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.

Amid reports of switch to SCR, Navistar set to announce 'operational' changes

Navistar International is set to announce “operational changes” during an investor webinar on Friday morning amid multiple reports the company will be ditching its advanced exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) technology for meeting EPA 2010 emissions requirements. The announcement was made in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday afternoon.

Majority of carriers expect recent rate increases to continue

Despite the relative sluggishness of the economy, 70% of carriers are still expecting volumes and rates to rise, according to the latest report from Transport Capital Partners (TCP). Of note, however, is the fact that while a large percentage of carriers are still expecting increases, similar to past surveys, the numbers reporting increases are nearly identical to those reporting no change.

Cascadia Evolution hits the road

DETROIT. During an event this week hosted by Detroit at its manufacturing facility here, Tim Tindall, director-engine & component sales for Detroit, took a few minutes to update the assembled media on the current testing status of Freightliner’s Cascadia Evolution tractor.

Detroit details new DD15, other GHG14 engines 10
DETROIT.Detroit officials hosted a media event this week at its 3.2-million-sq.-ft. facility in Detroit, outlining the company’s path to greenhouse gas 2014 (GHG14) engine compliance and changes made to the new DD15 engine that will be the primary powerplant for Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner Cascadia Evolution tractor.
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COMPANY: Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated

OPERATION: The nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, operating five production centers and 50 distribution centers in 11 states

Problem: Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated (CCBC) produces 160 million cases of soft drinks a year. To move that much product requires 250 tractors and over 800 trailers spread throughout the Southeast. But keeping track of all that equipment, let alone ensuring it is in the right place at the right time, was a massive undertaking.

Green Fleet of the Month: Fine option

To become a major force in the world of food transport requires careful attention to detail, particularly as it relates to transporting those finished products to their final destination. Make those products temperature-sensitive salads, side dishes, dips, Mexican foods, and other specialty products, and that adds yet another layer of complexity.

But Beaverton, OR-based Reser’s Fine Foods has found solutions through the use of electricity and cold-plate refrigeration technology.

Kenworth details lineup, including T680 and new cabovers 1

KIRKLAND, WA. During a press briefing on Friday morning at its Kirkland, WA, headquarters, Kenworth assistant general manager-sales & marketing Preston Feight announced that the company’s new T680 tractor has begun production. The tractor began rolling off the line on Monday, May 21.

Kenworth delivers first urban-duty K370 truck
Kenworth presents Coca-Cola Refreshments with first cabover model; presents T680 in special ride-and-drive event
Reaction positive to stability-control proposal

Back in 2010, Con-way Freight ordered 1,300 Freightliner tractors equipped with Meritor Wabco’s Roll Stability Control system. That order followed Con-way’s participating in a test program in 2009 in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The testing was part of the Dept.

FMCSA formally rescinds EOBR mandate

Responding to the decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in August 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has formally rescinded its final rule published on April 5, 2010, requiring electronic onboard recorders for carriers with significant hours-of-service compliance issues.

Green Fleet of the Month: MPG boost

As fleets look for alternative fuels and/or power solutions to reduce fuel usage and cut emissions, one Minnesotabased fleet found a more

cost-effective option that has almost doubled its mpg. Deli Express, a fleet of 240 vehicles and part of the larger Eden Prairie, MN-based E.A. Sween Co., is having success with the low-cab-forward NPR Eco-Max truck from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

Schneider National hit hard by Dallas twister 3

Like a scene from the movie Twister, tractor-trailers were sent flying hundreds of feet into the air by a string of tornadoes that hit Dallas County and other nearby counties in northeast Texas yesterday.

One of those tornadoes unleashed its wrath on a Schneider National facility, throwing trailers hundreds of feet in the air and leaving damaged equipment in its wake.

(To see video of the tornado, click here)

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