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Fleetmaster boosts driver pay

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its road drivers of more than 10 percent, as well as a pay hike for all other drivers. The company said the new pay package – along with its recent enhancements to its detention pay, holiday and vacation pay and 401(k) programs – are examples of its ongoing commitment to improving driver benefits while providing a friendly family-oriented work environment. “Our driver pay has just increased by more than ...

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CRST acquires Pegasus Transportation

CRST International Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced its acquisition of fellow privately-held trucking company Pegasus Transportation Inc. of Louisville, Ky. Terms were not made public, although CRST said it funded the purchase through existing cash reserves, allowing it to remain debt-free. The company reported annual revenues in excess of $1.5 billion. Founded in 1988, Pegasus provides regional truckload services with a focus on the high-security temperature-sensitive health sciences sector and the critical just-in-time automotive industry. ...

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R+L Carriers launches driver recognition program

R+L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, launched a new driver recognition campaign – "More than great drivers. Great people." – to profile their safe driving accomplishments and who they are as individuals. Selected drivers will be honored with their full-size images on the company’s trailers.

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Trucker Path app giving away $5k in prizes

Trucker Path, a smartphone app launched last year that provides truck drivers location-based services such as mapping and nearby truck stops, weigh stations and rest areas, announced this week it is giving away $5,000 in prizes, including an iPad.

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Dayton launches DFXpedited Service

Dayton Freight Lines, a provider of regional less-than-truckload services, introduced DFXpedited Service for expedited shipments to address same-day and next-day needs. DFX will use ground and air transportation – including cargo vans, tractor-trailers, same-day flights and air charters – to serve all of North America. The Dayton, Ohio-based company said 24/7 service is available for freight of any weight and dimension, including hazardous materials.

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A&R Logistics adds warehouse space

A&R Logistics of Louisville, Ky., signed a lease for an additional 70,000 square feet of warehouse space in Jeffersonville, Ind., increasing capacity to 173,000 square feet. The facility offers packaging, transloading and transportation services to bulk and packaging customers.

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Extended Kenworth warranties available

A 3-year/300,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty is available for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial. Also, a 2-year/200,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty is available for new Class 5-7 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial. The Class 5-7 offer is available on qualifying financed no later than Dec. 31, and the Class 8 offer is available on trucks ordered through Dec. 31 and financed no later than March 31, ...

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Webasto’s SmarTemp control available on Cascadias

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America announced that Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks can be spec’d equipped with Webasto’s digital SmarTemp Control, designed to work exclusively with the company’s Air Top 2000 ST bunk air heater. Starting March 2, customers can order the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution with Webasto’s Air Top 2000 ST and SmarTemp Control by using Data Book Option Code 689-093.

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Mac to feature truckers’ health program at MATS

Mac Trailer announced it will help sponsor the Walk A Mile America Foundation’s new program, Truck Drivers Health.org. Barry Pawelek, the foundation’s founder, will discuss his experiences as a retired truck driver at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. The Walk A Mile America Foundation develops health programs through experience, and Pawelek’s story is intended to help drivers understand why they shouldn’t neglect their own health while on the road. Visit the Truck Drivers ...

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Dayton Freight Lines recognized by Navistar

Dayton Freight Lines announced its selection as a recipient of Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award. The Dayton, Ohio-based regional less-than-truckload company was one of 26 top-performing suppliers recognized by Navistar out of more than 1,200 worldwide suppliers. The Diamond group exceeded the company’s performance expectations for quality, delivery, technology and cost. This is the fourth time that Dayton Freight has received the award. “Our products are only as good as the parts we use to build them,” ...

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