Archive | August, 2012
Mack Defense will supply 100 MACK® Granite® models to fulfill a delivery order under a U.S. Army contract.

100 MACK® Granite® Models Ordered to Fulfill U.S. Army Contract

Mack Trucks announced today that Mack Defense will supply West-Mark, a leading manufacturer of liquid transportation equipment, with 100 MACK® Granite® models to fulfill a delivery order under a contract with the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Mich. West-Mark is producing water and fuel tanker trucks that the Army will use to support Iraq, […]

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Trading Tire Mileage for Fuel Economy

The concept of spec’ing new tires with shallower-than-typical tread depth for trailer and drive axle positions on a commercial vehicle might be considered anathema to many fleets – largely because starting with less tire tread results in getting fewer miles before tire removal, thus increasing a tire’s cost per mile. But if such shallower-than-typical tread resulted […]

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Meritor Wabco Ups Safety Quotient

In the minds of Jon Morrison and Scott Belcher, innovation comes from pushing the limits. First came anti-lock brakes for trucks, then the OnGuard collision mitigation system (CMS). Now, Meritor Wabco is taking safety to a new level with its next-generation OnGuard system as well as a new lane departure warning system, electronically controlled air […]

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Volvo Trucks Opens New MD Assembly Line

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo is adding 50 jobs in Hagerstown, Md. with the opening of a new, $8 million assembly line. Company officials held a ceremony Thursday afternoon to begin North American production of automated manual transmissions for heavy-duty trucks and buses. The clutch-free transmissions use microprocessors to select the best driving gear. Volvo […]

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Highliner Battles the Wind to Cross a Line Between Two Volvo Trucks

World record-holding highliner Faith Dickey battles in the wind to cross the line between two speeding trucks. Will she make it before the trucks reach the tunnel that lies behind the next bend?   The stunt was set up to show the precise handling of the new Volvo FH. Filmed on an unopened highway in […]

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Peterbilt Breaks Ground on New Facility

Rising demand for service prompts a Billings truck manufacturing and repair company to break ground on a new facility in Lockwood. Montana Peterbilt began construction on its new 54,000 square foot shop Wednesday morning. Once completed, it will contain 26 full service bays to repair trucks. Owner Kevin Gustainis said it’s a much needed upgrade […]

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Skyrocketing Volvo I-Shift Sales Spur U.S. Assembly

Volvo Trucks celebrated the latest investment in the North American market today with the start of I-Shift production at the Hagerstown, Md. powertrain facility. Strong customer demand for Volvo’s automated manual transmission played a significant role in the decision to assemble in the U.S. The Volvo Group’s $8 million investment also brings 50 new jobs […]

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An employee works on a MACK mDRIVE® automated manual transmission at the Hagerstown, Md. powertrain facility where Mack powertrain components have been assembled since 1961.

Mack Expands Manufacturing Presence in the USA

  Assembly of the MACK mDRIVE® automated manual transmission began today at the Hagerstown, Md. powertrain facility where Mack powertrain components have been assembled since 1961. “Expanding our manufacturing activities in the U.S. is important to Mack,” said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Bringing mDRIVE assembly to the Hagerstown […]

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Cooper Kenworth Expands to 10 Locations with New Parts and Service Facility in Asheville, NC

Cooper Kenworth has recently opened an expanded 31,000 square-foot parts and service operation along U.S. Interstate 40 in Asheville, North Carolina. The new Cooper Kenworth – Asheville facility joins a Kenworth dealer network of more than 320 locations in the United States and Canada. The parts and service operation is located on nearly 6 acres […]

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New Detroit DT12 Transmission Contributes to Enhanced Fuel Efficiency and Performance

Detroit Diesel Corporation today showcased the Detroit™ DT12™ automated manual transmission. Part of the Detroit complete powertrain offering, the DT12 combines the operational ease of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission, resulting in enhanced fuel economy, vehicle performance and safety. “The DT12 transmission complements the Detroit engines and axles with features that […]

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FedEx Freight’s Don Logan Named Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion

Don Logan, a FedEx Freight driver from Topeka, KS, was named the 2012 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Logan bested 425 drivers from across the country in the annual competition, sponsored by the American Trucking Assns. Logan, who has been a professional driver for 25 years, logging more than 2.1 million miles, competed […]

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A semi truck pulls into the Petro Truck stop in Gerard, Ohio July 9, 2012. Worried they cannot afford pay hikes big enough to retain experienced drivers and entice new ones, trucking companies like Con-Way Inc, Ryder System Inc, Swift Transportation Co and others offer perks and cushier sleeper cabs to improve the job’s quality of life. Keeping enough drivers on the road is critical for the industry, which moves about two-thirds of all freight in the United States. But a shortage of drivers, already approaching 100,000 truckers, is deepening even with U.S. unemployment over 8 per cent. Thousands of trucking companies folded during the recent recession, and most survivors are running razor-thin margins.

Companies Pile on Perks to Keep Drivers Truckin’

Truck stops are getting a makeover as companies add amenities to combat a growing shortage of a precious commodity: drivers. On a blistering July afternoon, truckers at TA and Petro stops in Ohio played basketball, cooled off in a 60-seat theatre showing Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes” a n d had […]

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