February 11, 2000 - Industry News
Green Bay, WI-based Schneider National has renewed its Qualcomm OmniTRACS mobile communications contract for another extended term. The fleet was once of the first OmniTRACS customers.
The OmniTRACS system, which operates 24 hours a day, seven
HighwayMaster Communications Inc., Richardson, TX, has been chosen to provide Ameritech and other member companies of SBC Communications Inc. more than 28,000 HighwayMaster Series 5005S intelligent mobile units.
Everyone wants to be a partner these days. Fleets want to partner with truck and trailer manufacturers. Truck and trailer OEMs want to partner with suppliers. Suppliers with fleets. And so on.
But as speakers at the recent Heavy Duty Dialogue 2000 in Atlanta astutely noted, partnerships only work under certain conditions
General Motors says 2000 should be another good year for commercial vehicle sales. The company said January sales of medium duty commercial vehicles were 39% above January 1999 deliveries
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has launched an auction web site for rebuildable cores -- heavy duty parts, such as engines, alternators, transmissions, compressors, etc.
February 10, 2000 - Industry News
The first negotiations between the Teamsters and Overnite Transportation since picketing of the company started 14 weeks ago wrapped up yesterday in Chicago with little fanfare
Trucks were parked bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see at the Port of Newark yesterday as hundreds of independent truckers gathered to protest broken promises on fuel surcharges, high taxes, low rates
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that Flying J and Pilot Corp. truckstops have been improperly imposing surcharges on fuel bought with Visa and MasterCard credit cards, but Flying J says it is confident the ruling will be overturned
Ontario's top court upheld a ruling that acquitted a truck rental company of violating the province's "flying wheels" law
Eaton's Truck Components Operations has selected a site at the Tres Naciones Industrial Park in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as the location for a new manufacturing plant to build transmissions for the North American market
The shortage of rest areas is not a problem limited to the United States. But a group of Ontario truck drivers has launched a campaign to petition the provincial government to build more roadside rest areas -- and looks to the U.S. for inspiration
The Ontario Trucking Assn. yesterday unveiled a new study showing that when it comes to sales tax on equipment, insurance, maintenance and repairs, Ontario levies the highest tax load on its trucking industry, compared to any neighboring North American jurisdiction
Detroit Diesel Corp. reported 1999 net income of $49.2 million on revenue of $2.4 billion, both all-time records. Net income in 1998, before special charges, was $40.5 million on revenue of $2.3 billion
HighwayMaster Communications reported a 50% increase in revenues for 1999 and a 67% reduction in net losses
February 9, 2000 - Industry News
With a little help from public and private sponsors, a large California farming company is replacing 12 of its diesel-powered rigs with models powered by liquified natural gas (LNG).
Independent truckers operating in and out of the Port Of New York and New Jersey plan a demonstration Thursday morning over the sudden increase in diesel fuel prices
Independent truckers at the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, have threatened a shutdown because they say a company has violated a wage agreement
The owner of a Pennsylvania trucking company pleaded guilty to dumping pollutants in the town's public sewer system for 12 years
Hundreds of independent dump truck drivers parked their trucks along a major Miami thoroughfare Monday to protest low wages
The U.S. is proposing a controversial customs fee on freight crossing the border from Canada, a move the Canadian government said would almost certainly violate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The best weather forecasts today will usually give you accurate predictions 24 to 48 hours in advance, but there's a steep drop in accuracy when you go out three, four or five days.
Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin
February 8, 2000 - Industry News
Nissan Diesel is due for a management overhaul, says parent Nissan Motor. "Certainly we think Nissan Diesel has to be managed differently to recover," Senior Vice President Thierry Moulonguet told the Financial Times of London. "One condition is to renew the management of Nissan Diesel.
As the Teamsters prepare to meet with Overnite Transportation officials in Chicago today and tomorrow, the union says it will use an infusion of $500,000 from the AFL-CIO to step up its strike efforts against the less-than-truckload carrier
Nominations are being sought for the 7th Annual Professional Recognition Awards which honor leadership in the used truck industry. The recognition goes to those who demonstrate superior sales, business and management skills, contribute to the credibility of their profession and are involved in the community in which they work and live.
Nashville-based Williams TravelCenters has opened five new locations in December and another three more in January 2000. The eight new TravelCenters represent the company's most aggressive expansion to date, increasing Williams' interstate network to a total of 44 locations - 30 of the 12,000-square-foot TravelCenters and 14 slightly smaller "Travel Stops.
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