The U.S. plaza at the Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo, N.Y., and Fort Erie, Ontario, has been upgraded and is now processing truck traffic more efficiently. The $4.3 million improvement project sped up truck traffic from opening day Nov. 8, said David Bradley, Canadian Trucking Association chief executive officer. The U.S. plaza has three new truck inspection lanes and three new motorist inspection booths, as well as a reconfigured traffic pattern.
Truck and trailer repossessions and liquidations in the third quarter of 2005 increased 188 percent compared to the same quarter in 2004, according to Nassau Asset Management.
“There is no question that rising fuel costs earlier this year made it harder for truckers, construction companies and other firms to do business,” said Edward Castagna, Nassau’s president.
The Love’s Travel Stop in Marshall, Mich., is now open. The facility is located at I-94 and Partello Road, off Exit 112. This is the 116th Love’s facility and was the last location scheduled to open in 2005.
Willie on the Biodiesel Board
Country music star Willie Nelson was appointed to the Earth Biofuels Board of Directors Nov. 10. Nelson has been active in marketing his own “BioWillie” biodiesel fuel since January 2005 through the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company.
Mark Butcosk won a trip to the 2006 Daytona 500, courtesy of Volvo Trucks North America’s “Race Day Get Away” promotion. Butcosk, his wife, son and son-in-law, will all receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, local transportation, tickets to the Daytona 500 and $500 spending cash for his trip. Butcosk lives in Kreamer, Pa, and has been a truck driver for 30 years. He drives bulk tankers full of liquid chocolate for Foodliner.
President George W. Bush recently presented a 2004 National Medal of Technology to Paccar. Established by Congress in 1980, the National Medal of Technology recognizes the contributions that America’s innovators make to the nation’s economic strength and technology advancements. This award honors Paccar’s development of aerodynamic, lightweight commercial vehicles that have reduced fuel consumption and increased the productivity of freight transportation.