Tara Bullock

Firestone begins football tour

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions launched the second leg of its Firestone Drives America Tour at the NCAA College Football game between Stanford and San Jose State Saturday, Sept. 7. The tour continues this fall as the road show stops at eight select college football games. The road show crossed the country this summer, stopping at 12 Minor League Baseball games. Tour attendees learned about company’s new line of Firestone eco-Products. Firestone made donations to local food banks along the ...

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Lancaster, Calif., driver wins Rite Aid trucking challenge

William Plevney of Lancaster, Calif., Rite Aid distribution center took top honors in Rite Aid's National Driver Skills Challenge, which took place in Perryman, Md., July 20. Lowell Lee of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., distribution center and Roger Melton for the El Monte, Calif., facility. Rite Aid’s Driver Skills Challenge recognizes drivers' skill and safety practices based on a series of American Trucking Associations format challenges designed to test the truckers’ skills in three critical areas—maneuvering behind the ...

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Dealer group opens new Pete facility

Salt Lake City is home to the newest Peterbilt dealership in the company’s 270-plus dealer network with the relocation of Jackson Group Peterbilt’s flagship location to a 128,000 square-foot facility. The new full-service dealership includes 2,500 square-feet of retail display space and 70 service bays – six of which are certified for the maintenance and repair of natural gas vehicles. The new dealership is located at: 1910 South 5500 West Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 801-486-8781 local 800-633-7383 toll free Its ...

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Pilot opens two new stops

Pilot Flying J will open two new truck stops — a Pilot Travel Center  in Oakwood, Ill. and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio.  The Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., is located off Interstate 74 at Exit 206 at 503 N. Oakwood St. and offers various amenities, including: ·         Seven diesel lanes and 10 gasoline lanes with high-speed pumps ·         PJ Fresh Marketplace serving breakfast platters, salads, sandwiches, frozen yogurt, pizza, hot dogs and more ·         ...

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Cummins rolls out 1.5 millionth Jamestown plant engine

Cummins Inc. recently celebrated the production of the 1.5 millionth engine at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, N.Y. The JEP, established in 1974, is one of the top five heavy-duty diesel engine producers worldwide and has exceeded 100,000 engines annually in recent years. JEP also remains one of the company's largest manufacturing facilities, as it accounted for 12 percent of Cummins’ total engine production in 2012. Jamestown is one of Cummins’ 28 worldwide manufacturing locations ...

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Prime names Drivers of the Year

Prime Inc. has announced its Contractors and Company Drivers of the Year. The carrier recognized nine contractors and company drivers for 2012.  In the Flatbed Division, the honor went to company driver Charles Plant of Duncan, Okla., and owner-operator Bill Whoberry of Bradford, Tenn. In the Tanker Division, Doug Adams, of Portland, Tenn., was named Company Driver of the Year, and owner-operator Rod Brown, of Houston, Texas, was named Contractor of the Year. In the Refrigerated Division, the ...

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TCA hosting health fairs at TA/Petro stops

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) will sponsor free health fairs at 18 TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers  across the United States. Reflecting the theme Make Your Destination Another Birthday, these events will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, or Wednesday, Sept. 18, depending on the specific location. Set to coincide with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the fairs will take place at the following TA/Petro locations: Sept. 17 Petro      – North Little Rock, Arkansas TA      – Ontario, ...

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Daseke buys Oregon Truck Co.

Daseke Inc., a group of flatbed and specialized carriers, announced it has acquired the Redmond, Ore.-based Central Oregon Truck Company. The transaction took place Aug. 1 and follows Gaffney, S.C.-based J. Grady Randolph Inc. joining Daseke, making the holding company one of the 20 largest flatbed and specialty carriers in North America. Other Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing and E.W. Wylie.  Rick Williams, one of the founders and CEO of Central Oregon Truck Company, said that ...

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Wabash named one of 50 best manufacturers

IndustryWeek has named Wabash National Corporation one of the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers in the magazine’s July 2013 issue. To select the top 50 manufacturing companies, IndustryWeek evaluated members of its U.S. 500, a list of the largest U.S. public manufacturers, based on financial performance in the following six key areas from 2010 to 2012: inventory turns, profit margin, asset turns, return on assets, return on equity and revenue growth. Performance for the most recent year ...

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Mack opens merchandise shop at Pa. HQ

A Mack Shop is now open inside the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pa. The store will carry a full assortment of Mack-branded merchandise in a location convenient for visitors to the Mack Customer Center and the Lehigh Valley community. The 850 square-foot shop will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store offers a selection of Mack merchandise and features Mack die-cast models representative of what visitors will see while touring ...

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