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.

Inside the building of Yokohama Tire’s Mississippi commercial tire plant

Yokohama Tire has opened its first new U.S. based commercial tire manufacturing facility in West Point, MS. The plant, which cost $300 million to build, will eventually produce 1 million tires annually and employ as many as 2,000. The hope is that the majority of commercial tires sold in North America will eventually be manufacturing in Mississippi.

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Yokohama takes wraps off Mississippi’s star

WEST POINT, MS. Calling it the “star of the automotive universe in Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant praised executives of Yokohama Tire Corp. and its subsidiary, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi, last night at a press briefing ahead of the formal grand opening of the tire maker’s first new U.S. plant.

Navistar's Kozek: Deal strengthens International, expands GM portfolio

The announcement of a joint development project between Navistar and General Motors will lead to a new Class 4-5 truck platform that will fill a gap in GM’s commercial vehicle lineup and serve as a replacement for Navistar’s International TerraStar model.

Riding the WAVE to fuel-saving heaven

Back in 2014, a heavy-duty tractor-trailer operated by a microturbine was just one of the many ideas engineers dream of at night. Sure, it was an actual vehicle, shown at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show. But like many concept vehicles, it seemed more like a vehicle to drive technological development in other areas.

Groups opposing heavier trucks have their say

Opposition is ramping up its efforts to block efforts to boost the federal weight limit on Interstate highways to 91,000 lbs.

Battle of the brands 

As major tire manufacturers reintroduce once-prominent brands in the quest to gain market share, compete with offshore entities, and meet fleet needs for both cost-efficient and fuel-efficient tires, fleets have more choices than ever before, but is that a good development?

GO propane, GO green 

For anyone who spends time getting to and from Chicago area airports, there is a chance you have been transported at some point by GO Airport Express. Founded in 1853 as a carriage service between train lines, the company now provides transportation services at O’Hare and Midway Airports.

GO Airport Express is now part of a large network of transportation providers offering services to more than 100 airports worldwide. In Chicago, the company operates 120 vehicles, making many short runs from the airports to downtown hotels in the Windy City.

The future of fuel economy: Taking the next step  1

Back in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency kicked off the first steps of its long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial vehicles. Phase 1 of the greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards were for model-year 2014-2018 vehicles. The California Air Resources Board estimated the first phase would save $8.5 billion in fuel costs and 5 billion gals. of diesel fuel nationally by 2020.

The future of fuel economy: Finding an edge 

The inclusion of trailers in the next round of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards jointly announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a layer of complexity for everyone involved in meeting the new standards.

And that includes fleet executives, who will be responsible for finding the money to pay for equipment and, quite possibly, new technologies needed to meet the Phase 2 standards, which will generally result in a 24% reduction in carbon dioxide and fuel consumption of tractor-trailers.

“The trucks are killing us.” Not so, says ATA’s Bill Graves 1

Responding to what it said is the “latest in a series of baseless and defamatory editorials, letters and columns published by” The New York Times on Saturday, Aug. 22, American Trucking Assns. (ATA) President & CEO Bill Graves lashed out at “several falsehoods, both implied and intentional” in an op-ed submitted to the Times.

9 slides to explain truck lightweighting

Trucking Efficiency, the joint venture between the Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency just released its latest Confidence Report, this one on truck lightweighting.

This slideshow features 9 slides that highlight key areas of the report. More on the areas, in addition to access to the full report can be found by here.

Lighter is better, but why aren’t fleets taking advantage?

Lightweighting technologies offer a significant chance to reduce fuel usage and boost payload capacity for fleets, but few fleets are actually taking full advantage of the opportunities, according to a new Confidence Report from Trucking Efficiency.

Opponents: Cut short efforts to use hair for drug tests

A diverse group of organizations, including the ACLU, Teamsters and United Steelworkers, have written a letter to members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opposing the inclusion of hair testing in any surface transportation bill.

In the letter, the group of 17 note that Congress is obligated, under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, to require the Dept. of Transportation to follow drug and alcohol testing protocols adopted by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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