NTP Rewards Customers During Covid-19 with Oil Change Discount at TA Truck Service Locations

Winston Salem, NC May 5, 2020 – National Truck Protection Co Inc.®, parent company for National Truck Protection® (NTP®) and Premium 2000+® commercial truck warranties, announced a promotion that rewards NTP/Premium 2000+ customers who are also members of TravelCenters of America’s loyalty program, UltraONE,® with $25 off any oil change at TA Truck Service locations across the U.S.

“This COVID-19 event has put undue pressure on our single truck and small fleet customers,” said Wade Bontrager, CEO of National Truck Protection Co. Inc. “Some are stressed with long hours hauling critical supplies, medical equipment and consumer goods, while others are rethinking their business model because work has slowed or stopped. An oil change is one of the most important preventive maintenance tasks to keep a truck running smoothly. This offer not only saves our customers money, but it’s our way to thank them for all they do, every day, to keep America moving.”

“When NTP/Premium 2000+ asked us to help facilitate an offer to help their drivers maintain their vehicles, our team was 100% in,” said Drew Kortyna, Vice President of Truck Service at TravelCenters of America. “The unprecedented COVID-19 situation has made the lives of many truck drivers very difficult. Our team is committed to ensuring professional drivers have access to our Truck Service shops, as well as a variety of food options, showers and other services while visiting our sites.”

“The trucking industry absolutely makes this country tick,” Bontrager added. “We truly appreciate the amazing contributions that every driver and owner operator is making for all of us right now.”

About National Truck Protection 

National Truck Protection Co Inc® is the parent company of the trucking industry’s two largest and oldest aftermarket warranty brands: National Truck Protection® (NTP®) and Premium 2000+®. Both warranty brands are available on Class 3 – 8 trucks through used truck selling location including major OEM, independents and rental truck dealerships, finance companies and insurance agencies.

About TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America Inc. (Nasdaq: TA) is the nation’s largest publicly traded full-service travel center network. Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, its more than 21,000 employees serve customers in over 260 locations in 44 states and Canada, principally under the TA®, Petro Stopping Centers® and TA Express® brands. Offerings include diesel and gasoline fuel, truck maintenance and repair, full-service and quick-service restaurants, car and truck parking and other services and amenities dedicated to providing great experiences for professional drivers and the general motoring public. TravelCenters of America operates nearly 650 full-service and quick-service restaurants and 10 proprietary brands, including Quaker Steak and Lube®, Iron Skillet® and Country Pride®. For more information, visit www.ta-petro.com.

NTP Continues Support of Military Veterans in Trucking Industry

National Truck Protection (NTP) and Premium 2000+, two of the largest aftermarket commercial truck warranty brands in North America, last year introduced its “Value Our Veterans” program to support the military veterans in the trucking industry.

The company says it is estimated that one million of the active military veterans in the workforce are working in the transportation industry, about 12 percent of the total military veterans in the workforce today. NTP and Premium 2000+ says its Value Our Veterans program looks to support veterans from all branches of service.

The program began last year on Sept. 11 when any owner-operator who bought an NTP or Premium 2000+ warranty during that time period was given a $100 gift card and automatically entered into a drawing to give away three cash prizes totaling $5,000. This support carried on at the annual UTA Convention in Palm Springs, Calif., where UTA participants could enter a drawing for $500 in cash prizes and each winner could designate which military veterans organization they wanted NTP/Premium 2000+ to donate to.

National Truck Protection Run Ranger RunWith a donation from NTP/Premium 2000+ and all winners donations, the local Palm Springs VFW Post 1534 received a donation of $1,650, the company says.

The Value Our Veterans program continued this spring as company leaders also recently participated in a Run Ranger Run to support veterans.

“Supporting our military veterans is near and dear to our hearts, which is why we started the ‘Value Our Veterans’ program,” says Wade Bontrager, CEO, National Truck Protection Co. Inc.

“We have employees who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy and Reserves. As an Army veteran myself, I know firsthand the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life after years of serving our country. So, our participation in the Run Ranger Run event can help proud vets who are uniquely qualified and have terrific work ethic to have rewarding careers in our great trucking industry.”

NTP Teams with CTC as a Strategic Partner in Agency Channel

Winston Salem, NC, September 3, 2019 – National Truck Protection® (NTP®), the oldest commercial vehicle warranty company in North America, announced that they are teaming up with CTC Transportation Insurance Services, LLC as a strategic partner in their new Agency Sales Channel. CTC, the fastest growing privately owned insurance company in the country, will partner with NTP in a unique effort to offer their individual owner operators and small fleet customers commercial equipment warranty coverage on their trucks.  

 “CTC is not only the fastest growing insurance agency but well-respected amongst our target audience, owner operators and small fleet owners,” said Scott St. Clair, NTP Vice President, Agency Channel. “They offer us a tremendous entry point to educate their customers just how important it is to protect their truck’s equipment and critical components – the most expensive part of their truck to repair when it breaks.”

CTC is a wholesaler focusing on the trucking insurance industry, providing their retail agents fast quoting technology, an in-house binding facility, multiple brokerage markets and superior customer service. Their underwriters are experts in the trucking business and know just how important it is for their customers to stay on the road. “The trucking industry is very different than many businesses and our strength is that we know the business,” said Chris Daggett, President of CTC. “They are small business owners who rely on their truck to be in business. If they’re not moving, they aren’t making money. If they aren’t making money, they could lose their business. Having a warranty from a very reputable company like NTP that protects their business is essential to protecting their livelihood.”

NTP has been in the commercial warranty business since 1985 and are a respected leader in providing aftermarket commercial equipment warranties for Class 3 – 8 vehicles. “We are truly excited to have CTC as a strategic partner in developing our products for the agency channel,” added Wade Bontrager, CEO of National Truck Protection Co. Inc. “Entering this channel with the support of an industry leader like CTC signals that an NTP warranty is a valuable product offering to the commercial trucking industry.” 

About National Truck Protection

National Truck Protection and Premium 2000+® commercial warranty brands are owned by National Truck Protection, Co Inc. Combined they have been serving the trucking industry for over 60 years and are both highly regarded for their knowledge of the commercial equipment warranty business. Their mission is developing innovative warranty options and providing high levels of customer services to meet the needs of small independent owner-operator and small fleet businesses. For more information visit ntpwarranty.com and premium2000.com, or contact Tim Ronan at [email protected]

Heavy Duty Truck Executive Ted J. Fick Joins National Truck Protection’s Board of Directors

Cranford, NJ – National Truck Protection (“NTP” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Mr. Ted Fick to its board of directors. Ted is a Kinderhook operating partner with significant experience in the heavy duty trucking industry.

Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, NTP has a 33 year track record of providing extended service contracts for critical coverage on high-value fundamental drivetrain components for used class 3 through 8 trucks. The Company is the undisputed market leader selling through an unmatched and diverse distribution network that includes over 1,300 used truck dealerships, large blue-chip OEM truck manufacturers, large commercial trucking fleets, and finance and leasing companies throughout the United States. NTP’s products offer significant value to its customers, from large fleets to independent owner-operators, by returning their trucks to running condition in the event of a breakdown.

“We are thrilled to have Ted join our board. Ted’s vast experience with industry leading heavy duty truck OEM’s will provide valuable insights in furthering NTP’s industry partnerships and in helping us develop new innovative products. Ted compliments the outstanding group of professionals on the board and we are confident that this team will accelerate the company’s growth trajectory into the future”, said Robert S. Amico, President and CEO of the NTP.

About Mr. Fick

Mr. Fick frequently assists Kinderhook in evaluating investment opportunities in the heavy-duty trucking industry. Currently, Mr. Fick is CEO of the Port of Seattle, the nation’s third largest seaport. His role includes responsibility for SeaTac International Airport, the fastest growing airport in the USA, with highly truck dependent air cargo operations. Prior to that, Ted was President and CEO of Polar Corporation, the market leading liquid and dry bulk tank trailer OEM and operator of Polar Service Centers and the Rockwell American division, manufacturer of axles, suspensions and fenders. Prior to Polar Corporation and Rockwell American, Mr. Fick was the former President of Thermo King – Americas, a Senior Vice President at Hino Trucks and spent 17 years in a variety of leadership capacities with PACCAR.

NTP Names Jim Porcari To Board Of Directors

CRANFORD, N.J.–(September 16, 2016)–National Truck Protection (“NTP” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Jim Porcari to its board of directors. Jim is a Kinderhook operating partner with significant executive experience in the insurance industry.

Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, NTP has a 33-year track record of providing extended service contracts for critical coverage on high-value fundamental drivetrain components for used class 3 through 8 trucks. The Company is the undisputed market leader selling through an unmatched and diverse distribution network that includes over 1,300 used truck dealerships, large blue-chip OEM truck manufacturers, large commercial trucking fleets, and finance and leasing companies throughout the United States. NTP’s products offer significant value to its customers, from large fleets to independent owner-operators, by returning their trucks to running condition in the event of a breakdown.

“The addition of Jim to our board is very exciting. His deep insurance industry knowledge and his leadership expertise in demonstrated best practices pertaining to claims handling and customer service are truly valuable as we expand and enhance NTP’s operating characteristics,” said Robert S. Amico, President and CEO of NTP.

About Mr. Porcari

With over 35 years of industry experience, Porcari assists Kinderhook in evaluating investment opportunities in the insurance and collision industry. Porcari is Founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Resources International, LLC a strategic consulting firm for the property and casualty industry since 2010. Prior to founding Insurance Resources International, Porcari was President of Personal Lines Claims for American International Group (US), and has held various other leadership positions with several insurers. In addition, Porcari was recently added to the board of directors at Collision Diagnostic Services, a Kinderhook Fund III portfolio company.

About Kinderhook Industries

Founded in 2003, Kinderhook Industries is a private equity firm with over $2.0 billion of committed capital and an investment philosophy based on combining senior management and operating experience in a variety of industries with the financial and investment know-how of private equity professionals. Kinderhook primarily makes control investments in companies in which the firm can achieve significant financial, operational and growth improvements. The firm targets orphaned non-core subsidiaries of corporate parents, existing small capitalization public companies lacking institutional support and management-led recapitalizations of entrepreneurowned companies. By providing access to capital, strategic advice and an extensive network of relationships, Kinderhook Industries has a history of successfully building privately held firms in partnership with management.

About National Truck Protection Co., Inc. (NTP)

NTP, based in Cranford, NJ, is the leading independent provider of warranty and service contracts to the North American trucking industry. For over 32 years, NTP has provided private label warranties to major OEMs as well as extended service contracts to the used truck segment through its extensive network of corporate and independent dealers. NTP provides the most comprehensive repair and breakdown management services in the industry. For information, please visit www.ntpwarranty.com

NTP is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. Please visit www.bbb.org for the latest ratings.

National Truck Protection Adds Finance and Insurance Industry Executive to Its Board of Directors

Cranford, NJ – National Truck Protection (“NTP” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Mr. Ron Gardner to its board of directors. Mr. Gardner is a Kinderhook operating partner with significant experience in the Finance and Insurance (F&I) industry.

Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, NTP has a 33 year track record of providing extended service contracts for critical coverage on high-value fundamental drivetrain components for used class 3 through 8 trucks. The Company is the undisputed market leader selling through an unmatched and diverse distribution network that includes over 1,300 used truck dealerships, large blue-chip OEM truck manufacturers, large commercial trucking fleets, and finance and leasing companies throughout the United States. NTP’s products offer significant value to its customers, from large fleets to independent owner-operators, by returning their trucks to running condition in the event of a breakdown.

“We are very pleased to add Ron to NTP’s board. Ron’s extensive background in Finance and Insurance and in vehicle service contracts will be extremely valuable to NTP both in enhancing our current offerings and also in new product and business development”, said Robert S. Amico, President and CEO of the NTP.

About Mr. Gardner

Mr. Gardner frequently assists Kinderhook in evaluating investment opportunities in the F&I space. Mr. Gardner’s company, Rosemark Group, provides F&I products and consulting services to the automotive and other consumer products industries. Mr. Gardner has also recently served in a consulting capacity for some Fortune 500 clients of Resource Global Professionals (“RGP”). Prior to working with RGP, Mr. Gardner was the former CFO of the London Broadcasting Company, and held various leadership positions at CareGard Warranty Services, First Extended Service Corporation, FFG Insurance Company and Ernst & Young.

National Truck Protection Adds New Director to Its Board

Cranford, NJ – National Truck Protection (“NTP” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Derek Kaufman to its board of directors. Derek Kaufman is a Kinderhook operating partner with significant experience in the heavy-duty trucking industry.

Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, NTP has a 33 year track record of providing extended service contracts for critical coverage on high-value fundamental drivetrain components for used class 3 through 8 trucks. The Company is the undisputed market leader selling through an unmatched and diverse distribution network that includes over 1,300 used truck dealerships, large blue-chip OEM truck manufacturers, large commercial trucking fleets, and finance and leasing companies throughout the United States. NTP’s products offer significant value to its customers, from large fleets to independent owner-operators, by returning their trucks to running condition in the event of a breakdown.

“We are very excited to partner with Derek as his industry knowledge and experience are directly applicable to our core heavy-duty trucking market, and his contributions will support our goals of bringing world class products and services to this important customer segment ”, said Robert S. Amico, President and CEO of the NTP.

About Mr. Kaufman

Mr. Kaufman frequently assists Kinderhook Industries, LLC (a middle market private equity firm that has invested in NTP) in evaluating investment opportunities in the heavy-duty trucking and telematics industries. Mr. Kaufman is currently a Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, an automotive aftermarket industry consulting firm. Prior to working with Schwartz Advisors, Mr. Kaufman was the former VP of Marketing for Freightliner Trucks, President of Diesel Technology, Senior Vice President of Hino Trucks and CEO of Mission Motors.

NTP Introduces Custom Claims Administration Service

Cranford, NJ,– National Truck Protection Co., Inc. (NTP), North America’s leading independent provider of extended service contracts to the trucking industry, announces the introduction of a new Custom Claims Administration Service.

NTP’s Custom Claims Administration Service is designed to provide a higher level of comprehensive, personalized care for certain groups of warranty holders. The program allows for specialized managed care which includes customized call routing to dedicated NTP claims analysts and a new concierge service that provides optional “on demand” roadside assistance. Regardless as to whether or not a breakdown is covered under their service agreement, these warranty holders will have a more defined call center experience and also have access to a new fee-based, breakdown assistance service. The breakdown assistance component of this program is being offered through NTP’s partner, Roadside Masters.

“Our new Custom Claims Program will allow NTP to bring a new level of customer service and repair management to its warranty holders says Robert Amico, National Truck Protection President. “This program is the perfect complement to our existing 24/7/365 claims and service operation and we are excited to deliver this industry leading service capability to our customers”, Amico added.

As the nation’s oldest and largest heavy truck warranty provider, NTP is uniquely positioned to offer the used truck industry the most reliable, warranty products and services in the marketplace.

About NTP Inc.

NTP Inc., based in Cranford, NJ, is the leading independent provider of warranty and service contracts to the North American trucking industry. For over 33 years, NTP has provided private label warranties to major OEMs as well as extended service contracts to the used truck segment through its extensive network of corporate and independent dealers. NTP provides the most comprehensive repair and breakdown management services in the industry. For information, please visit www.ntpwarranty.com

NTP is a portfolio company of Palladian Capital Partners LLC, a New York based private equity firm. Palladian teams with management in the middle market segment. Visit www.palladiancap.com for additional information.

NTP is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. Please visit www.bbb.org for the latest ratings.

NTP Launches New PAC-PRO MX Warranty Program For Peterbilt And Kenworth Vehicles

Cranford, NJ, – National Truck Protection Co., Inc. (NTP), North America’s leading independent provider of extended service contracts to the trucking industry, announces the launch of the PAC-PRO MX Warranty for Peterbilt and Kenworth Vehicles.

The PAC-PRO MX Warranty is designed to support the PACCAR MX engine platform, offering the warranty holder outstanding protection against the high cost of commercial diesel engine repair. The PAC-PRO MX Plan provides comprehensive coverage that includes 33 vital engine components including Turbocharger(s), Fuel Injectors and Water Pump as well as optional Transmission and Rear Differential coverage. Every PAC-PRO Warranty includes an Aftertreatment bundle for the EGR Valve, Doser Injector, DOC, DPF, DEF and SCR components individually or when configured in a “One-Box” application.

NTP’s PAC-PRO MX Warranty satisfies the needs of buyers of PACCAR’S proprietary MX engines in Kenworth or Peterbilt trucks. NTP provides additional programs for Kenworth or Peterbilt trucks powered by Cummins engines.

“As the nation’s oldest and largest independent commercial truck warranty provider, we have built customized products that meet the specific needs of all the leading heavy truck OEM’s”, say Robert Amico, NTP President. “Our OEM-centric warranty plans leverage our 34-year history of unmatched underwriting capabilities and claims management expertise, to deliver the very best customer experience to our OEM partners and to their dealer networks” Amico added.

About NTP Inc.

NTP Inc., based in Cranford, NJ, is the leading independent provider of warranty and service contracts to the North American trucking industry. For over 33 years, NTP has provided private label warranties to major OEMs as well as extended service contracts to the used truck segment through its extensive network of corporate and independent dealers. NTP provides the most comprehensive repair and breakdown management services in the industry. For information, please visit www.ntpwarranty.com

NTP is a portfolio company of Palladian Capital Partners LLC, a New York based private equity firm. Palladian teams with management in the middle market segment. Visit www.palladiancap.com for additional information.

NTP is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. Please visit www.bbb.org for the latest ratings.

NTP Sales and Service Leader Awarded Vendor of the Year

Cranford, NJ, November, 2015 – National Truck Protection Inc. (NTP), North America’s leading independent provider of extended service contracts to the trucking industry, announces that their Director of Inside Sales and Customer Service, Ms. Connie Clary, has been awarded the “Vendor of the Year 2015” by the Used Truck Association’s Dealer Group for her outstanding work servicing the industry.

A true industry veteran, Connie’s 26-year tenure at NTP has brought her to her current position directing the inside sales and customer service efforts for both the National Truck Protection and American Truck Protection brands. Connie works with hundreds of sales and management professionals at used truck dealerships all over the United States delivering world-class service and solutions to the company’s broad customer base.

According to the UTA organization, the Vendor of the Year award “recognizes individuals who stand out in the industry and their companies and who define the UTA Code of Ethics – Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, Value, Excellence, Keeping Promises, Complete Satisfaction, and Relationships.” As the leading voice in the used truck industry, the award signifies a respected stamp of approval of individual effort and accomplishment in the marketplace.

“We are very proud of Connie and excited for her recognition”, say Robert Amico, National Truck Protection President. “Connie has always been a positive force in our organization and with our partners and dealers. The award makes public what her peers have known for years.”

About NTP Inc.

NTP Inc., based in Cranford, NJ, is the leading independent provider of warranty and service contracts to the North American trucking industry. For over 32 years, NTP has provided private label warranties to major OEMs as well as extended service contracts to the used truck segment through its extensive network of corporate and independent dealers. NTP provides the most comprehensive repair and breakdown management services in the industry. For information, please visit www.ntpwarranty.com

NTP is a portfolio company of Palladian Capital Partners LLC, a New York based private equity firm. Palladian teams with management in the middle market segment. Visit www.palladiancap.com for additional information.

NTP is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau. Please visit www.bbb.org for the latest ratings.