Industry Briefs

Caterpillar dealers to sell Minimizer fenders

Minimizer has announced that its liquid platinum, poly fenders are now available in some Caterpillar dealerships. The truck manufacturer is also displaying Minimizer fenders on some of its demo trucks. Butler Cat in Rapid City, S.D., recently held an open house to showcase its tractors and trailers with the liquid platinum fenders. For more information, visit minimizer.com.

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Crete Carrier April Drivers of the Month

Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation have announced their April 2012 Drivers of the Month.

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Pilot opens new centers

Pilot Flying J has announced plans to open seven new travel centers and plazas in June and July. The two travel plazas will be located in Anna, Texas, and Nanton, Alberta, Canada. New travel centers will open in Cleveland, Tenn.; Murdo, S.D.; Ferndale, Wash.; Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Sioux City, Iowa. The new locations will feature gas and diesel fuel, DEF at the pump, food and beverage options, restrooms and showers and other merchandise and ...

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Melton Truck Lines receives E Star award

Melton Truck Lines Inc. was awarded the President’s E”Star Award for Export Service in May. The E Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Melton Truck Lines was recognized for facilitating export expansion through transportation. The President’s E Award was created by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad. A second award, the President’s E Star ...

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Consulting firm offers business classes to drivers

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions has launched the Equinox University for Carriers, a set of interactive learning courses customized for driver training programs of individual truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.  The courses are specially designed to hold attention, ensure retention and educate both new and existing drivers. While the course catalog is currently expanding, the highest participation rates include Safety, Logs, Fuel Management, Bookkeeping and Using Technology on the Road. The technology usage class covers Wi-Fi, mobile applications and ...

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Robert Costa named February Trucker Buddy of the Month

Robert Costa has been named February Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month by Leslie Wolf, his Trucker Buddy partner for more than a decade. Wolf is a third grade teacher at Robert L. Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nev. Costa sends postcards and letters to the students that correlate with the class curriculum. For example, if the class is learning about Native Americans, then he will find postcards with different tribes ...

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Steve Gilbert named March Trucker Buddy of the Month

Steve Gilbert has been named the March 2012 Trucker Buddy of the Month following his nomination by Arlene Poulos, a teacher at Fallbrook Street School in Fallbrook, Calif. Her class is a multi-age class including kindergarten through third grade. According to Poulos, Gilbert makes visiting her class a priority each year. When Gilbert comes to see the class, he describes his profession and gives them information about his truck. Gilbert gave ...

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EEOC asks for another rehearing in CRST lawsuit

The case involved dozens of female truckers who alleged sexual harassment.

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Charity event to harvest timber after major Texas wildfire

The Logs to Lumber organization in Bastrop County, Texas, is holding the Lost Pines Log Pull charity event May 26-27 and seeks volunteer participants. The “Burned Forest Challenge” follows the Labor Day 2011 wildfires, the “largest wildfire in Texas history,” says area property owner Jamaica Morz, that destroyed 1,700 homes. To help citizens rebuild, the Logs to Lumber nonprofit organization was founded to facilitate the harvest and utilization of still-viable timber resources. With more than a million ...

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Con-way names Drivers of the Month

Con-way Truckload announced the recipients of its Driver of the Month recognition for April 2012. The drivers recognized by Con-way are: Company Driver of the Month Kenneth Taylor, from Hallettsville, Texas; Contractor Driver of the Month George Rodriguez, from Deming, N.M.; Company Team Albert and Tina Bell, from Alvord, Texas; Contractor Team of the Month James and Lindsey Kaufman, from St. Augustine, Fla.; and Regional Driver of the Month Chris Sartain, from Stuart, Fla. The following ...

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