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n 1935, John W. Speaker began manufacturing repair parts and lighting products for the automotive industry. During the subsequent war years John Speaker’s resourcefulness caught the attention of the U.S. military after he developed the Heatab miniature portable stove and the P-38 GI can opener, both of which were widely used by the military during World War II and many years after. John Speaker’s efforts to respond to customer need established a framework of success which over the decades has taken the company from a small enterprise to a leading manufacturer specializing in quality lighting products for OEMs and aftermarket customers around the world. Today the company serves multiple industries, among them on-road commercial, motorcycle, mining, construction, aviation and agriculture. J.W. SPEAKER > PAGE 4


our team

Barb Woodward President & Account Executive

Halina Mikicki Account Executive (Bilingual)

Veronica Way Account Executive

Marek Krasuski Editor in Chief

Chris Charles Art Director & MIS

Mike Whalen Business Development Manager

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October 2017 Western Trucking News, O ntario Trucking News & E astern Trucking News are published monthly by Woodward Publishing G roup Head Office: Belleville, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232 Head Office: (Sales) Barb Woodward, Barb’s New Direct Line: 613.969.0799 Sales: Halina Mikicki, (Bilingual), Veronica Way, Business Development Mgr: Mike Whalen, Editor-in-Chief: Marek Krasuski, Art Director/MIS: Chris Charles, Writers: Marek Krasuski, Mike Whalen French Translation: Nicolas Côté Copyright © 2017 Woodward Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. #40806005

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Leader in LED & Emerging Lighting Technologies Innovation, Performance & Exploration are the Hallmarks of J.W. Speaker’s Success J.W. SPEAKER >

To describe itself as a leader in the lighting industry J.W. Speaker’s corporate profile is more than market spin. Indeed, the proof is in product development, guided always by John Speaker’s dictum to respond to customer demand. This is illustrated, most recently, by the company’s success in providing a solution to a problem which has for decades plagued the trucking industry. LED headlights have not been widely accepted in harsh winter climates due to their inability to generate heat and keep snow and ice off light surfaces. J.W. Speaker has since solved this persistent problem with the introduction of heated lenses now available in standard headlight configurations. Tim Speaker, Co-President and Co-Owner of J.W. Speaker, draws attention to the benefits of this development: “SmartHeat™” technology features a heating system that responds automatically to temperature changes in order to effectively de-ice lenses and consume less power than halogen systems. The technology is more economical, ensuring a minimal premium for the aftermarket that makes heated lights more affordable than ever” he said. SmartHeat™ lamps are available in several models, including the new 4.5 inch all purpose work light, Model 670 XD, the 9800 snow plow light, the Model 234, 4 inch round stop/tail/turn, turn and reverse lights, and an upcoming new Model 8900 Evolution 2, 5 inch LED headlight. The Model 8800 Evolution 2 includes both heated and non-heated versions. The SmartHeat™ unit combines electronic intelligence and a thermally conductive grid system to dynamically de-ice the lens on a real time basis without requiring any involvement from the driver. As a result, the Model 8800 Evolution 2 addresses

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the need for effective and speedy de-icing for commercial trucking. It also presents additional advantages such as improved sealing, superior condensation management, and a wider operating voltage. The Model 8800 Evolution2, 4 inch x 6 inch heated headlights are another recent product advancement for the heavy duty trucking market. This new headlight is the industry’s first to meet proposed National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines for 5-Star NCAP-compliant low beam headlights. Mike Stoeckel, Director of Aftermarket Sales, says “We are pleased to deliver the industry’s first heavy-duty headlight that is not only ideally suited for this market, but it also meets NHTSA’s proposed requirements for lighting as part of their safety rating system. This gives the vehicle operator unparalleled performance in terms of visibility for maximum safety and comfort,” he said. (Other popular headlight models for the trucking, construction, and other industries include: the Model 8700 Evolution 2 and J2 Series 7” round units, the Model 8790 Adaptive Series 7” round unit, and the Model 8630 Evolution 5.75” unit.) These improved metrics underscore J.W. Speaker’s commitment to addressing unmet customer needs and solving problems. “J.W. Speaker,” says Stoeckel, “collaborates with key OEMs and distributors to collect VOC upstream in the development process to ensure end customer feedback is translated into desired specifications. We also partner with key customers for beta-site development and field validation to ensure products perform as intended.” “J.W. Speaker’s solid modeling and virtual reality capability are major assets in developing and tuning beam patterns for the vehicle, market and application in scope,” Stoeckel explained. “Driving experiences can be simulated in our

Virtual Reality Lab, enabling customers to provide feedback on a real-time basis, reducing time-to-market, and the cost to produce physical properties for actual vehicles. Customers can see how the light will perform with a birds-eye view as well as from other angles.” Modeling advancements are complemented by the company’s own optics systems and circuit board design and assembly which employ Surface Mount Technology (SMT) for high speed manufacturing. Mike Stoeckel explains, “Photometry is performed in-house to verify that beam patterns are optimized in accordance with DOT and ECE requirements. Additionally, to complete the loop, optics are molded in-house using state-of-theart injection molding machines capable of executing the precise tolerances as needed to ensure J.W. Speaker’s status as a leader in LED lighting technology. This turnkey capability is not only unique; it’s atypical for an LED lighting manufacturer to be doing this in the U.S.” The end result of investment in such high tech design capabilities yields products unparalleled in the industry. In addition to industry-leading heated lights, J.W. Speaker’s Dual Burn™ function for new headlights makes seeing a whole lot easier. This technology combines high and low beam when turning on high beams. The combined optics provides the driver with both widespread visibility from a low beam light and extended foreground illumination of the high beam. Dual Burn™ capability is yet another outcome of J.W. Speaker’s relentless pursuit of optimal beam patterns and its emphasis

on conspicuity, an industry term denoting the ability to be seen. This feature, when combined with J.W. Speaker’s value proposition inherent to every product, namely visibility, durability and longevity, differentiate J.W. Speaker from its competition, attracting a wider following from OEMs and aftermarket customers. Confirms Mike Stoeckel, “Key customers willingly position us as their premium solution. The adage that ‘seeing is believing’ elicits a visceral response from end customers that, coupled with word-of-mouth references, serves to validate our value proposition. The fact that J.W. Speaker can deliver a solution to a problem or need, and taking a product or system from concept to completion ensures we will remain relevant in our core markets.” To be sure, lighting products from J.W. Speaker are firmly positioned in the product offerings of strategic distributors such as Kenworth and Peterbilt dealerships, Fort Garry Industries and Grandwest Enterprises. The zeal with which company founder John Speaker strove to meet customer demand still stands – today under the stewardship of his grandsons Tim and Jamie Speaker. In over eight decades of operations J.W. Speaker has progressed, while always adhering to the customer service principle, from a small parts automotive manufacturer to a global leader of emerging lighting technologies proudly engineered, manufactured and assembled at its headquarters in Germantown, Wisconsin. For more information on how J.W. Speaker can meet your industry needs, contact the company at


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THEME: Engines & Winter Preparation

By Marek Krasuski

Avoid Winter Mishaps by Being Proactive


ast month’s edition of Ontario, Western and Eastern Trucking News honed in on a seasonally appropriate topic – winter running. But given our march toward the inevitable – likely sooner than later – the subject bears reinforcement and elaboration. There is much to prepare for, especially for Canadian drivers, most of whom face harsh and unpredictable winters that range from extreme cold to icy, snowy, and slushy conditions. In addition to diesel supplements, lower viscosity oils, heating, gelling and corrosion issues discussed last month, drivers need to take additional measures to be adequately prepared. Checking air systems is a good place to start to eliminate contaminants. Air in cold weather that enters compressors brings with it cold, moisture and dirt which require cleaning to avoid blockages from impure air circulation. For air brake systems there are air dryers that remove moisture before it enters the braking infrastructure and causes brakes to freeze. A high functioning air dryer, assured by regular maintenance, maximizes the ability to prevent moisture seepage and keep brakes running smoothly. Further, consider the buildup of deposits over time. Diesel fuel is less refined than gasoline which renders diesel engines more susceptible to contaminants. This can reduce fuel economy which undermines the very reason for a diesel purchase in the first place – fuel efficiency. Regular cleaning of the combustion chamber, therefore, is important for smooth running. Complementary maintenance tasks include cleaning fuel filters, particularly in winter when the risk of gelling causes the formation of paraffin crystals to accumulate in filters. Also be sure to check glow plugs which, if defective, can result in failure to start the engine in cold weather. As cold weather starts to become the norm it’s important that batteries are in top form. To do so it’s recommended to load test batteries, check charging systems, and clean electrical connections. Cold temperatures reduce a battery’s capability to charge, leaving the battery at a lower charge level which can reduce the life cycle of the battery. A battery tester will accurately measure the level of discharge. Battery life typically ranges from 4 to 6 years, so it might be time for a replacement if your battery is nearing its end. Batteries connected to Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) present further chal6    October 2017

lenges as they are discharged at a lower rate. This can cause them to be damaged from freezing and/or not getting a full charge. With the toll that cold weather starts take on batteries many drivers would just as soon prefer to leave engines running all night to avoid risk of a non-start when ready to roll the next day. Of course this weighs on fleet managers who try to contain costs and guard against excessive engine wear from prolonged idling. (More about that later.) But not all is lost. There are engine restart systems that will start an engine during deep freeze conditions. The engine restart engages when the engine block dips to a certain temperature or when battery voltage plummets. But it’s a partial solution. It still consumes fuel to start the engine and for the length of idling time. The engine still is subject to additional wear and tear while the truck is running, and when the engine starts in the middle of the night the driver’s sleep will likely be interrupted. In recent years a preferred choice of energy storage technology in trucks is the Ultracapacitor. This is complementary to battery powered solutions and greatly assists in reducing cold weather battery failures. Ultracapacitors are energy storage devices that allow drivers to repeatedly turn off and on trucks during cold weather nights and to start reliably. In contrast to batteries, ultracapacitors have higher power density. Batteries require more maintenance and replacement and are capable of performing thousands of charge/discharge cycles; ultracapacitors are more resistant to extreme temperature conditions and perform far more charge/discharge cycles – hundreds of thousands in fact! Ultracapacitors essentially take over the starting function from the batteries which, on their own, cannot deliver the same high cranking current at cold temperatures as ultrcapacitors. Batteries, without the strain of cold weather start-ups, are free to power loads and electronics while being recharged once the ultracapacitor engine start module starts the engine. The secret to the advantage of ultracapacitors over batteries is in the way they store energy. Batteries store energy by way of a chemical reaction; ultracapacitors store energy via an electric field. This enables them to deliver higher amounts of power for a short time. Fleets and operators can look forward to larger ROI over the lifetime of a unit, especially since in recent years their price

has fallen faster than batteries, and their shelf life is longer. Fuel gelling is a topic that bears repeating. Fuel, particularly diesel in cold weather, gels and turns slushy due to the buildup of paraffin, a hydrocarbon in diesel that solidifies in low temperature. Anti-gel products effectively un-gel fuel in lines and in filters. Diesel engines like it hot, so coolant heaters need to warm engine blocks in cold conditions. Coolants keep the engine warm and protect against the strain of cold starts, while saving on fuel that would otherwise be consumed to heat up the engine. Remember that diesel engines without coolant heaters require 30 to 60 minutes of idle time to warm up. Coolant heaters eliminate unnecessary idling as they allow the engine to warm prior to starting, thereby significantly reducing engine wear and tear. (A pre-season all points coolant check should include inspecting the radiator, belts and hoses for wear and tear and possible breakdowns. As well, coolant should be at an optimal freeze point.) Given current fuel prices, anti-idling coolant heat solutions reportedly yield a return on investment in 12 weeks for the average over-the-road truck. Moreover, excessive idling has significant repercussions for air quality. A Report from the University of California, Davis campus, entitled Heavy Duty Truck Idling Characteristics, found the average idling duration was 6 hours per day per truck in the US – signalling considerable impact on emissions and fuel consumption which averages about 1,600 gallons per year per truck for idling alone. The Report also found that drivers routinely set idle speeds higher than assumed by regulatory agencies in order to support higher accessory loads, thereby significantly underestimating actual levels of

emissions. About Condensation: With winter comes excessive moisture which can collect on the inside of fuel tanks and affect diesel engine performance. Moisture collects on the inside of fuel tanks as they cool once the truck is turned off. One way to minimize fuel tank moisture is to fill the tank at the end of the day. This leaves little room for moisture collection. Moisture contamination in tanks and in fuel systems will vary depending on region and levels of humidity. And while moisture will never be completely absent, there are water separators which collect and divert moisture away from fuel. Daily drainage of collected water from the separator is advised. Engine exposure to cold weather conditions threatens the viscosity of lubricants which start to thicken as temperatures drop. This can lead to equipment seizure. Brian Humphrey, Technical Liaison for Petro-Canada, explained that a lower viscosity lubricant is better able to move around machinery at a quicker pace, thereby keeping components cool and running optimally. “A colder climate necessitates the need for a lower viscosity engine oil to ensure proper and adequate flow of oil to protect key critical engine components. In addition, the entire vehicle powertrain and hydraulic system can experience improved operating efficiency by utilizing the lowest viscosity grades allowed by the component Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ambient temperature requirements,” he said. There are many information streams including advice from experts like Brian Humphrey, manufacturer suggestions for optimal running, dealership recommendations and websites. Taking the time to access multiple sources is well worth the investment in keeping a truck running, and running well through the coming winter months.



By Bruce Sayer

Establish Your Unique Running Costs


ccutrac Capital continues to work with Dave Boyd, an independent business consultant with extensive experience in trucking, to present a series of articles designed to help carriers operate profitably. This is the 3rd installment in the series. In our last article, we pointed out that revenue is the most variable element in the business model and that running costs are more determinable and consistent and once calculated can be compared to industry standards. Drivers can be paid on a per mile basis or on a percentage of revenue basis. Paying a driver on a percentage basis gives them a benefit on a premium run but does not cost the company for empty miles. A pay per mile approach keeps premium revenue for the company but costs for empty miles. The choice can depend on the type of lane but it is usually simpler to pay per mile because that approach minimizes competition among drivers for premium runs and motivates them to run more miles. Fuel expense is one of the most significant expenses for a trucking company. Fuel cost per mile can be calculated by dividing cost per gallon by MPG. MPG performance depends on the type of equipment but also on the driving habits of the driver. If a tractor drives 10,000 miles per month and the price of fuel is 90 cents per liter a 10% increase in MPG would save a tractor $9,000 per year. By offering a small monthly bonus to driv-

ers who achieve a predetermined MPG target for their tractor a company can save big time. One of the first questions asked about equipment maintenance is, should you run your own shop? Running your own shop can provide a couple of benefits. Firstly, your hourly cost will be lower than a dealer shop and secondly, your own shop can be more responsive to breakdowns mitigating the huge hidden cost of lost availability of a tractor to earn revenue. If your local truck rental com-

pany can offer a full maintenance rental at say 12 cents per kilometer (20 cents per mile) then you should be able to do the same, shop costs included. Once you have dependable consistent results for running costs, you can more accurately assess trip revenue. For example, if your target for contribution is $10,000 per tractor per month and you know your running costs are say $1.60 per mile then your revenue must be some combination of revenue per mile times utilization, ($2.43 p/m X 12,000 miles) or

($2.85 p/m x 8,000 miles). Bear in mind that statistics will vary from company to company but once you establish your unique running costs you can monitor monthly performance better. For help with your business or for more information about best practises in the trucking industry, contact Dave Boyd at: To learn more about freight factoring to access immediate working capital, visit or call 855.838.7575.


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Keeping Your Vehicles Clean


o matter the type or method that your local road/ highway crews choose to manage ice and snow on the roads, the method will have an impact on the undercarriage of your vehicles. According to a study by School Bus Fleet Magazine, a survey across North America had some stunning results. In the survey 81% of the respondents encountered salt on their

By Jack Jackson

Road Salt or Road Brine… Winter is Coming! roads, 19% did not encounter any salt on their roads: Average bus retirement age: - Large Bus WITH SALT/ BRINE 14.1 years - Large Bus WITHOUT SALT/BRINE 18.3 years That is an average of almost 25% longer life for a bus! I am sure this is the same statistics for any truck or commercial vehicle that does not clean their unit. . What does this mean?

Well, for anyone washing and eliminating salt/brine, they can extend the life of their fleet by 25%. To truly eliminate the problem requires an undercarriage spray system to clean the vehicle. There are simpler systems available that can help these situations immensely. How you wash and eliminate salt/brine all depends on the methods you are willing to invest in.

Mobile Spray Company in your yard - do they clean underneath your vehicles? Public Wash - do they have the option of undercarriage spray? Your Own Wash Bay do you have the time and energy to invest in this cleaning? How do you wash your trucks today? Plan a strategy to ensure the life of your trucks will not be adversely affected by taking the time to identify a pre-

ferred method of cleaning. It may take some investment of money and time to research the best method to clean your trucks. I am sure the ROI for this time will pay off immediately and over the life time of your trucks. As with any cleaning, there are professionals available to discuss the options that can help you. It’s a matter of only needing this strategy for a few months a year in the win-

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ter. There are methods that are temporary that can help keep your vehicles clean and safe, so you don’t have to keep a lot of equipment in your shop or yard for a full year. Jack Jackson is President of Awash Systems Corp. Email: jjackson@ or call 1.800.265.7405. Visit our w e b s i t e w w w. aw a s h North America’s leader in Fleet Washing Solutions.


By Dawn Truell

Time to Prepare for Winter


hile you’re doing your Winter Prep, Drivers and Owners, the top of your checklist should include your batteries to make sure that they are up and running at 100% capacity with no corrosion. Also check the air system, especially the air dryer, so that it is properly functioning or changing it before the cold temperature hits. Remember to drain your air tanks every three months to keep the system free of moisture and of course remember the safety of your tires! During the warm months of summer 5/32nds tread depth are perfectly fine and legal, but when winter hits with the snow and ice that we get, you’d best be changing those tires to ensure safety for snow traction! Keep your winter windshield washer fluid topped up and make sure those wiper blades are clean-

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ing your windshield for optimum visibility during the winter weather. If you have a block heater, that’s always a good addition to your tractor for those cold nights. Keep in mind, too, the security aspects of your tractors & trailers. While doing your winter prep checklist, add the following: Check that all windows and doors are intact and in good condition. Be sure there are no cracks or holes and that all locking mechanisms are in good working order. While checking that your engines are in top operating form, also see to it that nothing in your engine compartment has been tampered with. Take note of lines and batteries so that nothing has been changed or looks unusual. Scan the inside of your tractor to ensure that the dashboard, ceiling, floor, fridge, bunk and compartments have not been

altered or damaged. Check trailers to see that walls, ceilings, floors, doors, fifth wheel, air tanks, undercarriage and door locks

are all in good condition and that nothing has been altered. For more information about anything in this

article or aiding in the fight against terrorism and safety and compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP,

CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at www., email dawntruell@gmail. com.


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T ruck & Trailer VOCATIONAL October 2017



Adherence to Corporate Values BY MAREK KRASUSKI


in-Cor Industries, a Northern Ontario company, has earned a reputation as a nationally recognized Canadian leader in its field of expertise. This Mattawa -based firm has become known for its excellence in truck uplifting and the supply and installation of custom equipment for specialized vocational applications. Serving multiple segments in the trucking industry - Dump Bodies, Snow & Ice Control, Cranes, RollOffs - this distinctively Canadian brand


The Cuyahoga Story


hen those who must approve your key equipment recommendations value long-term savings over short-term cost, acquiring the machine you’ve always waited for gets exponentially easier. Such was the case for Charles Novak, long-time Street and Sanitation Commissioner for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (population 50,000). “The Epoke ( bulk spreaders are real game-changers,” begins Novak. “For overall performance, safety, and material control, nothing we’ve ever used or heard about can match them for combating snow and ice.” When Novak began his Street duties in 2002, Cuyahoga Falls was using large

hoppers that dispensed dry salt. But there was simply no effective way he could measure exactly how much salt was being spread by his crew. Not to mention, every driver did things differently. “Bottom line, our salt supply was going all over the place - with no means to track how much just bounced and scattered... or how much went into a ditch,” claims Novak. “All of this was not only frustrating, but quite expensive as well. Epoke, through their dealer Bell Equipment, agreed to provide the City of Cuyahoga Falls a demo unit for a month to prove Johnson’s claims.

is also the largest supplier of vocational trucks and trailers in the country. Indeed, what Kleenex is to tissue paper or SkiDoo to snowmobiles, Gin-Cor is to the vocational segment. What drives this company forward is the strict adherence to, and execution of, three abiding principles - Passion. Integrity and Professionalism - evident in all aspects of operations. Under the stewardship of company President Luc GIN-COR > PAGE 11 GIN-COR CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


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Kenworth Ontario Relocates Ottawa Dealership to New & Larger Facility


Ottawa, Ontario – Kenworth Ontario has relocated its Ottawa area dealership to a new and modern, 43,000 square-foot facility about 35 kilometers southeast of Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital. Kenworth Ontario – Ottawa is located on 10 acres with convenient access to Trans-Canada Highway 417, a major truck route through the Ontario province. The dealership has seven drive-through service bays, including two bays with full-length pits and room to service up to 14 tractors, a large drivers’ lounge with satellite television and vending machines, and showers for drivers. The service department offers 2-hour truck diagnosis through Kenworth PremierCare ® ExpressLane, and features two 7.5-ton overhead cranes, dedicated express lube bays, and a dedicated bay to service trucks with natural gas engines. The parts operation includes a 4,200 square-foot display area, and 8,000 square-foot parts warehouse. A new truck indoor display allows customers to inspect the newest Kenworth trucks in the comfort of a temperature-controlled showroom. “We have built our new facility in a large, new industrial park that is experiencing rapid growth. Our new dealership features the latest technology. Our service technicians have plenty of room to complete full truck and trailer servicing in our seven drive-through service bays with two fulllength pits. The new facility also has the capacity to enable technicians to offer rapid diagnostics for other customers, so they can get their trucks repaired and their drivers back on the road quickly,” said Guy Mercier, Dealer Principal and President of the Kenworth Ontario Group, which operates additional Kenworth Ontario locations in Kingston, Peterborough and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The dealer group also operates Canada’s first TRP store located in Belleville. Kenworth Ontario – Ottawa is located at 432 Corduroy Road. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 613.443.5369 or toll-free 844.443.5369. As a Kenworth PremierCare® dealer, Kenworth Ontario

– Ottawa help fleets and truck operators maximize productivity with expert factory-trained technicians, parts delivery, mobile vehicle repair service and 24-hour emergency roadside assistance in partnership with Kenworth PremierCare – 800. KW.ASSIST 800.592.7747). The dealership offers full warranty support for PACCAR MX engines. For more information about Kenworth Ontario, visit kenworthontario. com. Kenworth is The Driver’s Truck™. See what drivers are saying at www.kenworth. 10    October 2017

com/drivers. Kenworth Truck Company is the manu-

facturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet

home page is at Kenworth is a PACCAR company.



New Bayview Kenworth Facility


acksonville, New Brunswick – Bayview Kenworth has opened a newly r e n ov a t e d 1 9 , 0 0 0 s q u a r e - f o o t Kenworth parts and service dealership in the Jacksonville area north of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Bayview Kenworth – Woodstock “Our equipment customers in the area have an increased need for truck parts and service, so we decided now was the right time to open Bayview Kenworth – Woodstock to fill that demand. I anticipate our truck parts and service business to grow, along with interest in Kenworth trucks and the PACCAR MX engine,” said Mike Nagle, Dealer Principal of Bayview Kenworth. Bayview Kenworth – Woodstock features eight service bays. The 2,500 square-foot parts department includes a

large parts display area. The dealership also offers showers for drivers, and a driver’s lounge with a large flat screen television and vending machines. The dealership is located at 32 Sawyer Road in Jacksonville, New Brunswick. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The phone number is 506.325.1420 or toll-free 800.561.9911. As a Kenworth PremierCare® dealer, Bayview Kenworth – Woodstock helps fleets and truck operators maximize productivity with expert factory-trained technicians, parts delivery, mobile vehicle repair service and 24-hour emergency roadside assistance in partnership with Kenworth PremierCare – 1.800.KW.ASSIST. The facility is overseen by Branch Manager Chris Foster, Parts Manager Adam

Lee, and Service Manager Clayton Shears. The dealership offers full warranty support for the PACCAR MX-11 and PACCAR MX-13 engines. Bayview Kenworth – Woodstock is part of a Kenworth dealer network of more than 380 locations in Canada and the United States. The dealership is off Exit 184 on TransCanada Highway 2 in the northwestern part of New Brunswick. It is about 200 kilometers northwest of the company’s flagship store in Saint John. The Woodstock area store joins four more Bayview Kenworth locations in the province: Bathurst, Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John; and one in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. For more information about Bayview Kenworth and its parent company, Bayview Trucks and Equipment, please visit



50 Year Anniversary


estrans held a customer appreciation event recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The mem-

orable event featured the official grand re-opening of the company’s parts show room, tours of its extensive production facilities, ice road truckers, product demonstrations, fun activities and sales specials. More than two dozen vendors and

a few hundred customers attended the event. In celebrating the milestone, Westrans was grateful to its customer base and suppliers for their continued support. “[Westrans] would like to say thank you to all our valued customers who have driven our business for 50 years! Everything starts with the customers. Our customers demand products with quality, performance and sustainability.

We partner with vendors who share this same commitment to service and quality. We will continue to strive to bring you the newest and most innovative products in the industry. This event was our opportunity to say thank you. We appreciate and value the continued support of our loyal customers, and say thank you for your business, your trust, and your confidence in us.”



The Supply Side

By Mike Whalen

Changing With the Times


t’s hard to keep on top of the ever evolving Canadian distribution picture. OE truck dealers are becoming all-makes parts distributors that, in most cases, have their parts needs looked after by their PDC or a corporate private brand programs. These include Daimler, www.; Mack / Volvo,; Navistar, www. and PACCAR, www.trpparts. com. Major parts manufacturers are consolidating, or acquiring one another, thereby limiting competitive choices. The same is happening to the distribution side. If you don’t become part of a marketing group such as HDA Truck Pride, Vipar, Traction or join a buying group such as Modern Sales, you won’t have access to the lines

needed at the price point necessary to be competitive. Recognizing a change in the market is also important when producing a trade publication. Marketing budgets now include the use of the internet by way of social media and other electronic advertising. Consequently, print ad budgets have been reduced. Woodward Publishing Group, the publisher of this magazine, has recognized the need for a more focused publication. One that will provide a broader reach for its advertisers plus editorial that will appeal to the broad cross section of trucking operations in Canada. All reader surveys indicate that spec and tech editorial is what the fleet manager and maintenance staff operating and maintaining trucks

prefer to read in a trade publication. Our new section titled Vocational Truck & Trailer recognizes that the vast majority of trucks working in Canada are vocational. These include purpose-built trucks that work in the resource industries such as forestry, mining, construction municipal and utility operations, our large agricultural sector plus urban logistics. In most cases these trucks outlast the warrantee period and are maintained in-house by professional technicians or by independent service providers. In all cases, those responsible want to be made aware of new technology, parts and components as well as maintenance techniques that will reduce life cycle costs. Our readers also want to learn about truck mounted equipment that will keep

operational costs down. The Epoke story in this issue is a prime example. Our circulation now reaches into the vocational markets and this means that the advertiser that wants to reach Canadian truck operations that includes the off-highway markets can do so through one publication rather than needing to advertise in two or three. With a reduced print budget our advertisers can implement a more cost-effective ad program. Also, our website,, offers programs to have our visitors link to your website. We at Woodward Publishing Group would like to hear from you with suggestions, comments and criticism of how Vocational Truck & Trailer might better serve you in 2018.



Canada’s Only Trade Show Serving the Waste, Recycling & Public Works Markets


aste & Recycling Expo Canada and the Municipal Equipment Expo Canada are pleased to announce their move to Niagara Falls for the 20th Anniversary, October 25 to 26, 2017, hosted at Scotiabank Convention Centre. The show attracts more than 3,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors from across Canada, the United States and abroad.

Make plans now to join us October 25 to 26, 2017, for two extraordinary days of sourcing, education and networking In Niagara Falls. Show hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on both days. The Ontario Waste Management Association will produce the Canadian Waste to Resource Conference during the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada and Municipal Equipment Expo Canada.

These combined events promise a “must attend” event for anyone in the waste, recycling or public works market. Interested in exhibiting? Contact us at 403.589.4832 or email Arnie.Gess@ The Scotiabank Convention Centre is located at 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3Y9, Tel.: 905.357.6222 or Toll Free: 888.997.6222.


young and creative imaginations, and to encourage them to consider a career in this industry when their employment years begin. Ever focused on youth and their potential development, Gin-Cor holds an annual family and children’s party and has initiated a fundraising campaign. The company has created a calendar with proceeds from sales used to promote youth education and skiing instruction. Standing alongside passion is integrity. The company motto proudly stands as testament to this second abiding principle. The slogan, “We build trucks that owners want to own and drivers want to drive,” underscores Gin-Cor’s promise to spare no expense in order to meet customer needs. Since its founding in 1978 Gin-Cor’s mission has been to build the best vocational and severe service trucks on the road. And in doing so the company does not refrain from acknowledging its own mistakes in the pursuit of

product excellence. Confirms Luc Stang, “We also insist on measuring every deficiency in order to learn from the process. Striving for quality and toughness is ongoing, as is our willingness to learn, to improve upon the goods and services we provide each day, and the need to continually challenge our team to become a world class organization. We also hold our suppliers to the same level of care so we can deliver great products and services and grow our business well beyond Northern Ontario,” he said. To be sure, numerous accolades, including recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, cement GinCor’s reputation as a preferred company among stakeholders. Finally, multiple sources in the vocational sector and the wider business community have conferred the highest degree of professionalism upon GinCor with the presentation of numerous awards. The full measure of the com-

pany’s achievements is marked by these accomplishments which include the Business of the Year Award presented by the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce in recognition of stellar growth, and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA). More recently, Gin-Cor Industries gained national recognition after earning a spot, for the third year in a row, in the prestigious Canadian Business and Profit magazine, which ranked the firm as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. As Gin-Cor continues to execute passion, integrity and professionalism throughout its corporate culture, Gin-Cor is poised to secure a growing market presence across the country. For more information on this Canadian success story contact the company at:, Tel: 705.744.5543, or Luc Stang at 705.471.1912, 5151 Hwy 17 West, Mattawa, ON, P0H 1V0.

Stang the company recruits people who are equally passionate about their work and their commitment to the service of their customers. As Luc Stang explains, “Success comes from surrounding yourself with good people. Drawing on the expertise of mentors and our employees is crucial for positive reinforcement,” he said. Indeed, employees with a commensurate level of passion for their work enjoy reciprocal benefits from a company that aspires to perfection. Gin-Cor is a place where people want to come to work and where employee input is respected and valued. Consequently, the best people are attracted to the company - employees who deliver a superior product and assist with ongoing expansion. In exchange, employee recognition is rewarded with such practices as reaching out to the children of workers by giving them toys to help spark their



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Reduce Underride Crash Fatalities


side underride protection device that attaches to the sides of a tractor-trailer successfully prevented a midsize car from sliding underneath the trailer in a 40 mph crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was the second time IIHS had tested the AngelWing device produced by Airflow Deflector Inc. The first test was conducted at 35 mph. Researchers decided to see if the side guard would hold up at 40 mph, the speed at which IIHS conducts its frontal crash tests of passenger cars. A 40 mph crash involves 30 percent more energy than a 35 mph crash. The latest test was conducted during the Institute’s second roundtable on the problem of truck underride crashes. Held at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center and cosponsored by the Truck Safety Coalition and AnnaLeah and Mary for Truck Safety, the event brought together safety advocates, researchers, government officials and industry leaders to discuss ways to make it safer for passenger vehicle occupants and other road users to share the road with large trucks. Underride occurs when a smaller vehicle crashes into a truck and goes

completely or partially underneath it, increasing the likelihood of serious injuries to people riding in the smaller vehicle. Tractor-trailers are required under federal regulations to have underride guards on their rears, but not on their sides. Of the 1,542 deaths of passenger vehicle occupants in crashes with tractor-trailers in 2015, 301 involved the side of a tractortrailer, compared with 292 that involved the rear. “Our tests of the AngelWing show that measures to reduce the side underride problem are within reach,” says David Zuby, IIHS Executive Vice President, and Chief Research Officer. “Broader use of devices like this one, combined with continued improvements to rear underride guards, would go a long way toward reducing deaths in large truck crashes.” In the second test, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu struck the center of a 53-foot-long dry van trailer at 40 mph. The outcome was similar to the 35 mph test with the AngelWing. The side guard bent but didn’t allow the car to go underneath the trailer, and the car’s airbags and safety belt properly restrained the dummy in the driver seat. Measures taken from the dummy showed there would be a low likelihood

of injuries in a similar real-world crash. In contrast, in a second 35 mph test conducted earlier this year with no side guard, the Malibu ended up lodged under the trailer with part of its roof torn off. In a real crash like that, there would likely be no survivors in the car. The AngelWing is a result of a collaboration that came out of the first underride roundtable, held in May 2016 at the Vehicle Research Center. It was there that Airflow Deflector President Robert Martineau met Perry Ponder who had developed a design for a side underride guard. Together, they brought it into

production. “When people talk about Vision Zero, often what comes to mind is the potential for self-driving vehicles to eliminate crashes entirely,” says David Harkey, who directs the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and delivered the Roundtable’s keynote. “While technology holds a lot of promise, it’s going to take a long time to get there. There are things we can do now to save lives, and side underride guards are a perfect example.” For more information, visit



New Generation Construction Range


cania XT is uniquely offered for the entire range of cab and engine specifications, from the smallest P-series cab to the spacious S-series cab. Customers can select engines with power outputs ranging from 280 to 730 hp. The broad specifications are complemented by a host of services to ensure the highest uptime, reliability and profitability for

customers. The introduction of the XT range by Scania marks the start of a targeted offensive with tailor-made solutions focused on demanding customers in Europe. “We are putting a higher emphasis on construction,” states Henriksson. “We now have the right products, the right services and the right skills to match Scania’s leading

position in long-distance vehicles.” Transporters in the construction industry normally form part of a larger process and crucially must avoid disruptions. Scania has therefore – in addition to tough and durable vehicles – created an entire ecosystem of services that ensure uninterrupted deliveries while improving customers’ profitability.

“The global construction industry continues to grow and Scania now presents enhanced tools to meet the demand,” says Henriksson. “We are well aware of the slim margins for many hauliers in this business and we have developed vehicles and solutions to ensure sustained profitability.” For more information, visit www.scania. com.


Scania has launched the XT truck range, which is tailor-made for the construction industry. “This industry is facing increasing demands for sustainable and cost-effective production. Each component in the complex construction logistics process must adapt to higher standards for efficiency and Scania XT is our contribution to this shift,” says President and CEO Henrik Henriksson. 12    October 2017



One of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies


in-Cor Ranks No. 199 on the 2017 PROFIT 500, up an impressive 171 spots over last year, as Canadian Business unveils the 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Gin-Cor, with locations coast to coast and headquarters in Mattawa, Ontario, is celebrating today after earning a spot on one of the nation’s most prestigious business lists, and making a huge jump in the rankings year over year. Canadian Business and PROFIT to-

day ranked Gin-Cor, which started in Mattawa, Ontario and maintains headquarters there, No. 199 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. That’s up 171 spots from Gin-Cor’s rank of 370th on the 2016 rankings. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth. For the 2017 rankings, Gin-Cor made

the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 323%. “It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 Program Manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada - and the world - needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.” Gin-Cor President & CEO Luc Stang says

it is a team effort. “We’re honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking, and our success is directly related to the great team of employees that make up our workforce.” Stang adds that 2017 was already a big year for his company, and this recognition makes it even more memorable. “In June we formed a new strategic partnership, and became an equity partner with DEL Equipment. We virtually doubled our workforce and now have presence in seven additional locations coast-tocoast, from Moncton to Vancouver.”


city’s drivers would stay in the middle lane and try to bounce the dry salt to all lanes. “Best of all, we’re putting down the salt exactly where we want to put down the salt,” says Novak. “That is a huge time and money savings. Our Epokes are ground speed-controlled so that no matter what speed we’re going, we have full control of our application rate.” The Epoke spreader automatically stops when the truck comes to a stop. Novak was especially impressed with the way the Epoke spreader can be programmed to put down a specific amount of material per lane. “By just turning a knob, we can go from applying 100 pounds on one lane mile to simultaneously putting that same amount on another lane as well,” says Novak. “No other machine could ever do that before.” Beyond the Epoke’s pre-wetting, sym-

metry, and groundspeed control capabilities, it’s a superior anti-icer as well. “Our 4400 model provides us enough liquid capacity to put down a thin layer of brine prior to a storm moving in. By doing this, we prevent ice from bonding to the pavement. Studies show that we use 10 times less salt when we anti-ice our roads,” states Novak. Every Epoke bulk spreader can be equipped with an easyto- use EpoMaster® remote Cab Controller that enables operators to expertly control the width, rate, and symmetry of the material being applied. A completely automated, hands-free, GPS-guided EpoSat® advanced control option is also available. “Our Epokes, though, are very simple to keep clean. We just hose them off, including underneath, stand them on their legs, and store them in our yard.

Absolutely no problem to easily and safely maintain them season to season,” claims Novak. The Street Department’s drivers had absolutely no trouble learning how to use the Epoke equipment, either. “Everything is just so intuitive, so basic to work. Inside each cab is a screen that shows exactly what you’re putting down. All adjustments are pretty simple as well; a couple of clicks of a knob to alter the symmetry or amount of material you’re spreading. When Dave showed me these features, I was blown away… because, like no other I’ve ever seen or heard about, this machine is geared toward optimum operator ease of use,” says Novak. Novak especially likes the way the driver, by simply turning a knob inside the cab, can easily adjust just how much material can be put down per lane. For more information, visit www.

“Over those next 30 days, I captured 22 comparisons, Epoke versus our existing hoppers. Consistently, the Epoke product used more than 50 percent less dry salt,” says Novak. Novak then presented his findings to the Mayor, the Service Director, and the Finance Director. The decision-makers could quickly see the savings the city would realize versus past salt outlays. Novak was then given the go-ahead by City Council to buy his first three Epoke 3500 machines. By using the material pre-wetting capabilities of the Epoke bulk-spreader by adding brine to dry salt, the city optimally controls its salt spend - and just how accurately dispensed material coats targeted lanes. The Epoke, through a renowned and patented “Epoke Principle” pre-wetting mechanism that utilizes an agitator, a feed roller, and a rubber conveyor belt to deliver a precise amount of material to the spreader disk, enabled Novak and staff to efficiently mix the city’s ample brine supply with the dry salt to make the salt heavier and far stickier. “The Epoke automatically pre-wets up to 30% of the dry material we’re going to dispense. The added weight, alone, means a substantial reduction in our salt’s ability to bounce and scatter. It also helps lessen the chance of high winds blowing the salt off the pavement,” states Novak. Through extensive Federal Highway Administration research, Novak learned that just four percent of the pre-wetted salt was lost in the grass. With the previously used hoppers, more than 40% ended up outside of the lanes being treated. An operator can easily adjust the Epoke’s salt pattern, using the in-cab EpoMaster® controller, so that the dispensed pre-wetted material more precisely hits its targeted lanes, drastically reducing waste and damage to the environment. Now, Novak’s drivers can hit up to three lanes from the slow lane. Prior to using the Epoke’s symmetry feature, the



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Tuck Routes


By Al Tucker

“All-Equip” Fabrications & Repair Services

n a recent visit to St Mary’s Ontario – known to the locals as ‘Stonetown’ for its many vintage limestone homes and commercial buildings – I had arranged to meet with Manfred Loerzel the owner of “All-Equip Repair Service” at their new Trailer fabrication facility and Truck/Tractor repair/service centre. The site is located at 2302 Road 125 on the outskirts of the town – formerly occupied by Robica Forman Tank before they were acquired by Tremcar. The easiest route to follow from #7 Highway (Elginfield Road) would be to take Perth Road 20 North to Road 125 and turn back South to the plant that is on the north side just after crossing 14th Line. Manfred explained that he had learned the meaning of hard work growing up on a Perth County Hog farm operation through the 80’s and 90’s where he gained experience in the maintenance and repairing of machinery and truck equipment. By 2008, having learned a great deal in the “School of Hard Knocks”, it was decided to move out of farming into the trucking business and by 2010 they had 10 trucks on the road hauling livestock. In the process of keeping their own Tractors and Trailers on the road, and growing tired of fighting for adequate freight rates, Manfred and family decided that a major change of direction was needed. They concluded that there was a need for an additional heavy-duty repair and service operation in the Huron, Perth, Middlesex and Oxford County region. In spite of the challenges ahead, Manfred had finally found his true calling. Consequently in 2011, with the unwavering support of his brother Bernie, family and friends, the decision was made

to open up their first “All-Equip Repair Service” facility at 21 Griffith Road E. in Stratford. Another “must have”, once the original shop was up and running, was a Mobile Service unit to offer a wide range of at-your-door & roadside services including Tire, Welding & Repair, A/C Repair, Brake Releases, Fueling, Battery Boosts, Lockouts etc. covering Trucks, Trailers, Coach and Farm equipment. With a growing demand for their shop services and the subsequent need for more space, Manfred and Bernie had their eyes fixed on the vacant St. Mary’s property and in 2016, after a year of tough negotiating, the bank agreed to their terms. In the process of setting up expanded services at this newest location, they proceeded to add experienced certified welders – Aluminium, Steel & Stainless – along with more licenced mechanics, giving them a full-service experienced team. Their Mobile Axle Doctor can handle all axle eye and kingpin repairs – without removing axles. Collision and body work, sand blast and paint are another specialty service. Engine overhauls for Cat, Cummins, Detroit, Volvo, Mack, Paccar and Navistar, confirms that “All-Equip” has ‘All-Makes’ capabilities. Whether its Suspension repairs, Driveline replacement, Rad & Cooling system service or Hydraulics – Fleets and Owner/Operators can count on the All-Equip Team. As an active supporter and employer of apprentices, the total number of employees at their two locations recently reached 20 and counting. Between both locations, All-Equip now have close to 50,000 square feet under one roof with 12 drive-through and 6 truck bays, including a state-of-the-

The first “All-Equip Repair Service” facility opened in 2011 at 21 Griffith Road East in Stratford, Ontario. Offering roadside services to trucks, trailers, coach & farm equipment.

St. Mary’s location opened in 2016 with expanded, services that included certified welders – Aluminium, Steel & Stainless – licenced mechanics. art Paint Booth in St Mary’s. In terms of the fabrication of Trailers, their new venture is prepared to custom build any type of Trailer configuration, with particular aim at the Tank, Grain Trailer and Agra Business market in general. Need a replacement Dump Body installed on your chassis or an existing Trailer converted to meet ‘SPIF’ requirements? Need a Tractor ‘Tricked Up for

Show’ at next June’s Clifford Truck Show? All-Equip can make it happen! All-Equip is now a six day a week enterprise, even offering service ‘by appointment’ on a Sunday. Keep ‘em rolling really does ‘Matter’ here! To reach Manfred or Bernie, Foreman Will Meinen and the rest of the All-Equip team call Toll Free 888.761.6299. Keep the rubber side down! Tuck

the entrenched brake dust - something appreciated by many car drivers. The brake dust particulate filter from MANN+HUMMEL with its robust design can be implemented in the existing installation space and can also become a colored styling element. In addition to use in motor cars, the brake dust particulate filter can also be used in commercial vehicles and railway applications. In those applications a large amount of harmful fine dust is produced due to the high weight of those applications and the long braking distance and frequent braking of rolling stock in semi-

enclosed spaces such as railway stations. For more information, visit



Brake Dust Control


fter successful tests on the test bench the brake dust particulate filter is now being tested in the “fine dust eater” fleet by MANN+HUMMEL in tests which are close to real driving conditions. The newly developed brake dust particulate filter from MANN+HUMMEL considerably reduces the emission of particulates and as a result less brake dust particulates are able to penetrate the ambient air in traffic. The filter can be adapted to existing installation space in the area of the brake disc. The brake dust particulate filter is suitable for use with all types of drive ranging from electric 14    October 2017

vehicles to hybrid vehicles and conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. The robust housing of the filter fitted close to the brake caliper allows the filter to prevent the emission directly at the source of fine dust to the ambient air, in particular in city traffic which is characterized by frequent braking processes. The filter medium which efficiently filters the various particle sizes is made from a material which is resistant to temperature and corrosion. The retention of the fine dust directly at the place where it is created prevents the soiling of alloy rims and to a large extent the tedious removal of




Henke & CUBEX On & Off-Road Snow Control


enke’s heavy duty plows for loaders/graders now feature a NEW, exclusive mechanical float option that allows the plow to smoothly follow rugged terrain and the contours of the road while making it easier for the operator to maintain optimal plow position. This feature allows the plow to “float” up and down over uneven terrain. It can float through a range of about 10 inches.

Customers will like this feature because it means the operator doesn’t have to use their lift arms in hydraulic float, and can still apply down force if needed. It comes equipped with a sight gauge to see equilibrium point and total float travel, as well as a spring return/mild shock absorber. The sight gauge takes the guess work out of operating the plow and makes it easier for the operator to keep the plow in an optimal position.

The Henke family of Parallel Lift Plows will keep you lifting level in every Snow Fighting variation.

All Henke reversible plows contain an Integral Snow Shield which prevents snow from blowing over the top of the plow and clearing the area in the most efficient manner.

It is available in both swivel and non-swivel versions. Either the hooks/ coupler are rigidly attached to the back of the hitch (non-swivel) or the hooks are attached to a plate, and bolted to

the back of the hitch through slots that allow it to swivel. For more information, contact For more information visit


Right Tracks custom rubber tracks can be built to fit any size of tire or tandem axle spacing. Our off road tracks for trucks can be built up to 60” wide (triple wide design), and increase flotation and traction up to 1000%. Right Tracks standard 30” tandem custom rubber tracks design can be used in conjunction with our individual over the tire tracks to increase a unit’s traction and flotation 700%. For more information, visit

The Falls Model Road Warrior with PLS-1 Hooks or optional Para Lift Hooks is great for breaking apart Ice or Heavy Snow. October 2017   15


GPS/Telematics Fleet Management

By Dan Malloy

Get Ready for Winter. How Quickly the Seasons Change


inter running! I’m not talking about strapping on your Mukluks and ripping through a marathon in the snow. In the next few months the topic will be “Summer Running” but for now it is “Winter Running”. Yes winter! We have become so conditioned to this season that it is easy for us to forget how winter actually does change our lives. And if you operate vehicles as part of your business then you really do need to realize how this season changes the way in which you manage things. So if I were to choose three very important points for you to consider about winter I would suggest that you ensure your vehicles are properly maintained, that you are providing some seasonal refresher training for your staff, and that you communicate with the people you conduct business with. Not to mention anti-idling and pre-heating options to help with your bottom line. Vehicles require constant maintenance and staying on top of repairs can be a

challenge. The driver should (must for vehicles over 4,500 kilograms) inspect the vehicle prior to driving and report all defects to a supervisor. Seemingly minor issues such as burned out bulbs are an invitation for you to get stopped by law enforcement and often smaller issues are indicative of more serious safety violations. Once you have your drivers trained to spot and report defects your maintenance provider can then keep on top of service issues to hopefully prevent a snowy roadside repair. Sometimes the core function of the business distracts you from the fact that you are operating vehicles, possibly commercial vehicles, on the road and the seasons can come up very quickly. Are your drivers required to comply with hours of service regulations? If they are, how will the winter affect their driving time? Perhaps you could offer a winter driving component to your staff training. Discussing winter is a great opportunity for you to offer some relevant training

and get everyone together to welcome in the season. In many respects the onset of winter offers many opportunities for us to deal with the reality that our people are going to be late for work, our vehicles are going to get stuck, and our service levels are not going to be the same as they are in the other three seasons. Our customers rely on us to be on time and we also require our suppliers to be on time, but in adverse weather conditions that’s not always possible. Talk. Discuss potential

seasonal roadblocks and work together to find solutions as your business contacts share the same problems that you do. Why should a little snow affect your routine? So with some planning and a little patience we can survive yet another cold and snowy winter and wait for the headline that reads “Summer Running”. Dan Malloy is the Fleet Safety & Compliance Specialist for Mobilizz Inc. Mobilizz Inc. is a leading fleet telematics company based in Toronto. For more information please visit



Unveiling the Next Generation of EnergyDiverse Products & Technology Solutions


uring an event held Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana, employees, company executives, global media and elected officials watched as Cummins unveiled its latest power solutions and energy-diverse products, demonstrating that the company is prepared to win with new and future technologies. “Cummins has always been an innovator,” stated Congressman Luke Messer.

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“Today serves as the latest example of how this thriving Indiana business is developing cutting-edge technologies that will shape the manufacturing industry for decades to come. It was an honor to join Cummins today and support the thousands of Hoosiers that work for this great Indiana company.” From Natural Gas to Clean Diesel to Electrified Powertrain Solutions The company displayed the latest in near-zero natural gas engine technology,

as well as super-efficient diesel engines (the X12 and X15), and shared plans to introduce a revolutionary heavy-duty diesel engine in 2022. To round out the company’s expert capabilities in powertrain design, Cummins also revealed, for the first time ever, a fully electric class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor (pictured below in a rendering). These products and technologies add to Cummins’ unmatched portfolio of solutions and offer customers the latest in environmentally-friendly, cost-effective and powerful products to help them succeed in every market and every application. With these new innovations, Cummins will continue to provide connected customer support, including cloud-based solutions and big data analysis, in order to maximize up-time, safety and business optimization, increasing customers’ bottom line. “These new technological innovations build on our 100-year legacy of bringing the best solutions to our customers, driving their success and meeting the evolving demands of their industries and markets,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins Inc.

“We will harness our global technical footprint to continue to develop a wide variety of power technologies to bring our customers the choice and solutions that enable their success and contribute to a sustainable future.” During the event, which included tours of the Cummins technical center, Cummins leaders and scientists showcased the company’s continued innovation and work in analysis-led design capability, virtual reality, alternative fuels and digital capabilities, all of which are positioning the company to win in current and future technologies and in new markets. “As a global power leader for the commercial and industrial customers we serve, with an unmatched service and support network, we are better positioned than any other company to win in new and emerging technologies and in new markets,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer. “We will leverage our deep industry and customer knowledge and our scale advantage to win. Over the past century, our ability to innovate and adapt has fueled our success and we are confident we are on the right path to do it again.”




New EPA-Approved Refrigerant for North America Truck & Trailer Systems


arrier Transicold will begin offering the new-generation refrigerant R-452A as an alternative for use in its truck and trailer refrigeration systems, following the July 21 announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the refrigerant for transport refrigeration applications. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Developed by the refrigerant manufacturing industry to reduce environmental impact, R-452A has a global warming potential (GWP) that is almost half that of R 404A, the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant used in most land-based transport refrigeration applications. Carrier Transicold will offer the new refrigerant as an option to R-404A later this year. “As a near drop-in substitute, R-452A offers similar levels of refrigeration performance, fuel efficiency, reliability and refrigerant charge in new equipment as R 404A, and we are pleased to be able to make it available to refrigerated transport operators seeking a lower GWP option to advance environmental sustainability,” said David Brondum, Director, Product Management and Sustainability, North America Truck, Trailer, Rail, Carrier Transicold. R-452A is a refrigerant blend with a low-GWP hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) as one of its key components.

“Carrier Transicold has extensive experience with R-452A, having first offered it in 2015 to help Europe’s transport refrigeration industry respond to the European Union F Gas Regulation, which is driving down Europe’s use of traditional HFC refrigerants with higher GWPs,” Brondum explained. Extensive work has been done by Carrier Transicold in preparation for a similar transition in the U.S. Brondum noted that the EPA has not banned R-404A for transport refrigeration applications, enabling refrigerated haulers to choose the option best suited for their operations. This allows for considerations of price and availability, fleet size and maintenance budgets. “Going forward, fleets may want to consult with their Carrier Transicold dealers to determine which refrigerant solution is appropriate,” Brondum said. While Carrier Transicold will continue to offer R-404A, it will also provide R-452A as an option for new model Vector™ and X4 ™ Series trailer refrigeration units, Supra® truck units and direct-drive truck units that currently use R 404A. The new refrigerant can also be used as a drop-in replacement for Carrier Transicold units already in service, although certain older models may require component retrofits or software updates, which can be accommodated through Carrier Transicold’s network of authorized dealers. “Carrier Transicold’s larger goal of

Carrier Transicold will offer R-452A, a refrigerant option with nearly half the global warming potential of the traditional truck and trailer refrigerant. reducing the GWP of its transport refrigeration equipment goes well beyond the benefits of R-452A,” Brondum noted. “We are committed to pursuing the commercialization of HFC-free refrigerants in road transportation refrigeration by building upon our expertise with CO2 refrigerant, also known as R-744.” CO2  refrigerant has a GWP of only 1, roughly 2,000 times better than R 452A and 4,000 times better than R-404A. It is also non-flammable, non-ozonedepleting, globally available and cost

effective. Carrier has successfully applied CO2 refrigerant in CO2OLtec® stationary commercial refrigeration systems widely used throughout Europe, in NaturaLINE® container refrigeration systems used by major container shipping lines in support of global commerce, and prototype trailer refrigeration trials with two major European supermarket chains. For more information about R-452A for transport refrigeration applications, turn to the experts within Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network.



VIPAR & Dayton Finalize New Multi-Year Agreement


rystal Lake, Illinois - VIPAR Heavy Duty and Dayton Parts have announced a new multi-year agreement between the companies. Under the agreement, VIPAR Heavy Duty will offer a broad range of Dayton Parts products through VIPAR Heavy Duty and its entire family of companies. Dayton Parts is recognized as a leading manufacturer and supplier of undercarriage replacement parts to independent aftermarket distributors. The company’s portfolio covers trucks ranging from

light duty commercial thru class 8 and off-road vehicles in a broad offering of brake, steering, suspension and spring, and other key products. “Dayton’s core products and manufacturing capabilities are a strong fit for our VIPAR Heavy Duty Family of Companies, comprised of 260 plus parts and service companies across North America,” said Chris Baer, President and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “Their commitment to quality and customer service aligns with our objectives, and we are pleased to finalize

this new agreement.” “Dayton Parts is excited to enhance and strengthen our already prosperous partnership with VIPAR Heavy Duty,” said Sam Stantial, Vice President of Sales for Dayton Parts. “This strengthened partnership benefits VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors by utilizing our company’s exceptional quality and top-notch service.” Stantial says Dayton Parts is continually developing new products which will be made available to the VIPAR Heavy Duty Family of Companies. This includes the

company’s air disc brake program for heavy truck and trailer applications and the company’s Gen2 anti-lock braking system (ABS) for trailer applications. “Dayton Parts was built on the mantra, ‘Quality is our Standard, Service is our Business,’ and we look forward to working together with VIPAR,” concluded Stantial. For more information on VIPAR Heavy Duty, visit or email: info@ For more information on Dayton Parts visit

VIPAR & Meritor Announce Long-Term Agreement


rystal Lake, Illinois - VIPAR Heavy Duty and Meritor jointly announced on September 6 the completion of a new long-term agreement. Under the agreement, VIPAR Heavy Duty will offer a robust and growing portfolio of Meritor products through the VIPAR Heavy Duty network and its family of companies.

“VIPAR Heavy Duty and Meritor have a successful long-term relationship in the U.S. and Canada,” said Chris Baer, President and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “This new agreement solidifies our new partnership and further strengthens our alliance with a focus on growing our core business exponentially. With the agreement, Meritor’s lineup of industry-leading

products is available through the growing network of parts and service locations within the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies.” “We’re pleased to renew and expand our strategic partnership with VIPAR Heavy Duty and to support VIPAR distributors with our new products and services in the steering and suspension area,” said Brett


Penzkofer, Vice President, Aftermarket, North America for Meritor. “As a trusted supplier, Meritor delivers the level of quality, product and service to meet the needs of VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors.” For more information on VIPAR Heavy Duty, visit or e-mail: For more information on Meritor, visit


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Fleet Maintenance & Management


By Robert MacKay

Fleet Management Tips to Avoid the Driving Hazards of Autumn

utumn presents a number of unique safety hazards. In some parts of Canada the first few weeks of autumn often more resemble summer. In other parts, traditional autumn weather lasts only a couple weeks. However, regardless where you live in Canada, most areas generally get at least one snowfall before the first official day of winter arrives. With that in mind autumn safety hazards include both the summer and winter that can change almost instantly. Shorter days, cooler nights, and generally wet weather are the hallmark of autumn. The sun sits lower in the sky longer and can cause

glare. Snow squalls on cooler days are also common. Overnight frost causes overpasses and bridges to freeze, especially in sections with standing water and puddles. Leaves and debris accumulate along our roadways and conceal potholes and washedout sections of the road. Wet leaves are slippery and when temperatures drop below freezing, they more easily freeze. Fall is also hunting season. Animals, including deer, are often displaced during the day and can appear out of nowhere, especially at night when they are on the move. Children in some parts of Canada also catch their school buses before

dawn and again after twilight on their way home. Be aware of autumn’s unique driving hazards. Practice safe driving year round and drive to the conditions. Stay safe. Check out these autumn fleet management and safety tips: Check vehicle emergency kits regularly. Include this in your equipment maintenance plan and check it every time the equipment is in the shop. Perform autumn maintenance long before winter arrives in your area. Review the equipment maintenance log for every piece of equipment in your fleet and prepare it for winter running.

Include an autumn fleet maintenance checklist in your preventative maintenance program. Fleet maintenance software can help simplify this task. Install winter tires long before snow flies. If you are installing studded tires, check your local department of transportation for the dates they are allowed to be on your vehicle. Review autumn safe driving at your next safety meeting. Robert MacKay is President of Fleet Harmony Cloud Fleet Management Software, Canada’s premier online fleet maintenance management software system. Learn more at



ELD Mandate Poised for Implementation


reenbelt, Maryland - The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on December 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for December 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdic-

tion’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than December 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15. This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations. CVSA sup-

ports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations. CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to

implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria  will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement. A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency of CVSA’s commitment to implementing the new requirement, as scheduled, on December 18, 2017, and noting the April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC. For more information about the ELD rule, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website, go to hours-service/elds/electronic-loggingdevices.



VIPAR Hosts 2017 “Foundation for the Future” Business Conference


rystal Lake, Illinois - United under the theme “Foundation for the Future,” the 2017 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference will take place October 15-20 at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. The VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference brings together distributors, supplier partners and industry associates in a forum for information exchange, open dialogue, and an opportunity to share insights on navigating the challenges and opportunities in a rapidly evolving independent heavy duty aftermarket.

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“The theme of this year’s conference builds on the strength of our third generation (G3) management team and key initiatives,” explained Chris Baer, President and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “More importantly, G3 is all about execution and speed-tomarket which has helped establish a solid foundation

for our future as an organization and will help grow the mutual businesses of our stockholders and supplier partners.” Baer says the VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference is an action-packed week that will feature updates on the organization, technology solutions, new products and program opportunities.

The structure of the week includes the annual stockholder meeting, a general session, trade show, more than 1,400 one-to-one stockholder/supplier partner meetings, as well as networking events. Additionally, the conference will feature several value-added sessions including a GenNext reception featuring speed mentoring, a Young Leaders Forum and Lunch, and distributor educational sessions. For more information on VIPAR Heavy Duty, visit or email: info@




Kenworth T880s “Rock” for Brown Transportation Aggregate Hauler Finds MPG Improvement; More Payload with T880s


rdmore, Oklahoma - Wayne Brown started in the construction industry 43 years ago. His first job was as a truck driver for his family-owned aggregate hauler and he enjoyed his time behind the wheel. “I drove the traditional high hood,” he recalled. “I was always very fond of the look.” So, it wasn’t surprising that when Brown bought his own rock/aggregate hauling operation in 2010 from his uncle, he went with the big hood, to join others in the fleet. According to Brown, the company operated 24 trucks when he purchased the Oklahoma City-based company. “Now we’re up to 80 trucks,” he said. “And we’ve made the transition from the high-hood to the Kenworth T880 with the PACCAR MX-13 engine. That decision is really paying us back. We’re getting up to 1.5 mpg improved fuel economy* and the trucks weigh in at nearly 900 pounds lighter. When you run fully loaded with between four to 10 runs per day to a rock crusher, that extra payload really adds up.” Brown Transportation purchased its Kenworth T880s from MHC Kenworth Ardmore. Brown Transportation’s operation is a little unusual in the aggregate business. “We’re very diverse, which helps us weather any changes in the business climate,” he said. “We have 11 pneumatic trailers and provide sand for the oil industry in fracking operations. But that business can go up and down - it’s soft right now. So, we switch over to highway construction, delivering aggregate and rock in our belly and end-dump trailers. And since we’re a large aggregate hauler

in our region, we can handle jobs others can’t. It’s not uncommon for us to get a call requesting a large delivery - due to our size; we can put more trucks on the job and complete a project in one day, versus three for our competitors.” Another competitive advantage for the company is its decision to spec the Kenworth T880s with the 52-inch mid-roof sleeper. “On our 43 T880s, we’re running the 52-inch mid-roof sleeper,” Brown said. “While our headquarters are in Ardmore, we have our trucks domiciled in Krum, Texas, and in Davis, (Oklahoma), and Oklahoma City. On a Monday, the trucks might have a job 100 or more miles away, so they’ll work that site all week making runs to a crusher or pit nearby. It doesn’t make sense to deadhead back to our facility every day. So, that’s why the need for a sleeper. And this size gives our drivers the comfort they need, plus it’s tall enough so they can stand inside the sleeper.” Brown Transportation’s T880 52-inch mid-roof sleepers feature a liftable lower bunk with a comfortable 32-inch by 80inch pocket coil mattress and storage underneath. There also is upper storage on the sleeper’s back wall, including a place for drivers to hang their clothes and jackets. On average, Brown’s T880s average around 100,000 miles per year. “With the fuel savings we’re seeing with the T880, it means each truck is saving us close to $10,000 in fuel per year,” he said. “That factors into our total cost of ownership. We also look at cost of operation - and the T880s have been very reliable. Since we pay our drivers a percentage of the

load, they have as much riding on the deliveries as we do. We expect our Kenworths to perform and we haven’t been disappointed.” One spec change the company recently made was the move to the Eaton UltraShift® transmission and disc brakes. “Our more senior drivers were used to driving 13 and 18 speeds and voiced concern when they heard we were switching to an automated manual,” said Brown. “But, now, you couldn’t get them out of the truck - they’d never go back to a manual. They’re no longer using their left foot and right hand all day long shifting. They’re less fatigued at the end of the day.” Helping even further, said Brown, is the quietness of the T880. “That PACCAR MX13 engine (rated at 455 hp) is so quiet,” he said. “There is a big difference compared to the other engine we were running.” Brown also said the trucks bring a sense of pride to his drivers. “We make sure the trucks are washed - even the engines every two weeks. One of my pet peeves

is I like to have a nice looking fleet, so every other Monday, our drivers climb into a truck that looks brand new. I like it and they like it. And they in turn take better care of the trucks. We really have a special relationship with our drivers. We’re family-owned here too - my son Chad is Vice President of Operations, and his wife, Sara, is our CFO. We’re small enough where we know everyone and have a true family culture. That, along with our equipment, helps keep our driver turnover significantly lower than others in our industry.” Kenworth is The Driver’s Truck™. See what drivers are saying at Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at Kenworth is a PACCAR company. *Individual fuel economy improvement will vary depending on use, road conditions and other factors.


Wayne Brown of Brown Transportation is shown with one of the company’s Kenworth T880s equipped with a 52-inch sleeper and PACCAR MX-13 engine. October 2017   19


Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

Preparing Your Tires for Winter


his article was supplied to us by our good friends at Hunter Tires, in South Gate California and is reprinted with their permission. Take a look at their great website at The pre-winter advice here is vital and important for the care of your tires, whether they are new or retreads. In winter weather, your commercial truck tires can be the biggest factor in keeping you safe on the road. Commercial Tires that maintain good traction will go a long way in preventing sliding in snowy and icy weather. Before winter arrives, make sure that you fully prepare your commercial tires to ensure that you and your truck are as safe as possible. Choose the Right Commercial Truck Tires

Before winter weather settles in, make sure you’re using the right kind of commercial tire. Particularly if you’re going to be driving through a lot of cold areas, you need to prioritize safety above mileage. It can be hard to take on that extra cost, but it’s not worth endangering yourself and others on the road in order to save on fuel. Tires with rib tread are not going to provide you with enough traction in snowy, icy, and wet conditions. If you’re running rub tread tires for all positions, you should switch to lug tread tires for at least your drive tires. The deeper lug tread will give you better traction and help to prevent your truck from sliding on the road. When to Rotate Commercial Tires If you are due to rotate your tires, make sure you do it before the winter weather

arrives. It’s important to make sure your tires are wearing evenly. Rotation will help to maintain your tire’s treads, providing better long-term traction. It will also extend the life of your tires and help to keep fuel costs down. These benefits make rotating your commercial tires one of the best, yet simplest, things you can do to maintain your truck. Give Your Commercial Tires a PreWinter Inspection If you’re a responsible truck driver, you probably inspect your truck regularly. As winter approaches, make sure that you give your commercial tires an extra thorough inspection. Start by measuring the tread depth in multiple locations around each tire. The tread should be at least 4/32” for steer tires and 2/32” for other tires. If any of your

tires are getting close to that limit or are already beneath it, you should consider replacing them. A deep tread is your best friend on slippery winter roads. You should also check the tread for uneven wear, damage, or punctures. Make sure there is no damage to the sidewalls and that each tire is properly inflated. Conducting this check ahead of time will ensure that your commercial tires will be safe during the winter. It’s also much easier to thoroughly check tires before all the snow and slush sets in. If you are careful and replace your tires when necessary, you’ll be as prepared as possible to safely deal with tricky winter weather. Contact Jeffrey Parks at the Retread Tire Association anytime at info@retreadtire. org, or by phone at 831.620.5345.



Retreaders Install the Vipal New Buffer


hat Vipal Rubber wanted to develop with its own technology, a machine for the buffing tires process, has begun to take effect. First, the leader in Latin America and one of the most important tire retreading manufacturers in the world, had the first machine, the VR01 Smart DUO, the dual position buffer installed at União Tire Retreading, a São Paulo retreader, in April. Soon after, another partner of the Vipal Authorized Network Dealer had its equipment, the VR01 Smart UNO, which has one buffer position, started to operate: the Toro Recauchutagem, of Rio de Janeiro. According to Dirceu Formaggio, Director of União Tire Retreading, productivity is expected to increase with the acquisition of the VR01 Smart DUO. “We intend to reach 30 tires per hour, buffing around 200 tires daily, which we believe will bring a lot

of benefits to our production,” he says. For Toro, obtaining the equipment was also celebrated. According to Alcidio Morgado, Director of Toro, the action is part of a very well structured strategy in partnership with Vipal Rubber to expand production and, consequently, the retreader target market. “Today we can say that the investment has exceeded expectations. I am very pleased with this new acquisition, and I am sure it will greatly improve our buffing process,” concludes Morgado. The VR01 Smart DUO, with two buffing positions, processes up to 35 tires/hour. The VR01 Smart UNO has one buffing position and a production capacity of up to 28 tires/hour. Both have the highest productivity on the market compared to competitors. Launched in 2016, it is the first equipment developed for marketing by Vipal, which aims to offer to its network

partners more competitiveness, efficiency and quality in the retreading process. With all project and execution developed by the company, the machine is 100% nationally manufactured and meets the requirements



Vipal at Great American Trucking Show


ipal Rubber, a leading Latin American company and one of the most important tyre retread-

in fuel consumption, as well as high yields

ing manufacturers in the world, took part

tion from the US Environmental Protec-

in another edition of the Great American

tion Agency (EPA), and this was also the

Trucking Show, held August 24-26, in

first time the EPA verified tyre treads. They

the city of Dallas, Texas. This is the

also presented the ECO treads, among

second consecutive year that the brand

other prominent products of Vipal.

to the fleets. Vipal was the first South American company to receive this valida-

participated in the convention, aimed

Known for bringing together trans-

exclusively at the trucker audiences,

portation companies, engine, parts, and

gathering more than 500 exhibitors of

components manufacturers, the Great

the segment. Vipal was represented by

American Trucking Show is an annual

Leonardo Oliveira and Amaramh Velaz-

interactive action with the truck driver

quez, both Vipal Technicians and Sales

community, where participants can test

Representatives in the region.

trucks and their products, among other

During the three days of the event,

activities. It is also an opportunity to

Vipal presented to the public products

exchange knowledge and participate

known worldwide and currently used in

in educational sessions from the Texas

the North American market, including

Truck Association.

the SmartWay Transport verified treads, which assure more savings and reduction 20    October 2017

by the NR12. Also, it has onsite and online technical assistance from the largest tire retreading technical team in Brazil. For more information, visit

For more information visit




New Soybean Oil-Based Rubber in Tires


kron, Ohio - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is harvesting some unique “seeds” of innovation as it introduces a new tire technology with support from the United Soybean Board (USB). The first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tire performance in dry, wet and winter conditions. A Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a tread compound, or formulation, using soybean oil, which is naturally derived, cost-effective, carbonneutral and renewable. “Goodyear’s legacy of innovation drives

us to continue to apply new technology solutions, developing superior performing tires that meet consumer demands,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s Director of Global Materials Science. By employing soybean oil in tires, Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface.

Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily in the silica-reinforced compounds used in manufacturing certain tires. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption. Goodyear cooperated on the project with the USB, a group of farmer-directors who oversee the investments of a checkoff program on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. The USB provided some

funding support for the development of Goodyear’s soybean oil application in tires. The commercialization of soybean oil in tires as the latest technology breakthrough by Goodyear builds on the company’s other recent innovations, such as the use of silica derived from rice husk ash, another component Goodyear is using in certain consumer tires, along with current and past uses of components such as carbon fiber, DuPont™ Kevlar®, volcanic sand and more. For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to com/corporate.



RoadWarrior Outrigger Jack Pads


ICA, which is known for its unbreakable, engineered outrigger pad products for construction and utility applications, announces a new jack pad product line for the recreational vehicle and commercial trucking markets. DICA’s RoadWarrior ™ Jack Pads are made of solid engineered thermoplastic material that are easy to use and provide 100% unbreakable support for hydraulic jacks, slide-out stabilizers, scissor jacks, and other stabilizers found on fifth-wheel semi-trailers, campers, and recreational vehicles.

Models include 12”, 15” and 18” diameter options with rated capacities from 25,000 to 50,000 pounds. RoadWarrior jack pads safely spread the load out over the ground, preventing damage to paved surfaces, preventing jacks from sinking into soft ground, and providing peace of mind for RV owners and truck drivers. The 12” model also features an anti-skid wheel/ jack pocket to safely contain a tongue jack or wheel. Because they are waterproof and chemical resistant, RoadWarrior jack pads won’t absorb moisture, crack or splinter

like wood blocks or jack pads. Comfortable TuffGrip® Handles and light weight construction make them easy to handle and store. Plus, they are non-conductive. “RoadWarrior Jack Pads are named in honor of DICA’s founder, Dick Koberg, who was the original road warrior for our company. He drove hundreds of thousands of miles for decades, to share the benefits of DICA Outrigger Pads and RV Jack Pads. Naming this product for him is something we are very proud and honored to do,” said Kris Koberg, CEO. Our products include SafetyTech® outrig-

ger pads, FiberMax® crane pads, ProStack™ cribbing, and RoadWarrior jack pads. Learn more at



New Bendix Slack Adjusters & Spring Brakes


eterbilt is pleased to announce the availability of the Bendix ® Versajust® LS slack adjuster and

the Bendix® Eversure® spring brake as factory options. The Bendix Versajust LS is a link-style

automatic slack adjuster that can extend lining life by up to 16% and drum life by up to 30%. The Versajust LS is designed


Introducing the New LoneStar ®


ith a commanding presence and an all-new interior, just one look at the new International® ® LoneStar and you’ll know it means business. But its all-new interior is anything but intimidating. Thanks to input from hundreds of drivers, it’s our most drivercentric cabin yet. It’s packed with state-ofthe-art features and easy-to-reach controls that help drivers keep their eyes on the road. Under the hood, the powerful highperformance Cummins X15 engine delivers increased efficiency and maximum uptime. Check out the new LoneStar® for yourself at lonestar.


to significantly reduce brake maintenance and minimize the risk of dragging brakes. The slack adjuster is covered by a standard 6-year/1.0M mile warranty. The Bendix ® Eversure spring brake offers the potential for increased payload, better fuel economy and lower cost of operation. The Eversure unit is equipped with one of the lightest chambers on the North American market, saving up to 8 lbs. per tandem axle. The recently enhanced No Touch™ Power Spring design eliminates coil clash, while an increased power spring shut height reduces stresses on the spring and allows the brake to maintain its force output over time. The Versajust slack adjusters and Eversure spring brakes are available for both steer and drive axles on the Peterbilt Models 579, 567, 520, 389, 367 and 365 as well as in Model 579 and 389 glider kits.


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VOCATIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY The Products & Services Directory is your direct route to professional companies serving the Vocational & Trucking Market across Canada. Include your company in the directory by contacting Barb Woodward by phone at 613.969.0799, fax at 613.969.2872 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING




Cross Border Services Account & Records Management Bookkeeping For Your Business & Personal Finances

Toll Free: 905.767.5458

Balanced Pennies Bookkeeping For all your bookkeeping needs contact us today

FLO Components Ltd. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!”

50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358

C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars.

Dawn Truell, B.B.A., B.A. Psy 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Toll Free: 888.838.9136 Tel: 905.973.9136


14715-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8826 Tel: 780.453.5105 Fax: 780.452.3555 DRIVER SERVICES, RECRUITMENT & EMPLOYMENT

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Tel: 613.438.7748

Danatec Educational Services Ltd.

Fax: 613.651.9888

“Changing the way you train since 1985. Canada’s leading provider of TDG Training & Services”


Ramanjeet Tung Professional Corporation

201-11450 29th Street SE Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366 Tel: 403.232.6950 Fax: 403.232.6952

Ramanjeet Tung Professional Corporation is a Chartered

Kee Human Resources “Your Goals Are Our Priority.”

6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436 ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES (ELD)

Accountant firm that provides full accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, Notice to Reader (NTR), Review Engagements, personal and corporate tax preparation & planning and business advisory services to private enterprises, owner managed business and self employed individuals.

8 Brewster Road, Suite 212 Brampton, ON L6T 5B7 Tel: 647.261.6981 AUTOMATED LUBRICATION SYSTEMS

Wilson Instruments Ltd.

ITR Canada Inc.

The Anti-Idling Experts

P. O. Box 402, 140 Market Drive Milton, ON L9T 4Y9 Toll Free: 888.812.0099 Tel: 905.693.0660 Fax: 905.693.0332

43 Crowe Bay Heights, RR 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Tel: 705.653.2403 Fax: 705.653.5560



Switchboard Switchboard provides Electronic Logging Devices to get carriers compliant with the FMCSA ELD Regulation. Inc.uded is Satellite GPS, North American Data Connectivity, and more. Email Switchboard at contact@onswitchboard for more details.

1632 4th Avenue East Vancouver, BC V5N 1J8 Toll Free Tel: 844.5-FLEETS (844.535.3387) ELD ADMINISTRATION

DPF Cleaning Specialists The Cleaning and Maintenance of your DPF and DOC is our only Business.

Beka-Lube Products Inc. “Technology you can rely on.”

2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050 Fax: 905.858.0597

S.E.T.I. Inc.

Fil-Mor Automotive & Clutch Products Ltd. A proud Canadian manufacturer of quality Heavy Duty & automotive clutches since 1980. Specializing in Heavy Duty & Custom-made clutches including our own Torque Master Clutches.

81 Northline Road Toronto, ON M4B 3E9 Toll Free: 800.677.9038 Tel: 416.759.2245 Fax: 416.759.5890

386 Steeles Avenue East, Unit 2 Tel: 905.878.7161 or 22    October 2017


Pat’s Driveline

Resurfacing all types of flywheels and repairing lugs. A good line of clutch related components including clutch brakes, clutch forks, drive lugs, release bearings, pilot bushings/bearings, master/slave cylinders, flywheels and alignment tools

CompliancyPlus When you outsource your administrative responsibilities to COMPLIANCYPLUS +, we can effectively reduce your cost for E.L.D. Maintenance and Administration, increase Driver H.O.S. compliance, and save you money.

198 College Street East Belleville, ON K8N 2V7 Toll Free Tel: 844.635.7587 Tel: 613.779.0393 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Carmen Transportation


We are a great, family-oriented business looking to hire Company Drivers and select 0/0 for cross-border runs. We offer competitive compensation, border crossing bridge cards, fuel cards and E-PASS transponders.

#1, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 877.438.3155 Tel: 905.564.3155 Fax: 905.564.3166

3700 Weston Road Toronto, ON M9L 2Z4 Toll Free: 866.857.5166 Tel: 416.667.9700 Fax: 416.667.8272

“Over 35 years of Driveline Manufacturing Expertise”

Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation!

Milton, ON L9T 1Y4

5325 Outer Drive Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Tel: 519.737.6005 • Fax: 519.737.0005 — 1225 Aerowood Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1B9 Tel: 905.282.1255 Fax: 905.282.0034




International Truckload Services Inc. 107 Bellevue Drive, Box 1450 Belleville, ON K8N 5J1 Toll Free: 800.267.1888 Tel: 613.961.5144 Fax: 613.961.1255 or 888.485.6487

English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123

X an Systems Inc. We are a family owned transportation business specializing in temperature controlled and dry freight loads established in and successfully growing since 2003.

16700 Bayview Avenue, Unit 214 Newmarket, ON L3X 1W1 Tel: 647.933.2765 Fax: 647.933.2764

Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.

2365 Bowman Street Innisfil, ON L9S 3V6 Toll Free: 888.564.8161 Tel: 705.436.6713 Fax: 705.436.9705

Siemens Transportation Group Inc. Siemens Transportation Group Inc. spans across North America. As an international, family-owned operation, it encompasses specialized transportation companies for a total supply chain solution. These companies range from international Truckload, Less Than Truckload service, International Flat Deck service, Ground Courier service and Warehouse Distribution service

P.O. Box 7290 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J2 Toll Free: 888.878.9585 Fax: 306.668.5849 —


Liquid Capital Midwest Corp.


We are your “one-stop” total logistics solutions provider since 1981. We have been helping companies get maximum results at exceptional value. Our flat deck long haul services are a key link in any efficient supply chain. LTL, FTL, over dimensional and weight-permitted shipments across Canada. All of our trucks are equipped with a GPS system. We strategically designed our company to be your edge. Experience it today!


Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. Empire Hydrogen’s Fuel Enhancement System splits distilled water into Hydrogen and Oxygen. A small amount of these accelerant gases flow into the air intake of any diesel engine, reducing fuel consumption and GHG’s by 10% to 20% and diesel particulates, DPF regen cycles and cleaning by 67%.

7-10189 McDonald Park Road Sydney, BC V8L 5X5 Tel: 778.426.0911

“Same-day and weekend funding, customized personal service, equipment leasing.”

176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 Fax: 855.295.6605

Multi-Line Fastener Supply Company Ltd. “Serving fastener needs for Industrial, Automotive & Maintenance Trades.”

1100 Courtney Park Dr. E., Unit 5 Mississauga, ON L5T 1L7 Tel: 905.677.5088 Fax: 905.677.4917 FINANCING/LEASING


Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. “Accutrac provides cash flow solutions structured specifically for the freight and trucking industry. We’ve made factoring easy to understand and affordable with one low cost, all in. Qualification is easy and funding is available same day.”

74 Mississaga Street East Orillia, ON L3V 1V5 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651

Lubricant Solutions Canada Inc. Lubricant Solutions Canada distributes the Mycroleum brand of lubricants servicing the commercial and industrial sectors within several verticals, with particular experience in the trucking, manufacturing, mining, heavy construction and the utility industries. Mycroleum has a collective 150 years of experience in the lubrication and additive industry offering solutions to your lubrication needs with standard lubricants as well as industry leading proprietary fuel treatments and patented speciality lubricants.

6368 Concession 6 South, Amherstburg ON N9V 0C8 Toll Free: 855.99.LUBES Tel: 519.796.5919 Toll Free Fax: 855.99.LUBES HEATING SYSTEMS SALES & SERVICE – FUEL FIRED

Polar Mobility (Climate Control Systems) Fuel Fired Heaters for pick-up trucks to Class 8 Trucks. We can help with your Environmental Responsibility, increase your profits by decreasing your Carbon Footprint and reduce Fuel & Maintenance Costs.

Connect Lease Corporation Connect Lease works hard and fast to find you the most competitive lease rates and to obtain the financing you need to buy your vehicle and equipment.

1462 Street Paul Street, Suite A Kelowna, BC. V1Y 2E6 Toll Free: 877.860.4140 Cell: 250.317.5888 Toll Free Fax: 877.860.4741 FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

7860-62 Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2C 5K2 Toll Free: 800.309.8155 Tel Calgary: 403.279.3633 Tel Edmonton: 780.465.5068 Tel Red Deer: 403.340.3166 INSURANCE BROKERS

Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited Package policies for both local and long haul fleets.

The Rosedale Group “As a transportation and warehousing service provider since 1969, The Rosedale Group, has a proud history of meeting the industry-specific requirements of our customers. We, as a company, have a fundamental belief that our people make the difference in how we consistently deliver total customer satisfaction.”

6845 Invader Crescent Mississauga, ON L5T 2B7 Toll Free: 855.721.3962 Tel: 905.670.0057 Fax: 844.314.5953 or

Execucor Financial Limited We are one of the oldest lease brokerage firms in Canada. We have been providing financial solutions that work for businesses, large and small, from Coast to Coast since 1983.

2 Director Court, Unit 102 Woodbridge, ON L4L 3Z5 Toll Free: 888.393.2826 Tel: 416.498.5017 ext 213 Toll Free Fax: 877.498.6165

Fleet Harmony Inc. PO Box 3375 Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 Toll Free: 844.527.6669 Tel: 902.775.0825 Fax: 902.755.0341 FUEL ADDITIVES & LUBRICANTS

J D Factors Walmart Fleet Get on the road to success with the world’s largest retailer.

6800 Maritz Drive Mississauga, ON L5W 1W2 Tel: 905.670.9966 Ext. 60401 Fax: 905.795.4186

315 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X8 Toll Free: 800.263.0664 Tel: 905.501.5000 Fax: 905.501.0395

Bennetts Power Service Products P. O. Box 51016, RPO Tyndall Park Winnipeg, MB R2X 3C6 Toll Free: 877.778.4440 Tel: 204.694.1777 Fax: 204.633.0133

120 South Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670 Tel: 905.479.6670

Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP

At Baird MacGregor you are under our shield of protection. We are known throughout the business community for our commitment to acountabilty, consistency, innovation and excellence in all that we do. We have specialized in providing cost-effective insurance and unique risk management solutions since 1979.

825 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H8 Toll Free: 800.263.3030 Tel: 416.778.8000 Fax: 416.778.4492 October 2017   23



Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. “It’s not what you pay: it’s what your GET for what you pay. Transportation, Logistics, Cargo, Fleet Safety Management Services & Bonds.”

Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Tel: 905.426.8787 • Fax:`905.426.4959

Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc. 1 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 415 Toronto, ON M4P 3Z1 Tel: 416.486.0951 Fax: 416.489.5311



Jones Deslauriers Insurance Management Inc. Transportation Insurance Broker/Advisor™

2375 Skymark Avenue Mississauga, ON L4W 1Y6 Toll Free: 877.232.9996 Tel: 416.240.5695 • Fax: 416.259.7178

Newman Insurance Providing innovative insurance solutions & unparalleled risk management support. Talk to one of Newman’s dedicated Transportation Insurance Specialists to get the right coverage at a competitive price. Licenced in Ontario Only.

62 Dundas Street West Belleville, ON K8P 1A3 Toll Free: 800.653.1924 Tel: 613.968.6705 • Fax: 613.968.9437

Stability Pads

RP Oil Limited RP Oil Limited is a distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants. As an independently owned and operated company we’ve been aggressively servicing southern and central Ontario for over 40 years giving us the experience and know-how to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

1111 Burns Street E. Unit 3 Whitby, ON L1N 6A6 Toll Free: 800.335.6623 Tel: 905.666.2313 • Fax: 905.666.2761

What you want to protect the most. We protect the best!

30 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 6N2 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 • Fax: 519.741.1977 or

Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd.

538 Main Street, Unit 1 Hartland, NB E7P 2N5 Toll Free: 800.267.8006 Tel: 506.375.7500 • Fax: 506.375.4232

We offer solutions for avid RV’ers and campers, heavy equipment owners and operators looking to improve the safety and stability of any project or endeavor.

3110-80 th Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 1J3 Tel: 403.919.3950 PERMITS, LICENCING & DRUG TESTING

730 Permit Services Inc. Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits.

Total Canada Inc. Total is the 4 th largest Global Energy Company. We produce and distribute a full range of lubricants specially formulated for the Heavy-Duty industry. Total Rubia’s High Performance lubricants Economy and reduced Fleet Maintenance costs.

One of Canada’s leading Trucking Insurance and Risk Services Brokers, specializing in coverage for local and long haul fleets and owner-operators. Check out our website to learn more about how we can help you today!

At Stability Pads we are committed to offering quality RV stabilizer jack pads, crane outrigger pads and multi-functional stability pads while ensuring everyone access to a safe and affordable product.

for the Trucking industry offers benefits such as improved Fuel

Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd.


220, Lafleur Avenue Lasalle, QC H8R 4C7 Toll Free: 800.463.3955 Tel: 514.595.7579 • Fax: 514.367.5767 ON-BOARD SCALES

Cleral Scales

CARDINAL Box 755, 2085 Shanly Road Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244 Fax: 613.657.1453 MISSISSAUGA 6885 Davand Drive, Unit #4 Mississauga, ON L5T 1J5 Tel: 905.670.2208 Fax: 905.670.0208 WOODSTOCK 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 Fax: 519.537.7956

CLERAL is an onboard scale for trucks manufacturer since


Salvatore Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Transportation Insurance

“It takes knowledge & experience to keep a truck on the road. Use our experience to help drive your company to success. Call one of our trucking insurance specialists today.”

HUB International Ontario Ltd. 330 West Street, Unit #7 Brantford, ON N3R 7V5 Toll Free: 800.651.5953 Tel: 519.759.0033 • Fax: 519.759.3312 LEAMINGTON

HUB International Ontario Ltd.

1 Pinehill Drive, Suite 2 Lower Sackville, NS B4C 1N4 Toll Free: 866.865.0025 Tel: 902.865.4297 • Fax: 902.865.5343 LOGISTICS CONSULTANTS

1995. Leader in onboard weighing systems for all suspension types. More precision, easier to use, and at a more than affordable price.

90 des Distributeurs Val d’Or, QC J6P 6Y1 Tel: 855.824.1151 Fax: 819.824.9463

Celebrating 15 Years in Business! Our team is very well known for their MTO & DOT Audit Support, Authorities, IRP, Fuel & Mileage Taxes, Drug & Alcohol Testing Center

4654 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.1010

Transportation Insurance

24 Seacliff Drive East Leamington, ON N8H 0C2 Toll Free: 800.463.4700 Tel: 519.326.9339 • Fax: 519.326.0128 OAKVILLE

Fleet-Tax Services Inc.

Left L ane Associates


Vulcan On-Board Scales

C.U.T.C. Inc.

Captive Employee & Owner-Operator Benefits for Groups

Left Lane Associates is a logistics only advisory firm that specializes in growth strategies, both organic and through mergers & acquisitions (buying & selling) of other logistics companies. Monetize your business today!

On-Board weighing systems for the trucking industry.

Serving the Transportation industry since 1989.

2265 Upper Middle Road East, Suite 700 Oakville, ON L6H 0G5 Toll Free: 800.263.2383 Tel: 905.847.5500 • Fax: 905.847.6613

174 Brown’s Line, Suite 100 Toronto, ON M8W 3T3 Toll Free Tel: 888.204.8434 Cell: 647.620.4745 or

#11-1642 Langan Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1K5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 Fax: 604.944.1482

HUB International Ontario Ltd.

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1295 Crois Carol Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963





For TruckPro locations see page 45

Abrams Towing Polar Mobility (Kingtec)

“Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing

Affordable refrigeration alternative for the Small to Medium

Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.2500

Business. Proven Grade Materials and Technology with Nation Wide Coverage.

7860-62 Street S.E.,

Calgary, AB T2C 5K2 Toll Free: 800.309.8155 Tel Calgary: 403.279.3633 Tel Edmonton: 780.465.5068 Tel Red Deer: 403.340.3166 RUST PREVENTIVE PRODUCTS

Black Ice Towing 24 Hour Heavy, Medium & Light Duty Towing & Recovery. Tilt and Load & Float Services. Licenced Mechanic on Staff. Serving Parry Sound to Sudbury & Surrounding areas.

423 Hwy 69 Britt, ON P0G 1A0 Tel: 705.774.3224 TRAILER MANUFACTURERS [ TANKERS ]

M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been providing quality repairs and services since 1975. We operate out of a 14,000 square foot building with eleven bays including a truck and trailer paint bay and two sandblasting bays. M.T.T. Repair Services currently employs trailer mechanics, welders, body men and painters. We are also an accredited vehicle inspection station that allows us to conduct annual safety inspections to all of your trailers.

1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 • Fax: 905.677.2774 TRUCK BODIES


A & A Exhaust Systems A one-stop total exhaust and emission solution provider. Our products, services and manufacturing abilities enable us to provide our customers with the highest standards in exhaust parts and services.

480 Grays Road, Hamilton, ON L8E 2Z4 Toll Free: 800.461.2495 Tel: 905.578.4303 • Fax: 905.578.4381

Texis Truck Exhaust “Diesel Performance Specialists”

1850 Gage Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1S2 Toll Free: 800.267.4740 Tel: 905.795.2838 • Fax: 905.678.3030

Krown Corporate “Krown offers a superior line of rust inhibiting products and body maintenance programs to help keep your trucks on the road.”

35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710

Bedard Tankers Inc. Leader in Dry Bulk, Liquid, Liquefied Compressed Gas & Cryogenic Road Tanker Trailers.

5785 Place Turcot Montreal, QC H4C 1V9 Tel: 514.937.1670 • Fax: 514.937.2190 TRAILER SALES, LEASING, RENTALS & SERVICE

Gin-Cor Industries 5151 Hwy 17 West Mattawa, ON P0H 1V0 Toll Free 866.628.8292 Tel: 705.744.5543 • Fax: 705.744.2943 TRUCK CUSTOMIZING


Fort Garry Industries Proud distributors of Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Landoll and more.

Load Covering Solutions Ltd.

“Keeping You Covered”

5499 Harvester Road Burlington, ON L7L 5V4 Toll Free: 800.465.8277 Tel: 905.335.2012 Fax: 905.335.8499 TOWING SERVICES

Transcourt Tank Leasing Toll Free: 888.407.3830 Contacts:


Quality Collision Centre Quality Collision Centre has been providing superior collision & body work for heavy trucks, trailers & cars since 1979. When you bring your vehicle in to Quality Collision Centre, you can be assured of timely turnaround, expert repairs & complete satisfaction.

12 Clarke Blvd., Brampton, ON L6W 1X3 Tel: 905.451.8550 • Fax: 905.451.7627 TRUCK DELIVERY

Robert Pahanich


(Quebec & Atlantic Provinces) Julie Thibaudeau Toll Free: 844.322.8360



A Towing Service Ltd.

Drive Star Shuttle Systems Ltd. 1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Tel: 289.285.3022 • Fax: 289.285.3026 Toll Free Fax: 866.425.4440 TRUCK EQUIPMENT

Servicing GTA, Ontario and USA. A company you can count on!

185 Bartley Drive Toronto, ON M4A 1E6 Toll Free: 800.773.7952 Tel: 416.656.4000 • Fax: 416.656.3065

1365 Bonhill Road Mississauga, ON L6T 1M1 Toll Free: 800.385.8801 Tel: 905.670.0100 • Fax: 905.670.8128 TRUCK LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES

Grote Industries, Co. Known for innovation, ethical business practices, and a strong commitment to providing quality products and service. Grote Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of vehicle lighting and safety systems.

230 Travail Road Markham, ON L3S 3J1 Toll Free: 800.268.5612 Tel: 905.209.9744 Toll Free Fax: 800.267.9024 Fax: 905.209.9757 •

SWS Safety Warning Systems Canada’s Go-To Manufacturer, for Amber Beacons, Minibars, Traffic Directors and Backup Alarms for the past 45+ years. Excellent prices with the industry’s best warranties.

Kee Training Academy “Your Goals Are Our Priority.”

6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 • Fax: 905.670.3436

The Truck Exhaust Place Since 1982 we have been a one stop exhaust shop for the trucking industry as well as the heavy duty exhaust needs of industrial, farming, manufacturers and mining industry. We have been helping fleets, owner-operators, brokers, truck repair facilities, municipalities and manufactures get their equipment up and running and their trucks back on the road with minimal down time.

Fort Garry Industries Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more.

7695 Blackburn Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0A6 Toll Free: 877.357.0222 Tel: 905.357.0222 • Fax: 905.357.9122 October 2017   25



For Traction locations see page 44



Fort Garry Industries 5350-72nd Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 4X5 Toll Free: 800.661.3126 Tel: 403.236.9712 • Fax: 403.236.7249 EDMONTON

Fort Garry Industries

16230-118th Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6 Toll Free: 800.663.9366 Tel: 780.447.4422 • Fax: 780.447.3289 GRANDE PRAIRIE

Fort Garry Industries

10610-82nd Avenue Clairmont, AB T0H 0W0 Toll Free: 866.424.5479 Tel: 780.402.9864 • Fax: 780.402.8659 LLOYDMINSTER

Fort Garry Industries

5701-63rd Avenue Lloydminster, AB T9V 3B8 Toll Free: 800.661.9709 Tel: 780.875.9115 • Fax: 780.875.1403 RED DEER

Fort Garry Industries

170 Queens Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 0R5 Toll Free: 866.297.0022 Tel: 403.343.1383 • Fax: 403.347.8275




Fort Garry Industries ALBERTA


915 Walsh Street West Thunder Bay, ON P7E 4X5 Toll Free: 800.465.5044 Tel: 807.577.5724 • Fax: 807.475.9033 • SASKATCHEWAN


Fort Garry Industries 1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 Fax: 306.781.7926 SASKATOON

Fort Garry Industries 3455 Miners Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7K9 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 Fax: 306.933.4850


Magnum Trailer & Equipment Magnum Trailer & Equipment offers a full line of aluminum aftermarket truck accessories. From moose bumpers to cab guards, tool boxes and more, we can handle all of your truck accessory needs! Magnum Means More.


31632 Marshall Road, Unit 1 Abbotsford, BC V2T 6B1 Toll Free: 800.661.3406 Tel: 604.855.3866 • Fax: 604.855.3866


Lounsbury Heavy-Duty Truck Centre Truck Sales, Parts, Service, Body Shop Repairs, Radiator Sales & Recore along with the latest in Hunter Alignment Technology for all makes and models. Two locations in New Brunswick to serve you.

MONCTON 725 St. George Blvd. Moncton, NB E1E 2C2 Toll Free: 800.561.7782 Tel: 506.857.4345 Fax: 506.857.4346 FREDERICTON 14 Millennium Drive Fredericton NB E3C 2N8 Toll Free: 888.339.7344 Tel: 506.459.1204 Fax: 506.454.1376

Surgenor Truck Group Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec’s largest group of independent truck dealerships has built a reputation as durable as the brands that we sell and lease. The Surgenor Truck Group includes two Truck Centres, one in Ottawa, & one in Kingston, as well as 4 service affiliates (Belleville, Gatineau & 2 in Cornwall) providing regularly scheduled maintenance as well as on-call 24/7 for roadside assistance, & parts delivery.

261 Binnington Court Kingston, ON K7M 9H2 Toll Free: 877.548.1101 Tel: 613.548.1100 Fax: 613.548.4990 TRUCK TRANSMISSIONS, DIFFERENTIALS & PTO’S

CALGARY 7170 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary, AB T2H 2M1 Toll Free: 800.661.1378 Tel: 403.252.3880 • Fax: 403.252.6308 EDMONTON 14811-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8825 Tel: 780.452.6933 • Fax: 780.455.8612 NEW BRUNSWICK

MONCTON Unit 5, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 844.701.GEAR Tel: 506.855.GEAR • Fax: 506.859.GEAR ONTARIO

MISSISSAUGA #3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 •Fax: 905.564.6284 TRUCK WASH SYSTEMS

Awash Systems Corp. Automatic Wash Systems & Water Treatment Recycling Systems customized to your requirements. 19 Community Avenue, Unit 2 Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2X9 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 • Fax: 888.407.9498 USED OIL FURNACES & BOILERS [SALES & SERVICE]

Fort Garry Industries 1440 Highland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 • Fax: 204.571.5982 WINNIPEG

Fort Garry Industries

2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 • Fax: 204.956.1786 ONTARIO


Fort Garry Industries 731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 • Fax: 905.564.8455 SUDBURY

Fort Garry Industries C-112 Fielding Road Lively, ON P3Y 1L5 Toll Free: 866.328.7725 Tel: 705.222.1042

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C & R Transmission Service Ltd. Minimizer Minimizer has been in business for over 30 years. If it’s on/in a heavy duty truck and can be made of polymers, Minimizer is the brand most trusted.We have the only lifetime guarantee in the industry with products proven where it matters most – on trucks & trailers.

500 Minimizer Way S.E. Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 Toll Free: 800.248.3855 Tel: 507.583.2112 • Fax: 507.583.7540 TRUCK SALES, LEASING, PARTS & SERVICE

Your Complete Driveline Service Center. Authorized Allison Overhaul & Maintenance Dealer. Large Inventory of the Most Popular Clutches, Transmissions & Differentials. Factory-Trained Rebuilders & 9 Service Bays.

13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 • Fax: 905.642.2293

Maximum Powertrain

De-On Supply Inc. DSI is the world’s largest distributor and service provider for Clean Burn, the largest seller of used oil furnaces & boilers. Clean Burn stands head & shoulders above the competition due to its innovative technology and quality manufacturing. Sale & Service from Coast to Coast.

1595 Lobsinger Line, R.R.#1 Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8 Toll Free: 800.824.4115 Toll Free Fax: 888.626.7843 VEHICLE DELIVERY

We specialize in rebuilding ALL makes of High Quality Differentials, Transmissions,

Gerry’s Truck Centre “Your Complete Transportation Business Partner.”

4049 Eastgate Cres. London, ON N6L 1B7 Toll Free: 800.363.4380 Tel: 519.652.2100 • Fax: 519.652.6593

Mid-Range and Steering Gears. We offer competitive price on all units sold. We have all ratios and models in stock! Fast, Honest and Reliable Service! We pick up and deliver!

116 Orenda Road, Unit 7 Brampton, ON L6W 3W6 Tel: 647.629.8035 Fax: 289.752.4565

Compass Vehicle Delivery Inc. All types of vehicles delivered across North America, which includes specializing in fleet relocation.

P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 16693 Old Hwy 2 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Toll Free: 888.992.9676 Tel: 613.392.9676 www.compassvehicledelivery

Construction • Forestry • Petro Chemical • Utility • Mining • Agriculture • Municipal • Highway • Urban Delivery • Construction



The overwhelming segment of the Canadian truck market is vocational class 3 – 6 purpose-built work trucks and trailers. • Aggregate • Mining / Mining Exploration • Agriculture Produce / Grain • Municipal • Agriculture, livestock, feed and seed • Power Generation • Auto-hauler • Urban Logistics • Construction • Utilities • Tanker • Container • Heavy Haulers: Flat Deck, Low Bed • Waste Management • Logging


VOCATIONAL TRUCK & TRAILER Published monthly as an insert in the WP Publications

• Ontario Trucking News • Western Trucking News • Eastern Trucking News

Is my ad seen by my target demographic? Answer: Only if your target audience reads the publication, or visits the website. Readershp vs Receivership… what’s the difference? Is the publication I advertise in actually read… or does it end up in the waiting room pile? There are a multitude of trade publications received monthly… and there just isn’t time to read them all, so there are usually one or two that become favorites… and they are the ones that provide the desired editorial. Answer: The decision makers in all trucking operations prefer editorial covering new techology, parts & components, and truck maintenance. This has been proven by every survey that asks the question. The Woodward Publishing Team Barb Woodward, owner, Sales Manager and President of Woodward Publishing Inc. With 16 years experience in publishing, the past 12 in trucking, Barb knows what works. Previously, Barb worked with several construction and automotive publications. Marek Krasuski, Editor-in-chief, brings to Woodward Publishing a diverse educational and journalism background. Marek has years of experience working on vocational publications and weekly newspapers. Chris Charles, Art Director and MIS, Responsible for the layout of all three publications, Chris employs his expertise in helping clients design and create contemporary, effective and attractive advertisements and front page features. Halina Mikicki, Account Executive, fluent in English, French and Polish, – continues to support our efforts to reach out to the nation’s many cultural communities. Halina has market research experience gained through participation in many projects involving national and multi-national clients. Veronica Way, Account Executive, with a career in sales and customer service as a manager in the hospitality industry. For the past two and a half years with Woodward Publishing Veronica has applied both helping clients reach their advertising objectives. Mike Whalen, Business Development, following decades long career in hands-on sales and marketing that includes trade magazine publishing, Mike will help customers extend their advertising and promotional reach into the vocational truck market, the dominant market segment in Canada.

Toll Free: 877.225.2232 October 2017   27

Left Lane Associates


Don’t Even Think of Selling Your Business Without an Outside Agent

hen I’m not helping customers buy or sell transportation companies I’ve been known to hang around the odd hockey rink. In fact, I have always fancied myself as a bit of a connoisseur of our national pastime. However, for a long time, I never understood why hockey players used agents to negotiate their contracts. It seemed like a lot of money to pay someone when you could do the work yourself. Then Darcy Tucker, former Maple Leafs agitator-turned-player-agent, connected the dots for me. Negotiating a hockey contract is an exhausting process that takes a skill set very few players possess. Agents act as a buffer between the player and team during the emotionally charged process, which almost always gets negative and personal. While this is going on in the boardroom, the player has to make sure the negotiations don’t affect his on-ice performance and potentially

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By Mike McCarron

cost gazillions in lost income. Selling your business can be similar to negotiating a long-term hockey contract. You might only get one kick at the can, so don’t screw it up because you’re too cheap or too proud to get help. You want maximum return for your years of blood, sweat, and tears so this is why you’re crazy if you don’t have a Darcy Tucker on your M&A team. MILK THE PROCESS Picking an advisor is a job in itself. It’s critical that you hire a professional who has a proven track record in the transportation industry. Every candidate you talk to will have his own unique perspective on your deal. Milk this interview process for as much free advice as you can, even if you don’t hire someone. DON’T BE BULLIED When you add an expert to your team you send a powerful message to the market that you’re serious about buying or selling. Instantly you have someone

you can count on to carry the puck for you during this long and arduous process. SHOCK ABSORBERS M&A advisors will take the hits so you can skate free. Most company leaders (me included) are pretty thin-skinned. While you’re extolling the positives of your business, they’re extolling the negatives. By taking the body shots on your behalf, advisors keep the process moving forward and limit the amount of “deal fatigue” that sets in. BIAS OF EXISTING PROFESSIONALS Getting advice from your existing lawyers and accountants is a huge mistake. Unless it’s their specialty, very few professionals know anything about selling companies. In fact, they’re prime examples of how “a little information” can be dangerous. Your existing advisors have a vested interest in you hanging around forever. The day your deal closes is the day they lose a client. The more important your

business is to their bottom line, the more likely they are to steer you toward the status quo. I have zero doubt that the chances of a successful outcome are significantly increased when you hire a professional advisor. Time to call Darcy! Mike is currently the President of Left Lane Associates a company that helps C-Suites “monetize” their transportation company. He can be contacted at or followed on Twitter @AceMcC.


Business Insurance Matters


By Linda Colgan

Small Business & Proposed Tax Changes

e all know that there are two subjects one should never discuss without welcoming arguments where there is no solution. One of which is politics. One that in the past few weeks has really captured the attention and concern of many. The Liberal government has clearly indicated that it is their mandate to “close the loopholes” for the wealthy created through tax advantages in setting up corporations. The government has indicated that there are three areas that will be targeted. These are income splitting, income curbing for passive income investment, and conversion of corporate regular income into capital gains (lower tax advantages). It has been voiced that by attacking the 1% of the “rich” this will thrust approximately 250 million in tax dollars back into the coffer at Parliament Hill. The entrepreneurial minded individuals assume a large risk in setting up their own companies. They are no longer pro-

tected by the comforts of WSIB nor are they paid by unemployment insurance if their company fails. They are not protected by labour laws. If their business is unsuccessful, there is no severance paid to the owner of the corporation. Labour laws don’t protect the owner from any debt owed to CRA. The spirited energy is now lassoed by the fact that any debt to the Government must be paid ~ with interest. The small carrot of tax advantages is the reward for the endless angst held by the owner of a corporation. This was meant as an incentive to create job opportunities. We need to encourage and provide opportunities to those taking the highest risks. If a company is successful it only suffices to say that job opportunities will be created and thus the obvious domino of economic stimulation surfaces. The government states that they will be focusing on the 1% of professionals, farmers and others within high income

earning brackets. They will create “testing” for those who capitalize on income sprinkling to ensure that the family members hired actually spend the time dedicated to the company. How does this new focus of our government affect the transportation community? What about owner operators who have set up a business? If the government deems the company is a sole proprietor - how will this affect a carrier who now pays the individual company? Will this translate to the owner operator being an employee? How will this affect the carrier’s WSIB? We will see where this all falls in the near future. The government is going to pot….oh yes, did we mention that will be legal in 2018? Linda Colgan has been an Insurance Broker in the transportation industry since 1986 and is a Senior Account Executive with Bryson and Associates Insurance Brokers Inc. To contact Linda, call 416.809.3103 or feel free to email

Linda at


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Women In Trucking


Possible Reason for Recent High Driver Turnover Rates

recent report from Stay Metrics, a driver engagement platform, stated that of the 100 professional drivers hired today, 33 of them will quit within three months and another 22 percent will be gone within six months. These numbers should tell us something. It’s not only difficult to attract and retain drivers, it’s expensive. The American Trucking Associations reported a slight increase in recent turnover rates at large fleets, despite remaining at what they called “historically low levels.” The turnover rate or the percentage of drivers who leave a fleet on a calendar basis is at 74 percent. What if 74 percent of your recruiters left every year? What if 74 percent of your human resource department left every year? Why do we accept this level of “resignations” from our drivers? When I want insight from professional drivers I turn to the nearly 11,000 members on our Facebook page.  Recently I asked them to offer a piece of advice for recruiters. The response was overwhelm-

30    October 2017

By Ellen Voie

ing, and most of the comments were about honesty. In fact, nearly every posting was about being misled by a recruiter. “They set the stage for [the] driver’s experience,” wrote Kim. “If it starts out with lies, the driver will always have a bit of resentment the whole time they’re [with the carrier].” Many of the comments were about understanding what a driver is looking for at a carrier. “Please do not try to just let me fill a seat,” said Pam, “instead, find out if the company and myself would be a good fit.” The drivers felt the recruiters weren’t looking out for the driver’s best interest, but spent more time selling the company than listening. “Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear,” wrote Cheyenne. Many of the remarks were advice on being honest about the negatives as well as the positives about a company. Deb wrote, “Don’t waste everyone’s time and money by not stating the job properly and [not revealing] all the company’s policies from accepting loads to home time.”

Another theme from the drivers was about the relationship after the driver is hired. Recruiters should continue to stay in touch to ensure the driver is not becoming unhappy with the carrier. A misunderstanding reported by the drivers was that their home time was not as promised. Stay Metrics found that men are more likely to leave a company because they want more home time. Women reportedly leave due to equipment issues. Although a pet policy wasn’t high on the list of recruiters’ misconceptions it was mentioned a number of times by drivers.

From the number of pets to the size and even the breed type, recruiters gave the wrong information to drivers with pets. “Called a company and they said all the pets would be no problem,” wrote Kari, “[then I] show up for orientation and the policy is one pet,” she added. Stop lying, be honest, present the truth, and similar remarks were the top advice suggestions from the group. The solution seems simple enough as stated by Angela….”honesty please”. Contact Ellen at



Sudbury Petro-Pass Hosts Successful Driver Appreciation Day BY MAREK KRASUSKI


or several years now the PetroPass Truck Stop at 3070 Regent Street in Sudbury has shown its appreciation to the trucking community with a Driver Appreciation Day, typically a week or so prior to National Trucking Week. This year was no exception when on August 25, the date of this year’s event, truckers veered into the facility to refuel, freshen up, and partake in the festivities offered by Petro-Pass and corporate sponsors. Assistant Manager Kathie Russell highlighted the events and the contribution of those who stepped up to the plate to show their support for truckers. “We had a beautiful day where many visitors, truckers and supporters of the industry were treated to free hot dogs, water, coffee, cake and cookies. We also appreciated the contribution of our corporate partners. Cookies were donated by Fresh and Fancy Bakery. Prizes and giveaways were donated by Coca-Cola, Wood Wyant, Great Lakes Pizza, D.A.S., Nestlé Ice Cream and others,” she said. Entertainment was also local fare and provided by broadcaster Sophie from Sudbury’s KICK Radio. Representatives

from 4 Champ Animal Rescue were also on hand to draw attention to the needs of our furry friends. Sudbury Petro-Pass has earned a stellar reputation over the years, not only for its annual tribute to drivers, but also for its breadth and quality of services. Under the stewardship of business agent Norm Theriault it has won the Best Sites In Ontario Award for several years, an objective testament to its level of service and customer satisfaction. The award is based on several criteria, one of which is the quality of staff to which Theriault attributes top marks. Their friendliness and willingness to help are well known to truckers and other patrons who frequent the establishment. Other determinations for the excellence award are organization, sales volume, cleanliness, and public access to the owner who is frequently there to help run the operation and address patron concerns. Theriault says that drivers can park overnight free of charge and when cramped for space, they can park in front of the store if necessary. Home cooked food is brought in fresh daily and drivers can choose from shepherd’s’ pie, meat

pies, meatloaf, cabbage rolls, sandwiches, muffins, cookies and more. The Sudbury Petro-Pass has hosted the event for several years, including the hallmark year of 2013 when the establish-

ment celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful operations. Norm Theriault says he looks forward to future years of success serving the commercial driving community.


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Another New Greaseless Product from Minimizer


looming Prairie, Minnesota – Already well known for its line of greaseless products, Minimizer is unveiling yet another option for truck drivers – the Insert-Style Slick Plate. The Insert-Style Slick Plate is specifically designed for trucks that have Holland fifth wheels with built-in lube plate inserts. These models include the Holland FWAL, FW31 and FW33 fifth wheels. “Minimizer’s new InsertStyle Slick Plate compliments our line of other greaseless products that truly do help truck drivers get rid of that mess with a solution that lasts

longer and costs less in the long run,” Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. “We’re excited to offer this solution for customers that are looking for the longest lasting insert on the market today.” The Insert-Style Slick Plate joins the 5th Wheel Slick Plate, Trailer Slick Plate, and Slick Disk as Minimizer products designed to ‘lose the grease.’ “Nobody likes grease,” Kruckeberg said. I hated when I had to clean grease off my father’s truck, but in those days, you had no choice. Now you do.” By using the Minimizer

Insert-Style Slick Plate, truck drivers and fleets no longer have to grease the fifth wheel’s top plate. It simply makes things easier and cleaner, plus it saves money. “All of our products are Tested & Tortured to save you time or money,” Kruckeberg said. “The Insert-Style Slick Plate does both. This product will save you money on grease and the messy time it takes to grease the fifth wheel plate.” To find a Minimizer distributor where you can order the Insert-Style Slick Plate, simply visit www. or call 800.248.3855.



Fast Flap Mounting Bracket is a “No-Brainer”


looming Prairie, Minnesota – More than a year removed from their launch, Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to sell like hotcakes for vocational trucks bolting directly to the body or truck box. There is just one issue – there isn’t a way to use Fast Flaps on standard tractors and trailers.. The Fast Flap Mounting Bracket is designed to accommodate Fast Flaps on all major truck and trailer applications. The Fast Flap mud flap hangers simply bolt directly to the frame bracket. “This is a no-brainer,”

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Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. “It takes no time to install and it saves you money in so many ways.” Manufactured with carbon steel and powder coated black, the Fast Flap Mounting Bracket attaches to the frame, thanks to multiple slotted holes designed to fit most patterns commonly found on trucks and trailers. The holes on the bracket arm are pre-drilled to easily attach Fast Flaps. “Fast Flaps have been a major winner for us, and the new Fast Flap Mounting Bracket makes things

even easier,” Kruckeberg said. “They’re a match made in heaven!” To find a Minimizer distributor where you can order the Fast Flap Mounting Bracket, visit or call 800.248.3855.



New Long Haul Mattress with Lifetime Guarantee


looming Prairie, Minnesota – A year after introducing their Long Haul Series Seat, Minimizer is growing their #RespectTheDriver brand by releasing a mattress that is designed and specified for professional, over-the-road truck drivers. And this is no ordinary mattress. “My engineers researched mattresses for over a year and found a big gap with what’s available in a home mattress versus a truck mattress,” Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg said. “It shouldn’t be like that. Why would truck drivers be expected to sleep on something inferior to what the rest of the world has available? So we set out to make the finest mattress available for professional drivers. Based on test feedback, I’m confident we hit a home run!” Minimizer engineers also included doctors in the search for the perfect truck mattress. “Sure, we want a comfortable mattress, but it has to be healthy, too. A good night’s sleep can make a BIG difference in quality of life,” Kruckeberg said. The new Long Haul Series Mattress is made using 100 percent natural, organic latex foam. Unlike memory foam, which retains body heat and conforms around your body, latex offers breathability and buoyancy, regulating your temperature as

you sleep and reacting instantly to sleeping position changes. Simply put, it’s the best mattress material available on the market today. Minimizer backs this with a lifetime guarantee. “When you warm up at night, you tend to sweat,” Dr. Kelly Nesvold of Wellness 1st Chiropractic said. “When you sweat, you’re going to have a tendency to wake up more and lose quality of sleep. Latex has the ability to keep you cool all night long.”

The Minimizer Mattress also offers dual comfort, with a soft side for side sleepers and a firm side for stomach and back sleepers. “This mattress has all the bases covered,” Kruckeberg said. “There isn’t a better mattress available. I personally tested one on my home bed and i t ’s s t i l l there!” T h e Minimizer mattress is also naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic, meaning drivers will not find mold, mildew,

bacteria or dust mites living in their mattress. This can also have a big impact on quality of sleep. “When you think of allergens, you think of congestion,” Dr. Nesvold said. “A congested airway is a partially closed airway, so that person is not going to breathe as well at night and they’re not going to get as much oxygen. Sleep apnea is a huge issue in the trucking industry, so we want to make sure people have open airways and are breathing well, and a latex mattress helps bring that to the table.” To learn more about the Minimizer Long Haul Series Mattress, visit www.minimizer. com, where you can ask for a quote or find a local distributor near you.



Fast Flaps Top 50 New Products


looming Prairie, Minnesota – Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to build their reputation as an innovative problem-solver by earning the product’s second industry award. Equipment Today magazine has named Fast Flaps one of its 2017 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products, the construction industry’s only award program based on

consumer feedback. Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without creating any holes in the flap or sacrificing strength. It takes more than 500 pounds of pressure to detach a mud flap from the Fast Flaps stainless steel bar. See the product in action at www. The 2017 Contractors’ Top 50 New

Products are compiled based on reader inquiries from Equipment Today magazine as well as user engagement on The first Fast Flaps video on Minimizer’s Facebook page has over a million impressions, and it’s one of the most popular products across their social media.


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Tell the Ministry What You Think is Needed for Southern Ontario Truck Stops


Study of Truck Parking and Rest Areas in Southern Ontario is being undertaken for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation by SPR Associates.

The study involves consultations with key Canadian and Ontario trucking associations and will identify ways to address the shortage of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) truck


“Take Our Kids to Work” Day


ttawa, Ontario – On November 1, 2017 grade nine students across Canada will spend the day in a parent, friend or volunteer’s workplace learning about a possible career path. Take Our Kids to WorkTM day is a national program highlighting a range of careers to help students connect school, work, and their future plans. Trucking HR Canada has joined up with The Learning Partnership, a national organization dedicated to promoting and advancing publicly funded education, to champion this event – and we’re asking you to take part. “This program offers trucking employers a unique opportunity to showcase their workplace and get up-and-coming workers excited about careers in trucking,” says David Bradley, Acting CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Last year, 60% of Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers participated in the program – and we’re asking even more fleets to take part this year.” Millennials are now the

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largest cohort in the Canadian workforce, yet are still largely under-represented in the trucking industry. A recent study prepared for the Canadian Trucking Alliance predicts a driver gap of 34,000 by 2024, and the ratio of younger to older workers continues to increase. The average age of a Canadian truck driver is 49.7 years, older than the average Canadian worker, and less than 15% of drivers are between 25 – 34 years old. But our industry can reverse this trend by showing young people that trucking is a welcoming profession with plenty of possibilities. Employer participation in this program is meant to expose young people to trucking early so they consider this profession down the road. To learn more about the program, including tips for involving students, and to download an employer resources toolkit for Take Our Kids to WorkTM, visit the Trucking HR Canada website at:, or contact us directly at: Trucking HR Canada is a national partnershipbased organization that is dedicated to developing, sharing and promoting the trucking industry’s best practices in human resources and training. For further information, contact David Bradley, Acting Chief Executive Officer by email theTeam@ or call 613.244.4800.


parking along Southern Ontario highways. Consultation sessions will be held in Ottawa (October 10); Toronto (October 17); and London (October 24). A major part of the study involves a survey of truck drivers who use Ontario’s southern highways (including drivers from across

Canada and the US). This survey will be on-line in November 2017. Results from the study will be used to:  estimate specific needs for additional truck parking in Southern Ontario; and recommend ways of improving the availability and quality of Commercial Motor Vehicle

(CMV) truck parking along Ontario highways. Consultation sessions with SPR and MTO staff will be held: Ottawa (October 10, 2017 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm) Toronto (October 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm) London (October 24, 2017 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

To obtain information about the consultations and the overall study, please visit: http://www. If you have any questions about the study, please contact the Study Director, Ted Harvey, at: ted.harvey@



Innovative “RapidStrap” Saves Time & Reduces Fatigue During Tie Downs BY MAREK KRASUSKI


f there is any industry that is time sensitive, it’s trucking. On-time deliveries are critical for any successful company to keep their clients happy. So it stands to reason that any procedure or equipment that saves time and promptly puts truckers back on the road would be indispensible. RapidStrap is the product of an innovative company, HB Distribution, which harnessed its

resources to build a product that saves truckers time. RapidStrap is a unique and patented solution that efficiently winds cargo straps on trailers. This portable, handheld device features a pinion which is inserted into the core of a strap roller. A drill is then used on the tool’s housing to automatically roll the pinion quickly and efficiently wind the strap. Constructed of aluminium and steel, the RapidStrap is adaptable to most drills. The universal bracket is also designed to offer different configurations of sockets on

the drill, and the housing comes loose from the bracket to allow for easy installation of the drill. According to a company spokesperson RapidStrap is a simple but efficient way to wind up straps, regardless of weather. Drivers using the RapidStrap confirm its ease of use and speed, even when straps are stiff from ice and cold. Noted one happy customer, “Now that I’ve used it, it’s really indispensible. When you get one you won’t want to work without it anymore.” Drivers, too, were more than impressed by the results, especially by saving at least 50 percent more time in ideal c o n d i t i o n s . Ti m e s a v i n g s increased significantly – up to 90 Percent – in winter conditions. Some drivers also reported an absence of shoulder fatigue that may result from the manual winding of stiff straps in cold climates. Designed to greatly improve working conditions, save time, and provide relief from fatigue, RapidStrap is exclusively available from HB Distribution, confirms the company. “We are the only company

allowed to build and distribute this innovative and cost effective tool,” it says. The company also offers a roll and store accessory as a storage option. It’s adaptable to flatbeds and comes with a 1 year full warranty. RapidStrap, which is also backed by a full one year warranty, can be purchased for $199, and is payable by major credit

cards and PayPal. For a full demonstration of the RapidStrap’s ease of use and time saving benefits, visit the website and video presentation at, or contact the company directly at 418.239.0827, and the link to order is The address is 210, Lucien Beauchamp, Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC G8L 6H2.


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L’heure est venue de se préparer pour les routes d’hiver PAR MAREK KRASUSKI


e mois de Septembre est un rappel à l’ordre pour tous. Les températures plus froides, le changement des couleurs et de l’odeur des bois nous avertissent que l’hiver est presque arrivé. Nous avons le choix de soit ignorer cet avertissement et de nous lancer dans la première tempête d’hiver sans préparation, ou de prendre les mesures nécessaires au préalable pour mitiger les risques d’endommagement aux véhicules et aux conducteurs. Les camionneurs, surtout, ne peuvent pas se permettre d’ignorer ces signes précurseurs. Se préparer pour l’hiver est une priorité pour la sécurité, pour s’assurer que les livraisons soient à l’heure, et pour éviter des pénalités IUVU pour conduite d’un véhicule non sécuritaire. Se préparer pour l’hiver requiert une approche unie sur plusieurs fronts pour que tous les éléments de sécurité fonctionnent à l’unisson. Les pneus, les freins, les lubrifiants, et les systèmes de chauffage ne sont que quelques-unes des cibles qui requièrent de l’attention pour se prémunir contre les conditions imprévisibles et potentiellement dangereuses de l’hiver. Les additifs de carburant jouent un rôle dans cette approche sur plusieurs fronts, en partie parce qu’ils facilitent l’allumage du moteur par temps froid, en partie parce qu’ils permettent de conserver de l’essence. Les additifs peuvent assurer que les cinq propriétés essentielles du diésel soient plus fiables. Les niveaux de cétane élevés améliorent l’allumage du moteur et la marche au ralenti, et ils permettent un réchauffement plus rapide et moins de fumée par temps froid. Les additifs vont augmenter le niveau de cétane dans les carburants de qualité inférieure. Exposer un moteur au froid menace la viscosité des lubrifiants. Si les températures chutent, les lubrifiants peuvent se densifier. Les moteurs doivent donc travailler plus fort et cela peut causer des pannes d’équipement. Brian Humphrey, un expert de Petro-Canada dans le domaine et chroniqueur pour la présente revue, discute les mérites de remplacer les huiles avec des alternatives mieux adaptées au froid. « Un lubrifiant à faible viscosité est plus capable de se mouvoir rapidement dans la machinerie, maintenant ainsi l’équipement au frais et en état de fonctionnement. Un climat plus froid nécessite une huile de moteur à plus faible viscosité, sinon le flux d’huile ne sera pas suffisant ou adéquat pour protéger les pièces de moteur essentielles. De plus, le groupe motopropulseur et le système 36    October 2017

hydraulique du véhicule peuvent subir une amélioration de leur efficacité en utilisant les huiles les moins visqueuses qui soient permises par les exigences du fabricant d’équipement d’origine en température ambiante, » dit-il. Kevin Ferrick est gestionnaire pour Engine Oil Licensing au American Petroleum Institute (API). Il confirme les affirmations de Humphrey sur les mérites des huiles à moindre viscosité, et il en souligne aussi les bénéfices en matière d’économie de carburant. «  Selon la Fuel Efficiency Confidence Report (rapport sur la confiance de l’efficacité énergétique),  » dit-il, «  les flottes autoroutières de classe 8 peuvent s’attendre de manière réaliste à des économies en carburant d’entre 0.5% et 1.5% en utilisant des huiles de moteur 5W- et 10W-30 CJ-4 ou CK-4 plutôt que des huiles 15W-40. Et basculer vers l’huile FA-4, au rendement énergétique efficace peut ajouter encore entre 0.4 et 0,7% aux économies d’essence. Une discussion sur la conduite en hiver ne serait pas complète sans un chapitre sur les systèmes de chauffage. Il y a des fournisseurs de systèmes de chauffage et chauffe-moteurs à la pointe de la technologie, comme Webasto et Espar. Les systèmes de chauffage servent à réchauffer les espaces intérieurs comme la zone de la cabine où se situe la couchette, tandis que les chauffe-moteurs servent à préchauffer le moteur et le garder chaud quand il fait très froid. Les experts mettent en garde que les camions qui roulent dans les climats froids sans le bénéfice d’un chauffe-moteur subissent une détérioration accélérée. Les chauffe-moteurs réduisent aussi la consommation d’essence associée avec un allumage de moteur à froid. Dans une étude de cas menée par la ville de Portland, on a découvert que les moteurs à diésel équipé d’un chauffe-moteur utilisaient 0.2 gallons d’essence pour démarrer le moteur, plutôt que les 1 à 3 gallons brulés par heure de préchauffage en marche au ralenti nécessaires quand on ne dispose pas d’un chauffe-moteur. Les moteurs à diésel sans chauffe-moteur requièrent entre 30 et 60 minutes de marche au ralenti pour suffisamment préchauffer leur moteur. Les chauffemoteurs éliminent ainsi un temps de marche au ralenti non nécessaire en préchauffant le moteur avant de démarrer, ce qui réduit de façon important l’usure du moteur. Et vu les prix de carburant actuels, pour le camion moyen, les solutions de chauffage de moteur qui évitent de devoir tourner au ralenti se rentabilisent en 12 semaines. Mais au-delà d’un basculement vers

l’usage d’huiles moins visqueuses et de l’installation de chauffe-moteurs, il est possible de réduire les risques d’accidents en cas de conditions routières dangereuses en suivant quelques règles simples. D’abord, il faut vérifier son véhicule pour s’assurer que le laveglace est plein, que les essuie-glaces fonctionnent, et qu’un traitement de carburant est utilisé pour prévenir contre le gel. Ensuite, planifiez votre route, cherchez des relais routiers et vérifiez les conditions météorologiques avant de partir. Concentrez-vous sur la route et les véhicules proches du vôtre et gardez l’œil ouvert pour tout reflet de lumière sur la route, car ceux-ci indiquent la présence de verglas. La planification en anticipation de l’hiver est aussi le moment idéal pour songer à acheter des produits pour contrôler la rouille, car les routes seront bientôt couvertes de sel et de produits anti-verglas. La corrosion coute environ $50 milliards par an selon de conseil sur la technologie et l’entretien. Fait surprenant, la corrosion est un pire problème aujourd’hui qu’auparavant. Le sel gemme, alias chlorure de sodium, traditionnellement réussissait bien à faire fondre la glace et la neige, mais il y a maintenant plusieurs années, les autorités du transport dans les provinces canadiennes et les états américains sujets aux fortes tombées de neige se sont rendues compte que le chlorure de magnésium et le chlorure de calcium fonctionnaient de manière encore plus efficace que le sel, s’ils

étaient appliqués en phase liquide, et accéléraient d’avantage le déglaçage des routes. La meilleure défense contre la corrosion est une offensive soutenue, à commencer avec le nettoyage régulier des véhicules et des remorques. Pour ce qui est des revêtements de protection, les experts découragent d’appliquer des couches épaisses de cire ou de goudron. Si de l’humidité, la cause principale de la corrosion, est piégée dans un revêtement imperméable, il en résulte de la condensation d’eau sans évaporation. Les experts sur l’industrie de la corrosion sont d’accord sur au moins un point capital : la clé pour tout matériel cherchant à inhiber la formation de rouille est sa capacité à séparer l’humidité du métal. En bref, ralentir la corrosion a du sens, financièrement, car cela réduit les couts d’entretien au long terme. Enfin, un bref mot sur le choix de pneus. Le choix de pneus de saison devrait être basé sur la capacité de charge, cherchant une traction maximale et un dessein de bande suffisamment agressif pour pourvoir gérer les routes glissantes. Quand vous mesurez la profondeur des sculptures de bande, c’est une erreur de n’utiliser la gauge de profondeur qu’en un point choisi au hasard, selon un article publié par Pressure Systems International. Nous ne sommes peut-être qu’en septembre, mais vu tout ce qu’il y a à faire pour préparer son véhicule pour l’hiver, mieux vaut s’y prendre le plus longtemps à l’avance possible.




Le Zafety Lug Lock : Sécuriser des Roues et Sauver des Vies PAR GUY HÉBERT


es systèmes de gestion d’écrous de roue de la société canadienne Zafety Lug Lock ont été vendus à plus de quatre millions d’exemplaires à travers le monde et l’inventeur veut maintenant offrir son produit ingénieux sur le marché québécois. Les Zafety Lug Lock sont une marque déposée de Tafcan Consulting Limited, une entreprise de la région de Toronto appartenant à l’inventeur du produit Taffy Davis. Ce dernier a fait breveter ses petites bandelettes de plastique conçues pour subsister à de forts changements de température de -40 à 120 degrés Centigrade. Cette formulation de résistance aux écarts de température permet aux Zafety Lug Lock de fonctionner dans toutes les conditions routières. Les bandelettes qui se fixent à deux écrous à la fois, ont une force suffisante et une rétention élastique pour garder les écrous en place malgré les énormes forces centrifuges qu’ils subissent sur des roues de véhicules lourds roulant à haute vitesse. Les Zafety Lug Lock sont le résultat de trois ans de développement et les principales caractéristiques des bandelettes sont de diminuer les vibrations poussant les écrous à devenir lousses avec le temps. En 2013, Taffy Davis a reçu un prestigieux Prix de l’innovation Ernest C. Manning pour son innovation. Lancée

en 1982, la Fondation des Prix Ernest C. Manning a créé une culture d’innovation au Canada et a commencé à découvrir, honorer et récompenser les innovateurs canadiens de tous âges.  La Fondation veut souligner les histoires d’innovateurs canadiens qui améliorent la vie des Canadiens et d’autres personnes à travers le monde grâce à leurs innovations commercialisées. Seul produit du genre à avoir été soumis à une batterie d’essais reconnus, les bandelettes Zafety Lug Lock ont été certifiées comme étant résistantes à plusieurs produits chimiques auxquelles elles ont été exposées comme les sels de fondants à glace, le chlorure de calcium liquide, les alcools de lave vitre, les liquides de radiateur, les fluides hydrauliques et de transmission, l’essence, les oxydes de fer, le diésel, l’éthanol et le locktite. Travaillant avec un manufacturier stéréolithographique et un designer industriel, Taffy Davis a mis plus de six mois à mélanger des produits pour développer la rétention voulue, la résistance à la flexion recherchée avant de concevoir des moules pour confectionner des prototypes. Quelques 18 résines d’ingénierie ont été testées ainsi que des mélanges de ces résines pour arriver au plastique idéal pour son usage. Le produit final comprend des résines de trois producteurs différents car aucune ne pouvait à elle seule offrir la

formulation choisie avec toutes ses propriétés inhérentes. Chacune des matières premières utilisées possède un historique d’applications spéciales dans l’industrie automobile. « Le résultat final est deux produits qui devraient avoir une durée de vie d’une dizaine d’années sous des conditions normales », explique Taffy Davis. Les Zafety Lug Lock peuvent être installés sur des camions de toutes les tailles qui réalisent de nombreuses applications allant sur transport long courrier au transport hors route en passant par les bétonnières et les camions de cueillette d’ordures et de recyclage jusqu’au véhicules militaires et utilitaires ainsi que les équipements de déneigement. Les bandelettes sont également applicables sur les autobus. Le Zafety Lug Lock élimine presque complètement la possibilité qu’un écrou se dévisse à cause des vibrations, ce qui réduit les risques de perte de roue sur la route. La bandelette s’installe facilement sur deux écrous adjacents solidement vissés afin de les sécuriser ensemble. Les écrous peuvent ensuite être vissés ou dévissés sans avoir à enlever la bandelette. Le Zafety Lug Lock a été soumis en de multiples occasions à des tests de durabilité, de température et vibration, de dévissage physique et de vissage. Le Zafety Lug Lock est vendu au Canada, aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie, en Israël et

ailleurs dans le monde. Le Zafety Lug Lock est disponible en diverses largeurs selon la grandeur des roues et en grosseurs différentes pour les écrous ainsi qu’en diverses couleurs. Il en coûte moins de 20$ par essieu ou moins de 100$ par camion pour sécuriser les roues avec le Zafety Lug Lock. De plus, le produit vient avec sa propre garantie de deux ans. Taffy Davis affirme que c’est en regardant une série policière où il a vu un agent mettre des menottes à un suspect qu’il a eu l’idée de développer de petites menottes pour garder en place des écrous de roue et ainsi rendre le transport routier plus sécuritaire. Le Zafety Lug Lock peut même sauver des vies car il arrive que des pertes de roues fassent des victimes.



Les volumes de fret canadiens de TransCore dépassent


oronto, Ontario - Les volumes canadiens de cargaisons de Link Logistics ont poursuivi leur impressionnante lancée en juin, permettant de terminer le premier semestre de 2017 sur une hausse significative. L’indice de fret canadien de Transcore, une mesure en temps réel des volumes du marché des marchandises expédiées par charges entières de camions, a grimpé de 9% en juin par rapport à mai 2017.

Comparativement à l’an dernier, les volumes de juin ont connu une hausse de 45%, surpassant aisément tous les records précédemment établis pour ce mois. Il convient également de noter que les volumes de juin 2017 ont été les deuxièmes plus élevés enregistrés de l’histoire, toutes années confondues. Le record ultime a été atteint en mars 2014. Bilan de mi-année L’activité liée aux volumes de marchan-

dise a connu d’importantes fluctuations au cours de la première moitié de 2017. Après le déclin observé en avril, les volumes se sont lentement ressaisis à la fin du printemps, leur hausse se faisant particulièrement sentir en mai, puis en juin pour terminer le premier semestre de 2017 sur l’atteinte d’un sommet record. Le deuxième trimestre de 2017 a été supérieur au premier par une marge de 7%, et de 38% par rapport au même trimestre de l’an dernier. Les cargaisons intra-canadiennes ont représenté 25% des volumes totaux enregistrés, ce qui représente un bond de 36% sur une base annuelle. Les affichages de cargaisons transfrontalières  ont

compté pour 72% de toutes les données soumises par les utilisateurs de Loadlink, eux aussi affichant des hausse significatives. Les cargaisons en partance du Canada à destination des États-Unis ont crû de 32%, et les cargaisons entrant au Canada ont grimpé en flèche, avec une hausse de 56% sur une base annuelle. Capacité en équipement Le ratio de camions par cargaison a encore décru en juin, atteignant 1,75 camion par cargaison disponible. Il s’agit du ratio le plus bas observé depuis janvier 2015, une amélioration de 42% sur une base annuelle. Au cours de la même période, les affichages d’équipement disponible se sont repliés de 6% par rapport au mois précédent et de 16% sur une base annuelle. Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur TransCore Link Logistics sur le site www., @loadlink sur Twitter, sur YouTube, sur LinkedIn et sur Facebook.


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Welcome to our complimentary Truck Stop Directory. We want to help truckers and travellers find the nearest truck stop on route to their destination. For details on how you can list your truck stop, call Barb Woodward at 613.969.0799 or email ALBERTA


Cougar Fuels Ltd.

5602-54th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2N3 Tel: 780.826.3043 Fax: 780.826.6353 Convenience store, cardlock & showers.


Calgary Husky Travel Centre 2525-32nd Avenue NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6B7 Tel: 403.291.1233











Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass)

Jepson Petroleum Ltd.

AgCom Petroleum Sale Ltd (Petro-Pass) 3240 – 2nd Avenue North Lethbridge, AB T1H 0C6 Tel: 403.527.6411 Fax: 403.380.4267


Husky Travel Centre 5721-44th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 0B3 Tel: 780.872.7089


RoadKing Travel Centre 4949 Barlow Trail SE Calgary, AB T2B 3B5 Tel: 403.569.6251 Fax: 403.235.5095


Husky Travel Centre 561-15th Street SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4W2 Tel: 403.527.5561


Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 732 Highfield Drive, Box 417 Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0 Tel: 403.337.0009 Fax: 403.337.33422 Open 24/7.


Adams Industrial Supplies Inc.

Hours of operation: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday, 24 hrs on our local business number.

Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 4703-45th Avenue Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B1 Tel: 403.845.3369 Fax: 403.845.7838 Open 24/7.


RoadKing Travel Centre Strathcona Inc. 26 Strathmoor Drive Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2B6 Tel: 780.417.9400 Fax: 780.417.9449


Strathmore Husky Travel Centre Suite 201-8020 Sparrow Drive Leduc, AB T9E 7G3 Tel: 780.986.7867 Fax: 780.986.7898 Open 6:00 am to midnight, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, scale, VLT and lounge. 38    October 2017



convenience store with lottery, showers.


Morris Husky Hwy 75 South Morris, MB R0G 1K0 Tel: 204.746.8999 Fax: 204.746.2611 Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant Mon.-Fri. 6am-1pm, Sat. & Sun.

Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 221-2nd Street North, Box 820 Three Hill, AB T0M 2A0 Tel: 403.443.5770 Open 24/7 & Full Service Islands.


Vulcan Auto Truck Stop (Petro-Pass) 108 Service Road, Box 1230 Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0 Tel: 403.485.6905

7 am-11pm, cardlock, ATM,

Dogwood Valley Husky Services 27051 Baker Road Hope, BC V0X 1L3 Tel: 604.869.9443 —


Petro Pass

Flood Hope Husky Travel Centre

Petro Canada-Petro Pass

61850 Flood-Hope Road R.R. #2, Hope, BC V0X 1L2 Tel: 604.869.9214

Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V2



500 Oak Point Highway Tel: 204.949.7292 Fax: 204.949.7295 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking.


7620A Vedder Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 4E8 Tel: 604.858.5113



Husky Travel Centre Chilliwack Husky Travel Centre

315 Ouellette Street Grand Falls, NB E3Z 1A6 Tel: 506.473.5575 Fax: 506.475.9816 Toll Free: 800.361.8322 Driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, internet services, showers, parking & CAT scale.

9206-97th Street R.R. #2, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2 Tel: 250.495.6443


Petro Canada

Winnipeg, MB R2J 0K8

Exit 450, 2600 Mountain Road Moncton, NB E1G 3T6 Tel: 506.859.6000 Fax: 506.859.6005 Open 24-7, convenience store, fast food, ATM & washrooms.

Tel: 204.949.7280


Petro Canada-Petro Pass 928 Marion Street

Fax: 204.949.7288 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game


Nisku Truck Stop

Box 1408 Golden, BC V0A 1H0 Tel: 250.344.6161 Fax: 250.344.2232 Open 8 am-5 pm Mon-Fri, lubes & propane, 24hr cardlock, regular, diesel & diesel mark.

Open 7 days a week.

Serving your transportation & inductrial needs.

541 Premier Road, Box 69 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Toll Free: 888.571.5991 Tel: 403.823.3427 Fax: 403.823.4867

Hwy 27 West & 22 North, RR 3, Site 122, Box 52 Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Tel: 403.638.4930 Fax: 403.638.4383 Open 24/7.

Edmundston Truck Stop

Exit 19, 100 Grey Rock Road Edmundston, NB E7C 0B6 Tel: 506.737.2010 Fax: 506.737.2015 Open 24/7 365 days, full service islands, diesel, cardlock, propane, lubricants, driver’s lounge and business centre, seafood & burger restaurant (Le Pirate de la Mer), convenience store, washrooms, showers (4), laundry facilities, parking for 75 trucks, double car wash & 2 bay pet wash, Wi-Fi, ATM, fax & photocopier.

436 Ridge Road Strathmore, AB T1P 1B5 Tel: 403.934.3522 Fax: 403.934.3555 Email:, Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, showers.

Husky Travel Centre 1340 Trans Canada Hwy Chilliwack Petro-Pass Sicamous, BC V0G 2V0 45461 Yale Road West Tel: 250.836.4675 Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J3 Fax: 280.836.2230 Tel: 604.795.9421 Contact: Shelley Arvandel Fax: 604.792.8931 Open 24-7, restaurant (6 Commercial cardlock open 24hrs, 7 am-10pm), convenience store, days, convenience store open Monshowers, laundry facilities, parking, Fri, 8 am-5 pm, washrooms. photocopier, oil products, ATM & DELTA fax machine.


facilities, showers & parking. NEW BRUNSWICK


Aulac Big Stop 170 Aulac Road

Tobique One Stop

Exit 115, Perth-Andover, NB E7H 0A1 Tel: 506.273.9682 Fax: 506.273.9682 Open 24-7, full-service islands, driver's lounge with large screen, restaurant, satellite TV, convenience store, showers, laundry, parking & free high-speed internet.


Aulac, NB E4L 2X2 Tel: 506.536.1339

Petro Canada Southcoast Petroleum Ltd. 10178 Nordel Court Delta, BC V4G 1J7 Tel: 604.581.3835 Fax: 604.581.3850 Canopy, fax, photocopier, nearby gov’t scale, restaurant & ATM.

room, convenience store, laundry

Fax: 506.536.0579

Brandon Husky Travel Centre 1990-18th Street North Brandon, MB R7C 1B3 Tel: 204.728.7387

Open 24-7, full-service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale.

Salisbury Big Stop

2986 Fredericton Road Salisbury, NB E4J 2G1 Tel: 506.372.3333 Fax: 506.372.0083 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale.




Lincoln Big Stop



Exit 191, 198 Beardsley Road Woodstock, NB E7M 3Z7 Tel: 506.328.2994 Driver’s Fax: 506.325.2148 calving.murraystruckstop@gmail Quick Stop .com 215 Hwy #49 Deseronto, ON K0K 1X0 Open 24-7, full-service islands, Tel: 613.396.3043 driver's lounge & game room, Fax: 613.396.1449 restaurant, convenience store, Open 6 am-10pm, 7 days, Subway, showers, laundry facilities, parking convenience store & parking. & CAT scale & tire sales & service. NOVA SCOTIA



Esso-Dunvegan Truro Heights Big Stop

Hwy 102, Exit 13, 86 Connector Road Truro Heights, NS B2N 5B6 Tel: 902.897.0333 Fax: 902.897.0499 Open 24-7, self service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers & parking.

Hwy 417, Exit 5, 1515 County Road #20 Dunvegan, ON K0C 1J0 Tel: 613.527.1026 or 613.627.2100 Fax: 613.527.2726 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant (Tim Horton’s), convenience store, parking & ATM.




Kingston Husky Truck Stop Antrim Truck Stop

580 White Lake Road Arnprior, ON K7S 3G9 Tel: 613.623.3003 Fax: 613.623.1003 Toll Free: 866.334.4775 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, overnight parking, driver's lounge, CAT scale, garage service facilities, tire service, Western Star truck dealer.


Hwy 401, Exit 632, 2054 Joyceville Road Joyceville, ON K0H 1Y0 Tel: 613.542.3468

Hwy 401, Exit 611, Kingston, ON K7L 4V2 Tel: 613.384.8888 Fax: 613.634.3162 Open 24-7


10 Acre Truck Stop

902 Wallbridge Loyalist Road Belleville, ON K8N 5A2 Tel: 613.966.7017 Fax: 613.962.4495 or Office at 613.966.4740 Restaurant & Store: Mon-Fri 6 am11 pm, Sat 7-8 pm, Sun 7-10 pm, convenience store, hair salon, drug testing, showers, parking, Esso Card Lock & Retail Diesel, Wi-Fi & Fax, laundry facilities & CAT Scale.


Sudbury Petro Pass

2025 County Road 44 Spencerville, ON K0E 1X0 Tel: 613.925.5158 Fax: 613.925.5158 Open 7 days, game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & CAT scale.

3070 Regent Street Sudbury, ON P3E 5H7 Tel: 705.522.8701 Fax: 705.522.4280 Open Mon-Fri. 6 am-11pm, Sat. 8 am-8 pm & sun. 10 am-9 pm, driver's lounge & game room, convenience store (hot food, pizza, chili & soup), laundry facilities, showers & parking.



Angelo’s Truck Stop

Herb’s Travel Plaza Hwy 417, Exit 27, 21160 Service Road Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0 Toll Free: 800.593.4372 Tel: 613.525.2120 Fax: 613.525.1595 Open 24-7 driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, internet services, showers & parking. ONTARIO, NORTHERN

Waubaushene Truck Stop 21 Quarry Road, Box 419 Waubaushene, ON L0K 2L0 Tel: 705.538.2900 Fax: 705.538.0452 ONTARIO, WESTERN

Hwy 417, Exit 110, 3199 Hawthorne Road Behind Ultramar Service Station Ottawa, ON K1G 3V8 Tel: 613.248.9319 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, driver's lounge, showers & shorttime parking.

448 Talbot Street West Leamington, ON N8H 4H6 Tel: 519.326.5231 Fax: 519.322.0189 Card lock open 24 hours, 7 days, convenience store, cash discount, diesel exhaust fluid and coloured fuel.




Flying M Truck Stop


The Sarjeant Co. Ltd. 15 Sarjeant Drive Barrie, ON L4N 4V9 Toll Free Tel: 800.461.8475 Tel 705.728.2460 Fax: 705.728.8643 Open 24-7, full-service islands, DEF at pumps, restaurant, parking.


Windsor Husky Travel Centre


Hwy 401, Exit 14, 4040 Essex County Road 46 Tecumseh, ON N0R 1K0 Tel: 519.737.6401

Trucker’s Haven



Hwy 401, Exit 230 (on TA site), 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 7V6 Tel: 519.421.3144 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, convenience store, washrooms, showers, driver's lounge & overnight parking.

Hwy 401, Exit 250, 806607 Oxford Road Drumbo, ON N0J 1G0 Tel: 519.463.5088 Fax: 519.463.5628

Bradford Husky Travel Centre Hwy 400 & 88, 3479 Simcoe County Road 88 Bradford, ON L3Z 2A4 Tel: 905.775.5794

NORTH BAY 3060 Hwy 11 North North Bay, ON P1B 8K2 Tel: 705.474.8410 Fax: 705.495.4076 Toll Free: 888.474.8410 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & truck repairs within 2 km.

Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair & Truck Stop

336 Kenora Avenue Hamilton, ON L8E 2W2 Tel: 905.561.4712 Fax: 905.561.7757 Open 24-7 for cardlock, open 7 am-12 am Mon-Fri, 7 am-5 pm Sat, closed Sunday, full-service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, showers & parking.


Petro-Pass Kitchener

120 Conestoga College Blvd. Kitchener, ON N2P 2N6 Tel: 519.748.5550 Fax: 519.748.9656 Driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, showers & CAT scale.



Estevan Husky Travel Centre 201-4th Street Estevan, SK S4A 0T5 Tel: 306.634.3109


Husky Bulk Sales 210 North McDonald Street Regina, SK S4N 5W3 Tel: 306.721.6880 —

Regina Husky Travel Centre 1755 Prince of Wales Drive Regina, SK S4Z 1A5 Tel: 306.789.3477

London Husky Travel Centre Hwy 401 & 74 (Exit 195 off 401), 3391 Westchester Bourne Belmont, ON N0L 1B0 Tel: 519.644.0200

Irving Oil 5918, Rue Notre Dame Est Montreal, QC H1N 2C5 Tel: 514.257.8626 Fax: 514.259.0910 Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience store & laundry facilities



North Bay Truck Stop Ultramar

Johnny’s Gas Bar

7340 Colonel Talbot Road London, ON N6L 1H8 BEAMSVILLE Tel: 519.652.2728 Shell Travel Centre Fax: 519.652.6554 QEW, Exit 64, 4673 Ontario Street Open 24 hrs, 6 days, full-service Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.8816 islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, Fax: 905.563.4770 convenience store, ATM, internet services, showers, garage on Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience premises & parking. store, weigh scale, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking. WINDSOR






Open 24-7, Irving FP Solution I-24, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, free overnight parking.

Murray’s Truck Stop



Hwy 401, Exit 538, 25 Bellevue Drive (rear of Ultramar Service Station) Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5 Tel: 613.771.1755 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, showers,short–time parking & driver's lounge.

415 Nevers Road Waasis, NB E3B 9E1 Tel: 506.446.4444 Driver Fax: 506.446.4455





Petro-T / Host Depanneur


Petro Canada-Petro Pass 402-51st Street East Saskatoon, SK S7K 7L1 Tel: 306.934.6766 Fax: 306.668.6110 Driver's lounge, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers, scale & parking.


Husky Travel Centre 1510 South Service Road West (Trans Canada Hwy 1 West) Swift Current, SK S9H 3T1 Tel: 306.773.6444

Transport City Service Ltd

2615 North Service Road West Hwy 132 Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Kahnawake, QC J0L 1B0 Tel: 306.773.2063 Tel: 450.635.7638 Fax: 306.773.6604 Fax: 450.635.0178 Open 24/7, ATM, Full Service Islands (retail), Esso “Key to the Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience Highway” Card Lock DSL, Internet, store, accommodations, showers, Restaurant (6:00 am-10:00 pm), parking, ATM, Internet Services and Showers, Convenience Store, APP Rewards Program. Laundry Facilities, Parking. October 2017   39



A A&A Exhaust Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Ontario Trucking News Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Aird & Berlis, LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Ontario Trucking News Autobahn Freight Lines Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Ontario Trucking News

B Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario Trucking News

C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Continental Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Contract Express Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Ontario Trucking News

D Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Trucking News Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

E Eassons Transportation Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Trucking News Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc.. . . . . . . . . . 10 Western Trucking News Empire Transportation Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Ontario Trucking News

F Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario Trucking News FLO-Components Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ontario Trucking News

G Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Ontario Trucking News Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Eastern & Western Trucking News Gin-Cor Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

I International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 46 Ontario Trucking News



Automated Lubrication Systems FLO-Components Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ontario Trucking News Battery Sales TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Ontario Trucking News Cargo Control Products Rapid Strap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Coffee Products Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Trucking News Diesel Performance Products Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Mobilizz Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Employment Opportunities Autobahn Freight Lines Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Contract Express Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Eassons Transportation Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Empire Transportation Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 46 Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Laidlaw Carriers Tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Star Van Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Xan Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Eastern Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Western Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Eastern Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Western Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News

Engine Performance Systems Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc.. . . . . . . . . . 10 Western Trucking News Factoring & Finance Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3

Fuel-Fired Heating Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

K Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Ontario Trucking News Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Western Trucking News

L Laidlaw Carriers Tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ontario Trucking News

Insurance Brokers Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario Trucking News Newman Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ontario Trucking News Legal Council Aird & Berlis, LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Ontario Trucking News Lighting J.W. Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4-5

M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mobilizz Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Lubricants Total Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern & Western Trucking News Total Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Western Trucking News

N Newman Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ontario Trucking News

O Ontario Truck Training Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ontario Trucking News

P Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Western Trucking News

Permits & Waivers C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario Trucking News Refrigeration Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Western Trucking News Roadside Assistance TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ontario Trucking News Security Services Securitas Canada Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

R Rapid Strap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

S Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Eastern Trucking News Securitas Canada Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Star Van Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Ontario Trucking News

T Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Ontario Trucking News Eastern & Western Trucking News Western Trucking News Ontario & Western Trucking News Western Trucking News

W Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Ontario Trucking News Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Ontario Trucking News

X Xan Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Ontario Trucking News 40    October 2017


Fuel Additives Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 J.W. Speaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4-5

TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 30 Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 42 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Tirecraft Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Total Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Total Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43


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Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Freight Transportation in Gulf Region


loomington, Indiana – It turns out that severe weather disruptions almost always involve water. Since the most potent source of water is evaporation from the ocean’s surface, the majority of U.S. weather disruptions are near salt water coasts. And, because people and businesses like to be near coasts, oceanic storms have big effects, including on transportation. Hurricane Harvey is no exception. FTR has quantified preliminary numbers, gauging the impact in the overall trucking market. Hurricane Harvey’s broad swath across Texas will strongly affect over 7% of U.S. trucking, with some portion of that fraction out of operation for two weeks. During the first week, almost 10% of all U.S. trucking will be affected. That number jumps near 100% for the Gulf Coast region west of the Mississippi. After a month, the numbers fall but are still significant – impacting nearly 2% (national) and 25% (regional). Due to the already tight nature of the truck environment, this means that loads could be left on the docks. The largest effects will be regionalized, but transportation managers across the entire U.S. will be scrambling. Trucking Impacts There are four broad effects of these disruptions: The most obvious disruption is idle trucks waiting for water to recede from roads and loading docks. The second effect is the extra shipments of relief

and construction supplies. The third effect is extra shipments and lower productivity due to out of cycle supply chain demands. Finally, there are simply slow operations due to congestion, circuity and backed up loading docks. FTR has studied several major weather events, starting with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. These weather events show significant pricing effects, highlighted by 7 extra percentage points of annualized pricing for the five months following Katrina in 2005 and a peak of 22% year-over-year spot price increases following the monster winter of 2014. “Look for spot prices to jump over the next several weeks with very strong effects in Texas and the South Central region,” according to Noël Perry, Partner at FTR. “Spot pricing was already up strong, in double-digit territory. Market participants could easily add 5 percentage points to those numbers.” Additional Impacts Texas provides 30% of U.S. refinery capacity, a production base that will be hard hit by this storm. Regional diesel supplies will be strongly affected, with national prices jumping as well. “With companies such as Exon Mobile and Phillips 66 closing down their refineries, we are talking about impacts to fuel and energy,” said Larry Gross, Partner at FTR. “In addition, Houston is a big interchange point for rail and intermodal, so it’s not just trucking which

will be disrupted. Freight cars are sitting idle outside of Houston. Will they wait out the storm or be rerouted? Of course, those final miles from the railyards are still dependent on trucks. Freight transportation is an integrated

system, and this becomes more obvious during major weather events when disruptions occur.” There is also the question of contract rates between shippers and trucking companies. “There is always a lag between spot rate

increases and contract rates,” said Perry. “Analysts have been wondering when trucking contract rates will begin following spot rates up. The combination of regional and fuel effects from Harvey, coupled with the Electron-

ic Logging Device (ELD) mandate in December, could be the catalyst to a pricing spiral.” For more information about the work of FTR, visit, follow on Twitter @ftrintel, or call 888.988.1699, ext. 1.


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Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

Prepared for the Season


he condition of our equipment depends much on our maintenance, so prevention is very important. Fall is a good time to check for some of those conditions, may even be time to change a few clamps. When we think about ourselves, we too can prevent trouble by good maintenance. Proper exercise, food and rest are just a few to consider. Some of these create improved attitude, positive mind and heart. They

may even help us enjoy a better life. When we enjoy better health we enjoy a more positive mind. We tend to be more considerate toward others and more positive with respect to our employer. In fact we may become more thankful. Someone may even ask why we are so happy. Friends, we all have days when we meet difficulties. You see, we need to equip ourselves with a relationship with someone who cares. We operate better

when we do proper things, and engage in preventive and maintenance activities. In fact, scripture gives us good advice as in Ephesians 5: 15 - 21: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and


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hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear (respect) of God. Just a few words from my late son’s journal: “And now more than ever before I’m looking forward to going home, because I know I have a home in glory land. Where are your reservations?”




Seafood Express (P.E.I.) – A Driving Career to Call Home


eafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. is a family owned and operated transportation company specializing in temperature controlled, cross-border freight. Over the last 30 years, the company has become one of the leading transportation companies in Atlantic Canada with the use of late-model power units, trailers and refrigeration units. Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. strives to excel by introducing new technologies in order to make the company and its drivers safer on the road, and more efficient delivering its customers’ freight. Company drivers enjoy many advantages, including but not limited to:

• A family atmosphere within the workplace and over-the-road • The most innovative o v e r - t h e - r o a d technologies available • Competitive pay packages • Incentive/Bonus pay programs • Fuel programs in place to make fueling over the road hassle-free for the driver and • A f u l l - s e r v i c e preventative maintenance d e p a r t m e n t & maintenance program for all company equipment. Under the ownership of Bill Keith over the last 30 years, Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. has developed a large, dedicated customer base across North

America. With its main terminal located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the company has had great success in expanding its reach across Canada and the United States. With dedicated freight into the United States, into Central Canada and returning to the East Coast, Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. has the

States and Canada over 30 years of safe driving and maintenance records. With Bill’s son Andy stepping into the business, the company has implemented many new technologies including, but not limited to: ultra-fuel efficient automatic power units, electronic communication and logging devices, dash cameras

ability to keep its drivers moving. The company has also developed a platinum safety rating in the United

for driver safety, performance monitoring software and staff to help improve driver performance & de-

velopment, maintenance software to assist drivers diagnose over-the-road maintenance issues, etc. The company has also recently become Iron Apple Certified with a food safety plan in place that meets both US and Cana d ian f o o d saf e ty legislations. This ensures that customers’ food products are delivered safely, cleanly and efficiently. Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. is also an Employer of Choice. Anonymous staff surveys have proven that the company, its staff, and its owners care about the people who work there and strive to make Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. the best possible workplace for drivers and staff.

Personal attention to driver needs is an ongoing pursuit for the staff of Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd. and the company does its best efforts in order to make the job of the company driver easier, safer, and more lucrative. That being said, the company realizes that home time is more important than ever so they do their best to ensure that all drivers have ample time behind the wheel as well as ample time at home with their families and friends. To learn more about being a driver with Seafood Express (P.E.I.) Ltd., please visit or call Melanie at 866.273.9147.



Sending Emergency Supplies in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma


cLean, Virginia – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) on September 14 announced an expansive hurricane relief initiative to support those in need of assistance following Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Partnering with The Salvation Army, United Van Lines, Mayflower and Pilot Flying J, TEGNA and its partners will collect, transport, store and distribute supplies to those individuals and families affected by the storms. Between September 15th

and 30th, thirteen TEGNA stations across the U.S. organized local supply collection events in their communities. Tractortrailers provided by UniGroup, owner of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit picked up donated supplies at these local events and departed for Houston, Texas, and Florida, where

they were distributed to affected areas. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, donated fuel for the trucks. The Salvation Army was on the front lines to promptly distribute essentials for those still suffering and planning for long term recovery efforts. “The support for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts from viewers in local communities has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dave Lougee, President and Chief Operating Officer of TEGNA. “I am incredibly proud of our efforts to raise more than $3,000,000 to benefit The American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. We are now proud to partner with The Salvation Army, UniGroup and Pilot Flying J.” More information was found at local station websites. Local market supply drives were being organized by TEGNA stations

WXIA/WATL in Atlanta, GA; WGRZ in Buffalo, NY; WKYC in Cleveland; WFAA in Dallas, TX; WZZM in

Grand Rapids, MI; WBIR in Knoxville, TN; WHAS in Louisville; WWL in New Orleans; WVEC in Norfolk,

VA; KPNX in Phoenix, AZ; KXTV in Sacramento, CA; KENS in San Antonio, TX; KSDK in St. Louis, MO;

and WUSA in Washington, DC. For more information, visit


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APTA July 2017 Pro Driver: Claude Savoie BY GEORGE FULLERTON


laude Savoie has accumulated more than forty years experience as a professional truck driver, and the past twenty eight years has been with Christian Larocque Services Ltée. Claude was selected as the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) Professional Driver for the month of July 2017. Representatives of Christian Larocque Services Ltée. describe Claude as a friendly, resourceful and devoted employee. Claude is recognized for making a concentrated effort to ensure his own personal appearance, and that of his truck, are first class. Claude also maintains an impeccable safety record and serves as a representative on Larocque’s driver safety committee. Safety Co-ordinator Guylaine Morris pointed out that Claude consistently makes a positive contribution to the safety meetings and is effective in bringing forth concerns or issues. Claude is punctual in regards to being on time to begin his shift and is always ready to take on any driving assignment. Claude’s driving duties typically include shipments of seafood delivered

throughout Canada and the United States. His typical work schedule begins with dispatch on Sunday and retuning home on Friday. “Recently I have been making a lot of deliveries in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and sometimes there is a load for California,” Claude said. Guy Duguay, Transport Supervisor with Larocque Services, noted that Claude is a key member of the driving team and describes his work and service attitude as “Five star, everywhere. Claude maintains a clean driving abstract and he is very good with people. We get positive reports from customers he deals with,” commented Duguay. On the question of his employer, Claude commented, “Laméque is a very good outfit to work for. It is close to my home in Laméque, and they are a very good team. They keep their equipment in very good shape. I have a new truck and a new trailer, so my equipment is very reliable.” Claude voiced his concern about how electronic logging will impact his work schedule. “My first deliveries are usually to Boston and that trip from Lameque will put me very close to out of time. I am not sure how that will affect my work

schedule. I guess we will just have to wait and see.” Christian Larocque got into the trucking business with the purchase of his first highway truck in 1985. His vision was to provide exemplary service and to remain adaptable to meet the needs of his customers. The Larocque’s transport fleet consists of thirty-eight highway tractors and sixty trailers. Generally, about twelve trucks are dedicated to making deliveries in the United States. Larocque’s business also extends to excavation services, as well as a comprehensive snow plowing service through the winter. Larocque operates a well equipped, four bay service shop, and in addition to servicing and making repairs to their own fleets, they also provide similar services to local businesses with their certified truck, trailer and heavy equipment mechanics. Larocque offers diverse transport services with a trailer fleet that includes dry vans, reefer, container chassis, flat beds, and dump trailers. They handle just about any type of job including fresh fish, frozen food products, peat moss, and machinery. Christian Larocque has brought in man-

agement talent as business partners. Guy Dugay, who had initially worked as a driver and later as dispatcher, has assumed additional management responsibilities. Westley Wilson began working as controller in 2011, and has since become a partner. In 2014 Christian Larocque, while remaining president of the company, handed a good deal of the day to day management of the business to his two sons Bernard André and Rémi, also business partners.



2017 PMTC-THRSCA Atlantic Region Seminar


ilton, Ontario – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced its next regional seminar in its ongoing series of Cross Country Educational half day conferences. The next seminar, being jointly hosted by PMTC and Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic, will be held on Thursday October 12th in Truro, Nova Scotia. The seminar will run from 9 am to 1 pm and will cover three separate topics, which will bring value to employees and employers from many different sectors of the Transportation industry. The Topics covered include: Electronic Logging Device Mandate Update: In December of 2015 the FMCSA

published its final rule mandating ELD’s in the USA. After a 2-year phase in period, barring any successful legal challenges, it will become mandatory in the United States on December 18th of this year. In February of 2016 Transport Canada announced they were also mandating ELD’s for federally regulated Canadian Carriers. Transport Canada indicated originally the proposal would be posted in Canada Gazette Part 1 in December of 2016, which was then pushed back to late spring of 2017. As of the date of this release, we are still awaiting publication of the proposal. In this presentation, Mike Millian, the President of the PMTC, will provide attendees with the latest updates on both

sides of the border as well as the latest indicated timelines for Compliance and Grandfather Dates. The Legalisation of Marijuana and Industry Implications: The Federal Government’s legalisation of Marijuana is coming into effect on July 1st of 2018. Kimberly Pochini, the head of Patterson Law’s Labour and Employment team, will walk attendee’s through how this legislation will impact your business. Kimberly will educate you on your responsibilities and how to prepare / protect your organization and employees. Youth Recruitment – Biggest HR Question – How Do We Recruit and Retain Young People: Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Trucking Human Resour-

ces Sector Council Atlantic, will provide attendees with practical information on how to properly recruit and engage youth. This session will give you a chance to hear about some industry trends along with walking away with some key strategies you can implement in your workplace today. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register early by contacting Vanessa Cox at Registration is just $50 for a PMTC and THRSCA member and $125.00 for a non-member. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting at just $500.00. Location details will be provided upon registration.



Class 8 Orders Continue Steady Climb in August


loomington, Indiana - FTR releases preliminary Class 8 net orders for August at 20,700 units, 14% above July and 50% better than a year ago. Class 8 orders again met expectations as market momentum continues to build ahead of 2018. August orders should help fill up remaining 2017 build slots. This is the

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best August order performance since 2014. North American Class 8 orders for the past twelve months have totaled 231,000 units. Don Ake, Vice President of Commercial Vehicles at FTR, commented, “August orders continue the positive trend in the Class 8 market. Orders were up for the third straight month, and it looks like

May’s 16,500 orders will be the low point for the year. Orders are expected to increase in September, leading into robust order activity in Q4.” “Freight continues to show some impressive growth. This has created capacity tightness in some regions which is expected to spread to more areas as economic growth expands. The capacity

crunch will be exacerbated by the ELD mandate, spurring demand for trucks and trailers in 2018.” Final data for August will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service. To contact FTR, send an email to  or call 888.988.1699 ext. 1.



Eastern Report

By George Fullerton

Murray's Driver Appreciation


urray’s Irving Truck Stop at Exit 191 in Woodstock, New Brunswick stepped up to celebrate National Trucking Week with their Driver Appreciation Days. Murray’s has conducted their Driver Appreciation events for the past ten years. Calvin Grant, current Owner/Manager is the grandson of Company Founder, Murray Grant, who established the family business on the Trans-Canada Highway at Meductic, New Brunswick in 1958. The business moved to its current location in 2003 after the Trans-Canada Highway route changed. Murray’s celebrated driver appreciation with breakfast, lunch and supper offerings for professional truck drivers who stopped in. The truck stop enjoyed the support of GTL and their staff who provided breakfast, while McConnell Transport offered lunch, and Ayr Transport played host to the supper crowd. “We get great support from different trucking companies from year to year to support the food events, and we also get support from other trucking companies and associated businesses to provide prizes for drivers, (and sometimes their families) who stop in for the occasion,” explained Owner Calvin Grant. The food was served under a large tent set up in the parking lot. “We had reps

stopping by from all kinds of associated businesses including this year from Irving oil and Parts For Trucks,” Grant said. Murray’s also organized a raffle for their diesel purchasers. Prizes included a CanAm Defender side by side off-road vehicle. The machine was won by Midland driver, Victor Breau. “We look forward to National Trucking Week and our driver appreciation event every year. It is a chance to give back to our many clients. It’s good for the industry, our community and especially for the drivers,” commented Grant. The second National Trucking Week event organized by Murray’s was a golf tournament with the proceeds going to the Upper River Valley Cancer Society and children suffering from cancer. Brennan Farms brought some nostalgia and truck lore to support Murray’s driver appreciation events. Their support included two vintage cabover Freightliners, 1987 and 1994 model years, in addition to a 1983 Kenworth high rise cabover, a 1985 Ford cabover and a conventional 1971 long nose GMC. Robert Brennan, Owner/Manager of Brennan Farms Ltd., is the person responsible for the vintage cabovers. Robert confesses that restoring the trucks has become ‘a bit of a habit’. In addition to the

displayed trucks he has two more projects underway at their shop in Hartland, New Brunswick. “We have a slab cab Freightliner which I think is going to turn out really nice, and I recently bought a 1975 Peterbilt Cabover Glider Kit.” Brennan parks his project trucks in their service shop in Hartland. Two of their technicians share their time between projects and service work on the Brennan Farms. Brennan Farms operates a fleet, primarily dump trailers hauling grain, lime and salt, as well as hiring out to haul other commodities shipped by dump trailer. Brennan Farms also owns Hartland Agromart Ltd., a fertilizer plant and a grain brokerage business, in addition to provid-

ing ‘for hire service’. Driver appreciation events are part of National Trucking Week which is promoted by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and their provincial member associations. National Trucking Week begins on the first Saturday in September and in addition to involving associations, it invites trucking companies and associated businesses to get involved in celebrating and promoting events that recognize the contribution of some 400,000 persons involved in the Canadian trucking industry. In addition to sponsoring special driver BBQs and breakfasts, businesses get involved by providing special giveaways, and focused advertising in support of drivers and the trucking industry.



Final Phase of Trans-Canada Hwy Extension Project Begins


ork on the final and largest phase of the Trans-Canada Highway extension project from North River to Clyde River has commenced. The Trans-Canada Highway realignment builds on the ongoing investments by the Government of Prince Edward Island in our province’s infrastructure in order to foster economic growth, provide access to resources and markets, and allow for the safe, efficient transport of people and goods. Set for completion in fall 2019, the new 7.8 kilometre stretch of highway will support the province’s growing economy, improve driver safety, stimulate the economy, and create a “main street” for the town of Cornwall. With less traffic, fewer intersections and more consistent speed limits, residents will have easier access to businesses and a safer community.

“This new Trans-Canada Highway extension route will ensure safe and efficient transport of people and goods along one of the busiest stretches of our Island’s highway system,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar. “It will be a safe, modern highway that will allow more commercial and residential development and improve our ability to get Island products to markets near and far.” The construction work includes: • realigning the Trans-Canada Highway from North River to Clyde River (including a new bridge over the Clyde River); • overpasses for Linwood, Bannockburn, and Baltic roads; a diamond interchange at the Cornwall Road; and • an interchange at the connection of the existing Trans-Canada Highway in

The safety of residents will improve by redirecting heavy truck and commuter traffic onto a limited access road away from children, students, pedestrians and cyclists. The project will also improve access to important community facilities such as the Terry Fox Sports Centre, APM Centre, and Cornwall Industrial Park. “The restricted access along the existing Trans-Canada Highway has limited developments and forced undesirable traffic through our residential areas,” says Dean

Lewis, Planning and Development Officer for the Town of Cornwall. At the request of residents, the province assessed current noise levels and modeled what future noise levels might be. It has committed to building noise-dampening berms that will also increase privacy for residents. An environmental assessment was also completed which allowed the public and affected landowners the opportunity to make submissions about the highway project and its possible effects.


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Day & Ross Driver Dudley Cooze Awarded August Pro Driver of the Month BY GEORGE FULLERTON


udley Cooze has been a driver working out of Day & Ross, St. John’s Newfoundland Terminal for twenty-nine years and has maintained a safe driving record over that entire period. Dudley was selected as Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association Professional (APTA) Driver for the month of August 2017. “I have wanted to be a truck driver since I was a little boy. When I graduated from high school I applied to get into a commercial driving course in Stephenville, but I could not start for several months so to fill in the time I went to Day & Ross and they hired me to work in their warehouse. When the driving course started I was off, but the manager said to come back and see them when I finished the course. Once I had my driver license, I went back to Day& Ross and I thought they would put me back in the warehouse, but they immediately put me in a truck. I now have thirty-two years with this company,” Dudley recalled of his decades-long career. Dudley’s current daily run is out of St. John’s toward Bay Roberts and Carbonear. The run is over one hundred and fifty miles with an average of twenty-five stops for deliveries and pickups. “I also help out in town, dropping or picking up trailers from customers, or shunting in the terminal. My typical work day is ten or eleven hours. Chris Abbot is Operations Manager at

the St. John’s terminal and he related that Dudley has an exceptional working relationship with his customers. "Dudley treats his customers as if they were his own family. If they are expecting Dudley to make a delivery, it is not unusual that they would call ahead and tell him to make sure he can come in and have a cup of tea. I never have a worry or concern with Dudley on his run. He is a very safe driver and really takes customer service to heart, and his customers are loyal to him in return,” said Abbot, who added that Dudley wears a uniform every day and “you could eat off the floor of his truck, it's that clean!” Dudley has racked up an impressive three sick days throughout his thirty-two year career with Day & Ross, testament to his love of the job, the company and his customers. “It is like anything else in your life, it is what you make it. I really enjoy the people and customers I work with. I want to enjoy my work and my day, so I try to make sure I help my customers and co-workers to have a good day too.” Dudley is married and father of two children and lives just outside St. John’s. Day & Ross has operated from their Hartland headquarters for sixty five years and has terminals in every province across Canada, as well as serving customers shipping to and from the United States. It operates some 3,800 trucks, tractors and trailers and has more than 2,500 employees.



OTA Addresses TDG Concerns


meeting on September 18 between the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Eastern Ontario mayors and supply chain and transportation stakeholders addressed several safety issues involving the transportation of dangerous goods along the highway 401 corridor. Earlier in 2017, collisions involving commercial motor vehicles carrying dangerous goods on the 401 in eastern Ontario caused some local mayors to question certain aspects of moving these goods by truck during extreme winter conditions. “Today was an opportunity for the Eastern Ontario Mayors Caucus (EOMC) to learn more about the commitment to safety excellence by all members of the supply chain linked to the movement of dangerous goods by truck,” said OTA Senior Vice President Geoff Wood. 46    October 2017

OTA discussed with attendees information that highlighted the training and handling requirements that all members of the supply chain must adhere to. It is this heightened level of attention toward to safety that has resulted in very few truck related incidents involving dangerous goods: Wood explained how commercial trucks represent less than 3% of all vehicle collisions. Of all commercial vehicle collisions, trucks carrying dangerous goods accounted for 0.015% of the total. “The trucking industry is proud of its record as it relates to the safety performance of moving dangerous goods by truck.” To view OTA’s infographic on Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Truck, go to uploads/2017/09/ TDG-Infographic_public. pdf.




Carrier of Detroit Reaches 50 Year Milestone


incoln Park, Michigan – Carrier Transicold of Detroit is commemorating 50 years of serving eastern Michigan’s transport refrigeration providers, those vital links of the “cold-chain” that safely deliver food and other refrigerated essentials to supermarkets, restaurants, food service operations and more. On September 16, the dealership celebrated its golden anniversary with customers and employees at an open house at its facility located at 1180 John A Papalas Drive in Lincoln Park. Carrier Transicold of Detroit is part of the North American dealer network of Carrier Transicold, a leading provider of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. “Our dealership was built on the principles of respecting customers and providing them exceptional service at a fair price,” said Mark Sparkman, President and owner of the Carrier Transicold of Detroit, which was founded in 1967 by his father, Earl

Sparkman, and uncle, John Sparkman. “We are incredibly proud that this formula has sustained us and helped us grow over five decades. Our founders, our loyal employees and our great customers deserve the credit for our continued success.” Established as Transport Refrigeration Service by the now-retired Sparkman brothers, the operation was among the earliest to join the Carrier Transicold North America dealer network in the 1970s. Since 2006 Carrier Transicold of Detroit has operated out of its current 30,000-square-foot facility, where it sells, installs and services truck, trailer and shipping container refrigeration units that help to preserve and protect perishable goods as they move from farm to fork. The dealership has 28 employees, including 14 service technicians, and it operates six mobile units enabling 24/7 emergency service. Carrier Transicold of Detroit has been consistently recognized for outstanding performance by

Carrier Transicold, having been named Dealer of the Year five times and achieving Carrier Transicold’s NextLevel2 Platinum Award for customer satisfaction, business investment, service proficiency, sales performance and growth every year since the award was established.

As part of its community support initiatives, Carrier Transicold of Detroit is a participant in Carrier Transicold’s national program in support of the Feeding America® network, funded by a $150,000 grant from United Technologies Corporation. Through this program, Carrier Transic-

old of Detroit is installing transport refrigeration units on vehicles used by

qualifying food bank operations serving the Detroit metropolitan area.



Truckers Against Trafficking


oronto, Ontario Canada Cartage, along with their client, Praxair, will be educating their drivers and their communities across Canada in an effort to promote Truckers against Trafficking (TAT) - an initiative to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. TAT recognizes that members of the trucking industry are invaluable in the fight against trafficking. As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, drivers are in a unique position to make a differ-

ence and stop traffickers who seek to exploit the transportation system for their personal gain. Canada Cartage and Praxair will train drivers on this initiative throughout the month of September to equip their drivers with the knowledge they need to help combat this heinous crime. TAT training has resulted in a significant increase of reports of possible trafficking to the national hotline from truck drivers, which has resulted in victim recoveries and criminal arrests. Learn more by visiting


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Kriska Acquires Service Freight Systems


rescott, Ontario and Burlington Ontario – Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Service Freight Systems (SFS) based in Burlington, Ontario. Service Freight Systems will continue to be led by the current management team, including Rob Ten Brinke as General Manager. “We are thrilled to welcome the team of logistics professionals at Service Freight Systems to the KTG family.” says Mark Seymour, President and Chief Executive Officer of KTG. “SFS has been providing engineered solutions to its loyal customers for over 20 years. The KTG family of companies, with its asset based core, compliments well with SFS. They will add depth to our growing investment in logistics services. Our goal as a group is to bring solutions to customers and grow through trust and confidence”.

“Working with KTG will have so many positives economies of scale with their size and capacity; industry knowledge and their in-house expertise,” commented Rob Ten Brinke, General Manager of Service Freight Systems. “A real plus is that KTG has an extremely similar culture to Service Freight in terms of people and a desire to always improve and grow.” Started in 1995 Service Freight Systems is a customer focused logistics company with expertise in temperature-controlled cross border, truckload freight. Its clientcentric approach and culture of care has grown and maintained decade’s long relationships with both shippers and carriers. KTG and its operating companies welcome Service Freight Systems into the family and look forward to our future mutual growth.



Freight Volumes Outperform


oronto, Ontario - TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian load volumes saw a double-digit increase for the month of August, increasing 12 percent month-over-month and 55 percent year-over-year. August volumes were the highest ever recorded for any August, surpassing the record set in 2011 by 26 percent. Intra-Canada Loads accounted for 29 percent of the total volumes and

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amounted to a 45 percent increase yearover-year - the same increase recorded in July 2017. Cross-border load postings represented 68 percent of the data submitted by Loadlink users, with noticeable increases. Loads leaving Canada to the United States increased by 42 percent yearover-year, and Loads entering Canada increased significantly by 80 percent year-over-year. EQUIPMENT CAPACITY Equipment postings in August were up nine percent month-over-month, but down 17 percent yearover-year. The demand has held steadfast in 2017 with approximately two trucks for every one available load. Strong load volumes have been attributed as the primary contributing factor for this constant. The truck-to-load ratio in August was 1.92, down from 1.98 in July. When compared to the same month last year, August’s ratios showed a 46 percent improvement from a 3.58 truck-to-load ratio. More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at  www.,  @loadlink  on Twitter, on  YouTube, on  Facebook  and on LinkedIn.




Do You Appreciate Your Drivers?


arkham, Ontario – National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was September 10-16. What are you doing the other 51 weeks of the year to let your drivers know you appreciate and respect their hard work and commitment? Jazrawy and CarriersEdge have special insight into what motivates – or discourages – drivers. CarriersEdge created the annual Best Fleets to Drive For awards, produced in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association. Through interviews with nominated carriers and surveys from drivers, CarriersEdge has gleaned the best practices that the best fleets use. Those best practices aren’t state secrets, and in many cases they’re neither difficult nor expensive to deploy. But the payback in terms of low turnover and safe, engaged drivers can be huge. Jazrawy offered six tips on making driver appreciation a year-round habit: Tip No. 1 – Start them early. “If your company has taken the time to build a safe and productive culture, you want new hires to feel as though they’re a part of that from the first day,” Jazrawy said. Successful fleets are using orientation, training, mentoring and coaching programs to get new employees up to speed. One fleet places new hires in a dedicated lane for up to four weeks with one dispatcher overseeing them, eliminating the stress over trip planning. Another includes spouses and/or significant others in part of orientation to give them an understanding of life on the road and company programs and benefits. Tip No. 2 – Give them a voice. Lots of companies talk about open-door policies and keeping the lines of communication open with employees. The old-

fashioned suggestion box doesn’t cut it. Fleets are using driver councils, surveys to determine driver opinions and concerns, and Facebook and Twitter accounts to create online communities in which drivers can submit photos and stories about their experiences on the road. One carrier enlists experienced drivers to build training materials to ensure best practices are captured and shared across the entire fleet. Tip No. 3 – Keep them informed. Rumors fueled by incomplete or inaccurate information are one of the great underminers of morale and a driver’s sense that he or she is valued and respected. “Smart fleets make sure drivers get accurate and timely information about company operations, road and industry conditions and what’s going on in the lives of their fellow employees,” Jazrawy said. Weekly roundtable meetings with drivers keep information flowing in both directions. Since drivers are usually on the road and unavailable to attend meetings, social media is a useful tool for reaching them; one company posts meeting notes on an internal net to allow drivers not in attendance to stay informed and weigh in with thoughts. Tip No. 4 – Keep them healthy. Life on the road, with its physical demands and stress, can be tough on health. “Drivers appreciate it when companies demonstrate their concern about employee health with wellness programs that go far beyond providing healthy recipes in their newsletters,” Jazrawy said. Companies are providing formal weight-loss and fitness programs, access to gyms (either on-site or at a fitness club), on-staff health and wellness coordinators to work with drivers, onsite health and dental clinics at terminals and equipment for in-cab cardio and strength training.

Tip No. 5 – Welcome them back. The very nature of trucking has drivers away from the office or terminal for weeks at a time. “Drivers can sometimes get the feeling that no one remembers they’re out there,” Jazrawy said. So why not let them know they’re valued contributors to the company? Some fleets are using elec-

tronic signboards to display customized greetings to drivers returning to the yard; a few integrate that with internal notifications so office staff can go out to greet them directly. Tip No. 6 – Give them what they really need. Does a driver really need one more gimme cap or t-shirt? Fleets are focusing on things that actually

make a difference to drivers’ lives and job performance, whether it’s technology (providing up-to-date devices), concierge services at terminals to help drivers with personal and professional services while they’re on the road; and discounted or free work gear such as complete uniform sets, raincoats and jackets, as well as an-

nual vouchers for safety shoes and jeans. “Those are perks that can noticeably decrease the cost of doing the job for drivers at those fleets,” Jazrawy said. “Remember, the point is show that they’re appreciated, which means showing that you think about them regularly and care about what they like and want,” Jazrawy added.


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From the

Driver’s Seat BY: MAREK KRASUSKI marek@woodwardpublishing. com

Preparing for Winter

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t’s hard to believe the topic for this month is winter preparation considering these interviews took place when the temperature with humidity ratings was in the mid 30s. But it is the latter part of September, and in keeping with this month’s theme weather notwithstanding - we courageously proceeded with the question: What do you do to prepare for winter? Despite the raised eyebrows, this is what these drivers had to say, echoing a resounding focus on tires.

SEAN MCGOWAN had this to say about minimizing risk during the winter months. Obviously tires, including tread depth need to be up to snuff. Depending on where you are going you might need chains as well, which I had to use years ago. Make sure the vehicle is safe as per annual inspections. Getting enough rest from driving is really important too, especially north and west of Sault Ste. Marie where the roads get really slippery. There’s a lot more stressful driving at that time of the year.

ROGER SPIELMANN, a veteran driver, takes a broader approach. “There’s always a host of things to check, but the most important for me is tires. It’s the rubber that hits the road, so if the rubber is inferior that puts the truck in jeopardy. I always make sure I use anti gelling conditioner in the tank so fuel doesn’t solidify, and I try to keep a full tank at night to minimize moisture. There’s the usual stuff too like good wipers and lots of windshield wash. All of it is important to keep the truck in top running condition. I always allow for extra distance behind vehicles as well.

JACK DENAULT holds the line on tires as well. “Make sure you have decent tires so you’re not slipping and sliding all over the road. In B.C. they are running chains on their tires. Here we don’t have to but still need to make sure tires are in good shape. I’ve talked to guys who do runs to Montana and if you don’t have chains they don’t even allow you to drive. Make sure you have fuel conditioner to stop gelling and you want your wipers in top condition as well.

Noted ANDRÉ LEDUC: “Make sure you got good tires. I have a dedicated run to Quebec, and with the older tires I had I would get stuck all the time running up the hills. Since I put these tires on last December I have no problem. Tread pattern and quality of rubber is important. These happen to be Bridgestone. They stay on all year and they are just fine. I also make sure I have anti freeze and the right windshield washer at that time of the year. ••• If you want your voice heard, contact me at:

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Eastern Trucking News, Issue 113, October 2017