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    Q&A with Tiger Trucking’s transportation head, James Johnstone

    Giant Tiger has come a long way since the discount retailer secured its first trucks to serve stores in Eastern Ontario. Thirty-five years later its private fleet, Tiger Trucking, counts 150 power units, 400 trailers, 300 intermodal containers, and 60 chassis that serve 260 locations across Canada. TruckNews.com spoke with James Johnstone, head of transportation at Giant Tiger, during the fleet’s 35th anniversary celebrations in Johnstown, Ontario, to discuss the organization’s philosophy. James Johnstone, head of transportation at Giant Tiger, addresses a crowd celebrating the fleet’s 35th anniversary and opening of a new maintenance facility. (Photo: 18PercentPhotography) Q. One of the things you’re celebrating today [Sept. 14] is the opening…

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    2023 TRB Annual Meeting: Lillian Borrone Recipient of the 2023 Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement

    Lillian Borrone is the 2023 recipient of the Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation. Mrs. Borrone is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a former assistant Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and past chair of the TRB Executive Committee. The Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation is a biennial award established in 1998 by a group of friends, colleagues, and admirers of Frances C. (Frank) Turner to honor him and to commemorate his extraordinary accomplishments in the development and construction of the U.S. transportation system. Turner was the initial recipient of the award in January 1999.…

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    Carriers try to make sense of unusual economic conditions

    If you feel the economic ground shifting beneath your feet, you’re not alone. Eric Starks, CEO of industry forecaster FTR, said it’s like looking away from a football game in which your team has a healthy lead, only to see that lead has evaporated when you return your attention to the game. “You felt like we’re winning the game. You look up and something has changed, but you don’t know what,” he said in characterizing how many in the trucking industry may be feeling about the current economy. Starks was speaking at the introduction of FTR’s 2022 Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., this week While there’s been plenty of debate…

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    Tiger Trucking celebrates 35 years, adds dedicated maintenance facility

    The only things (somewhat) brighter than Tiger Trucking’s yellow vehicle graphics were the reflective yellow vests worn by those around them. But both were plentiful as the fleet celebrated its 35th anniversary – and cut a fittingly yellow ribbon to open a new maintenance facility in Johnstown, Ont. The shop itself is run by Penske Truck Leasing Canada and Frigid, but is dedicated exclusively to the private fleet. While still relatively rare in Canada, the business model is well established in the U.S. and is becoming increasingly popular, said Penske executive account manager Patrick Musacchio. Team members, including drivers recognized as 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-million milers, were on hand…

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    Fontaine Modification expanding Texas facility

    Fontaine Modification, a provider of post-production truck services for original equipment manufacturers, dealers, and fleets, has begun work on a 40,000-square-foot addition to the existing 27,000-square-foot truck modification centre in Laredo, Texas. Its Laredo location handles trucks that are assembled at Freightliner and Navistar plants in Mexico. As these trucks cross the border, they are all processed through a marshalling yard for delivery within the United States and Canada. Fontaine’s Laredo operation is connected to this yard, enabling Fontaine to work on the trucks while they remain in the OEM’s delivery system. The center, led since 2018 by Juan Salazar, director of operations, runs two full-time shifts of engineers and…

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    DHL Express Canada spending $15M to add 110 EVs to ground fleet

    DHL Express will invest $15M in Canada to update its ground fleet with 110 electric vehicles within the next 12 months. This investment will include the acquisition of the electric vehicles, charging stations and other related infrastructure. The first 10 electric vehicles – Class 6 medium-duty trucks with a range of 290 km per charge with a 252 kWh battery – will be active in Montreal by the end of 2022 to service 10 routes out of the Montreal–Trudeau International Airport. (Photo: DHL Express) “As the world’s largest logistics company, it is our responsibility to lead the way and guide the logistics industry into a sustainable future,” said Andrew Williams,…

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    Roadcheck inspections ground 22.6% of vehicles in Canada

    Canadian enforcement teams placed 22.6% of inspected vehicles out of service during the international Roadcheck blitz that was conducted May 17-19, compared to a 23.8% out-of-service rate in the U.S. Teams completed 3,359 Level 1 inspections on this side of the border, placing 760 vehicles and 191 drivers out of service, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports. In the U.S., there were 33,196 Level 1 inspections, with 7,912 vehicles and 2,051 drivers placed out of service. Level 1 inspections involve 37 steps and include vehicles and drivers. (Photo: John G. Smith) A special focus was on wheel ends (tire and wheel) violations across North America, representing 22.8% of vehicle-related…

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    Fort Garry Industries moves to new Sarnia location

    Fort Garry Industries Sarnia has moved into a new 13,000-square-foot facility. The store offers aftermarket parts, truck and trailer equipment and repair services. (Photo: Fort Garry Industries) Robyn Spitzke, president of Fort Garry Industries said, “As growth continues in the Sarnia market, we wanted to provide our customers and employees with a new and modern facility that meets everyone’s needs and helps provide the best customer service.” The new store has an open concept floor plan. FGI’s store on Aikin Road in Sarnia, Ont., will have the space to add additional inventory and expand product offerings. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.…

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    Fleets of all sizes struggling with equipment procurement

    If you think the large fleets were given preferential treatment when manufacturers allocated new trucks over the past couple years, think again. Paul Higgins, purchasing representative for 8,000-truck fleet Prime Inc., told attendees at FTR’s Transportation Conference that even his company was unable to meet its new equipment needs and had to look at non-traditional suppliers. To go outside its normal three OEMs was not a decision that was taken lightly. “We like our particular brands of tractors and trailers and want to be really good partners with our vendors,” he said. “We prefer to have long-term relationships with our vendors and don’t want to be quick to switch.” But…

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    What’s going on with the trailer market?

    These are the best of times for trailer manufacturers. They’re also the most difficult of times. Demand has never been greater, but an inability to meet that demand has strained relations with customers and left trailer makers scrambling to overcome new challenges every day. David Giesen, vice-president of sales and marketing with Stoughton Trailers, gave attendees at the FTR Transportation Conference some insight into what OEMs have been dealing with. First there’s the labor issue. When the economy shut down, so too did trailer plants. When it was time to recall workers, many didn’t return. Replacement workers were hard to find, and often didn’t stick around. “Why are people leaving?…