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By on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  Fiat Chrysler has announced that a new van based off the European Fiat Doblo will enter the U.S. compact van market. The new Ram Promaster City will go on sale in early 2015. Some small businesses do not need the large capacity of a traditional cargo van Smaller more agile vans are increasing in demand, especially in urban areas. Fiat Chrysler looks to find a niche in the U.S. compact van market among similar offerings from Ford and Nissan. “Ford sold 4,222 Transit Connect cargo vans in May, a 14 percent jump from a year earlier and the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s best sales month ever. Nissan, the No. 2 Japanese automaker, reported 1,203 deliveries of its NV200 model during the same period, almost quadruple the number from a year earlier.” Read More The growing compact van market leaves plenty of room for new competition. The Ram Promaster City will be the first vehicle in it’s class to offer a nine speed automatic transmission. With almost 132 cubic feet of cargo space, the Ram Promaster City will have plenty of space for cargo. The PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing speeds up deliveries for cargo vans of any dimension. We custom fit every PowerDeck to a clients specific van. Contact us today for special offers and a...

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By on Jun 30, 2014 in PowerDeck, Uncategorized |

“Some companies just don’t need large cargo vans, but until recently that’s about all that was available” Read the full article here. Large cargo vans can be inefficient for some shipping operations, as some companies do not need a large amount of cargo space. The Nissan NV200 is part of a growing segment of smaller cargo vans. As Small businesses are shipping more products than ever, smaller more agile cargo vans are more suited towards delivering smaller shipments, or one or two heavy items. With an efficient design, including a passenger seat that folds over into a desk, the Nissan NV200 gets the job done for small business. Shipping product quickly and efficiently has never been easier. The PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing increases efficiency in loading and unloading. The PowerDeck eliminates the need to drag pallets across van floors, and optimally distributes payload. In short, your van will last longer and look better with the PowerDeck. We build to order and are ready to install in any make/model. Contact us today for a quote and see how much the PowerDeck by Barnett Manufacturing can save you! Save time, save money, invest in the PowerDeck for your cargo van!...

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By on Jun 24, 2014 in PowerDeck |

“Ford believes the 2015 Ford Transit’s versatility and increased capabilities open up new markets and set the Transit apart from the vehicle it replaces, the venerable E series, the mainstay of Ford’s van business since it went on sale as the Econoline in 1961.” according to the recent Automotive News report. The 2015 Ford Transit will be available in three roof heights, body lengths, and engines, along with two wheelbases. 58 possible variations will help the Transit capture a large portion of the cargo van market. With so many options, businesses will have no difficulty finding a van that fits their needs. In certain configurations, the 2015 Ford Transit can offer up to 75% more cargo space than the outgoing E-Series vans. Couple that with a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 lbs, and a maximum payload of 4,650 lbs, and the 2015 Ford Transit can haul just about anything you can fit in it! Ford’s new focus on the Transit series mirrors the shift in the U.S. commercial van market to the European style. At Barnett Manufacturing, we have the PowerDeck ready for the launch of the new line of 2015 Ford Transit vans. We custom fit every PowerDeck to fit our clients specific van. With a low profile design and load plates that can be adjusted to fit any size pallet, the PowerDeck will increase shipping efficiency and protect your cargo. The PowerDeck will also protect van interiors from the wear and tear of dragging heavy pallets across the...

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Increase Cargo Van Traction and Control

Increase Cargo Van Traction and Control

By on Dec 17, 2013 in Safety |

For much of the United States, winter brings added dangers and liabilities for the transportation and logistics community.   Truck and cargo van traction is greatly impaired when their loads are not properly placed withing a vehicle.   While load placement is quite simple for larger trucks and box vans, cargo vans are a completely different animal.  The tight quarters and weight restrictions make it nearly impossible for drivers to properly place the load to ensure that the weight helps create cargo van traction. That is where the PowerDeck comes in.  Our product allows the operator to easily slide their cargo forward to disperse the weight.  This increases cargo van traction control and ensures that the front wheels stay firm gripped to the pavement. Our buyers are no strangers to the impact that the PowerDeck has on their winter driving.  Not only will they gladly tell you that it is the case, but we have also seen a large increase in return buyers at or around the beginning of the winter months.  This past week we had a company call asking to get two new PowerDecks in their brand new Freightliner Sprinter vans.  When they ordered, they asked how quickly we could get them installed since we are expecting a considerable amount of snow in the coming weeks. This is just another example of the power of the PowerDeck.  Not only can it save you money and cut load time by up to 60%, but it ensure cargo van traction and control.  More importantly, it will keep your vans on a road. If you haven’t already, contact us today to find out what PowerDeck makes the most sense for your vehicle and allow us to give you a free, no obligation quote.  Let us help you ensure that your cargo van traction is less of a worry and...

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PowerDeck Support 3PL Operations

PowerDeck Support 3PL Operations

By on Nov 6, 2013 in PowerDeck |

Don Mulder, President of Barnett Manufacturing Co., was recently in Denver where the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) convention was being held.  This annual conference brings together professionals from all over the world that have a stake in delivering improved results for supporting organizations’ supply and logistics requirements. Many companies continue to look for ways to support their 3PL (third party logistics) operations, last mile operations, and expedited freight — the PowerDeck delivers excellent results for many of these problems.  Several of our best fleet customers that have multiple PowerDecks installed support 3PL and expedited freight needs for their customers.  The Power Deck is an outstanding solution that helps them cut load time while decreasing van wear and tear. See if the PowerDeck would work to improve your transportation and logistics operations at...

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