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Bridgestone raises tire prices

The prices of tires for light- and medium-duty trucks, off-road vehicles and others increased up to 8 percent Nov. 1, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced. Tire prices are increasing across several divisions, the Nashville, Tenn.-based tire operations said.

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Study: Truck owners happy with timely arrivals

Medium-duty truck owners are more satisfied with their purchase if trucks are ready when promised, J. D. Power and Associates said of recent survey results. The marketing analysts found that overall service satisfaction averages 215 points higher on a 1,000-point scale among medium-duty truck owners The study also finds that engine- or fuel-related problems typically result in the greatest amount of downtime. A truck with an engine or a fuel problem averages eight days of downtime, said ...

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Hornaday driver wins service award

Hornaday Transportation driver Obediah Anderson has won the top prize in a customer service campaign, the Monroeville, Ala.-based carrier announced. A flatbed operator, Anderson won $200 and a stainless steel barbecue grill in the Keep ‘Em Rollin’ campaign. Read more at Hornaday Transportation.

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Averitt wins customer service award

Averitt Express, based in Cookeville, Tenn., has won two 2010 Quest for Quality awards given by Logistics Management magazine for outstanding customer service. The awards are in the South/South Central Regional Less-than-Truckload and Third-Party Logistics categories. Read more about the awards at Averitt Express.

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Rush names inaugural Chrome & Class show winners

Gene McKinney of West Blocton, Ala., garnered the People’s Choice award at the inaugural Chrome & Class Truck Show.

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Great Dane plant restarts

The first Great Dane trailers were completed at the Jonesboro, Ark., facility in mid-October following a recall of about 70 employees in September, the trailer maker announced. The plant had been idle since October of last year. Initially, 20 SSL dry freight vans featuring single-sided laminate interior lining will be built per week, said a company spokeswoman Michelle Ryan. Dry freight van net orders have increased after a period of decline, Ryan said. Read about the trailer maker ...

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Home-weekly fleets offered

Home-weekly fleets have started in several regions nationally, Crete Carrier Corp. announced. Drivers will be paid on practical route miles and can enjoy home time on a weekly basis, a spokesman with the Lincoln, Neb.-carriers group said. Both Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking recently increased starting driver pay 3 cents per practical mile. Read more at Crete Carrier or at Shaffer.

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Xtra Lease to host grand opening

The Xtra Lease Nashville trailer dealership will celebrate a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the company’s site, which has been newly relocated following devastation from floods in early May. Now in LaVergne, near Nashville, the dealership will commemorate the opening with talks on CSA 2010 regulations and U.S. Department of Transportation audits, as well as a demonstration of a DOT safety inspection. Like many other businesses, the over-the-road trailer rental ...

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Sign-on bonus offered

Contractors who sign up with Roadrunner Transportation Services can earn incentive of up to $2,000 per quarter through October to Dec. 31, 2001. The incentives will be earned from operating in specific lanes and regions through a point-based system, said Mark Pluff, director of Roadrunner Transportation Services linehaul development. The Cudahy, Wis.-based carrier offers less-than-truckload, truckload, expededited, third-party and specialized services. Read details at Roadrunner Transportation Services.

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Shell launches lube tour

Shell is touring eight U.S. cities through Oct. 28 to educate fleet owners and maintenance managers about products and services.

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