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A quick look into the quality, components and manufacturing process of Utility’s 4000A, an aluminum and steel combo model; the 4000S, an all-steel model; and drop deck as well as the Tautliner curtainsided trailer. Source: Trucking News

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Volvo Trucks has developed new technology that can do a 360 degree scan of its surroundings and suggest actions to avoid incidents. The technology is developed specifically to protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. Source: Trucking News

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Comments Off on Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor, which pressurizes air in the primary and secondary tanks to provide power for the air brakes and other pneumatic systems. With commercial vehicle technology advancing and expanding the use of compressed air for non-braking functions, knowledge of proper air compressor maintenance and operation has become even more important. As part of its Bendix Tech Tips series, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems offers insight on air compressor troubleshooting and replacement of an ESS (energy-saving system) piston, in the article below as well in the video above. “Although the compressor is the key component of the air system, it’s important to note that some symptoms of poor compressor performance may actually be caused by faults elsewhere within the system, particularly in the air pressure governor, control valves inside the air dryer, and the air lines and fittings,” says Richard Nagel, […]

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Comments Off on Video: Driver Shows Off Patriotic Volvo Truck

In the latest installment of the Volvo Trucks web series Welcome to My Cab, Tim Baumgartner, owner of Crockett’s Interstate Towing, shows off his patriotic Volvo VNL called “The Freedom Flyer.” Emblazoned with the American Flag, bald eagles and soldiers, the Vietnam veteran’s truck has won several awards and participates in many parades. Source: Trucking Info

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Comments Off on Former Arrow Trucking CEO Doug Pielsticker Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com | TULSA, Oklahoma –The former CEO of Arrow Trucking pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to 23 counts including fraud and tax evasion. James Douglas “Doug” Pielsticker is charged with bank fraud, tax evasion, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit tax evasion and failure to pay social security taxes. Pielsticker was arrested in Dallas earlier this month, five years after the company he ran suddenly closed down. 12/4/2014: Related Story: Former Arrow Trucking CEO Arrested In Dallas As he left court on Monday afternoon, his attorney told News On 6 Pielsticker arrived an innocent man and left an innocent man. Pielsticker is out of jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond. The judge ruled he can travel between Texas and Oklahoma since he lives in Texas now. The judge ordered him to surrender his passport but he […]

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Comments Off on The Year’s Top Trucking Stories from Washington

The political slugfest over the 34-hour restart dominated the news from Washington, D.C., in the second half of 2014, but that obscure provision of the hours of service rule is not nearly as important as other developments during the year. The biggest story was what didn’t happen: Congress failed to produce a long-term highway bill, thereby continuing the gradual downward spiral of U.S. infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers grades American infrastructure as a D+. It also says that if the U.S. does not reinvest in transportation, businesses will pay an extra $430 million in transportation costs by 2020. Last year a senior Caterpillar executive told Congress that his company routes 40% of its exports through Canadian ports because they’re faster than U.S. ports – even though they’re farther away. But Congress is not yet engaged on the issue the way it will need to be in order to overcome resistance […]

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Comments Off on Kenworth Celebrates Millionth Truck Delivery

Kenworth celebrated the delivery of its one millionth truck to TransAm Trucking of Lathe, Kan. The 91 year-old truck manufacturer held a ceremony to celebrate the milestone at the Kenworth assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. The truck was a T680 Advantage with the 455 horsepower PACCAR MX-13 engine and a factory installed Kenworth aerodynamic package. TransAm Trucking has a fleet of over 1,400 trucks and 2,400 trailers and operates over 1,000 Kenworth Class 8 trucks. “We’ve received excellent performance from our Kenworth T680s with the PACCAR MX-13 engine,” said Russ McElliott, president of TransAm. “Our partnership with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth continues to be very productive and successful.” Kenworth was founded in 1923 in Seattle and has grown from producing less than 100 trucks annually to more than 45,000 in 2014, the second highest amount in company history. “The production and delivery of our one millionth truck caps off an outstanding year […]

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Comments Off on Con-way Multimodal Appoints New President

Con-way Multimodal announced the appointment of Gregory L. Orr as president of the freight brokerage division of Menlo Logistics. He was previously the vice president of operations. In his new role, Orr will be responsible for leading the company’s market growth and strategic development. He will direct financial and operating performance as well as maximize collaborative business opportunities with other Con-way business units. “We are very pleased to have Greg lead our fastest growing division,” said Gary Kowalski, senior vice president and CEO of Menlo Logistics. “His management skills and industry experience will provide the leadership to continue Con-way Mulitmodal’s growth and development.” Orr joined Con-way multimodal in 2008 as the vice president and general manager of the company’s Portland, Ore., operation. He was promoted to vice president of operations in 2010. Prior to working for Con-way, Orr was at Greatwide Dedicated Transport as a vice president of operations. He […]

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Comments Off on C.R. England Names Chief Financial Officer

C.R. England appointed TJ McGeean as the Chief Financial Officer of the company, replacing current company president, Josh England who had been serving in a dual role as CFO since 2013. McGeean joined C.R. England in December 2008 as a controller in the company’s Dedicated Division. He was made the director, operations finance in 2010 and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2013. “During TJ’s tenure with the company, he has brought a great deal of sophistication to our financial planning and oversight and made us much better as a company in these areas,” said Josh England, president of C.R. England. Before joining C.R. England, McGeean worked in finance positions for DHL, Express USA and Menlo Worldwide Forwarding. He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Wright State University. “He has made significant contributions to maintaining our corporate financial well-being and I am confident in his abilities to […]

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Comments Off on December Bulk DEF Prices at Record High For 2014

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according to DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December. December DEF prices were above the national average by 7 cents per gallon for FTL, 4 cents per gallon for LTL and 4 cents per gallon for tote deliveries. Canada was more stable seeing increases of 1 cent per liter and 2 cents per liter for FTL and tote respectively. The average price of a 2.5 gallon jug increased in December by 1.1 cents per gallon over the previous month and Canadian jug prices strengthened 17 cents per liter. The current national average for DEF pump prices in the U.S. ended the year at 2.79 per gallon, remaining unchanged for the 9th straight month.  Canadian pump prices were 80 cents per liter for the 7th straight month. […]

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