Industry briefs

Michelin invests in Nova Scotia

Michelin North America announced a $73 million (CDN) project investment at its Waterville, Nova Scotia truck tire plant.

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Volvo looking for safest fleets

Volvo Trucks is searching for the safest fleets in North America to recognize them with the fifth annual Volvo Trucks Safety Award, a $25,000 prize to be used toward the safety-related activities of the two fleets that win.

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Interstate Van gets award

Interstate Van Lines of Springfield, Va., has been awarded a 2012 Fleet Safety award by the American Moving & Storage Association.

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J.J. Keller celebrates 60 years

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. will begin a year-long celebration of its 60th “Diamond Anniversary” this year. A J.J. Keller history book supplement hightlighting the company’s changes and growth will be produced, as well as several events taking place in honor of the anniversary.  John Keller established the company in downtown Nennah, Wis., in 1953, as a one-man regulatory consulting, warehousing and insurance underwriting operation. The company has grown over the years, expanding to offer ...

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ABF driver helps elderly couple

Indiana-native Ronnie Milner, a company driver for ABF Freight System, Inc., of Arkansas, has been named TCA’s newest Highway Angel. Milner was driving southbound along I-57 in Illinois when he saw a car turned sideways across both lanes. He found an elderly couple inside the car, and after determining they were safe to move, he helped them out of the car and got them out of harm’s way. He called 911 and used his truck ...

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Mae Jemison to speak at WTS conference

Scientist and astronaut Mae Jemison has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2013 annual conference of WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation. Dr. Jemison was the first black women to go into space and NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and STS-47 Spacelab Japan mission in September 1992. She will join Gloria Steinem, the leader of the women’s liberation movement in ...

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Daily Express owner-operator bonus

Daily Express Trucking announced a one-time special performance and safety bonus to its owner-operators for 2012. The bonus was issued in addition to the company’s long-standing mileage and safety bonus programs. The main factors determining the bonus were each individual owner-operator’s performance with mileage, earnings and safety.

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Chevron’s Million Mile inductees

Chevron Delo announced this week the December 2012 inductees to the company’s Million Mile Club. The eight new drivers are inducted based on one million safe accident-free miles. As a new inductee to the club, each driver receives a personalized Million Mile Club jacket, a club membership card, and a gift from other participating sponsors. The December inductees are as follows: Tanya Medina, Tri State Motor Transit, Jupiter, FL Terry Smith, SLH Transport, Miramichi, NB John Waldvogel, Averitt Express, ...

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Access permits via smartphone

Drivers can now obtain oversize and overweight permits via smartphones from West Chester Permit's online ordering system. The smartphone and tablet-friendly system enables drivers to both order permits and check the status of their orders anywhere they have Internet connection. Issued permits are automatically emailed to customers, which can then be printed. This option eliminates the need to drivers to wait on a fax while on the job. Android, Blackberry and Windows phones are recommended.

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Bridgestone reintroduces Dayton brand

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, announced this week the reintroduction of its Dayton medium-duty truck tire line for 2013. The tires are made in the U.S. and, because of lower costs, Bridgestone says, they're made for small fleets and independent drivers. The tires are available for steer, drive, and trailer applications, and each application comes in a variety of sizes.

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