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  • MEET HEIKO, OUR 2015 OWNER/OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

    December 9, 2015 11:29AM by James Menzies

    As I’ve said and written before, the highlight of my job is notifying our annual Owner/Operator of the Year that they’ve been selected as our winner. The trucking business can be a thankless one, especially for an O/O. Especially for

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    SUCCESSION PLANNING…AT AGE 31? REALLY?!

    November 24, 2015 9:01PM by James Menzies

    Okay, one more tidbit from the upcoming profile of Fortigo Freight founder Elias Demangos. I probably did a double-take when interviewing Elias when he mentioned that one of his priorities is succession planning. I may even have spit out some

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    MEET ELIAS DEMANGOS, THE 31-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF FORTIGO

    November 24, 2015 8:58PM by James Menzies

    I’ve been spending some time lately with Elias Demangos, founder and president of Fortigo Freight Systems, getting to know him for a profile that will appear in an upcoming issue of Truck News. Elias grew up in a trucking family

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    TRUCKS FOR CHANGE MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE

    November 24, 2015 8:36PM by James Menzies

    Trucks for Change, the organization that matches up carriers with available capacity with charities needing free or inexpensive transportation of donated goods, continues to grow and to make a huge contribution to Canadian charities. There are now 70 carriers that

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    WHY IT MIGHT BE HARDER TO GET A TOW THIS WINTER

    November 24, 2015 8:31PM by James Menzies

    Dennis Roberts, the owner of TransCan Service Centre, a Blind River, Ont.-based heavy tow operator, has a warning for the trucking industry. Good luck getting a tow after hours, he says, thanks to a potential unintended consequence of Ontario’s Bill

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    VIDEO EVIDENCE OF WHY DRIVERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN IN BAD WEATHER

    November 24, 2015 8:24PM by James Menzies

    From the Montana Department of Transportation, by way of the Toronto Trucking Association, comes this scary video of a truck losing control in snowy conditions, striking a passenger vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road and sending

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    DETROIT LAUNCHES MEDIUM-DUTY ENGINES

    November 24, 2015 8:21PM by James Menzies

    In addition to investing $100 million into its Redford, Mich. plant to accommodate production of the DT12 transmission, Daimler also announced it will build its new mid-range engines – the DD5 and DD8 – at the plant…eventually. Similar to the

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    DETROIT’S HAT TRICK

    November 24, 2015 8:16PM by James Menzies

    Engines, axles, and now automated transmissions – all built for the North American market under one roof. That’s the Detroit brand’s definition of a hat trick, and that was one of many hockey analogies made when Daimler Trucks North America

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    TREMCAR EXPANDS IN ALBERTA

    November 10, 2015 1:31PM by James Menzies

    It’s nice to see manufacturing expansion in hard-hit Alberta. Tremcar recently announced it’s moving into a larger Edmonton facility – three times the size of its original facility, in fact. The new shop features 11 bays and sits on 10

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    EATON ULTRASHIFT PLUS OFFERS BETTER LOW-SPEED MANEUVERABILITY

    November 10, 2015 1:29PM by James Menzies

    Eaton has developed two new features for its UltraShift Plus automated manual transmissions, which offer better control in low-speed scenarios. Urge to move brings a passenger car-type feel to the truck by creeping forward when the brake pedal is released.

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    A SNEAK PEEK AT THE 2017 CUMMINS ISX AND A NEW SMARTADVANTAGE

    November 10, 2015 1:26PM by James Menzies

    It was off to Marshall, Mich. last week, for a joint press event hosted by Eaton and Cummins. There was lots to see and drive at this one. Among the highlights was a 2017 Cummins ISX15 engine. Two of them,

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    THE 11-LITRES ARE COMING; HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

    November 10, 2015 1:21PM by James Menzies

    I recently travelled to Denton, Texas to drive the new Paccar MX-11 engine in a Peterbilt 579 EPIQ tractor. The MX-11 can give you up to 430 hp and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque while saving you about 400 lbs vs

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    FIVE MORE TAKE-AWAYS FROM THE ATA CONVENTION

    October 28, 2015 2:33PM by James Menzies

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) held its Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia last week. Here’s a wrap-up of some of the news that got my attention. The US economy is A-OK The always anticipated economic outlook was rosy this

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    A SHOUT-OUT FOR SEARCY

    October 28, 2015 2:31PM by James Menzies

    Searcy Trucking won a Volvo Trucks Fleet Safety Award, taking home $25,000 to invest in its safety programs. The Winnipeg-based flatdeck carriers, owned by Bison Transport, ensured Canadian fleets continued to shine in the award created by Volvo and co-sponsored

  • SHOULD WE MANDATE AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS?

    October 28, 2015 2:29PM by James Menzies

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently endorsed the standardization of automatic braking systems on new trucks. I think we should, too. Not that it matters much. Any safety regulations adopted in the US are normally extended here by default, since