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  • WHEELS GROUP SOLD TO US FIRM

    January 20, 2015 11:39AM by James Menzies

    Here’s some late-breaking news from this morning. Wheels Group has sold to US-based Radiant Logistics. Here’s Wheels CEO Doug Tozer’s comment on the deal: “Combining with Radiant is an exciting opportunity to accelerate Wheels’ growth plans,” said Tozer. “The two

  • TRUCKER RADIO NEWS & TALK NOW ON THE AIR

    January 20, 2015 9:33AM by James Menzies

    I’ve told you all about Trucker Radio News & Talk, our new online weekly radio program. Now we have the first two editions up for you to listen to. You can tune in at TruckerRadioTalk.com and listen at your leisure.

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    FIVE TRAILER TECHNOLOGIES FLEETS ARE ADOPTING

    January 20, 2015 9:24AM by James Menzies

    Well, the December trailer order numbers are in and they put an exclamation point on the best year ever for net trailer orders. According to FTR, 360,000 trailers were ordered in 2014, “by far” the best year on record. December

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    THERE ARE TOO MANY TIRE COMPANIES

    January 20, 2015 9:16AM by James Menzies

    One last note on tires: There are too many tire companies! Seriously, there are 150 that have a SmartWay tire and how many others that do not? Most of the names on the list are not recognizable but someone’s buying

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    CAN YOU GET A FUEL-EFFICIENT TIRE THAT ALSO PROVIDES DECENT TRACTION?

    January 20, 2015 9:11AM by James Menzies

    One of the complaints about low rolling resistance tires it that they compromise traction, and many do. However, premium tire manufacturers are getting better at improving fuel economy without compromising grip. “At the beginning of the SmartWay program, a lot

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    A SMARTER SMARTWAY TIRE?

    January 20, 2015 9:09AM by James Menzies

    What do Bigstone, Blacklion and Jinxin have in common? Haven’t heard of’em? Okay, how about Linglong, Long March and Luckyear? Still not sure? Each of the companies named above have at least one SmartWay-verified tire available in the North American

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    HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY DOUG COPELAND

    January 6, 2015 12:32PM by James Menzies

    When producing the January issue of Truck News, I always need to be mindful to change not only the year on the cover page, but also the Volume and Issue number. The January issue, out now, is the first issue

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    INTRODUCING TRUCKER RADIO NEWS & TALK

    January 6, 2015 12:31PM by James Menzies

    We’re expanding our partnership with Alexis Broadcasting and beginning this Friday, will be producing a weekly online talk program, Trucker Radio News & Talk. This is in addition to our weekly Trucker Radio program, which is heard on more than

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    R.I.P. RON SINGER

    January 6, 2015 12:29PM by James Menzies

    Ron Singer died suddenly Dec. 22. He was the owner of Ron Singer Truck Lines, a huge industry advocate and a consummate professional. Ron cared deeply about the industry and got involved with its many associations over the years. When

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    DRIVING KRISKA’S NEW SMARTADVANTAGE PROSTAR

    December 23, 2014 8:46AM by James Menzies

    The Eaton-Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain has been well received in the US, but limited to 80,000-lb GCW as it is, it may be more of a niche specification here in Canada. But those applications that consistently haul lighter-weight payloads do exist

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    THE TOP FOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014…IMO

    December 23, 2014 8:01AM by James Menzies

    The past year has been a good one for trucking, on many levels. On the equipment side, we saw some significant advancements in terms of fuel economy and reliability through things like powertrain optimization (including downspeeding and the integration of

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    MENZIES TRAVEL INDEX BACK AT PRE-RECESSION LEVELS

    December 23, 2014 7:47AM by James Menzies

    Good news, everyone. One of the most reliable indicators of trucking industry health is back at pre-recession levels. I track my own travel on the desk calendar in my office each year and then tear off and file the final

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    HOW’S THAT ALLISON TC10 WORKING OUT FOR ERB?

    December 23, 2014 7:43AM by James Menzies

    You may recall some time ago I drove an Erb International ProStar with Allison TC10 automatic transmission. Jim Pinder, corporate fleet director with Erb Group, said he’d be closely monitoring the fuel economy of the trucks and with that in

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    THE 10 BEST-READ NEWS STORIES OF 2014

    December 23, 2014 7:40AM by James Menzies

    Well, it’s that time of year again: it’s list season! Go pour yourself an eggnog and get ready to stroll down memory lane as we recap the best-read news stories, most popular blog entries and most frequently watched videos of

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    THE 10 BEST-READ BLOG ENTRIES OF 2014

    December 23, 2014 7:36AM by James Menzies

    We continue to have the industry’s most prolific roster of bloggers on Trucknews.com. Here are the 10 blog entries that received the most attention this year: #10: Bottom Line: Middle-Man-Mania – By Mike McCarron #9: In praise of the B-Model