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Improved side skirt

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, has announced enhancements to its USS-120A side skirt. The product is also securely bolted by a “spring” attachment to the support leg wingplate, which will allow enough of the forward edge of the material to engage the slip joint. To improve the durability of the product, galvanized high-tensile steel braces that connect to the side skirt’s cross-members have been ...

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Peterbilt to host customer experience events

Peterbilt Motors Company will host several events throughout 2012 aimed at giving customers firsthand experience of the company’s product lineup and Paccar manufacturing facilities. Customers will have the option of test driving different vehicles and the ability to speak with company representatives about the products. The events will be held at various Peterbilt and Paccar facilities across the U.S. and Canada. For a full schedule of events, visit Peterbilt's site.

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Mack launches Bulldog Magazine app

Mack Trucks announced the launch of an iPad and iPhone app for its Bulldog Magazine, a 45,000 circulation quarterly publication which has been published since 1920. The app will be available for download free of charge through the Apple iTunes store and will provide readers with the ease of reading the publication from their smartphone or device. Readers with the app will be notified when subsequent issues are published. For more information, download the app or ...

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EPA sets retreaded-tire standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is utilizing a Yokohama Tire Corporation commercial truck tire casing to establish a SmartWay verification program for retreaded tires used on Class 8 line-haul trucks. Following certification of a retreaded tire, fleets using the tires will be compliant with CARB regulations for tire rolling resistance. All retreads will be measured against a target number for rolling resistance and will be used for all treads with conventional-width tires used in dual ...

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Industry groups challenge FMCSA statement on SMS

The Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation and 12 other plaintiffs filed suit against the FMCSA on one of its publications.

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Log book inspections put 366 drivers out of service

Concentrated inspections at four locations on Oregon’s portion of Interstate 5 placed 26 percent of inspected drivers out of service.

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I-64 ramp to close at I-55/70 in E. St. Louis

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-55/70 in east St. Louis will be closed to all traffic due to construction beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, weather permitting. All traffic will be detoured around this area using I-255 to I-55/70. The work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, call 618-346-3353.

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Former Randall-Reilly editor Max Kvidera dies in accident

The trucking industry is mourning the death of longtime trucking/business journalist Max Kvidera.

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Caribou Coffee opens at Joplin 44

Joplin 44 Truckstop in Joplin, Mo., has added a Caribou Coffee. It's a full-service specialty coffee shop with a variety of made-to-order coffee drinks, iced coffee, cappuccino, blended cooler and smoothie drinks as well as teas. The Caribou Coffee also features breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, assorted bakery items and grilled cheese sandwiches. Joplin 44 Truckstop’s main building food offering also include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Express and the Iron Skillet Restaurant.  Joplin 44 is part of the ...

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Schneider offering $6,000 tuition reimbursement to driving school grads

Schneider National is offering $6,000 for tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates. The Green Bay, Wis.-based company says the program will cover the full cost of many truck-driving schools and give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry. “Schneider National’s tuition reimbursement program helps students overcome a big hurdle in starting a driving career – the cost of attending an accredited truck driving school,” says Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president. “Safety – the ...

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