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Freightliner Sells Army Glider Kits

Dec. 2 – Freightliner has landed a $122.8 million contract with the U.S. Army Reserves for glider kids to rebuild as many as 2,000 of its aging truck tractors through 2003, reports The Business Journal of Portland

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Philly Stages Second Truck Crackdown

Dec. 2 – Philadelphia staged its second truck crackdown in two weeks Monday morning.

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National Survey Launches Driver Wage Index

Dec. 1 – The National Survey of Driver Wages, published by Wisconsin-based SignPost Inc., has developed the Major Carriers Wage Index

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Volvo Announces Layoffs

Dec. 1 – Despite a good year Volvo plans to cut 5,300 jobs worldwide, including 1,000 in North America and 1,000 in its truck division

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Trucker Awarded $2.2 Million In Wal-Mart Suit

Nov. 30 – A former truck driver from Charlotte, NC, has been awarded $2.2 million for injuries he received when 1,000 pounds of Sam’s Club merchandise fell on him nearly eight years ago, reports the Charlotte Observer

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Meritor To Acquire Brake Business

Nov. 27 – Meritor Automotive plans to acquire Lucas-Varity Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems

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Ford Credit Acquires AMI Leasing

Nov. 27 – Ford Credit Wednesday announced its planned acquisition of the AMI Leasing Group. AMI, a full-service commercial leasing company for cars, trucks and equipment, will become a part of Ford Credit’s lending operations

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LoadMaster Version 5.3

Nov. 27 – Tom McLeod Software has released Version 5.3 of its LoadMaster transportation management software. A new Container Module ties in to the latest version of the software. Enhancements of Version 5.3 include improved standard

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Freightliner Offers Peek Into Future At SAE

Nov. 25 – Freightliner President and CEO Jim Hebe spoke about the future of trucking and of Freightliner products at the Society of Automotive Engineers annual Truck and Bus meeting last week in Indianapolis – a future that includes fuel cells, more aerodynamic trailers, voice-activated accessories, side air bags and collision avoidance technologies, among others

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Driver Pay Leaders Increase Lead

Nov. 25 – Most of the driver pay increases in the third quarter came from trucking companies already in the top half of wage rates, reports SignPost in its Third Quarter results of The national Survey of Driver Wages

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