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October 2018 Issue 183


Preparing for Winter

Part 2


Respect the Driver Contest Winner of Limited Edition Motorcycle. . . . . . . 17

Starship Freight: 30 Years of Dynamic Growth. . . . . . . . . . . page 21

contents FEATURES: Starship Freight: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Highlight Motor Group . . . . . . . . . . . 22 North American Mining Expo . . . . . . 24

HEAD OFFICE: Trenton, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232

Highlight Motor Group Funds College AZ Driver Program. . . . . . . . . page 22

Mining Expo Showcases Off-Road Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

HEAD OFFICE: Barb Woodward (Sales): 877.225.2232, ext 302 Chris Charles: ext 305 ART DIRECTOR/MIS: Marek Krasuski CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Copyright © 2018 – 2022118 Ontario Limited. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. 40806005

OCTOBER THEME: WINTER RUNNING, CLASS 5-8: Preparing Your Heavy Duty Truck for a Cold & Snowy Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Winter Running Tips - Part 2 . . . . . . . 6 NEW PRODUCTS: Bendix Intellipark™ Electronic Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Michelin’s New Harvester Tire . . . . . 16 New Volvo Monitoring Services . . . . 19 INDUSTRY NEWS: Minimizer RTD Contest Winner . . . . 17 CAREERS: Women In Trucking Report . . . . . . . . 26 TransCore Link Logistics Report . . . 23 COLUMNS: Cross Border Services: Marijuana & the Borders . . . . . . . . . 9 Factoring: How to Select a Good Financial Provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Healthy Trucker: Fruits & Veggies on the Road . . . . . 25 Keeping Your Vehicles Clean: Where Are All the Truck Washes? . 30 Petro-Canada Lubricants: Alleviating the Skills Shortage . . . . 28 Tires & Wheels: Asleep at the Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Transport For Christ: Finding Peace of Mind in a Troubled World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Women In Trucking: SiriusXM Radio Show . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Products & Services Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Traction & TruckPro Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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October Theme: Winter Running, Class 5-8

By Marek Krasuski

Preparing Your Heavy Duty Truck for a Cold & Snowy Winter


here is much that can be done to prepare big rigs for running smoothly and safely during the unpredictable weather patterns that lie just ahead. Much - to be sure! But even the best preparation is not a foolproof defence against the perils Mother Nature brings in the wake of storms. One such peril is the accumulation of ice and snow on trailer roofs. Serious accidents have been caused by the build up of snow and the lifting of ice sheets from trailer roofs that hit vehicles following behind. Short of electric heaters in roofs that melt ice and snow, the risks remain. Even due diligence practices, like the removal of snow and ice buildup with extended scrapers and cleaners when trailers are in terminals, will fall short. Ice frozen onto roof tops makes removal impractical, until that is, warmer temperatures in late afternoon lift ice sheets onto roads, possibly smashing against other vehicles. Add to this the potential for driver injury during on-site cleaning and the efforts at removal are outweighed by the potential damage to life and limb. The best that can be done is to attempt snow removal using common sense practices within the limits of safe parameters. Winter weather plays havoc with driving, rendering road surfaces slippery and dangerous. Drivers may not be able to control the weather or remove surface ice and snow, but precautions can be taken. Bridges are likely to freeze first due to their proximity to water, so it’s best to slow down well in advance of a bridge approach. A safe following distance is a quarter mile for Class 5-8 trucks. To be sure, driving behaviour should be modified according to conditions. Best to avoid sudden moves during bad weather as these can lead to loss of vehicle control, and do not hard brake or accelerate suddenly, kneejerk reactions which can cause skidding. In the event of loss of control due to slippery conditions, try moving the wheel to the right and left. This may help in regaining control of the vehicle. Winter driving calls for greater attention to fuel. Filling tanks in Florida, for example, will not likely have anti-gel additives in the fuel. But heading into northern climes will require anti gelling products. (Note that water-removing

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additives should be used first since ice forms quicker than fuel gels. High performance fuel additives can provide excellent cold start performance, increase cetane counts, improve fuel combustion, add lubricity and fuel economy.) Operators, too, are advised to switch to lower viscosity engine oils in winter to withstand cooler temperatures. These oils are more malleable and will assist in adequate distribution and flow of oil to protect key engine components. Crucial to a well running engine, low viscosity oils by themselves are not sufficient to ensure problem- free starting while running in sub-zero temperatures. Coolant heaters are extremely helpful in minimizing cold weather engine stress. Coolant heaters, also known as pre-heaters, help ensure cold weather starts by preheating the engine, usually 60 to 90 minutes before departure. These reduce engine wear, prevent service calls and improve driver satisfaction, knowing their vehicle will warm up quickly and a problemfree start will put them on the road at the appointed time. Moreover, warmer engine start-ups help reduce viscosity of the oil through enhanced initial lubrication of the engine, resulting in reduced wear and tear of components. Finally, research has shown that cold weather starts, in the absence of coolant heaters, produce dirtier exhaust and a quicker accumulation of soot in the diesel particulate filter (DPF) since the DPF has not warmed to the degree required to burn off the soot. The net result is a shorter life cycle for the DPF and greater costs to the operator. Also consider the benefit to any operator of the fuel savings accrued from shorter idling cycles. Anti-gel and de-icing products, beyond the benefits previously mentioned, provide multiple benefits. For example, filter plugs function normally down to temperatures around - 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Anti-gel products will reduce the cold filter plug point to about -36 degrees. As well, fuel de-icers for cold weather temperatures are must haves for the savvy driver. If fuel starts to gel, pour the de-icer into the tank before filling. This ensures the de-icing agent spreads more evenly into the tank and through the engine. De-icers

also come in handy for door locks and trailer locks that may freeze. Freezing also causes problems to many truck components. Drums, for example, can freeze to brake shoes when left in frigid temperatures overnight. Before resuming a road trip, drivers are advised to roll the truck forward then stop and check for skid marks - telling signs that drums are frozen to shoes. If frozen, use a hammer to bang on brake drums to release them from the shoes. Freezing can also play havoc with 5th wheels. When hooking up the trailer make sure the 5th wheel plate is free from ice and snow. After attachment to the trailer is complete, experts advise drivers to check from under the trailer to confirm the 5th wheel jaw is com-

the Association says, insisting that the widely held notion that retreads undermine quality and safety is a far outdated belief. Back in the day quality retreads did perform poorly, but today’s retread process, with better casings and superior retreading capabilities, tell a different story. “Top quality retread dependability has been on par with comparable new tires for many years. In fact, today’s top quality retreads often have a better safety record than comparable new tires,” says the Tire Retread Association, adding that if they are good enough for all major commercial and military airlines who regularly use retreads, then they are good enough for most applications. Minimizing the effects of salt, sand

pletely wrapped around the kingpin. In winter, more than any other time, trucks require good traction to avoid slippage. Unlike 3/4 tonne or one tonne trucks which can use all-season tires throughout the year, heavy duty trucks typically require heavy duty load rated tires to match their size and loading capacity. One option for maximum traction is the use of studded tires with aggressive directional tread patterns. In lieu of studs, some tire makers provide a special tube multi-cell compound that promises performance equal to studs. Operators and fleets may be put off by the cost of new winter tires, but some comfort can be taken in sourcing retreads as an alternative to pricey alternatives. Retreads are a significant cost saving to operators. According to the Retread Tire Association, tires that have worn treads still have about 80 percent of their material - and investment - still intact. Prematurely discarding worn tires is equivalent to throwing away two or three tires,

and other surface chemicals during winter can begin with more frequent washing. The barrage of road salt pellets against chassis and truck bodies can accelerate corrosion. Salt draws and holds moisture, so the less chance salt has to adhere to vehicle surfaces through regular washing the better. The addition of rust inhibiting sprayon products will assist in prolonging the truck body’s life cycle. A number of protective products are available. Choose those which are sure to separate moisture from metal. At the risk of echoing cautionary notes that drivers have heard before, in the interest of safety first these bear repeating: Drive slower and according to conditions so as to react in time to unforeseen events, increase following distance, pump brakes lightly in the event of hitting slippery surfaces, avoid quick stops, and exercise patience with other drivers. Beyond anything else, getting home safely overrides all other considerations.


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October Theme: Winter Running, Class 5-8

By Mike Whalen

Winter Running Tips - Part 2


ontinuing from last month let’s look at some more truck systems and how they can be prepared for winter. COOLING SYSTEM Having an efficient engine cooling system in winter is just as important as in summer. If you have been experiencing high oil temperature, excessive fan cycling and little heat in the cab, it signifies a cooling system problem that may require a full cleanout. Look in the top of the radiator. If the coolant is rusty and has a thick looking consistency, or if there are deposits on the top tubes in the header, then follow the recommended procedure to remove rust, solder bloom, corrosion by-products, and all the rest of the stuff that’s plugging the radiator tubes. Before recharging, take a look at fan belts and clutch. Check fan blades

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for cracks and runout; check the fan clutch for play with the clutch released. Recommended maximum play for the fan is 3/16” at the fan blade tip. Pressure test the cooling system. With the engine cold - this is when it leaks most - pressurize the system from 15 to 18 psi/100 to 125 kPa and verify that there are no leaks, either in existing hose joints or in any replacements. Pressure test the radiator cap. It should hold a minimum 5 psi/35 kPa but do check the manual for the correct system pressure. Once the system is recharged, a pre-charge of supplemental coolant additive must be included, according to the engine manufacturer’s recommendation. Also, new coolant filters should be used. When checking for leaks, don’t forget to check the sleeper and cab heater hoses. Start the engine and check the

performance of the cab and the bunk heater. Verify that the different fan speeds are all operative, and that the flap controls that redirect air for defrost are functioning correctly. Also recheck the operation of the air conditioner; A/C is critical in demisting cold windshields and side glass. Systems vary, but the recommended temperature out of the cab heater should be 100°F/38° C when ambient temperatures are around freezing. Finally, check the weather stripping around the doors, grommets in the bulkhead, and the boot around the shift tower. Look to see they are not aged or compressed. Ensure there are no air leaks around the doors and adjust where necessary to seal properly. BATTERY A complete battery check is essential before winter. Check each battery with a tester to verify the battery’s condition under load. If this is not

possible, at least check the voltage at the starter to see if there is any significant drop along the cable which could indicate a bad terminal or post. Check the batteries with a hydrometer. This should indicate a battery at the end of its life. If you have a number of comfort systems tied into the truck look at fitting an isolator which would draw the auxiliary load from a single battery. This will ensure you have sufficient cranking amps to get the truck rolling again in the morning. Perform the usual battery maintenance: check electrolyte, clean posts and terminals and verify terminals arc tight and lubricated. Ensure cables are not frayed or loose in the terminals. An important step is to clear any pebbles and debris that may have accumulated in the battery box. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 >


By Bruce Sayer

How to Select a Good Financial Provider


018 is a boom year for the Canadian trucking industry. The average national rate hit $2.45 per mile at the start of July according to DAT RateView. This event was a record breaker, hitting the highest recorded rate since the beginning of their monitoring system. According to Internet Truckstop, their market demand index (MDI) is up 91% compared to the previous year. Rates are up and capacity is down, it’s the ideal environment for trucking companies to grow and prosper. But, how do you select a good financial provider to support your growth? Despite all this good economic news, challenges abound. Securing funding to support growing operations as opportunities arise is one of the greatest challenges facing the owners of trucking companies. Conventional funding from the commercial banking system is severely

restricted to trucking businesses. Banks are inherently risk adverse and regard the transportation industry as volatile. Unless you have solid collateral and a strong credit history to alleviate the bank’s concerns, your application for a line of credit will most likely be denied. Freight factoring, on the other hand, is growing as an accepted mainstream financial option to support operations. Easy qualification and fast funding is the ideal combination to support fleet operations for one truck companies to large fleets. So that being said, how do you go about selecting the best factoring company to serve as your financial partner? The first rule of thumb is to choose a factoring company that truly understands your business. There are only a limited few factoring companies that specialize in the trucking industry. Most other invoice

factoring companies serve a variety of industries and have little intimate knowledge of the daily problems that obstruct the operational efficiencies of a working fleet. A freight factoring company is an industry specific financial provider serving trucking businesses only. Their organizational systems and industry knowledgeable staff are geared to support the demands of truck company owners facing the harsh conditions of over the road freight transportation. When choosing a freight factor to work with, the best measure to gauge their value to your business is to engage them by phone. If the representative of the factoring company can talk to you in language and insights that reflect knowledge of how your business works, it’s a good sign you’re on the right track. Look for clear and easy to understand information that details the processes

for funding to be followed. Next, learn the support systems that are in place to facilitate the reliable and speedy delivery of funds directly to your account without undue delay. Same day funding is a marketing slogan embraced by all factoring companies serving the trucking industry, but not all factoring companies can reliably deliver the promise. Dedicated account managers, strong customer support service, easy document submission, professional credit analysis and transparency are all strong indicators of a good factoring solution. The acid test is speed; a factoring company that can qualify and onboard you to begin funding in two days or less is an organization designed to service the trucking industry. For more information about freight factoring, please visit or call: 855.833.7575.


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Cross Border Services

By Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services

Hot Topic: Marijuana/Cannabis & the Borders


arijuana/Cannabis is not yet legal here in Canada. The new set date is October 17, 2018. Regardless of the legalization of this drug, it is and will remain illegal to carry any amount of marijuana/cannabis across any border within Canada and the USA. On July 27, 2018 at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, 38.952 kilograms of marijuana was seized. The 40 year old male commercial truck driver from Markham, Ontario had been sent for secondary screening at the border crossing point; while being inspected, the CBSA Officer discovered the marijuana/cannabis in the driverís cab area. He was arrested for Importation offenses under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and turned over to the RCMP. “This marijuana seizure demonstrates the CBSA’s efforts to stop the smuggling of illicit drugs and keep

contraband off our streets. I am proud of the work of our officers who are vigilant in their efforts to ensure our borders are not used for illegal activities.” Tamara Allard, District Director, Ambassador Bridge Operations, Southern Ontario Region, CBSA. There is a Zero Tolerance Policy in

effect for driving any vehicle whether personal or commercial under the influence of marijuana/cannabis. Based on the clinical scientific literature that was used for this article, marijuana/cannabis is detectable in your system by both urine and blood tests for up to 30 days. This is both

smoked and/or digested. For more information about this article or safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at, email dawntruell@gmail. com.


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By Ellen Voie

Women In Trucking’s SiriusXM Show on Road Dog Channel 146


efore satellite radio became a reality in 1990, professional drivers and anyone who traversed the country had to either listen to their cassettes (or eight tracks!) or they would be forced to change channels as the moved across the nation. Satellite radio allowed the listener to maintain one channel for hours without losing a signal. Sirius Satellite radio originated in Washington, DC and was launched in 2001, just following the debut of XM radio in 2001. In the early years, subscribers had to choose between Sirius and XM. Most drivers seemed to prefer the trucking-related content of XM which featured hosts from America’s Trucking radio network such as Bill Mack, Dave Nemo and the Truckin’ Bozo (Dale Sommers). In January 2009, Sirius and XM merged into one service, and today,

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Meredith Ochs, Ellen Voie, Chris T at the Mid-America Trucking Show. all content heard on Road Dog Trucking channel 146 is a SiriusXM exclusive product. That same year, Freewheelin’s Meredith Ochs and Chris T invited Women In Trucking’s Ellen Voie to have a one hour segment

devoted to the organization. Ellen and Marge Bailey, one of the original WIT board members, were on the last Wednesday of each month for the next nine years. This year, SiriusXM invited Women In Trucking to host its own call-in show, and the date was scheduled to begin Saturday, January 20th at 10 am central and would last for two hours. The first guest was Keera Brooks of Sawgrass Logistics, who had completed the WIT “Best Practices Study” about carriers with a higher than average percentage of female drivers. The calls came in from both men and women across the continent. Now, every Saturday on SiriusXM Road Dog Channel 146 (with the replay on Sunday) you can listen to Ellen interview men and women with very diverse views on subjects related to the industry. In the past, we’ve had the opportunity to interview such varied guests as Debbie Gardner with the Survive Institute, Valerie Alexander, author of “How to Succeed In the Workplace Despite Having Female Brains,” and Elba Pareja-Gallagher, founder of  We’ve interviewed Congressman Mike Gallagher, who rode with a female professional driver and shared his insights. There’s even been a show about drones with Sharron Rossmark, of the organization, Women and Drones. More recent shows have focused on research about attracting and retaining drivers, some fun information about your favorite trade shows and even a show on how to increase

your fuel economy. A favorite guest was Margot Genger, who wrote a book about her driving experience in the 1970s called, “Shift Happens.” We had her back to finish telling her story. We’re always looking for entertaining guests as well, so if you would like to be on the Women In Trucking show on a Saturday morning, please let us know. If you’re listening, please call in and share your story or ask a question. The number is always the same, 888.876.2336 or 888.8ROADDOG. The guests might surprise you, and the insight should enlighten and entertain you.  Watch our e-newsletter for upcoming show information, or visit our website and click on “WIT Show.”  If you don’t currently subscribe to SiriusXM, you can find information on obtaining a 30-day free trial to see if you’d like to continue the service on your radio or via the app on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The show is geared toward both women and men, and the majority of our listeners are professional drivers, who call between their loads, breaks or on downtime.  These drivers ask questions, offer advice and sometimes just want to share a story. They are all very engaged with the guests. This is just one more way we can share our story about the Women In Trucking Association. Our goal is to help educate, enlighten and empower you. This is just one more way we can communicate with you, our members, and get our message out to future members. We are genuinely thrilled to be a part of the SiriusXM radio “Road Dog” family.



Bendix Intellipark™ Electronic Parking Brake


lyria, Ohio – Addressing a problem of today while paving another stretch on the road to tomorrow, Bendix ® Intellipark ™ electronic parking brake control is now moving into fleet trials with an expected launch in 2019. Intellipark helps prevent rollaway and runaway crashes by automatically setting the brakes if the driver exits the vehicle while it is not parked. Beyond rollaway mitigation, the system uses information available on the vehicle network to allow the park brake to be released only when an authorized driver is in full control of the vehicle. Intellipark also delivers features such as Trailer AutoPark Release, which can automatically release trailer brakes when the vehicle is moving. The Park-at-Speed feature helps the driver to maintain control if the parking brakes are applied while driving. Plus, the system delivers a more durable and ergonomic interface, which is pleasing to drivers. Since Intellipark is electronic, it is also positioned for integration with Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™, enabling the use of the parking brakes to further enhance driver assistance functions. In addition, it delivers the parking functions necessary for future autonomous vehicles. Bendix engineered Intellipark for use with any air-braked vehicle, including tractor-trailers, single-unit trucks, motor coaches, and school buses. It’s designed to help drivers mitigate a variety of unsafe situations, as well as deliver a quick ROI to the fleet through incident prevention and a longer life with minimal maintenance. “Preventing rollaways was our foremost goal with Intellipark™, because they can be both damaging and deadly,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix Director of Customer Solutions – Controls. “Automatic parking brake technology delivers safety, value, and a quick return on investment if it prevents even a single occurrence. It also ties into the evolution of active safety systems and advancing automated and autonomous technologies.” More than braking Intellipark features an improved, driver-friendly interface that eases the effort of setting the parking brake, replacing the red and yellow push/pull knobs with switches that can be flipped on and off with even a single finger. The switches display the familiar red and yellow symbols, and they activate the parking brake through less physical effort on the driver’s part – without delivering that popping “sting” of air switches when they’re pulled. This enhanced ergonomic design may also help decrease driver fatigue and

prevent repetitive motion injuries. And the easy-to-read interface, which includes LED lights, helps the driver see the status of the parking brakes on both the tractor and the trailer – prior to leaving the vehicle or heading out on the road. If the driver misses the LED indication on the user interface or the Trailer Air Warning telltale on the vehicle instrument cluster and begins to drive away with the trailer park brake engaged, Intellipark’s Trailer Auto-Park Release will disengage the trailer park brake automatically. This helps reduce the chance for trailer tire flat-spotting, trailer tire fires, and wheel-end damage. “Fleets can use data provided by Intellipark to help gain insight when the system activates – to set the parking

brake automatically, or to disengage the trailer brakes automatically. For fleets equipped with the user-friendly web portal SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS, that data is transmitted through their telematics provider automatically to fleet offices,” Andersky said. “This enables fleet managers to use the information to help with driver training as part of an overall safety program.” Technologies like Intellipark and Wingman® Fusion™ are designed not to replace drivers, or to enable or encourage aggressive driving, or system dependency. These are driver assistance, not driver replacement technologies. Responsibility for safe operation, including parking of any commercial vehicle, remains with the driver at all times. Through an ever-growing port-

folio of vehicle technologies, Bendix delivers on areas crucial to the success of fleets and owner-operators, including safety, reliability, lower total cost of operation, and vehicle performance and efficiency. Bendix backs its systems and components with unparalleled post-sales support, continuously striving to strengthen return on investment in equipment that improves North American vehicle and highway safety. For more information call 1.800. AIRBRAKE (1.800.247.2725) or visit or solutions. Visit the Bendix multimedia center at for more information on advanced safety technology development, driver assistance systems, and commercial vehicle safety regulations.


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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 302 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

ACCOUNT & RECORDS MANAGEMENT Bookkeeping For Your Business & Personal Finances Toll Free: 905.767.5458



CROSS BORDER SERVICES 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


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


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

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

••• S.E.T.I. Inc. Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation! 5314 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Y8 Tel: 905.878.7161 or AUXILIARY HEATING & A/C SYSTEMS SALES & SERVICE


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

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

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



ITR CANADA INC. 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


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

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


CARMEN TRANSPORTATION 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



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, mini-decks, 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


INTERNATIONAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES INC. 107 Bellevue Drive, Box 1450 Belleville, ON K8N 5J1 Toll Free: 800.267.1888 Tel: 613.961.5144 Fax: 613.961.1255 or 888.485.6487 English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123


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



WILSON INSTRUMENTS LTD. The Anti-Idling Experts 43 Crowe Bay Heights, RR 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Tel: 705.653.2403 Fax: 705.653.5560

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DPF CLEANING SPECIALISTS 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

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. 49 Simpson Road Bolton, ON L7E 2R6 Tel: 905.951.5487 Contact: Don Branston Cell: 416.528.5849 or

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



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



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


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


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


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


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

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



1-141 Commercial Drive Calgary, AB T3Z 2A7 Tel: 403.744.5323 Fax: 800.939.2305 EASTERN CANADA

6600 route Transcanadienne bureau 610 Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 4S2 Toll Free: 888.694.8721 Fax: 514.694.4411

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


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



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


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.”



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

CATALYS LUBRICANTS 7483, Progress Way Delta BC V4G 1E7 Toll Free: 855.946.4226 Tel: 604.946.4226 • Fax: 604.946.1499


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

BAIRD MACGREGOR INSURANCE BROKERS LP At Baird MacGregor you are under our shield of protection. We are known throughout the business community for our commitment to acountabilty, consistency, innovation and excellence in all that we do. We have specialized in providing cost-effective insurance and unique risk management solutions since 1979. 825 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H8 Toll Free: 800.263.3030 Tel: 416.778.8000 Fax: 416.778.4492

AIRD & BERLIS LLP 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

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

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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



FLO COMPONENTS LTD. 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:


TRANSCOURT TANK LEASING Toll Free: 888.407.3830 Contacts: ONTARIO & MANITOBA Mike Trianos EASTERN CANADA (Quebec & Atlantic Provinces) Julie Thibaudeau Toll Free: 844.322.8360 WESTERN CANADA Kevin Quick



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


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

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


KROWN CORPORATE “Krown offers a superior line of rust inhibiting products and body maintenance programs to help keep your trucks on the road.” 35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710

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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


1440 Highland Avenue

TruckPro locations on page 19 ABRAMS TOWING “Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing Toll Free: 888.667.5438 • Tel: 416.398.9474

••• FLEET-TAX SERVICES INC. 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

KEE TRAINING ACADEMY “Your Goals Are Our Priority.” 6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 • Fax: 905.670.3436


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


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


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


M.T.T. REPAIR SERVICES INC. M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been providing quality repairs and services since 1975. We operate out of a 14,000 square foot building with eleven bays including a truck and trailer paint bay and two sandblasting bays. M.T.T. Repair Services currently employs trailer mechanics, welders, body men and painters. We are also an accredited vehicle inspection station that allows us to conduct annual safety inspections to all of your trailers. 1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 • Fax: 905.677.2774


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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

Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 • Fax: 204.571.5982 WINNIPEG FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 • Fax: 204.956.1786 ONTARIO

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



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


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



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

TRUCK LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES 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


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


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


LOUNSBURY HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK CENTRE Truck Sales, Parts, Service, Body Shop Repairs, Radiator Sales & Recore along with the latest in Hunter Alignment Technology for all makes and models. Two locations in New Brunswick to serve you. MONCTON 725 St. George Blvd. Moncton, NB E1E 2C2 Toll Free: 800.561.7782 Tel: 506.857.4345 • Fax: 506.857.4346 FREDERICTON 14 Millennium Drive Fredericton NB E3C 2N8 Toll Free: 888.339.7344 Tel: 506.459.1204 • Fax: 506.454.1376




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


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

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

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

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




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


SWS SAFETY WARNING SYSTEMS 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


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


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

AWASH (ECOWASH) SYSTEMS CORP. Portable Automated Truck Wash Systems including Battery & Electric versions, customized to your requirements. We are the OEM. CANADA

19 Community Avenue Hamilton, ON L8E 2X9 U.S.A.

6405 Inducon Drive East Sanborn, NY, USA 14132 ALBERTA

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)

Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 • Fax: 888.407.9498


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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Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

RTA Will Never Be Asleep at the Wheel


t the Retread Tire Association, our field of expertise is tires; the retreading, repairing, reusing and recycling of them, and the industry that supports those activities. We’re here to get the word out about the safety and economic advantages of retreads, and reusing and recycling used tires. One of our other goals is to offer support and information to our great friends in the trucking industry. Your safety and security is a number one priority for us, and we want you (member of our association or not) to see us as your partner in keeping you safely on the road. We can’t say enough about how valuable, and essential the trucking industry is, to keeping world economies vital.

We watch the media for articles related to tire and trucking safety, and we inform ourselves about US and Canadian and other international industry discussions, such as the dialogue about sleep apnea studies for possible health screenings, and on Ontario’s basic income pilot program. We read this publication for that very reason. It gives us another great resource for sharing valuable information with our members. One thing we want you to be aware of, is that RTA strives to remain impartial, gathering information and presenting it, to help you make your own best decisions. Not to say that we don’t have opinions and that we do express them, but our goal, especially in this age of information, is to

learn and the only way to do that is by examining facts, and making sure that what you hear, actually is fact, and not just opinion. In closing, here’s one indisputable fact that we’ll offer for your consideration. What unites us all is the agreement that just about every one of us drives on, receives goods from, or is impacted by our tire industries every day. We represent the tire industry as a clearinghouse for information and research about our members and friends in the new and used tire, retread, recycling and tread rubber industries. We do not seek out or act to influence political arguments or legislation in any way. That is not our job.

Our job is to stay awake at the wheel, in the driver’s seat of a solid organization of 350+ members, which strives to help you make good and informed choices about tire retreading, repairing and recycling, for the benefit of you and your family, and for all of us who live together. We work to gather together and rise up to accept our differences, care about each other, and keep moving forward together. So that we can help you even more, drop us an email at info@retreadtire. org. We will be happy to provide the information you need, plus a whole lot more. For more information call the Retread Tire Association at 831.620.5345.



Michelin Launches New Harvester Tire


reenville, South Carolina Farmers are using ever-larger machines to perform at highload capacities while maintaining low pressures in the field. The MICHELIN® CerexBIB® 2 with IF and VF CFO+ designations innovatively push the load and pressure limits for combine harvesters and other large harvesting equipment. CerexBIB 2 is available now in nine front sizes and seven rear sizes.

Michelin’s CFO+ technology offers a second and lower 6 miles-per-hour (mph) cyclic loading table over the standard CFO of one 10-mph cyclic loading table. Farmers may gain up to a 10 percent bonus(2) in loadcarrying capacity at the same pressure, or the option of carrying the same load at lower pressures to maximize floatation and traction and minimize soil compaction. Michelin designed and tested these

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tire innovations in collaboration with leading equipment manufacturers. The CTIS-enabled CerexBIB 2 tire is engineered to ensure optimal harvest time despite soil conditions. The CerexBIB 2 CFO+ provides up to 35 percent more load capacity at the same pressure versus leading competitors(2). The tire runs at the lowest pressures in the market(2); in fact, the CerexBIB 2 may run as low as 17 psi while carrying a load of 21,740 pounds. The tire’s contact patch expands up to 35 percent(3) which is designed to reduce soil compaction and protect the soil for future harvests. “ To d a y ’s f a r m e r s a r e u s i n g progressively larger machinery but must manage both load capacity and soil compaction,” said David Graden, Michelin North America Agriculture Operational Marketing Manager. “Because Michelin’s CerexBIB 2 is airsystems ready, it offers a solution that answers these and other performance challenges.” The tire tread is designed to increase traction, fuel savings and improve safety, key benefits for farmers who want to achieve shallower ruts and less soil compaction while they harvest the crops. The CerexBIB 2 tire incorporates MICHELIN Ultraflex

IF & VF technology, which offers the best load capacity in its class, low ground pressure and very high levels of traction in the field(4). The CerexBIB 2 offers fuel savings up to 10 percent(1), as well as potentially contribute to increased crop yields(5). For more information on MICHELIN Ultraflex tires, visit www.MichelinAg. com  or contact your local Michelin Agriculture tire dealer. 1. According to field test results from more than 80 demonstrations per year conducted worldwide by Michelin. 2. Based on a study comparing the Bridgestone VT Combine IF CFO tire, a Trelleborg TM2000 tire, a MICHELIN CEREXBIB 2 VF CFO+ tire and a MITAS SFT CHO tire in size 900/60R32. 3. Based on internal testing comparing a MICHELIN CEREXBIB 2 CFO+ tire and a MICHELIN MEGAXBIB tire in size 900/60R32. 4. Based on a study comparing a firstgeneration MICHELIN CEREXBIB, a MICHELIN MEGAXBIB and a MICHELIN CEREXBIB 2 VT CFO+ in size 900/60R32. 5. 1Smith E., Misiewicz, P.A., White, D.R., and Godwin, R.J., 2014, Harper Adams Study, Effects of traffic and tillage on crop yield (winter wheat Triticum aestivum) and the physical properties of a sandy loam soil.




RTD Contest Winner

CCJ Solutions Summit



looming Prairie, Minnesota – Robert Dierks had a big smile on his face after seeing his prize for the first time, and it’s not hard to understand why. Dierks is the lucky winner of the Minimizer #RespectTheDriver promotion, meaning he takes home a limited edition Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain Motorcycle. “I never imagined (winning this bike),” Dierks said. “I had no idea buying Minimizer products would lead to

having something like this.” Minimizer ran the promotion for six months, through the end of March and received hundreds of entries. Dierks purchased his Minimizer products from Bells & Whistles Chrome Shop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dierks’ motorcycle is numbered 60 of 100. For more information or to contact a Minimizer distributor, call us at 800.248.3855 or visit our website or email us at


looming Prairie, Minnesota – For the fifth straight year, heavy duty trucking industry leader Minimizer is sponsoring the CCJ Solutions Summit. The commercial trucking fleet conference is designed to present solutions to issues facing fleets across the country. “We believe in sponsoring content that helps our partners in their everyday evolving challenges,” Minimizer Director of Marketing Steve Hansen said. This year’s event will be held at the

V Capital Partners Investment

B Oklahoma-based Robert Dierks sits on his Limited Edition Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain Motorcycle for the first time. (Insert) Limited Edition Jack Daniels Indian Chieftain Motorcycle (#60 of 100)

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12-14. The CCJ Solutions Summit gives fleets a chance to network with other groups, hear from leaders both within and apart from the trucking industry, and gain a fresh perspective during two and a half days of learning. Space is limited, and those interested can register for the CCJ Solutions Summit online. For more information call us at 800.248.3855 or visit our website or email us at

looming Prairie, Minnesota For more than three decades, Minimizer’s investment in the heavy duty trucking industry has produced the toughest parts and accessories to answer the demanding needs of fleet’s and truck drivers. Now, it’s Capital Partners making an investment in Minimizer. The two are joining forces to fast-track Minimizer’s growth strategy, with the goal to expand

product lines and support the rapid growth of the company, including investing in people, equipment and the development of additional capabilities. Former Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg will remain invested in the company and participate on the management board. Capital Partners, based in Connecticut, has a history of investing in heavy duty truck part companies.


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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 CALGARY TRACTION CALGARY Calgary Heavy Truck & Collision 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.287.6888 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 VANDERHOOF TRACTION VANDERHOOF P & H Supplies Ltd. 279 1st Street East Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0 Tel: 250.567.9266 WILLIAMS LAKE TRACTION WILLIAMS LAKE W.L. Forestry Supplies Ltd. 675 North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N9 Tel: 250.392.6699

WINNIPEG TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 200 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V1 Tel: 888.320.5505

BRITISH COLUMBIA 100 MILE HOUSE TRACTION 100 MILE HOUSE Total Parts Express Ltd. 260 Exter Road 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0 Tel: 250.395.2277 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 18    October 2018

MANITOBA BRANDON TRACTION BRANDON NAPA Auto Parts 1940 Queen’s Avenue Brandon, MB R7B 0T1 Tel: 204.727.4850

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

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 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY Calgary Heavy Truck & Collision 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.287.6888 DRUMHELLER TRUCKPRO DRUMHELLER Drum Diesel 901 South Railway Ave., Bay 13 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Tel: 403.823.7966 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO EDMONTON NW Truck Zone Inc. 15816 - 111th Ave. 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

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 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

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

REGINA TRUCKPRO REGINA (9TH AVE.) Frame & Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) Ltd. 805 - 9th Avenue Regina, SK S4N 7P4 Tel: 306.569.2350 SASKATOON TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE A-Line Frame & Alignment Services Ltd. 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612 SWIFT CURRENT TRUCKPRO SWIFT CURRENT Finning Canada 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.3240 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

BRITISH COLUMBIA 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

MANITOBA BRANDON TRUCKPRO BRANDON Total Works Truck Equipment 501 Middleton Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A8 Tel: 204.728.3821

ONTARIO DRYDEN TRUCKPRO DRYDEN Webb Truck Repair Inc. 16677 Hwy 17 West Dryden, ON P8N 2Y7 Tel: 807.937.4444 SASKATCHEWAN MOOSE JAW TRUCKPRO MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRUCKPRO WHITEHORSE Kulan Mechanical 7 Laberge Road Whitehorse, YK Y1A 5Z3 Tel: 867.393.4581


New Monitoring Services to Maximize Uptime


olvo Trucks is using new methods to monitor and analyse critical components in real time in order to take care of potential malfunctions before they interfere with the customer´s business. A new tire management service has been launched in Sweden as well as a major test pilot for advanced monitoring of trucks in Europe. By also applying machine learning, the accuracy of predicting and preventing unplanned stops will be improved even further. A new tire management service measures the tire pressure and temperature in real time. The results can be monitored through an app, helping both the driver and owner to identify slow punctures and avoid possible tire explosions causing unplanned stops and high costs. In addition, the new service also enables lower fuel consumption and

more mileage from each tire due to securing the correct pressure and temperature. The tire management service will be rolled out successively in the European markets. Volvo Trucks is also performing a test pilot including several other components for select customers with the company´s gold service contract. By monitoring and analyzing data from thousands of trucks in real time a large number of potential breakdowns have been avoided, resulting in improved uptime and productivity. The aim is to predict component failures before they occur and provide the customers with optimal service planning. When a potential problem is detected by a Volvo Truck Monitoring Center, the customer’s local Volvo workshop is alerted so that preventive actions can be taken. The next step is to gradually introduce machine learning. This

form of artificial intelligence makes it possible to collect and analyze large amounts of truck data for the purposes of research and development. It allows Volvo Trucks to learn more and more about the health and performance of the truck, and hundreds of thousands of connected trucks, in everyday use.

By using advanced computer modelling and analytics, the ambition is to be able to identify hidden patterns to predict component failures far in advance, making it more likely that the required service or repair can be done during a scheduled service visit for maximum truck uptime.


Tire data is transmitted to the truck communication network. The driver and the home office are alerted and action can be taken. October 2018   19


2018 LinkScholar Recipients Announced


oronto, Ontario – This scholarship season marks the fourth year TransCore Link Logistics has given back to deserving high school students. The LinkScholar Program identifies talented young people, affiliated with the transportation industry, and helps them fulfill their potential by assisting with tuition costs. “Every year we receive applications from students across the country that are passionate about their future. This year was no exception. There were so many deserving students paving a way for their futures,” said Claudia Milicevic, Senior Director & General Manager of TransCore Link Logistics. The 2018 LinkScholar Program received impressive applications from coast to coast. However, two east coast applicants stood out amongst

the rest. Emma Starr from Quispamsis, New Brunswick and Miranda Goodman from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia were awarded scholarships. MEET THE 2018 LINKSCHOLARS:

Emma Starr, Future Athletic Therapist, Studying Kinesiology, Dalhousie University



A A & A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Eastern Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

B Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Briway Carriers Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Eastern

C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

D Dieter’s Metal Fabricationg Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern

E Empire Transportation Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern

F F. G. Lister & Co Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Eastern Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern

H HWT Ltd. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Western

I International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern

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

K Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern

M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

P Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

S Shell Lubricants.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

T TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Eastern Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Western The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 25 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17, 32

V Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 31

W Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern 20    October 2018

Industry Affiliation: Midland Transport and Brokerage, New Brunswick

Miranda Goodman, Future Registered Nurse, St. Francis Xavier University Industry Affiliation: Connors Transfer Ltd., Nova Scotia Both of these young women had

strong applications that emphasized their community involvement and determination to accomplish their goals in life. TransCore Link Logistics is proud to award these two individuals with $2,500 each to put towards their studies. “This year’s recipients have a spirit of learning and are dedicated to caring for others. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two and wish them the very best in pursuit of their goals,” said Milicevic. To view videos of each of the 2018 winners and for more information on the program, visit giving-back-community. More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at, @loadlink on Twitter, on YouTube, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.





EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Briway Carriers Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Eastern Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern Empire Transportation Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern F. G. Lister & Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Eastern HWT Ltd. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Western International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 25 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern FACTORING & FINANCE Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 FUEL ADDITIVES Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 INSURANCE BROKERS Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern LUBRICANTS Shell Lubricants.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PERMITS & WAIVERS C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TANKER LEASING Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17, 32 TOWING Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ACCESSORIES Dieter’s Metal Fabricationg Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ENGINE HEATERS Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE A & A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Eastern Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK MANUFACTURERS Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 31 TRUCK & TRAILER PARTS & ACCESSORIES Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Traction Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK SERVICES TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Eastern TRUCK TRANSMISSIONS The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Western

Special Feature

By Marek Krasuski

Georgetown Based Logistics Company Celebrates 30 Years of Dynamic Growth


n an age of increasingly sophisticated supply chains, transportation companies require a commensurate level of expertise to assure maximum performance is promised to their clients. Starship Freight is one logistics company that, through its 30 years of successful growth in the transportation sector, has set an industry benchmark in the provision of comprehensive freight services. One testament to its prominence is an extensive network of Carriers that reaches virtually every city, town and community throughout North America. Starship Freight’s inclusive approach is foundational. From its inception the company set out to establish an interface with the three participants in the transportation relationship – the Customer, the Company, and the Carrier. Every decision is made with the view of deriving maximum benefit for all parties. Francis Richard is Starship’s Vice President-Sales. He explains the advantages of embracing this participatory approach. “Any decision we make must have a positive outcome for our Customers. If it does, it will have a positive outcome for our Company and in turn a positive outcome for our Carriers. While this may appear to be simplistic, it is extremely powerful in the way it helps every team member act in the best interest of all 3 C’s. This method reduces the need for red tape and prolonged decision making cycles. It plays a crucial role in our success and that of our customers and carriers since no one loses sight of the primary objective – customer satisfaction and the efficient execution of our responsibilities to stakeholders,” Richard said. The guarantee of exceptional service hinges on the company’s network of literally thousands of quality Carriers – a commitment underscored by Starship’s rigorous vetting process of choosing the right Carrier for the right job. And to be sure, not every Carrier qualifies. A high degree of demonstrative

professionalism, integrity, and focus on customer service are integral to the selection process. Of course, anyone can make such claims, but Starship’s testament to its success is reinforced by the limited number of freight claims made each year. Simply put, freight is handled with care and without incident by the partner carriers selected. The importance of Carrier participation is underscored, most recently, by the creation of a new position – Carrier Relations Manager. This position establishes a continuous and direct link for Carriers to a Starship employee they get to know and grow together. In commenting on the role and its significance to operations, Michael McDonald, Vice President Operations said, “this new position assures that Carriers can share changes to their availability, discuss service levels and have concerns or

Carrier. Indeed, undivided attention ensures free flowing communication – and communication, Francis Richard says, “always rises to the top when polling our customers as to why they deal with Starship Freight. Consistency in how each delivery is handled and the successful execution of each shipment keeps everyone’s day moving on track and plays a big part in why customers and carriers return shipment after shipment.” This personalized approach, a company requirement, to managing shipments makes Customers and Carriers feel as if Starship’s own employees are part of their respective companies. An assiduous employee selection process stands shoulder to shoulder with the development and continuous improvement of Starship’s proprietary order management process. Indeed, since its founding in 1988 the company was motivated by the desire to

questions addressed professionally. This helps Carriers go the extra mile in providing exceptional value and service for each and every shipment. Being able to rely on a strong network of dedicated partners, like our Carriers, ensures consistent results for each shipment and makes everyone’s part in the process that much better,” Mr. McDonald summarized. The rigour Starship employs in Carrier selection applies in equal measure to its own employees and to improvement of its own practices. Paramount to the expectation of every employee is that they apply their undivided attention to ensuring every shipment is handled in the best manner for both Customer and

enshrine a personalized approach to freight movement with enhanced transparency and consistency at all levels of service. This the company continues to practice to this day. While Starship freely admits it is not perfect, it takes its cues from accumulated experience and the willingness to learn every day. This tradition ensures that nothing is left to chance and that every step is in place to provide unparalleled service, accurate details of each shipment, timely and ongoing communication with all parties involved in the shipment process. Confirms Mike McDonald, President, “We provide the most efficient solutions by ensuring all details are validated by all parties that documents are ready

and accurate, that both shipper and consignee are aware of the timelines for pickup and delivery, and Carriers are in full possession of all pertinent load information.” Such attention to detail enables the company to identify problems and notify parties of any delays while leaving enough reaction time to address anything that could change during the course of freight movement. Such measures mitigate against additional costs to the Customer, unnecessary delays for Carriers, and provide for reduced handling to prevent potential intransit damages. Starship’s renowned Customer – Company – Carrier (3-C) relationship, scrupulous employee selection methods, and ongoing investment in corporate improvement have brought this company from three initial employees to over 30 some thirty years later. Today, with a broad carrier base it provides full service OTR freight management service from any point in North America with cross border shipments comprising the majority of deliveries. In addition to managing its clients’ day-to-day transportation needs, it has gained a well-earned reputation for delivering on the near impossible, just as well as the regular transport of manufactured goods ranging from plastic bottles to chemicals, along with time sensitive shipments for the retail fixtures industry. In commemoration of these stellar achievements Starship Freight recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary near its Head Office in Georgetown, Ontario. Company staff came together at the Terra Cotta Inn to socialize, enjoy a dinner together and listen to stories about the company’s development over three decades of solid growth. It was a hallmark evening and a fitting tribute to a successful and responsible company poised for yet another growth trajectory. For more information about how this premier company can deliver on your transportation needs, go to


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Highlight Funds College AZ Driver Program


oncord, Ontario – Highlight Motor Group is pleased to announce the commencement of its Class AZ driver training college. In partnership with a leading driver training college, Highlight Motor Group has created a customized program at their Concord head office facility. The comprehensive training program uses their yard, equipment

and cross dock facilities to not only attain a Class AZ truck driver’s license. Graduating students also have an automatic 12 month high paying driver career with one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. The cost of the AZ driver license is $8,000, Highlight Motor Group will reimburse 100%. An $8,000 savings! The program was created in direct

response to the overwhelming demand for quality truck drivers. Kirk Kalinitchenko, Founder, President & CEO of Highlight Motor Group explains, “...we decided to tackle the driver shortage head-on. For young people without a university education, being a professional truck driver provides an above average wage. The demand for drivers is great and jobs

New Facility in Los Angeles


ighlight celebrates its one year anniversary with its own Los Angeles operation Concord, Ontario - Highlight Motor Group is pleased to announce their move to a new, better suited facility in Santa Fe Springs, a gateway city of southeast Los Angeles. The move takes place on their one year anniversary of opening a Los Angeles location. The new location is strategically located near the 605 and 5 freeways. Sante Fe Springs is home to a high

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density of very large industrial and manufacturing facilities and is well known for aircraft, aerospace and defense contract industries. With a population just under 20 million it is seen as an area of great opportunity to further expand Highlight’s scope of business between California and Canada. President of Highlight Motor Group, Kirk Kalinitchenko comments, “We put a lot of thought and planning into opening up our own California oper-

ation last July. It’s gone very well and this new location is a stepping stone to even larger facilities there. It is well suited for our current requirements with brand new state of the art facility which includes spacious warehouse, 6 dock level doors and 2 storey office space. We continue to offer van and reefer service for both truckload and LTL customers, a logistics offering and warehousing services. I am proud to say that connecting California and Canada with Highlight’s premium

are readily available at Highlight Motor Group. It is a 2 stage acceptance process, one with the partner college and the other with our human resources department. Upon acceptance the candidate will be making a full time driver wage after successfully completing the 5 week program. For more information visit www.


transportation and warehousing service continues in style.” To discover more about Highlight Motor Group, visit their website at



Spot Freight Volumes Continued Seasonal Dip


oronto, Ontario – TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian load capacity predictably continued to see lower load volumes as summer comes to a close, a trend that first started in the second quarter of 2018. This seasonal effect on load volumes continued to loosen the truck-to-load ratio amidst strong equipment performance on Loadlink. August load volumes were down five percent from July. Year-over-year, August’s load volumes were down 13 percent. Despite this trend, load volumes for August surpassed any other year’s performance on record, with the exception of 2017. Intra-Canada loads accounted for 33 percent of the total volumes and were flat year-over-year. Cross-border load  postings represented 67 percent of the data submitted by Loadlink users: Loads leaving Canada to the United States decreased nine percent year-over-year and loads entering Canada increased 23 percent year-over-year. EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE The end of the slow summer season saw a slight increase in equipment volumes. August’s equipment postings increased nine percent when compared to July 2018 and 15 percent

when compared to August 2017. TRUCK-TO-LOAD RATIO The average truck-to-load ratio was 2.55 in August, a 15 percent increase

from 2.22 in July. Year-over-year, the average ratio increased 33 percent from 1.92 in August 2017. More information on TransCore Link

Logistics can be found at, @loadlink on Twitter, on YouTube, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.



Vibration can drive them through the battery case and ruin a perfectly serviceable battery. Also consider fitting a battery warmer pad around the batteries. Connect it to the same circuit as the block heater. This ensures the batteries are warmed for their maximum cold cranking amps for cold starts. WINTER LED LIGHTING Truck and trailer operators have been hesitant to use LED headlights and taillights for winter operations. The problem was they lacked the heat that halogen or incandescent lights provided. This meant snow build-up occurred reducing visibility. Today several lighting manufacturers offer heated LED headlights and taillights that eliminate the snow build-up while offering improved visibility to reduce animal impacts and warn of corners well in advance. Trucks equipped with heated LED headlights operating on snow covered roads, in snow storms or when following another vehicle will have better visibility resulting in reduced fatigue and fewer accidents. Heated LED taillights will warn a truck following much sooner and reduce rear impacts.


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Special Feature

By Marek Krasuski

North American Mining Expo Showcases Off-Road Equipment


he North American Mining Expo (N.A.M.E.) held its third event in Hanmer, Ontario, just north of Sudbury on September 11 & 12. Organized by Canadian Trade-Ex, the exhibition featured enough variety and information for mining stakeholders and curiosity seekers alike. Among trade show highlights were a Gala dinner and several tours and fairs. Over 300 Exhibitors were on hand ranging from mining equipment suppliers, engineering firms, and many supply and service organizations. Sudbury was an ideal location for the occasion given the region’s preponderance of mining related companies, many of whom are members of SAMSSA (Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association) which represents the largest concentration of expertise in mining worldwide. Many exhibitors were accepting employment applications from some of the 4000 visitors who attended, a signal that the industry remains robust. Among the exhibitors was New Age Metals which offered prospective investors a visit to its River Valley Project, one of the largest underdeveloped platinum group of metals deposit in North America. The site is about an hour’s drive east of Sudbury. This year’s Expo included a presentation by the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP) Secretariat which informed members of the feedback they received from Canadian governments regarding the industry’s attempt to solidify Canada’s position as the dominant mining nation in the world. Speaker topics ranging from electric vehicles in underground environments, new technologies and innovation, and a culture of safety in the industry. Glenn Dredhart is president of TradeEx which organized the Expo this year in Sudbury. He cited various reasons for the decision to host the event in this region. Among them are Sudbury’s reputation as an advanced mining centre with excellent educational facilities and proven expertise in land reclamation. Sudbury has received international recognition for its re-greening of the region over 30-plus years. A sampling of the 300 exhibitors includes: Equipment World; It supplies vari-

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ous attachments such as blower, loader, blades and buckets. Training programs are also in its wheelhouse and are purported to meet all government and industry standards. Topics include safety training for Aerial Work Platforms, Forklifts, Liquid Propane Cylinder Exchange, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Skid Steer and Rack Safety. The Bucket Shop; Supplies all manner of industrial specialty buckets for excavators and scoop trams and other heavy duty applications. Headquartered in Timmins, Ontario, their 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility is equipped with the latest in tooling and technology. Totally self sufficient, they machine their own pins and bushings as well as roll and form all plate requirements. Outotec designs mineral processing equipment along with automation and control systems, and will outfit complete plants with their technology. They also has fully equipped research facilities to carry out support servicessuch as materials selection, analytical chemistry, and experimental research. Toshiba showcased some of its industrial products for the mining environment. Toshiba is a world leader in the design and manufacture of motors, adjustable speed drives, motor

controls and power systems. Their website offers as full suite of products and services. Approaching the Centennial Community Centre in Hanmer, home of the event, visitors were drawn in by the significant visual display on the arena’s perimeter where all manner of booms, buckets and industrial sized lifts with stark colours towered high in the air, showcasing their reach, power and industrial capabilities. Among this impressive display were various units by the Italian manufacturer, Merlo, which builds telescopic booms noted for sturdiness and efficiency. Booms are constructed with structural steel with welds along

the neutral axis so the boom stays straight when fully extended. Merlo Telehandlers are distributed by the Sudbury based North Rock Rentals, a company that provides rock solid equipment solutions to the Mining, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sectors. They carry an expansive line of equipment rentals with an inventory that is updated, well maintained and clean. These include forklifts, loaders, excavators, trailers, and underground equipment.www.northrockrentals. com Next year Trade-Ex will host the Canadian Mining Expo in Timmins, ON. The Canadian Mining Expo alternates most years with the North


Healthy Trucker

Fruits & Veggies on the Road BY ANDREA MORLEY


ou’ve heard it since you were a kid: “Eat more vegetables and fruit!” Now, how often do you think you hit the recommended amount of fruits and veggies, which is 7-10 servings per day? For most of you, it’s probably not very often, if ever. Fruits and vegetables are truly the backbone of our diet and should make up the bulk of what we eat. They have vast nutrient profiles, virus– and disease-fighting abilities, antioxidants, fibre content, immune-boosting strength, and much more. But… how do we get enough fruits and vegetables when we’re on the go, or on the road? Since they are perishable, and prone to a lot of regulations at the border, it can be difficult for drivers to get enough of them. Here are some tips to help you keep your fruit & veggie intake high, no matter where you are: • In restaurants, always ask for vegetables as your side dish, even if you don’t see them on the menu. They will typically default a side dish to fries or soup, but make it a habit to ask for veggies with your meal. Eat them early in your meal to make sure you don’t leave them behind!

is their favorite place to stop for good selection, fair prices, and large parking lots! • Dried fruit is a great option for supplementing your diet, just be sure to buy unsweetened fruit. You can pick from mangos, pineapple, apricots, dates, cranberries, blueberries, and more! Plus, they taste like candy! • If you have the right ingredients (and a single serve blender), whipping up a simple smoothie is a great breakfast or snack option. Use whatever you have on hand, but bananas, spinach, and berries are a great starting combo. • A greens or berry powder (or both!) can be the perfect way to boost your intake when you’re not able to get enough produce, and can be added to smoothies or just to water. Stop by a natural health food store and ask for a recommendation, and keep a container of the greens/berry powder in the truck. • Over the next couple of weeks, try aiming for an extra 2 servings of fruit and veggies than you normally get per day, and see how it makes you feel!


• Truck stops have started offering more fresh fruit & veggies recently, so be sure to take a look for those. I’ve found the quality and price to be quite good as well, especially compared to other options! $5 for fresh, cut up veggies vs. $5 for a bag of chips and a chocolate bar? I’ll take the veggies, and you should too! • If you cook in your truck, it’s great if you can keep produce in a little fridge or freezer, but that can be difficult. Having a couple of cans of veggies on hand can be a great way to boost your meals, especially canned tomatoes, which are incredibly versatile. • Heading to the states? Buy produce that says it was grown in the USA or Canada, and keep it in its original packaging for customs. • Pack as many fruits & veggies as you reasonably can, but if you’re taking a longer trip or couldn’t bring something over the border, make a quick stop at a Walmart Supercenter to pick up any extra that you need – drivers tell me this October 2018   25

WIT September 2018 Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Sarah Johnson as its September Member of the Month. Sarah is the Executive Vice President of Milestone Trailer Leasing in St. Charles, Missouri. While in college, Sarah started working part-time for her father’s trailer rental and leasing company, Personal Attention Leasing (PAL) which was based in St. Louis, Missouri. At the time, he had a rental fleet of 200 trailers. The summer she started, he added his second location in Kansas City, Kansas. Sarah always thought it was a temporary position, as she had different plans for her career path. She moved away to Chicago and Los Angeles while earning her degree, but eventually settled back to the St. Louis area to help again with the business. The running joke in the industry is that once you’re in transportation, you never get out!

Over the course of 10 years, Personal Attention Leasing grew through acquisition of assets and companies to a fleet of 15,000 trailers and 12 locations. Sarah held several roles in the company during those years. From inspecting equipment, bookkeeping, facilitating the human resource function, to helping the team with computers. Whatever it was, she would jump in and figure out how to make it happen, always putting the needs of the customer first. “The growth of the company and my various roles gave me tremendous exposure to all aspects of the business, which I couldn’t have learned in any classroom,” she said. “Considering the fact that I worked for my father, I put pressure on myself to prove to my co-workers that I earned my position and that nothing was ‘given’ to me. Over time, that pressure has transitioned to the fact I am most often, the only woman in the meeting,” she said. Sarah recalls how much she liked to

play kickball at recess in the first grade. When it was her turn at the plate, the boys would move in from the outfield, thinking she couldn’t kick it very far. Then, she would kick it over their heads. “I simply wanted to get out on the kickball field and play (or win) the same game, the same way as my classmates. No special treatment,” she said. In 2016, Personal Attention Leasing was rebranded to the parent company’s name of Milestone. The purpose was to represent all product lines to the market including intermodal equipment, containers, chassis and highway trailers. Today Milestone Equipment features 80,000 assets in total. As Executive Vice President, she has overseen their national network of 27 locations in the Trailer Leasing division. Most recently, she has been appointed the task of building Milestone’s Mobile Storage and Warehousing platform which is scheduled to formally launch early 2019. Being a woman in transportation

SARAH JOHNSON Women in Trucking’s September 2018 Member of the Month. reminds Sarah of being on that kickball field. She doesn’t want special treatment. Not in her favor or against her. She is knowledgeable about this business, she knows equipment, she has ideas, and she likes building business partnerships, and enjoys turning that into profitability. She wants to use the skills she has developed to compete in the game.

WIT August 2018 Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Erika Bernard as its August Member of the Month. Erika has worked at International Trucking School (ITS) for the past five years. When Erika earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Teaching Certificate, she did not anticipate

working in the trucking industry. However, when she heard ITS was looking for help in the office, she jumped at the opportunity and wouldn’t have it any other way. “The trucking industry is more important than most know. Without trucks, America stops! Being a part of this industry makes me feel like my job truly matters and International


Trucking School is making a difference in our economy,” she said. Throughout her time at ITS, Erika has witnessed hundreds of students, including a variety of women, graduate and start a new career in trucking. Student success and filling the driver shortage is what motivates Erika and her co-workers at ITS. As a volunteer for The National

New Activity Book for Children


lover, Wisconsin – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is excited to announce “Scouting for Cookies,” a new activity and coloring book for children. The purpose of the book is to engage children with the trucking industry at a young age. In the activity book, the reader follows a young girl, Adelynn, through the supply chain to understand where cookies come from. She learns how often a truck is used to move goods throughout the supply chain. Activities in the book include coloring, drawing, word search, math, geography, and much more! In October 2014, the very first Girl Scout event, “Trucks are for Girls” was initiated by WIT. Since then, 20 more

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events have been held in the United States and Canada (where they are called Girl Guides), resulting in nearly 1,250 girls earning their WIT patches. The new activity book can be offered to girls participating in these events. The 20-page, 8.5” x 11” book was illustrated by renowned Marvel Comic Book artist, Robby Bevard. The initial content was created by Kaylissa Voie who used the cookie supply chain illustration by Erica Hansen, (then) student at

the University of Wisconsin: Superior. Lana Nichols, Director of Programs at WIT, was the Project Coordinator. J. J. Keller and Associates, Inc. graciously donated the printing of 5,000 copies. The activity book can be purchased through the WIT website at www. womenintrucking. org/wit-mall  or by contacting the association. F o r m o r e information about the activity book or Girl Scout (Guide) events, please contact  Lana@


ERIKA BERNARD Women in Trucking’s August 2018 Member of the Month. Association of Show Trucks (NAST), Erika had the honor to be Miss NAST 2015. She attends truck shows, sells NAST merchandise and occasionally participates as a judge. One of her favorite things to do for NAST is design marketing material. Erika also volunteers with The Richard Crane Memorial Foundation. With this non-profit organization, she co-organizes the Silent Auction for the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show in St. Ignace, Michigan. For more information, visit www. or call 888.464.9482.


Petro-Canada Lubricants

By Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison

Alleviating the Skills Shortage


he skills shortage in the fleet industry is well-documented and widely debated amongst industry professionals. Affecting a number of key resources, including drivers, engineers and mechanics, it is a widespread problem that is keeping many fleet owners and operators awake at night. In the U.S., fleets are responsible for transporting 71 per cent of the country’s freight, however carriers are struggling to recruit and importantly, retain crucial talent. This has put extra pressure on fleet owners and operators when recruiting, while a prolonged shortage is expected to result in slower shipments and higher prices for both consumers and operators. So as an industry, how can we collectively tackle the skills shortage? CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESSES In a time when attracting and retaining talent is essential, new recruitment strategies and celebrating individuals’ successes is a positive way of recognizing the hard-working professionals within the sector. It’s also vitally important that experienced professionals are retained and used to mentor those entering the industry for the first time to help them grow and develop on the job. It’s for this reason that Petro-Canada Lubricants is a NationaLease Select Sponsor and supported the 2018 NationaLease Tech Challenge. Entering a competition that challenges a technician’s knowledge and practical skills, the nationwide event celebrates the dedication and crucial role that technicians play in keeping our fleets running smoothly. LESSENING THE IMPACT Focusing on recruitment and retention programs is an effective solution, providing long-term results and helping to bring in and retain the next generation of fleet drivers, technicians and engineers. So what can be done now to alleviate the impact on the supply chain and consumers? Fleet owners and operators can seek expert technical guidance to help select the appropriate high-quality and high performing heavy-duty lubricant. These experts are specifically trained in supporting and guiding fleet managers and maintenance teams with this

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selection in addition to explaining effective maintenance and oil analysis programs. It is this type of insight that is proven to increase reliability and longevity of equipment, which translates into reduced downtime. On hand to provide advice and support to fleet owners and operators, as well as technicians and engineers, Petro-Canada Lubricants has a dedicated technical support team that can respond to queries over the phone or onsite. To help further reduce a mechanic’s workload, extending oil drain intervals* could be a tangible solution. Not only does it pose a helping hand for those experiencing a higher than normal workload by lengthening the period between vehicle services, but it also presents cost efficiencies for fleet owners and operators. Before extending oil drain intervals, used oil analysis should be incorporated into the maintenance schedule, as this can provide the basis for if and how much intervals should be extended by. But these changes should always be supported by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manual recommendations as any deviations from the guidance could invalidate warranty coverage and result in expensive repair costs. Used oil analysis can identify causes of increased engine wear which could

lead to the potential for catastrophic equipment failure. A used oil analysis program is a worthwhile investment for all fleets, and can result in the potential of reducing maintenance expense by highlighting minor problems before they become serious and expensive to repair, further adding to the skilled resource shortage. At Petro-Canada Lubricants, our DURON™ product line is robust and resistant to oxidation, and also offers excellent aeration control and shear stability. These superior features allow the ability to extend oil drain intervals without compromising the engine’s protection or uptime. The skills shortage affects the

complete supply chain, with every stakeholder having a part to play in reducing their immediate impact and supporting the industry’s future growth. While essential recruitment strategies bring in the next generation of drivers, engineers and technicians, fleet owners and operators can reduce the immediate impact by selecting a high quality lubricant and by optimizing oil drain intervals and maintenance schedules which lead to a positive day to day impact on fleet management. *Extending drain intervals should always be undertaken in conjunction with an oil analysis program. ™ Owned or used under license.


Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

Finding Peace of Mind in a Troubled World


eace, where is peace – for our nations, our homes, and most of all our hearts and minds?” This desperate cry has been heard through the ages. People are weary and worried. Without a doubt there is a need for direction and counsel, security and confidence. We need, and want, peace of mind. What a treasure! Can this treasure be found in a world of such conflict and despair, turmoil and trouble? The great search is on! Many people are seeking peace in fame and fortune, in pleasure and power, in human relationships and marriage. Others are seeking to escape the realities of life with drugs or alcohol, but the peace they seek eludes them. God created man and placed him in a beautiful garden to enjoy perfect peace, joy, and happiness. But, Adam and Eve disobeyed and were immediately stricken with guilt. They once longed for the pres-

ence of God, now they were afraid of Him, guilt and fear replaced the peace and happiness they had known. Man’s sin was the beginning of a troubled world. Although our soul longs for peace, our sinful nature rebels at His ways. This inner struggle causes tension and distress. The more we focus on ourselves, the more troubled we become. Many people search among outward and material things to find peace. People blame the troubled world for their troubled mind. But fail to look within their, own heart. There can be no peace until all aspects of life are brought into harmony with One who made and understands us. This is only possible by a complete surrender to Christ. He was thinking of us when He came into the world “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). Jesus offers light for darkness,

peace for strife, joy for sorrow, hope for despair, and life for death. He says in St John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” With Jesus Christ in your heart, your search for peace is over. He will give peace and a calm

that comes from trusting Him. You will be able to say with the poet: Ralph Spalding Cushman. I know a peace, where there is no peace, a calm, where wild winds blow, and a secret place where face to face with the Master I may go.Peace of Mind in a Troubled World.


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Keeping Your Vehicles Clean

By Jack Jackson

Where Are All the Truck Washes?


o you find it is getting more difficult to find truck washes across the country if not the continent? It’s not like it’s an epidemic of no places to wash, but I would have to say there are less truck wash facilities now than there were in the past 10 years. Since we are in the washing industry, I can relate to the challenges of today to operate a truck wash. First, weather. Nobody can control this factor; however, it can play a most major role. For example, when it’s raining, most truck washes are barren. Staff are sitting around, being paid, but no or little customers arriving. Then it’s a sunny day. The truck wash line is so long, you can’t be bothered to line up with them, thus a loss of revenue to the truck wash. It can be good for the truck wash that day, however, rain, snow and freezing temperatures all play a factor in profitability of the site. It’s a constant battle.

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Second factor is today’s rising costs. Personnel, taxes, water; supplies are all going up in cost, not down. This is not a technology based business that every year someone finds a better and cheaper way to wash. Wouldn’t it be nice if washing was like electronics? Today you can purchase most electronic items far below prices in the past, such as televisions. Wouldn’t it be nice that truck washes continued to come down in price each year as the owner continued to make his share of profit? It would be a “win/ win”. But, this doesn’t happen in this industry. Third factor I can think of is cost of land and building. This has surely taken down the truck wash availability in most urban areas. I don’t know how many times I see a truck wash that was sold and not too long later a condo or plaza is put in its place. Why wouldn’t the truck wash sell the prime land that was once in the “country”,

which now is part of suburbia? Make more money doing nothing than fighting city hall to keep a truck wash. Which leads us to the fourth factor, environment and costs to build a new truck wash. It is unbelievable the bureaucracy to build a truck wash. Believe me, I have been part of many plans and dreams that were squashed when the entrepreneur or even the corporate giant tries to open a truck wash. You might as well tell the public and city hall you are opening a cannabis store, it would be easier in Canada and many States to do so. So, how do you feel today about

truck washing and its availability? Do you see trends and issues that we don’t? We would enjoy your feedback as we look to help the industry find the most efficient way to locate truck washes that are stellar in business that they do for you. Please email or call me, it would be great to hear from you. Jack Jackson is President of Awash (Ecowash) Systems Corp. “We solve vehicle washing issues where no one else can.” Email: or call 1.800.265.7405, ext. 22. Visit our website,


#183 October  

Vocational Truck & Trailer East, Issue 183, October 2018

#183 October  

Vocational Truck & Trailer East, Issue 183, October 2018