Industry briefs

Transport Corp. raises pay

Transport Corp. of America has raised owner-operator pay 2 cents per mile, bringing the pay to 93 cents per mile, the Eagan, Minn.-based carrier announced. Owner-operators with hazmat endorsement will receive an additional 2-cent increase, making the total 95 cents per mile. On July 31, company driver pay will increase 1 cent per mile, the carrier said.

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Drivers can register for 25 prizes yet to be given away in’s six-month Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes. The first round of winners has been selected and the second group of 25 more will be awarded in September. Registration for the sweepstakes online at is ongoing until Aug. 31, 2011.

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Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announces price increases

The prices of Bridgestone and Firestone truck and bus tire products, Bandag brand retreads and related retreading materials have been increased starting immediately, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announced. The prices of Bridgestone, Firestone and Continuum over-the-road tires will also be raised starting Aug. 1. The total average increase for all products will be 11 percent. The tire maker’s president Kurt Danielson said volatile market conditions, intense supply pressures and escalating ray materials have contributed to the ...

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Marten institutes detention pay

Drivers who arrive on time and are delayed by a shipper or receiver for more than two hours over the scheduled delivery time will be paid for the detention effective July 1, Marten Transport said. The rates are $12 per hour for company drivers and $20 per hour for owner-operators for every hour detained beyond the two-hour limit, up to 11 hours, the Mondovi, Wis.-based carrier said. For details, visit Marten Transport.  

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Allied and Shell team to aid Joplin tornado relief

Shell Oil Co. and Allied Oil & Supply have teamed up to assist tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Mo. Shell donated 420 cases of Pennzoil Premium 2-Cycle Oil, which employees at Allied’s Joplin branch handed out at the Cummins Central Power lot to power small machinery.  About 100 cases remain of the donated oil. Anyone in need of the product should contact John Hilbert at 417-623-4771, or visit Allied Oil & Supply, located at 5442 Highway 43 ...

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Kenworth opens dealership in Madison, Ala.

Kenworth of Alabama and Mississippi has opened a new dealership in Madison, Ala. that offers truck drivers access to a full-service dealership off of Interstate 65 in Huntsville. The new 25,000 square-foot dealership offers 10 service bays for Kenworth PremierCare ExpressLube customers, a fully stocked parts department, a display area for new and used trucks and a driver’s lounge. For more information visit

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Navistar donates step van for tornado relief

Navistar International has donated a step van valued at $20,000 to the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organizations, a catalyst for community development in areas of the Alabama Black Belt. The van donation is intended to help the nonprofit in its rebuilding efforts following devastation from the April 27 tornadoes.  In addition to the vehicle donation, the truck maker donated $50,000 to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, established by Gov. Robert Bentley to help Alabama residents recover ...

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England becomes SmartWay partner

England Logistics has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the SmartWay Transport program, the Salt Lake City-based carrier announced. The SmartWay program helps carriers try to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. Learn more at SmartWay and at England Logistics.

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Lighting compliance website launched

A new website on the new regulatory Compliance, Safety and Accountability program is available for use, lighting manufacturer Truck-Lite Co., announced. The site, at, is designed to provide users with answers to frequently asked questions regarding lights and lighting regulations, as well as other onsite customer training materials, Jamie Lindemuth, Truck-Lite marketing coordinator, says. Visit Truck-Lite for details.

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Sunglasses to be GATS giveaway

One thousand pairs of sunglasses will be given away at the Minimizer booth during the Great American Truck show in Dallas, Aug. 25-27, the company announced.            A new product will be unveiled at the show, the company said. For more information, visit Minimizer.

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