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NECA ShowStopper Award

NECA ShowStopper Award 2006The WEATHER GUARD® Sliding Ladder Rack has won the ShowStopper Award from NECA!


Press Release

Knaack Wins NTEA Work Truck Show 2012 Editors’ Choice Award for WEATHER GUARD® Van Solutions

Crystal Lake, IL – March 19, 2012 – Knaack LLC has won The Work Truck Show® 2012 Editors’ Choice Award for its new WEATHER GUARD® Van Solutions line of accessories, bulkheads, shelving, and secure storage for commercial vans.

The WEATHER GUARD® Van Solutions line was selected by a panel of trade media editors and fleet managers as the most innovative product introduced at the Work Truck Show 2012, held March 6–8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. WEATHER GUARD® was chosen from a field of 90 products entered through the New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs.

New WEATHER GUARD® profession-specific van storage packages are customized for unique job requirements of general contractors, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals. The line was redesigned to offer innovative features that would enable professional tradesmen to improve their on-site performance. Judges were especially impressed by the line’s quick installation features. The WEATHER GUARD® Van Solutions line includes new RAPID MOUNT™ Shelving, Secure Storage door and drawer modules, REDZONE Accessories, specialty storage solutions, and bulkheads.

“We had great success introducing the new Van Solutions line at the Work Truck Show. Our booth had non-stop traffic every day,” says Jeff Kotz, Weather Guard senior product manager. “I was speechless when Rob Gutierrez, NTEA director of tradeshows and events, stopped by to tell us that we’d won the Editors’ Choice Award. Seeing our customers’ enthusiasm for the products in our booth is awesome, and receiving this added recognition from our industry validates all the hard work and effort we’ve put into our new products. The WEATHER GUARD® team invested years into making this new van product line a reality. I’m so proud to be part of this team.”

The Work Truck Show 2012, North America’s largest work truck event, was held in conjunction with the 48th Annual NTEA Convention. Produced annually by NTEA, the association for the work truck industry, the Work Truck Show showcases more than 500,000 square feet of Class 1-8 vocational trucks and equipment. The event also features more than 60 educational and technical training programs, including the Green Truck Summit, North America’s leading educational forum on high-efficiency and alternative-fuel vocational vehicles.

The Work Truck Show 2013 returns to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 6–8, 2013. Educational programming starts March 5. Online registration opens at in October. For more information, visit or call 1-800-441-6832.

About NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,500 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

Knaack LLC, a division of EMERSON Professional Tools, also manufactures and markets a complete line of WEATHER GUARD® truck and van equipment, including drawer units, shelving and cabinets, and racks for full size and compact pickups, vans and utility vehicles, as well as KNAACK® jobsite storage equipment, including storage chests, work stations, rolling work benches and hand tool boxes.

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit