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  • MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: ‘DRIVERS ARE OUR CUSTOMERS’

    June 23, 2015 9:29AM by James Menzies

    The other day I spent some time with Chris Iveson, director of maintenance for Challenger Motor Freight and the 2015 Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year. We had a really interesting interview that covered a lot of ground. You

  • HOW TO TAKE OUT YOUR COMPETITOR 101

    June 22, 2015 9:12AM by James Menzies

    When Aveda Transportation purchased US firm Hodges Trucking earlier this year, it wasn’t just about expanding the business, it was about removing a difficult competitor. With the deal closed, Aveda outlined in much detail through a press release why it

  • Feature Equipment

    PC-11: WILL IT BE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE AFTER ALL?

    June 19, 2015 10:48AM by James Menzies

    It wasn’t all fun and games in San Antonio with Shell. In addition to checking out the beautiful iron at SuperRigs, we had important work to do! Shell gave us an insightful update on the upcoming PC-11 engine oil category,

  • Feature Equipment

    VISITING SHELL SUPER RIGS

    June 19, 2015 10:41AM by James Menzies

    It’s always a pleasure to take in the Shell SuperRigs truck show, wherever in the US it happens to be held. There’s nothing else quite like this roving truck beauty contest. One of the things that makes it unique is

  • Feature Equipment

    SAF-HOLLAND BRINGS AIR RIDE TREND TO MECHANICAL TRAILER SUSPENSION

    June 19, 2015 10:38AM by James Menzies

    Air ride trailer suspensions are often ordered as a complete system, with one supplier providing the axle, suspension and brakes. But for whatever reason, this hasn’t been commonplace on mechanical suspensions, with fleets still having to piece together systems on

  • Feature Human Resources

    PRIVATE FLEETS GATHER IN KING CITY

    June 19, 2015 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Mike Millian must’ve slept well Thursday night. It was his first time serving as president of the Private Motor Truck Council, after a 21-year reign by Bruce Richards, an his first time overseeing its flagship event, the annual conference. It

  • Feature Human Resources

    FASTER TRUCKS AS A DRIVER RECRUITMENT TACTIC?

    June 19, 2015 10:29AM by James Menzies

    An interesting press release crossed my Inbox last week from Transport America, which was announcing a compensation package increase for owner/operators. That’s not so interesting, I’ve seen a ton of such announcements out of the US of late. What was

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    HELP KATHY HELP MAKE-A-WISH

    May 26, 2015 10:51AM by James Menzies

    Our own Kathy Penner, associate publisher, is raising money for Make-A-Wish by participating in the Rope for Hope campaign. This will see her rappel 30 storeys (gulp!!) down Toronto City Hall on June 12. You wouldn’t even get me to

  • Feature Equipment

    MACK’S mDRIVE HD NOW READY FOR HEAVY-HAUL PRIME TIME

    May 26, 2015 10:06AM by James Menzies

    Mack has enjoyed great success with its mDrive automated manual transmission, standardizing it in the Pinnacle on-highway truck and enjoying about a 50% take rate on that product. Customers who have been asking for this product to be put into

  • Feature Equipment

    CRUISING THE DESERT IN THE CAT CT680

    May 26, 2015 9:45AM by James Menzies

    Cat has rounded out its line of vocational trucks with the addition of the new CT680. It boasts the longest hood of the three available – the CT680, CT681 and CT680 – and might make a great truck for hauling

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    MYTHS AND REALITIES ABOUT AUTONOMOUS TRUCKS

    May 26, 2015 9:41AM by James Menzies

    The big, big news this month was the unveiling by Daimler Trucks North America of an autonomous Freightliner dubbed the Inspiration Truck. This truck is road-legal in Nevada, the first jurisdiction to put into place a regulatory framework to allow

  • WHAT NEXT? TRAILERS THAT CAN DRIVE THEMSELVES? VOLVO THINKS SO.

    May 26, 2015 9:37AM by James Menzies

    Editorial director Lou Smyrlis attended a Volvo event in Newport, Rhode Island earlier this month, where technology was the theme. Among the futuristic concepts broached by Volvo executives was the idea of a ‘smart’ trailer that can operate independently of

  • PC-11 IS COMING, MAYBE EVEN SOONER THAN YOU THINK

    May 26, 2015 9:34AM by James Menzies

    As I put the finishing touches on a feature in the June issues of Truck News and Truck West about the impending PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil category, I received word implementation of PC-11 has been moved forward from Spring 2017

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    TRISON TARPS TURNS 10

    May 26, 2015 9:31AM by James Menzies

    The aptly named Trison Tarps (named so to represent the three sons of company founder Paul Vandenberg) turned 10 last week and to celebrate, held a pig roast at its new 48,000 sq.-ft. facility. Paul had a 217-lb pig on

  • BEST FLEETS’ SECRETS TO BE REVEALED, BEGINNING TODAY

    May 26, 2015 9:28AM by James Menzies

    If you act fast – really fast – you may still be able to dial in for today’s free Best Fleets to Drive For webinar. It runs from 1-3. But if you miss it, don’t worry too much. There are