Industry briefs

Industry at Sea event sails in Sept.

The Industry at Sea event, hosted by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition, will set sail September 12 from Port Canaveral, Florida, aboard Royal Carribean's "Enchantment of the Seas" vessel.

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Love’s now offering freight factoring; low rates, free remote processing

Love's has introduced Love's Financial, which will offer factoring services for drivers. Love's says it will pay within 24 hours, allowing drivers to get money for loads before shippers would have paid them.  The new service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring is different than a loan, meaning drivers won’t incur debt and it comes without the same level of credit restrictions, ...

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Total Transportation boosts pay

Total Transportation of Mississippi has announced a pay increase for its company drivers effective immediately.

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B-T Inc. driver of the month

B-T Inc. named Eric Dillard the company's Driver of the Month for May. Dillard was nominated by his fleet manager, Chris Krogman. Dillard has worked with B-T for 11 years.  In addition to winning a B-T gift certificate, he will now be eligible to compete for Driver/Owner-Operator of the Year. This year-end recognition brings a 1-cent-per-mile pay increase for twelve months. B-T's Drivers of the Month are selected by their fleet managers based on overall ...

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New partnership on CNG trucks

Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Watson Engineering are teaming on Mainstay's proprietary on-board CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy-duty trucks.

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XRS update automates IFTA

Electronic-log and in-vehicle communications software developer XRS' latest software release debuted Sunday, June 22. The new features and enhancements include the debut of XRS Trip Management, automated IFTA filing, upgrades to FLX Forms editing and overall improvements to system performance.

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Mack puts $26M into truck plant

Mack Trucks announced this week a $26 million upgrade project to its truck assembly plant in Macungie, Pa., that will "improve the plant's efficiency and help it deliver even higher quality trucks" to buyers, the truck and engine maker said.  The investment includes a realignment of sub-assembly and material handling to more efficiently support the main vehicle assembly lines.  The plant will also implement new processes and install new equipment to improve its post-production inspection and ...

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Barr-Nunn upping team pay

Barr-Nunn Transportation announced this week it is raising its pay for team drivers to a base rate of 55 cents a mile (empty or loaded) and 59 cents a mile for hazmat loads (placarded or not).  After a year at Barr-Nunn, team drivers can get 56 cents a mile.  The carrier is also offering new teams $1,250 for each driver on their first pay checks and an incremental 5-cent a mile split for the first 120 days. 

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C.R. England opens new terminal, adds LNG trucks

C.R. England (No. 14 in the CCJ Top 250) announced the opening last week of a 48,000-sqaure-foot. terminal in Colton, Calif., and the addition of 10 new liquefied natural gas-powered trucks for its Southern California fleets.  The 34-acre facility has a 30,000-square-foot maintenance shop with eight service bays and a truck wash; an 18,000-square-foot driver resource center where drivers can do laundry, watch TV, play games and exercise; parking for more than 250 tractors and 350 ...

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Mack rolls out new website

Mack Trucks says it has — in conjunction with its recently updated branding initiatives — updated its website (, aiming at ease of use by customers.  The site is optimized for mobile devices and "serves as a straightforward source of information about Mack's products and services and helps customers connect with local Mack dealers," the truck maker says.  The website allows buyers to search for the Mack model best suited for their application — highway, construction, refuse, ...

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