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February 9, 2000 - Industry News

Freightliner To Sponsor Beach Boys At Mid-America

A different sound will be added to the usual line-up of country music concerts at the Mid-American Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, next month

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February 9, 2000 - Industry News

Customs Fee Violates NAFTA, Canadians Say

The U.S. is proposing a controversial customs fee on freight crossing the border from Canada, a move the Canadian government said would almost certainly violate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

February 9, 2000 - Industry News

Weather Forecasting Gets Better

The best weather forecasts today will usually give you accurate predictions 24 to 48 hours in advance, but there's a steep drop in accuracy when you go out three, four or five days. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin

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February 9, 2000 - Industry News

Canada's Trucker Appreciation Week Now In Sept.

The date of Canada's second annual National Trucker Appreciation Week, an event promoted by the country's for-hire trucking associations as a tribute to truck drivers and others in the industry, has been changed from the first week of June to Sept. 11-17.

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Renault Wants To Overhaul Nissan Diesel Management

Nissan Diesel is due for a management overhaul, says parent Nissan Motor. "Certainly we think Nissan Diesel has to be managed differently to recover," Senior Vice President Thierry Moulonguet told the Financial Times of London. "One condition is to renew the management of Nissan Diesel.

February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Teamsters Step Up Overnite Campaign

As the Teamsters prepare to meet with Overnite Transportation officials in Chicago today and tomorrow, the union says it will use an infusion of $500,000 from the AFL-CIO to step up its strike efforts against the less-than-truckload carrier

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

New York To Install More Rest Area Signs

New York State plans to erect more signs to steer sleepy truck drivers to rest areas. The signs, meant to reduce fatigue-related accidents, could appear this spring in as many as 70 locations along the New York State Thruway and other heavily traveled highways

Tags: Safety

February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Wanted: Outstanding Used Truck Professionals

Nominations are being sought for the 7th Annual Professional Recognition Awards which honor leadership in the used truck industry. The recognition goes to those who demonstrate superior sales, business and management skills, contribute to the credibility of their profession and are involved in the community in which they work and live.

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Williams TravelCenters Expanding Rapidly

Nashville-based Williams TravelCenters has opened five new locations in December and another three more in January 2000. The eight new TravelCenters represent the company's most aggressive expansion to date, increasing Williams' interstate network to a total of 44 locations - 30 of the 12,000-square-foot TravelCenters and 14 slightly smaller "Travel Stops.

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Plans Significant Downsizing

Trucking’s largest national trade association is going to lop off a significant portion of its activities, downsizing to fit members’ demands for lower dues. Dues cuts for trucking company members of 51% over three years will cut $7 million from ATA’s budget, said president Walter B. McCormick in remarks to the ATA Executive Committee last weekend. The cuts will not apply to supplier members of ATA, whose dues were increased this year

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Isuzu Sales Up 51% In January

American Isuzu Motors Inc. broke records in January by selling 947 medium-duty trucks in the U.S., or 51% more than the 627 units sold during the same month a year earlier

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Covenant Extends Electronic Log Extraction Contract

Covenant Transport has renewed a contract with Navilor for data extraction services, continuing a partnership that is over two years old. Using proprietary technology, Navilor has processed more than 3 million driver logs for Covenant Transport during the two-year term.

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Boyd Bros Revenues Rise 13% In 1999

Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc., Clayton, AL, had record revenues and earnings for 1999. For the year ended Dec. 31, 1999, operating revenues increased 13% to $133.1 million versus $118.1 million for 1998.

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February 8, 2000 - Industry News

Con-Way Southern Opens New Alabama Terminal

Con-Way Southern Express has held the groundbreaking for its $6.8 million service center facility in Bessemer, AL. The new facility will replace CSE's current Birmingham facility at 601 Republic Circle and double its freight handling capacity.

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Budget Seeks Big Increase For Safety

The cost of the federal truck safety program is going up. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking Congress for a 54% increase in funding in the next fiscal year.

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Electronic Logs Pilot Stalled By Lack Of Fleet Interest

The U.S. Department of Transportation has once again extended the application deadline for a pilot project that lets carriers replace paper logs with electronic logs linked the satellite-tracking systems.

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

PNV Gets Into The Truckstop Kiosk Business

PNV Inc. has launched a new line of full-service Internet kiosks for truckstops. A total of 30 of the PNV Connect!Point kiosks are already deployed in TravelCenters of America and Pilot facilities, and a further 500 will go in over the next few months.

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

OMB Will Hold Hours Rules Until End of Month

The proposed revisions to the truck driver hours of service regulations will be held at the White House Office of Management and Budget at least until the end of this month

February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Celadon Launches Online Trucker Co-Op

Truckload fleet Celadon and GE Capital have launched TruckersCo-op.com, a site designed to provide discounts on items such as fuel, tires, parts, calling cards, insurance, trailer leasing, credit cards, truck financing and truck washes

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Matlack Back In the Black

Bulk hauler Matlack Systems, Wilmington, DE, was back in the black for its first fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, 1999.

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Chicago Transport Planners Discuss Impact Of E-Commerce

More than 200 community, government and industry leaders gathered for the conference titled Moving Goods From Here to There: Improving Metropolitan Chicago's Freight Transportation Network.

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Record Quarter For Landstar

Landstar System, Jacksonville, FL, has reported record 1999 fourth quarter net income of $15.6 million, on record revenue of $380.1 million. For the same period in 1998, Landstar reported net income of $11.3 million on revenue in the quarter of $333.9 million.

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Used Trailers Marketed Online

4usedtrailers.com is a new online B2B classifieds service that provides listings of used trailers. The site is currently using a simple static interface, but a search engine will be implemented as the site grows. "Those who sell these

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Western Star Launches Parts Manager Training

Western Star Trucks has started a Platinum Pentad Parts Manager Certification program. The program is organized into five modules: sales management, personnel management, operations and training management, parts marketing and customer relations, and parts merchandising, advertising

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February 7, 2000 - Industry News

Oregon Withdraws From Norpass Preclearance System

Oregon has withdrawn from the Norpass weigh station preclearance system in protest against an operating agreement between Norpass and its competitor, PrePass. Oregon’s action was triggered by a partial “interoperability” agreement between the two organizations. Under the agreement, which takes effect Feb. 15, Norpass carriers may use PrePass provided they meet PrePass safety criteria, have the right transponder and pay the fee.

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