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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Truckstop Blood Collection Total Tops 4,500 Units

With a record 4,500 blood units collected this year for the American Red Cross, NATSO member truckstop/travel plazas have topped the 25,000 unit mark since the inception of the "Drive To Save Lives" program six years ago

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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

NATSO Elects Officers

NATSO Inc. has elected a new Executive Committee for the year 2000, headed by James Cardwell Jr. of Petro Stopping Centers in El Paso, TX, as chairman

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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

NATSO Foundation Doubles Scholarship Amounts

The NATSO Foundation has more than doubled its scholarship awards for 2000. This year, twelve $2,500 awards will go to truckstop employees and their legal dependents who have shown academic excellence

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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Adds Web Site

The Iowa 80 Group, Inc., which operates the world's largest truckstop in Walcott, IA, has created a web site that now gives it global visibility: www.iowa80group.com. The site includes an historical view of Iowa 80, as well

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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Renault Truck Profits Drop In 1999

Renault reported a 1999 net profit of 55.5 million euros (about $55.1 million in U.S. dollars) for Renault VI/Mack. That was 58% below 1998 profits for the heavy vehicle unit

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Pressure on Fuel Margins Nips Into Petro Profits

Petro Stopping Centers L.P. reported income (before extraordinary items and an accounting change) of $4.1 million in 1999, down from $5.7 million in 1998. Total revenue rose from $653.4 million in 1998 to $719.9 million in 1999.

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February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Government Trying To Reduce Freight Paperwork

The General Services Administration is hoping to reducing paperwork and cost by simplifying the rules of freight delivery to government agencies.

February 25, 2000 - Industry News

Communications Middlemen: The Next Victims

By the end of this year, every wireless phone manufactured by Motorola will be able to access the Internet. Motorola of Schaumburg, IL, the second-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world (after Nokia of Finland),

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February 24, 2000 - Industry News

Train Whistles Or No: The Debate Could Get Noisy

The Federal Railroad Administration will begin a series of public meetings in March to discuss the mandated use of train whistles at highway-rail crossings. The issue is crossing safety versus noise pollution -- and could generate

February 24, 2000 - Industry News

Log Truckers Protest In Maine

Truckers in northern Maine have been protesting against Irving Forest Products, saying that rates have changed little over the past 15 years despite increases in costs

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February 24, 2000 - Industry News

NSF Calls For New Rules Based on 24-Hour Clock

As the Clinton Administration puts the final touches on proposed driver hours of service regulations, the National Sleep Foundation released a position statement Thursday calling for new rules based on current scientific research regarding sleep

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February 24, 2000 - Industry News

FHWA Study Says Red-Light Cameras Work

A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration shows that red light running violations decreased by as much as 60% at intersections where cameras automatically enforce the law

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February 24, 2000 - Industry News

HD America E-Commerce Activities Growing

HDATA, the new e-commerce initiative from HD America Inc., has grown to be the largest mover of electronic data and electronic services in the independent heavy duty aftermarket, according to president Patrick Biermann.

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February 24, 2000 - Industry News

USF Holland Opens Erie Terminal

USF Holland, Holland, MI, has opened a new full-service terminal in Erie, PA, which will reportedly increase capacity, operating efficiency and equipment availability within the market. "We are committed to providing our Erie customers with

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Horsepower Growing Says Detroit Diesel

The average horsepower of new Class 8 truck engines continues to grow, according to statistics from Detroit Diesel.

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Wins Idaho Weight-Distance Tax Challenge

An Idaho District Court has struck down the state's weight-distance tax reduced-rate provision, finding it violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Auto Parts Go Direct: Truck Parts Are Next

The buzzword of the Internet age is "direct." As in selling direct. Manufacturers are being urged to use the Internet to identify customers and eliminate the middlemen. It's already happened in a big way with books, music

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Made Unsafe Turn, Says CHP

A crash that killed 13 farm laborers in a van in Fresno County, CA, last August was mainly the fault of the truck driver who made an unsafe U-turn, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Navistar To Unveil E-Commerce Strategy

Navistar International will make a major announcement regarding its e-commerce strategy within the next month, Chairman, President and CEO John Horne said at a news conference following its annual meeting.

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Acquisitions Give Rush Double Digit Growth

Peterbilt mega-dealer Rush Enterprises posted 1999 revenues of $808.4 million, up 31.9% from 1998, and net income of $16.2 million, up 50% from 1998.

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Mack Boasts Record Sales, Increases Share

With record sales for 1999 and seven straight years of market share growth, Mack Trucks is "as strong as it's been in our 100-year history," says president and ceo Michel Gigou.

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February 23, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers Take Fuel Woes To Washington

"Welcome to Washington, truckers," came the greeting on the CB from a base station as a convoy of 200 to 300 trucks rolled into Washington, DC, yesterday to demonstrate over the fuel price crisis. One of

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February 22, 2000 - Industry News

Volvo Expects 12.5% Drop In North American Sales

Volvo Trucks North America expects to sell about 30,000 Class 8 trucks in North America this year, according to company sources. That's about 12.5% below the company's 1999 sales of 34,303 units.

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February 22, 2000 - Industry News

Volvo Sales Down 19% In January

Sweden's AB Volvo delivered 4,658 trucks in January, down 19% from 5,738 in January 1999. Although sales declined wordwide the company said orders have increased slightly since the beginning of the year

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February 22, 2000 - Industry News

Volvo-Scania Monopoly Scare Downplayed

The European Commission may be worried that Volvo's purchase of Scania will give the new group more than 90% of the Swedish truck market, but truck buyers say that if the merger brings steep prices they'll simply shop other manufacturers.

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