April 5, 2000 - Industry News
The Teamsters union has rejected an offer from Associated Wholesale Grocers to lease its trucks to Teamsters members it laid off so they could operate as independent contractors.
Inspections of commercial vehicles reached an all-time high in West Virginia last year, with nearly 23,000 inspected
Reacting to trucker complaints about long waits and slow turnaround times, at least two intermodal terminals in New Jersey are working on improving the flow of trucks in and out of their facilities
Volvo Trucks North America and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America have formed a strategic alliance to sell and service Class 3-7 trucks in Canada. The deal eventually will extend to the United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $22 million in federal grants to study the components and sources of tiny particles (soot, dust, dirt, smoke) that pollute the air.
April 4, 2000 - Industry News
The 20th annual World's Greatest Working Truck Show has been scheduled for June 10-11 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit Abilityfirst, formerly known as the Crippled Children's Society of Southern
Trucktreads.com, Farmington Hills, MI, plans to offer Bandag retreads direct to anywhere in the world. Though the minimum order is 8 tires, container order of 240 or more are the normal quantities that are typically shipped.
Hub Group, Lombard, IL, has signed a letter of intent to sell its interest in Hub Group Distribution Services. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter, and once the
American Isuzu Motors Inc. has signed an agreement to use FirePond Sales and FirePond Sales Manager, Web-based guided selling and customer information management modules in its
network of more than 200 vehicle dealerships in North America.
Just a week after Teamsters President James P. Hoffa was criticized in a federal hearing for allowing violence in the union's strike against Overnite Transportation, violence at two other Teamsters hot spots has been in the news
Dozens of Teamster members yesterday delivered a subpoena to Leo Suggs, CEO of Overnite Transportation, at Overnite's headquarters in Richmond, VA
Amsted Industries has aligned its Simplex fifth wheel sales and marketing groups under its Consolidated Metco organization.
According to Jeff Barr, ConMet vice president of sales, the change allows the company to focus its resources more
TMW Systems, Beachwood, OH, has released its TL2000 product for the IBM AS/400. The release features two powerful new interfaces: MSOfficeLink, which offers users complete flexibility to custom design reports, and eLink, which lets shippers track
Mace Security International, Mount Laurel, NJ, has entered the truck wash business
Over 400 companies in trucking or related business may soon get a special visit from OSHA safety inspectors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week notified some 13,000 businesses that their work related accident and illness rates were too high and corrective action would have to be taken.
April 3, 2000 - Industry News
Highway deaths dropped in 1999, including fatalities in crashes involving large trucks, Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater announced Monday
Five months after beginning an unfair labor practices strike against Overnite Transportation, the Teamsters Union has launched an advertising campaign lashing out at the fleet
The Teamsters union is calling for a boycott of Associated Wholesale Grocers after the company locked out union workers in Kansas City, KS, and Springfield, MO, this weekend
Skyway Freight Systems closed its doors March 31. The Watsonville, CA, company was founded in 1977 as a freight forwarder and developed into a provider of transportation services and supply-chain management. Some of its customers included
General Motors is reportedly planning a concerted lobbying campaign to pursuade U.S. lawmakers to relax restrictions on diesel-powered vehicles
Ozark Motor Lines is raising its salary cap for company drivers from 35 cents to 37 cents a mile. Local news sources also report that the company will adjust its pay scale for new drivers to give credit for new hires
March 31, 2000 - Industry News
The Surface Transportation Board has asked for comments on modifications to rules governing mergers of major railroads
Freightliner will temporarily stop importing Mexican-built Class 8 FLD models for sale in the U.S., but DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Santiago Tianguistenco will continue to build some Freightliner Business Class medium duty trucks for sale here,
Sweden's Volvo, which is reportedly in a final phase of bargaining to acquire the commercial truck assets of France's Renault, remains interested in buying the commercial truck and diesel engine assets of Chicago-based International
The Illinois Department of Transportation last week announced that two construction hot spots are shifting into high gear this month
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