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.

Trailer Tracking: Ready at last
The basic technology for untethered trailer tracking has been around for at least five years, but transforming the concept from vaporware to practical
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COMPANY: Dallas Independent School District OPERATION: Fleet maintenance for the nation's 12th largest school district Paul Burke, fleet maintenance field
Ford redesigns F-150
Ford Motor Co.'s most popular vehicle, the F-150 full-size pickup, has undergone a total redesign for 2004. Highlights for commercial truck users include
Consolidation fever
With the economy finally showing signs of recovery, it looks like the passion for mergers and acquisitions has also begun to return to trucking's corner
The wireless communications industry is consumed with talk of plans for next generation networks with greatly expanded capabilities. Even the general
Bowman reports on EGR
With nearly half a million miles on four Mack tractors equipped with cooled-EGR diesel engines, regional carrier D.M. Bowman reports that initial fuel
Opportunity Calling
Fleets that rely on PrePass to skip weigh station stops or EZPass to roll through toll collection facilities are already quite familiar with RFID (radio
Steerable lift axle loses weight
LAS VEGAS – Weighing less than 900 lbs. with tires and wheels, the industry’s only 8,000-lb. capacity steerable lift axle was introduced at the International
FleetPride announces service network
LAS VEGAS – FleetPride, an independent parts distributor with over 150 locations in 33 states, has announced a national network of independent heavy-duty
Hino announces Penske deal, conventional models
Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors Ltd. says it is reorganizing its U.S. operations following an unspecified investment by a subsidiary of Penske
Learning from '02
Impending disaster makes a much more exciting story than long-range planning. Admit it you might turn on the Weather Channel to watch tornado chasers,
Reach out with email
Nearly everyone gets them email newsletters offering a quick, convenient way to stay on top of news and information. But have you ever considered publishing
An old idea is reborn
As we go to press, crude oil prices are climbing toward the $40-a-barrel mark, and retail prices for diesel in the U.S. have hit an all-time high. Combine
Security isn't simple
The most effective way to protect a truck from hijackers, thieves and terrorists is to lock it and watch it. It's a simple enough recipe, and that may
More than a Map
Calculating routes and mileages is one of the most routine activities in the trucking business. It's so routine that many fleets overlook the value and
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