The second annual Truckers’ Charity Ball is Saturday, Feb. 17, in Scranton, Pa. The black-tie event, hosted by northeast Pennsylvania’s KnightTime radio show, will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral. For more information call (877) 234-6362 or visit this site. Information about lodging and formal wear is also available.
Solo Trucker Smoking Exemption
Truckers who smoke alone in their cabs will be exempted from Ohio’s new antismoking law. Truck drivers who have a passenger, though, will be prohibited from smoking.
The Ohio Trucking Association had vowed to lobby against the law’s previous inclusion of truckers in the ban. Ohio voters approved State Issue Five on Nov. 7. That constitutional amendment, backed by the American Cancer Society and other health groups, prohibits almost all workplace smoking and bars it in most public places as well.
Freightliner Building Mexican Plant
Freightliner LLC will construct a new $300 million truck manufacturing plant in Mexico. Pegged to open in 2009, the plant, located in Saltillo, Coahuila, in northern Mexico, will produce Freightliner and Sterling trucks. The Saltillo plant is the second Freightliner manufacturing facility to be located in Mexico. The Santiago Tianguistenco plant produces heavy- and medium-duty trucks for the local market as well as Latin America, the United States and Canada.
CVSA to Reconsider Brake Test
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance – which sets inspection standards and out-of-service criteria – is expected to reconsider a proposal that would allow inspectors to put trucks out of servic, based solely on data from the performance-based brake testers. The testers that inspectors use in some states for roadside brake checks now are used simply as screening devices. Using the data from the testers was voted on by CVSA in 2006, but the proposal was rejected.
Dana Sells Trailer Axle Business
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Dec. 19 authorized Dana Corp. to sell its trailer axle business to Hendrickson, which assumed control of Dana’s trailer products manufacturing facility in Lugoff, S.C., in January following closing procedures outlined in the asset purchase agreement.
Paccar Donates $1.5 Million
Paccar Inc. announced a $1.5 million donation to benefit the Univerity of North Texas’ College of Engineering. About one third of the Paccar Foundation’s gift will go toward the PACCAR Professorship of Engineering. It will fund a full-time tenured professor within the college. The remaining donation will be used to establish the PACCAR Technology Institute within the UNT’s Research Park facility, a 550,000-square-foot complex located north of the main campus.
New Love’s Locations
Love’s Travel Stops recently has opened two stores – No. 351 in Utica, Ill., and No. 337 in Albert Lea, Minn. The Illinois store is located off I-80, Exit 81, and is the 133rd Love’s Travel Stop. The Minnesota store is located off I-90/I-35, Exit 11, and is the 134th Love’s Travel Stop.