October 6, 2000 - Industry News
The sign that has virtually symbolized high quality auto/truckstop services across America for more than three decades, is about to disappear over the horizon.
The board of directors of National Auto/Truckstops Holdings Corp. recently announced that National
Bobbie J. Bynum of Cartersville, GA, was selected as the National Driver of the Year by Ryder Transportation Services at the annual awards banquet in Miami, FL.
Bynum is employed by ATCO Rubber Products and has been
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women has named Ryder System one of the five most “Women-Friendly” employers in the state of Florida.
The employers were selected on the basis of responses to a statewide survey
Xata Corp. has introduced a 32-bit version of its RouteView software.
Product is designed to develop cost-effective local, regional and national routes by automatic repetitive tasks such as locating and assigning stops.
The map-based software processes stops and
The Truckload Carriers Assn. is looking for photos to use in its 1997-98 annual report.
TCA is particularly interested in shots featuring the truckload segment of the trucking industry, and creativity is welcomed.
The first-place winner will receive
Cannon Express will equip American Mobile Satellite Corp.’s fleet of 900 trucks with Mobile Messaging Service units.
The messaging services are designed to help fleets lower operating costs, improve customer service and increase driver productivity, safety
Comdata Corp. has launched Comdata Answer Plus, designed to enhance the phone services already available on the Comchek card.
Available to Comdata’s current phone customers at no charge, Comdata Answer Plus offers such features as speed dialing,
TCA’s Auxiliary has published the Truckers in the Kitchen cookbook, with proceeds benefitting the TCA Scholarship Fund.
The cookbook features 500 recipes submitted by members of the trucking industry. In addition to dishes such as artichoke cheese
Xata Enterprise Technologies has released Desktop Dispatch, a Windows-based, 32-bit Internet-enabled dispatching application that provides a full-fleet operating system.
Software combines multiple dispatch functions into one desktop application, performing such tasks as order entry, equipment and driver
Stewart & Stevenson Services has opened its Truck & Transport Refrigeration Service Center on I-12 in Hammond, LA.
Built in response to the needs of drivers of heavy duty trucks and motorhomes, the facility provides major repair
John Sarto, president of the OmniTRACS Div. of Qualcomm, appeared on World Business Review, a weekly technology television series hosted by Caspar Weinberger, chairman of Forbes magazine and former secretary of defense.
In addition to Sarto’s participation
Landstar Ranger held its annual Ranger Days Open House at its headquarters in Jacksonville, FL, honoring its Million Mile Safe Drivers and winners of the 1997 National Safe Driving Championship.
In the company’s annual safe driving competition,
West Side Transport, Cedar Rapids, IA, has been awarded the 1997 Trailmobile Fleet Safety Award.
Sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Assn., the American Trucking Assns. and Trailmobile, the award is presented to a company that operates
TravelCenters of America has awarded Buntin Out-of-Home Media the management of its outdoor advertising program.
The contract calls for Buntin to provide outdoor advertising management services to the Westlake, OH-based corporation’s 125 locations in 36 states. TravelCenters
The Professional Truck Driver Institute of America (PTDIA) has elected its new board of directors that includes 14 new directors and Crete Carrier Corp. Chairman Duane Acklie as its incoming chairman.
Acklie will replace Herb Schmidt, CFI
Gerber Poultry, a Kidron, OH-based company that provides fresh and frozen poultry products to northeast and north central Ohio, has selected Xata as the hardware and software platform for its next-generation fleet management system.
Gerber’s goal in
Texaco Refining and Marketing and Star Enterprise have entered into an agreement with Comdata Corp. for a variety of trucking company and truckstop services, including transaction processing and a co-branded Comchek/Texaco fuel card.
Comdata will issue a
Mapco has introduced its FleetOne card for fleets of five to 50 vehicles, ending its long-term relationship with Fuelman/Gascard.
In addition, The company’s new West Memphis, AR, 14,000-square-foot facility has reportedly hit gasoline, diesel and inside sales
Abbot Enterprises has acquired the AutoMate Fleet Management System product line from TeamNet Inc.
The AutoMate is an on-board computer system that records total mileage, trip dist
ance, start and stop time, along with peak speed. Information is
Harley-Davidson has signed an agreement for the purchase of the Fleet Advisor System from Eaton Corp.’s Trucking Information Services Div.
Harley plans to use Fleet Advisor to improve dispatching, maximize equipment utilization and enhance customer service capabilities.
Giant and Conoco have signed a branding agreement for 12 stations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
Under the agreement, Giant will rebrand the sites to Conoco gasoline and use Conoco’s marketing programs and credit
Talk 800, a San Diego, CA-based provider of communications services to over-the-road truckers, is offering the nteractive nationwide 2-way pager utilizing the Ardis 2-way data network.
The pager — which fits in the palm of your hand
Scientific-Atlanta has introduced the mobile version of its compact StarGate satellite communications transceiver.
The self-contained unit includes the electronics, antennas and software necessary to collect, package, transmit and receive data. Using the Orbcomm commercial Low Earth Orbit
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has unanimously approved a resolution stating that enforcement efforts along the Mexican/U.S. border are now in place to ensure that commercial vehicles entering this country meet U.S. safety regulations and standards.
USA Truck Inc., Van Buren, AR, has signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Qualcomm to purchase 2,000 OmniTRACS satellite mobile communications units over the next five years.
In addition, PST Vans Inc., Salt Lake City, will purchase 2,000
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