May 2018 ITPA Bulletin

07 May 2018

The ITPA Bulletin is to update members on
association and industry news.
April Meeting a Success!
With 45 companies and 91 attendees for Cleveland, there wasn't a dull moment. Plan on joining us for the fall meeting!
We had excellent tours of Adelman's, ASC, and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The meetings were informative. Presentations from Rich Ferguson (Industry Update), Blain Johnson (, and Eaton (Transmission Automation).
Tons of networking opportunities with the best in the industry.
Our sponsors help us provide the best content, food, and drink for attendees.
Board Report
The board and the ITPA office provide transparency to the ITPA members. This report serves as an update to the Board and its members. The report communicates the current status and projects as well as the association direction.

Edward "E.J." Utley 1935-2018
Utley, Edward E.J.of Orlando, passed away at home on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He was 82 years old and the beloved husband of Jo Ann for 59 years. He was born November 11, 1935, in Owosso, Michigan, but lived most of his life in Orlando. He was the eldest of eight children. E.J. served his country with Honor and Distinction in the US Army in 1959 & 1960 and was named Outstanding Honor Graduate of his class in the 4th Training Regiment. He chose a career in the trucking and transportation industry, starting his first business, West Orange Trucking, in 1964, hauling road material for the builders of the missile pads at Cape Canaveral. In 1970, he and Jo Ann and two former partners, opened E.J. Sales & Service, Inc. which lasted for 38 years and closed in 2008 due to his health. His work ethic was second to none. E.J. loved car racing. He was a Stock Car racer in the 50's, drag racer in the 60's, and a "Big Rig" truck racer from 1982-1992, winning two Grand National Championships in 1984 and 1989. He received the 1st Doug LeRoux Memorial Trophy, presented to the person who best exemplified the spirit of good sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of professional truck racing. He won the 1st Big Rig race, Gran Premio of Mexico in 1986. E.J. was a man of immense knowledge, hardworking, loyal and with his warm smile and outgoing personality, he never met a stranger. He was predeceased by his parents, Highram and Josephine Utley; two brothers; and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jo Ann Johnson Utley; sisters, Judy Utley and Eunice Engel; brother, Jerry Utley and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services with Military Honors were held on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Special thanks to Jo Ann Moody, Sheryl Grantham, Ena Ulysse and the amazing people at Vitas Hospice Team # 1712, for their love, support and care shown to E.J. 

"I have fought the good fight...I have finished the course."
Joseph "Joe" Denberg 1947-2018
Denberg Joseph from Joe's Truck Parts, 71, of Maitland, died Monday, February 12, 2018.
ITPA Legislative Update
Ryan Hochmiller chairs the ITPA Legislative Committee. He has compiled the following for ITPA members. Thank you Ryan for sharing this information!

The news of the first quarter of this year, legislatively and regulatively, has been full of news that is affecting our industry and the truck industry as a whole.  

Glider Kits and EPA Repeal. One truck issue within the EPA that's been looming this year and that I covered in the last newsletter is the removal of "glider kits" from the Phase 2 greenhouse gas emissions rules and limitations. Recently, the effort hit a roadblock when the credibility of a key study used to support the repeal was attacked and discredited. The Fitzgerald Glider Kit company funded a study conducted by Tennessee Technical University (TTU) to show the potential impacts if Glider Kits were removed from Phase 2 GHG rules, and was one of the studies introduced to EPA director Scott Pruitt before he decided to pursue the repeal. Around the time of the release of the study, Fitzgerald announced it would be building a new research center for TTU. The TTU study claimed that glider kits would not have a substantial environmental impact, and that they would actually pollute less than the newer, modern trucks. The Environmental Defense Fund argued the study lacked credibility because of the Fitzgerald/Tennessee Tech relationship, and the study didn’t undergo peer review. TTU leadership eventually came out against the conduct of the study as well. Pruitt has not announced whether he is going to repeal or not, despite a mid-March letter from a couple Senators demanding he immediately withdraw his consideration on the subject.

Association Health Plans. Qualifying associations may soon benefit from what is currently only applied to "large groups" under the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order called "Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States." A result of that order is the expansion of access to Association Health Plans. One proposed rule in implementing the order (not yet final) essentially treats a qualifying association as an "employer" by redefining the current definition of "employer" in ERISA section 3(5). The redefinition would broaden access of unrelated employers, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals, to Association Health Plans. This is a big move in the way of creating more healthy competition of insurance companies and getting more small businesses access to coverage.

Tire Legislation - State Level. Each year, states all around the country are fighting used tire legislation of one type or another. Many bills brought forth seek to change the criterion that define a sellable "used tire" and a "waste tire", who is liable for selling a bad used tire, storage requirements of tires, etc. Some of these bills could potentially be very burdensome and costly for those that sell and store used tires, including many if not all of our salvage yard members. Arizona state recently voted down a bill addressing "unsafe tires" that used old language prohibiting not only the installation, but the sale of these tires. Other states continue to fight similar bills with differing results and language, including Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Tennessee.  

Utilization of Recycled Parts in Repairs. Multiple states are fighting legislation that aim to limit the use of used/recycled OE parts and/or aftermarket parts on insurance repair work. Illinois, for example, has HB4926, which requires the use of OEM specs and proposes to amend the Illinois "Automotive Collision Repair Act" by prohibiting the use of non-OE aftermarket crash parts in a repair estimate unless the insurance company allows it, and it. This bill in Illinois is in committee. Hawaii and West Virginia are facing similar crucial bills.
Applications for Membership
Primary Member
ULT Powertrain
6820 Davand Dr. Unit 5
Mississauga, ON L5S 1J5
Phone: 1-905-612-1256

Contact: Honorio Jr. (Mario) Oliveira
Year Established: 2011

  • Importing and Exporting
  • Power steering rebuilding
  • Power steering sales - cores
  • Power steering sales - used
  • Transmissions/Differentials rebuilding
  • Transmissions/Differentials sales - cores
  • Transmissions/Differentials sales - used
  • General Truck Parts - Gregg Chudacoff
  • Nobelton Truck Center - David Tomlinson
  • Valley Truck Parts - Gary Troost


Primary Member
Mascot Truck Parts
2799 Reeves Rd.
Plainfield, Indiana 46168
Phone: 1-317-204-2672

Contact: Bill Statham
Year Established: 2014

  • Power Steering rebuilding
  • Power Steering sales - cores
  • Transmissions/Differentials rebuilding
  • Transmissions/Differentials sales - cores
  • Capital Gear - Gerard Zentner
  • Domar Transmission - Rick Scarpone
  • Wilkins Rebuilders - Pete Wilkins