Industry Briefs

Melton Logistics renamed

Melton Logistics has been renamed Conexus, LLC, the Tulsa, Okla.-based third-party logistics company said. The company, which was launched in 2003, will operate at its current site under the same leadership. Read more details at the company’s new website, conexuslogistics.com.  

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Leland Martin to sing at 16th annual Truckers Jamboree

Country music singer Leland Martin will perform at a 7 p.m. concert May 18 as part of the 16th Annual Joplin Truckers Jamboree, said event coordinator Joel Hamilton. To be at the Joplin 44 Petro, off Interstate 44 near exit 4, the May 18-19 festival will also feature an antique truck and car display, exhibits, other live entertainment, carnival rides, fireworks and a cookout. Martin’s signature track “Stone Cold Fingers” from his album Simply Traditional is one ...

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Trucker buddies honored

Twelve drivers were recognized for outstanding volunteer work with elementary-school students at the recent trucking trade show in Louisville, Ky., Trucker Buddy International announced. The 2011 Trucker Buddies of the Month honored are Dave Anderson, Crete Carriers; Ken Armstrong, Swift Transportation; Jim Buwalda, Team One; Tom Byl, Walmart; Craig Dickason; Duane Donner, Walmart; Susan and Henry Gantner, Roadrunner Transportation; Randy Garrett, Archwood Protection; Russ James, David Kuklewicz; Titan Transportation; Joseph Rich, Wayne Dalton; Mark Silva, Walmart. The ...

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Gambrell named Prime’s 2011 Instructor of the Year

Jerry Gambrell was named Instructor of the Year for 2011, Springfield, Mo.-based Prime Inc. announced. Gambrell has worked for the carrier for two years, during which he has won several awards for best pre-trip inspections. Visit Prime for details.

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Love’s stop opens in Comfort, Texas

A new travel center has opened in Comfort, Texas, off Interstate 10 at exit 523, Love's Travel Stops announced. Drivers will receive double points on purchases made with store cards at the stop through April 29. The stop includes Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, has 70 truck spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, a game room and other amenities. A Love’s Truck Tire Care center is located on-site at the travel stop. For details, ...

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Safe driver wins custom motorcycle

Steve Wright, owner-operator leased to LHT, won a 2012 Polaris Victory Jackpot motorcycle in the Long Haul Trucking safety contest. Second- and third-place prizes of $1,000 and $500 were given to the respective winners.

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Lucas Oil founder’s early days

Forrest Lucas said he bought his first truck when he was 21, and he and his wife eventually expanded to 14 trucks.

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Heartland wins carrier award

Heartland Express Inc., based in North Liberty, Iowa, has been named the 2011 Winegard Truckload Carrier of the Year, the Burlington, Iowa-based antenna maker said. The award is the first such honor from the antenna maker and is based on dedication to customer service, operational excellence, on-time performance and invoicing accuracy, said Brad Larson, Winegard’s logistics manager.      

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Filter manufacturer named leader in national market

Baldwin has been named a leader in filtration marketing in a recent report published by Frost and Sullivan, which included an analysis of the Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket 2012. Part of the Clarcor network, the filter maker produces lube, air, fuel, hydraulic, coolant and transmission filtration products for Class 4-8 trucks. Visit Baldwin for details.

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FTC driver assists traveler in cardiac distress

FTC Transportation Inc. driver Jonathan “AZ” Atzenhofer has been named a Highway Angel for performing CPR on a traveler in distress, the Truckload Carriers Association said.

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