Industry Briefs

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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Walmart driver garners Trucker Buddy honors

Fred Sweetwood, a driver for the Walmart Distribution Center in Ottawa, Kan., has been named Trucker Buddy of the Month for June 2013 following his nomination by Linda Carson, a fifth grade teacher at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary in Quenemo, Kan. Carson said that Sweetwood regularly shares news of his travels, including Yellowstone National Park, western Kansas and the Oklahoma City Memorial. Trucker Buddy International works to educate students and introduce educators to the trucking industry. ...

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C.R. England awards Harley-Davidson for fuel efficiency

C.R. England has awarded a 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two to company driver Richard McDonald for showing the most improvement in miles per gallon average and average idle percentage for the second quarter 2013. This is the 8th Harley-Davidson awarded in the two years England has sponsored the fuel efficiency promotion. McDonald has been with C.R. England since 1984. He drives a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia in England's National Over the Road Fleet and primarily runs between Utah ...

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Polar Service Center moves

Polar Service  has moved to a new location in Rosemount, Minn., with eight service bays, 3,800 square-feet of parts inventory and parking for 75 trailers. The location is ASME National Board R-stamp certified and provides sales, parts and repairs, as well as other services, for all makes of tank bodies and trailers. The location will replace the service center in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through ...

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Bosselman opens shop in AZ

Bosselman Boss Truck Shops Inc. has opened a new location in Bellemont, Ariz., at I-40 Exit 185.

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Idle Free wins state award

Idle Free Systems is featured in a video produced by the Wisconsin State Energy Office, highlighting companies which have experienced growth and success through the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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New York dealership relocates

Kenworth of Buffalo has relocated its Syracuse dealership to a larger facility located at Interstate 90 (New York Thruway) Exit 35, accessible to I-81, State Routes 11 and 481, and the Syracuse airport. The dealership features 12 service bays, with one bay dedicated as a wash bay. The drivers’ lounge offers wireless Internet and flat-screen TV. The facility offers free shuttle service and is a New York state inspection station. To celebrate the new location, Kenworth of ...

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