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TA/Petro honors five truckers by naming truck stops after them

Five veteran truck drivers were honored March 27 by TA Petro Stopping Centers not just for their exemplary driving careers, but also for their work in the communities in which they live and the trucking industry in general.

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Stemco expects TrailerTail to become industry norm

Stemco's recent acquisition of ATDynamics, which is known for its TrailerTail that streamlines air at the rear of box vans, has led to a major expansion of its sales force, said Stemco Vice President Bob Montgomery at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Montgomery also announced that Stemco has introduced a more durable hose for its tire inflation systems. The new replacement hoses are more rugged and performs better in high temperatures. Testing has repeatedly ...

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Hyper-fuel-efficient concept tractor-trailer in development by Shell, AirFlow

Shell Lubricants announced March 26 it has partnered with AirFlow Truck Company to develop a hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 truck and trailer concept vehicle. The announcement came at a press briefing at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The concept truck, which is being dubbed the StarShip, centers on aerodynamics, with the aim being to develop a design that bucks trends in conventional truck design, says AirFlow President Bob Sliwa. The companies plan to complete a ...

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Volvo updates I-Shift, unveils liftable axle system for 6×2 applications

Volvo launched several new initiatives at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., March 26, including a specialized I-Shift automated transmission for severe duty applications and a new Adaptive Loading System based around an automatically-controlled 6×2 liftable forward axle.

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Mack Trucks launches 6×2 liftable pusher axle for OTR Pinnacle

Mack Trucks has honed in on a very specific set of goals in the years ahead, and integration is a central focus. “(Integration) is about application excellence; about finding and developing a truck that is going to work in that specific application,” says Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “Integration also optimizes communication between drive and power trains, in turn boosting efficiency.” In another step toward application excellence, Mack Trucks introduced Thursday at the 2015 ...

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Trucker named Highway Hero for rescuing jailer

Clint Blackburn, a Kentucky driver who saved a law enforcement official from an attack by a hostile prisoner, was named the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Thursday at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. He won $5,000, a trophy and a Highway Hero ring. Finalists David Fredericksen, a driver from Windermere, Fla., and Mack Guffey, a driver from Gainesboro, Tenn., were present for the announcement and won $1,000 each. Blackburn was grateful to receive the award ...

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Bridgestone brings back Dayton Truck tire brand

After falling dormant for the past several years, Bridgestone is breathing new life into its Dayton Truck Tire brand. In January, Bridgestone committed to resurrecting the brand but rather than trying to compete Bridgestone, the company’s OE line or Firestone, the company’s retail brand, Dayton was slated to take a different path. Matt Loos, director of truck & bus marketing for Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, says Dayton was brought back from the abyss as an owner-operator and small ...

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Alcoa’s new wheel greatly increases corrosion resistance

Alcoa introduced the Dura-Bright EVO, an improved version of its primary commercial vehicle wheel, Thursday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The wheel is 10 times more resistant than prior products to corrosion primarily caused by road salts and weather elements, and more resistant to chemicals found in the toughest truck cleaning agents, said Victor Marquez, vice president and general manager for the Americas. This durability enables the use of a wider variety of ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Photos: Freightliner unveils futuristic SuperTruck concept

Freightliner this week unveiled a futuristic concept vehicle, the SuperTruck, which it says has been in the works for half a decade. Here's a look a the truck.

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Navistar makes OnCommand diagnostics system free, standard on International trucks

Navistar’s OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system will now be free and standard on all 2007 and newer model International trucks, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

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