- The UPS Foundation donated $1.25 million. It included $500,000 in cash and up to $750,000 of in-kind services including medical and health items. The funds will be donated to the American Red Cross, America’s Second Harvest and other relief organizations.
UPS has also established a second relief fund where employees can donate to help fellow employees affected by the hurricane. The UPS Employee Hurricane Relief Fund contributed $250,000 and will match all other contributions.
- The Bridgestone Global Group donated more than $1 million to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina response, and its more than 2,200 company-owned retail stores across the United States have been designated official Red Cross cash donation sites. Customers can contribute to relief efforts at Firestone Complete Auto Care, TiresPlus, ExpertTire and GCR Tire Centers locations.
- PACCAR announced a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
- The Peterbilt plant in Denton, Texas, donated a new Model 378 truck equipped with a dump body, a $125,000 retail value, to New Orleans to assist in hurricane cleanup. Peterbilt also donated 100 cases of Ozarka bottled water, 2,400 bottles total, that will be delivered in the truck.
- On its employees’ behalf, Kenworth donated a 2006 Kenworth T800 dump truck, valued at $140,000, to support hurricane recovery in New Orleans.
- Great Dane Trailers loaned 10 refrigerated trailers, valued at $250,000 as a whole, to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Katrina emergency response efforts.
- Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks are allowing customers affected by Hurricane Katrina to skip payments until Jan. 1, 2006, via a program called Hurricane Help. Mack Commercial Finance or Volvo Commercial Finance customers affected by Hurricane Katrina should call (877) 865-8623, ext. 4026, for assistance.
- International Truck and Engine offered its 7,750-square-foot facility in Shreveport, La., as a logistics center or staging area to help distribute emergency relief supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. Ten International dump trucks were made available to deliver supplies and begin debris removal, and five International water tankers were made available to the U.S. Army.
- The Petro in Effingham, Ill., organized a donation drive, secured equipment and drivers and sent two tractor-trailers of relief supplies to Louisiana.
International Plans to introduce new tractor for 2007
International Truck and Engine is introducing a Class 8 tractor for 2007 that will replace its 9400i, company officials said in a Sept. 7 teleconference.
International will unveil the truck to the public at the 2006 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Fleets are testing eight units now in North America and reporting “wonderfully successful” results, said Tom Baughman, vice president and general manager of the company’s Heavy Truck Vehicle Center.
The truck will have aerodynamic design and be marketed primarily toward International’s current primary base of small and medium-size fleets.
It will be available with Cummins and Caterpillar engines and, soon after its launch, International’s new big-bore engine, all in compliance with 2007 emissions standards. The horsepower and other engine specs of the International engine are not being made available yet, said Jacob Thomas, vice president of the big-bore division.
The truck will be produced as a daycab and a sleeper available in two lengths.
“Our customers and dealers see real value in our new tractor,” Baughman said. “We’re excited about their enthusiastic response.”
Manufactured in Ontario, the truck will begin shipping in early 2007, International said.
The truck’s other highlights, according to International, include:
- Frame construction and suspensions that improve ride and handling.
- A quieter, improved interior with additional natural light.
- Improved ventilation and heating/air conditioning.
- New storage for clothes and other items.
- More comfortable seats, with a new feature to ease muscle aches and pains.
Though the truck will eventually replace the 9400i and the 9200i, there will be some product overlap during introduction. The company has no plans to replace its premium tractors, the 9900i and the Eagle 9900ix, officials said.
Teamsters Sign Up 460 Owner-operators in Miami Port
Four hundred sixty owner-operators, some motivated by a logjam of freight from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have signed up at the Teamsters’ Miami hiring hall, a union representative said.
Local 769 opened Sept. 20, and truckers have held signs outside the Port of Miami encouraging others to join, said Jim Stewart, international representative for the Teamsters’ port division.
Intermodal port truckers have complained of poor pay and working conditions for years, and shutdowns have occurred at ports nationwide during diesel spikes.
This fall’s hurricanes are expected to result in a backlog of freight being diverted to East Coast ports, Stewart said.