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U.S.-NAFTA Freight Shipments Increased 6.7 Percent in January

Posted on 3/25/2017 by Gwen Brown

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $88.0 billion in current dollars as all five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January 2017 compared to January 2016, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) (Figure 2, Table 1).

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Meritor WABCO Hosts SmartTrac Stability Control Webinar Series to Help Prepare Fleets for Upcoming ESC Mandate

Posted on 3/25/2017 by Gwen Brown

Meritor WABCO is hosting a series of Webinars beginning in May to help fleets understand why they benefit from equipping new tractor-trailers with SmartTrac Stability Control before August when federal regulations mandating stability control begin to take effect. The first Webinar will be held on May 4, 9 and 11. For more info and to sign up, please visit this link: http://www.meritorwabco.com/webinar.

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NeoBrake Unveils Lightweight Cast Iron 4707Q Brake Shoe

Posted on 3/21/2017 by Gwen Brown

NeoBrake Systems, Inc., an early North American heavy-duty brake remanufacturer and formulator of world-class asbestos-free brake linings and pads, announced today a major breakthrough in S-cam foundation brake performance with the introduction of Matrix NeoCast™, a revolutionary new lightweight cast iron 4707Q brake shoe.

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FTR Says Trucking Conditions Index for January Unchanged, But Better Year Ahead

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Gwen Brown

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for January was basically unchanged from December at a reading of 2.7. As detailed in the March issue of the Trucking Update, FTR expects January will be the low point for trucking conditions ahead of an expected bounce as 2017 progresses. The election results have put the industry in an optimistic mood; however, FTR cautions that there are risks associated with some economic proposals being considered by the new administration and Congress.

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New Product from Shur-Co®: GustBuster™ Tarp Cords

Posted on 3/19/2017 by Gwen Brown

Exclusively available from Shur-Co®, the new GustBuster™ Tarp Cords feature an innovative design like no other tarp cord in the tarp industry. The GustBuster™ cords attach permanently to the trailers to hold down your tarp in moderate wind. The cords are made of polyester material that does not absorb moisture, making it less susceptible to dirt and grime becoming embedded in the webbing. This also eliminates the risk of the material turning brittle and abrasive over time. The GustBuster™ stretch membrane is integrated throughout the webbing that prevents bunching up of the material to one side of the trailer, and contact with the tarp is more uniform, providing a better wear surface on the tarp. The GustBuster™ has two mounting options to accommodate 96” and 102”-wide trailers. Learn more by visiting www.shurco.com, or call Shur-Co® at 1-800-474-8756.

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FTR Reports Final Net Trailer Orders for February at 25,800 Units

Posted on 3/19/2017 by Gwen Brown

FTR reports final February net trailer orders at 25,800 units, down 21% m/m but up 20% versus a year ago. Even with the drop off from January, trailer orders have maintained some of the momentum of the previous three months. The 2017 February orders were the highest for the month since 2014. Refrigerated van orders stayed at historically high levels and dry van orders were steady this month. Backlogs continue to climb for the fourth consecutive month, with production improving moderately, as expected. Trailer net orders have now totaled 239,000 units for the last 12 months.

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Wabash National Corporation’s Cadiz Operation Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Registration for Quality Management

Posted on 3/19/2017 by Gwen Brown

Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems, has received certification renewal from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 at its Cadiz, KY, operation, which manufactures Transcraft® and Benson® brand flatbed and drop deck trailers.

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Felling Revamps Pan Series Trailers

Posted on 3/13/2017 by Gwen Brown

Felling Trailers, Inc. is proud to announce some enhancements to its Pan Series model line of trailers. The Pan Series trailers have always been known for offering one of the lowest load angles for a ramp trailer in the industry. In Felling’s continuing effort to offer more value to our customers we have made the following features standard on the entire product line.

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Kevin Page Named Wabash National Vice President and General Manager, Final Mile and Distributed Services

Posted on 3/13/2017 by Gwen Brown

Kevin Page has joined Wabash National as Vice President and General Manager, Final Mile & Distributed Services. In this new position he will drive further commercialization of our Final Mile Series and Cold Chain Series truck bodies, and will direct and manage growth in the aftermarket parts and retail businesses. Prior to Wabash National, Page served as interim president at Truck Accessories Group. He also served as president at Universal Trailer Cargo Group and vice president of sales, marketing and service at Utilimaster Corporation.

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MAXON Lift Corp. Receives 2016 Most Valuable Partner Award From Dickinson Fleet Services

Posted on 3/13/2017 by Gwen Brown

MAXON Lift Corp. (the largest privately-owned liftgate manufacturer in North America), recently received the prestigious 2016 MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award from Dickinson Fleet Services, LLC.

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