industry briefs

Trucker Buddy names Outstanding Teacher

Caroline Walradt, a second grade teacher at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., was named Trucker Buddy’s Outstanding Teacher following her nomination by K.C. Brau, a Trucker Buddy and driver for Crete Carriers. Brau said that her influence and success with the students has been visible in the improvement of language and writing skills in the letters and notes received from the class. He said that Walradt has utilized state tourist information sent ...

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The Pantry’s Kangaroo Express Joins Comdata to Extend Reach of Fuel

Comdata has announced it is expanding its Comdata Fuel Consortium (CFC) network by more than 5,000 locations through an agreement with The Pantry. Developed in 2008, the CFC is a nationwide network of 30,000 retail fuel locations offering an automatic price-per-gallon discountto Comdata MasterCard Corporate Fleet Card customers. Through the CFC network, The Pantry offers all Comdata MasterCard Corporate Fleet Card customers a discount on gasoline and diesel purchases As of Aug. 6, 2013, The Pantry ...

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Paper Transport adds 20 KW natural gas trucks

Paper Transport has added 20 natural gas-powered Kenworth T660s to its regional fleet and started using the trucks this month. Paper Transport began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012, and this spring the company became one of Kenworth’s first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.   Paper Transport’s first order of 10 natural gas-powered Kenworth T660s, delivered in the spring, came equipped with the 350-hp Cummins Westport ISX12 ...

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Mack adds dealer locations

Mack Leasing System recently added 11 member dealer location in the U.S. and Canada. Mack Leasing members provide full-service leasing, short- or long-term rental and service contract customers. New locations are listed below. RDO Truck Center Co., Fargo, N.D.   Truck & Equipment Corp./MacLease, Inc., Winchester, Va.   Columbus Truck & Equipment Ctr., LLC/Southeastern Leasing & Rental LLC, Columbus, Ohio   Columbus Truck & Equipment Ctr., LLC/Southeastern Leasing & Rental LLC, Marietta, Ohio   Mack Sales and Service of Manitoba/Concord Truck Rentals, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba   Mack Sales and ...

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Minimizer introduces coding system

Minimizer has implemented the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard system for its line of fenders and other products. The Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard, or VMRS, is a trucking business system that describes parts and maintenance activities using numbers instead of words. VMRS helps repair facilities improve maintenance management for their customers or their own fleets by providing a way to extract consistent data from repair orders, Minimizer says. Originally designed as a universal translator for communicating from the ...

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Kenworth starts 2013 Kenworth Road Tour

Kenworth Truck Company launched the 2013 Kenworth Road Tour this week. The tour takes the new Kenworth T880 vocational model and the Kenworth T680 on-highway model with the new mid-roof 52-inch sleeper on the road to customer events hosted by 34 Kenworth dealerships across the United States and Canada before year-end. The Kenworth Road Tour opens at MHC Kenworth in Kansas City, Mo.  The tour truck and comprehensive trailer exhibit will make stops at various Kenworth dealerships in ...

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Firestone begins football tour

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions launched the second leg of its Firestone Drives America Tour at the NCAA College Football game between Stanford and San Jose State Saturday, Sept. 7. The tour continues this fall as the road show stops at eight select college football games. The road show crossed the country this summer, stopping at 12 Minor League Baseball games. Tour attendees learned about company’s new line of Firestone eco-Products. Firestone made donations to local food banks along the ...

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Lancaster, Calif., driver wins Rite Aid trucking challenge

William Plevney of Lancaster, Calif., Rite Aid distribution center took top honors in Rite Aid's National Driver Skills Challenge, which took place in Perryman, Md., July 20. Lowell Lee of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., distribution center and Roger Melton for the El Monte, Calif., facility. Rite Aid’s Driver Skills Challenge recognizes drivers' skill and safety practices based on a series of American Trucking Associations format challenges designed to test the truckers’ skills in three critical areas—maneuvering behind the ...

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Dealer group opens new Pete facility

Salt Lake City is home to the newest Peterbilt dealership in the company’s 270-plus dealer network with the relocation of Jackson Group Peterbilt’s flagship location to a 128,000 square-foot facility. The new full-service dealership includes 2,500 square-feet of retail display space and 70 service bays – six of which are certified for the maintenance and repair of natural gas vehicles. The new dealership is located at: 1910 South 5500 West Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 801-486-8781 local 800-633-7383 toll free Its ...

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Pilot opens two new stops

Pilot Flying J will open two new truck stops — a Pilot Travel Center  in Oakwood, Ill. and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio.  The Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., is located off Interstate 74 at Exit 206 at 503 N. Oakwood St. and offers various amenities, including: ·         Seven diesel lanes and 10 gasoline lanes with high-speed pumps ·         PJ Fresh Marketplace serving breakfast platters, salads, sandwiches, frozen yogurt, pizza, hot dogs and more ·         ...

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