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Women in Transportation 

For time out of mind, the transportation and logistics world remained one dominated by men, in both managerial and front-line positions as drivers, dockworkers, dispatchers, and the like.

But that’s changing—and changing fast.

Webinar: ELDs and the short haul exemption

Do your operations fall within 100 air miles and do your drivers start and return to the same location within 12 hours each day? If so, while the ELD short haul exemption may apply to your fleet, making that decision can be a lot more complicated than you may think.

Trailer order backlogs slip but build rates remain steady

Net trailer orders rebounded in August to 14,600 units, up 9% month-over-month from July and up 4% year-over-year, according to data tracked by FTR Transportation Intelligence.

ACT Research added that, as August tied March for the longest OEM work schedule of the year – some three days longer than July – trailer makers “capitalized” on the additional work days by eking out a sequential increase in U.S. trailer builds.

AAA: Truck safety technology can prevent 63,000 crashes a year

Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

FCA recalls HD pickups, chassis cabs over potential engine compartment fire
FCA is recalling model year 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500-5500 chassis cabs with 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engines over a water pump bearing that could potentially overheat and cause an engine compartment fire.
BlackBerry, Fleet Complete partner for tracking deal

BlackBerry and Fleet Complete announced today that they have entered into a reselling partnership that will expand Fleet Complete’s current fleet tracking and monitoring solution.

Love’s buys Speedco

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has hammered out a deal to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to truckers, from tire maker Bridgestone Americas – a transaction subject to the usual regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, Love’s noted.

Financial data regarding the deal wasn’t disclosed.

Mack updates Pinnacle, Granite interiors with driver-focused features
ALLENTOWN, PA. Building on the launch this week of its Anthem highway tractor, Mack Trucks introduced new interiors for its Pinnacle axle-forward and Granite models designed to support customers in attracting and retaining drivers as well as improving productivity and profitability.
Kenworth T680 with PACCAR MX engine to join SuperTruck II project

Kenworth announced that it will collaborate with the PACCAR Technical Center and DAF Trucks NV to develop advancements in Class 8 truck aerodynamics, engine and powertrain efficiencies with $8 million in year-one funding provided by the Vehicle Technologies Office of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SuperTruck II program. Other partners include Eaton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mississippi State University, and AVL.

Fuso’s Hedbany promoted to field services manager

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. announced the promotion of Gene Hedbany to manager of field services. In his new position, Hedbany will divide his time between Fuso headquarters in Logan Township, NJ, and traveling in the field with the company’s field service manager staff.

Gabriel offers new training resources

Gabriel (Ride Control, LLC) recently launched its Gabriel website training menu. Gabriel is introducing a series of training options as an expansion of its Answerman technical service offerings, including videos, technical bulletins, online catalogs, and FAQ’s for both light and heavy-duty vehicles.

Perry: Hurricanes will reduce U.S. GDP 0.5%

Although it’s too early to collect data regarding the economic impact from Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida this week, using the fallout from Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas, Noël Perry, a partner at research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence and senior economist for Truckstop.com, sees significant impact on truck freight volumes ahead.

Pickups, vans, baseball fans... and surfing dogs and cats
Fresh from an appearance at Chase Field in Phoenix Sept. 10, Ford and Lucy Pet are giving pet owners the chance to see if their furry friends can "hang ten" and surf with professional surfing dogs and cats at Bark at the Park and other events this fall. Ford trucks and vans help transport this wild tour.
Fuel shortages, crop losses among concerns as Hurricane Irma batters Florida

Even as Hurricane Irma was still working its way north through Florida, reports of widespread destruction were beginning to emerge, as were the initial recovery plans.

More than 3 million people were believed to be without power and thousands of fueling stations were shut as the monster storm moved through Florida on Sept. 10. Utilities were warning it could take weeks to restore power, and agricultural officials suggested more than $1 billion worth of crops could be lost be the time the storm ends.

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