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TRALA president & CEO Tom James passes away

The Truck Renting and Leasing Assn. (TRALA) announced that Tom James, its president and CEO, passed away on Monday night at his home in Arlington, VA.

James had been with TRALA for nearly 13 years, the association said, serving as its senior vice president of government relations before taking over as president and CEO in 2009.

Services have not been announced yet.

TRALA is a non-profit national trade association founded in 1978 to serve as a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry.

FMCSA seeks to craft entry-level driver training committee

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking recommendations for what the agency calls a “negotiated rulemaking committee” to help craft minimum training requirement standards for entry-level commercial drivers, adding that public recommendations will be accepted until Jan. 9 next year.

Trucking industry saddened by sudden death of Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington, a leading figure in the trucking community over a career that spanned more than 40 years, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 5 of a heart attack near his home in Fernandina Beach, FL.  He was 64.

Steve Chapman retiring from Ruan Transportation; Ben McLean promoted to CEO

Steve Chapman, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems for the past five years, is retiring, announced John Ruan III, executive chairman. Ben McLean, currently president and COO and part of the third-generation of the Ruan family, is being promoted to CEO.

Chapman will remain a member of the board of directors.

Chapman stepped in as CEO for Ruan while John Ruan III was beginning his term as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

Eaton names Pavan Pattada president of North American Truck business

Eaton Corp. has named Pavan Pattada president-North American Truck, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Pattada most recently served as senior vice president, Corporate Supply Chain Management for Eaton. He will be based in Galesburg, Michigan

Espar receives awards for quality from DTNA and GM

Heater manufacturer, Espar was honored with two awards from OEM customers in 2014, according to a release from the company.

In June, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) presented Espar with their Masters of Quality award. Espar noted that the award is the highest recognition DTNA gives to its suppliers. Only the top 3% of more than a 1,000 suppliers earn it each year.

Strategies for staying in business

Let’s face it; fleets are NOT going to see cheaper trucks and fuel, a rush of people begging to become drivers, disappearing regulations, or a Camelot-like sweeping away of traffic congestion before dawn everyday any time soon. Instead, the job of trucking has become tougher and tougher and the results have been devastating for many carriers.

Maintenance experts “talk shop” in special webinar Thursday

Three veteran maintenance professionals are getting together on Thursday, September 4 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT in a free, live webinar to talk about how truck maintenance is changing due to altered duty cycles, new regulations, equipment changes and outside pressures.

MFTA offers new engine idling control system

Medium-duty truck maker Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. unveiled what it calls an Idle Limit System (ILS) option for controlling engine idle times that added to any of its 2012 through 2015 model-year Canter work trucks.

The OEM said its ILS programming can be set at the time of programming to shut the engine down after three, five or ten minutes of idle duration and since the system employs existing switches and sensors, no additional hardware is required.

MIT study: Slim health savings from fuel economy mandates

A study released this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) determined that the monetary health benefits gained from carbon emission reduction policies based on fuel economy mandates are very low, barely recouping a quarter of the cost of implementation.

Hegbloom takes reins at Ram Trucks 1

Robert Hegbloom is taking over as head of Chrysler’s Group Ram Truck division, replacing Reid Bigland, who will become chief of the Alfa Romeo Brand for the NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] region for Chrysler.  Bigland will also retain his role as head of U.S. Sales for Chrysler as well as president and CEO of Chrysler Canada.

Both Hegbloom and Bigland will serve on Chrysler’s NAFTA Leadership Team, with Bigland also maintaining his role on the Fiat Chrysler Group Executive Council (GEC).

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