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Michelin North America to Acquire Oliver Rubber Company

GREENVILLE, SC – Michelin North America, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oliver Rubber Company, a subsidiary of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, which produces tread rubber and retreading equipment.

U.S. Truck Drivers Must Be Proficient in English

WASHINGTON – U.S. roadside traffic cops are being told by transport authorities to place Out-Of-Service (OOS) any truck drivers with low English language proficiency.

NTEA Report Details Financial Performance of Truck Equipment Manufacturers

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – From a high of 9.7 percent to a low of 3.1 percent, pre-tax profits varied widely among manufacturers in the work truck industry. The gap widened even more so when return on investment (ROI) between the typical manufacturer (6.8 percent) and the high-profit manufacturer (25.2 percent) was examined.

Hangzhou Continues Dialogue With NHTSA

WASHINGTON – Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. recently sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in order to provide “more details and data showing that our light truck radial tires sold in the United States are safe.”

East Texas Jury Finds in Favor of USF Bestway

MARSHALL, TEXAS - A federal court jury in Marshall has ruled in favor of the USF Bestway Inc. trucking company in a lawsuit filed by a local woman who blamed the company for injuries she sustained following a 2005 accident.

First 20 LNG Heavy-Duty Trucks to Deploy at San Pedro Bay Ports

SAN PEDRO, CA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has approved $2.9 million for the acquisition and deployment of 20 Westport liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty trucks at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

Comprehensive Study on Fleet Interest & Satisfaction With Mobile Resource Management Systems and Services

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA – C.J. Driscoll & Associates has released a new multi-client marketing research study covering interest of U.S. fleet operators in Mobile Resource Management (MRM) systems and services.

PHH FirstFleet Announces Addition of Freightliner LLC to Truck Maintenance Network

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – PHH FirstFleet has added Freightliner LLC to its North American truck maintenance network. The relationship with Freightliner LLC includes all the major brands — Freightliner, Sterling Trucks, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses.

Cummins Westport ISL G Certified

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins Westport Inc. has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) for its ISL G heavy-duty natural gas engine to the 2010 emission standards of 0.2g/bhp-hr oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter (PM).

Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty Proposes 20-Percent Biodiesel Mandate by 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to raise Minnesota's biodiesel mandate from 2 percent to 20 percent. Pawlenty recently proposed raising, step by step, the level of biodiesel that must be blended into every gallon of diesel fuel sold in Minnesota.

PG&E Participates in Hybrid Truck Pilot

SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company is among the first utilities in the nation to test a new diesel-electric utility service truck with the potential to avoid the release of two tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Iron Mountain Retrofits Truck Fleet With Self-Designed Security System

BOSTON – Iron Mountain Inc. is outfitting its transport vehicles with a new chain-of-custody technology designed to ward off human fallibility that can lead to the misplacement or outright theft of data.

Hybrid Trucks Gain Traction

PORTLAND, OR – Two first-generation hybrid-diesel trucks are set to go into service later this month in Oregon. Organically Grown Co., the Eugene-based produce distributor, and Portland General Electric are both about to add hybrid trucks to their fleets

Oklahoma Biofuels Conference to be Held Oct. 16-17

OKLAHOMA CITY – As Oklahoma continues to research and develop its alternative-fuel sources and production, the Governor of Oklahoma will host GROW: Oklahoma Biofuels Conference, October 16-17 in Oklahoma City.

From left are Mark Geyer and Dunn Lumber fleet manager, with the company’s new Kenworth medium duty hybrid truck for pickup and delivery application.

Kenworth's First Medium-Duty Hybrid Truck Delivered

SEATTLE – Kenworth Truck Company and Dunn Lumber, two long-time Seattle-area companies, have teamed up to bring Kenworth's first medium-duty hybrid-electric truck into the U.S. market.

ATA Asks DOT to Seek Stay of Hours-of-Service Ruling

WASHINGTON – ATA President and CEO Bill Graves has asked Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters to push for a stay of the Court of Appeals ruling on Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations, stating there was “no compelling safety reason” to eliminate the two provisions the Court challenged. ATA released a letter from Graves to Secretary Peters at a recent press conference at the National Press Club.

Isuzu Reorganizes Truck Distribution

CERRITOS, CA – Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA) has begun distributing its low-cab-forward commercial trucks through its network of Isuzu dealers and through GM's network of Chevrolet and GMC medium-duty dealers as of August 1.

Tonnage Continued to Fall in June, According to ATA

WASHINGTON – The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.1-percent in June, marking its third consecutive month-to-month drop.

Trucking Group Pushes for National Database Tracking Driver Drug & Alcohol Test Results

WASHINGTON – American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves has urged Congress to authorize and fund a centralized clearinghouse for positive drug and alcohol testing results of commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Azure Dynamics Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Utilimaster for Hybrid Vehicle Integration

TORONTO – Azure Dynamics Corp., a developer of hybrid electric and electric powertrains for commercial fleet vehicles, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Utilimaster Corporation, a builder of step vans, commercial truck bodies, and utility vehicles, for the assembly, hybridization, and manufacturing engineering of Azure's P1 hybrid electric commercial delivery vans and shuttle buses.

State of Oregon to Test Biodiesel Quality in Portland

PORTLAND, OR – In September, the Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to begin testing biodiesel sold within the Portland city limits to ensure the fuel meets quality standards

Leyman Lift Gates Introduces New Heavy-Duty Large Steel Platform Gate

CINCINNATI – Leyman Lift Gates announces the introduction of the new heavy-duty large steel platform now available on SLP Heavy Duty Hide -A-Way (Tuck-Under Style Lift Gates).

Safefreight Launches Portable, Wireless Tracking and Security Device

VANCOUVER, WA – Safefreight has launched a portable, wireless tracking and security device — the SecurityGuard 212. With this device, refrigerated and frozen foods in the supply chain can be monitored with greater ease.

TRIB to Exhibit at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 23-25

PACIFIC GROVE, CA – The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) will be an exhibitor at the 2007 Great American Trucking Show (GATS), being held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, August 23–25.

Western Star to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary

REDFORD, MI –Western Star Trucks is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2007, and will mark the occasion at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, August 23-25.


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