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July 31, 2000 - Industry News

Western Star Closes S.C. Plant

Western Star Trucks has closed its new $25 million assembly plant in Charleston, S.C., for at least three weeks and laid off its production line workers indefinitely

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July 31, 2000 - Industry News

New Safety Rule: Unsatisfactory Rating Leads to Out-of-Service Order

Federal officials are about to post a rule that will put truckers out of service if they don’t improve an unsatisfactory safety rating. The rule, which has cleared the White House and is due out from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration possibly this week, says that truckers have 60 days to fix an unsatisfactory rating or be declared unfit and placed out of service. It also says that the federal government, the country’s biggest shipper, may not use “unfit” truckers

July 31, 2000 - Industry News

Financial Problems Shut Pinnacle Down

After a bank decision to cancel the company’s line of credit, Pinnacle Transportation Services was forced to close its doors, putting about 100 truckers still due a paycheck out of work

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July 30, 2000 - Industry News

Flying J Wins Lawsuit Protecting Floor Plan

Last week a federal jury in Fresno, Calif., awarded Utah-based Flying J Inc $7.7 million for the infringement of its floor plan design

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July 30, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Parking Threatened on Pennsylvania Turnpike

On August 21, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will face six Carlisle, Pa. residents in the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg as the residents try to get a permanent injunction that would close the Plainsfield Service Plaza to commercial vehicles. Trucks have been allowed in the Plaza (about 6 miles west of Carlisle) since it was built in 1940

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Down Under Dubbed "Sweatshops"

A trucker-turned-academic whose book "Sweatshops on Wheels" has proved controversial in the American trucking industry testified recently about the sad shape of working conditions for Australian drivers

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

The Election and Trucking

Even as Congress returns to work this week, all eyes are on the Presidential election, now less than two months away. How the election will affect Congress, and Congress' impact on trucking, is anybody's guess. Some basics are

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

McLeod's Low-Budget Document Imaging Appeals To Small Carriers

McLeod Software now offers Imaging Lite to small carriers, as an alternative to its standard LoadMaster document imaging module

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

DaimlerChrysler Begins Tender Offer for Detroit Diesel

DaimlerChrysler began its tender offer yesterday for a planned $583 million purchase of engine maker Detroit Diesel

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Teamsters: Overnite Supporters Suspected in Bomb Threats

The Teamsters union says it has obtained two police reports that indicate that bomb threats made to Overnite's Memphis, Tenn., terminal came from supporters of the company's anti-union campaign

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Idaho Adds WIM

Idaho is adding weigh-in-motion scales to its weigh stations

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Union Pacific to Investigate Overnite Allegations

Union Pacific will investigate Teamsters allegations of wrongdoing by subsidiary Overnite Transportation after the union called the Bush-Cheney campaign. Vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney sits on the board at UP

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Teamsters Point to Suspicious Fire at Overnite

A suspicious fire at Overnite's terminal in Tupelo, Miss., is the subject of the latest affidavit filed with the National Labor Relations Board in the ongoing battle between the less-than-truckload carrier and the Teamsters union

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Kumho Adds Dealer Locator To Web Site

Kumho Tire’s web site (www.kumhotireUSA.com) now features a dealer locator page

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

FFE: Profitable Again Despite High Costs

After three consecutive quarters of operating losses, Frozen Food Express Industries is in the black -- but continues to suffer the impact of high fuel costs and the shortage of qualified drivers.

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

New Canadian Customs Codes Due Jan. 8

Trucking companies that haven’t already obtained their own Canadian Pre-Arrival Review System identification number should complete the necessary application right away, advises the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency

July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Volvo, Mitsubishi Finalize Partnership

Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have signed a contract specifying the conditions for Volvo's acquisition of 19.9% of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Co

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July 28, 2000 - Industry News

Keller Offers Extreme Driving Videos

J.J. Keller & Assoc. Inc. has released its Extreme 7-Minute Solutions, a new driver training video series focusing on extreme driving conditions

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Slowing Truck Market Cuts Into Detroit Diesel Sales

Slowing North American demand for heavy duty trucks cut into Detroit Diesel Corp’s second quarter sales and profits, but the company says it’s encouraged by opportunities in other business segments

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Bandag Profits Up Despite Softening Retread Market

Bandag Inc. reported second quarter 2000 profits of $17.6 million on sales of $249.1 million versus profits of $16.1 million on sales of $252.1 million for second quarter 1999. Chairman and CEO Martin Carver credited the profit increase to “significant operating expense reductions” plus an April price increase that offset rising material costs

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

High Fuel Costs Hurt Boyd Bros.

Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc. reported second quarter profits of $208,900 on operating revenues of $32.6 million, compared to profits of $1.4 million on revenues of $33.3 million second quarter 1999

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Eaton to Repurchase Stock

Eaton Corp’s Board of Directors authorized the company to spend up to $500 million to buy shares of its common stock. The company said it will do this in the open market and, market conditions permitting, expects to complete the repurchases by year-end

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor Reports Combined Results

The newly formed ArvinMeritor Inc. reported pro forma combined sales of $2.1 billion for the third fiscal quarter and profits of $84 million. Results included its two predecessor companies, Meritor Automotive and Arvin Industries

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July 27, 2000 - Industry News

Bill Would Let Local Governments Regulate Tow Trucks

State and local governments would have broad authority to regulate tow truck operators under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week

July 27, 2000 - Industry News

P.A.M. "Solid," President Says

Despite a dip in earnings caused by higher fuel costs, P.A.M. Transportation Services posted solid second quarter results with an 88.6% operating ratio, said President Robert Weaver

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