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    Ritchie Bros. drops hammer on $99M in equipment during Edmonton auction

    Ritchie Bros. auctioneers sold more than $99 million in equipment during its fifth Edmonton auction of the year, after 16,500 bidders competed for more than 10,000 items. Equipment source from more than 1,000 consignors included more than 140 truck tractors, as well as skid steers, dozers, pipelayers, and forestry equipment. About 92% of the equipment sold Oct. 25-28 was to Canadians, and 61% remained in Alberta, the auction house said. International buyers were from as far afield as Egypt, Poland, and Vietnam. The final Edmonton auction of the year is scheduled for December. (File photo: CNW Group/Ritchie Bros.) Software transportes 3000

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    Nuclear verdicts are just one crash away, lawyer warns

    Be afraid of plaintiff’s counsel who make millions of dollars a year looking for weaknesses, attacking truck drivers and trucking companies alike, a lawyer has warned Canadian carriers operating in the U.S. Nuclear verdicts, where juries award damages above US$10 million for crashes involving commercial vehicles, can destroy a company, said Heather Devine, partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin and Lang. Speaking during a panel discussion at a Biz & Breakfast – Safety, Compliance and Insurance in the Trucking Industry event in Milton, Ont., she described such a verdict as when you receive the demand from a plaintiff, read the number, and know it will either wipe out the company or…

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    Bridging Border Barriers to offer insight into truckload issues

    Transportation executives will discuss current and potential cross-border issues facing the truckload industry at the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Bridging Border Barriers conference coming to Mississauga, Ont. Dave Dietrich, vice-president of people and culture, Erb Transport; Brian Taylor, president, Liberty Linehaul; and Craig Germain, COO, XTL Transport will discuss recruiting and retention, in a panel moderated by Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. Pete Stefanovich, president, Left Lane Associates will moderate a discussion on why it is a good idea to stage your business to sell. The panelists are Mark Seymour, president and CEO, Kriska Transportation Group; Jim Peeples, president and CEO, Challenger Motor Freight; and Andrea Crisan, president…

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    Bendix plant to expand Mexico operation

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has begun to construct a 185,000-square-foot production facility at its operation in Acuna, Mexico. The plant will use automated manufacturing processes to produce two emerging, next-generation technologies — global scalable brake control (GSBC) and global scalable air treatment (GSAT). The facility, which joins three other manufacturing plants and a logistics center on the Acuna campus, is the latest step in the ongoing expansion of the operation. Initial occupancy is slated for November 2023. GSBC and GSAT are designed to be adapted to customer needs in various markets. The systems’ capabilities and diagnostics enable the groundwork for automated driving. The company will hire an estimated 200 employees…

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    TFI’s Bedard unfazed by slowdown: ‘We like a storm’

    TFI International grew revenue and profit in the third quarter, in the face of “broader macro uncertainty.” Profit increased 86% year over year to $245.2 million (all figures U.S.) in the third quarter, while revenue rose 7% to $2.24 billion ($1.86 billion net of fuel surcharge). Operating income soared to $318.4 million compared to $191.6 million in the prior year, buoyed by a $75.7 million gain from the sale of CFI. The remainder of the growth came from acquisitions and organic growth, TFI reported.  “This resiliency in the face of challenging industry-wide conditions directly reflects our end-market and business line diversity including favorable exposure to large industrial end markets and…

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    RST Sunbury’s Stacey Miller champions fleet’s diversity and inclusion

    RST Sunbury Transport didn’t actively participate in Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers program when Stacey Miller was promoted to director of human resources in 2017. But she quickly recognized the program’s gala as a place where the business could celebrate strategies among an elite group of trucking companies. This year, she was celebrated in her own right. Miller has been named 2022 HR Leader of the Year, recognizing her work on initiatives including a diversity, equity and inclusion plan, and steps to welcome and support New Canadian truck drivers and their families. RST Sunbury Transport secured an Award of Excellence for diversity and inclusion as well. “New Brunswickers speak…

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    Orange EV hits electric yard truck milestone

    Orange EV says it has delivered its 500th electric yard tractor, marking a new milestone. The company says it has sold more electric yard trucks than all its competitors combined, as measured by non-profit CALSTART. The Orange EV was delivered to United Natural Foods, which has 10 Orange EVs in its U.S. fleet. (Photo: Orange EV) “Since the first Orange EV trucks were placed in service we have been very happy with the performance, reliability, ROI, and environmental impact they are making,” said Jeff Wismans, national director of fleet operations, at United Natural Foods. “It made it an easy decision to add eight more.” “Orange EV’s launch in 2012 with…

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    Safety, compliance tech investment can save money down the road

    Fleets must spend money on digitalization, but one has no idea what the failure to use technology for safety and compliance will cost. If a carrier’s truck is involved in a collision and the back office has missed filing a document, it could be critical in terms of insurance payouts or even nuclear verdicts, said Leanne Drummond, business development manager at CPC Logistics Canada during a panel discussion at a Biz & Breakfast – Safety, Compliance and Insurance in the Trucking Industry event in Milton, Ont., on Oct. 27. “It’s the easiest thing that you can do. A small investment, huge payoff,” she added. From left, Marilyn Surber, John Van…

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    Navistar to offer connected services for free on S13 powertrain

    As Navistar prepares to roll out its new S13 powertrain in International trucks, it will make its entire suite of connected services free of charge for five years. The S13 is Navistar’s first powertrain developed alongside its new parent company Traton Group. It was shown to the industry for the first time at a major reveal event in Las Vegas in August. At the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition, Navistar shared its plans to standardize and offer free of charge its connected vehicle offerings including: OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics; Premium Intelligent Fleet Care reports including fuel analytics and predictive health monitoring; over-the-air software and parameter updates; gateway integrations…

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    Spectra Premium promotes Gordon to CEO

    Spectra Premium Mobility Solutions announced that Josh Gordon has been appointed as president and chief executive officer effective immediately. He was previously president and COO. Josh joined Spectra Premium in 2021, with previous leadership roles at Fram Group and Old World Industries, as well as a commercial background in consumer products. Josh Gordon (Photo: Spectra Premium) Denis Chabot, Spectra Premium’s previous CEO is retiring but will remain closely involved as a board member and senior advisor. Gordon will be leading the business transformation that started last November upon Spectra’s acquisition by Turnspire Capital Partners. In addition to changes in executive leadership, new talent has been added to the aftermarket and…