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Stevens orders 500 aerodynamic Kenworth T700s

Stevens Transport has ordered 500 aerodynamic Kenworth T700s equipped with 400-hp Cummins ISX engines, the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker announced. The tractor is certified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program, said Kenworth Chief Engineer Preston Feight. Stevens, a refrigerated carrier based in Dallas, ordered 75-inch aerodyne sleepers as well for the tractors. For details, visit www.stevenstransport.com and www.kenworth.com.

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Crankcase ventilation technology

The crankcase ventilation system mounts easily onto the truck’s engine and meets specifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and original equipment maker, the company says. It implements jet pump technology to allow for placement anywhere on the engine, the company says. The system will be used to support Navistar’s 2010 line of MaxxForce 7 V8 engine platforms. Cummins Filtration, www.cumminsfiltration.com

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Rivetless self-setting covers

The covers for the self-setting automatic brake adjusters help maintain optimum brake lining-to-drum clearance, the company says. The front and rear covers have no rivets and are held in place with an adhesive compound, which the company says offers better sealing and improves tamper resistance. Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.haldex.com

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Veteran champion tractor pullers get Shell backing

Larry and Adam Koester, an award-winning tractor-pulling team, have sponsorship from Shell Rotella for the 2010 National Tractor Pullers Association season, the heavy-duty engine oil company announced. Larry Koester and his son, Adam Koester, are former champions in the mini-modified division. Through tractor pulling, Larry has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio for more than 10 years and is a spokesperson for the outreach.  Adam Koester is entering his sixth year of grand national ...

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Today: The emerging driver shortage webinar

Freight’s coming back. At the same time, new and proposed regulations threaten to drive thousands of drivers from the industry. As the recession winds down, many carriers could be hamstrung by a serious shortage of drivers able to withstand the scrutiny of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, enhanced pre-employment screening and possibly tighter health regulations. To address these trends, analyst Noel Perry and fleet executive Tom Kretsinger Jr. will present “The emerging driver shortage” at 3 p.m. ...

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PIB TIP: TAKE STOCK ON TUESDAYS. If it’s a 2,000-mile trip, delivering the week’s first load on Tuesday may yield profit. Otherwise, Tuesday is the day to take a hard look at how many miles you have and how many more you need for a profitable week. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by the load-matching service ...

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Timothy Wallace of Russelville, Ky., hauls aluminum and steel in this 1999 Sterling Silverstar. The truck is powered by a 470-hp Detroit Diesel and a 10-speed transmission.

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Avery farm truck turns 100

The 1910 Avery farm truck’s centennial will be honored at 2:30 p.m. July 9 at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. The so-called birthday party for the truck coincides with the Walcott Truckers Jamboree that weekend in Walcott, Iowa. The Avery is the oldest truck on display at the trucking museum, said its curator Dave Meier. The farm tractor was advertised to do the work of six to eight horses at a top speed of 15 miles per hour ...

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Crete wins Owens Corning award

Crete Carrier Corp. has won the Enterprise Carrier of the Year Award from Owens Corning. This is the third consecutive year that the Lincoln, Neb.-based fleet was won the prize, said Crete spokesman Andy Brabec. The carrier shipped more than 16,500 loads of insulation, shingles and building materials for Owens Corning in the past year, Brabec said in a written statement. For details, go to www.cretecarrier.com.

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Mack to give Macungie plant tours at antique truck show

Tours of the Mack truck assembly plant June 19 in Macungie, Pa., will be part of an antique truck show set for this weekend, June 18-20, at Macungie Memorial Park. The Macungie Assembly Operations plant will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for self-guided tours, which take about an hour to complete, said Mack spokesman John Walsh. Round trip transportation via bus will be available from the Antique Truck Club’s 31st Annual Antique ...

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