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December 9, 1998

Volvo Outsources Rear Axles To Meritor

Dec. 10 – Meritor Automotive is buying Volvo’s heavy truck axle manufacturing operations for approximately $135 million. Meritor will become the primary supplier of heavy-duty axles for Volvo’s global heavy truck operations – a shift in

December 9, 1998

Eaton Fuller New Name For Spicer Clutches

Dec. 10 – Eaton has announced its new Eaton Fuller clutch brand name, replacing the Spicer name used by Dana for more than 50 years. (Eaton bought Dana’s clutch division in August 1997.) “Particularly in North America,

December 8, 1998

Hoffa Promises More Militant Union

Dec. 9 – James P. Hoffa, newly elected Teamsters president, promises to return the union to its glory days and urges more militancy in re-negotiating contracts. And the day after he declared victory, the union issued a strike warning to shippers using Overnite Transportatio

December 8, 1998

Volvo, Arrow Truck Sales Make Deal

Dec. 9 – Volvo Trucks North America has finalized the purchase of 50% of Arrow Truck Sales, the Kansas City, MO-based seller of used truck and trailers

December 8, 1998

Western Star To Build In U.S.

Dec. 9 – Western Star Trucks plans to start building a new truck manufacturing facility next month in North Charleston, South Carolina

December 7, 1998

Hoffa Wins Teamsters Election

Dec. 8 – Although the votes were not completely counted, James P. Hoffa declared victory Sunday in the election for Teamsters president. His opponent, Tom Leedham, conceded defeat Saturday afternoon

December 4, 1998

Freightliner Of Chattanooga Holds Grand Opening

Dec. 7 – Freightliner of Chattanooga hosted an impressive grand opening celebration last Thursday at its massive new dealership in north Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, TN. Father-and-son team Buddie and Pat Carroll, who have operated

December 4, 1998

Teamsters Vote Results Near

Dec. 7 – The results of the Teamsters presidential election could be announced as early as today, according to published reports

December 1, 1998

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

December 1, 1998

Philly Stages Second Truck Crackdown

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

November 30, 1998

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

November 30, 1998

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

November 27, 1998

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

November 25, 1998

Meritor To Acquire Brake Business

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

November 25, 1998

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

November 25, 1998

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

November 24, 1998

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

November 24, 1998

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

November 24, 1998

UAW Announces Tentative Agreement With Peterbilt

Nov. 25 – United Auto Workers officials announced yesterday that a tentative agreement has been reached between UAW Local 1832 and Peterbilt Trucks after extensive negotiations in the Nashville, TN, area.

November 23, 1998

Heavy Truck Sales In High Gear

Nov. 24 – October deliveries of heavy-duty trucks set another record as the industry headed toward an all-time high in annual sales

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