Fleet Engineers acquires cargo bar manufacturer

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Fleet Engineers demonstrated during Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week a recently acquired cargo bar system.

The company acquired Save-A-Load and will now offer the cargo bars under the same brand name.


“Save-A-Load has built an excellent reputation for responsive services and a commitment to quality by leveraging technology to deliver driver-friendly products,” said Wes Eklund, president of Fleet Engineers. “This acquisition will enhance the current cargo management solutions for our customer base, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to manufacture and distribute a new, high quality product that is unique within the market. We are poised for exciting growth and look forward to integrating the manufacturing expertise of Save-A-Load.”

The cargo bars feature an interior hydraulic cylinder pump, which keeps the bars secure against the walls of a trailer, even as the walls experience normal flex and yaw during transport, the company says. There’s a pressure-limiting valve to prevent the operator from overextending the cargo bars and damaging trailer walls.

The cargo bars have a push-button release mechanism, making them easy to use. Fleet Engineers said while the cargo bars are pricier than some others on the market, the quality and user-friendly design of the cargo bars add value.


They can be ordered in any colour and customized with the driver’s name or company logo engraved. Pink cargo bars are also offered, with $1 from the sale of each pink bar donated to raise awareness about breast cancer.

“I’ve been working with the company since they started in 1994,” said Cathy Littlejohn, vice-president and general manager of Save-A-Load, who will stay on with the company. “It’s a great product, it’s well engineered and well tested. With Fleet Engineers’ marketing and manufacturing efficiencies, we are going to see it achieve greater market share. We’re very excited about the future.”


James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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