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New ATD Chairman Challenges Truck Dealers to “Become Engaged”

| January 24, 2015

ATD Chairman Urges Truck Dealers to “Become Engaged”

Eric Jorgensen, chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD), urged dealers to become engaged in all levels of their industry’s wide-spread operations to move their businesses forward.

“We’re part of an industry that not only puts people behind a big wheel, but also propels the nation forward,” he said in remarks at the ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco.

“And our industry keeps the nation moving.” Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Hartland, Wis., outlined four areas of a newly developed strategic plan to help guide the industry through 2015 and beyond – and he cited progress in each of the areas. ATD has worked to engage dealers in grass-roots efforts that brought them to Congress to be sure their representatives knew how regulations made in Washington, DC, affect their dealerships.

“With all the rulemaking coming out of Washington, DC, our message is simple: the rules affecting our business should be technologically feasible and economically practical,” Jorgensen said. “Eventually every policy decision, regulation or vote – whether related to taxes, highway funding, the environment or road safety – all leads back to Main Street where our businesses are.”

Concerning highway funding, Jorgensen said since Washington seems unable to find a bipartisan way to fund the nation’s roads and highways, ATD has stepped up.

“We’ve generated additional support for legislation that opposes an increase in the 12 percent heavy-duty truck excise tax, he said. “And any increase in the excise tax would discourage the sale of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks out there.”

ATD has also successfully advocated for legislation that would retroactively increase the eligibility of expensing dealership business equipment to $500,000 and extending the 50 percent bonus depreciation deduction for new business equipment in 2014, he said.

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