Closing the circle

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On behalf of Randall-Reilly Publishing, I’m pleased to announce the purchase of Truck Parts and Service and Successful Dealer magazines from Deerfield, Ill.-based Kona Communications. Kona’s founder, President and CEO Jim Moss, will remain in an advisory role with the magazines. “I’m pleased that our properties have found a home in the heart of the trucking industry,” Moss says. “Randall-Reilly is the most complete provider of information services in our industry.”

Current CCJ Associate Publisher Alan Welborn will move over as publisher of the two magazines, which target the distribution and aftermarket segments. Stacy McCants has been promoted to associate publisher of CCJ. Welborn, who has been with CCJ since 1999, says he’s excited about the opportunity to lead the established sales teams to an increased market presence. “Truck Parts and Service and Successful Dealer are leaders in the markets they serve, making them an excellent fit with our existing trucking properties,” Welborn says.
These two publications add to Randall-Reilly’s extensive list of holdings in the trucking industry, including Commercial Carrier Journal, Overdrive, Truckers News, Transportista, NextTruck, Owner-Operator/Company Driver, Changing Lanes, and the Great American Trucking Show.

The acquisition offers synergy for the Randall-Reilly trucking group, adding further editorial depth and marketing coverage. The addition of Truck Parts and Service and Successful Dealer magazines means that Randall-Reilly has virtually all aspects of the trucking market covered, including fleets; owner-operators; driver recruitment; vehicle sales, maintenance and repairs; and new, used and leased truck purchases. Many fleet owners use heavy-duty distributors – who are readers of Truck Parts and Service – to service their trucks or buy parts for their in-house shops. And, of course, CCJ readers buy trucks and trailers from the dealers who read Successful Dealer magazine.

We plan to conduct extensive research with CCJ readers, and to report the findings to the readers of our newly acquired aftermarket and dealer magazines. It will be an opportunity for you to get your opinions heard by the dealers and distributors you do business with.