Brian Straight

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.

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Building a safer and more sustainable Navy

INDIANAPOLIS. The Green Truck Summit kicked off today with a decidedly military feel as keynote speaker Capt. Alex Stites, director of shore energy for the U.S. Navy, delivered an overview of the Navy’s alternative fuel and sustainability approach to a packed house here in Indianapolis.

Ford: “Big trucks are big fun”

INDIANAPOLIS. Ford Motor Co. harkened back to the days of yesteryear during its press conference Tuesday night to kick off the NTEA’s Work Truck Show here. Back to a time when kids played in the sandbox dreaming of one day owning their own construction vehicles. A time when the only concern was whether mom thought the ground was too wet to play outside.

Quite simply, it was a time of playing with Tonka trucks.

Ford Motor Co. showcase at NTEA Work Truck Show

Ford Motor Co. is showcasing its entire lineup of commercial vehicles at this week's NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Ford said that it is the only manufacturer to offer a commercial solution in all classes from 1 through 7. Among the vehicles on display are the new F-650 and F-750 trucks and a specially-designed Tonka Truck F-750.

Drone deliveries may be grounded before ever lifting off

When the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its framework of regulations that would limit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), i.e. drones, it was immediately perceived as a major setback for Amazon, which desires to create a fleet of package delivery drones.

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 (www.truckbluebook.com) 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.

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