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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. 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.
  • News

    Cost of ground transportation decreasing

    February 1, 2019 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The total cost of ground transportation for Canadian shippers decreased 1.54% in November, compared to the Canadian General Freight Index. Base rates were down 1.4% and average fuel surcharges decreased, accounting for 17.67% of the base rate

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    Mack Ste.-Foy, Vision Truck Group receive Mack honors

    February 1, 2019 by Truck News

    QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Mack Ste.-Foy has been named the Mack Trucks Dealer of the Year for Canada. The North American Dealer of the Year was Kriete Truck Center of Milwaukee, Wisc. Kriete finished the year 17% above its sales

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    Trucks right at home at Consumer Electronics Show

    January 31, 2019 by James Menzies

    Billing itself as “the global stage for innovation,” it seems appropriate that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has drawn the attention of several major truck makers. After all, innovation is rampant in the trucking industry and today’s highway tractors are

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    Goodyear experimenting with soybean oil in tire production

    January 29, 2019 by James Menzies

    DALLAS, Texas – Goodyear is working towards replacing conventional oil with soybean oil in production of some its truck tires. The company is already producing several consumer tires with soybean oil, which offers performance benefits in cold weather. Mike Kerns,

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    Goodyear rolls out new products

    January 29, 2019 by James Menzies

    DALLAS, Texas – Two new regional haul tires, an e-commerce platform for commercial tire buyers, and updates on Tire Optix were among the announcements made by Goodyear at its No Limits customer conference. The new tires and e-commerce platform were

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    Natural gas truck sales down in 2018

    January 28, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 retail sales rose 13% in 2017, but slid 23% year-to-date through November 2018, according to a quarterly report from ACT Research. Year-to-date sales in November 2017 were up 9%. “On

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    Record-setting year for trailer orders, production, comes to end

    January 28, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The U.S. trailer industry set new records for net orders and production in 2018, but orders slid sequentially for the third month in a row in December. December saw 28,000 orders, according to ACT Research’s State of

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    Goodyear expands offerings in strong truck tire market

    January 28, 2019 by James Menzies

    DALLAS, Texas – It’s a good time to be a commercial tire dealer. “Things are looking very promising,” Steve McClellan, president of Americas for Goodyear, told about 2,000 tire dealers at the company’s No Limits customer conference here this morning.

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    OTA briefs Environment Minister

    January 25, 2019 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) recently met with Environment Minister Rod Phillips to discuss how the trucking industry can contribute to cleaner air and a reduction in carbon emissions. The meeting included OTA vice-chairman Wendell Erb, OTA

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    Conditions improving for shippers: FTR

    January 25, 2019 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for shippers continued to improve in November, with softening rates and lower fuel prices. November marked the first positive reading to the FTR Shippers Condition Index in more than two years, and the best since August

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    Ontario to roll out scale bypass technologies

    January 24, 2019 by James Menzies

    Technologies will pre-screen and pre-clear trucks, based on their condition and compliance rates

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    Backlogs to blame for slowdown in Class 8 orders

    January 23, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Demand for heavy trucks remains strong despite a slowdown in orders, according to ACT Research. Three drivers include: the fact the freight rate markdown is from record levels; the addition of new technologies that improve fuel economy

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    ‘Banner year’ for truck tonnage comes to end

    January 22, 2019 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. for-hire truck tonnage dipped 4.3% in December, but closed out the full year 2018 up 6.6% compared to 2017. That marked the largest annual gain since 1998 and was much stronger than the 3.8% increase in

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    Trimac acquires B&B/Bess Tank Lines

    January 22, 2019 by Truck News

    CALGARY, Alta. – Trimac Transportation has announced it has acquired B&B/Bess Tank Lines, a family-run bulk transportation company with roots in Quebec and Alberta. B&B was founded in 1976, and with Bess Tank Lines, operates more than 110 tractors and

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    ‘Sectoral recessions’ likely in 2019: ACT Research

    January 22, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The commercial vehicle market remains strong, but the U.S. economy is expected to decelerate, according to a report from ACT Research. ACT’s Transportation Digest noted Class 8 truck orders enter 2019 with positive momentum from a record-setting

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