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Trucker Buddy honors Mercer driver

Steve Dyer, an owner-operator leased to Mercer Transportation, has been chosen as December 2010's Truck Buddy of the Month, the educational outreach Trucker Buddy International said. Dyer is honored for volunteering at Carr Creek Elementary in Hindman, Ky., where he visited with students in discussions about his job and his travels. He also sent pictures and e-mails from all over the nation, helping to make geography more hands-on for the students. Dwight Creech, principal of Carr Creek Elementary, ...

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Trucker Buddy honors Mercer driver

Steve Dyer, an owner-operator leased to Mercer Transportation, has been named the December 2010 Truck Buddy of the Month, the educational outreach Trucker Buddy International announced. Dyer is honored for volunteering at Carr Creek Elementary in Hindman, Ky., where he visited with students in discussions about his job and his travels. He also sent pictures and e-mails from all over the nation, helping to make geography more hands-on for the students. Dwight Creech, principal of Carr Creek ...

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Navistar-Modec expands eStar sales, service

To serve the eStar electric medium-duty truck, the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance has added sales and service facilities at Chicago International Trucks in Chicago; Rechtien International Trucks in Miami; K. Neal International Trucks in Washington, D.C.; Beltway Cos. in Baltimore and D.C.; and DATTCO in New England. The eStar is an all-electric vehicle and has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. The truck is a Class 2-3 vehicle and ...

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Illinois DOT suspends HOS rules for petroleum haulers

Petroleum haulers are exempt from Illinois' hours of service regulations until 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, or until bad weather has subsided, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Monday. The lift was declared due to increased fuel demands as a result of severe weather in the Midwest. An extension is possible, if conditions exists, IDOT says.

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Utility donates $20,000 to United Way

The 325 employees of Utility Trailer Manufacturing’s plant in Glad Springs, Va., raised and donated $20,000 to the United Way of Russell and Washington counties, Utility announced in January.

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TA upgrades driver lounges

TravelCenters of America announced driver lounges have been upgraded to feature 55-in. or larger flat-panel, high-definition televisions in all TA and Petro locations. Petro’s large movie room locations will also offer surround sound and DVD/VCR combos. La-Z-Boy theater seating and carpet are being installed in some locations, too, and all upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of January. The company says, however, that with the upgrades, driver lounges and theaters are now ...

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Crete opens Indianapolis terminal

National carrier Crete Carrier Corp. will open its new Indianapolis, Ind., terminal Jan. 28, the fleet announced. The terminal is built on six acres of fenced land, and the 30,000-square-ft. building has a shop with 10 bays, a tractor/trailer shop and an office. There is also hard surface, lighted parking available. Crete plans on renovating the building's interior to add a driver training room, restrooms, showers, laundry room, lunch room and bunk rooms. The carrier ...

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Lubricant may help fuel economy

Gordon Murray Design and Shell research teams have partnered to develop a lubricant to help increase fuel economy, potentially by more than 6 percent across multiple vehicle ranges, according to a report from Shell. The ultra low viscosity 0W-10 motor oil was used on a Gordon Murray city vehicle design, the T.25 city car, and increased 6.5 percent in fuel efficiency. Shell says the blending of low viscosity oil will not only help fuel efficiency, ...

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U.S Xpress celebrates 25th anniversary

U.S. Xpress executives are optimistic the trucking industry will gain momentum in the future despite hurdles.

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U.S. Xpress orders 1,000 SmartWay certified trucks

U.S. Xpress, based in Chattanooga, Tenn., has ordered 1,000 new Peterbilt 587s, the truck maker announced. Peterbilt’s new Model 587s have been certified as fuel-efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. The 587 has an aerodynamic design made for long-haul operations, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and reduces NOx emissions, particulate matter and other air pollutants. The truck is available with two sleeper options or in a day cab configuration.

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