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KeepTruckin enables GPS location

With the latest update to the KeepTruckin logbook for iPhone and Android and fleet management dashboard, fleets can view drivers’ current locations on an interactive map.

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Eddie Kilroy anchoring new Freymiller radio station

Kilroy, former longtime host on XM Radio's "Willie's Place," hosts a morning show 8-12 CST for driver call-ins and country music on the carrier's online radio station.

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Cargomatic app gets $8M investment

Cargomatic, an app that aims to connect local shippers and carriers, announced this week it has received $8 million in investments, led by Canaan Partners, the company says.

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PDA Xpress designed to speed up accident appraisals

Property Damage Appraisers, a national network of vehicle damage appraisers, has launched PDA Xpress, a solution designed to turn customers’ smartphones into fast easy-to-use estimate tools that lighten adjusters’ workloads and help manage estimates. The company says PDA Xpress increases efficiency, decreases cycle time and helps adjusters close claims quicker, making it suitable for commercial heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks and trailers, as well as other heavy equipment. PDA says that in cases where extensive damage occurs and ...

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Penske Used Trucks opens 3 new dealerships

Penske Used Trucks has doubled its commercial truck dealership footprint in North America, introducing centers in Dallas, metro Atlanta and Ontario. The company now has six locations including Phoenix; Torrance, Calif.; and Charlotte, N.C. Here are local details: • Dallas: 4415 Irving Blvd.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; 972-728-4209. • Conyers, Ga.: 1481 Dogwood Drive S.W.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 770-483-5263. • Mississauga, Ontario: 1610 Enterprise Road, Unit B; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 905-696-7775.

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Eaton enhances split shaft PTO for UltraShift Plus

Eaton said it has expanded the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus automated transmissions for vocational applications through enhanced split shaft power take-off capabilities that allow for transmission gear selection and clutch control outside of a vehicle’s cab. The company said that eliminating the need for operators to enter and exit the cab to change transmission gears helps enhance jobsite efficiency and reduce fatigue. Based on vehicle application and body builder design, the transmission also allows ...

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Onspot’s GSA contract renewed

Onspot of North America, a provider of automatic tire chains, announced that its General Services Administration contract has been renewed for another five years. Onspot’s automatic tire chains are designed to allow the operator to engage and disengage tire chains with a dashboard switch without stopping, enhancing traction and braking in snow and ice while remaining productive. Under the GSA contract, Onspot supplies its devices to the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Parks and Recreation Department, ...

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Mack offering special financing for veterans

Mack Financial Services has announced that it will again be offering returning veterans special financing terms for new Mack commercial vehicles in 2015.

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Kane Is Able opens California distribution center

Scranton, Pa.-based third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able Inc. opened a 211,000-square-foot distribution center in Rialto, Calif., to address growing customer demand in the Southern California market. The Inland Empire facility, 50 miles east of Los Angeles, will provide cross-dock, distribution and transportation services.

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A. Duie Pyle opens logistics center

A. Duie Pyle opened a new logistics center to support all of the West Chester, Pa.-based company’s services, including its less-than truckload, truckload, warehousing and distribution, custom dedicated and brokerage operations. The facility in Westampton, N.J., has a 132,000-square-foot warehouse and 101 doors for progressive loading and unloading and is located near both the Ports of New York and New Jersey, as well as a railyard for consolidation and deconsolidation.

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