January 31, 2000 - Industry News
German truck maker MAN has purchased Western Star's British truck subsidiary ERF. MAN will pay 65 million pounds (approximately $108 million US) and assume ERF debts of 23 million pounds ($38 million US).
January 30, 2000 - Industry News
Independent truckers who haul containers in and out of six eastern ports will rally today to protest skyrocketing diesel prices and demand that their industry adopt a Port Trucker Bill of Rights
January 28, 2000 - Industry News
Yellow Corp., Overland Park, KS, has changed the name of its 400-person technology development subsidiary, Yellow Services, to Yellow Technologies Inc.
Kelowna, BC, based Western Star Holdings posted record earnings of $14.5 million (US$10 million) on revenues of $499.2 million (US$345.5 million) for its second fiscal quarter ending December 31. Income for the quarter up 125% from second quarter 1998, revenue was up 9%.
Cummins Engine reported fourth quarter 1999 earnings of $70 million on sales of $1.84 billion -- both records. Earnings excluded a pre-tax charge of $60 million for costs associated with the dissolution of its joint venture Wartsila NSD, announced last month.
GE Capital Fleet Services' Dealer Services division has a new online service to help dealers expedite transactions and reduce administrative and processing times.
Several truck, bus and construction industry groups have filed suit against the California Air Resources Board, charging that the agency erroneously listed ambient levels of diesel exhaust as a toxic air contaminant.
The California Trucking Assn., the
Ryder System is working with the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps program to provide employment opportunities for new truck technicians.
Tube Turns Technologies, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions Inc., has been awarded a $120 million contract to supply Meritor Automotive with drivetrain axles for Class 5-8 trucks.
Despite a drop in sales and profits last year, Bandag chairman and CEO Martin Carver says the company is in a better position than it's ever been to meet the challenges of an evolving industry.
The American Lung Assn. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped it authority with new air pollution rules
January 27, 2000 - Industry News
More than 100 engine owners who sued diesel engine makers over a deal struck with the federal government on emissions have been dealt a setback, but say it's not the end of the suit
On Jan. 12, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss the class-action suit, originally filed last September in Los Angeles Superior Court
The American Moving and Storage Assn. projects that proposed federal ergonomics standards will cost the moving and storage industry alone $3.6 billion a year, far more than federal forecasts
Norwegian truckers blockaded roads twice this week to protest high fuel taxes
A new Texaco Travel Center is scheduled to open next month in LaPlace, LA, at the intersection of Interstate 10 and U.S. 51
Freightliner Arizona last week celebrated moving to a larger facility in Tolleson, AZ, with a grand opening ceremony
January 26, 2000 - Industry News
After declining steadily in recent years, trucking rates at the U.S.-Mexico border are expected to stabilize or even increase because of a law that took effect on Jan. 1.
Truckload giant Landstar System has introduced it's own online load finding service through wholly owned subsidiary Signature Technology Services, Inc
Dart Transit Co. has begun testing HighwayMaster's new TrackWare trailer-tracking system.
TrackWare uses GPS and terrestrial-wireless data transmission technologies to
communicate location and event reports between trailers and dispatch operations.
David Oren, executive vice president of Dart, said
With truck orders slowing to a more sedate pace than we've been used to, you'd think that truck makers would be taking a breather. Not so at Freightliner Corp. If anything, the Portland-based division of DaimlerChrysler
Lower truck speed limits and lane restrictions may be on the way with an Arizona House bill, while another bill to require California-style clean diesel was put on the shelf
Ultra-Drainguards from UltraTech International Inc. are recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a "Best Management Practice" for complying with new stormwater regulations.
Benefited from a strong trailer market, improved plant efficiency, and a new market focus, Dorsey Trailers had its first profitable year since 1995 last year.
Goodyear is changing the name of its retread operations to Next-Tred, Innovative Retreading Solutions
January 24, 2000 - Industry News
As for-hire and leasing fleets shorten their trade cycles, more buyers are considering used trucks. Newport's Profile of the Medium and Heavy Duty Truck Market examines used truck buying across a number of industry vocations.
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