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October 8, 1998

Kenworth Rolls 150,000th Truck Off Ohio Line

Oct. 9 – Kenworth’s Chillicothe, OH, plant recently rolled its 150,000th truck off the production line. The 1999 T2000 with 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper was sold by Hissong-Kenworth of Richfield, OH, to Edwards Transportation, headquartered in Ravenswood, WV. Kenworth-Chillicothe

October 6, 1998

TMC Unveils Revised VMRS

Oct. 8 – The Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Assns. has introduced a major upgrade to the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards. The first products released under the new VMRS 2000 banner are Code Key 33

October 6, 1998

Standard & Poor’s Puts Western Star On CreditWatch

Oct. 8 – On Oct. 1, Standard & Poor’s placed its double-B-plus corporate credit and senior unsecured debt ratings on Western Star Truck Holdings Ltd. on CreditWatch with negative implications. The CreditWatch placement follows Western Star’s release

October 6, 1998

Navistar Workers Walk Out

Oct 7 – A strike by 150 workers at Navistar International’s truck customizing plant in Springfield, OH, is not expected to affect the company’s truck assembly and body plants, according to the Associated Press. The workers went

October 5, 1998

Volvo Owners Say VN Is Best

Oct. 6 –Volvo VN Series owners love their trucks, according to a new survey by Volvo Trucks North America. The 1998 Class 8 Heavy Truck Customer Satisfaction Study measured customer satisfaction among recent purchasers of the three

September 29, 1998

Freightliner To Invest $40 Million In Parts Plant

Oct. 1 – Freightliner plans to invest $40 million in its Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant over the next three years. The plant produces parts for four Freightliner truck and chassis manufacturing plants, American LaFrance fire trucks,

September 29, 1998

Travel Ports Reports Record Results

Oct. 1 – Despite lower gross profit margins from diesel fuel, Travel Ports of America reported record net income for its first quarter ended July 31 – the company’s 29th consecutive quarterly profit. The reason for the

September 29, 1998

Volvo Trucks Returns To Super Bowl

Sept. 30 – We don’t know yet who’ll be playing the 1999 Super Bowl, but Volvo Trucks North America has announced it will return to the game with a new 30-second ad in the first quarter. Volvo’s

September 29, 1998

Truckers Needed For Record Apple Crop

Sept. 30 – There aren’t enough trucks to ship Washington’s record apple crop. At the height of the season, more than 2,500 trucks a week leave Washington apple shipping docks. While truck shortages often come just before

September 28, 1998

Innovative Opens Lab For Year 2000 Testing

Sept. 29 – Innovative Computing Corp., Oklahoma City, OK, has opened its testing lab for transportation software. Companies that are unsure of the Year 2000 fixes can use the lab to test their new software that

September 25, 1998

Amtralease Expands Emergency Roadside Support

Sept. 28 – Amtralease, an association of truck leasing and rental companies, is expanding its emergency roadside support for members. A new program lets stranded truckers get round-the-clock assistance with breakdowns and accidents using a single

September 25, 1998

Teletrac Launches Website

Sept. 28 – Teletrac, Kansas City, MO, has launched an improved website at In addition to detailed information and graphics on the company’s products, the site will feature service locations, current news, corporate background information

September 25, 1998

Blue Beacon Opens Vegas Location

Sept. 28 – Blue Beacon has opened its 78th location in Las Vegas. Located near the Flying J at Exit 46 of I-15, the facility can accommodate doubles and triples with its two 130-foot wash bays.

September 24, 1998

I-Sim Simulator Contract

Sept. 25 – I-Sim Corp., Murray, UT, has been awarded a contract to deliver two driving simulators to the Commercial Trucking Academy of Bossier City, LA. The contract will provide one I-Sim/Eaton TranSim transmission simulator and

September 24, 1998

Kenworth Honors Custom Truck Sales

Sept. 25 – Custom Truck Sales Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was named Kenworth Dealer of the Year for 1997. The award recognizes the top performing Kenworth dealership that has excelled in several areas, including customer service

September 24, 1998

LubeZone Opens Two New Locations

Sept. 25 – LubeZone, Flint, MI, has opened two new truck fastlube centers offering quick oil changes in 20 minutes or less. Pennzoil Products Co., LubeZone Corp., Speedway Truck Stops and Baldwin Filters now offer their

September 23, 1998

Flying J Network Expands

Sept. 24 — Flying J has awarded two new franchises to MG Oil Co., Rapid City, SD. The two properties joining the Flying J network are located in Box Elder and Rapid City, and will be

September 23, 1998

Pro-Link 9000 Update

Sept. 24 – Micro Processor Systems, Sterling Heights, MI, has released updated and improved automotive software for its Pro-Link 9000 Scan Tool. The 1997 GFC Cartridge provides a technician with expanded capability to diagnose OBDII systems,

September 23, 1998

P&D Owner-Operators Ruled Employees At RPS

Sept. 24 – The National Labor Relations Board ruled that 22 pickup and delivery drivers for RPS Inc. are employees, not owner-operators, and ordered union elections at the RPS terminals in Ontario and Pomona, CA. In late

September 23, 1998

Truck Sales Head for Record Year

Sept. 24 – Sales of heavyduty trucks in August were up 28.5% from a year earlier, reports the Journal of Commerce. Figures from the American Automobile Manufacturers Assn. show sales of 17,385 Class 8 trucks for


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