New hurdles

| July 03, 2007

The one-hour show focused on modern truckstops and featured another business in the Iowa 80 Group: CAT Scale, begun in 1977 by longtime Iowa 80 owner-manager Bill Moon.

“We are flattered that the History Channel chose us to represent the trucking industry,” said Delia Moon Meier, Iowa 80 Group senior vice president, “and equally pleased to be able to share our newly expanded and remodeled facility with History Channel viewers.”

The Iowa 80, located in Walcott, Iowa, at Exit 284 in I-80, is known for its annual Truckers Jamboree, which more than 30,000 people attended in 2006. The 2007 Jamboree is July 12-13, featuring a truck beauty contest, food, games, music and more than 175 exhibits.
- Kristie Busam

For more information on the Iowa 80 and the Jamboree, visit this site.

Paccar to Build Mississippi Engine Plant
Paccar plans to build a $400 million engine plant and technology center in Columbus, Miss., the company announced May 14.

Construction on the 400,000-square-foot facility will begin in mid-2007. When completed in 2009, the new facility will manufacture 12.9-liter and 9.2-liter diesel engines for Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF. The new plant will complement Paccar’s state-of-the-art engine facility in the Netherlands, the company said.

“This will be Paccar’s most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly facility,” said Jim Cardillo, Paccar executive vice president. “The facility will initially hire approximately 200 employees, and it is anticipated that there will be 500 employees as production increases over time.”
- Kristie Busam

America’s Traveling Truck Show Steams Through the Summer
America’s Traveling Truck Show continues trucking through the summer with stops this month at the Detroiter Truck Stop in Woodhaven, Mich.; the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Stop in Bolingbrook, Ill.; and the Petro Stopping Center in Rochelle, Ill.

The show, which began in March with 29 planned stops, features Class 8 trucks, aftermarket products, oil and lubes, engine parts and services, seat displays and APUs along with top truck dealerships.

Major exhibitors include Castrol, Chevron, Freightliner, International, Caterpillar and Volvo, and daily attendance is averaging 1,500, according to Bob Scroggins, ATTS national sales manager.

Scroggins says a Volvo dealership from Greensboro, N.C. is offering a special financing rate for any Volvo truck purchased at an ATTS event. “Only attendees of America’s Traveling Truck Show get the discounted interest rate,” Scroggins says.

Other highlights of the show include the 2007 Dream Package, which includes a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and other donated items. Any trucker with a CDL can enter to win.
- Kristie Busam

For more information about the show, visit the ATTS website at this site.

Colorado Chain Fines Increase

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill May 29 that will increase the fine for chain law violations. The bill increases fines, from $116 to $500, for truckers not using chains when chain laws are in effect. It also increases the penalty, from $500 to $1,000, for blocking a lane because of an accident caused by not using required chains.

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