February 10, 2000 - Industry News
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.
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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.
Trucking’s largest national trade association is going to lop off a significant portion of its activities, downsizing to fit members’ demands for lower dues.
Dues cuts for trucking company members of 51% over three years will cut $7 million from ATA’s budget, said president Walter B. McCormick in remarks to the ATA Executive Committee last weekend. The cuts will not apply to supplier members of ATA, whose dues were increased this year
American Isuzu Motors Inc. broke records in January by selling 947 medium-duty trucks in the U.S., or 51% more than the 627 units sold during the same month a year earlier
Covenant Transport has renewed a contract with Navilor for data extraction services, continuing a partnership that is over two years old. Using proprietary technology, Navilor has processed more than 3 million driver logs for Covenant Transport during the two-year term.
February 7, 2000 - Industry News
PNV Inc. has launched a new line of full-service Internet kiosks for truckstops. A total of 30 of the PNV Connect!Point kiosks are already deployed in TravelCenters of America and
Pilot facilities, and a further 500 will go in over the next few months.
Truckload fleet Celadon and GE Capital have launched TruckersCo-op.com, a site designed to provide discounts on items such as fuel, tires, parts, calling cards, insurance,
trailer leasing, credit cards, truck financing and truck washes
4usedtrailers.com is a new online B2B classifieds service that provides listings of used trailers. The site is currently using a simple static interface, but a search engine will be
implemented as the site grows.
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Western Star Trucks has started a Platinum Pentad Parts Manager Certification program. The program is organized into five modules: sales management, personnel management, operations and training management, parts marketing and customer relations, and parts merchandising, advertising
Oregon has withdrawn from the Norpass weigh station preclearance system in protest against an operating agreement between Norpass and its competitor, PrePass.
Oregon’s action was triggered by a partial “interoperability” agreement between the two organizations. Under the agreement, which takes effect Feb. 15, Norpass carriers may use PrePass provided they meet PrePass safety criteria, have the right transponder and pay the fee.
Lana Batts has resigned as president of the Truckload Carriers Assn. The surprise announcement came at the TCA executive committee meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Feb. 5.
In an interview, Batts explained that her move anticipates a crucial upcoming vote on TCA’s affiliation with the American Trucking Assns. Batts, known as an outspoken and forceful leader of the truckload trade association, said she does not want to be an issue in TCA’s decision whether or not to integrate with ATA.
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