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.

Kellogg’s Brad Johnston named CTP Top Graduate

CINCINNATI. Accomplishing goals and winning awards in life are sometimes the crowning moments of one’s professional career, but for Brad Johnston, the hope is that his latest achievement is just another step up the career ladder.

Transplace: Bringing shippers and carriers together in lasting relationships

CINCINNATI. Here at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center, private fleet representatives are sharing best practices and networking. For a company such as Transplace, it’s that networking experience that can prove invaluable. After all, private fleets typically have freight capacity to fill on backhauls, and Transplace has freight to place on trucks.

It’s a match made in heaven.

What is an ultracapacitor and why does your truck need one?

CINCINNATI. Four years ago, Maxwell Technologies had an ultracapacitor-based engine start module (ESM) to show at trade shows and virtually no one knew what to do with them. But that is changing, as evidenced by the announcement that its ESM is now a factory-installed option on Kenworth Class 8 products.

But, four years later, many still ask, what is an ultracapacitor and why do I need one?

PeopleNet details black box technology, announces fleet deployments

CINCINNATI. Visitors to the PeopleNet booth this week at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition are getting a hands-on look at some of the company’s telematics products, but they can also hear about the company’s latest creation.

A U.S. Navy Vixen tells NPTC audience to find a third way to success

CINCINNATI. If you want to make a splash with a keynote speaker, there are few ways more effective than calling upon a Vixen. Yes, the Vixen in question referred to herself that way. In fact, that was her call sign.

The move to relocate Richard Petty Motorsports

E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, based in Columbus, OH, recently relocated Richard Petty Motorsports to a new facility in Mooresville, NC. The move required several months of planning and 24 trailers to happen. E.E. Ward Moving & Storage got its start in 1881 moving items with the original horsepower – horses. The Columbus, OH-based business was founded by William S. Ward and his father John T. Ward as The Ward Transfer Line. The original company featured two horses, a wagon and two helpers. The U.S. Dept.

NPTC ready to welcome private fleets to Annual Conference

As the time for this year’s National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Annual Conference quickly approaches, Gary Petty, president and CEO of NPTC spent a few minutes with Fleet Owner discussin

Who knew? Hybrids still exist 

Okay, so the headline is a wee bit sensationalized. That’s the old newspaper editor in me coming out. “We have to sell papers.”  “We need better headlines.”  “We need to sensationalize.” All comments I heard over and over from our publisher, whose sole task in life seemed to be maximizing that day’s newspaper rack sales without regard to the future credibility of the paper. But I feel compelled to digress.

CTP hits back at railroad interests in latest battle over truck weight reform

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP) is calling for the non-profit group, Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, to disclose who it is funded by following a New York Times investigative report published this week that found the group was paying law enforcement officers to lobby Washington legislators about potential, and unfounded according to CTP, dangers of longer and heavier trucks.

Anheuser-Busch named Green Fleet of the Year by Fleet Owner, WIX Filters 

Like any fine beer, it is a combination of ingredients that make a strong final product. Anheuser-Busch knows this better than anyone. With its stable of beers, including the iconic Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, Bass, Beck’s, and many more, the Busch family knows a thing or two about crafting a fine brew.

Hybrid trucks remain a vital part of fleets' green solutions

With the fall of diesel prices last year and the current love-affair with natural gas to power commercial trucks, many people have wondered whether that darling from just a few short years ago – the hybrid truck – still has a place in the future of transportation.  Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing, dealer operations and product planning for Hino Trucks, is a firm believer that hybrids do have a place.

Improving the quality of life 

Vehicle reliability is a key metric for any fleet. Too much downtime saps profits. But for a fleet that specializes in the medical field, it can be more than just money; it can be the lifeline its clients need.

March 10, 2015: Volkswagen’s pickup vision; Uber-style freight service; Ohio highway ban for trucks

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

Ram Trucks at NTEA's 2015 Work Truck Show

Ram Trucks had several products on display at the 2015 Work Truck Show, including its new ProMaster City van, which is now available at dealers.

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