Jim Mele


Nationally recognized journalist, author and editor, Jim Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999.

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The 16-liter D16 heavy-duty diesel is the first member in a new family of Volvo engines designed to handle U.S. diesel emissions standards for 2007 and
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COMPANY:City of GlendoraGlendora, CA OPERATION:Municipal fleetJohn Menke, street and equipment supervisor Problem: Like many municipal fleets, the city
Assets in Action
It's important to know where your trailers are at any given moment, and it might even be useful to see those locations plotted on a map for an overview
How not to fix HOS
The current hours-of-service (HOS) mess reminds me of pulling a loose thread on a sweater. The problem began when frustration over the slow pace of regulatory
Freightliner sees good year ahead
With revenues of $12.4-billion, 2004 was the best year ever for the Freightliner Group, and 2005 is heading for a similar performance, according to Rainer Schmueckle, president & CEO of Freightliner LLC, the North American arm of DaimlerChrysler’s Commercial Vehicle Division
DaimlerChrysler consolidates NAFTA heavy-truck operations
Redford, MI—As part of a $275-million renovation of the Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC) manufacturing facility in Redford, MI, Freightliner LLC will move the headquarters for its Sterling Truck Corp. and Western Star Trucks business units from their current Willoughby, OH location to the upgraded campus this spring
Lost cause
Opposition to black box recorders for commercial trucks just won't go away. The problem is much of that opposition is based on misinformation, outmoded
ArvinMeritor says patent ruling won’t stop transmission
Pointing out that a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled against 75 of 76 claims of patent infringement involving the ZF FreedomLine transmission, ArvinMeritor Inc. and its partner in the transmission model, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, say they fully expect to continue offering their automated heavy-duty transmission in North America
Clemson to hold tire conference
The 21st annual tire industry conference sponsored by Clemson University will include sessions on new truck tire design and technology, as well as updates on retreading and tire recycling
Drivers the brake
Business seems to be okay, says Randy Marten, president of the Mondovi, WI, truckload carrier Marten Transport Ltd. Outsiders might characterize that
And they're off
The starting bell has rung, and the race for more drivers is on. The year's first major pay increase for drivers has been announced by Schneider National,
WIRELESS: The New Generation
EV-DO, EDGE, GPRS, 1XRTT, UMTS, 3G, 4G, CDMA, GSM, iDEN it's called wireless communications, but sometimes it seems more like a Tower of Babel than a
U.S. Xpress, FP&L, Nestle Waters named Fleets of the Year
Created and presented by the editors of Fleet Owner to recognize innovative management and outstanding business achievements in the trucking industry, the 2004 Fleet of the Year Awards have been presented to U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc., Nestle Waters North America Inc., and Florida Power & Light
Hino hybrid headed here
Two Hino 165 conventional Class 4 trucks powered by a diesel/electric hybrid system will be arriving in the U.S. next month. The trucks will be used to
Emissions, safety headline Tokyo show
Hybrids, diesel emissions technology and active safety systems were the common theme for truck manufacturers at the 38th Tokyo Motor Show last month.
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