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CRST Van Expedited increases pay

CRST Van Expedited has announced an immediate pay increase of up to 6 cents per mile for both recent truck driving school graduates and experienced drivers, depending on their length of time with the company. “This pay increase is targeted at helping drivers during their first six months of employment with us, when we know times are toughest financially,” says Jim Chapman, recruiting manager. “A recent school graduate will see an average of $75 to $150 ...

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CSA testimony focuses on safety evaluations

Trucking representatives said the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 is good in some regards, but they have concerns about how its data is used in safety evaluations.

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Detroit Diesel recognized for reducing energy use

Detroit Diesel’s Engine Manufacturing Center in Redford, Mich., is one of the first manufacturing plants to reduce energy use in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenge, the diesel engine maker announced. The engine maker met goals for reducing its so-called energy intensity by 17 percent, exceeding the federal agency’s reduction goal by 7 percent. Tasks in the agency’s Energy Star challenge include lowering and tracking energy use and verifying subsequent savings. The Redford, Mich.-based manufacturer was also ...

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Stevens orders 500 aerodynamic Kenworth T700s

Stevens Transport has ordered 500 aerodynamic Kenworth T700s equipped with 400-hp Cummins ISX engines, the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker announced. The tractor is certified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program, said Kenworth Chief Engineer Preston Feight. Stevens, a refrigerated carrier based in Dallas, ordered 75-inch aerodyne sleepers as well for the tractors. For details, visit www.stevenstransport.com and www.kenworth.com.

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$1.465B OKd for LBJ Freeway in Dallas

The amount represents the second-largest loan in DOT's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.

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$1.465B OKd for Dallas road

The amount represents the second-largest loan in DOT's Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.

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Boots grabs Great West Truck Show win

Boots Chivington's 2002 KW W900L, Boots & Barbed Wire, garnered the highest honor – the Limited Mileage Best of Show.

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Crankcase ventilation technology

The crankcase ventilation system mounts easily onto the truck’s engine and meets specifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and original equipment maker, the company says. It implements jet pump technology to allow for placement anywhere on the engine, the company says. The system will be used to support Navistar’s 2010 line of MaxxForce 7 V8 engine platforms. Cummins Filtration, www.cumminsfiltration.com

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Rivetless self-setting covers

The covers for the self-setting automatic brake adjusters help maintain optimum brake lining-to-drum clearance, the company says. The front and rear covers have no rivets and are held in place with an adhesive compound, which the company says offers better sealing and improves tamper resistance. Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.haldex.com

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Veteran champion tractor pullers get Shell backing

Larry and Adam Koester, an award-winning tractor-pulling team, have sponsorship from Shell Rotella for the 2010 National Tractor Pullers Association season, the heavy-duty engine oil company announced. Larry Koester and his son, Adam Koester, are former champions in the mini-modified division. Through tractor pulling, Larry has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio for more than 10 years and is a spokesperson for the outreach.  Adam Koester is entering his sixth year of grand national ...

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