Quebec Fleets Form Strategic Partnership

LANORAIE, QC and L'ASSOMPTION, QC -- The trucking companies Express Mondor and Transport l'Épiphanie have announced they have formed a strategic partnership to accelerate their growth.The two will harmonize the management and operation of their fleets in order to optimize equipment use and better meet the needs of their customers across North America, according to a news release. Express Mondor, based in Lanoraie, QC, and Transport l'Épiphanie, based in L'Assomption, QC, specialize in oversize transportation, serving a cross-section of customers in a variety of industries in Canada and the U.S. The two say the agreement will make it possible for them optimally manage, maintain and operate a combined fleet of more than 80 tractors and 200 modern trailers.

North American Truck Orders Post April Decline

COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Orders for new heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks in North America both hit the skids a little bit, but it's no cause for alarm. During April, 39,700 Class 5 through Class 8 truck orders were booked, down 6% compared the April 2014, according to preliminary numbers from the commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research. Actual numbers will be published in mid-May. "While the order volume represents a fairly sharp deceleration from the 50,000 units-plus order months experienced from October to February, the pullback is a reflection of already large backlogs as well as a paucity of build slots remaining in 2015," said Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst. "This month's net orders were not a surprise, considering that the calendar is moving away from peak order season."