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Layoffs

Massive layoffs are occurring throughout the economy, and many companies find that terminated employees are not returning their assigned company vehicles. Sometimes, the company-provided vehicle is held "hostage" until the employer meets a grievance by the terminated employee. Unfortunately, many HR and legal departments take the "easy way" and are too quick to involve the police to expedite resolution.

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Culligan Eliminates Fleet Manager Position

ROSEMONT, IL – Mel Pawlisz has left Culligan International following the elimination of his fleet manager position. Pawlisz supervised a fleet of 1,400 vehicles, including cars and light-duty and Class 3-8 trucks.

Harley-Davidson Transport Closing Fleet Operations Plant

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, PA – Harley announced its plans in January to discontinue its domestic transportation fleet operation, a group of trucks that transports components between Harley facilities, according to the York Dispatch.

2008: One of the Worst Years in Fleet History

I can’t recall a year as tumultuous as 2008. The year started with the Jan. 1 termination of the $1.8 billion merger between GE and PHH and ended with the near bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler. In between, we witnessed record fuel prices, then a spectacular freefall in fuel prices, a dismal used-vehicle market, unprecedented credit gridlock, the inability of some fleets to order new-vehicles, and fleet delivery disruptions due to a UAW strike and an epic Midwest flood that submerged rail lines.

Forecast for 2009: A Litany of Uncertainty

On the eve of the 2009 calendar-year, fleet managers are bracing for a new year filled with uncertainty about the economy and the long-term viability of the Detroit Three. There is a long litany of uncertainties voiced by commercial fleet managers about what may unfold. Many fleet managers view the changes currently roiling the industry as "tectonic shifts" in how commercial fleets will be run in the future.

AirIQ Announces Workforce Consolidation

TORONTO – As part of the consolidation, AirIQ announced the appointment of Donald Gibbs as general manager of the company's land business unit. Gibbs will also continue in his role as chief financial officer.

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