Class 8 trucks

FMCSA’s hours rule justification includes, well, guess who…

You can imagine my surprise yesterday when, just as I'm perusing portions of the new hours rule's full text in preparation for a story or two I'm putting together for Truckers News and Overdrive, I get an email from a colleague making note of the fact that none other than my own reporting is sourced in part of the rule's justification. Sure enough, right there on the 13th page of the 55-page document, in response to ...

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Truck Centers Inc.’s Christmas food drive a success

Freightliner/Western Star dealer network Truck Centers Inc. recently hosted a first-ever food drive for the St. Louis area’s largest food suppliers for shelters and food banks, Operation Food Search (OFS). The company’s Troy, Ill., headquarters kicked off a one-month can drive for OFS, also a TCI customer since the recent economic downturn has resulted in a 20 percent increase in the demand for the organization’s services, especially during this holiday season. In one short month, the ...

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Webb Wheel on Motorhead Garage TV this morning

Looking for a little extra wheel maintenance know-how? Tune into Webb Wheel's television debut this morning during a Motorhead Garage TV episode on Fox Sports Network (FSN) Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m., re-airing Monday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m., all time zones. You'll recall prior appearances of fifth-wheel makers Jost as well as Hendrickson Suspensions, which I've written about on the blog. For this one, says Marshall Boheler, sales and marketing VP, he and product engineering ...

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Power to win: Do you have it?

We know Sugar Ray Leonard's got it. He delivered a "Power to Win!" keynote (pictured) to the 2011 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, held in October in Tuscon. The network of parts distributors benefited well from Sugar Ray's message, which drew parallels between the stores of various qualities it takes to run a successful business and those that gave him the strength to come out of retirement to take on Thomas Hearns in that late-80s ...

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Truck design contest opens to college students

University students are eligible to enter truck designs suitable for owner-operators for the annual contest Design the Future of Pride & Profit, Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner Trucks announced. The winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship and option for a paid internship at the truck maker. The competition will run from November through February 2012. Three finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, where their designs will be on display at the ...

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Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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Salve for your shifting hand…

And your soul, says the maker of a line of shift knobs built from precious rocks. “If I’m ever stuck in traffic or I’m stressed out by circumstances in my life, the mere acts of looking at and touching one of these shift knobs drains away the stress,” the maker notes on its website, gemstoneshiftknobs.com. You may never need to buy another, either. About a $209 knob built from petrified 225-million-year-old wood from Madagascar, the maker ...

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Commercial vehicle registrations up

New commercial vehicle registrations are set to reach 440,000 units for 2011, an increase of 17.6 percent over 2010.

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Daimler to increase Western Star production in Portland

Manufacturer aims to add second shift and ramp up production at its Western Star plant in Portland, Ore.

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Used Class 8 sales drop

For the year, sales of Class 8 used trucks are down 7.4 percent from the same time period last year.

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