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| August 31, 2006

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Hill Confirmed
Before adjourning for its August recess, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Hill as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Hill, who has been with the agency since June 2003, replaces Annette Sandberg, who left the agency in March. Hill previously was FMCSA’s assistant administrator and chief safety officer. Most of Hill’s career – from 1974 to 2003 – was with the Indiana State Police, including a stint as commercial vehicle enforcement commander from 1989 to 1994 and from 2000 to 2003.

Mineta Takes New Job
Norman Mineta has assumed duties as vice chairman of an international public relations and lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C., after more than five years in charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mineta will counsel Hill & Knowlton clients on domestic and international issues, said Paul Taaffe, the firm’s chairman and CEO.

Con-way Sells Expedited Division
Con-way announced July 24 that it will sell the expedited business of Con-way Expedite & Brokerage to Panther Expedited Services. Con-way Brokerage, a separate division involved in truckload sales, will remain with Con-way as part of Con-way Transportation. Proceeds from the sale will be between $7 million and $8 million, Con-way said. Con-way expects the transaction to be concluded during the third quarter and expects no material effect on revenues.

New Love’s
Love’s Travel Stops has announced that truckstop No. 341 in Rolla, Mo., is now open. Located on I-44 at Exit 189, the Rolla truckstop is Love’s 121st travel stop. The company also has scheduled new locations to open in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in 2006.

Donaldson Products for Mack, Volvo
Donaldson Company Inc. announced that its Endurance Plus family of oil filtration products will now be available for Mack and Volvo diesel engines. The products, which, according to the company, are designed to reduce oil usage by as much as 50 percent, are currently available for use on Caterpillar, Cummins and Detroit Diesel engines. The oil filtration solution is built with Synteq Filtration Media and has an internal additive gel container that installs like a regular filter and requires no system maintenance.

Petro Offers Blood Pressure Monitors
To help drivers become aware of potential blood pressure problems, Petro Stopping Centers has installed free blood pressure monitors at most of its locations nationwide. According to the truckstop chain, the decision to install the monitors was made in response to stricter federal government regulations that now require professional drivers to have blood pressure of 140/90 or below in order to maintain a CDL. The old standard was 160/90.

Ryan Breaks Own Record at Pikes Peak
Big-rig racer Mike Ryan walked away with the trophy and a new record July 1 at the 84th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ryan broke his own 2005 record of 12 minutes, 46 seconds and 81/100 seconds with a time of 12.43.667 in the Exhibition Class division. He beat four-time New Zealand B Class truck racing champion Shane Chapman, who finished with a time of 13:36.322.

Tonnage Drops
The American Trucking Associations’ advanced for-hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased for the first time in three months, falling 0.7 percent in June. June’s drop followed respective gains of 2.0 percent and 0.4 percent in April and May. June’s tonnage index was 1.4 percent lower, compared with a year earlier. Year-to-date, the truck tonnage index was down 1.9 percent, compared with the same period in 2005.

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