Dean Smallwood

Fleet Focus: Con-way Freight, J.R. Schugel, C.H. Robinson

Fleets today are concerned with making sure their drivers are happy and that they’ll stay happy and stick around, and nothing makes drivers happier than good pay, new equipment and a few add-ons in their truck to help make their downtime on the road a little more pleasant. To that end, Con-way Freight recently purchased 875 new Daimler Freightliner tractors to replace older units as part of its 2015 fleet replacement cycle. “We have listened to ...

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Fleet Focus: Con-way Freight, Western Express, Estes

In this era of tight shipping capacity and driver shortages, Ross Reynolds certainly sounds like someone worth retaining. The Con-way Freight driver, based at the company’s terminal in Tucson, Ariz., was named the winner of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s first International Driver Excellence Award, a new annual award that recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver. Reynolds, who has driven more than 2 million ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, International, Mack, Freightliner

Kenworth Truck Co. wants to make sure your home away from home is as comfy as your personal residence. The truck maker recently announced that its 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is now available for order with the T680 and T880. Introduced at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, the sleeper is optimized for liquid bulk tankers, flatbed haulers and other truck operators that prefer a lighter-weight and more aerodynamic truck. Compared to Kenworth’s 76-inch high-roof sleeper, the mid-roof ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Bumpers and fenders

This month Overdrive takes a look at some recently introduced bumper and fender products designed to help you keep your truck looking and working its best. Fleetline’s polyethylene refuse fenders are constructed of high-density polyethylene and are designed to be corrosion- and UV-resistant. The fenders use either a two- or three-piece design to accommodate both tandem- and tri-axle applications. Hendrickson Bumper and Trim’s durable corrosion-resistant Aero Clad bumpers for the International ProStar in both tilt-mount and fixed-mount ...

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Changing Gear: Yokohama, Kenworth, Peterbilt, SmartTruck

Now this sounds like a union meant to keep rolling together for quite some time. Kenworth Truck Co. customers now can spec Yokohama’s all-position 101ZL, 703ZL, 709ZL, MY507, RY023, RY617, and TY517 tires when ordering their new heavy- and medium-duty conventional trucks. The tires are available in a variety of common sizes for truck use in on-highway and off-highway applications. All Yokohama over-the-road tires are verified as low-rolling-resistance tires by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay ...

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Fleet Focus: New pay packages for Transport America, Cargo Transporters, J&R Schugel

Transport America announced a pay increase that will allow all of its owner-operators to make $1 per mile. The pay increase, which goes into effect July 1, eliminates the difference between hazmat and non-hazmat base pay. The Eagan, Minn.-based company also announced a pay increase for company drivers in its Over-The-Road and Regional divisions, effective Sept. 1. All current solo OTR and regional drivers will see at least a 1 cent-per-mile increase, moving the company’s top ...

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Fleet Focus: New pay packages for Watkins, Covenant, Super Service

Watkins Refrigerated rolled out a new pay package for company drivers. The base rate pay structure now includes a 16 percent increase in base mileage rate, increasing from 38 cents per mile to 44 cents, as well as an annual increase of 1 cent per mile through the first five years. Hazmat certification earns an additional 2 cents per mile. Company drivers also are receiving new 2016 Freightliner Cascadia tractors. Local drivers received an 11 percent ...

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Fleet Focus: LTL service center expansion roundup

Guess which North Carolina-based less-than-truckload company just opened yet another service center? Yep, the folks down in Thomasville – Old Dominion Freight Line – have relocated their service center in Portland, Ore., to a larger 137-door facility located at the convergence of a number of thoroughfares and near two ports. The Portland Service Center serves a number of cities in the area, including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tillamook, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Woodburn, Salem, Clackamas, Gresham, Sandy, Hood ...

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Fleet Focus: Gordon Trucking, Bay & Bay, Con-way Freight

It’s one thing to be recognized by your family and next-door neighbors for doing good things, but when you’re honored by folks on the other side of the country, well, you’re on your way to becoming a national treasure. Last spring, both the Indiana Motor Trucking Association and the Illinois Trucking Association hosted summits to recognize fleets for excellence in safety management, and would you believe both groups gave their top award to a carrier ...

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Changing Gear: Team-ups from Wabash-Aurora, Kenworth-Meritor and Eaton, Peterbilt-Bendix

Trailers from top-flight manufacturers tend to last a while, and trailer maker Wabash National recently announced a collaboration with a leading aftermarket supplier to make sure its trailers can carry your loads as long as possible. The company has signed a five-year deal with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of all aftermarket parts for the company’s dry van, refrigerated van and platform trailers sold under the brand names Wabash National, Transcraft ...

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