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Fleet Day at Adamson Industries

Not every department has the budget to send their fleet managers to national trade shows, nor can some of them even make the state or local chief’s shows. Realizing this, Steve Contarino, Vice-President of Adamson Industries, decided to bring the information to his Boston-area facility. 

The value of showing the latest technology, current police vehicles and most importantly, the chance for attendees to meet all the manufacturer representatives was the key behind a successful event. More than 100 attendees representing 84 different public safety agencies graced the grounds for over four hours.

Representatives from Dodge, Ford and GM exhibited their police vehicles and each presented a half-hour manufacturer dialogue pointing out the features of their vehicles.  Attendees then had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the reps as they demonstrated the unique options on each of their vehicle models. Each of the ‘Big 3’ had something different to offer. 

Dave Callery, Program Manager Fleet Government Sales for FCA (Dodge) focused on the 2016 Dodge Charger pursuit and its all-new police integrated display package, which maximizes front-passenger usable space. Don Cobb, Regional Government Account Manager with Ford, went over features of the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility including the new halogen high beams that can now wig-wag. Jay Ferraro, Regional Government Account Manager with GM Fleet explained the high demand for the Tahoe PPV by offering an overview of the automatic four-wheel drive PPV with the best fuel economy in its segment.

Product manufacturer reps were also on hand for the attendees. Demo vehicles and product booths were filled with the latest in police vehicle equipment. Patrol PC, a fellow Massachusetts company, displayed their new Rhino Tab, ultra-rugged tablet technology.  SoundOff Signal was on-site with their bluePRINT™ demo vehicle, which automates emergency lighting and siren performance functions. 

Federal Signal debuted to attendees, their new SpectraLux™ ILS Low Profile, a slimmer and superior internal lighting system that reduces windshield obstruction. Whelen topped it all off by introducing their preliminary CenCom Carbide™, which is engineered to maintain situational awareness of the officer by housing numerous innovative technologies that deliver highly effective visual and auditory warning. 

By offering a 20-minute product presentation and displaying Whelen’s CenCom Carbide™ vehicle, attendees were able to see, touch and learn all about this exciting new technology. Other vendors included, Hint Mounts, Code 3, Santa Cruz Gun Locks, Maxxima, Progard, Havis, Westin, Municipal Graphics and MNSTAR.

With over 18 vehicles on-hand, the first ever Fleet Day at Adamson Industries was a success. Attendees gathered to network and learn and that they did. Adamson Industries plans this to be either an annual or bi-annual event.

Adamson Industries

a privately held, woman-owned, small business dedicated to providing quality public-safety vehicle products and services nationwide. Located in Haverhill, Mass., Adamson Industries technical installation center is a 56,000-square-foot facility featuring a team of EVT certified techs and assistant techs who are trained to handle all types of installation requirements.

Wendy Parenti

is the Marketing and Sales Manager at of Adamson Industries, the major emergency vehicles upfitter and aftermarket component supplier located in the Boston area. She may be reached at

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Mar/Apr 2016

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