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'Miracle on the Hudson' Co-Pilot Says Lessons Learned Can Apply to Any Industry
10/20/2015 3:10:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Focusing on people more than tools has enabled the airline industry to improve its safety record, the co-pilot of the US Airways flight that was forced to land in the Hudson River nearly seven years ago told attendees at American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 20.

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Panelists Say Safety Technology Will Help With Driver Recruitment
10/20/2015 3:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Technological advancements could be useful in the recruitment of younger drivers, panelists said during a technology discussion at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition here Oct. 20.

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TMC Panel Says Importance of Telematics to Trucking Will Accelerate
10/20/2015 2:30:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The use of telematics in trucking will expand dramatically and reshape the industry, participants at a panel discussion said here.

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Video: Reaction to Highway Bill, Regulatory News out of MCE
10/20/2015 2:00:00 PM
Transport Topics' Jonathan S. Reiskin and Eugene Mulero react to comments made during the Management Conference & Exhibition by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and ATA President Bill Graves about the highway bill and other pending regulations.

Vigillo to Examine Crash Preventability
10/20/2015 1:30:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Data analysis vendor Vigillo is rolling out a crash-review service to aid carriers in their dealings with shippers, insurance companies and others when the fleet thinks it was judged unfairly.

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Day-by-Day Video Highlights from MCE 2015
10/20/2015 1:20:00 PM
New ATA Chairman Pat Thomas walks you through the final day of MCE2015, in which he was officially named to his new position and final sessions were held prior to the closing banquet, which featured a performance by the musical group, Chicago.

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Roadmaster Now Selling Through Three Channels
10/20/2015 1:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is expanding its operations in truck tires, said Gary Schroeder, a sales director for the company’s commercial vehicles Roadmaster brand.

Volvo Recognizes Ruan, Searcy for Safety Excellence
10/20/2015 12:01:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Although each was founded with just one truck and are both still family-owned, Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, Iowa and Searcy Trucking Ltd., of Winnipeg, Manitoba , are very different-size companies.

Navistar’s Sass Seeks Higher Sales Through Customer Satisfaction
10/20/2015 12:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Sass is four months into a mission to return Navistar Inc. to profitability and the good graces of truck operators.

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Mack Trumpets Improved Maintenance Practices
10/20/2015 12:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Mack Trucks wants all of its dealerships to become certified uptime centers, the company’s president said here Oct. 19.

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PIT Group Opens U.S. Office in Atlanta
10/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — PIT Group has opened an office in Atlanta, the Canadian engineering and research group announced here Oct. 19 at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

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Baby, You Can Drive My Truck: Paul McCartney Rocks Freightliner Dinner at MCE
10/20/2015 12:30:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Music icon Sir Paul McCartney surprised and delighted the nearly 1,000 people attending a customer appreciation dinner hosted by Freightliner Trucks here on Oct. 19.

Omnitracs to Launch Navigation System
10/19/2015 4:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Trucking technology supplier Omnitracs is expanding its product line with the upcoming launch of a new navigation system.

ALK Updates CoPilot Navigation to Better Manage Routes by Vehicle Size
10/19/2015 4:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — ALK Technologies has updated its CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation product to make it easier for fleets to create and follow routes optimized for vehicle size and load.

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ATA's Osiecki Expects Favorable Reforms If Congress Passes Highway Bill
10/19/2015 3:40:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Dave Osiecki, American Trucking Associations’ executive vice president and chief of national advocacy, says he is optimistic regulations the industry has criticized over the years would be reformed if Congress advances key bills this year.

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Shuster Predicts Highway Bill Will Reach Obama This Year
10/19/2015 2:10:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Oct. 19 that he expects a six-year highway funding bill to reach the House floor next week and the White House before the beginning of 2016.

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October Truck Orders Will Fall, DTNA Says
10/19/2015 2:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The October report on Class 8 truck orders that is coming out in early November will not look good, said the CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, but that will be because numbers will be compared to a highly unusual corresponding month last year.

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Stanley McChrystal: Teamwork, Better Communications Boost Business
10/19/2015 12:01:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Board rooms, assembly lines and deliveries on the roadways can be improved by enhancing the way managers and employees communicate, retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal told industry executives here Oct. 19.

Share the Road, America's Road Team Programs Saluted
10/19/2015 11:40:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Incoming Chairman Pat Thomas proudly introduced American Trucking Associations’ top ambassadors at the annual Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 19 here.

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EPA’s Grundler Praises SmartWay Partnership With ATA
10/19/2015 10:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — While industry and government often don’t see eye to eye on regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency and American Trucking Associations agree that SmartWay is a program that works.

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Experts Maintain U.S. Economy Still World’s Strongest, and Trucking Benefits
10/19/2015 9:50:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — The flawed and imperfect U.S. economy is, and will remain well into 2016, the world’s strongest producer — and trucking will benefit from that, two economists offering forecasts said here.

Idle Smart to Offer Android-Based Platform to Manage Idle Time, Batteries
10/19/2015 9:15:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Idle Smart will soon offer a new version of its idle-management platform based on the Android operating system, which enables remote device management and performance monitoring.

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BestPass Adds Exclusion Zones to Toll-Management Service
10/19/2015 8:59:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — BestPass Inc., a provider of toll payment and management services, has added a new feature to help fleets catch unplanned toll usage.

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Conversion Launches Online Driver Orientation, Onboarding Programs
10/19/2015 8:58:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Conversion Interactive Agency is launching Conversion E-Learning Academy, a Web-based resource offering driver orientation and onboarding programs.

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PeopleNet to Offer Software on Samsung Devices
10/19/2015 1:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — PeopleNet is partnering with Samsung to expand the hardware choices available for its fleet-management applications.

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FMCSA's Darling: 2016 Will Be the 'Year of Partnerships'
10/18/2015 4:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking at American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 18, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Acting Administrator Scott Darling declared 2016 “the year of partnerships” between his agency and stakeholders such as ATA.

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Oklahoma’s Dan Case Remembered at MCE
10/18/2015 3:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The contributions of longtime executive director of the Oklahoma Trucking Association, Dan Case, who passed away last month, were recognized by senior American Trucking Associations officials.

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ATA President Graves: Highway Bill’s CSA Reforms Address Trucking’s Concerns
10/18/2015 2:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Provisions that would reform a federal scoring program for truck companies in a recently unveiled highway bill would address concerns the trucking industry has raised for years, American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves said.

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Lytx Expands Video-Based Safety Technology to More Closely Track Driver Fatigue, Distraction
10/18/2015 12:55:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Lytx Inc., provider of the DriveCam video-based safety program, is launching new technology designed to more closely monitor distracted and fatigued driving.

Eleven Members Named to LEAD ATA's Third Class
10/18/2015 12:20:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The third class of American Trucking Associations’ executive leadership program was announced on Oct. 18 during ATA's annual Management Conference & Exhibition here.

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ATA to Donate Another $100,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward
10/18/2015 11:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — American Trucking Associations announced that it will donate $100,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward, its second such annual donation.

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FastPort Looking to Hire Veterans on Behalf of More Trucking Companies
10/18/2015 11:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Technology company FastPort Inc. continues its work to bring military veterans into trucking as drivers as they rejoin the civilian labor force.

Seven Honored With Executive Council Service Awards
10/18/2015 10:06:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Seven veteran trucking association executives with a combined 105 years of experience were honored with the Executive Council Service Awards during American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition here Oct. 18.

Winners of Mike Russell Image Award Named
10/18/2015 10:04:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Two men, a state association, a motor carrier and an allied member were honored Oct. 18 with ninth-annual Mike Russell Image Awards by American Trucking Associations during ATA's Management Conference & Exhibition here today.

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NTDC, SuperTech Winners Honored
10/18/2015 10:02:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Wal-Mart’s Ronald Emenheiser and FedEx Freight’s Eric Vos, the winners of the National Truck Driving Championships and TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition, respectively, were honored Oct. 18 by the American Trucking Associations as part of the annual Management Conference & Exhibition here.

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HOS Tops Critical Issues Survey for Third Year
10/18/2015 9:20:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — The uncertain future of the hours-of-service rule is the largest concern for motor carriers, the American Transportation Research Institute reported.

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Long Prepares to Wrap Up Year as ATA Chairman
10/18/2015 9:01:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — Duane Long, soon to be departing as ATA chairman, said he is ready for a break after a whirlwind year but that he also would like to spend more time lobbying for trucking on Capitol Hill.

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Tuttle Says TCA Expects a New President Around Thanksgiving
10/18/2015 9:00:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA — The Truckload Carriers Association should have a new president around Thanksgiving, TCA Chairman Keith Tuttle said here.

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Kenworth to Pass on Mid-America Trucking Show in March
10/17/2015 7:45:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Kenworth Trucks General Manager Preston Feight confirmed here that his company will not exhibit at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.

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FlowBelow Offers Tractor AeroKit for Flatbed, Tanker Fleets
10/17/2015 7:20:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — FlowBelow Aero Inc. is offering a modified version of its Tractor AeroKits for use in flatbed and tank truck applications.

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SmartTruck Unveils Aerodynamic Top Fairing for Trailers
10/17/2015 7:10:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — SmartTruck, a supplier of aerodynamic systems, unveiled its LeadEdge Top Fairing, a component designed to manage airflow in the gap between the cab and trailer or between two twin trailers.

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Help Inc. Expands PrePass Plus Toll-Payment Services With New Transponder
10/17/2015 7:00:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Help Inc., provider of the PrePass weigh-station bypass program, has introduced its ElitePass transponder, which expands the reach of its electronic toll-payment services.

Second Annual 'Healthy Trucker Challenge' Promotes Wellness
10/17/2015 5:30:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Trucking executives and America’s Road Team captains are at it again. They are facing off at the Management Conference & Exhibition here to see which group will take the most steps throughout the convention.

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Drivewyze Survey Spotlights Value of Weigh Station Bypass for Driver Retention
10/17/2015 4:00:00 PM
Along with pay, time off and benefits, the one thing that truck drivers also say that they want is company-paid weigh station bypass.

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Duane Long: It's Been a Challenging and Rewarding Year
10/15/2015 11:00:00 AM
Around this time last year, I had the privilege of writing in this space about how excited I was to be taking the wheel of the most impressive truck I’ve ever driven in becoming chairman of American Trucking Associations. Never in my wildest dreams could I have anticipated what a challenge I was about to embark on.

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ATA to Host Industry Leaders at MCE, Still Facing Many Challenging Issues
10/5/2015 3:30:00 AM
American Trucking Associations is set to host industry leaders later this month at its annual Management Conference & Exhibition, a four-day event to address burgeoning issues such as recruiting drivers, technology’s role in trucking and legislative undertakings such as highway safety.


 

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