LAFAYETTE, IN -- Wabash National Corporation today announced that it has launched a purchasing consortium with other businesses associated with the transportation industry. Wabash National is the principal member of the Transportation Equipment Purchasing Consortium (TEPC).

"The main object of TEPC is to identify and increase efficiencies and economies of scale in the procurement of raw materials, component parts and services therefore creating an economic benefit for its members," said Steven Miller, vice president of supply chain management for Wabash National.

Each member of the consortium is a manufacturer or other business associated with the transportation industry that will benefit from collaborative, strategic sourcing. At the launch of the consortium, TEPC current associate members include: Kentucky Trailer; Utilimaster Corporation; Federal Signal Corporation; and VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation.

About Wabash National

Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. The company operates two wholly owned subsidiaries; Transcraft Corporation, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers and truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.

About Kentucky Trailer

Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Clients include Allied, Atlas, Mayflower, North American, United Van Lines, Wheaton World Wide Moving and many other moving companies. Additional specialty application customers include Frito-Lay and UPS.

About Utilimaster

Located in Wakarusa, Indiana, Utilimaster Corporation has been building quality custom commercial vehicles that include walk-in vans, parcel delivery vans and truck bodies since 1973. Winner of many awards and ISO 9001 certification, Utilimaster is dedicated to designing, building, and servicing vehicles. With multiple modern plants dedicated to designing and building the vehicles bodies, Utilimaster has a broad customer base in many industries, including the package delivery, truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, linen/uniform rental and utilities markets.

About VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation (VT SVC)

VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation, a company of VT Systems, is the leading manufacturer in North America for specialized truck bodies and trailers that services multi-stop food and beverage service distributors and municipal emergency rescue departments. Its two divisions, Hackney and Kidron, specialize in beverage truck bodies and trailers, emergency rescue bodies and trailers, contractor services truck bodies and multi-temperature refrigerated truck bodies and trailers.

About Vision Technologies Systems (VT Systems)

Vision Technologies Systems (VT Systems) is a provider of integrated engineering solutions, specializing in the fields of aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems has locations throughout North America. VT Systems offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.

About Federal Signal Corporation

Federal Signal Corporation enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions and Fire Rescue.

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