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Penske Truck Leasing Holds Grand Opening of a $5 Million State-of-the-Art Facility in Winston-Salem, N.C.

READING, PA – Penske Truck Leasing held the grand opening of a new facility in Winston-Salem, N.C., located on 131 Back Forty Drive. The 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, currently employing eight associates, offers commercial and consumer truck rental services, full-service truck leasing, and contract maintenance.

LEER 100RCC Fiberglass Commercial Cap Breaks New Ground With Job Site Pros

ELKHART, IN - LEER, a member of the Truck Accessories Group, (TAG), LLC, introduced the new Model 100RCC fiberglass commercial cap.

Heil Updates 7000 Automated Arm

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental has updated the 7000 automated arm to increase the lift's durability and further extend its lifecycle. Additionally, Heil is making its enclosed oil bath gearbox, which is standard on the Python automated arm, available as an option for the 7000 arm to reduce maintenance.

NTEA Names 2007–2008 Board of Trustees

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has elected two new members to the NTEA Board of Trustees. The new Trustees will be installed to three-year terms at the 43rd Annual NTEA Convention.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Signs 25 New Dealers

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America signed 25 new dealers to its North American distribution network.

With 4 Million Accident-Free Miles, Trucker Wins Award

ALLENTOWN, PA – Clinton Eshleman, who works for Roadway Express Service Center in Pocono Township, celebrated 37 years and 4 million miles of safe driving

New '07 Diesels Prompt Need for More Tech Training

ALEXANDRIA, VA – While most attention has been focused on engine design to meet federal standards, it's now the support process that's being fast-tracked.

Kenworth Medium-Duty Body Builders Manual Available for 2008 Model T300 Applications

KIRKLAND, WA – The new Kenworth Medium-Duty Body Builders Manual offers information on 2008-model Kenworth T300 medium-duty trucks and tractors equipped with the new 2007 PACCAR PX-6 and PX-8 engines.

Rawson Named NTEA's 43rd President

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Tom Rawson, CEO of RKI Inc. (Houston, Tex.), will be installed as 43rd president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA).

Truck Tonnage Fell 3.6 Percent in January, Says ATA

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Truck tonnage dropped 3.6 percent in January after a 6.2 percent surge in December.

Public Safety Equipment Announces Change in Ownership

ST. LOUIS, MO – Public Safety Equipment, Inc. has been purchased from Seton House by Stirling Square Capital Partners (SSCP). SSCP manages mid-market private equity funds from its London-based operations.

PeopleNet Enhances Remote Truck Monitoring

CHASKA, MN – PeopleNet has announced two enhancements to its vehicle management system, PerformX. Fault-code monitoring, the first enhancement, means PerformX can alert maintenance managers to vehicle malfunctions and future maintenance issues wirelessly and in real time. The second extends the system's on-board diagnostics capabilities to light trucks, vans, and cars.

Celadon Group Purchases Truckload Van Assets from Warrior Xpress

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – One of Celadon Group Inc.'s wholly-owned subsidiaries purchased the truckload business and certain tractors and trailers of Warrior Services Inc. (“Warrior”) for approximately $8.3 million.

Navistar to Resume Production of Diesel Engines for Ford

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – Navistar International Corp. will resume production of Power Stroke diesel engines used by Ford Motor Company in its heavy-duty pickup truck line.

U.S. Officials to Conduct Truck Safety Audits in Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Truck safety inspectors working for the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be able to travel to Mexico to conduct extensive safety audits on companies interested in hauling cargo into and out of the United States, as part of a new program announced by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters.

Dickinson Fleet Services Marks 10th Anniversary by Launching New WEBWRENCH Product

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Dickinson Fleet Services, an independent truck repair and body shop, recently marked its tenth anniversary by launching a new technology product. WEBWRENCH is a new state-of-the-art software system Dickinson developed to help its customers maximize the life expectancy of their fleets and tighten controls on spending.

DriverSource Inc. Releases New Commercial Driver Recruiting Web Site —

DEARBORN, MI – DriverSource Inc. has released a completely new Web site,, which features all-new graphics and content focused on the Internet recruiting and job placement of commercially licensed truck drivers.

Volvo Bids to Acquire Nissan Diesel

GOTEBORG, SWEDEN – Volvo will make a $1.1 billion bid for Nissan Diesel, a bid supported by the directors of both companies.

Kenworth Names 2007 Dealer Service Council

KIRKLAND, WA – Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2007 Kenworth Service Council, which is comprised of leading Kenworth service managers in the United States and Canada. The council's mission is to help promote service and product improvements to further enhance Kenworth's ‘World's Best' quality.

'07 Sprinter Van Features Adaptive ESP Stability System

TORONTO – The 2007 Dodge Sprinter features more than 25 safety and security features, including the new Adaptive ESP electronic stability system.

FMCSA Weighing Public Comments on Proposed Onboard Recorder Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will continue to accept public comments about the agency's proposed on-board recorder rule until Apr. 18. The FMCSA's proposed rule change would require truck and bus companies with a history of serious violations to install electronic onboard recorders in all of their commercial vehicles for a minimum of two years.

Peyton Manning to Present Keynote Address at NTEA Convention

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – On Feb. 16, Rudolph Giuliani canceled his speaking engagement for the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) President's Breakfast during the 43rd Annual NTEA Convention.

Freightliner Trucks Is Recognized as a Finalist by the Truck Writers of North America for its Rack and Pinion Steering System

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner Trucks was recognized by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) in its annual competition for its state-of-the-art rack and pinion steering system. Freightliner Trucks is the world's first heavy-duty truck manufacturer to offer rack and pinion steering, which provides more accurate and responsive steering.

Florida Considers Banning Retreads on Trucks

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) has responded to a bill introduced by Florida State Senator Victor Crist that would prohibit the use of retreaded tires on most commercial vehicles on Florida highways.

ARI Adds ARITruckDirect to Remarketing Program

MT. LAUREL, NJ – Automotive Resources International (ARI) has added ARITruckDirect to its comprehensive remarketing program. The company created the ARITruckDirect site to increase exposure of ARI's medium- and heavy-duty trucks and equipment by attracting specialized dealers and end users nationally and internationally with an easy, comprehensive search engine.

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