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Press Release: 25 Students Attended HDAW ’17 with Conference Scholarships

Date: February 1, 2017

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the Heavy Duty division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has completed the third successful Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) Intern program, partnered with GenNext and Northwood University. Given the success of last year’s twenty-one interns, the program has grown even further in 2017 to twenty-five interns.

“HDMA has been highly successful in introducing well over 120 potential future professionals to our industry, via our HDMA intern program with Northwood University. Our HDMA supplier members and now many independent distributors are seeing the great value in exposing this high-potential group of university students to our industry, “ said Tim Kraus, President and COO of HDMA. "We thank our sponsoring companies and organizations for all of their support."

The interns spent the week shadowing their sponsor’s staff and executives during the various elements of HDAW, including the product expo, One-on-One meetings, customer dinners and meetings and a range of duties designed to give them a full and meaningful experience within the industry. 

This intern sponsor organizations are AxleTech, Bendix, Bergstrom, CVSN, Dayton Parts, Denso, Dorman Products, Eaton, Grote, Haldex, HDA Truck Pride, HDMA, Hendrickson, Meritor, Minimizer, PSI, SAF Holland, VIPAR HD, Wabco, and ZF Services. Each organization’s sponsorship covers their intern’s airfare, airport transport, hotel stay, meals, and Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue and HDAW registrations. 

Nearly fifty students applied for scholarships to attend HDAW’17, and after interviews, twenty five were chosen to receive scholarships to attend the conference.

“An internship program like this one is the best way to proactively target, interest and engage the talent of young adults. Our industry is pining for young talent, and this is a great way to attract just that.“  Steve Hansen, Director of Marketing for Minimizer and Ex-officio for GenNext. 

“The internship program allows us to connect and build relationships with students who are the best and brightest candidates entering the work force, and we are doing our best to bring them to the Heavy Duty side!” said Nikki Paschall of HDA Truck Pride and board member of GenNext. 

For more information about the HDAW intern program, visit

HDAW is a business-to-business, executive conference presented by a joint operating committee of industry leaders from 14 distinguished industry associations: American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS), Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), Auto Care Association/ HDDA, Automotive Electric Association (AEA), Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), HDA-Truck Pride, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada (HDAC), APRA's Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG), International Truck Parts Association (ITPA), Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), Power Heavy Duty, Service Specialists Association (SSA), and VIPAR Heavy Duty.

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Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 111 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.

A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 220 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.

HDMA is the Heavy Duty Division of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), For more information, visit or


The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit