Equipment http://fleetowner.com/taxonomy/term/6595/more en The History of the Hess Toy Truck http://fleetowner.com/equipment/history-hess-toy-truck <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Back in 1933, Leon Hess, then aged just 19, formed Hess Inc. and purchased a 1926 second-hand 615-gallon oil delivery truck and begins residential delivery, seven days a week, near his home in Asbury Park, NJ. Over the next two decades, with experience gleaned as a petroleum supply officer in the U.S. Army, Hess made his company into a major oil refinery and distribution powerhouse. In 1960, though, when Hess opened his first gasoline filling station, it was common practice to give customers a gift with their fuel purchase.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/history-hess-toy-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/history-hess-toy-truck#comments Equipment News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:31:00 +0000 145571 at http://fleetowner.com An entertaining option to truck driver retention http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/gI_66248_golf%20in%20sleeper_0.png" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="The EpicVue satellite TV service provides in-cab entertainment for commercial drivers, offering DIRECTV service." /></p> <p>As more carriers seek solutions to solve the driver shortage crisis, which is now pegged at about 30,000, a new alternative is popping up.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Technology Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:00 +0000 145561 at http://fleetowner.com Volvo Group: U.S. facilities hold top 3 positions in Superior Energy Performance program http://fleetowner.com/running-green/volvo-group-us-facilities-hold-top-3-positions-superior-energy-performance-program <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.volvogroup.com/">Volvo Group North America</a> said that three of its U.S. facilities hold the top three positions in the Dept. of Energy&rsquo;s (DOE) Superior Energy Performance program (SEP), recording the highest energy performance improvements among Platinum level partners.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/volvo-group-us-facilities-hold-top-3-positions-superior-energy-performance-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/running-green/volvo-group-us-facilities-hold-top-3-positions-superior-energy-performance-program#comments Equipment News Running Green Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:25:00 +0000 145511 at http://fleetowner.com Minimizer introduces 18 in. toolbox http://fleetowner.com/equipment/minimizer-introduces-18-toolbox <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.minimizer.com">Minimizer</a> has unveiled an 18 in. poly toolbox for trucks and trailers. The box is lighter than metal toolboxes and its sleek design allows for use in a variety of applications, the company said.</p> <p>Minimizer truck and trailer tool boxes are made of solid molded plastic materials that never rust, crack or need paint and are durable enough for the most demanding worksites and weather. The box weighs 22.8 lbs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/minimizer-introduces-18-toolbox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/minimizer-introduces-18-toolbox#comments Equipment News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:22:00 +0000 145501 at http://fleetowner.com East Manufacturing redesigns its Parts Center http://fleetowner.com/equipment/east-manufacturing-redesigns-its-parts-center <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.eastmfg.com">East Manufacturing</a> has redesigned its Parts Center into a state-of-the-art facility. The Parts Center is located at East&rsquo;s Randolph, OH, headquarters. It provides aftermarket parts and accessories.</p> <p>The new layout allows customers to access parts more efficiently with a large display wall of exclusive East parts, impulse-buy items and East apparel. The layout efficiency extends to two large-screen monitors in the showroom that permit customers to view enlarged schematics to easily identify specific parts they need.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/east-manufacturing-redesigns-its-parts-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/east-manufacturing-redesigns-its-parts-center#comments Equipment News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:00 +0000 145491 at http://fleetowner.com Maryland bakery incorporates propane autogas vehicles into fleet http://fleetowner.com/running-green/maryland-bakery-incorporates-propane-autogas-vehicles-fleet <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>With the help of a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, <a href="http://thesalesnetworkinc.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d%3f2%3a2%3c%26JDG%3c%3d2%3c081.LP%3f%40083%3a&amp;RE=MC&amp;RI=3511849&amp;Preview=False&amp;DistributionActionID=13445&amp;Action=Follow+Link">H&amp;S Bakery</a> is incorporating propane autogas vehicles into its fleet. The firm expects to convert about 10% of its 600-plus vehicle fleet to the fuel over the next two years.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/maryland-bakery-incorporates-propane-autogas-vehicles-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/running-green/maryland-bakery-incorporates-propane-autogas-vehicles-fleet#comments Equipment Fuel News Running Green Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:18:00 +0000 145471 at http://fleetowner.com Pix: 1967 Dodge A100 van http://fleetowner.com/equipment/pix-1967-dodge-a100-van <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>From 1964 until 1970, Chrysler Corp. built the A100 line of compact vans and trucks, marketing them in the U.S. under its Dodge nameplate, with the Canadian version under its then-named Fargo line. Chrysler&#39;s <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/search/results/ram?intlink=incontent" title="">Ram</a></span> Truck division displayed the restored 1967 model A100 shown here during a ride and drive event to highlight the OEM&#39;s new ProMaster City van; an event held at the Troublemaker Studios movie lot outside of Austin TX.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/pix-1967-dodge-a100-van#comments Equipment News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:57:00 +0000 145411 at http://fleetowner.com Bendix Spicer to invest $8.7M in Kentucky plant http://fleetowner.com/equipment/bendix-spicer-invest-87m-kentucky-plant <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="http://www.foundationbrakes.com">Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake</a> (BSFB) said it is investing $8.7 million in a multi-year expansion and improvement project at its Bowling Green, KY, manufacturing plant.</p> <p>The Bowling Green facility recently produced 1 million foundation brakes over a 12-month period.</p> <p>A joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, BSFB manufactures Bendix brand name air disc and drum brakes in Bowling Green.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/bendix-spicer-invest-87m-kentucky-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/bendix-spicer-invest-87m-kentucky-plant#comments Equipment News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:33:00 +0000 145381 at http://fleetowner.com Keltic Transportation is first New Brunswick fleet to deploy TrailerTail technology http://fleetowner.com/running-green/keltic-transportation-first-new-brunswick-fleet-deploy-trailertail-technology <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Following a recent decision by the province of New Brunswick, Canada, <a href="http://www.keltictransportation.com/">Keltic Transportation</a> has announced it will deploy 90 TrailerTail Trident aerodynamic devices from ATDynamics.</p> <p>Testing has shown that the three-sided <a href="http://www.atdynamics.com/">TrailerTail Trident</a> can tractor-trailer fuel consumption by over 5%, ATDynamics said.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/keltic-transportation-first-new-brunswick-fleet-deploy-trailertail-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/running-green/keltic-transportation-first-new-brunswick-fleet-deploy-trailertail-technology#comments Equipment News Running Green Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:30:00 +0000 145361 at http://fleetowner.com Volvo Trucks names 2014 North American Dealer of the Year http://fleetowner.com/equipment/volvo-trucks-names-2014-north-american-dealer-year <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/volvo-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Volvo</a></span> Trucks has named Chicago Truck of Alsip, IL, its 2014 North American Dealer of the Year. The dealership is part of M&amp;K Truck Centers.</p> <p>Volvo also honored its top dealers in Canada and Mexico. The 2014 Canada Dealer of the Year is Expressway Trucks Waterloo of Ayr, Ontario, and the 2014 Mexico Dealer of the Year is Grupo Bajio of San Luis, Mexico.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/volvo-trucks-names-2014-north-american-dealer-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/equipment/volvo-trucks-names-2014-north-american-dealer-year#comments Equipment News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:28:00 +0000 145341 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Chicago Truck owner Ron Meyering (second from right) and vice president Kevin Murtha (second from left) receive the 2014 Volvo Trucks North American Dealer of the Year award from (left) G&ouml;ran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales &amp; marketing and Terry Billings, Volvo Trucks vice president &ndash; business development (right).</p>