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Special Coverage of MATS 2016



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Continental Offers RoadLog ELD with Telematics
4/2/2016 11:14:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Continental Corp. has introduced a new version of its VDO RoadLog electronic logging device that can provide cellular communications.

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IdleAir Rolls Out New Terminals, Partnerships
4/2/2016 11:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck stop electrification and air conditioning provider IdleAir announced it is opening three new U.S. locations, that it has formed partnerships with other trucking vendors and electric utilities, and that it is implementing new price offerings.

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Fuel Discount Programs Cultivate Small-Fleet Audience
4/2/2016 10:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Small fleets are being courted to opt into fuel discount programs after being overlooked when the focus was on medium or large fleets exclusively, said Chris Courts, director of sales and marketing at TransConnect Services, a value-added reseller of fuel cards to small fleets.

Trucker Buddy Expands Charity Work
4/2/2016 9:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trucker Buddy International said it is expanding its program in South Carolina with the help of Meritor Inc., donating money to 19 schools with underwriting from PeopleNet, and honored a group of truck drivers and school teachers.

TravelCenters Updates Maintenance Operations
4/2/2016 9:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Truck stop chain TravelCenters of America is unifying and rebranding its maintenance operations and tightening quality control.

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Bestpass Expands Coverage
4/2/2016 8:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Toll management provider Bestpass Inc. rolled out a new transponder that covers nearly all of the 48 contiguous states and soon may include parts of Canada.

BlackBerry Enters Trailer-Tracking Market
4/2/2016 8:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Telecommunications company BlackBerry has entered the trailer-tracking market with its BlackBerry Radar system, launched here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Vets Are Prime Candidates for Trucking Vacancies, Army Official Says
4/2/2016 7:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy praised the men and women leaving the service as candidates for positions in trucking at an industry event sponsored by Shell Oil.

Truckstop.com Launches LoadPay Payment System
4/2/2016 6:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carriers looking for an online platform for transactions can turn to LoadPay, the new payment service launched by Truckstop.com at the Mid-America Trucking Show here March 31.

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Video: OOIDA Senior Official Criticizes FMCSA’s ‘Beyond Compliance’
4/1/2016 4:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Beyond Compliance” incentives program for carriers and drivers was criticized by stakeholders during a public forum at an annual trucking show here April 1.

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Truckers Against Trafficking Seeks to Build on Success
4/1/2016 2:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Efforts to put the trucking industry on the front lines to combat human trafficking are succeeding, but more involvement is needed, Kylla Lanier, deputy director and co-founder of Truckers Against Trafficking, told Transport Topics.

DAT Solutions Expands Search Features
4/1/2016 12:11:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — DAT Solutions introduced two new products, one that assists brokers when capacity is tight and one that helps drivers with trip planning.

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Mixed Reviews from Small Fleets on ELDs: '10% of Our Force Quit,' Says One
4/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Small- and medium-size trucking fleets continue to wrestle with the federal electronic logging device mandate, with some finding pleasant surprises and others driven to despair and resignation, according to discussion here at an industry conference.

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MATS, Fastport Partner on Military Veteran-Hiring Initiative
4/1/2016 9:30:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The organizers of the Mid-America Trucking Show joined with Fastport Inc. on April 1 to make official the largest signing of a statement of support in the history of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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Julian Kaczor Named Goodyear Highway Hero
4/1/2016 9:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Julian Kaczor of Utica, New York, has been named the 33rd annual Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car.

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State DOTs Urged to Study Parking Habits at Truck Stops
3/31/2016 11:30:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — State transportation officials need to continue to survey truck stop facilities to determine ways parking for trucks may be augmented nationwide, a senior federal highway official said at a trucking conference here March 31.

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East Introduces New Side-Rail System, Expands Trailer-Making Facility
3/31/2016 5:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY. — East Manufacturing introduced an integrated extruded aluminum side-rail system available on both sides of its East Beast and Beast II flatbed trailers.

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Trail King Launches Specialty Trailer Models
3/31/2016 4:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trail King Industries Inc. introduced several specialty trailers here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Rand McNally Debuts Low-Cost, Plug-in ELD
3/31/2016 3:05:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rand McNally debuted a low-cost electronic logging device designed to help drivers and small fleets easily comply with the federal ELD mandate.

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FMCSA's Darling Returns to MATS to Hear From Drivers, Vendors
3/31/2016 3:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The country’s top trucking regulator joined the opening day crowds at the Mid-America Trucking Show here on March 31 because he said he wanted to hear from drivers and vendors.

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Wabco Adds Video Analytics to Lane-Departure System
3/31/2016 2:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Wabco introduced the next generation of its lane-departure warning system and pointed to air disc brakes as a key component for the emergence of autonomous driving technologies.

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TMAF Reaches Trailer-Wrap Goal, Touts Growing Success of Image Movement
3/31/2016 1:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Officials with the Trucking Moves America Forward image movement said they have surpassed their goal of getting 100 specially designed trailer wraps on the road.

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Expect GHG Rules to Spark Another Pre-Buy Truck Splurge Before 2021, Experts Say
3/31/2016 12:00:00 PM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions could increase the cost of a tractor-trailer combination by about $14,250 through 2027 and cause another pre-buy cycle of trucks similar to 2006-2007, participants at an industry conference said here.

Analysts See No Evidence of Looming Recession
3/31/2016 11:35:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ind. — The well-established, yet not-at-all-dramatic U.S. economic recovery will probably avoid recession and instead keep chugging along at about 2% annual growth, said a trio of economic analysts.

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Mid-America Trucking Show Enters a New Era
3/31/2016 11:01:00 AM
A very different Mid-America Trucking Show runs this week, one that will not feature displays by any heavy-duty truck or engine manufacturers.

Live Blog: The 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show
3/31/2016 11:00:00 AM
Make this your one-stop shop for live coverage of the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show from the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky March 31-April 2. Get social media coverage as well as links to Transport Topics stories and photos throughout the event.

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National Carrier Exchange Launches Free Online Logistics Platform
3/31/2016 11:00:00 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Software provider National Carrier Exchange Inc. announced a free online logistics platform for freight carriers that allows real-time tracking and live mapping of its trucks at all times.

TransConnect EFS Fuel Card Expected to Launch in 2Q
3/29/2016 12:12:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — TransConnect Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apex Capital Corp., said it expects to launch the TransConnect EFS fuel card in the second quarter.

ToughTested Introduces Rugged Smartphone Accessories
3/29/2016 12:10:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — ToughTested announced six new products in its line of rugged accessories for smartphones designed for use in heavy-duty applications.

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Seeing Machines Unveils Guardian System to Monitor Driver Fatigue, Distraction
3/29/2016 12:09:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seeing Machines unveiled its Guardian system, the latest version of its driver fatigue and distraction monitoring technology designed to enhance fleet safety.

Phillips & Temro Display Electric APU
3/29/2016 12:08:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Phillips & Temro displayed its Idle Free electric auxiliary power unit, which it said third-party test results show outperforms competing products.

Anytrek Unveils New Dash Cam With GPS
3/29/2016 12:07:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anytrek Corp. unveiled a new dash cam with online GPS tracking that provides real-time tracking from any Web-connected device.

XL Specialized Launches New Trailer for Wing Turbines
3/29/2016 12:06:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — XL Specialized Trailers has launched the XL 90 Blademate in response to demand to haul wind turbines.

Blue Bloodhound Offers On-Demand Driver App
3/29/2016 12:05:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Blue Bloodhound, making its first appearance at the Mid-America Trucking Show, showed its app and online resource for hiring qualified drivers on-demand.

Air-Weigh Offers New App for Calibration, Data Storing
3/29/2016 12:04:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Air-Weigh announced a new iPhone and Android app that can be used with the LoadMaxx Air-Weigh onboard scale for calibration.

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Eberspaecher Teams With ENA at MATS
3/29/2016 12:02:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eberspaecher Climate Control displayed its bunk heaters and engine pre-heaters, and was joined for the first time at the Mid-America Trucking Show by sister company ENA.

Women In Trucking Group Salutes Female Drivers
3/29/2016 12:01:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Women In Trucking Association will hold its annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” ceremony on April 2 at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Pilot, TA Focus on Driver Comfort, Amenities
3/29/2016 12:00:00 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pilot Flying J and TravelCenters of America said they are rolling out a new feature called Prime Parking, which lets drivers view available spaces at more than 300 Pilot and Flying J travel centers on a smartphone app and reserve them.


 

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