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  • M&A: WHERE ARE ALL THE DEALS?

    August 4, 2015 11:59AM by James Menzies

    It’s been a fairy silent first half to the year as far as mergers and acquisitions are concerned. Are the big buyers – namely TransForce and Mullen – simply digesting their big acquisitions from last year (Contrans and Gardewine, respectively)?

  • SO WE’RE IN RECESSION. OR ARE WE?

    August 4, 2015 11:41AM by James Menzies

    Lots of mixed messages out there about the state of the Canadian economy. It has been underwhelming, to be sure, with five consecutive months of negative GDP growth to start the year. Some economists say a recession is assured, barring

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    CAT, NAVISTAR TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS

    August 4, 2015 11:35AM by James Menzies

    It’s a relationship that seemed doomed from the start. Cat paired with Navistar when it entered the vocational truck space a few years ago and there was trouble almost immediately, when Navistar announced it would abandon development of a 15-litre

  • DAIMLER, ZONAR LOOKING TO PREDICT PARTS FAILURES

    August 4, 2015 11:19AM by James Menzies

    Had an interesting trip to California last week, where Daimler Trucks North America and Zonar had a coming out party of sorts, following the former’s significant investment in the latter. DTNA has taken on a minority ownership stake in Zonar

  • VEDDER STILL BUYING LNG TRUCKS

    August 4, 2015 11:05AM by James Menzies

    Westport has stopped producing its 15-litre liquefied natural gas trucks, but that doesn’t mean Vedder Transport has stopped buying them. Vedder was pleased last week to take Bison’s 15 LNG trucks off its hands. The trucks will undergo a significant

  • NEWFOUNDLAND CAR CARRIER DEVELOPS WIN-WIN HYBRID PAY STRUCTURE

    July 21, 2015 11:09AM by James Menzies

    I recently had a nice chat with Gerry Dowden, president of East Can Transport Services, a Newfoundland-based trucking company that delivers automobiles. We were talking about the industry’s predominantly mileage-based pay structure and how it leaves many drivers feeling shorted,

  • THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS

    July 21, 2015 10:53AM by James Menzies

    On Saturday, July 11 I spent the day at the London Flying J for the Ontario Professional Truck Driving Championships. I won’t go into too much detail here, because I’ve already posted my reports online. You can read about the

  • IS THE EXCHANGE RATE MAKING NEW TRUCKS UNAFFORDABLE?

    July 21, 2015 10:48AM by James Menzies

    The Loonie’s wings have been clipped and it’s making new equipment purchases extremely painful. The Canadian dollar, as I write this, is worth about 77 cents compared to the US greenback, which is down 17% since this time last year.

  • HOW MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR CHRIS IVESON ATTRACTS TECHNICIANS

    July 7, 2015 12:03PM by James Menzies

    Chris Iveson, the 2015 Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year, hasn’t found a magic formula for attracting new and experienced technicians to Challenger Motor Freight. He has, however, been able to keep his shops fully staffed by skilled technicians, by

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    HERE’S WHAT CHALLENGER IS ADDING TO ITS FLEET THIS YEAR

    July 7, 2015 12:00PM by James Menzies

    Now, time for more from my interview with Maintenance Manager of the Year Chris Iveson, because there were so many great nuggets to share. I asked Chris how Challenger’s spec’ing process has evolved in recent years. As it turns out,

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    COME OUT TO SUPPORT ONTARIO’S TOP DRIVERS

    July 7, 2015 11:57AM by James Menzies

    This Saturday, at the Flying J in London, Ont., some of the best drivers from across Ontario will be putting their skills on display. It’s the Ontario Professional Truck Driving Championships, featuring winners from the Toronto and Central Ontario Regionals.

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    MY FAVOURITE CLASSIC RIG FROM CLIFFORD

    July 7, 2015 11:55AM by James Menzies

    Last weekend was the ever-growing Clifford Truck Show, put on by the Great Lakes Truck Club. More than 270 classic rigs were on display and this is an event that stays true to its original mandate, to celebrate classic trucks.

  • PHASE 2 GHG PROPOSAL UNVEILED. NEW TRUCKS WILL COST MORE.

    July 7, 2015 11:54AM by James Menzies

    After several delays, the US EPA/NHTSA agencies have revealed their proposed Phase 2 joint fuel economy/greenhouse gas reduction standards. They’ll build upon the Phase 1 regs, which came in with very little disruption the industry between 2014 and 2018. Most

  • 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