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Mack opening new Texas dealership

Mack Trucks this week announced it will open a new dealership in August in Cotulla, Texas. The 40,000-sq.-ft. Valley Truck Center facility will be located at 206 W FM 468, off Exit 67 on Interstate 35, mid-way between San Antonio and Laredo. The new facility will also have the largest Mack Trucks sign in the world, the company says. Mack says that since 2010, its dealers have invested $380 million into expansion, resulting in: a 35 percent ...

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Love’s adds CNG fueling at two locations

Love’s Travel Stops announced this week it is adding fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capabilities at two of its existing Oklahoma stops: one in Ardmore and one in Webbers Falls. Upon completion, Love’s says it will have 16 CNG filling stations for heavy-duty trucks. The Ardmore location will be the second Love’s with fast-fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks on I-35. The Webbers Falls location will be the sixth Love’s on I-40 to receive fast-fill CNG. Love’s says ...

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Overdrive founder ‘spent his entire life trying to better’ trucking

Mike Parkhurst’s friends say they will remember Overdrive’s founder and longtime editor for championing deregulation and the cause of the owner-operator. Also, a roundup of reader reactions to Parkhurst's passing.

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Video: Tablet-controlled tractor-trailer, automated-manual transmission test drive

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts was in Germany earlier this month hanging out with the folks from ZF, where the transmission maker introduced a new automated-transmission and a tractor-trailer equipped with a system that allows remote controlled operation of the vehicle via a tablet computer.  Roberts shot the two videos above — one a test drive with the new transmission and the other of him and others toying around with the tablet-controlled truck.  Click here to read ...

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Trucking’s Top Rookie finalists announced, $25k in prizes available

Randall-Reilly, publisher of Overdrive, has announced the finalists in its 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest. More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be given to the winners.

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Diesel price continues tumbling, hits 8-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 1.1 cents to $3.858 in the week ended July 28, marking the fourth consecutive week the price fell. It’s still at its lowest point since mid-November 2013.

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Navistar introduces used truck reconditioning, resale program

The company has introduced Diamond Renewed, a comprehensive inspection and mechanical reconditioning process for International used trucks taken in via trade that it says will improve the value and marketability of the trucks when returned to the wholesale, retail and dealer marketplaces.

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‘Trucks are for girls!’

In an effort to engage young women in the trucking industry, the Women in Trucking Association has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana region.

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Maverick builds multi-million driver training facility

Maverick Transportation last week, unveiled a new 13,000-sq.-ft. driver training facility that has multiple classrooms and five training bays.  The North Little Rock, Ark.-based company invested $4 million into the facility, which is capable of housing 210 driver students at once.  Maverick says 75 percent of the people that apply for driving positions at the company have no prior experience. It also said it received more than 50,000 applications last year for driving positions.  Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe ...

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Number of truck border-crossings continues string of increases in 2013

Data released last week by the Department of Transportation shows that for the fourth straight year the number of truck crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico rose, with 2013’s crossings climbing to 10.8 million — 1.1 percent higher than 2012’s.

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