February 15, 2000 - Industry News
Owner-operators will protest today in Boston, where U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson will be co-hosting a summit looking for solutions to the heating oil/diesel fuel price crisis
The Teamsters union is holding rallies today at dozens of Overnite Transportation terminals across the country
Navistar International expects to increase production of diesel engines next month by 100 units per day at its Maxion joint venture site in Brazil
Meritor Automotive yesterday inaugurated its first wholly-owned Mexican Heavy Vehicle Systems assembly plant
Orders from Western Star have more than doubled production of Class 7 trucks by Mexico's Consorcio G. Grupo Dina S.A. de C.V., according to Starks News Service
Navistar International Corp. reported record net income of $70 million for its first quarter ending January 31
February 14, 2000 - Industry News
Bandag's largest retread technology launch in the last 20 years has touched off record-setting demand for new equipment, the company says
Navistar reduced its backlog of orders for new International heavy-duty trucks at its Chatham, ON plant by 22.3% in one month as vehicle production continued to exceed retail demand, according to SNS sources.
The New Mexico state Legislature is considering a bill that would raise fines against truckers who drive after drinking from the current $10 to $25 to $1,000 to $2,500
For the first time in 15 quarters, over 30% of truckload carriers participating in The National Survey of Driver Wages reported pay changes. This is about 50% higher than the usual number of carriers making pay changes, researchers noted.
Four or five large truck builders, all European or North America-based but each with an Asian presence, will evolve in the global heavy truck business -- and all will be large producers of their own engines,
Penske Truck Leasing's web site for online truck rentals was recently honored by the Association of National Advertisers. It's also generating plenty of business
Volvo says its earnings increased almost fourfold last year after it sold its car division to Ford and focused on trucks and buses
DaimlerChrysler AG currently does not have the production capacity to build Dodge-branded medium duty trucks, a company executive disclosed to Stark's News Service Interactive
PNV Inc. and NetCards, Inc. have entered an alliance which will allow drivers to send NetCards e-messages and e-cards from PNV's web site.
PNV president Steven Yevoli said the agreement would "help enhance the livelihood of our
February 13, 2000 - Industry News
More than 200 owner-operators from Philadelphia, southern New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington met Saturday in Fairless Hills, PA, and voted to hold a work stoppage Monday
February 11, 2000 - Industry News
In their continuing bid to be recognized as employees and organize for better pay and working conditions, owner-operators at ports across the country are staging demonstrations this week.
Most of these rallies are a follow-up to demonstrations held Jan. 31 at six Eastern ports, where drivers presented a Port Trucker Bill of Rights to port authority and local government officials
Nearly 400 union members participated in a march and rally in Dayton, OH, Thursday to show their support for the Teamsters' three-month-old strike against Overnite Transportation
The Internet has the biggest potential to impact trucking by breaking down inefficient information barriers, speakers said at the recent Heavy Duty Dialogue 2000 in Atlanta.
Chris Lofgren, Schneider National chief information/logistics officer, said e-commerce will make
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
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