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The merger of ContainerPort Group, ASF Transportation Group means growth and success

When ContainerPort Group Inc. (CPG) and ASF Transportation Group LLC (ASF) merged earlier this year, the combination of the two enterprises formed an intermodal drayage operation with a footprint that covers most key markets east of the Rockies. The merger essentially doubled the company’s trucking capacity and solidified its presence in regions where it has

Product refresh: International Trucks launches its new medium-duty MV Series

The recent launch of the International MV Series not only marked the introduction of the manufacturer’s newest Class 6-7 medium-duty truck line; according to the OEM, it also completes the company’s Project Horizon product refresh program, and reflects that initiative’s cab design and driver-centric enhancements that have already been incorporated into its Class 8 vehicles.

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How Fleetmaster Express is staying on top of technology, expanding its footprint

Using technology to its advantage is an operating philosophy that has served Fleetmaster Express well. Its stated goal—to remain at the forefront of technology to ensure loads are delivered timely and safely—is now even more important as the company grows and expands its service offerings and its operating footprint. Founded in 1987 with two tractor-trailers

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Attracting, retaining truck drivers with satellite TV, health and wellness options

The ongoing need to recruit and retain drivers remains both a management challenge and costly exercise for motor carriers. Trucking companies that are having success in lowering their turnover rates are finding that a mix of benefits and amenities is the best solution. In particular, a growing number of carriers are realizing lower recruiting costs

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Creature comforts: Driver needs are the focus of the latest cabs and sleepers

  If the latest Class 8 on-highway models from truck manufacturers have one thing in common, it’s that the driver’s point of view was central to their design. “We started with driver clinics several years before our new LT Series models were introduced,” says Jim Nachtman, product marketing director of on-highway trucks at International Trucks.

The advantages of key process indicators and reporting tools

It’s no secret that finding ways to lower costs is a key to gaining a competitive advantage. That subject was an important part of the educational program of last year’s Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), which was attended by more than 120 fleet representatives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors in

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Core Building Materials addresses increasing construction, trucking issues with sound operations and management practices

“We’re in both the trucking and construction businesses,” says Len Cicciarelli, who heads up operations and management for Core Building Materials. “In several ways, it’s becoming more challenging for us. We’re not a logistics company, but we are dealing with many of the same issues as trucking companies, including an increasing amount of regulation.” A

How Nestlé Waters North America’s fleet is reducing its carbon footprint

Environmental stewardship is taken very seriously at Nestlé Waters North America. To reduce its carbon footprint, the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. is working to continue improving its recycling rates across North America. There is also a strong and ongoing commitment at the company to water stewardship and responsible packaging.

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The newest Mercedes-Benz Sprinter goes from vehicle to integrated system solution

At a recent sneak preview of the new Sprinter model, held at its Sprinter Innovation Campus in Germany, Mercedes-Benz Vans was focused on the industry segments that the third generation of its commercial van is designed to serve. Along with passenger transport applications, the company noted that trade, service and delivery sectors are in need of

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Respect, investment and a focus on safety create a winning culture at Halvor Lines

Headquartered in Superior, Wisc., Halvor Lines is often referred to as the “Superior Fleet,” a nickname it aims to live up to every day. “We’re always implementing new ways to make the lives of our drivers and customers better,” says Adam Lang, the fleet’s chief risk officer. “Our aim is nothing less than to transform

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Nonstop operation: Trans-West Group meets the demands of a specialized market niche

Trans-West Group is in an enviable position. “We are growing with our customers, and sometimes the demand for our services actually outpaces the freight carrying capacity we can supply,” says André Boisvert, co-owner and vice president of technology and development. “That’s because we offer a highly specialized service. However, it takes a transportation system that

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Transformational technologies: Electric vehicles from Workhorse Group are filling vocational and last mile delivery needs

“It’s all about savings,” says Angela Strand, vice president at Workhorse Group. “Electric vehicles have an higher acquisition cost,” she says, “but our experience over nearly two million miles of operations indicates that operating and maintenance costs are 60% to 70% lower. “Our data shows that a traditional Class 5 truck costs one dollar per

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