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January 8, 1999 - Industry News

Cummins, Scania Launch Joint Venture

Cummins Engine and Scania announced that they have formally signed a joint venture agreement to assemble and test a new fuel system for diesel engines developed by the two companies

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January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo Could Sell Car Division, Focus On Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo appears to be considering selling its car division in order to focus on its higher-profit truck and heavy equipment divisions. The London-based Financial Times reports that Volvo has appointed a U.S. investment bank to explore a possible sale or merger of its car division

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January 6, 1999 - Industry News

I-80 Closed After Sniper Shooting

Jan. 7 – Interstate 80 was closed for five hours near Reno, NV, Monday after a sniper opened fire and hit at least five vehicles. Police arrested a suspect after a routine traffic stop in Las Vegas the next day

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January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Georgia Governor Proposes Atlanta Traffic Solutions

Jan. 7 – Georgia’s new governor, Roy Barnes, has been meeting with state House and Senate budget writers about midyear budget changes to help tackle Atlanta’s traffic and pollution problems

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January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Web Site Offers Bulk Load Postings

Jan. 7 – If you haul bulk freight, there’s a new Internet-based load-finding service designed especially for you

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January 5, 1999 - Industry News

Ford Head Nixes Volvo Truck Merger Rumors

Jan. 6 – Although Ford has an open mind about acquisitions, the company is not talking to Volvo about getting back into the heavy-duty truck business, Ford CEO Jacques Nasser said Monday at the North American International Auto Show

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December 30, 1998 - Industry News

First Bering Trucks Shipped

Dec. 31 – Monday, Korea’s Hyundai began exporting trucks to North America under the Bering name, according to published reports

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December 29, 1998 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Orders CDL Retests

Dec. 30 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Monday announced plans to retest some commercial drivers who took their road skills test at PennDOT’s Schuylkill Haven Driver License Center between July 1993 and December 10, 1998

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December 28, 1998 - Industry News

Utah Wants To Privatize Rest Stops

Dec. 29 – Utah is experimenting with using private businesses to build and maintain its rest stops

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December 24, 1998 - Industry News

Truckstop Chaplain Prompts Carjacker To Turn Himself In

Dec. 28 – A Kentucky man turned himself in to a truckstop chaplain last Tuesday, confessing to a carjacking. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Mark Ladelphia told officers he stole the car in Louisville earlier this

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December 21, 1998 - Industry News

Oshkosh Wins Record Contract

Dec. 22 – Oshkosh Truck Corp. has landed the biggest contract in its history, according to published reports

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December 21, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Sales Hit Record

Dec. 22 – Heavy truck sales hit record levels in November, with sales of more than 18,000 heavy trucks up 32.5% from a year ago. Sales of 188,915 vehicles in the first 11 months of the year

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December 17, 1998 - Industry News

Ways Studied To Deter Trucks From Route 287 in New Jersey

Dec. 18 – A group of cities and transportation planners in Morris County, NJ, have applied for $600,000 in federal funding to study ways to reduce traffic on Route 287 – including charging tolls to deter truckers

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December 17, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner To Upgrade Dealer Computer Systems

Dec. 18 – Moving dealer computer systems to an Internet technology platform is a key element of a new contract Freightliner has signed with debis IT Services North America. Under terms of the five-year agreement, debis will

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December 16, 1998 - Industry News

TCA To Survey Dry Van Drivers

Dec. 17 – Because of the interest shown in the results of the Truckload Carriers Assn. recent survey of refrigerated drivers, TCA will conduct a similar survey of dry van carriers

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December 16, 1998 - Industry News

Navistar, Delco Remy Form Remanufacturing Venture

Dec. 17 – Power Investments, a subsidiary of Delco Remy, and Navistar International announced they are forming a joint venture to provide remanufactured engines and component parts

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December 15, 1998 - Industry News

Kenworth Unveils Revamped Web Site

Dec. 16 – Kenworth has introduced a new look for its web site, http://www.kenworth.com. The totally upgraded Web site features a new Driver's Information Center, and major categories on Kenworth products, dealers, Total Customer Care Program, Used Truck Locator, news, events and promotions, and history

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December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Defense Department Changes Mileage Guides

Dec. 15 – Starting this March, carriers hauling military freight for the U.S. Department of Defense will have to calculate mileage with a new electronic system, the Defense Table of Official Distances

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December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Dixie Truckers Home Expands Into Pennsylvania

Dec. 15 – The owners of Dixie Truckers Home truckstops are buying the owners of the Green Shingle truckstop near Erie, PA

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December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Adds Massachusetts Dealer

Dec. 15 – Volvo Trucks North America has appointed McDevitt Truck Sales in Tewksbury, MA, as the Volvo franchise for northeastern Massachusetts. McDevitt Truck Sales is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Manchester, NH. According

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December 11, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Delivers 100,000th Truck Of Year

Dec. 14 – For the first time, Freightliner has built more than 100,000 trucks in one year. The 100,000th truck of the year, a Class 8 Century Class tractor, rolled off the line Nov. 19 and

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December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Dealers Prevail On Incentive Pay Issue

Dec. 11 – The American Truck Dealers Assn. reports that the IRS is abandoning efforts to require dealers to withhold taxes from manufacturer incentive payments paid to dealer personnel. According to ATD’s “American Truck Dealer” newsletter, vehicle

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December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Nebraska Adds PrePass Station

Dec. 11 – Nebraska has added a high-tech scale bypass system at its eastbound North Platte weigh station on Interstate 80.

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December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Teamsters Strike ANR, Chicago UPS

Dec. 10 – New Teamsters President James P. Hoffa promised a more militant union, and it appears the union’s not wasting any time. After sending strike threat letters to Overnite customers Monday, the union is now striking United Parcel Service in Chicago and ANR Advance Transportation

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December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Outsources Rear Axles To Meritor

Dec. 10 – Meritor Automotive is buying Volvo’s heavy truck axle manufacturing operations for approximately $135 million. Meritor will become the primary supplier of heavy-duty axles for Volvo’s global heavy truck operations – a shift in

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