The finalists are:
- Jay Banick, Lawrence Transportation Services
- Brett Campbell, O&S Trucking
- James Conner, Team Transport
- Robert Deal, Cargo Transporters
- Steven Eckhoff, Hogan Transporters
- Robert Hess Jr., D.M. Bowman
- Edward Hosier, O&S Trucking
- Jean-Charles Huard, Robert Transport
- Eugene Hubbard, Regal Service Company
- Kenneth Luther, S.B. Inc. doing business as Sherman Bros. Heavy Trucking
- Vernon Mosher, S.B. Inc. doing business as Sherman Bros. Heavy Trucking
- Bruce Pfeffer, Smithway Motor Xpress
- Dwight Phoenix, Martini Inc.
- Denis Sansoucy, Robert Transport
- Steven Udelhoven, Art Pape Transfer
- Brittani Tingle
Freight Weaker Than Expected
The for-hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 1.8 percent in October after increasing 1.6 percent in September, the American Trucking Associations reported. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the index fell to 110.8 from 112.9 in September, putting the index at its lowest level since the end of the 2006 first quarter. The index decreased 4 percent compared with a year earlier, marking the largest year-over-year decrease since February 2001.
Caterpillar Offers Coverage Program
Caterpillar will offer a special coverage program on all 2007-model Cat engines with ACERT Technology delivered to end-users in the United States or Canada during the first half of 2007. The program, called Caterpillar Pure Confidence, includes Extended Service Coverage and the Cat On-Time Promise. The Extended Service Coverage offers full parts and labor on covered engine and emission components for three years or 300,000 miles on all C9, C13 and C15 engines and three years or 150,000 miles on all C7 engines.
Vermont Completes ACE Installation
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed installations of the Automated Commercial Environment in all land border ports in Vermont. The use of ACE to file electronic manifests will be required beginning Jan. 25 for truck carriers entering the United States through all points of entry in the states of Washington and Arizona and through several parts of North Dakota. Eventually, all land border ports will be required to transmit advance electronic truck cargo information through ACE.
This winter, Oregon State Police will inspect trucks on selected mountain passes to make sure they have the proper number of chains. Mountain passes identified for increased enforcement include: Interstate 5 at Sexton Mountain, between Roseburg and Grants Pass; Interstate 84 at Weatherby Exchange and Threemile Hill, between Baker City and Ontario; Highway 140 at Doak Mountain and Seldom Hill, near Lake of the Woods; and Highway 97 at Spring Creek Hill, north of Chiloquin.
Volvo Powertrain Environmental Award
Volvo Powertrain North America, located in Hagerstown, Md., was recognized for its environmental practices by Businesses for the Bay, an organization of businesses located near the Chesapeake Bay that is committed to restoring the health of the Bay’s ecosystems. The Hagerstown facility, which supplies engines for Mack and Volvo trucks, implemented an environmental management system in 2002 aimed at reducing energy consumption, waste generation and water use at the site.
N.J. Gas Tax Allocation Revamped
New Jersey voters approved a plan Nov. 7 that will dedicate the entire gas tax to transportation instead of just most of it. Currently, 9 cents of the 10.5-cent per gallon gas tax goes to the state’s Transportation Trust Fund and the remainder to New Jersey’s general fund. The constitutional change dedicates the remaining 1.5 cents of the gas tax to transportation. The state’s AAA, which supported the amendment’s passage, said it would generate an additional $82.5 million for transportation.
Saia Buys The Connection
Less-than-truckload carrier Saia announced Nov. 20 that it has bought The Connection, a LTL fleet based in Columbus, Ohio, that serves Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The 20 terminals and 700 employees of The Connection, founded in 1983, will be integrated into Saia in early 2007, adding to the Saia network such major markets as Cincinnati; Cleveland; Detroit; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Toledo, Ohio, Saia announced.
Top 10 Trucking Issues
The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, has unveiled its list of the Top 10 critical issues facing U.S. truckers. At the top: the driver shortage and diesel fuel. The rest of the Top 10, based on the institute’s survey of more than 4,000 trucking executives, are driver retention, hours of service, congestion, government regulations, highway infrastructure, tort reform, tolls/highway funding and environmental issues.
Country duo Big & Rich, of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” fame, will headline Kenworth’s 19th annual Customer Appreciation Concert at the 2007 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Cowboy Troy is the opening act. Free tickets will be available to CDL holders only, with a limit of two tickets per person.
Peterbilt Receives J.D. Power Ranking
Peterbilt ranked highest in customer satisfaction among conventional cab medium-duty trucks, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Medium-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study. Four factors were used to determine overall satisfaction: vehicle performance, quality, cost of ownership and warranty. Peterbilt received the highest ratings from customers in vehicle performance and cost of ownership. Kenworth, GMC Truck, Freightliner, Sterling and Chevrolet followed in the conventional segment rankings, respectively.