November 16, 1999 - Industry News
Kinetic Computer Corp. of Billerica, MA, has introduced eTruck, an integrated mobile communications system aimed at the LTL and private fleet market.
The new system revolves around Kinetic's PC/Piranha, a Windows-compatible onboard computer with available touch-screen and
More violence has been reported at Overnite Transportation facilities as the Teamsters union is in its fourth week of picketing the less-than-truckload carrier
Air-Weigh has started selling its on-board scales and WireLink product online. The company is offering a 5% discount for online purchases
PeopleNet Communications of Chaska, MN, has added a suite of Internet-based tools to its Intouch Fleet Management System.
The cellular-based Intouch system can include both voice and data communications. Voice communications travel directly over the cellular
American Mobile of Reston, VA, has released MobileMAX2, a new mobile communications system in an easily installed, very compact shell that weighs less than 3 pounds. Despite its small size, the unit contains a satellite transceiver,
More than 200 fleets have already registered at dockreport.com, the interactive web site which allows fleets to report their experiences at loading and unloading facilities throughout the U.S.
The web site was created by CompuNet Credit Services
Mitsubishi Fuso ranked highest in dealer service and tied with UD Trucks for the top product ranking among COE truck customers in the J.D. Power & Associates' 1999 Medium Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study. Peterbilt ranked
Sabre Inc., Burlington, MA, has introduced OptiYield RT, a real-time version of its established OptiYield business analysis software for truckload carriers.
OptiYield examines a company's business experience and helps distinguish profitable from unprofitable operations. Among other things,
Qualcomm Inc. has introduced a new terrestrial-based mobile communications system and a Microsoft Windows-based onboard computer/keyboard, both designed to appeal to private and LTL fleets outside Qualcomm's customary truckload carrier market.
November 15, 1999 - Industry News
RailAmerica says it will sell its trailer manufacturing subsidiary, Kalyn/Siebert, and focus on its core freight railroad business.
Kalyn manufactures customized trailers for commercial and U.S. government/military customers at plants in Gatesville, TX, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. In
Kenworth Truck Company's aftermarket parts operation recently received ISO 9002 certification. Using quality standards established by the International Standards Organization, Kenworth's efforts were measured for their efficiency and accuracy in getting parts to customers via the
AlliedSignal has accelerated development of electronic braking systems with its German joint venture partner Knorr-Bremse
Coast To Coast Medical, a fledgling chain of truckstop medical clinics, will likely be expanding to three more locations next year
The owner and chief mechanic of a Pennsylvania trucking company have pleaded innocent to charges they washed kerosene, diesel fuel, gasoline, and other materials leaking from their cargo tanks straight into public sewers
The Engine Manufacturers Assn. has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 60-day extension in its final rulemaking on 2004 emissions regulations
A Los Angeles city councilman is on a crusade to reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles in Southern California
November 12, 1999 - Industry News
As the Teamsters' unfair labor practices strike enters its fourth week, the National Labor Relations Board has ordered Overnite Transportation to bargain with the Teamsters at four Overnite Transportation terminals
Delaware-based hazardous materials hauler Matlack could face a $50,000 fine after one of its tankers spilled 100 gallons of a poisonous chemical at a Louisiana rest area
The American Trucking Assns. is soliciting fleet participation in a survey of driver pay.
The Driver Compensation Study 2000 will begin surveying regional and national less-than-truckload and truckload carriers the end of December.
Idealease has given Transmission Technologies Corp. its 1999 Component Supplier of the Year Award. The award recognizes involvement and support "far above and beyond" the level of service Idealease identifies as critical to ongoing growth and
Dana Corp.'s Spicer Heavy Systems Assembly Div. has qualified for ISO 14001 certification for environmental quality. The certification covers plants in Lancaster, PA, and Lugoff, SC. plus the division office in Wyomissing, PA. It recognizes Dana's
November 11, 1999 - Industry News
American Mobile Satellite Corp. is offering a new leasing program to make its wireless data communications affordable for small and medium-sized trucking fleets
In an effort to reduce time spent at shipper and receiver docks and improve treatment of drivers at the docks, the Truckload Carriers Assn. and American Trucking Assns. have developed a new code of ethics.
The revamped and updated Shipper, Receiver, Carrier, Driver Code of Ethics and Good Business Practices will be introduced at the National Industrial Transportation League annual meeting in San Antonio next week
The Teamsters union is getting help from the AFL-CIO in its fight against Overnite Transportation in the form of a $100,000 contribution to strike fund coffers
Meritor Automotive reported record results for its 1999 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30
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