employee works in a year or within a pay period. As a business owner or senior level manager, you should make this analysis: Is it more cost effective to pay the overtime amount of 1½ times the employee’s regular rate of pay for any time worked over forty (40) hours or to increase the employee’s wage to meet the new salary threshold of $35,308?
Finally, once the position description review and salary analysis have been completed, an employer has several options to remedy the situation and ensure compliance with the proposed regulation changes.
Wait or act now? While a Final Rule has not been released, it may be in the best interest of employers to start reviewing options to ensure compliance with the proposed regulation changes. The proposed regulation changes are subject to a public comment period, which allows time for the public to express its views and concerns regarding the actions of an administrative agency. These new proposed regulations are anticipated to take effect in the latter part of 2019.
More information about the proposed rule is available here. NATM will keep its members apprised of development as the proposal is currently in a 60 day public comment period (which began March 7th). Should you have any questions, please reach out to NATM Executive Director, Kendra Ansley at Kendra.Ansley@natm.com or at 785-272-4433.
NATM has been named a 2018 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, a company in email marketing solutions. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customers and drive results for their organization during the prior year.
NATM has made significant strides in enhancing its email marketing strategies. The Association’s communications department has been hard at work in its efforts to reduce the amount of emails that hit users’ inboxes.
“We’re happy to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and engaging with our customers. We’re grateful for our subscribers who are consistently engaging with our content as well as providing constant feedback for how we can improve our marketing efforts,” said NATM Executive Director Kendra Ansley.
Small businesses and nonprofits using Constant Contact’s email marketing tools are eligible for this award. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following during 2018:
“Constant Contact’s primary goal is to fuel small business success. We know it’s not an easy road for small businesses, which is why we work to provide easy and affordable marketing tools and advice that can elevate their customer engagement and awareness to new levels,” said Holli Scott, Vice President of Customer Success. “The campaigns created by this year’s All Stars demonstrate that a business, regardless of its size, can accomplish their marketing goals and we celebrate NATM's impressive achievements with this All Star Award.”
Not subscribed to NATM’s mailing list? No worries! You can subscribe to NATM's monthly newsletter, NATM Insider, here or text “NATM” to 22828 to automatically subscribe. For more questions or concerns regarding NATM’s marketing efforts, contact NATM Marketing Coordinator Savana Morrison.
As of January 31, 2019, all unpaid memberships are considered past due.
Membership renewals for 2019 have been mailed, and the main contact for your company has received several email notices as well. If you would like to confirm who your main contact is, please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew or call NATM at (785) 272-4433. You can also log into the Members Only portal of www.NATM.com and select the “Update Your Contact Information” link to make edits instantly to this information.
In addition to paying your membership dues by check or over the phone by credit card, you are also able to pay online using the Members Only portal at www.NATM.com. Once you are logged in using your company’s login credentials, select “Pay My Bills.” If you need your credentials, or have any questions during this process, please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew.
NATM is committed to improving the compliance program, delivering safety education and information, increasing consumer awareness about the importance of buying compliant trailers, providing opportunities for member input, and continuing to develop relationships with key decision makers on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies to advocate for industry needs.
NATM, the Board of Directors, committees, and staff are working diligently to provide more value to members, and we look forward to working with you in 2019. We sincerely hope that you will allow us to continue to serve your needs and provide value to your organization.
Please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew if you have any questions at (785) 272-4433 or email Kelli.Maydew@natm.com
After a slow start and the complications of a several week partial government shutdown, the 116th Congress has taken shape. Committee assignments have been established and the new Congress includes 30 incoming members to the key committees of jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure issues. If your Representative or Senator is featured on these lists and you are interested in inviting them to tour your facility, please contact Meghan Ryan at NATM headquarters.
A wave of retirements, electoral defeats, and a shifting majority brings 16 new Democratic members to the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I), as well as eight new members on the Republican side of the aisle. Below are the newest faces to the House T&I committee rosters.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation welcomes both a new Chair and Ranking Member, with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) taking the gavel from newly elevated Majority Whip John Thune, and Senator Maria Cantwell replacing the recently defeated Senator Bill Nelson. In addition, the committee welcomes three new members:
Darrell Conner is a Government Affairs Counselor, Dennis Potter is a Government Affairs Advisor, and Brody Garland is a Government Affairs Specialist at the law and lobbying firm of K&L Gates, where they represent NATM and other clients on legislative, regulatory, policy and political matters. Conner can be reached at Darrell.Conner@klgates.com, Potter can be reached at Dennis.Potter@klgates.com, and Garland can be reached at Brody.Garland@klgates.com.
After two years serving at the helm, NATM President Patrick Jennissen says his goodbyes to the NATM Membership
Thank you to everyone that attended the recent NATM Convention & Trade Show! For those of you unable to attend the NATM Annual Membership Luncheon, I recently stepped down from President to Past President, and I am entrusting Owen Shelton in my stead.
I would like to use this chance to reflect on my time spent on the NATM Board of Directors and attempt to thank the many people that made this experience great. The mission of NATM is to promote trailer safety and the success of the trailer manufacturing industry through education and advocacy, and I am proud to say that the current performance of our Association is meeting those goals.
There are many reasons that I am proud of what NATM accomplished over the last two years, including the first Trailer Safety Week that took place across the nation and online June 3-9, 2018. Although 2018 brought new challenges because of tariffs, NATM still made great strides in our government affairs efforts with productive meetings on Capitol Hill, and a record-breaking seven legislative plant tours in which NATM members hosted members of Congress to visit their facilities and discuss the issues facing the light- and medium-duty trailer industry.
I believe in what NATM is trying to achieve, and because of that, I became involved on various committees and eventually joined the Board of Directors. I spent enough time volunteering on the board to become familiar with the Association, its mission and its members that once it was my time to serve as president, I realized the position of president of NATM was not intimidating, but instead rewarding. In addition to the Association’s successes, I would also like to note that I have had a gratifying experience personally.
Working with the board and committees and serving with such an impressive group of leaders has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. Volunteering on these committees was not only about what I could contribute but was also a learning experience for me in association management, strategic planning and regulatory issues and I look forward to continuing as past president and serving on the executive, finance, convention and government affairs committees.
I would like to encourage those that have reservations about getting involved to go ahead and join this great group of volunteers and serve on a committee or on the NATM Board. Each committee requires varying commitments of time and draws on expertise in a wide range of subject matter, from technical to education. It’s a great opportunity not only to support the industry, but also to grow professionally and learn more about the industry. NATM staff and board members are more than willing to coach new volunteers and help them settle into their role. Although committees have been set for 2019, if you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to NATM Executive Director Kendra Ansley at Kendra.Ansley@natm.com or at (785) 272-4433.
I am proud to be a small part of the accomplishments that the Association made during my tenure. Throughout my career, I have utilized the NATM’s conventions, meetings and publications to increase my knowledge of the trailer industry and have applied that knowledge to improve my company in ways I never could have imagined. I am pleased that NATM continues to be “the premier” Association for our industry.
I would like to thank the many people that made this experience gratifying. Thank you to all the members that make this Association a possibility. If it wasn’t for all of you, the compliance program and our work to improve the safety of the industry would not be possible.
Those that took a step further to attend the convention, volunteer on a committee or attend the Regulatory Roundup also deserve recognition. It is only with your commitment and support that we will raise awareness of our industry and continue to improve trailer safety and the success of the industry.
Very little would be possible without a strong staff to keep the day-to-day operations running smoothly. Executive Director Kendra Ansley, and the NATM staff have continued to serve the needs of members and improve benefits and services. The NATM staff has evolved into an extremely dedicated and dynamic unit that is capable and enthusiastic about adding value to your business through regular communication, new and updated resources, and beyond. I encourage all of you to be active in the Association and to provide additional input so that NATM is strong and of value to you.
Thank you for a wonderful two years,
Newly Elected Board Members
Midsota Mfg., a manufacturer of specialty utility trailers, has been an NATM member since 2001. Bauer has been in the trailer industry for 18 years, 14 of those serving as owner and company president of Midsota. In 2017 Joel received the NATM Young Professional Award. Joel has been a regular attendee of the NATM Annual Convention. Bauer has experience serving as a board member, including 3 years on the board of his church serving as treasurer for 3 of those years, as well as serving 1.5 years on the city planning commission. When asked about his qualifications, Bauer said, "I believe my history owning and growing Midsota Manufacturing Inc. over 14 years with 3 different business partners will bode well for my input to the NATM in both the trailer manufacturing industry and working closely with others that may have a different view point to obtain common goals for the association."
MGS Incorporated - Fort Collins (formerly Maxey Mfg.), a manufacturer of specialty utility trailers, has been a member of NATM since 1994. Maxey's previous board experience includes the NATM Board of Directors (2001 - 2008), Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of his experience in the trailer manufacturing industry Maxey has served as operations manager, general manager, Vice President and Colorado Operations General Manager. A regular attendee of the NATM Convention and Regulatory Roundup, Carl has also served on the Executive and Government Affairs committee as well as NATM President. In 2009 Maxey was awarded the NATM Outstanding Member Award. When asked to elaborate on his qualifications, Maxey noted "I am very experienced with the multiple levels of challenges trailer manufacturers confront daily, the many issues that the industry will face in the year ahead (skilled labor shortage, supply chain disruption), and I have the passion to serve the industry."
Re-Elected Board Members
Felling Trailers, a manufacturer of dump, equipment, utility and landscape trailers amongst others, has been a member of NATM since 1995. Jennissen, Felling's VP of Sales/Marketing, has served on numerous board, including an elementary school board and the NATM Board of Directors from 2013-2018. Jennissen received the NATM Young Entrepreneur award in 2013, and has chaired the Marketing and Finance committees as well as serving on the Government Affairs, Government Affairs Outreach, and Nominations committees. Jennissen has served as the Treasurer, Vice President, and President on the NATM Board of Directors. He is a regular attendee of the NATM Convention and annual Regulatory Roundup. When asked about his qualifications to serve, Jennissen says "my experience within my organization, NATM as well as other organizations and the construction equipment industry has given me a balanced and broad perspective to the issues and the opportunities that face NATM going into the future."
Big Tex, a manufacturer of utility, horse, livestock, and cargo trailers, has been a member of NATM since 1993. Johnson serves as VP of Manufacturing Support for Big Tex and was elected to his first term on the NATM Board in 2016. Prior to his work ta Big Tex, Johnson worked at Priefert Mfg., an associate member of the Association and a steel supplier to the trailer manufacturing industry. Along with board participation, Josh has served on the Technical, Guidelines, Nominations, Convention, and Technology committees. He has also played an integral role in garnering involvement of other Big Tex employees with NATM committees and programming. When asked about his qualifications Johnson said, "I feel that because of my experiences in all levels of Big Tex's operations and past involvement with NATM I will be a valued members of the NATM Board of Directors for the good of the entire trailer industry."
The Carlstar Group, a supplier of tires and wheels, has been a member of NATM since 2001. The Carlstar Group, formerly Carlisle, has been a long-time exhibitor of the NATM Convention and Trade Show as well as longtime sponsor of the event. Coffey's history in the industry includes roles as Sales and Warehouse Manager at both Dico Tire and Titan Tire, as well as ST Product Manager at Carlisle Tire, Aftermarket Sales Manager, and North American OEM Sales Manager. Rick was originally elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. After going off the Board, Rick was re-appointed in 2012 to fill the term of a resigning Associate Member. He was elected again in 2016. During his tenure with NATM, Coffey has served on the Executive, Convention, Membership, and Nominations committee as well as chair of the Marketing Committee. He is a regular attendee at the Regulatory Roundup and Hill Visits as well as Annual Convention. When asked about his qualifications for the role, Coffey sites his knowledge and experience in the industry as well as his commitment to serve in the best interest of NATM members.
Josh Johnson, Big Tex Trailers*
Jim Berry, Dexter Axle
Patrick Jennissen, Felling Trailers
Charles Lange, Legend Mfg.
Richard Lavanture, LaVanture Products
Marty Lorick, Triple Crown Trailers
Carl Maxey, MGS Incorporated
Owen Shelton, Boatmate Trailers
Jim Berry, Dexter Axle*
Robert Roden, H.E. Parmer Co.*
Brent Freel, KampCo Steel Products
Pat Jennissen, Felling Trailers
Josh Johnson, Big Tex Trailers
Brian Jones, Champion Hoist & Equip.
Marty Lorick, Triple Crown Trailers
Stacey Miller, Dexter Axle
Joe Ostrowski, Kenda/Americana
Dustin Smith, Optronics
Greg Snyder, CAR MATE Trailers
Ron Yarnell, PPG
Buck Hataway, Axalta*
Joel Bauer, Midsota Mfg.
Brent Bystrom, 3M
Shaun Douglass, Optronics
Michael Etheridge, Wylie Mfg.
Stephen Houston, Vitracoat
Eric Kazmierzak, Laclede Chain
Justin Kurth, Tracker Marine
Gary Sale, Diamond Vogel
Greg Snyder, CAR MATE Trailers
Brian Wise, BWise Mfg.
Leo Akins, Forest River*
Chris Connington, Hopkins Mfg./TAG
Charles Daugherty, Red Fern Dynamics
Les Eaves, Delta Trailers
Andy Gehman, MGS Incorporated
Pat Jennissen, Felling Trailers
Brett Johnson, Oprtonics
John Kerr, Marsh and McLennan
Lucas Landis, ATC Trailers
Mike Lemrick, Gem State Mfg.
Dustin Miller, Cross Trailers
Jake Morrison, H&H Trailers
Ty Scott, Hydrastar
Joe Steinberger, BWise Mfg.
Don Taylor, Brakequip
Jacob Woodard, Manus Products
Stacey Miller, Dexter Axle*
Johnathan Bradley, Big Tex Trailers
Rebecca Gerads, Felling Trailers
Ryan Griesemer, Ridewell Suspensions
Jeff Jones, Statistical Surveys
John Kerr, Marsh and McLennan
Tary Krahenbuhl, Austin Hardware
Cary Kronebusch, Peerless Industrial Group
Amanda Seabaugh, Ryerson
Catherine Shaw, North West Rubber Ltd.
Marcus Hester, Optronics*
Cary Loeser, Automotive International*
Joel Bauer, Midsota Mfg.
Rick Coffey, Carlstar Group
Andrew Douglass, Rumber Materials
Mike Lloyd, Aluma
Chris Pokornowski, Towmaster, Inc.
Ami Stombaugh, Taskmaster Components
Michael Swedak, WC Manufacturing & Specialty Co., Inc.
Robert Tsas, AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc.
David Mihalick, Bison Coach LLC*
Lyle Berning, Novae Corp.
Jon Devitt, Midwest Industries
Fred Dosmann, Dec-O-Art, Inc.
Nick Dorfer, BrakeQuip
Nick Gamby, TexTrail Trailer Parts
Randy Gressley, Big Tex Trailer Mfg.
Taylor Jones, B&W Trailer Hitches
Tom Kaufman, Hillsboro Industries
Tim Lammers, Demco
Bryce McIntyre, American Eagle Accessories Group
Randy McMann, Dexter Axle
Shannon Papa, U-Haul
Owen Shelton, BoatMate Trailers
Brandon Starkey, EZ Loader Custom Boat Trailers
Luis Vendrell, U-Haul
Lyle Berning, Novae Corp.*
Willie Bauer, CAR MATE Trailers
Paul Feight, MGS Incorporated
Rick Huddleston, Ranger Boats
Erik Ohlsson, Optronics
Paul Murphy, MVSCS
Dan Presley, Big Tex Trailer Mfg.
Nathan Uphus, Felling Trailers
Marco Garcia, U-Haul*
Ellis Breskman, Z Tech
Elton Cordell, Lippert Components
Jonathan Gravell, Truck System Technologies
Jeff Gray, ASA Electronics
Kirk Hawkins, 3M
Daniel Luby, BoatMate Trailers
Rod Ludwig, Midwest Industries
Dave McKee, BWise Mfg.
Todd Brinkman, GM
Mark Leonard, EFI Global
Stephen Robertson, Toyota
Ray Smith, RS Supply LLC
Nathan Uphus, Felling Trailers
Jamie Wenger, Royal Adhesives & Sealants
*Indicates Committee Chair