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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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    Trucking: The industry that gives

    June 23, 2017 by James Menzies

    It’s summer time, and that means it’s the season of truck shows, convoys, and fundraising barbecues. It also means trucking is front and center when it comes to raising money for worthwhile causes. I’ve been blown away by the effort

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    Trailer production climbed in May: ACT Research

    June 23, 2017 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer production increased 12% in May, thanks to two additional build days and strong orders. The production rate was up 2% year-over-year, according to ACT Research. “The majority of the May increase resulted from two more days

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    Class 8 truck production hits 18-month high: ACT

    June 21, 2017 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – North American Class 8 truck production hit an 18-month high in May, thanks to strong orders through the first quarter. A rising build rate resulting from those orders drove up Class 8 orders. “Annualized, May’s production rate

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    Seven fleets to participate in Run on Less demonstration

    June 20, 2017 by James Menzies

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Seven U.S. fleets have signed on to participate in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) first Run on Less demonstration. Each fleet is contributing a fuel-efficient truck and driver to be tracked for a three-week

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    Huayi Tire Canada names eastern region sales manager

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    MARKHAM, Ont. – Huayi Tire Canada (HTC), distributor of Double Coin tires and associated brands, has named Robert Vetter its new east region fleet sales manager. Vetter brings nearly 50 years of tire industry experience to the role, the company

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    Pirelli truck tire brand has new North American leader

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    ROME, Ga. – Alex Vitale has been named CEO of TP Commercial Solutions’ North America operations. The company, which produces Pirelli brand commercial truck tires, says Vitale brings more than 20 years of global tire industry experience to the position

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    Polaris founder Larry Cox passes away

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Polaris Transportation Group founder and president Larry Cox passed away June 14, at the age of 71. The company announced his passing on its website. “Larry started Polaris in 1994 with very little money and an abundance

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    Accuride to acquire European steel wheel maker

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride has announced an agreement to acquire steel wheel supplier Mefro Wheels. Mefro is headquartered in Solingen, Germany, and supplies the European and Asian markets through manufacturing operations in Germany, France, Turkey, Russia, and China. “The strategic

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    Spot market pricing hints of improving conditions for truckers: FTR

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved in April, returning to a mid-positive range, according to the latest Trucking Conditions Index from FTR. The index read 7.03, up more than four points from March. FTR is projecting trucking

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    Top fleet graphics win PMTC awards

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – In what has become known as the most colorful awards ceremony in the industry, the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) once again recognized some of the splashiest fleet graphics found on the road. It’s

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    Penske Truck Leasing opens Windsor location

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    WINDSOR, Ont. – Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new location in Windsor, offering full-service truck leasing and commercial truck rental, as well as contract truck fleet maintenance services. The new facility is located at 4505 Fourth St. It features

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    More U.S. fleets looking to add equipment: ACT Research

    June 19, 2017 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Fleets in the U.S. are indicating strong intentions to purchase new equipment, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index. It showed that May’s purchase intentions remain elevated, recording the strongest three-month sequential reading since the third

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    Waterloo researchers look to reduce idling food delivery trucks

    June 16, 2017 by Truck News

    WATERLOO, Ont. – Researchers at the University of Waterloo say they’ve developed a way for refrigerated delivery trucks to reduce emissions while idling and to save fuel costs. In a study published in Energy, Waterloo engineers said they found a

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    In conversation with Michelin COO Ralph Dimenna

    June 16, 2017 by James Menzies

    On market conditions, the success of the Uniroyal brand, and how fleet demands are evolving with technology

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    Veteran and future leaders recognized at PMTC conference

    June 16, 2017 by Truck News

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Richard Lalonde continued serving the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) for two years after his retirement from Praxair Canada, earning him the prestigious PMTC President’s Award. The award goes to someone who has made

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