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    Truck market to remain strong in 2023: Volvo president

    Several economic indicators are pointing toward a recession, but Volvo Trucks North America believes demand for commercial vehicles will remain strong in the year to come – buoyed in part by fleets that need to update aging equipment. Truck production has been dampened by several supply chain challenges, at first involving a shortage of semiconductors, but later spreading to other components and labor shortages. Peter Voorhoeve, president Volvo Trucks North America, is predicting a strong truck market in 2023. (Photo: John G. Smith) “The red signs are everywhere. The stock exchange is going in the wrong direction. The interest rates are going up,” said Volvo Trucks North America president Peter…

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    Volvo supporting electric trucks as an ecosystem

    Finding a battery-electric truck is one thing. Understanding where it will fit, the maintenance demands, financing options, and charging infrastructure is understandably more complex. Volvo Trucks North America is looking to support fleets throughout the entire journey, combining everything from consulting services to simplified monthly payments. Peter Voorhoeve, the OEM’s president, refers to it as a “completely consultative approach”. Volvo’s electric vehicle strategy is anchored by the VNR Electric truck. But the support looks well beyond truck sales. (Photo: John G. Smith) Fleets and dealers from across North America converged on the Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Virginia this week to better understand what the support would actually look like.…

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    Police investigating death of Erb co-founder, Viola Erb

    Viola Erb, co-founder of Erb Group, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in her home Sept. 24 and Waterloo Regional Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Erb family, and we are allowing them this time to grieve the loss of their loved one,” the company posted on its website, following local media reports on her death. In a press release, Waterloo Police said. “On Saturday, Sept. 24, at approximately 1:20 p.m., emergency services responded to a residence on Sandhills Road in Wilmot Township for a medical call. Upon arrival, a female was located deceased. Information gathered as part of the investigation has led…

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    Grote adds to leadership team

    Grote Industries has added three members to its leadership team. Kent Bode has been promoted to vice-president of sales and marketing for the U.S. sales team, while Cesar Perez-Bolivar takes over leadership responsibilities of Grote Electronics. Mel Mendoza has been hired as the new vice-president of operations, North America. “Facing challenges head-on with strong leadership has been instrumental to Grote’s legacy over the past 120 years,” said John Grote, chief operating officer of Grote Industries. “These three leaders all embody that, two of them with more than 30 years of industry experience, and each with the ability to rise to the occasion and meet our customers’ ever-changing needs.” Kent Bode…

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    10 ways for fleets to improve, foster safety culture

    Fleets with excellent safety standards don’t overpay for insurance and are an underwriter’s dream. Other carriers can learn from these organizations, and bring their drivers home safe, prevent losses, and downtime. Two judges from last year’s Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Fleet Safety Awards program shared their observations on the safest fleets in North America, during a webinar organized by the TCA on Sept. 29. Jeff Davis, vice-president of safety, Napa River Insurance Services said a strong safety culture permeates through these organizations while John Simms, senior risk advisor, HNI said companies that made employees feel like they were part of a family – being involved and contributing to it –…

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    Paisley named AMTA chairman

    Doug Paisley of Lethbridge Truck Terminals, and RK Trailer Rentals, has been named chairman of the Alberta Motor Transport Association board of directors for the 2023 term, during the annual general meeting held Sept. 24. Doug Paisley (Photo: AMTA) Paisley replaces Jude Groves, who served as board chairman from 2019-2022. New directors Ashish Gill (Lightspeed Logistics) and Grant Heer (retired) were added to the current board with terms ending April 2025, and April 2024 respectively. Other board members are senior vice-chairman Tim Bennett; vice-chairman Real Durand; immediate past chairman Jude Groves; and directors including emeritus Grant Mitchell, past chairmen Gene Orlick, Carl Rosenau and Greg Sokil; Rod Shopland, Brad Beerling,…

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    Werner working with Kodiak on autonomous truck lane

    Werner Enterprises is working with Kodiak Robotics to test self-driving trucks on a lane between Dallas, Texas, and Lake City, Fla. The trucks completed four trips, with a human safety driver, in an August trial. Kodiak says the demonstration showcases the ability to set up an autonomous trucking lane using a hub model. (Photo: Kodiak Robotics) “Working with Kodiak enables us to efficiently incorporate new technologies into our business while giving us a competitive edge,” said Werner’s senior vice-president of van/expedited, Chad Dittberner. “We’re eager to establish the hybrid model of drivers and ongoing autonomous lanes to create new and unparalleled levels of efficiency while staying focused on Werner’s value…

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    Manitoulin Transport expands Dryden terminal

    Manitoulin Transport has expended its terminal in Dryden, Ont., expanding services there. The facility, at 15 Richan Road, now has 19 dock doors and nearly 10,000 square-feet of space. It features LED interior lighting, new air-powered dock levers, better insulation and a new metal ramp for safer loading. “Dryden’s upgraded terminal demonstrates Manitoulin’s ongoing commitment to rural communities,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport. “With more than 85 terminals, Manitoulin continues to provide access to reliable transportation, technology, equipment, and service to our customers across Canada. The synergies created by the Manitoulin Group and all of its resources enable us to provide customized and flexible services that complete our customers’ supply…

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    DriverCheck’s Fitness for Duty summit coming Oct. 12-13

    DriverCheck’s upcoming 5th annual Fitness for Duty Summit will address some of the workplace challenges employers face in creating a healthy and safe work environment. The two-day educational event offers information, resources, and expert insight from 10 speakers who will touch upon topics from physical and mental health perspectives. It also includes two panel discussions, tradeshow area and an evening networking reception. The summit will be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto, on Oct. 12 and 13. For details and to register, visit www.drivercheck.ca/aboutffds. Software transportes 3000

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    Hexagon sees untapped potential and promise in RNG

    Hexagon Agility president Seung Baik shrugs his shoulders when asked why renewable natural gas (RNG) has yet to enjoy the limelight of diesel alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cells or batteries. “I don’t know why we’re not talking about it more,” he said, during a briefing at the company’s North Carolina facility. “RNG is a solution we should be talking more about.” There’s certainly much to like. The fuel is produced using sources such as livestock and agricultural waste (not to be confused with actual crops) and captures methane that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere. It can also be mixed into existing natural gas pipelines without sacrificing engine performance,…