Freightliner Names New CEO
Freightliner has named Chris Patterson as its new president and chief operating officer. The truck maker’s senior vice president for service and parts for the past three years, Patterson, 50, was slated to replace Rainer Schmueckle, who was promoted to chief operating officer of the Mercedes Car Group effective April 15, DaimlerChrysler announced on April 2.
Based in Portland, Ore., Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, as is Mercedes.
Patterson officially will assume Schmueckle’s title as head of Business Unit Trucks NAFTA, which includes all DaimlerChrysler’s heavy-truck holdings in North America – Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star – as well as Thomas Built Buses.
Schmueckle, 45, the company’s one-time chief financial officer, took over as Freightliner’s president and CEO in May 2001 during a severe market turndown and helped lead the truck maker back to profitability through his restructuring plan.
Truckers News Wins Neal Award for Idling Story
Truckers News editors received a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for the May 2004 cover story, “The Big Turnoff.” The honor for Best Single Article within the magazine’s category was presented at a ceremony in March at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The article, which examined the push for stricter anti-idling laws and the effects on truck drivers, was written by Senior Editor Sean Kelley. It was edited by Randy Grider, John Latta and Kristin Walters and designed by Richard Street.
Last year, Truckers News was one of three finalists for its special report, “Highway Robbery,” which covered the problem of cargo theft and provided strategies to help readers avoid being a victim of this multi-million dollar crime.
“The Jesse H. Neal Award is considered the top editorial honor in business journalism,” said Robert Lake, vice president and group publisher of Randall Publishing’s Truck Stop Division. “This prestigious award shows not only the talent of our editors, but also their dedication to Truckers News readers and the real-world issues that affect them.”
This year, Truckers News’ sister publication, Overdrive, was one of three finalists in its class for Best How-to Article. The entry was its August 2004 cover story, “Self-Help Toolbox.”
Both magazines competed against business publications that have $3 million to $7 million in annual revenue. Almost 1,200 entries were submitted from all industries.
“These honors show that our magazines continue to lead the trucking industry,” said Linda Longton, vice president of editorial for Randall Publishing Co., which publishes Truckers News and Overdrive. “Our editors are experts in their field with extensive journalism experience who consistently deliver useful, well-researched information to our readers.”
Studies Disagree on Hours Rule Impact
A recent study released by an insurance trade group says the new hours-of-service rule has resulted in truckers driving more and being slightly more fatigued than under the old rule.
However, a new report from the American Trucking Associations shows that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study is “bogus, as usual,” said ATA spokesman Mike Russell.