Industry Briefs

Ice Road’s Debogorski to promote ultra capacitor

Alex Debogorski, star of the History Channel’s show Ice Road Trucker, will demonstrate qualities of the 12-volt Engine Start Module, San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc. said. Debogorski will be featured with the equipment at trade shows before and after the product’s launch in early 2012. The product uses ultra-capacitor technology, is designed for starting diesel engines up to 15 liters at temperatures from minus 40 degrees to 65 degrees Celsius and has an industry standard Group ...

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Travel stop app upgrade available

Free upgrades and new features are now available on Love's Connect travel app for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones, Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores said. New features on the app include dispatch service for roadside assistance, bulk diesel exhaust fluid prices and the number of available parking spots at Love's truck stops. In addition to the enhancements, the app features a locator map for the travel center chain with real-time updated fuel prices, ...

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Truck design contest opens to college students

University students are eligible to enter truck designs suitable for owner-operators for the annual contest Design the Future of Pride & Profit, Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner Trucks announced. The winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship and option for a paid internship at the truck maker. The competition will run from November through February 2012. Three finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, where their designs will be on display at the ...

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Titan serves power lifter contest

Winner Hapfor Julius Bjornsson pulled a Mack Titan faster than the nine other power lifters in the truck-pull event of the Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest, the Greensboro, N.C.-based truck maker announced. Wearing a harness, Bjornsson pulled the 22,000-pound tractor the required 25 meters in less time than of all other contestants at the event held at Wingate University in Charlotte, N.C. Started in 1977, The World’s Strongest Man contest is regarded as a premier event in ...

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Class 8 truck drivers eligible for sweepstakes, prizes

Starting Jan. 1, drivers of Class 8 trucks may enter the Weigh to Win sweepstakes through June 1 to vie for a Ford F250 grand prize, Walcott, Iowa-based CAT Scale announced in honor of its 35th anniversary. Drivers can enter the contest every time they weigh their trucks on the scales. In addition to the grand prize, other awards include CAT Scale jackets and hats, collector card sets, duffel bags, die-cast model trucks, mugs and lunch ...

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Love’s jumps to 7th on Forbes’ annual list

Forbes ranked Love's Travel Stops in seventh place on its list of America's largest private companies. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based travel center chain rose 11 places from last year's ranking, the largest jump on the list of 212 companies. Companies on the Forbes list must make at least $2 billion in revenues, have more than 100 employees and may not be more than 50 percent owned by another public, private or foreign company. The chain acquired 26 ...

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Love’s stop opens in Belleville, Ind.

A  travel stop opened in Belleville, Ind., on Interstate 70 at exit 59, Love's Travel Stops announced. Through Dec. 16, drivers are eligible for double loyalty points on purchases. The stop features Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 100 truck spaces, diesel exhaust fluid dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers and a game room. A Love’s Truck Tire Care center is on site. Love’s Truck Tire Care centers are open 24/7. For details, visit Love's.

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Goodyear opens Wingfoot locations

Truck Care Centers are in Joplin, Mo., and Greenwood, La.

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Goodyear opens 2 Wingfoot locations

Truck centers are in Joplin, Mo., and Greenwood, La.

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Idleair opens at Pilot Flying J stops in Georgia, Tennessee

Electric shore power provided by Idleair is newly available at travel centers in Dalton, Ga., off I-75 at exit 326, and in White Pine, Tenn., off I-81 at exit 4, Pilot Flying J travel centers announced. Limited free service for the shore power is being offered through Nov. 30 and, following that, a discount of $1.25 per hour will be available through Dec. 31. The White Pine site features a solar panel array that generates 50 percent ...

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