Industry briefs

OOIDA, Western Star ‘Spirit of American Trucker’ tour hits the road

After building a truck from the ground up through fan votes, the Western Star “Design Our Star” show truck is now on the road, pulling the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer to truck shows, conferences and truck stops throughout the United States, Daimler announced this week.  The truck is being helmed by Boise, Idaho-based Jon Osburn.  With more than 16,000 votes during the year-long campaign, fans selected the truck model, application, engine, ...

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Truck Centers acquires Indiana Freightliner dealer

Truck Centers, Inc., which operates a network of Freightliner and Western Star dealerships in Illinois and Missouri, announced this week it has completed the acquisition of Freightliner of Evansville, Ind. “This acquisition expands our presence in the Midwest and, more importantly, our Elite Support service network allowing us to better serve our customers and maximize their uptime,” stated Katie Hopkins, vice president of Truck Centers. 

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TransForce buys Transport America for $310M

TransForce (No. 8 in the CCJ Top 250) announced June 2 it has entered into an agreement to acquire Transport America for $310 million from Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. Transport America is a dry van truckload carrier that has 12 terminals, 2,000 staff and independent contractors, 1,500 tractors and 4,400 trailers. "This acquisition will immediately provide TransForce with a critical mass in the highly-fragmented TL sector in the United States and we stand to benefit from ...

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Get your 10-cent coffee at Iowa 80 June 4

Iowa 80 Kitchen, the 300-seat full service restaurant in the Iowa 80 Truckstop will be celebrating 50 years in business on June 4, 2014. The restaurant is offering customers an opportunity to order from a special menu insert with 1964 prices.

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Pilot Flying J offering double reward points on diesel

Pilot Flying J is offering double rewards points in its MyRewards program to drivers through the end of September for diesel purchases.

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Kenworth announces T680 Road Tour

Truck operators will have opportunities to check out the Kenworth T680 Advantage in a three-month road tour announced this week by Kenworth.

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Truck Stop Tour inks sponsor

When country recording artist and Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel spokesperson Lindsay Lawler hits the next stop on her 2014 Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour later this week at the Joplin, Mo., Petro, she will do so with a new official sponsor in Schneider National.

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5 tire tips from Love’s before Roadcheck 2014

Love’s Truck Tire Care is offering the tips below on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Roadcheck 2014, taking place this week. “Tires are among the highest expenses for fleets and owner-operators. Tires and wheels accounted for 10 percent of out-of-service violations during last year’s Roadcheck,” said Dan Jensen, director of tire sales and service for Love’s. “Our roadside assistance calls increase every year ...

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Rock blasting to cause big delays on I-90 in Washington

The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers that closures on Interstate 90 due to rock blasting could add two hours to travel time in the eastbound lanes from mile markers 56 to 61.  The delays will occur May 27-May 30.  Click here to read WDOT's advisory and check what days will see what delays. 

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TAT, WIT start program to combat human trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) and Women in Trucking (WIT) are looking for 25 women drivers to participate in a three-month pilot program handing out lip balm bearing a special message to girls and women who might be human trafficking victims. To harness this potential for female interaction, TAT and WIT are launching a three-month pilot to run from July 7-Sept. 30. If successful, the program has the potential to expand across the United States with an ...

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