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Women in Trucking, NASCAR driver join to honor fallen vets

Women in Trucking has announced it is teaming with NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb and her No. 10 Driven 2 Honor NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team in a fund raising effort to benefit Wreaths Across America. Each WIT member who donates to Wreaths Across America will have a decal with his or her name (or the person honored by the donation) placed on Cobb’s racing truck. Also, one dollar frome each wreath donation will go ...

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Peterbilt opens Model 579 online configuration tool

Peterbilt announced last week that truck buyers can now fully spec Model 579s with a new interactive configuration tool on peterbilt.com. Users can select sleeper options, interior trim packages, exterior color, axles, aerodynamic fairings, headlamps, bright options and performance levels of the Paccar MX-13 engine. Users can then save and email an image of their truck and get in touch with a Peterbilt dealership to complete the process. The configurator can be accessed from peterbilt.com’s home page by ...

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PrePass adds two Miss. weigh stations

PrePass announced this week it has added two new Mississippi weigh stations to its station bypass list.  The stations are located on Interstate 55 about 20 miles south of Memphis, and the service is now available at both the southbound and northbound weigh stations.  PrePass is at 306 stations and inspection facilities nationwide. PrePass estimates its bypass service saved drivers more than 225,772 hours last year, which it says equates to $1 million in fuel savings and ...

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CNBC series probes truck crashes

A new "Collision course" mainstream investigative series on truck crashes debuts. Links to where to watch and comment here.

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Mack opening new Texas dealership

Mack Trucks this week announced it will open a new dealership in August in Cotulla, Texas. The 40,000-sq.-ft. Valley Truck Center facility will be located at 206 W FM 468, off Exit 67 on Interstate 35, mid-way between San Antonio and Laredo. The new facility will also have the largest Mack Trucks sign in the world, the company says. Mack says that since 2010, its dealers have invested $380 million into expansion, resulting in: a 35 percent ...

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Love’s adds CNG fueling at two locations

Love’s Travel Stops announced this week it is adding fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capabilities at two of its existing Oklahoma stops: one in Ardmore and one in Webbers Falls. Upon completion, Love’s says it will have 16 CNG filling stations for heavy-duty trucks. The Ardmore location will be the second Love’s with fast-fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks on I-35. The Webbers Falls location will be the sixth Love’s on I-40 to receive fast-fill CNG. Love’s says ...

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‘Trucks are for girls!’

In an effort to engage young women in the trucking industry, the Women in Trucking Association has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana region.

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Maverick builds multi-million driver training facility

Maverick Transportation last week, unveiled a new 13,000-sq.-ft. driver training facility that has multiple classrooms and five training bays.  The North Little Rock, Ark.-based company invested $4 million into the facility, which is capable of housing 210 driver students at once.  Maverick says 75 percent of the people that apply for driving positions at the company have no prior experience. It also said it received more than 50,000 applications last year for driving positions.  Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe ...

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Kinedyne names MATS sweepstakes winners

Cargo securement product maker Kinedyne announced this week the five winners from its Mid-America Trucking Show contest for $1,000 shopping sprees for Kinedyne products.  Attendees registered at the show. The winners are:  David Brown – D&M Enterprises John Griswold – Griswold Trucking Lisa Prince – Johnny’s Garage Diane Doroff – S&D Express Shirley Batteiger – K&B Hauling

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Hotels4Truckers.com updated

Company head and former driver Daniel Fuller reports the Hotels4Truckers.com update Overdrive reported on in this story is now live. With the update, the website, offering discounts to drivers on hotel booking as well as verified listings of hotels around the nation with adequate truck parking, removes its membership fee of $9.95 completely. Fuller notes also that former members whose paid registrations had lapsed would need to have their old memberships manually removed "to allow you to ...

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