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Apex’ authority start-up service

The Apex Capital Startup Program adds to its newly minted load board for clients and other benefits the factoring company offers to customers

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Love’s opens three new stops

Love’s Travel Stops announced this week it opened three new locations: Franklin, Va., at the intersection of U.S. Highways 58 and 258 Angola, Ind., at Exit 348 on I-69 Indianola, Miss., at the intersection of HIghways 82 and 49 The Franklin location has a Bojangles, and the Angola and Indianola stops have a Hardee’s. The Angola location has 118 parking spots. Franklin has 76 spots, and Indianola has 56. All three are open 24/7 and have gourmet coffee, merchandise and ...

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Werner’s ALS ice-bucket challenge

Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises president and chief operating officer, took on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and issued his own challenge -- to all Werner drivers.

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Kenworth adds nat gas option to T880

Kenworth announced this week it is adding a natural gas option for the Kenworth T880, the company’s flagship vocational truck.  The Kenworth T880 day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations now can be specified with the factory-installed Cummins Westport ISX12 G 400-hp natural gas engine with 1,450 lb-ft of torque. The ISX12 G is available with manual, automatic and Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission options. Kenworth says the nat gas option is "ideal" for T880 dump trucks, mixers, ...

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Love’s opens two new locations

Love’s Travel Stops opened two new locations this week. One is in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34.

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Drivewyze, ALK combine mapping and bypass tech for app

Drivewyze and ALK Technologies announced this week a collaboration in which it is integrating key functions of the two individual services into one app, called CoPilot Truck, available on both iOS and Android platforms.

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Transport America upping driver pay

Transport America has announced it is increasing pay for both current and new drivers. The pay increase is for drivers in solo, team, regional and owner-operator divisions, TA says. It goes into effect Sept. 1. The carrier has also lifted its requirement of the for the hazmat endorsement on its Pay for Performance Plan, it says. For owner-operators, the pay increase is 2 cents a mile, TA says. Team drivers will get a 1 cent per mile increase, ...

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Fuel card provider Comdata bought for $3.45B

Fleet, virtual card and gift card payment system service Comdata has been sold to FleetCor Technologies from Ceridian LLC for $3.45 billion. The deal is expected to close in December.

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Carrier Transicold unveils remote control panel for reefer units

Carrier Transicold says its new APX remote panels add convenience and efficiency for refrigerated transport operations by placing trailer refrigeration controls in locations more easily accessible to operators.

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U.S Xpress raising driver pay

U.S. Xpress says it is increasing its base mileage pay for over-the-road, non-dedicated drivers by an average of 13 percent. Its pay increase goes into effect Aug. 25. The carrier says its pay increases is designed to help recruit new drivers and retain current drivers. It’s also eliminating its sliding pay scale in favor of what it says is a simpler pay structure in which drivers will earn their base mileage pay regardless of the length of ...

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