Recently, the NATM Board of Directors felt it was time to reorganize the Dealers Committed to Compliance (DCTC) program to reduce confusion about the Association’s mission, who members are, and NATM’s resources to trailer dealers. To create a united industry and stop the confusion from spreading, the NATM Board of Directors determined that it was time to change DCTC’s direction.
The DCTC’s ‘Affiliate’ category has been eliminated. However, dealers will still receive complimentary issues of Tracks’ Spring and Fall Special Editions plus the yearly Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide. Dealers will continue receiving updates on regulatory changes, industry trends and other information that impacts the trailer industry.
Current DCTC dealers will automatically receive the previously mentioned NATM communications. Dealers who are not current participates, may sign up by emailing Kendra.Fritz@natm.com or by calling (785) 272-4433. In late June, dealers may also subscribe online when NATM launches its updated website at http://www.NATM.com.
Dealers are vital to the overall success of the industry. NATM welcomes dealer’s input regarding how the Association can remain relevant and continue growing, improving and promoting the industry’s success.
The entire DCTC article with additional information is available in the Tracks July/August Edition available later this month.
Next week NATM will undergo an ISO 17020 accreditation assessment. This is an important step in strengthening NATM’s Compliance Verification Program, one the Association has been working toward for several years.
The November/December 2014 Edition of Tracks outlined the handful of areas for improvement that the assessor discovered during the document review phase. These changes were made quickly, and staff has been successful at addressing the issues outline. Read Tracks article.
In March, NATM had a planning visit wherein the assessor visited NATM headquarters. The assessor, after noting only minor suggestions for improvement, commended NATM on its level of preparedness compared to most organizations undergoing its first accreditation.
NATM staff have been gearing up for the assessment next week and are well prepared. An update on the assessment will be out soon after the assessment, so be on the lookout!
Sign up now for the NATM Regulatory Roundup and Capitol Hill Visits, May 14, 2015, Washington D.C.
Each year, NATM hosts Capitol Hill Visits and scheduling meetings so that members may meet with their Representatives and Senators. These meetings allow NATM members to discuss the impact of legislation on the industry and educate legislators on the issues facing the light- and medium-duty trailer industry.
The Regulatory Roundup consists of speakers and presenters including staff members of key congressional committees as well as other industry experts discussing the industry’s issues and future.
NATM has a block of hotel rooms ($229/night) with a reservation cut-off of April 7. If you do not need a hotel room, you may register to attend through April 22, 2015. Contact Allison Malmstrom for more information, (785) 272-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have made significant progress towards our goal of getting specialty trailer tires excluded from the investigation related to the importation into the U.S. of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from the People’s Republic of China, an investigation which was initiated by a labor union.
Last week, K&L Gates filed comments on behalf of NATM with the U.S. Department of Commerce on the matter. Yesterday, the union that initiated the proceeding filed an official rebuttal to the docketed comments received from NATM and other organizations, stating, in part, that it agrees with NATM’s position that certain specialty trailer tires should be excluded from the scope of the investigation. They also outlined in detail which specialty trailer tires it believes should be excluded; they specifically reference NATM’s comments. Please contact me if you would like a copy of the rebuttal.
We view this development as a very positive step towards the desired outcome of excluding specialty trailer tires from the investigation. However, the Department of Commerce must still act before the scope is officially modified, which we hope will be the case in light of the union’s comments.
NATM will continue to monitor the investigation closely and will continue to cooperate with the Department of Commerce to advocate for the interests of our members.
Pam O’Toole Trusdale Executive Director National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) (785) 272-4433
In June, Kathleen Dultmeier was named Marketing Coordinator for the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers. With 20-years of marketing and communication experience and a love for association work, Dultmeier’s skills were a good match for the organization.
“Kathleen’s personality and experience were a perfect fit for NATM,” said Pam Trusdale, NATM Executive Director. “We wanted someone who could provide professional materials, creativity and innovative ideas while keeping with the teamwork environment. Adding Kathleen completes our staff so now NATM can work at full capacity.”
Dultmeier has a variety of work experience: newspaper, radio, healthcare, electric energy, wildlife and parks, and agriculture. A 1994 Washburn University graduate, Dultmeier has a B.A. in Mass Media, and in 2010 earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University.
As Marketing Coordinator, Dultmeier will be managing the NATM website, producing promotional materials and attending trade shows. She has an 18-year old son who will attend college this fall; a 9-year old daughter entering adolescence, two small dogs who think they are human; and an extremely patient husband.
Welcome Dultmeier to her new position by emailing or calling: Kathleen.Dultmeier@natm.com or (785) 272-4433.