NTEA Establishes Louis V. Kleinstiver Institute to Promote Safety and Technical Education
The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) established The Louis V. Kleinstiver Institute. The Institute is dedicated to promoting commercial truck and transportation safety through research, training and seminars, and will award scholarships to post high school students for engineering and related sciences.“The Institute promotes the production of safe commercial trucks, which is fundamental in supporting the NTEA’s mission,” said NTEA Executive Director Jim Carney. “The name of the Institute is a tribute to the late Louie Kleinstiver, who was a dedicated and tireless advocate of truck equipment safety knowledge.”Louis Kleinstiver served the NTEA and its members for 16 years as the Association’s director of technical services. He succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer in February. During his tenure with the NTEA, Kleinstiver spearheaded various programs and worked to educate manufacturers and distributors on their responsibilities relative to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the importance of compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). He was a chief proponent and facilitator in engaging the NTEA and its members in cooperative testing and developing performance standards.Kleinstiver is also credited with developing ASE certification for truck equipment mechanics. As a result of his dedication, more than 3,000 truck equipment mechanics have reinforced their skill levels and achieved ASE certified status.