Brian Straight

Managing Editor

Brian joined Fleet Owner in May 2008 after spending nearly 14 years as sports editor and then managing editor of several daily newspapers.  He and his staff  won more than two dozen major writing and editing awards. Responsible for editing, editorial production functions and deadlines.

Golden State turning green 

From reusing rainwater to electric standby power for its refrigeration fleet, Golden State Foods (GSF) is making every effort possible to be a leader in environmental stewardship in the greater Chicago area. That includes the recent opening of a 158,000-sq.-ft. distribution center that is the company’s first ISO 14001 certified facility. It is also the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold distribution center (DC) in the GSF system.

February 18, 2015: Road salt destroying vehicles; city ignores road upkeep; finding solutions to the driver shortage

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation today:                

Strong start to year has truck OEMs rethinking expectations

Following a strong 2014 performance, medium- and heavy-duty truck deliveries in the U.S. started 2015 with even better gains, showing a 12.2% jump in year-over-year sales for January, according to the latest data from Fleet Owner sister publication WardsAuto.

Combined with recent data from FTR and ACT Research, the strong start to the year has several of the major truck manufacturers altering their expectations for this year.

Truck resale pricing ends 2014 on a mixed note

The most recent Truck Blue Book Commercial Truck Monthly Report ( found that prices on the heavy-duty resale market rose in December. Conversely, auction prices were down for heavy duty, but up on medium duty trucks from November. Heavy duty resale prices have seen fluctuation throughout all of 2014 with increases one month and decreases the next. The year ended a positive note with a 1% increase, Truck Blue Book reported.

Beating the snow with the truck driver crowd

As yet another winter storm barreled across the Midwest over the weekend and into the Northeast today, dumping up to a foot of snow on a region that received as much as 30 in. just last week, trucking companies are once again left to navigate their trucks over snow-covered roads in the hopes that related delays won’t disrupt customer service.

Ringing in change 

A new year is always a good time for resolutions; unfortunately, I’m lousy at following through on mine. They sound good on a cold winter day when I am wrapped up tight in a warm, comfy blanket on the couch. But given the chance to unwrap and accomplish something, it’s always easier to change the TV channel.  Since I’m terrible at following through on my own resolutions, let me take a stab at offering up some trucking-related wishes for 2015:

Dressed for efficiency 

A  little here and a little there adds up to a lot of improved fuel economy and emissions cuts. Uniform and linen supply company AmeriPride Services is taking that approach with its 1,900-vehicle fleet as it begins to dip its toes into the world of alternative power.

Run to green 

There are any number of ways a carrier can reduce costs, particularly fuel costs. As Kirkwood, NY-based Willow Run Foods found out, natural gas is just one. Seeking a more comprehensive approach, the fleet combined natural gas vehicles with fleet management software and a compensation-based driver pay approach to achieve green success.

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