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June 2018 ISSUE 179


Freightliner EconicSD


BeeLine: Moving Alignment InHouse:............................. page 12

The Changing Face of Fleet Maintenance:.................. page 10

contents FEATURES: Freightliner EconicSD Comes to North America....................................................... 4 TRUXPO: Celebrating Another Successful

Head Office: Trenton, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232

Rotary Lift: Evaluating a Quality Company:........................ page 12

Carrier Transicold Improves Solara Heating Unit:...... page 22

Barb Woodward (Sales): 877.225.2232, ext 300 Head Office: Halina Mikicki (Bilingual): ext 301 Sales: Al Tucker: ext 302 Business Development Manager: Mike Whalen: ext 304 Art Director/MIS: Chris Charles: ext 305 Al Tucker, Mike Whalen Writers:

Copyright © 2018 – 2022118 Ontario Limited. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. 40806005

Event........................................................... 6 Wheels & Tracks in Motion at the Simcoe County Museum........................................ 16 Transcourt: The Tank Trailer Industry, Why Lease?...................................................... 24 Women in Trucking Report........................ 36 THEME – SHOP TOOLS & EQUIPMENT: BeeLine: Moving Alignment In-House......... 8 Expertech: The Changing Face of Fleet Maintenance............................................. 10 Rotary Lift: Evaluating a Company............ 10 OEM NEWS: Kalmar - New Electric Terminal Tractor.... 27 New Spicer Electrified Integrated Electric Axle............................................................. 4 NEW PRODUCTS: UFO+ Lock & Vehicle Access & Security Issues........................................................ 14 Ancra Retract-A-Roll................................. 14 Carrier Transicold Improves Solara™ Heating Unit.............................................. 14 Dana SPL 250 Lite Driveline...................... 26 TIRES & WHEELS: New Tires for Waste Applications............. 12 COLUMNS: Business Matters...................................... 13 Cross Border Services.............................. 25 Factoring..................................................... 7 Healthy Trucker......................................... 31 Keeping Your Vehicles Clean..................... 38 Supply Side................................................. 4 Open Mike................................................. 23 Petro-Canada Lubricants.......................... 22 Tires & Wheels.......................................... 15 Transport For Christ.................................. 35 Tuck Routes................................................ 6 Women In Trucking................................... 29 PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY.................................................. 18 TRACTION & TRUCKPRO DIRECTORY.................................................. 26 June 2018   3

Send us your comments, recommendations and suggestions on how we can improve Vocational Truck & Trailer and any topics that you would like to see covered to – mike@

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Supply Side By Mike Whalen

Future for the Independent Freightliner EconicSD Comes to North America


aimler Trucks is introducing the Freightliner Econic SD, a special truck for municipal requirements, to the North American market. The vehicle is better known to European customers as the Mercedes-Benz Econic, which is frequently used by waste-disposal companies, among others. Both vehicles are primarily characterised by their unique low-entry concept with a low, extra-large driver’s cabin and an all-round panorama field of vision. On the one hand, this facilitates frequently getting into and out of the vehicle, and on the other hand it especially increases the driver’s all-round visibility in busy inner-city traffic – a clear safety advantage for other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. With the introduction of the Econic to North America, the world’s biggest com-

mercial vehicle manufacturer once again uses the strengths of its global platform strategy. Just like the Mercedes-Benz Econic, its American brother runs off the production line in the world’s biggest truck plant in Wörth (Rhineland-Palatinate). From the Palatinate, the trucks make their way to Gaffney, South Carolina, where the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation carries out the final assembly with adjustments for the North American market. The Freightliner Econic SD with the DD8 (350 hp) six-cylinder in-line engine is equipped with a major assembly produced locally in Detroit, Michigan, which stems from the MDEP engine family (Medium Duty Engine Platform) deployed worldwide by Daimler Trucks. For more information, visit freightliner. com/trucks/freightliner-econicsd.


New Spicer® Electrified™ Integrated Electric Axle


ana Incorporated and Workhorse Group Inc. have announced the design, development, and production of a city delivery vehicle featuring Dana’s Spicer®Electrified™ integrated e-Drive axle. Ohio-based Workhorse is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector. “Workhorse’s extensive development background and manufacturing experience in the EV space provide the industry-leading capabilities we sought in a strategic partner,” said Mark Wallace, Executive Vice President of Dana and 4    June 2018

President of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. The new integrated e-Drive axle is ideal for the Workhorse vehicle, delivering substantial efficiency for its city delivery duty cycle while offering a significant weight savings of 388 pounds, allowing higher payload and battery capacity. Due to the integrated design, the e-Drive axle also offers optimized packaging with more chassis space to position batteries inside the frame rails and accommodate features such as side steps that are common with medium – and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information, please visit and www.workhorse. com.



y first experience as an independent parts distributor was back in the early 70’s. Our business focused on filtration for all categories of engine powered trucks and off-highway equipment. I learned very quickly that the vocational markets – forestry, construction, mining, etc. – produced far more business for us than the ‘highway’ truck market. The vocational segments were populated by mixed fleets of work trucks and purpose built off-road machines and the related equipment – generators, pumps, welders, etc., that required a deep knowledge of the product category. Plus, they lacked the high volumes of a few part numbers that attracted the filter manufacturer. The filter brands usually worked directly with the large highway fleets and ran the business through a selected distributor. I recall one area rep for a major filter brand offered us a large fleet’s business if we would work on a 10-15% margin. Not really in an attractive proposition. Today the independent distributor faces an ‘electrified’ future – plus integrated drive trains, engine electronics, etc. This will result in much stronger competition from the OE side – not to mention from the multi-branch aftermarket parts distributors. Good for the truck owner, bad for the independent aftermarket dis-

tributor. So, where does the independent parts distributor look for future business? My take on this is that what worked for us in the early 70’s can work for the independent distributor today and on into the future. Specialization. I’ve written about this many times – and again, I draw from past experience. Later, I was employed by a diesel engine on and off-highway exhaust component manufacturer. I found that our best distributors specialized in exhaust systems sales and services – and nothing else. Because they specialized, they were able to perform repairs and installations in a fraction of the time than could the general service shop. And, because of this expertise, their sales were split 1/3 fleets, 1/3 owner-operators and 1/3 OE dealers. OE dealers found they could send the truck over to the specialist and have the work done at a low enough cost they could add a mark-up on their customers work order. So, what does the future look like for the independent? I suggest that if a distributor specializes in a parts category that has a service component – and they focus on the vocational market segments – their business will grow, and they will be able to ‘wholesale’ their services to OE dealers and other aftermarket distributors. A win-win for all! Cheers, Mike


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Tuck Routes

By Al Tucker

Saving Fuel & the Environment


hen it comes to saving fuel and the environment, one Ontario company stands out in my opinion - Hiller Truck Tech Inc. It is ideally located just a ‘Nine Iron’ off the 401 near the Hwy 97 intersection in Ayr, Ontario. Owner David Hiller began his career as a licensed mechanic and his work preference was Engines. He soon decided to run his own business, so in 2004, with the encouragement and support of his partner and wife Genevieve, they started Hiller Truck Tech Inc. Initially they offered anti-idle solutions such as APU’s, cab/engine heaters as well as mobile Diesel repair services. Interest in Alternate Fuels was growing so they decided to set up a full-service facility in Ayr. Today, Hiller is considered by his customers to be a ‘Trailblazer’ in compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions. With the abundance of natural gas in Canada, converting commercial heavyduty Trucks/Tractors from dependence on Diesel fuel is an ideal solution for the industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG’s). Statistics estimate up to an 18% reduction in GHG emissions combined with a 20-30% reduction in fuel costs. Hiller is certified through the TSSA (Technical Safety Standards Association) to install conversion kits and to service vehicles equipped with compressed

natural gas (CNG) or Propane. To help transition Truck/Tractor operators towards their ‘Green Objectives’, Hiller offers “Dual Fuel” conversions of natural gas and diesel or propane and diesel that can run up to 50% CNG/50% diesel, blending a higher percentage of CNG to diesel than propane. Hiller also installs Dual Fuel propane or CNG injection systems on light vehicle applications whereby your drivers can operate on propane or CNG but can switch back to a traditional gasoline system with the flip of a switch. Hiller’s expert team of licensed mechanics and certified technicians will take all the guesswork out of your conversion. Since September 1st 2017, under the MTO’s “Green Commercial Vehicle Program” (GCVP), incentives are provided for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. Conversions from conventional fuel to CNG (Class 6-8 only) offers up to 40% of the cost, to a cap of $30,000 per vehicle. Hiller is also in a position to help you choose other eligible fuel saving options such as Side Skirts, Electric Auxiliary Power Units and Cab Heaters and Coolers. For all the grant details, go to green-commercial-vehicles. Of course, the team at Hiller Truck Tech is always on hand to answer any questions with your grant application.

One of the lingering issues that have slowed down the adoption of CNG vehicles has been the shortage of Public Access ‘Refueling Stations”. Hiller has a Refueling station onsite. Currently there are five Public Access CNG stations around Ontario that accommodate Class 8 Trucks in Ayr (Hiller Truck Tech), Woodstock (Rural Green Energy), Mississauga (GAIN), Aylmer (Kingsmill Grain), and Stratford (Core Fuels). Plans are underway to increase the number of Class 8 public access refueling stations at more strategic locations along the Hwy 401 corridor in Windsor, London and Napanee; opening summer of 2018. These stations are conveniently located

at Truck Stops (Husky Travel Centre and Shell Flying J) partnering with Union Energy Solutions Ltd. Partnership (an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Ltd.). Would you like to try out a CNG/Dual Fuel Vehicle? Hiller can help with their CNG/DEMO Program. Lease a CNG converted Tractor for a couple of months and experience the difference. The program has attracted a lot of attention with major fleets. How about Labatt’s and UPS for starters. Hiller today services customers Canada wide and even into the US. Now that’s what I call a Canadian Success Story! For the rest of the story visit www. Tuck


Master Promotions Ltd.

Celebrating Another Successful Event


bbotsford, British Columbia – Western Canada’s biggest event in trucking and transportation welcomed drivers, families and top industry executives May 11 and 12 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. TRUXPO 2018 brought a wide selection of trucks for all trades, in addition to plenty of features and activities, from a half-day conference to family day and educational seminar sessions. “This year we truly put a focus on encompassing the entire trucking and transportation industry,” said Mark Cusack, National Show Manager. “Those efforts paid off with an increase in visitors over 2016 and lots of new faces at this edition. New and returning exhibitors reaped the benefits of a diverse mix of delegates on 6    June 2018

the show floor.” All sectors of the industry were represented, along with a noticeable increase in attendance from the South-Asian trucking community, who represent the largest ethnic group in the Canadian and American transport work force. With over 9,000 attendees over the course of two days, TRUXPO 2018 showcased major industry players including Kenworth, International, Volvo, Peterbilt, and Mack Trucks. Visitors saw the latest makes and models from an array of sectors, such as fleet vehicles, towing and recovery, and other work trucks. Saturday’s Family Day was a great success, attracting visitors big and small to climb aboard all the different big rigs offered on today’s market. Attendees left the event well-informed

from various seminar sessions and the show’s half-day executive conference focused on BC Sector Update and Opportunities for Trucking. Seminar sessions included Cannabis in the Workplace presented by BCTA President & CEO Dave Earle, along with sessions by Indigenous Works to facilitate the inclusion and employment of Indigenous workers in the BC warehousing and transportation sector. The action-packed event also saw the following features: $10,000 worth of prizes were drawn LIVE throughout Saturday, May 12. Thank you to prize sponsors and congratulations to the dozens of winners. Recruiting Here – For businesses and job-seekers alike, the Recruiting Here feature at TRUXPO 2018 focused on help-

ing the significant talent shortage in the transportation industry. Salute to Women Behind the Wheel – The first-ever salute to take place in Western Canada happened on Saturday, May 12 at the show. Produced by Master Promotions Ltd. and presented by the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA), TRUXPO has been a leading event in the trucking and transportation industry since 1988. Thank you to the show’s partners who contributed to the success of this year’s show: TRUXPO’s next edition is set for spring 2020. For complete show details as they become available, visit www.TRUXPO. com and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.



By Bruce Sayer

Act With Caution When Buying New or Used Equipment


ollowing years of monetary restraint, many trucking companies are now better positioned to take on the financial responsibilities of updating their working equipment. But long term debt to facilitate such investment is a matter to be considered carefully. The economy is performing well as we head into the summer of 2018, but for how long? At the recent Truck World trade show, held in Toronto last April, an atmosphere of levity and optimism seemed to fill the venue. Confidence ran high as industry stakeholders felt assurance that market conditions now favor freight carriers, providing the environment for trucking company owners to generate substantial profits. Year-over-year trends support this sense of confidence. Contract rates have grown substantially with long distance truckload prices reaching near multi-year highs and LTL rates increasing nearly 8% over the past 12 months. However, there is reason for caution. Freight rates have levelled out for the second straight month, following the big rate gains that occurred in January and February of this year. Are the minor rate changes experienced in March and April evident of an overheated economy about to slow down, or is it the calm before trends take another upward spike? The disconcerting answer is; nobody knows with certainty. Canada had solid  economic growth of 2.9% in 2017 following a decade of many setbacks. According to the World Trade

Organization it is forecast to touch 3.2% in 2018. Canada’s open economy is very dependent on synchronous global expansion, and therefore very reliant on the health of our largest trading partners. The US economy is currently experiencing its second longest period of economic expansion in history, but this upswing is marked by weak growth and inequality. Confidence remains strong that economic conditions, for at least the immediate future, are favoring the transportation industry. But, over the long run it’s anyone’s guess. Speculation is now surfacing as to how and when the next downturn will arrive. Equipment replacement costs and investments in fleet expansion can be jus-

tified based on current market conditions, but some industry experts are warning carriers to act cautiously. The favorable economic conditions that exist today may not endure too much longer. For a majority of truck company owners, one of the most difficult aspects of running a trucking company is the management of capital expenditures and the maintaining of positive cash flow. Increasing technology demands, aging equipment, growing operational costs and market uncertainty all combine to challenge the fiscal resources available to trucking companies. Whereas commercial banks are reluctant to finance trucking companies, qualifying for a factoring facility is easy. Freight

factoring has emerged as a mainstream financial strategy, providing carriers with a means to maintain positive cash flow. Through the flexibility of this powerful funding option, carriers gain immediate access to working capital, plus the added benefit of unlimited funds - the more loads you deliver, the more invoices you produce, the more funds you can access. Positive cash flow provides the means to improve your credit score, accumulate a sizeable down payment, and support the monthly payments of a lease or dealer supported financing agreement. For more information on freight factoring, please visit www.accutraccapital. com or call: 855.838.7575.


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Shop Tools & Equipment:

Moving Alignment In-House Completing Vehicle Alignments On-Site Can Help Reduce Operating Costs & Improve Fuel Economy BY HOWARD WILLIAMS


ith the rising costs fleets face today, it is important to take advantage of every savings opportunity. When it comes to the alignment on your vehicles, “close enough” can cost your fleet a lot of money. Alignment is extremely important from a tirecost perspective. If the truck isn’t properly aligned, fuel economy will suffer right along with tire life. In fact, the two are interrelated. Where do you think the energy needed to scrub that rubber off your tires comes from? Right out of the fuel tank. CONSIDER MORE FREQUENT ALIGNMENTS Performing more frequent alignments provides better control over a vehicle’s condition. A spokesperson for a major tire manufacturer reports that 1/8” excessive toe error produces 8’ of side slippage per mile, which can result in a reduction of tire life by as much as 25 percent.

It is known that proper alignment reduces certain types of tire wear and can improve fuel economy. The problem is, alignment is often not performed unless there’s an obvious need for it. Cost is often cited as a barrier to more frequent alignments, as is the inconvenience of sending the truck out to have the work done. The alignment itself takes almost no time at all, but a truck and driver can be tied up for hours getting the vehicle to an alignment shop. The number of vehicles in the fleet can help to determine if it makes sense to bring the work in-house where it can be performed more conveniently and more frequently, ultimately controlling costs and lowering total cost of ownership. 8    June 2018

Another advantage to having your own alignment equipment is the pre-delivery inspection. Alignment should be checked when the truck is delivered, not at the first preventative maintenance (PM) interval. If it’s not right when it’s brand new, it’s not going to be right later on. It may be several months into the life of the vehicle when tire wear issues and driver handling complaints begin to manifest themselves. By then, it’s too late. The OE likely won’t honor the alignment warranty even though it may have not been correct in the first place. With a dedicated alignment program, and one that is adhered to, it is possible to save tens of thousands of dollars per vehicle, per year. This does not include the other benefits of more frequent alignments, like improved handling and safety. IMPORTANCE OF PRE-ALIGNMENT CHECKS When implementing an alignment program in-house, it’s important to complete pre-alignment checks for every vehicle.

Consistently practicing thorough prealignment inspections can lead to an increased bottom line for your company. When you perform these checks, you significantly decrease your chances of overlooking a problem that could cause vehicle issues later, which could, in turn, cost your business money. The first step in any pre-alignment inspection is to check and record the “cold” inflation pressure on each tire, typically after the vehicle has been at rest for several hours. Both steer tires should have roughly the same pressure, as should all drive tires and all trailer tires when compared to each other. Remember: No matter how precisely aligned the camber, caster, toe and tracking angles - the

To achieve maximum truck efficiency, Bee Line promotes measuring and correcting all major alignment angles to ensure a total vehicle wheel alignment. vehicle will still pull if there is uneven tire pressure. Next steps involve checking the tires for irregular wear, including fast wear, feather wear, cupping, diagonal wear, rapid shoulder wear and one-sided wear. The type of tire wear patterns can indicate specific alignment problems. For example, a toe condition can quickly and easily be diagnosed if a technician notices steer tire feather wear to be in the same direction across the axle. Also, make sure to check for problems like damaged springs, worn kingpins, loose bearings or worn steering linkage in the suspension. While all inspections may not be necessary, properly executed checks ensure that each and every vehicle serviced in your bay is evaluated in the same way.

CONCLUSION Whether you opt to bring alignment in-house, or continue to have vehicle alignment completed at another shop, a comprehensive pre-alignment check and more frequent alignments to vehicles on your fleet can aid in reducing operating costs. Howard Williams is the Corporate Technical Sales Specialist at Bee Line Company. He has lead the computerized wheel alignment and truck frame correction factory and on-site training courses for Bee Line for more than 20 years. With his professional technical training and hands-on experience, Williams also oversees the corporate technical sales efforts for Bee Line. Visit for more information.


Shop Tools & Equipment:

Take Advantage of Every Fuel Savings Opportunity


hen it comes to the alignment on your trucks, “close enough” can cost you a lot of money. Alignment is extremely important from a tire-cost perspective. With the rising costs facing Fleets today, it is unquestionably important to take advantage of every savings opportunity. If the truck isn’t properly aligned, fuel economy will suffer right along with tire life. In fact, the two are interrelated. Where do you think the energy needed to scrub that rubber off your tires comes from? Right out of your fuel tank. If you are experiencing irregular tire wear due to misalignment, fuel economy is suffering too. Performing more frequent alignments provides better control over vehicle condition. A spokesperson for a major tire manufacturer reports that 1/8” excessive toe error produces 8’ of side slippage per mile, which can result in a reduction of tire life by as much as 25%. When does it make sense for your fleet to acquire and operate your own alignment equipment? Vehicle alignment is often cited as a luxury maintenance item. It’s known that proper alignment reduces certain types of tire wear and can improve fuel economy. The problem is, alignment is often not performed unless there’s an obvious need for it. Cost is often cited as a barrier to more frequent alignments, as is the inconvenience of sending the truck out to have the work done. The alignment itself takes almost no time at all, but you can tie up a truck and a driver for hours getting the truck to an alignment shop. The number of vehicles in the fleet helps to determine if it makes sense to bring the work in-house where it can be performed more conveniently and more frequently, ultimately controlling costs and lowering total cost of ownership. Another advantage to having your own alignment equipment is the pre-delivery inspection. Alignment should be checked when the truck is delivered, not at the first PM. If it’s not right when it’s brand new, it’s not going to be later on. It may be several months into the life of the vehicle when tire wear issues and driver handling complaints begin to manifest themselves. By then, it’s too late. The OE likely won’t honor the alignment warranty even though it may have not been correct in the first place. With a dedicated alignment program, and one that is adhered to, it is possible to save tens of thousands of dollars per vehicle, per year, and this does not include the other benefits which include improved handling and safety. Align your fleet for laser accurate performance and reduce your operating

costs today. Calculate your Fleets savings here by

going to fleet/fleet-savings-calculator.

To learn more go to www.beeline-co. com/markets/fleet.


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Truck Systems & Equipment

The Changing Face of Fleet Maintenance


nyone who has spent time handling or maintaining a fleet of trucks or equipment knows the challenges of keeping every one of those assets ready to work. While it’s nice to be able to rely on factory trained techs working in a spotless dealershipowned maintenance bay, the real world that many of us operate in means that maintenance and even repairs will fall on our own team. After all, as operating expenses and gross margins have gotten smaller and smaller in the last two decades and the price of trucks and heavy equipment has risen out of proportion to any other scale in our business, the role and the expectations of the fleet manager and the maintenance staff has changed. With that change, the vehicles we see supporting fleet maintenance have changed dramatically, too. Where once, the “shop truck” was just something that ran well enough to get a mechanic and his tools to a broken-down truck in

the fleet, today that support vehicle is a highly customized truck or van that is purposefully designed to do a specific series of jobs wherever the need exists. It could have onboard air, an environmentally friendly lubrication exchange system, even welders - but it can also carry everything a tech needs to keep heavy equipment and OTR trucks on the job. One of the companies that recognized this shift in needs for fleet managers and service teams was Expertec, started over a decade ago in Edmonton. Now featuring three locations - Edmonton, Calgary, and Abbotsford, Expertec is in the business of up-fitting trucks and vans for fleet service and to handle “hots shots” out into the field to handle repair and maintenance. Recently, VTT had the chance to speak with Kurt Laschuk, Marketing Manager at Expertec’s Edmonton location and ask him about how economic demands have changed what companies look for in a

service vehicle. “For starters,” said Laschuk, “just a couple of decades ago, the expectations that consumers had for their vehicles weren’t as high. You bought a big truck or piece of equipment and put it to work. If something broke, chances were, you had maintenance on site or a relationship with a local repair facility and simply dealt with it. In a lot of industrial


Evaluating a Quality Company


hen in the market for a new car, truck or bus lift, it’s important to look past the lift equipment itself to the company that builds and stands behind it. Sure, evaluating capacity, footprint and certification is important but, if you stop there, your money may not go as far as it could. “Product functionality tends to drive lift purchase decisions - ensuring the lift does what you need it to do, look good, fits in the space you have and so on,” says Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift Director of Heavy Duty Product Management. “However, there’s so much more that goes into a solid purchasing decision, like the manufacturer’s reputation so you know what to expect from initial inquiry all the way to product

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delivery. Digging into the ‘who’ you’re buying from and not just the ‘what’ can help you feel secure in the decision you make now and in any future purchase decisions.” Before committing to a specific brand of vehicle lift, consider these 10 factors to ensure maximum performance, support and, most importantly, success: 1. Reputation Word-of-mouth is the best way to determine a company’s reputation. Talk to your colleagues about their experiences and ask your manufacturer’s rep for a list of references. 2. Financial Stability Lift manufacturers that have been in business for decades and continue to invest in new and innovative products will likely be in business for the life of your lift. 3. Company Breadth & Depth Look for a manufacturer that offers a variety of lift types and models and can recommend those that are best suited for your needs. 4. Commitment to Quality Manufacturers that make a commitment to  quality  significantly outperform the competition. At minimum, look for ISO 9001 certification and membership in the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI). 5. Facility Planning

A committed lift manufacturer will help you maximize shop productivity by providing custom architectural layouts, CAD blocks and specifications. 6. Engineering & Design Look for a manufacturer with  expertise  to design and engineer its lifts inhouse and to cycle test them to the equivalent of at least 10 years of real-world use. 7. Qualified Local Partners A reputable manufacturer will offer its lifts through qualified, factory-trained distributors who can provide local installation, service and inspection. 8. Factory Support A good manufacturer will always be available to help you with  online and phone support conducted by trained specialists in North America. 9. Parts Availability Downtime means lost revenue and productivity, so be sure your lift manufacturer has genuine OE replacement parts available immediately from a local distributor or shipped within 24 hours. 10. Warranty Cover yourself for the long term with a warranty that clearly states which components are covered and under which conditions, what labor costs are included, and whether local authorized service and extended warranties are available. Rotary has been building lifts in America longer than anyone else. To learn more about Rotary and its full line of lifts, visit


or commercial operations, it wasn’t unusual to build a facility on site to handle repairs and maintenance. Today, though, companies can’t - or won’t - spend that kind of money and fleets are built to run lean - fewer vehicles doing more work. Downtime is unacceptable. At the same time, other industries, logging, for example, are going into more rugged country they never have worked before. It’s not financially or environmentally viable to build there.” The result has been the rise of the purpose-built maintenance vehicle. Expertec, and other companies like them, have created an industry that saves their customers money and puts fleet managers back in control of how and where service and repairs can be done. As Laschuk pointed out, “Many of the items we can build into a custom truck or van aren’t new ideas, but they’re reimagined and implemented in ways that keep the usefulness of the vehicle in mind. We’ve all seen welders, air compressors, and hydraulic systems put ‘on’ a truck, but we now have the ability to put them ‘in’ a truck, so the usefulness of that tool doesn’t take over the usefulness of that vehicle. When we install an air compressor system in a cargo van, it can be built into the vehicle in such a way that there are still plenty of payloads for tools, repair parts, and even work space out of the weather. Now our clients have a vehicle that can run the biggest impact wrench in the tool box … just like they could in a shop. Why tow it back when you can repair it right there?” At the same time, technology - both in vehicles and in software - means that support vehicles can be outfitted with exactly what they need for nearly any situation and those tools and replacement parts inventoried just like they were in a site-built shop. What that means is that instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a repair and maintenance facility, companies are having up-fitters like Expertec build custom support vehicles to handle many of those tasks where their fleet is - the logging yard, the remote pipeline, and even the side of the road. A key part of this decision is driven by the savings that companies can reinvest into their fleet - handling all the maintenance where the asset actually is via a purposebuilt support vehicle means heavy trucks and equipment are on site or on the road longer with less down time, and anyone who has ever managed a fleet knows that if the wheels aren’t spinning, you’re losing money. You can learn more about Expertec and their products and services at www.


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Special Feature:

Electric Trucks – Where They Make Sense


he North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) created this Guidance Report to provide perspective, insights, and resources on the complex topic of the viability of commercial battery electric vehicles (CBEVs), Classes 3 through 8. This report provides a foundation for understanding the key arguments for and against this rapidly evolving powertrain alternative. This report expands NACFE’s role to include emerging new technologies that may not yet be available in production. The fuel costs faced by the trucking industry are a significant part of the expense to operate a tractor-trailer in North America. Over the past decade fuel has been as high as $0.65 per mile driven and then dropped to $0.34 by 2016. At these two points, fuel costs accounted for 39% and 21% of the total cost of operating a commercial vehicle respectively. The price per gallon for diesel as of March 2018 has now risen to around $3.00 per gallon ($0.44 per mile) from the 2017 yearly average of $2.65. (Editor’s note: Canadian prices will vary) In addition, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have enacted greenhouse gas emissions regulations on commercial vehicles extended to 2027 that require manufacturers to develop and sell technologies to improve efficiency. These factors have driven fleets, manufacturers, and others to improve the efficiency of over-the-road tractortrailers. Fortunately, myriad technologies that can cost-effectively improve the fuel efficiency of Class 8 trucks are readily

available on the market today. While the industry continues to increase the adoption levels of these technologies, industry stalwarts and new startups are aggressively developing revolutionary new products such as electric powertrains for trucks and technologies that continue to increase automated operation. To assist the industry in these efforts, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is expanding its role with Guidance Reports - providing information on emerging new technologies that may not yet be available in production. Widespread innovation and technological advances are producing technologies and practices that could affect decisive, revolutionary, and potentially disruptive opportunities across the transportation industry. As novel concepts, new applications, and original modes of behavior reach the market, fleets and manufacturers need information on the benefits, challenges, and risks so that everyone can profit in this evolving landscape. NACFE hopes that by fleet managers using its Guidance Reports in the months and years leading to launch, the first generation of production technologies will perform much better and offer better return on investments. This Guidance Report on electric trucks represents the first in a subset of reports being published on emerging technologies. Subsequent reports will focus on specific product offerings for market segments, duty cycles, and relevant technologies. The goals of this Guidance Report are: (a) to present the viability of Class 3 through 8 commercial electric trucks, (b)

to discuss the pros and cons of this evolving alternative to diesel powertrains, and (c) to provide industry with the quality information needed to make sound business decisions on this rapidly emerging technology. ELECTRIC TRUCK ARGUMENTS Battery electric vehicles for commercial applications are here today and are a growing alternative to traditional gasoline, diesel, alternative fuel, and hybrid powertrains. Opinions vary on whether this technology is a viable alternative to traditional powertrains; they are considered a threat by some and a promise by others. While considerable capital is being invested as a result of CBEVs, information is rife with biases and vested interests. In research for this Guidance Report, NACFE identified some common arguments both for and against electric Class 3 through 8 commercial vehicles. The findings fall into several broad categories: weight, technology, cost, and charging/ electric grid issues. METHODOLOGIES This report’s conclusions were generated through interviews with fleets, manufacturers, and subject matter experts with first-hand experience with battery electric

vehicles and grid infrastructure. Fourteen fleets responded to a survey that was used to better understand their needs and plans with respect to electric truck adoption. An extensive list of references was researched with the same diligence and thoughtful processes NACFE uses with its Technology Confidence Reports. The references and links are provided at the end of the full report for those interested in more detail. The full report is available at www. or contact Mike Roeth at mike@ Provided by the NACFE. Copywrite © 2018 North American Council for Freight Efficiency. All rights reserved. The contents of this document are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any product, service, industry practice, service provider, manufacturer, or manufacturing process. Nothing contained herein is intended to constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice and NACFE assumes no liability for use of the report contents. No portion of this report or accompanying materials may be copied, reproduced, or distributed in any manner without express attribution to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.



New Tires for Waste Applications


ridgestone Americas Inc. showcased two new all-position radial tires at WasteExpo 2018. The Bridgestone M870™ and Firestone FS860™ tires are designed exclusively for the waste industry and will enter the market later this year. With these two products, Bridgestone expands its portfolio for the waste segment to provide innovative products at multiple price points. “Tires in the waste segment have to perform in one of trucking’s toughest applications. Waste fleets are looking to maximize uptime and lower their total cost of ownership, so they need tires with exceptional tread wear performance and retreadability,” said Eric Higgs, Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Bridgestone

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Americas Tire Operations. “As industry leaders, we strive to provide fleets with intelligent products, best-in-class technologies and services. With these new offerings, we will help make mobility more efficient for our waste customers.” Bridgestone displayed the following

products in booth #2635 at WasteExpo 2018: Bridgestone M870 all-position tire: The Bridgestone M870 tire is engineered for urban waste fleets in high-scrub and short-haul applications. The new design provides longer wear performance and features casing enhancements such as cooling fin technology and stone rejecter platforms to increase durability and help maximize retreadability. • Firestone FS860 all-position tire: The Firestone FS860 tire features a wide belt package for enhanced casing durability and angled grooves for traction in wet environments. The FS860 tire delivers the first 10,000 pound rated tire from Firestone, and offers a long-lasting tread

and retreadability. • Bandag BRM3TM retread: Designed for use in all wheel positions, the Bandag BRM3 retread works optimally in refuse environments and features an advanced tread design and scrub-resistant compound for long service life. The Bandag BRM3 retread has been proven to outperform comparable premium new tires in the waste segment.** In addition to the above products, Bridgestone also will demonstrate to waste fleets the role of retreading in achieving the full potential of their tire assets. To learn more about Bridgestone and the company’s tire management solutions, visit the Bridgestone Commercial website.


Business Insurance Matters

By Linda Colgan

The Importance of Up-to-date Driver’s Files


t surprises me at times reviewing driver’s files and viewing the massive content with prized carriers and the sheer sparseness with others. The importance of driver’s files cannot be voiced loudly enough. Somewhat like insurance, it’s just paper until there is a loss. When that time comes it’s too late and everything is left to hope. Hope that all the ducks are in a row and hope you have paid for the best. If not, it’s the size of the cheque that’s being written! Driver’s files should be a running library of information. Initially DQ files should harbour the initial abstracts both MVR and CVDR’s, fully completed applications, reference checks, contact information, copy of driver’s license, SIN, educational certificates/references, road test, drug and alcohol (if going to the US but certainly not a detriment to have on non-cross border operations) criminal check, PSP (if going over the border), medical as well as confirmation of orientation, testing, receipt of company manual and employee contract.

If an owner operator then copies of ownerships, maintenance records in addition to a copy of their personal auto insurance should be on file. From the initial hiring point driver’s qualification files should be updated with information forging forward. Files should never be put into a filing cabinet and forgotten. At a Bare minimum, abstracts should be pulled every quarter, reviewed and inserted into the file. Annual review and testing should be evidenced in the driver’s qualification file as well as attendance at all drivers’ meetings. Companies should encourage education. Evidence of continuing education should find their place in the DQ files as well.

If an incident or remedial action has taken place during the course of employment, these records should be kept in the driver’s referencing that a circumstance/ situation has been discussed and course of action has taken place or is in process. Pay attention to the files, they are as important as the drivers themselves. Files should be consistent from one file to the next. The files should exude as much pride as the company culture and operation. For DOT, MTO insurance auditors, files that are fully completed (no blanks) and formatted the same makes the review process more fluent and convenient. If the files are consistent it also is easier to identify if information is missing.

Should a serious claim arise having driver qualification files in order provides initial relief and comfort. If driver files are under the scrutiny in a legal battle they can provide a vote of confidence when they are fully complete and compliant. Files can either provide a sense of security or vulnerability in a legal situation. Linda Colgan has been an Insurance Broker in the transportation industry since 1986 and is Senior Account Executive with Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. Contact Linda at 416.809.3103 or feel free to email Linda at lcolgan@


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Truck Equipment:

UFO+ Lock & Vehicle Access & Security Issues


ational Fleet Products, a leading North American supplier of cargo lifting equipment, loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, has introduced its newest offering, the UFO+ Lock for rear and side vehicle doors. The UFO+ automatically locks when closed, improving in-rout security compliance and operator convenience. Its sleek, tough, stainless steel lock body is drill resistant, and its shape makes it virtually impossible for tools to get a grip. Padlocks, puck locks and similar mechanisms have long been used to secure commercial vehicle doors, but they present a number of problems, particularly in today’s high-volume delivery environment. Once unlocked, removable locks must generally be detached from a hasp or flange, and after a vehicle door is opened, the locks are often left hang-

ing – or worse, placed on a bumper. Reapplying these “high-touch” locks is time consuming, and if a hand truck must be re-stowed after delivery, even more time can be wasted. The new UFO+ Lock from National Fleet Products makes primitive padlock-based and other hand-manipulated security systems obsolete. The UFO+ Lock remains in a fixed position and does not rotate, slide or detach. A single, reversible key quickly unlocks the door and can stay with the operator. Once cargo is unloaded, the door can be closed again and automatically locks without the use of the key. “The UFO+ Lock is perfect for fleets with delivery staffs who are under pressure to unload cargo swiftly, while maintaining cargo security in an unmanned vehicle,” Steven Peterson, President of National Fleet Products, said. “In a last-mile delivery scenario, speed, efficiency and security

can mean the difference between winning or losing a contract, as well as the cargo.” National Fleet Products’ UFO+ Lock makes it easy for delivery professionals to swiftly move in and out of vehicles, unimpeded by the repetitive task of locking, unlocking and handling padlocks and other high-touch locking devices. The self-locking feature on the UFO+ means delivery personnel are in and out in a flash, and with its interior unlocking cable, they can enter to perform prep work in a closed and secure cargo area before exiting. “The UFO+ Lock essentially turns a vehicle’s cargo compartment into a tamper-resistant vault,” Peterson said. “And with its ‘slam-lock’ feature, vehicle personnel will never forget to lock the doors – if they’re closed, they’re locked.” For more information, visit


Ancra’s Retract-A-Roll


he Retract-A-Roll 4 is the latest state-of-the-art pneumatic roller track system bringing aircraft technology to your trailers. The Retract-A-Roll 4 is easy to operate and even easier to maintain. With the improved design, loading and unloading is quicker - drastically reducing material handling time, which falls right to the bottom line. Ancra’s pneumatic roller track systems are powered by the pneumatics off your trucks existing air supply, built to take abuse of forklifts and instantly convert back to a smooth floored trailer for general freight operations.  In addition, Ancra’s Retract-A-Roll systems are manufactured with safety interlock. Should the operator fail to lower the roller system, a backup safety control value automatically lowers rollers when the vehicles brakes are released, assuring the load remains secure

while in transit, employees stay safe, and there is no damage to surrounding structures caused by any shift in cargo. The controls for Retract-A-Roll are centrally located in an easy to access weatherproof container, making operation easy, safe, and reliable. The biggest advantage of Retract-A-Roll 4 is the heavy duty top plate featuring a dual skate wheel design. Hi-strength, 11-gauge stamped, interlocking steel top plates have a galvanized finish to fight corrosion and are easy to remove for maintenance, only being held in place with two screws. Only 40 total screws are needed in a standard 5-lane system compared to 220 screws required in other systems. The dual skate wheel design results in a smaller opening in the top plate to help prevent any debris from entering and puncturing the air bag, lowering maintenance cost

and downtime. Ancra’s Retract-A-Roll systems are designed with flexibility in mind and can be retrofitted in virtually any trailer, even used trailers. Thus, breathing new life into

an existing piece of equipment, making it nearly as efficient as a trailer straight off the production line. For more information, visit


Carrier Transicold Improves Solara™ Heating Unit


ngineered to protect temperature sensitive products transported by trailer or rail through subfreezing ambient conditions, Carrier Transicold’s Solara™ heating unit now features the APX ™ control system, providing improved functionality. Using a Z482 2cylinder diesel engine, compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 standard, the Solara unit can generate 50,000 BTU/ hour of heating at 0 degrees Fahrenheit ambient to protect against the freezing of sensitive commodities such as produce, beverages, flowers, plants, 14    June 2018

paints and chemicals, pharmaceuticals and more. “The addition of the APX controller means Solara unit users now enjoy the same advantages found with our trailer refrigeration system controls,” said Patrick McDonald, Product Manager, Trailer Products, Carrier Transicold. “The modular APX system combines control intelligence, temperature control and system reliability with amazingly simple operation.” The APX controller has an easy to read, full information dashboard style display and is preloaded with Carrier Transciold’s programmable Intel-

liSet™ software to easily create heating parameters for different commodities. With the APX controller, the DataLink™ data recorder is now integral to the Solara unit, and a USB port makes for easy data downloading and uploading of information to the controller. Built in diagnostics simplify service and troubleshooting for technicians. For more information about the improved Solara heating unit, turn to the experts in Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network, visit servicesupport/#3.


Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

Why it is Important to Have a Truck Tire Repaired Properly


onsider this: You are an owner operator, or the manager of a trucking fleet and you have chosen to only use one of the best major brand tires on your fleet of trucks, whether it is a fleet of one truck or one thousand. Last Monday you had one of the new tires you purchased installed on one of your trucks in a drive tire position. You probably paid in excess of $500 Canadian for the tire; let’s say it was an 11R22.5 or a 295/80R22.5, both popular sizes. Your truck left the yard at about 10:00 AM and at 1:00 PM while traveling down the highway less than 100 miles from home base it picked up a large nail that had just fallen off the truck ahead of it. A few minutes later the driver noticed that something was wrong – very wrong! – with how his truck was handling, so he pulled off the highway and discovered that the left front drive tire was nearly flat. Not being a moron, he knew that the right thing to do was to NOT continue down the highway with one grossly underinflated tire because he knows that if he did he would probably ruin the tire and possibly damage the other tire next to it on the dual wheel position. What to do? Happily, he did the right thing and called for help. Since his truck had a spare (unfortunately, not too common; look for yourself the next time you pass an 18 wheeler on the highway) he only needed a service truck to come and change the damaged tire and put on the spare so that he could continue on his way. About an hour later he was back in action with the damaged tire in the area under the trailer where the spare is normally kept. That evening when he returned to home base he unloaded the damaged tire and the next day he took it to his local tire dealer who informed him that he was lucky that it was only a nail puncture and the damage was in the center of the tread area and not near the sidewall, meaning that “we can

easily put in a plug and have you on your way in less than 15 minutes and it will only cost you just a few bucks.” Whoa! Something smelled bad with what the tire dealer told him, and the trucker decided to pass and visit another tire dealer just down the road. Lucky he did! The second tire dealer had a well trained staff and understood that the ONLY way to properly repair a tire was from the inside and NOT by simply putting in a plug. The first thing the second

tire dealer did was to carefully inspect the damaged tire to be certain it was repairable. Luckily, it was. The second tire dealer then removed the nail and had the damaged area properly prepared for the plug and patch that would be installed into the tire from the inside. The cost was somewhat more than “just a few bucks” but a whole lot LESS than the cost of a new tire, and more importantly the properly repaired tire was able to be put back into full use and live out its normal

first life and even be suitable for retreading for succeeding lives. By being smart enough to do the right thing the trucker saved hundreds of dollars and might have even saved lives because improperly repaired tires often do come apart and when they fail on the road all hell can break loose, and may result in a catastrophic accident causing loss of lives. Finally, please feel free to contact us at the Retread Tire Association via email to info@ or call 831.620.5345.


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Wheels & Tracks in Motion at the Simcoe County Museum


hat do rock-crushers, earthmovers, steam shovels, and road graders all have in common? These machines are just some of the incredible pieces of equipment that you will see up close and in action at the Simcoe County Museum. Bring the entire family to experience live historical equipment demonstrations at our annual Wheels & Tracks in Motion event running June 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Simcoe County Museum has joined together with the Historical Construc-

tion Equipment Association of Canada (H.C.E.A.) to put on this exciting and interactive show for the whole family. Observe working demonstrations of historical construction equipment spread throughout the Museum’s grounds. These iron giants include a steam shovel, steam roller, cable shovels, road graders, rock crushers, bulldozers, earthmovers, stationary power equipment, and vendors of model trucks, tractors and more. Ride on one of our people-movers

INDUSTRY NEWS SNIPPETS: JUNE 2018 Per Carlsson, currently the global Senior Vice President of Strategy & Transformation Office for Volvo Trucks, has been appointed Acting President of Volvo Trucks North America. He will, on an interim basis, succeed Göran Nyberg, who has decided to take a position outside the Volvo Group. Per Carlsson has held several senior management positions in the Volvo Group over the last 33 years, including serving as President of Volvo Trucks North America from 2008–2009 and as Chief Operating Officer of the Group’s North American truck operations from 2010– 2011. The recruitment process to identify a new North American president is underway. ••• Top Fleet Employers 2018 HR Leader of the Year Nominations now open – May 1 – August 31, results will be announced at a Gala in Toronto on October 11. ••• Anheuser–Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric heavy-duty trucks from Nikola Motor Company as part of a plan 16    June 2018

to convert its entire dedicated fleet to renewable power by 2025. ••• On May 17, 2018 Daimler Trucks North America celebrated the opening of its newest parts distribution center in Grimes, Iowa. This new facility will complement DTNA’s already expansive service network and continue DTNA’s long–term strategy to enhance the customer experience. ••• Cummins and Chinese manufacturer JAC Motors have announced a 50–50 joint–venture partnership after Cummins purchased Navistar’s 50% equity position in the JAC– Navistar Diesel Engine Company. ••• The U.S. dump truck service market is expected to reach $20.64 billion by 2025 according to Hexa Research in its new report, “U.S. Dump Truck Service Market Size and Forecast By Type (Non liquid & Non Packaged Cargo) By End–Use (Construction Industry, Mining Industry) And Trend Analysis, 2015 – 2025”. ••• Kalmar recently released an electric version of its T2 terminal tractor and plans to have a fully electric equipment offering by 2021.


to take in all the action or walk in the tracks of these mighty machines. Stay for the day and purchase a BBQ lunch at one of our concession stands, or pack your own lunch to enjoy at our covered picnic areas. Enjoy the Museum galleries and indoor event-related displays, including a hands-on area for building a Meccano masterpiece, and viewing completed Meccano models that will inspire and amaze. This is an experience for all ages that you won’t want to miss it. Event rates are Museum Members and preschoolers are admitted free, adults

$6, student and seniors $5, and children $4. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at museum. or call 705.728.3721. Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at for further details.



Minimizer Donates Youth Bikes & Helmets for 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo


looming Prairie, Minnesota – For the third straight year, Minimizer is helping supply kids with the necessary equipment to ride a bike. “There’s nothing better than seeing all the smiles on kids’ faces,” Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. Minimizer, along with KIK Marketing, the Blooming Prairie Youth Club and the Blooming Prairie Police Department, hosted a Bike Rodeo last weekend. Children of all ages brought their bikes out to Minimizer’s corporate headquarters for some fun and games, and they didn’t leave empty-handed. “Each kid will receive a brand-new bike helmet, courtesy of Minimizer,” Kruckeberg said. “They’re really excited.” “All the officers love children, and we love to be able to help in any way possible. Our children come first and we want nothing more than to keep them safe,” Blooming Prairie Police Chief Greg Skillestad said. “It’s great to have Minimizer here to support the kids in our community as well as the BP Police Department.” Minimizer also donated 12 youth bikes

and $3,000 to the BP Police Department to help organize the Bike Rodeo. “We had 74 bikes registered and 64 kids signed up to win one of the 12 bikes,”

Skillestad said. “Minimizer continues to make this possible every year. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to make this as great as it is.”

“It was a really great day,” Kruckeberg said. “Any time you can help this community, especially the kids, you have to do it.”


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VOCATIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY The Products & Services Directory is your direct route to professional companies serving the Trucking Industry across Canada. Include your company in the directory by contacting Barb Woodward by phone at 877.225.2232 ext 300 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING




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BALANCED PENNIES BOOKKEEPING For all your bookkeeping needs contact us today Tel: 613.438.7748 Fax: 613.651.9888



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

Canadian consulting and training resource company, committed to providing exceptional products and services to the transportation industry, specializing in D.O.T. drug and alcohol compliance. 490 McGeachie Drive Milton, ON L9T 3Y5 Toll Free: 888.812.0099 Tel: 905.693.0660 Fax: 905.693.0332

We are a family-oriented business looking to hire Company Drivers and select O/O for cross-border and Ontario/Quebec runs. We offer competitive compensation, bridge & fuel cards and Pre-pass transponders. 3700 Weston Road Toronto, ON M9L 2Z4 Toll Free: 866.857.5166 Tel: 416.667.9700 Fax: 416.667.8272



RAMANJEET TUNG PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Ramanjeet Tung Professional Corporation is a Chartered 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


DPF CLEANING SPECIALISTS 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

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

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 DRIVESHAFTS


CROSS BORDER SERVICES Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation!

5314 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Y8 Tel: 905.878.7161 or


C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars. 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Tel: 905.973.9136 Alt Tel: 289.337.9134 Contact: Dawn Truell, B.B.A., B.A. Psy


PAT’S DRIVELINE “Over 35 years of Driveshaft Manufacturing Expertise” ALBERTA

14715-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8826 Tel: 780.453.5105 Fax: 780.452.3555 ONTARIO

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

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

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Cell: 416.528.5849 or

EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION LTD. A trucking company based in Grimsby, Ontario that specializes in the movement of oversize and overweight loads. We have an extensive line of heavy haul equipment including flatbeds, step-decks, double drops, floats, minidecks, extendable trailers, steering dollies and multiaxle transporters with capacities up to 80 tons. 263 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y6 Toll Free: 800.263.0240 Tel: 905.945.9654 Fax: 905.945.4151



FLO COMPONENTS LTD. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!”

Tel: 905.951.5487 Contact: Don Branston

••• 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


S.E.T.I. Inc.

49 Simpson Road Bolton, ON L7E 2R6

BEKA-LUBE PRODUCTS INC. “BEKA is Canada’s leading brand of automatic lubrication systems for industrial, over-the-road and off-road applications. All BEKA products are designed with the durability required for harsh environments found on trucks, agricultural and construction machinery.” 2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050vFax: 905.858.0597

DYNAMIC FREIGHT SOLUTIONS INC. Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. is the asset-based affiliate of North American Logistics providing transportation solutions to Canada and the United States, specializing in daily trips in and out of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Dynamic Freight Solutions features heated and tailgate trailers for temperature control or special moves such as furniture or store fixtures.

DANATEC EDUCATIONAL SERVICES LTD. “Safety Training. Your Expert Provider.” 201-11450 29th Street SE Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366 Tel: 403.232.6950 Fax: 403.232.6952

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

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





KELSEY TRAIL TRUCKING LTD. 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! 2246 Bowman Street Innisfil, ON L9S 3V5 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


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


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


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


LIQUID CAPITAL MIDWEST CORP. “Others Promise… We Deliver” White Glove Service and Industry Expertise. Same-day funding, including weekends. Customized competitive rates. 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


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


BEKA-LUBE PRODUCTS INC. “Providing a selection of hand-held grease guns from the world-leading MATO application hardware. It delivers safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly handling of lubricants. Operators are able to apply grease precisely to the zerks or surfaces, but without the residual mess long associated with the lubricating process.” 2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050 • Fax: 905.858.0597




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


BRYSON & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. “It’s not what you pay. It’s what you 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


Aird & Berlis is a recognized as both a pioneer and a leader in transportation law. We provide strategic legal and business advice to companies operating in or servicing the transportation sector in Canada. Our range of expertise includes border security, customs compliance and enforcement, carrier safety, licensing and suspension, labour and employment, M&A, independent operator and tax matters. Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800 Toronto, ON M5J 2T9 Tel: 416.865.4642 • Fax: 416.863.1515


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


CANADIAN INSURANCE BROKERS INC. 1 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 415 Toronto, ON M4P 3Z1 Tel: 416.486.0951 • Fax: 416.489.5311


ERB AND ERB INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. What you want to protect the most. We protect the best! 818 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2B 1C3 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 • Fax: 519.741.1977 or


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



CREVIER LUBRICANTS 2320, rue de a Métropole Longueuil, QC J4G 1E6 Toll Free: 800.363.0590 Tel: 450.679.8866 Fax: 450.679.5818 ONTARIO – LONDON

CASE ‘N DRUM OIL 3462 White Oak Road London ON N6E 2Z9 Toll Free: 800.265.7642 Tel: 519.681.3772 Fax: 519.681.4680 ONTARIO – WHITBY

RP OIL 1111 Burns Street East, Unit 3 Whitby ON L1N 6A6 Toll Free: 800.335.6623 Tel: 905.666.2313 Fax: 905.666.2761 WESTERN CANADA

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.” 174 West Street South, 2nd Floor Orillia, ON L3V 6L4 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER CANADA LIMITED Package policies for both local and long haul fleets. Our team of transportation specialists have in-depth industry knowledge and extensive experience designing and implementing programs to fit our clients’ needs. 120 South Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670 • Tel: 905.479.6670 Markham: London:

PALMER ATLANTIC INSURANCE LTD. 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! 538 Main Street, Unit 1 Hartland, NB E7P 2N5 Toll Free: 800.267.8006 Tel: 506.375.7500 Fax: 506.375.4232

CATALYS LUBRICANTS 7483, Progress Way Delta BC V4G 1E7 Toll Free: 855.946.4226 Tel: 604.946.4226 • Fax: 604-946-1499

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KROWN CORPORATE CLERAL SCALES CLERAL is an onboard scale for trucks manufacturer since 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

“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




FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Proud distributors of Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Landoll and more.


TRANSCOURT TANK LEASING Toll Free: 888.407.3830 Contacts:


Mike Trianos


VULCAN ON-BOARD SCALES On-board weighing systems for the trucking industry. 1765 Springfield Road, Unit 106 Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 • Fax: 604.944.1482


Grease & oil pumps, hose reels, meters, control valves – all the necessary components to safely store, dispense and track your service shop’s bulk fluids. 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358 Components by:


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


Kevin Quick


KEE TRAINING ACADEMY TARPS & TARPING SYSTEMS 730 PERMIT SERVICES INC. Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits. BROCKVILLE 1245 California Avenue Brockville, ON K6V 7N5 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


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


535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 • Fax: 519.537.7956

“Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing Toll Free: 888.667.5438 • Tel: 416.398.9474



Truck Parking Available 1115 Midway Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2C1 Tel: 647.945.1010

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 ]

PERMITS & SERVICES C.U.T.C. INC. Serving the Transportation industry since 1989. 1295 Crois Carol Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963

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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 T8X 5G9 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 MANITOBA


Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 • Fax: 204.571.5982


For TruckPro locations see page 27







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


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

“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


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


For Traction locations see page 26



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

CALGARY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 5350-72nd Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 4X5 Toll Free: 800.661.3126 Tel: 403.236.9712 • Fax: 403.236.7249

MISSISSAUGA 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 •

THUNDER BAY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 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


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







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



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. 1365 Bonhill Road Mississauga, ON L6T 1M1 Toll Free: 800.385.8801 Tel: 905.670.0100 • Fax: 905.670.8128


THE SARJEANT CO. LTD. Hwy 90 and 400 cut off. 15 Sarjeant Drive Barrie, ON L4N 4V9 Toll Free Tel: 800.461.8475 Tel 705.728.2460 • Fax: 705.728.8643 Clear Diesel – Dyed Diesel – Regular – Mid-Grade – Premium – DEF at pumps. Open 24-7, restaurant & parking.


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


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 Toll Free Fax: 800.267.9024 Tel: 905.209.9744 • Fax: 905.209.9757


ALLIED TRANSMISSIONS LTD. Allied Transmissions Ltd. is an authorized Allison dealer who is committed to providing the highest standard of service. 235149 Ryan Road S.E. Calgary, AB T1X 0K1 Toll Free: 888.232.2203 Tel: 403.279.9505 • Fax: 403.279.7362 Authorized Allison Dealer


FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more.


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




A quality North American Manufacturer since 1969, SWS Warning Lights Inc. is known for innovation, service and high qulity safety warning lights. We look to constantly progress as a company so we can provide you with the best built lights for your fleet. 7695 Blackburn Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0A6 Toll Free: 877.357.0222 Tel: 905.357.0222 • Fax: 905.357.9122




Servicing Truck, RV, Oilfield, Highway, Bus, Construction Automatic & Powershift Transmissions as well as Chelsea PTO Sales & Service Specializing in parts and service for the Allison Transmission. Over 15+ years of Service Excellence in Western Canada & Abroad. RR 1, Site 1, Box 9 27312 – 84, Twp 394 Aspelund Industrial Park Blackfalds, AB TOM 0J0 Toll Free: 877.321.7732 (SPEC) Tel: 403.885.5566 • Fax: 403.885.2556


Your Complete Driveline Service Center. Authorized Allison Overhaul & Maintenance Dealer. Large Inventory of the Most Popular Clutches, Transmissions & Differentials. FactoryTrained Rebuilders & 9 Service Bays. 13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 • Fax: 905.642.2293

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



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


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.


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



DRIVE STAR SHUTTLE SYSTEM LTD. Providing “drive-away” and “tow-away” services to the class 6, 7 and 8 truck markets in both Canada and the United States. 1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Toll Free: 866.378.7827 Tel: 289.285.3000

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

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



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 (4327) Tel: 506.855.GEAR (4327) Fax: 506.859.GEAR (4327)

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


COMPASS VEHICLE DELIVERY INC. All types of vehicles delivered across Canada. We specialize in fleet relocation. P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 4-996 County Road 40 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Tel: 613.392.9676 Fax: 613.392.8730

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Petro-Canada Lubricants

By Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison

A Focus on Lower Viscosity Engine Oils


ne of the leading operating expenses for heavy duty trucking fleets is fuel, often accounting for 30-40 per cent of overall costs, so even small decreases in fuel consumption can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Fleet owners want to ensure they are operating their vehicles in the most cost-efficient and sustainable way, which contributes to their overall business management and maintains compliance with industry regulations around engine emissions. A simple and effective method of doing this is by switching to low viscosity engine oil to reduce overall fuel consumption. But what are low viscosity oils and how can fleets benefit from them? Lower viscosity engine oils reduce viscous drag on moving parts and enable oil to flow more efficiently through the engine, reducing parasitic losses which can improve fuel economy. These engine oils can also reduce the time it takes for engines to warm up, which produces impressive results while providing

superior protection in colder climates. What do I need to consider before making the switch? The API CK-4/FA-4 oil category has placed a heavy focus on improving fuel economy. We expect FA-4 oils to deliver up to 2 per cent improved fuel economy over conventional SAE 15W-40 and result in up to 1 per cent better fuel economy versus an API CK-4 SAE 10W30 diesel engine oil in on-road service. Careful consideration is critical if you’re planning to make the transition to lower viscosity engine oils. Improving fuel economy while compromising the protection of your engines is not a good trade o f f . But with planning and high performance engine oil that doesn’t compromise on engine protection, switching to lower viscosity engine oil can yield excellent returns. CONSULT WITH YOUR OEM When considering any engine oil viscosity grade change, you


PowerLuber Grease Gun Contest Winner


utomatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. announces the winner of the Lincoln 1844 PowerLuber Grease Gun Giveaway Contest. Gabriel Lopez, Marketing Specialist at FLO announced; “Congratulations to Ron Humphrey of North Bay, Ontario.  Ron’s name was drawn randomly from all eligible entries on April 21 in the FLO Truck World 2018 Booth and he successfully answered a skill testing question.” Lopez says, “People entered the contest

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by filling out the entry form on our website prior to the Truck World Show, or by filling out a ballot in person, during the show.” According to Lopez, the 18-volt PowerLuber was developed for heavy-duty applications and remains a valuable tool for technicians, mechanics, maintenance teams, farmers and anyone else who conducts lubrication and preventative maintenance tasks. Packed in a convenient heavy-duty carrying case molded from impact- and stain-resistant plastic, the 1844 comes complete with two rechargeable batteries, a 110v one-hour charger and a 30? high-pressure flex hose with spring guard. “We thank everyone who participated in the contest as well as the Media that helped get the word out about the contest and our sponsors - SKF Lubrication Business Unit.” To find out more about the contest or the PowerLuber given away, visit FLO’s Lincoln 1844 Grease Gun Giveaway Contest Website: For more information, call us: 1.800.668.5458, e-mail us:, visit our web site: www.


should consult with your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) who will be able to confirm if your warranty will be affected. Even if you are not under warranty, your OEM will have extensive and valuable experience and will have tested its models in various environments and with various engine oils. Most OEMs have a reference chart listing which viscosities are appropriate for a range of ambient temperatures. SEEK LUBRICANT EXPERTISE Lubricants are one of the most cost-effective and immediate ways to reduce fuel consumption, yet they only make up approximately 1 per cent of the total budget for most fleets. Expert lubricant manufacturers spend millions of dollars testing their lubricants under various conditions and in multiple engine types, so they can offer oil recommendations and advice on overall lubrication.

TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE We’re committed to supporting the transition of fleets to lower viscosity, API CK-4 oils to meet the demanding requirements of their trucks by taking part in the DURON™ Challenge. A customer-facing program designed to demonstrate the performance and value of the DURON product line to new and potential customers, the initiative offers fleets a free and no risk trial of DURON for use in one or more of their vehicles, along with expert support and oil analysis to demonstrate the tangible benefits the heavy duty oil can deliver to their operations. Marginal gains in fuel consumption can make a significant difference to a fleet’s bottom line. By transitioning to low viscosity oils, such as DURON, fleet owners and operators can improve fuel economy while ensuring their engines are protected in the harshest and most extreme of climates. To find out more about the DURON Challenge, please visit DURONChallenge. com.


Open Mike

By Mike McCarron, Left Lane Associates

Recruiting by Retaining


ne of the battles that truckers continue to wage is the hiring of drivers. Driving a truck is a tough job that the next generation clearly doesn’t want. Personally, I’d take a good driver over a good customer any day of the week. Customers will come and go based on a change in wind direction. A good driver can pay dividends for decades, and helps stop customers from blowing away. The conversation about drivers usually seems to revolve around recruiting, but once you learn how to keep drivers, you won’t have to worry as much about finding new ones. Without stating the obvious (the value of fair pay, honesty, good equipment, etc.), here are some of things today’s successful fleets are doing to retain the drivers who answer want ads. THE FIRST 365 DAYS Controlling early-stage turnover is your best opportunity to retain drivers.

In an analysis of more than 22,000 drivers, Stay Metrics concluded that if 100 drivers started work next Monday, 33 would be gone within 90 days, and 22 more would leave within 180 days. That’s 55% bidding au revoir in the first six months. A retention strategy starts from Day 1. Some companies meet with new recruits every 30 days for the first year. Others use mentor programs by partnering senior drivers with newbies. The most important thing is to recognize the math – and what drives bums away from your seats before you even get to know the driver’s name. GIVE DRIVERS A SAY Unlike other frontline employees, most drivers perform the same job their entire career. Not only does this make them trucking experts, it presents an opportunity to give them a voice in how you do business. Formally pick drivers’ brains and learn from their experience. Driver surveys,

councils, and a “don’t shoot the messenger” culture are good places to start. Respect goes a long way toward retention. It’s time to punt the impersonal Suggestion Box and show you really care. MAKE SURE THEY’RE WIRED Drivers who are engaged, entertained, and educated while away from home, are more likely to stick around. Engage them by encouraging the use of social media to share stories and pictures with their online community of coworkers, family, and friends. Educate them using webinars, online tutorials, and video sessions with company trainers. Entertain them during downtime by loading cabs with the latest bells and whistles. You can choose to spend your cash on “luxuries” like access to the NHL Network or on more want ads. It’s your call. KEEP ’EM HEALTHY Investing in a driver’s health will improve their odds of living longer, which is good for your business. It’s also the right thing to do! Give your drivers access to health clubs at home and on the road. Many fleets have helped truckers get off the butts with stop-smoking bonuses. A heathy driver is a happy driver. RESPECT THEIR CLAN Personally, I believe the worst part of being a truck driver is the time away from family. It would have killed me to be sitting in a truck stop while my kids were playing sports. Respecting families and making sure they’re cared for while mom or dad is

at work two time zones away is vital for retention. Don’t nickel and dime driver benefits. Make sure their plans include dental care, eye care, and prescriptions. Respect and celebrate your drivers’ unique cultural traditions. And if a driver needs an extra day at home to see the school play, let everyone know that’s a valid reason for time off. A driver is a precious asset that only grows more valuable with time. Recruiting efforts only bring drivers to your door. A retention strategy gives drivers a reason to stay and contribute to the success of your business. Mike McCarron is the president of Left Lane Associates, a firm that specializes in growth strategies, both organic and through mergers and acquisitions. A 33-year industry veteran, Mike founded MSM Transportation, which he sold in 2012. He can be reached at mike@, 844.311.7335, or @ AceMcC on Twitter.


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The Tank Trailer Industry – Why Lease? BY JOHN CAMPBELL


ost people have considered leasing versus purchasing a personal vehicle; however, when it comes to industrial equipment and in our industry, highway tankers, the rationale is quite a bit different and does not necessarily apply to all industrial and transportation equipment. It must make good business sense. Let’s consider some factors which justify operating leases for Highway Tankers: 1) The high capital cost of the highway tanker 2) The length of the contract for the transportation work 3) The risk of idle equipment once the contract ends 4) The specialty requirements of the commodity to be transported 5) The high amount of working capital which can be “freed-up” 6) The opportunities which may be compromised because capital is tied up in specialized equipment If any of these factors are considered threats to the corporate objectives, then an operating lease can eliminate all of them. The high capital cost of the highway tanker: Even a relatively low-cost tanker is still in the range of $80,000 to $100,000. High-pressure B-Trains run closer to $500,000 and the majority is in the range of $250,000 to $400,000. Regardless of the size of your company this will be a capital expenditure which will divert capital from other opportunities for more profitable return on equity invested. Operating leases solve the problem. For growing companies access to capital simply to fund accounts receivable, employ needed personnel etc., may be limited because so much money is tied up in high cost tankers. Another compelling reasoning for leasing may not be so obvious. Leasing companies tend to depreciate the asset over a longer term. This is reflected in the rate and often it can’t be achieved otherwise. Higher depreciation of owned equipment will affect the operating profit of the company. The length of the contract: Most contracts will have a length of two or three-year term and then they have to be re-bid. Often those contracts can be renewed, but there is no guarantee and there is always the thought. What do I do with this equipment if they do not renew? Operating leases completely illuminate this risk as the equipment can simply be returned. Even a delay or idle time between putting that equipment back to work can affect profit. The question needs to be asked “is the risk and the idle time in between contracts worth it?” The risk of utilizing a tanker, once the contract ends: This is closely related to the previous paragraphs. If the tanker is owned, there

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is always the pressure to rebid the contract at a lower rate simply because of the amount of capital tied up in that piece of equipment. It is probably better to go after another more profitable contract; return the tanker and lease whatever is ideal for the new contract and commodity, quite possibly a different configuration of tanker. The specialty requirements of the commodity to be transported: Every customer has specific variations which make their operation unique. It may be the commodity itself. It’s not just simply whether you run it in an aluminum or stainless-steel tank. It may require multiple compartments in order to deliver smaller quantities of different materials originating at the same source. It almost always must be specific configurations or unloading positions. Often there is a change in their customer delivery locations requiring different axle spreads to run various jurisdictions. (This is a very common reason for changing out equipment with many of our customers). It is common for contracts to start out being hauled in tandem trailers and then as the volume increases it requires more and more axles. The commodity could be carried in a tandem, but the profitability is greatly increased as you can go to more axles. We often will change equipment within the lease contract. We offer flexibility regardless of the length of the initial contract. We can always find a home for the equipment that is coming off lease. The amount of working capital which will be impaired: As already mentioned operating leases free up capital which could be used more profitably. Transcourt Tank Leasing can take the risk as we provide equipment to a wide range of industries, and geographically we are supplying tankers throughout North America. Often, we can move equipment between provinces and states in order to service customers. What is a risk for most tanker transport companies

is not a high risk for Transcourt. We can readily place equipment elsewhere. Leasing lets you keep that capital, so it can be employed elsewhere in one’s company. The opportunities which may be compromised because capital is tied up: Every company likes to have reserve capital in order to move on opportunities which appear, sometimes with no warning. It is nice to be in a position when

something opportunistic comes along; to be able to move on it. Because tankers are one of the higher capital items in the transportation industry, very high capital costs can be completely eliminated with operating leases. To summarize it all; leasing tankers is really all about employing capital efficiently and having capital available for more profitable opportunities.


Cross Border Services

By Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services

Canadian Border Resources Sent to Quebec


anadian Border Services Officers and RCMP Officers are currently being diverted from their current posts to Quebec to help deal with the influx of asylum seekers into Canada. There have been 7,612 refugees just in the first four months of this year 2018, of those; over 7,300 have entered through the borders into Quebec. Given that 96% of illegal border crossing are happening into Quebec, the Officers are being sent to help, as there are far too many to handle now. The RCMP and CBSA are predicting that there will be about 400 crossings per day over this summer period. Due to this, the Canadian Government has set up temporary housing for the asylum seekers at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle where the

majority of this is occurring. Quebec’s population is going to rise tremendously and attempts to spread these asylum seekers across Canada to ease the burden on Quebec are in place. The unfortunate part of this measure is that those officers while attending to these refugees in Quebec, that leaves the rest of our borders weak, in jeopardy and also to face increased wait times at both land borders and airports. For more information about aiding in the fight against smuggling, terrorism and safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at, email


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Traction Locations







BONNYVILLE TRACTION BONNYVILLE Northern Truck & Industrial 6201-C 50th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2L9 Tel: 780.826.5855 BROOKS TRACTION BROOKS NAPA Auto Parts 99 - 7th Street East Brooks, AB T1R 1C1 Tel: 403.501.5551 DRAYTON VALLEY TRACTION DRAYTON VALLEY Drayton Valley Auto Parts Ltd. 3347 - 50th Street Drayton Valley, AB T7A 0C6 Tel: 780.542.6881 EDMONTON TRACTION HEAD OFFICE 18532 - 116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5S 2W8 Tel: 780.489.7555 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 18051 - 111th Avenue North West Edmonton NW, AB T5S 2P2 Tel: 780.444.4334 EDMONTON SOUTH TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 3404 - 78th Avenue Edmonton South, AB T6B 2X9 Tel: 800.252.7992 EDSON TRACTION EDSON NAPA Auto Parts 4833 - 2nd Avenue Edson, AB T7E 1T8 Tel: 780.712.4152 FAIRVIEW TRACTION FAIRVIEW Fairview Automotive & Industrial Supplies 11019 - 101st Avenue Fairview AB T0H 1L0 Tel: 780.835.4971 FORT MCMURRAY TRACTION FORT MCMURRAY Paramount Parts Inc. 10218 King Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X9 Tel: 780.791.3000

GRANDE PRAIRIE TRACTION GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin HD Inc. 16101 - 101st Street, Unit 4 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0P2 Tel: 780.538.3038 HIGH PRAIRIE TRACTION HIGH PRAIRIE High Prairie Truck & Trailer Ltd. 5309 - 53rd Avenue, Hwy 2 West High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Tel: 780.523.4777 HINTON TRACTION HINTON NAPA Auto Parts 120 North Street Hinton, AB T7V 1S8 Tel: 780.865.8800 LA CRETE TRACTION LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRACTION LLOYDMINSTER Truck Zone Inc. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRACTION MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue South West Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRACTION PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655 RED DEER TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 8045 Edgar Industrial Cr. Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.342.7884 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE TRACTION ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NAPA Auto Parts 4528F - 47th Avenue Rocky Mtn House, AB T4T 0A9 Tel: 403.845.2709

SUNDRE TRACTION SUNDRE Partco Truck Parts & Service 7 West Road Industrial Park Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Toll Free: 800.372.7826 WABASCA TRACTION WABASCA Pelican Automotive 2330 Pelican Business Park Wabasca, AB T0G 2A0 Tel: 780.891.3600 WHITECOURT TRACTION WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

FORT NELSON TRACTION FORT NELSON NAPA Auto Parts 5320 - 49th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.2783 KAMLOOPS TRACTION KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRACTION KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Service 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 PORT MCNEILL TRACTION PORT MCNEILL North Island Pacific Parts 470 Pioneer Hill Drive Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Tel: 250.956.4401 PRINCE GEORGE TRACTION PRINCE GEORGE NAPA Auto Parts 564 - 2nd Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 2Z9 Tel: 250.563.7778 QUESNEL TRACTION QUESNEL NAPA Auto Parts 1185 Hwy 97 North Quesnel, BC V2J 2Y3 Tel: 250.991.0650 SIDNEY TRACTION SIDNEY PM Industries 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRACTION SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287 SQUAMISH TRACTION SQUAMISH Triton Auto & Industrial Ltd. 1003 Industrial Way Squamish, BC V0N 3G0 Tel: 604.892.5951

SURREY TRACTION SURREY Trailine Trailer Parts Ltd. 10304 - 120th Street Surrey, BC V3V 4G1 Tel: 604.582.4888 TERRACE TRACTION TERRACE BOW VALLEY MACHINE 5107 KEITH AVENUE Terrace, BC V8G 1K8 Tel: 250.638.0099 WILLIAMS LAKE TRACTION WILLIAMS LAKE W.L. Forestry Supplies Ltd. 675 North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N9 Tel: 250.392.6699

NIPAWIN TRACTION NIPAWIN NAPA Auto Parts 811 Nipawin Road East Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0 Tel: 306.862.9881 PRINCE ALBERT TRACTION PRINCE ALBERT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 3802 4th Avenue East Prince Albert, SK S6W 1A4 Tel: 306.764.4220 REGINA TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 405 Park Street Regina, SK S4N 5B2 Tel: 800.667.9856 SASKATOON TRACTION SASKATOON NAPA Auto Parts 2815 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E8 Tel: 306.244.9877 SWIFT CURRENT TRACTION SWIFT CURRENT Swift Current Brake & Drive Ltd. 1511 Cheadle Street West Swift Current, SK S9H 5G4 Tel: 306.773.7293 WEYBURN TRACTION WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Crossroads Industrial Park Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRACTION YORKTON 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2W7 Tel: 306.782.4313

BRITISH COLUMBIA ABBOTSFORD TRACTION ABBOTSFORD Truckpart Abbotsford 31107 Peardonville Road, Bay 11 Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6T9 Tel: 604.746.9660 BURNS LAKE TRACTION BURNS LAKE Polar Park Automotive 831 Hwy 16 West Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Tel: 250.692.7501 CHETWYND TRACTION CHETWYND Gear-O-Rama Supply 4876 North Access Road Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Tel: 250.788.2255 CHILLIWACK TRACTION CHILLIWACK Lickman Truck & Trailer Parts & Services Ltd. 43915 Industrial Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 3A4 Tel: 604.793.9660 COURTENAY TRACTION COURTENAY Taurus Heavy Duty Ventures 2703A Kilpatrick Avenue Courtenay, BC V9N 6P4 Tel: 250.871.1191

MANITOBA BRANDON TRACTION BRANDON NAPA Auto Parts 1940 Queen’s Avenue Brandon, MB R7B 0T1 Tel: 204.727.4850 WINNIPEG TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 200 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V1 Tel: 888.320.5505 N. W. TERRITORIES YELLOWKNIFE TRACTION YELLOWKNIFE NAPA Auto Parts 114 - 314 Old Airport Road Yellowknife, NT X1A 3T2 Tel: 867.669.6272 SASKATCHEWAN MEADOW LAKE TRACTION MEADOW LAKE Unified Auto Parts Inc. 807 - 1st Avenue West Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y4 Tel: 306.236.4800 MOOSE JAW TRACTION MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRACTION WHITEHORSE Pacesetter Trading Company Ltd. 126 Industrial Road Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2T9 Tel: 867.393.3902


Dana SPL 250 Lite Driveline for T680 & T880 in Linehaul & Regional Haul Applications


enworth now offers the new Dana SPL® 250 Lite driveline for the Kenworth T680 and Kenworth T880 in linehaul and regional haul applications. The SPL 250 Lite sheds 25 pounds without sacrificing performance or durability,  has fewer moving parts, and reduces Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) values compared to the SPL 250 XL driveline series it replaces in the Kenworth lineup. The new SPL 250 Lite series is also designed to better support powertrain downspeeding, which requires numerically lower rear axle ratios that increase driveline torque values. The driveline 26    June 2018

can support 18,400-plus lb-ft. of driveline torque, more than enough for most linehaul or regional haul operations. The SPL 250 Lite driveline offers extended component life and reduced maintenance. When it is time for service, the driveline uses common end yokes and universal joints with the rest of the SPL family, making the changeover a non-issue during service work. The Dana driveline is available with a choice of service-free or standard re-lube designs to accommodate fleet preference. “Kenworth’s addition of the SPL 250 Lite driveline reduces weight and maintains durability, provides longer service intervals for powertrain components, and en-

hances comfort with a quiet and smooth ride that drivers will appreciate,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth Marketing Director.

More information on the SPL 250 Lite driveline is available on the Dana website,


TruckPro Locations







ACHESON TRUCKPRO ACHESON Silver Mechanical Services [2013] Ltd. 26724 Acheson Road Acheson, AB T7X 6B2 Tel: 780.962.8030 BROOKS TRUCKPRO BROOKS Hopf Mechanical & Hydraulics 660 Aquaduct Drive Brooks, AB T1R 1C5 Tel: 403.501.0190 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY (14A Street) Alberta Auto & Truck Repair Inc. 4150-B 14A Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 3L3 Tel: 403.543.1000 DAYSLAND TRUCKPRO DAYSLAND Iron Creek Truck & Trailer Ltd. 4909 50th Avenue Daysland, AB T0B 1A0 Tel: 780.374.3724 DRUMHELLER TRUCKPRO DRUMHELLER J D Heavy Repair Ltd. 901 South Railway Avenue, Bay 13 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Tel: 403.823.7966 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO EDMONTON NW Truck Zone Inc. 15816 - 111th Avenue North West Edmonton, AB T5M 2R8 Tel: 780.451.0225 FORT MACLEOD TRUCKPRO FORT MACLEOD MoBoot’s Ag Mechanics Ltd. 112 - 12th Street Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0 Tel: 403.795.2645

FORT SASKATCHEWAN TRUCKPRO FORT SASKATCHEWAN Cart Construction Inc. 11401 - 85th Avenue, Unit #11 Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0A9 Tel: 780.998.5028 GRANDE PRAIRIE TRUCKPRO GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin Trailer Sales Ltd. 10920 - 87th Avenue Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8K4 Tel: 780.539.6260 LA CRETE TRUCKPRO LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 - 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRUCKPRO LLOYDMINSTER TRUCK ZONE INC. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRUCKPRO MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRUCKPRO PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655 RED DEER TRUCKPRO RED DEER Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair 10 - 7719 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.358.5335 SUNDRE TRUCKPRO SUNDRE Partco Truck Parts & Service 7 West Road Industrial Park Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Toll Free: 403.638.3414

TABER TRUCKPRO TABER Geeraert Mechanical Service 5911-B 50th Avenue Taber, AB T1G 1W7 Tel: 403.223.8744 TWO HILLS TRUCKPRO TWO HILLS Two Hills Auto & Industrial Supply Ltd. 5929 - 47th Avenue Two Hills, AB T0B 4K0 Tel: 780.657.3304 WHITECOURT TRUCKPRO WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

NANAIMO TRUCKPRO NANAIMO P.M. Industries Ltd. 4950 Jordan Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9T 2H8 Tel: 250.758.8004 SIDNEY TRUCKPRO SIDNEY P.M. Industries Ltd. 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRUCKPRO SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service (2005) Ltd. 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287

WINNIPEG NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO WINNIPEG NW DAB’s Repair Ltd. 2126 Logan Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2R 0J2 Tel: 204.694.2390

SASKATOON TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE A-Line Frame & Alignment Services Ltd. 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612 SASKATOON TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE Finning Canada 3502 - 11th Street West Saskatoon, SK S7M 1K7 Tel: 306.382.3550 SWIFT CURRENT TRUCKPRO SWIFT CURRENT Finning Canada 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.3240



CHILLIWACK TRUCKPRO CHILLIWACK Triton Truck & Trailer Repair 44137 Progress Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 0W3 Tel: 604.701.4428 FORT NELSON TRUCKPRO FORT NELSON Gearheads Truck Repair 5204 - 46th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.4327 KAMLOOPS TRUCKPRO KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRUCKPRO KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Services Ltd. 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738

BRANDON TRUCKPRO BRANDON Total Works Truck Equipment 501 Middleton Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A8 Tel: 204.728.3821 DAUPHIN TRUCKPRO DAUPHIN A.R.J. Heavy Truck & Trailer Repair 107053, PTH 20 Dauphin, MB R7N 2V3 Tel: 204.638.0711 NEEPAWA TRUCKPRO NEEPAWA T.I.C. Parts & Service 220 Hwy 5 North Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Tel: 204.476.3809 WINKLER TRUCKPRO WINKLER Road Rig Parts & Service Ltd. 530 George Avenue Winkler, MB R6W 0J4 Tel: 204.331.4744

SASKATCHEWAN BATTLEFORD TRUCKPRO NORTH BATTLEFORD Finning Canada 391 Yellowhead Alley Battleford, SK S0M 0E0 Tel: 306.445.6151 ESTEVAN TRUCKPRO ESTEVAN Finning Canada Highway 39 East Estevan, SK S4A 2A6 Tel: 306.634.3311 HUMBOLDT TRUCKPRO HUMBOLDT Prairie Diesel Inc. 210 - 8th Avenue Humboldt, SK S0K 2A0 Tel: 306.682.2900 MOOSE JAW TRUCKPRO MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402 REGINA TRUCKPRO REGINA Finning Canada 2360 Pasqua Street Regina, SK S4P 3A8 Tel: 306.545.3311 REGINA TRUCKPRO REGINA (9TH AVE.) Frame & Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) Ltd. 805 - 9th Avenue Regina, SK S4N 7P4 Tel: 306.569.2350

TISDALE TRUCKPRO TISDALE Finning Canada Highway 3 West Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Tel: 306.545.3311 WEYBURN TRUCKPRO WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRUCKPRO YORKTON Truck Proz Inc. 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2X3 Tel: 306.782.4313 YUKON WHITEHORSE TRUCKPRO WHITEHORSE Kulan Mechanical 7 Laberge Road Whitehorse, YK Y1A 5Z3 Tel: 867.393.4581


New Electric Terminal Tractor


he launch of an electrically powered terminal tractor is the latest step in Kalmar’s drive to offer a range of products that addresses growing customer demand for eco-efficiency as well as functionality. The range of work environments for which customers are demanding electrically powered vehicles is continually expanding. Kalmar has been working on the development of electrically powered machines for more than 30 years, continuously pushing the boundaries of the technology to develop products that offer similar operational capabilities to diesel powered machines but without the emissions. As with its other electric-powered machines, Kalmar’s new terminal tractor has been developed to offer a clean alternative for any application where a diesel powered machine is currently used without the need for the customer to compromise

on performance or productivity. This is one of the key initiatives across the Kalmar product offering, says Gina Lopez, VP Terminal Tractors. “We see the sustainability megatrend rapidly accelerating and we want to have a comprehensive set of solutions that meet this customer need.” This is the first commercial electrically powered terminal tractor offering from Kalmar, she explains. “Though we have been working in the hybrid and electric sector with development projects for more than a decade, we now have a product offering that has performed in a variety of rigorous terminal tractor applications.” More use equals quicker payback. Running costs and payback period vary by application and operation - the cost of electricity is an obvious factor in this calculation - but in simple terms, the more the tractor is used the quicker the payback. Having access to a renewable

power source such as solar will considerably increase the return for the customer. Feedback from operators who have tested the electric terminal tractor is that it is quieter than the diesel equivalent and the absence of exhaust fumes makes for a cleaner working environment. They have also found the electric motor to be very responsive since it effectively delivers

on-demand power. The machine was introduced to Kalmar dealers at a dealer meeting in early May and Lopez says there is considerable enthusiasm for the new terminal tractor’s potential in a number of different environments. For more information, visit


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A&A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eastern Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Anderson Haulage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Eastern


Bee-Line Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 23 Bezco Flatbed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Eastern Briway Carriers Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Eastern


C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23


Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dieter’s Metal Fabricationg Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Domar Transmissions Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Eastern


Edge Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Western Empire Transportation Services Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eastern


Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern


International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern


J D Factors Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3


Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Eastern


Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


Ontario Truck Driving Championships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


PMTC Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


Simcoe County Museum .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Eastern Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 37 Thorsons Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Eastern Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 40


Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 11


Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Eastern Wilson Truck Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Eastern

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Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Anderson Haulage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Eastern Bezco Flatbed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Eastern Briway Carriers Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Eastern Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Eastern Edge Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Western Empire Transportation Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eastern International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Eastern The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 37 Thorsons Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Eastern Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Eastern Wilson Truck Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Eastern FACTORING & FINANCE

Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 FUEL ADDITIVES

Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 23 INSURANCE BROKERS

Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern PERMITS & WAIVERS

C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern SHOW EVENTS

Ontario Truck Driving Championships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Simcoe County Museum .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 TANKER LEASING

Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 40 TOWING SERVICES

Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRADE SHOWS

PMTC Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS

TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ACCESSORIES

Dieter’s Metal Fabricationg Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 TRUCK ALIGNMENT

Bee-Line Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE

A & A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eastern Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK MANUFACTURERS

Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 11 TRUCK & TRAILER PARTS & ACCESSORIES

Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK SERVICES

TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Eastern TRUCK TRANSMISSIONS

Domar Transmissions Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Women In Trucking

By Ellen Voie

Can We Just Get Along?


recently attended a conference for warehouse professionals. I was intrigued by one of the sessions titled, “Managing Carrier Friendly Warehouses” and decided to attend. The facilitator asked the audience how many were from the warehouse industry and how many were from the carrier side. Apparently, I was the only person in the room interested in how these executives were working on becoming more “carrier friendly.” I was asked to give them some ideas on how they could better accommodate drivers. My list included a nice lounge with fresh fruit and snacks, comfortable chairs to sit in and showers and rest rooms for both men and women. I suggested they include free Wi-Fi and make available a “courtesy car” if the driver wants to leave the facility while he or she is waiting for a load. The people in the room looked at me as if I had lost my mind. One man shook his head and said there was no financial

incentive to accommodate drivers and in fact, their goal was to “turn and burn,” (load them and get them on their way) instead of allowing drivers to stick around. So, I suggested that at the very least, they treat the drivers as professionals and look at the environment to see if it’s actually hostile to the men and women who pick up and deliver at their warehouses. I asked them if they ever looked at the signs in the warehouses that were so negative. Instead of “NO DRIVERS ALLOWED,” how about “Employees only?” One warehouse manager agreed, as he was shocked to learn that the warehouse he was hired to run had signs on the rest room doors, telling drivers they were not welcome to use the facilities. He took the signs down and instead replaced them with, “please leave the rest room as you find it.”(Much friendlier!) These warehouse professionals did not understand that their negative attitude toward drivers could actually be hurting

them, as carriers are looking at shippers who openly display their disdain for professional drivers. Women In Trucking Association has partnered with the folks from Dock411 to help rate these shippers. In addition to a map of the facility, there is a list of amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, overnight parking, rest rooms, etc. The information is provided by the shipper or is crowd sourced by drivers themselves. There are three questions we asked to determine how “carrier friendly” the warehouse really is; (1) were you treated as a professional, (2) did they get you in and out in a reasonable amount of time, (3) were there restroom facilities available? Each month we get a report from the app developers and as the ratings are increased, we will look at the truly carrier friendly facilities and perhaps, create a way to acknowledge their efforts. For the lowest ranking warehouses, it might prompt a discussion with the manage-

ment team. Of course, drivers are accountable for their behavior as well, and the shippers also created a list of desirable actions on the part of the driver or carrier. They wanted notice if the truck will be delayed and they asked that the driver be prepared with a load number, placards as needed, and the proper securement equipment. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask from the carrier side. One of the consistent topics of conversation was about good communication. This includes keeping the receiver informed and staying in touch with the customer when delays occur. Someday, I hope the warehouse managers won’t be so stunned when I mention things like Wi-Fi or showers for drivers. Maybe they will start to see the value in treating every driver as a professional. Maybe someday we won’t need a session on how to manage a “carrier friendly warehouse.”


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TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian Load Volumes Saw Year-Over-Year Growth in April


oronto, Ontario - Following last month’s robust load volumes, TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian and cross-border loads expectedly subdued in April, down 19 percent over March. The dip follows an April trend first observed in 2011. However, April’s load volumes were markedly higher yearover-year, up 42 percent compared to the same month last year and the highest ever recorded for any April in any year. Intra-Canada loads accounted for 26 percent of the total volumes and amounted to a 38 percent increase year-over-year. Cross-border load postings represented 71 percent of the data submitted by Loadlink users: Loads leaving Canada to the United States increased 64 percent year-over-year and loads entering Canada increased 36 percent year-over-year. Equipment Performance Equipment postings continued its upward trend since February 2018, rising 16 percent compared to March 2018, but

down seven percent compared to April of 2017. Truck-to-Load Ratio April saw supply catch up to demand as truck volumes increased substantially to surpass load volumes for the first time since December 2017. This increase offers

a positive sign, indicating that more carriers are available to move loads. A month-over-month rise in truck volume of 16 percent matched with a dip in load volumes drove the truck-to-load ratio up to a more reasonable 1.32 trucks for every one available load posted on Load-

link. Compared to the previous month, the rate was 0.92, and year-over-year, the ratio tightened from 2.01 in April 2017. More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at www.transcore. ca, @loadlink on Twitter, on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn.



Boles Wins Back-to-Back in Virginia


airlawn, Virginia - There’s no stopping Allen Boles (#3) at this point in the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series season. Two feature races, two wins for the Jupiter Motorsports veteran. “I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Boles said. “I gave it all I had.” Boles held off last year’s champion, Ricky Rude (#14), to capture his second straight checkered flag Saturday at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia. “(Allen) had a great night,” Rude said. “We’ve been friends forever and there’s always a little bumping between us. I wish I could’ve caught him but it just wasn’t my night.” A major wreck featuring Marshall Davis (#41), Craig Kruckeberg (#55) and Mike Morgan (#88) caused a yellow flag and lengthy delay during lap eight of the feature race. Davis’ truck got loose entering turn three, causing him to send Kruckeberg into the wall. Morgan had no place to go and the result forced both Kruckeberg and Morgan to end their night early. “Just a racing incident that ended badly for the #55 and #88,” Bandit Technical Director Brian Madsen said. “All I remember is going to the outside and then all of a sudden my back end was in the wall,” Kruckeberg said. Once the race was re-started, Boles took advantage, passing Mark Noble (#74) im-

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mediately before setting his sights on the leader, Mr. Rude. The only thing Boles couldn’t win was the Bandit Shoot Out, which saw the Bandits go one-on-one for just one lap. The final came down to Boles and Justin Ball, making his season debut. Ball used the inside position to his advantage, winning his first-ever Shoot Out.

“The Bandit Shoot Out continues to be a huge hit.” Madsen said. “At every single Bandit event, kids are selected to represent a Bandit in the Shoot Out. If their Bandit wins, that kid wins $100,” Bandit General Manager Jason Johnson said. “This season is shaping up well,” Madsen said. “We have some big, fast ovals

like Lucas Oil Raceway, a tricky tri-oval in Concord, short tracks like Hickory and the infamous high banks of Salem.” Fans can get tickets to any Bandit event in 2018 by going to the official Bandit website. For additional information, please contact Jason Johnson at 507.676.1987 or email


Healthy Trucker

by Andrea Morley

Should You Avoid Fruit Because it Contains Sugar?


e’re constantly getting hit with new health trends and diets that promise better results and greater health. One that has stuck around for the past few years is the idea that we need to cut sugar, all sugar, out of our diets. It tells us that our bodies respond to all forms of sugar in the same way, no matter where they come from, and this sugar always results in weight gain and negative health implications. If that’s the case, it means the majority of fruit and many of the vegetables we eat get sent to the chopping block. Honey and maple syrup are totally out, too. This method is often promoted by those who follow the ketogenic diet (extremely low or no carb diet), and some people who follow a strict paleo protocol (nothing processed, lower carb, very low sugar diet). But should you really be cutting out these natural forms of sugar like fruit and certain veggies? I get asked this quite often, and my answer is always the same: No! While sugar can contribute to weight gain, totally cutting out fruit is not worth the cost. What you need to cut out is processed, added sugar in the form of white sugar, sweetened yogurt, baked goods, candy, soda, juice, etc. Raw fruit is incredibly healing, far beyond what I could explain to you in this post. From filling our vitamin requirements to improving digestion, providing antioxidants to fighting viruses, fresh fruit should never be underestimated or avoided. Not to mention how delicious a ripe, juicy strawberry is in the middle of summer! If you’re looking to drop pounds, there are many other areas of your diet that you should be taking a look at instead. Portion size (eating too much and eating too little can be problematic), processed foods, foods you don’t tolerate well, and macronutrient balance (ex. too much carbs, not enough protein or healthy fat) are a few examples. It’s true that cutting sugar and carbs out completely, including fruit, may help you drop weight faster as your body will be forced to breakdown fat and protein as its primary energy sources. However, that lifestyle may be difficult to maintain, and causes digestion, energy, and hormone issues in many people. So, does that mean you can eat 20 bananas a day, on top of your regular diet, and still stay lean? Not quite. You still want to make sure you’re keeping your portion sizes in check, as you would with

any other food. Don’t stress over your fruit intake, but aim for up to about 3 servings of fruit per day. If you have more than that, don’t stress! Additionally, if you’re diabetic, you must take that into account and consider your own blood sugar trends, medications, and insulin needs as the fruit will affect your blood sugar. Appreciate what nature has to offer, especially during the summer months, and stay mindful of the rest of your diet. Now go find some local fruit and enjoy!


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Rude in Control as Bandits Head to Cedar Rapids


edar Rapids, Iowa - Ricky is being awfully Rude to his fellow Bandits this season, and he has no plans of taking his foot off the gas. The driver of the #14 Peterbilt is on top of the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series standings, but three races don’t make a season, so he’ll have to keep looking for wins as the series hits Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids June 9th. “We’ve had a little bit of a break and I know these Bandits will be itching to get back in the cab and put on a show for the great fans of Iowa,” Bandit General Manager Jason Johnson said. Sadler Power Train is the event sponsor for the race at Hawkeye Downs. “When we were presented with this opportunity by the Bandit Big Rig Series, we were thrilled because this race has such a natural connection to our core business of truck parts and service,” Sadler Power Train sales manager Randy Kray said. SPT has four locations across eastern Iowa, and in addition to sponsoring the Bandit race, they’re also hosting a toy raffle at Hawkeye Downs the evening of the 9th. “We participated in the toy raffle last year and it was awesome to see the kids get excited about truck racing. Who knows, we might even see one of them in the driver’s seat someday,” SPT Marketing Director Matt Poeltler said. “Upon entry, younger fans will receive a ticket and get a chance to win a toy provided by Sadler Power Train,” Johnson said. “We will also have Cedar Rapids Truck Center out at the track with us, showcasing some great Peterbilt trucks and entertaining their customers on the party deck.” Minimizer is sponsoring the Fan Series Truck Show, which takes place prior to the start of the Bandit race. It’s designed as a ‘wash n’ show’ event, so truck drivers can bring any kind of rig and show it off. Drivers can register online prior

to the event. “We have plenty of room to let the next generation of truckers get to see some iron up close,” Johnson said. Tickets for the Bandit race at Hawkeye Downs are available for purchase online.

“We still have seats left, including our VIP tickets, which get you first class treatment, food, drinks, reserved seating and access to the Bandit Pits,” Johnson said. “There will be a lot going on, including the truck show, activities for

the entire family, and the Bandit meet n’ greet starting at 4 p.m. You don’t want to miss this event!” Check out the 2018 Bandit schedule and grab your favorite Bandit gear by going to


Scott Treadway signs autographs for several young fans at a Bandit Big Rig Series event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Saturday, July 15, 2017. June 2018   33


Permits Available for Smart Lift Axles for Trailers & Longer Tractors on Multi-Axle Trailers


he OTA-spearheaded efforts with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to allow for the use of smart lift-axles (SLA) on semi-trailers and double trailer configurations and for the use of longer tractors (up to 6.8 metre wheel-base) pulling multi-axle semitrailers (SPIF designated configurations 2 thru 7) paid off this week after the MTO made permits available to carriers. “We are very pleased with the release of the permits and glad our members interested in moving forward can do so in the short term,” said Geoff Wood Sr. Vice President, Policy, OTA. The permit process is the first step toward moving forward on regulatory developments and expedites the opportunity for carriers to address these technologies in a shorter timeframe. The new permit allowances meet all the requirements of MTO’s safe, productive and infrastructure friendly weights and dimensions regime (SPIF) and sets the stage for more flexibly spec’ing tractors that can accommodate modern sleeperberths while meeting new emissions standards as well incorporating allowances for smart lift-axles on semi-trailers that reduces GHG. Permits for the smart lift axles are trailer based ($440) while the longer-tractor permits are fleet based ($1,000). When moved into regulation the permit fees will no longer apply. Carriers interested in the full details of each program and to apply for permits


HR Leader of the Year Nominations Now Open!


mployees of recognized Top Fleet Employers, who hold a senior management role in human resources, are encouraged to submit an application for the  HR Leader of the Year award. Established in 2016, the award recognizes the critical and strategic role that HR professionals play in the trucking and logistics industry. The individual recognized through this award exemplifies human resources best practices in the industry through leadership, commitment to continuous learning and innovation. The nomination process will be open from May 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018. The award winner will be announced at the Top Fleet Employers Gala Awards Dinner on October 11, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, contact Cheryl via email, 34    June 2018


for Smart Lift Axles can go to www. Carriers interested in permits for longer tractors can go to trucks/special-config-longer-wheelbasetractors-spif-config.shtml. “OTA will continue to work with MTO to move these two issues into regulation as soon as possible,” said Wood. OTA members interested in a plain language copy of the permit conditions and a jurisdictional scan of requirements for smart lift axles or longer tractors on multi-axle trailers can email operations_


Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

Thoughts For the Long Haul


here is nothing like the freedom of the open road. No stuffy office cubicle, no piles of paperwork, no supervisor looking over your shoulder every five minutes. Out on the road, you are free – free to make your own choices and to be yourself. Of course, some days the road is a little too long. You miss your loved ones. Traffic gets heavy or the weather gets rough. Your rig breaks down. You finally get going again, only to see the empty miles stretching out before you like eternity. The loneliness can be overwhelming – not to mention the temptation. At times like this, you wish you had a friend someone to share the journey. Someone to keep you company – and on the right track, someone to be there, not just for a short stretch, but for the long haul. The Bible tells us there is Someone who wants to share life’s journey with us. God understands our longings; He knows our deepest needs. He created us for companionship. He designed us to

find our deepest fulfillment in a personal relationship with Him. But every one of us has rebelled against God and tried to live on our own terms. We’ve disobeyed the “rules of the road.” We’ve rejected God’s road map, ignored His directions, and chosen to go our way (Isaiah 53:6). The Bible calls this “sin” – and it carries a stiff penalty: eternal separation

from God. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25). God, in His loving-kindness, couldn’t bear to see us destroy ourselves. He didn’t want us to be separated from Him forever, so He provided a way to bring us back to Himself. Jesus set an example for us by taking the right road. He led a perfect and

sinless life of obedience to His Father. Traveling life’s journey with Jesus is an adventure that never ends! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). On those days when the road gets rough, we have Jesus’ assurance that He will be with us for the long haul. “Never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).


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2018 May Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Erin Tallieu as its May Member of the Month. Erin Tallieu is the owner and managing partner of Motherload Transport Services Inc. in Nanaimo, British Columbia. As a child, Erin observed her own mother forge ahead in the male-dominated transportation industry, which left an indelible impression on her. By entering

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the industry at a young age herself, Erin experienced first-hand the unique challenges and barriers faced by women in trucking. “As a young, female leader in the industry, I believe I am uniquely positioned to inspire change,” she said. Since taking on the role of Chief Operations Officer at Motherload Transport in 2013, Erin has not only doubled annual revenues, but nurtured a close-knit corporate culture within her all-female team. “At Motherload Transport we’re committed to safe, ethical work practices for ourselves and the companies we align with. In turn, we’ve developed a reputation for quality and exceptional service,” she said. Erin was recently named as a winner of the Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards, which recognizes her dedication to both business and community service. Erin was recently named to the newly formed Canadian WIT Image Team. “I look forward to encouraging other women to not only enter the field, but to strive for great things,” she said. “ By highlighting the challenges in the industry and by nurturing a supportive community from within, Erin is confident in positive change. She is a passionate advocate for the trucking industry and

believes that women can and should maintain a powerful presence.

For more information, visit or call 888.464.9482.


Bendix Partnership


lover, Wisconsin - The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is pleased to announce that Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) has renewed its Gold Level Partnership to support the organization’s mission of encouraging the employment of women in the transportation industry, promoting their accomplishments, and minimizing the obstacles they face. Since 2011, Bendix has supported WIT at the Gold Level. In addition to providing financial support, the company actively participates in the association. Since becoming a Gold Level partner, Andreea Raaber, Vice President - New Business Development, served on the WIT Board

of Directors. This year, following Ms. Raaber’s retirement, Kathleen Rice Coleman, Regional Key Account Manager, will represent Bendix on the board. Over the past decade, WIT has been committed to elevating the issue of gender diversity in transportation and logistics. WIT’s annual Accelerate! Conference and Expo, a weekly SiriusXM radio show called Women In Trucking, the creation of a Canadian Image Team, and a new trucker doll, Clare, who empowers girls to consider a career in transportation, are just a few examples of recent initiatives that are helping the non-profit organization achieve its mission.

V New Michelin Partnership


lover, Wisconsin - The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) welcomes Michelin North America, Inc. as its newest Gold Level Partner, helping the organization increase the number of women employed in the transportation industry. Adam Murphy, Vice President, Business-to-Business Marketing will serve on the WIT Board of Directors. “Michelin North America, Inc. is proud to strengthen our association with Women in Trucking, an organization that shares our fervent belief in the benefits to be had by strengthening the engagement of women in the transportation industry, and an organization that is doing such great work to advance that

cause,” said Murphy. “We are thrilled to add Michelin North America, Inc. as a Gold Partner,” said Ellen Voie, WIT President and CEO.” With the support of its members and partners like Michelin North America, Inc., WIT has made great strides in helping to raise awareness and increase the ranks of women through numerous initiatives over the past decade. A few recent accomplishments include the association’s annual Accelerate! Conference and Expo, a weekly SiriusXM radio show called Women In Trucking, the creation of a Canadian Image Team, and a new trucker doll, Clare, who encourages girls to consider a career in transportation.



Reducing Distracted Driving Collisions


he issue of distracted driving among all road users now poses the highest risk of collision, surpassing impairment and speeding. Trucking is not immune to this growing problem on Canadian highways, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has observed. How CTA plans to reduce distracted driving was the subject of discussions with the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD) at its annual meeting in Scarborough last week. Together with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and road safety groups including police, insurance, and government, CTA was invited to create a “roadmap” to curbing distracted driving related collisions. “There is no silver bullet to eliminating incidences of distracted driving. Solutions will need to come from government and industry, so we are developing a holistic, ‘roadmap’ approach with TIRF and input from our membership that explores four key areas – prevention and planning, monitoring, enforcement and evaluation. We believe this strategy will help us address this growing road safety concern for all motorists,” said Geoff Wood, Sr. Vice President, Policy, CTA. Concepts to be included in the roadmap are still being fine-tuned, but a key part of the CCDD meeting was putting together a detailed business case. CTA says there are several action items in the short-term that include: • Incorporating distracted driving prevention messaging into entry level and ongoing training for truck drivers; Moving forward on adopting proven technologies such as ELDs, which reduce cognitive distraction, and focusing on the feasibility of regulations for forwardfacing cameras for all heavy commercial vehicles; • Working with federal and provincial

governments to better focus on-road enforcement on known human factors that contribute to collisions with heavy commercial vehicles and supporting enforcement and licence agencies to pursue meaningful proactive consequences for those caught driving distracted; • Taking steps with government through pilot testing and incentives in identifying the next set of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for heavy commercial vehicles that can play a meaningful role in reducing distraction and ensuring they are ready for Canadian operating conditions. CTA was tasked by its Board to establish a working group of carriers and industry suppliers in partnership with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) to produce a “Road Map” Policy paper on the issue of distraction.


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Keeping Your Vehicles Clean

By Jack Jackson

Truck Washes on the Rise


s the industry is evolving and changing, the trucking washing world seems to be moving the same way. We see more than ever, the truck wash on the highways of North America are moving to a systemized wash protocol by purchasing automated equipment. The so called industry leader (not to be named here, but most of you know) claims washing by hand is the only way to wash a tractor trailer. Well, we can understand this logic for the tractor in North America where we have conventional tractors versus cab-over styles in Europe. The cab-over style tractors are much easier to wash with an automated system as the dimensions are straight and flat with retractable mirrors. Conventional tractors in North America have fixed mirrors, exposed rails, grills with smoke stacks protruding over and across the backs of the tractor. There are so many obstacles, indentations, protrusions and complications; nothing can wash these

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tractors simply without issues. Most automated systems in North America can only wash the tractor with a “touchless” method of high pressure spraying, thus not really accomplishing the scrubbing required to clean the way most would expect. Thus, most truck washes will put the old fashioned human on the task of cleaning the tractor with a pressure washer and a hand brush. In Europe, I have seen only advanced computer technology set up automatic systems to wash the cab-over. It is quite a sight of innovation that can only be accomplished with cab-over tractors, thus not possible in North America. As for the trailer, there are many simple methods of automation that can accomplish the washing in less than 5 minutes, with minimal water and soap since the brushes do the cleaning. There is really no sense to put a trailer through the touchless wash or only pressure wash as the real dirt film is hardly removed. And to wash a trailer by hand makes very little

sense when there are semi-automated systems available to easily accomplish a 5 minute wash for less than $25,000 versus 30 minutes by hand. The world of washing continues to evolve with easy to use systems and machines to accomplish tasks that allow time, water and energy to be minimized, adding to the ecological and green direction the world wants to go. More too often I hear, we just don’t wash anymore. Mother Nature takes care of us by raining periodically and making us believe in a false sense of clean. Not really a progressive way to encourage longevity or pride, but in a society of throw away, temporary solutions, it’s not hard to see how that belief evolved. It’s only simple to see any vehicle that has not been washed. How do you feel about that a dirty delivery truck? Jack Jackson is President of Awash Systems Corp. Email: or call 800.265 7405. Visit our website

North America’s leader in Fleet Washing Solutions.


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Vocational Truck & Trailer East, Issue 179, June 2018

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Vocational Truck & Trailer East, Issue 179, June 2018