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.

Navistar cuts deal with Icahn and Rachesky to replace 3 board members

Under increasing pressure from investors Carl Icahn and Mark Rachesky, Navistar International Corp. has agreed to add three people to its board of directors. The three will replace existing board members, Navistar said.

Rachesky and Vincent J. Intrieri will join the board and the third member will be a mutually-agreed upon director between Navistar, Icahn’s Icahn Partners (Icahn) and Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management (MHR).

Logistics companies weathering economic uncertainty 23

A new survey shows that despite the economy, logistics companies fared well in 2011 as more shippers turned to their customized services. There were trouble spots, though, as the 19th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Providers revealed that 26% of firms failed to meet their financial projections for 2011, up from 14% in 2010.

The path yet chosen 20

Much of the focus in this year’s presidential election has centered on the state of the economy and who is responsible for the unemployment rate, Democrats or Republicans. But there are other critical issues, such as the state of our transportation and infrastructure system.

While nearly everyone was pleased when Congress came together to pass a 27-month transportation bill this summer, the timing of that bill creates a potential threat to a longer-term version.

Joining the crowd 4

If you’ve ever been part of the “crowd,” then what follows is probably not new to you. But if you think the crowd was the cool kids in high school, you need to spend some time talking with Scott Belcher. Belcher, president & CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America, spends his days focused on things such as the crowd, the cloud, and vehicle connectivity.

Green Fleet of the Month: Idle time

Are you interested in getting up to 16% better fuel economy for your fleet? If you are, and you run in colder climates and have not installed an auxiliary power unit (APU) yet, then here’s a lesson you.

Navistar puts dealers through Vocational Boot Camp

Navistar just completed its 7th Boot Camp for dealers and dealer representatives. This one, in Tooele, Utah, focused on the company's vocational offerings, including the new LoadStar and the soon-to-enter production TerraStar 4x4.

Dealer sales incentives, boot-camp style

Tooele, Utah. As Navistar gets set to introduce a number of new products and technologies, the company has been convening over 700 dealers from across the country over the past four weeks at a Vocational Boot Camp here at the Miller Motorsports Park complex.

Navistar lays out SCR timeline 5

TOOELE, UT. Following the announcement that Navistar will be switching to SCR technology to meet 2010 EPA emissions regulations of 0.2 grams of NOx, the only question left unanswered is when?

Navistar acknowledges past mistakes; looks to bright future 1

TOOELE, UT. Trying to put all the rumor, speculation and confusion about its future behind it, Navistar is looking forward with a new direction and new attitude, if you will, as it ventures down the SCR path.

Local waste, local power

If you run a restaurant and need to dispose of your used vegetable oil, then Got Grease is a company to call. Got Grease doesn’t just collect this waste, though, it uses it to power those same trucks that are picking up restaurants’ discarded oils.

Got Grease, a family-owned San Francisco-based business, is turning that waste into a sustainable business powered by biodiesel. The company services about 1,800 Bay Area restaurants, delivering the waste product to a local biofuels converter and then using the finished product to power its trucks.

Navistar's Ustian steps down 8

Following a period of uncertainty as the company attempted to makes its EGR-only engine solution work to meet EPA 2010 emissions guidelines, Navistar International Corp. chairman, president & CEO Daniel C. Ustian announced his retirement, effective immediately.

Disrupting the future of freight
Growing influence of technology will continue to change how the industry conducts business.
Meritor Wabco ups safety quotient

ROCHESTER, MI. In the minds of Jon Morrison and Scott Belcher, innovation comes from pushing the limits. First came anti-lock brakes for trucks, then the OnGuard collision mitigation system (CMS). Now, Meritor Wabco is taking safety to a new level with its next-generation OnGuard system as well as a new lane departure warning system, electronically controlled air suspension and a stability and traction control system called ESCsmart.

Closing the loop

Many cities and towns are either switching, or considering switching, their refuse fleets to natural gas power. In fact, more and more contracts are now specifying that fuel as a requirement for at least part of the fleet. But few cities or towns have started to make their own fuel. That’s what makes the city of Surrey, British Columbia, unique.

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