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Group advocates for truckers’ health

The Healthy Trucking Association of America was started to advocate for wellness among the professional trucking community, Merck Smith, chairman of the nonprofit's fleet advisory board, told visitors at the group's Great American Trucking Show booth. "Our goal is to take a pro-active approach in the industry before the government steps in and regulates it," Merck says. He and group sponsor Marvin Shefsky say that the group hopes to establish industry standards among fleets for conditions ...

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Spray-on windshield protectant

BulletProof Autosports' Windshield Protectant for fleets cuts fleet windshield glass repair and replacement costs by 50 percent annually -- guaranteed, the company says. The micro-polymer spray-on protectant forms a covalent bond to the glass on a molecular level and creates an invisible, impact-resistant and water-repellent protective coating. This coating reduces the frequency and severity of rock chips, cracks and sandblast pitting, the company says BulletProof Autosports (866) 607-3672

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Mobile scanning program

A new mobile in-cab scanning program is available for drivers and fleets on the PeopleNet BLU platform through Internet-based provider PeopleNet and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. Users of this service can scan and send documents from terminals, truckstops and cabs through a number of software packages. ACS Expedited Solutions (501) 352-1255

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Green heavy-duty soap

The new Gent-L-Green line of hand care items are biodegradable, petroleum-free, NPE-free and VOC-free. Products that have earned the Gent-L-Green seal include: Premium Blue Hand and Body Soap, Soy Blast Conditioner Enriched Hand Cleaner, Foaming Waterless Hand Cleaner and Foaming Gent-L-Kleen. Gent-L-Kleen (800) 233-9382

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Great Dane shows reefer at GATS

Great Dane Trailers is debuting its newest refrigerated trailer at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Great Dane says the Classic Truckload reefer features its proprietary ThermoGuard and CorroGuard, which, respectively, help extend the useful life of refrigerated trailers and combat equipment deterioration and corrosion. The company says the CTL offers protection against everyday abuses of demanding operations, as well as low maintenance features for extended peace of mind: CorroGuard, with Technology by GatorHyde, is Great ...

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RoadKing Shocks at GATS

Most shock absorbers on heavy-duty trucks today are out of their element, says Lonnie Woods, CEO of RoadKing Shocks. "The design of the average truck shock absorber today appeared in the 1950s and was primarily intended for passenger cars and trucks," he says. "They are throwaway products produced in high volumes that allow the auto manufacturers to purchase them for about $6 a piece." They are also, Woods says, totally inadequate for heavy-duty trucking applications. That's ...

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Informational book

Crushing Cones, a book about the experience of earning a CDL written by Ellen Voie, President and founder of Women In Trucking, includes chapters on choosing a school, selecting the best carrier and what a potential driver will learn while attending driver-training classes. It also includes diagrams and information a student must know to pass the written and skills testing and outlines the steps in conducting a pre-trip inspection. Crushing Cones 888-464-9482

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Slice of Life blog extended

The Slice of Life blog, in which three truckers describe their experiences driving the Cascadia, has been extended, Freightliner Trucks announced. The fleet says the program will stay because of its popularity and the drivers’ positive response to it. For the last year, Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert, Dick McCorkle and Kurt Grote have described their responses to drive the Cascadias equipped with a Detroit Diesel DD15 and newly added selective catalytic reduction ...

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Extended warranty on PowerPacks

Detroit Diesel PowerPacks are now available with an extended 2-year, 150,000-mile warranty if installed at authorized Detroit Diesel service outlets. Remanufactured to original equipment specifications, Detroit Diesel reliabilt fuel injectors are calibrated at precise pressures and exact timing to prevent diminished performance over time due to normal wear. Detroit Diesel reliabilt fuel injectors are the only replacement injectors recommended for Series 60 and MBE 4000 engines, the company says.

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Kinedyne awards scholarships

Kinedyne Corporation recently awarded Cass Sheridan, of Prattville, Ala., and Shaley Smalley, of Albany, Minn., $2,500 for college in a new collaboration with the Alabama and Minnesota state trucking associations. Recipients for the first year of the program were selected based on 500-word essays on how the trucking industry impacted their lives positively. The competition was open to all members of the respective trucking associations, as well as to members of their immediate families. Payments will ...

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