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Special Coverage of the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show

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John Sommers II for TT
4/1/2014 6:00:00 PM
Check Transport Topics’ special MATS page for wrap-up coverage of last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.


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MATS Attendance Increases 9.2%; Total Is Third Highest Ever
4/1/2014 5:30:00 PM
People from all 50 states and 78 countries attended last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., with attendance up 9.2% from last year, according to the event’s management.

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Daimler’s Bernhard Sees Strong U.S. Growth
3/28/2014 12:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Daimler AG’s global truck and bus operations offered an extremely rosy outlook on the North American market and also urged greater cooperation between U.S. and European regulators.

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FMCSA Gathers Input on New-Entrant Testing, ELDs
3/28/2014 12:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anne Ferro and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials listened to the public on knowledge testing for new transportation companies, but also heard from truck drivers on the new electronic logging device rule.

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Love’s to Expand Heavy-Duty CNG Network
3/28/2014 11:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Love’s Travel Stops plans to add 11 more compressed natural gas fueling stations to its national heavy-duty truck network, company officials said here.

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Eaton Making Fuller Advantage Transmission Available for Trucks With Paccar Engines
3/28/2014 10:15:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eaton Corp. announced that it will make available an optimized version of its Fuller Advantage automated 10-speed transmission for select Peterbilt and Kenworth branded trucks produced by Paccar Corp. with Paccar’s proprietary MX-13 engine.

FMCSA Confident Medical Examiner Corps Will Be Adequate
3/28/2014 10:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration remains confident that there will be an adequate number of certified medical examiners as of May 21, when the U.S. government certification supplants individual state approaches to truck drivers’ physical exams, an agency official said.

Michelin Introduces Trailer Tire, Marks 2 Millionth Sale
3/28/2014 9:45:00 AM
Michelin Americas Truck Tires introduced the X One Energy T for trailers, and the company marked its 2 millionth sale of its X One wide-base single tire.

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Mack Seeks to Boost Longhaul Sleeper Sales
3/27/2014 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mack Trucks executives want to increase sales of longhaul sleeper trucks, especially this year when they see purchases of North American Class 8 vehicles rebounding from a dip in 2013.

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Volvo to Hire More to Meet Increasing Demand
3/27/2014 4:45:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Volvo Trucks is so confident the North American Class 8 market is growing that the original equipment manufacturer is hiring 200 more employees at its Dublin, Va., assembly plant.

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Ivan Vasovic Wins Goodyear Highway Hero Award
3/27/2014 3:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ivan Vasovic, a truck driver for Hub Group Inc., received the Goodyear Highway Hero award at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Navistar Shows Telematics Solution, Sees Industry Growth
3/27/2014 2:45:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Navistar International Corp. showcased its OnCommand Connection telematics software as the truck maker reported continued strength in orders.

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Utility Forecasts Strong Year for Trailer Sales
3/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A top official at Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. said he expects sales to reach 40,000 units this year, exceeding the company’s record of 38,628 units sold last year.

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Alcoa Rolls out Lightweight Wheel
3/27/2014 10:20:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alcoa announced here it has rolled out the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, the Ultra ONE, which will help trucks shed pounds for improved payload and fuel efficiency.

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Daimler Adds Western Star Capacity in North Carolina
3/27/2014 9:45:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Western Star Trucks has expanded production of its Model 4700 tractor to Cleveland, N.C., although most of the vehicles are still made in Portland, Ore.

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Wal-Mart Displays Concept WAVE Truck
3/27/2014 9:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck is giving attendees at the Mid-America Trucking Show a glimpse into the future.

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Trucking Groups Launch Image Campaign
3/27/2014 9:15:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trucking industry groups launched a campaign here to educate America on the importance of trucking to the nation’s economy and to help recruit a new generation of desperately needed drivers to keep freight moving.

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Kenworth, Peterbilt Showcase Model Improvements, Predict Higher Sales
3/27/2014 9:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The two North American truck makers of Paccar Inc. showed off their improvements in fuel efficiency and driver information technology, and predicted improving Class 8 sales this year.

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Dana Unveils Lighter Weight Axles
3/27/2014 8:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dana Holding Corp. introduced several new products, including lighter weight steer axles and new tandem axles designed to match higher torque output from engines that run at slower revolutions per minute to save fuel.

Heil Plans to Re-Enter Stainless-Steel Trailer Market
3/26/2014 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Heil Trailer International announced plans to re-enter the market for stainless steel tank trailers as part of an effort to expand and diversify the market for the company’s products.

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Cummins Says Advancements Save $4,000 Per Truck
3/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cummins Inc. officials, speaking as the Mid-America Trucking Show opens here, emphasized engine-related fuel efficiency gains that can save $4,000 per truck annually and stimulate increased business in the improving 2014 trucking market.

Continental Adds New Tire Offerings as Markets Evolve
3/26/2014 2:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Continental Tire is unveiling three new tires at the Mid-America Trucking Show in response to changing transportation trends, including more urban transport, increased world trade and expected infrastructure construction from government programs, the company’s top U.S. tire executive said.

VDO RoadLog Adds New Offerings
3/26/2014 2:15:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jeff Waterstreet, sales manager for Continental’s VDO RoadLog outlined a series of new offerings for the currently available electronic logging device and multiple enhancements to be rolled out later this year.

Hankook Launches New Tire Line
3/26/2014 2:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hankook Tire said it is launching a tire line in six sizes for the longhaul and regional drive trucking markets.

Wabco, SmartDrive Set Alliance
3/26/2014 12:15:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wabco Holdings announced an alliance with SmartDrive Systems to track driver performance and provide analysis of video recordings to help better train truck drivers and reduce crashes.

Bendix Expects Stability-Control Use to Grow
3/26/2014 12:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said they expect sales of electronic stability control systems and other safety technologies to continue to grow before federal mandates require use of such systems in all new trucks.

Thermo King Unveils Precedent S-700 and X430P Compressor at Mid-America
3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM
Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature-control systems, will unveil the Precedent S-700 and X430P Compressor at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville, Ky.

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Love’s Expands Tire Brands, Locations Offering Mechanical Services
3/24/2014 6:00:00 AM
Love’s Travel Stops said its Truck Tire Care centers have added new brands and are expanding the number of locations offering light mechanical services.

Yokohama Rolls Out New Tires
3/24/2014 5:45:00 AM
Yokohama Tire Corp. said it is rolling out three new commercial tires at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Axalta Develops Diamond Red for Peterbilt’s 75th Anniversary
3/24/2014 5:45:00 AM
Axalta Coating Systems said it has developed a special formulation of Diamond Red exclusively for Peterbilt Motors’ 75th anniversary.

Trucker Buddy, Boy Scouts Introduce Safety Program
3/24/2014 5:30:00 AM
Trucker Buddy International and the Boy Scouts of America said they are introducing a safety program at the Mid-America Trucking Show to help Scouts earn their Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety merit badges at the show.

Kinedyne Offers New ‘Retract-a-Bar’
3/24/2014 5:15:00 AM
Kinedyne said it has unveiled the “Retract­-a-Bar,” a heavy-­duty load restraint bar that retracts for easier shipping and storage for dry van and refrigerated trailers.

Toyo Tires to Debut Three Commercial Truck Tires
3/24/2014 5:15:00 AM
Toyo Tires said it is debuting the SmartWay-verified M177 regional-to-longhaul steer tire, the M170 regional steer tire and the M920 drive traction tire for regional and longhaul applications.

Grede Producing Lightweight Castings for Truck Applications
3/24/2014 5:10:00 AM
Grede, a producer of cast iron components for the transportation industry, is developing, lightweight chassis, powertrains and drivetrain components for heavy-duty truck applications using a ductile iron alloy called SiboDur.

Utility Trailer Showcases Special Legacy Museum
3/24/2014 5:00:00 AM
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. said its special edition Legacy Museum trailer is being featured at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.




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