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The system closes the TrailerTail when the truck goes in reverse or stops.

LONGVIEW, Texas — STEMCO Products Inc. has announced a new aerodynamic product, the TrailerTail Automatic fuel-saving system.

This newest version of the signature TrailerTail deploys automatically when the trailer reaches 35 mph, ensuring fuel savings on every trip and removing the need for the driver to get out of the cab to open it manually, spokesmen said.

The Automatic system also closes the TrailerTail when the truck stops or goes in reverse, preventing damage to the TrailerTail, trailer or dock doors. Closing the TrailerTail only when the vehicle comes to a full stop reduces the number of cycles the unit has to go through, minimizing component wear and tear. Also, if the trailer loses power, the TrailerTail will automatically close, allowing access to the cargo.

TrailerTail, acquired by STEMCO in 2015, has become a staple of the roadways across the United States and Canada, with more than 55,000 units currently in use. TrailerTail Trident provides a proven and SmartWay certified 5% fuel savings, and has also been EPA certified as a Bin 3 device.

The STEMCO TrailerTail improves fuel economy by streamlining airflow at the back of the trailer to reduce rear drag and increase fuel efficiency. It also improves safety by helping to stabilize trailers and increase visibility for drivers.

The TrailerTail Automatic receives reliable speed and direction signals from STEMCO’s wheel-mounted TracBat Aero speed sensor. The TracBat Aero is based on the existing STEMCO DataTrac & TracBat electronic hubodometers which are used extensively by fleets. The accuracy, reliability and durability of the TracBat has been proven by thousands of units on the roads covering millions of miles over the last 10 years.

“Every trip is an opportunity for the TrailerTail Automatic to deliver fuel savings. We know that truck drivers have many responsibilities, and TrailerTail Automatic eliminates the need for drivers to open or close the TrailerTail,” said Prashanth Kamath, segment business leader for ITMS at STEMCO.

“It also ensures that fleets realize an average of 5 percent fuel savings, and maintenance managers don’t have to deal with damage to TrailerTail or dock doors due to drivers forgetting to close the TrailerTail. The new TrailerTail Automatic showcases our commitment to making the driver’s job easier, improving fuel economy, reducing damage, and—above all else—making the roadways safer.”

The new TrailerTail Automatic will be available in the third quarter of 2018. It will be compatible with new trailers and also as a retrofit for existing TrailerTail Trident models.

For more information on STEMCO and TrailerTail, visit http://www.stemco.com/trailertail.

With offices and manufacturing facilities in Texas, California, Georgia, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Canada, Australia, China and Mexico, STEMCO is a leader in the technology and manufacture of commercial vehicle wheel end, braking and suspension components, as well as innovative tire and mileage solutions. STEMCO is an EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPO) company. EnPro Industries, Inc. is a leader in sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings, components and service for reciprocating compressors, diesel and dual-fuel engines, and other engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide.

 

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Price of gallon of on-highway diesel up one tenth of cent for week ending November 18

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The price of a gallon of on-highway diesel for the week ending November 18 was 20.8 cents a gallon lower than he same week last year. (The Trucker file phoo)

WASHINGTON — The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel rose one tenth of one cent to $3.074 for the week ending November 18, according to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy.

It is the highest price since the week ending September 23 when the price was $3.081.

Prices from the various regions of the country were mixed.

The largest increase was 2.9 cents a gallon in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana).

The largest decrease was in California where the price fell 1.1 cents a gallon.

The price for the week ending November 18 was 20.8 cents a gallon lower than he same week last year.

For a complete list of prices by region for the past three weeks, click here.

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Schneider donates trucks to CDL schools to attract new drivers, update training fleets

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In addition to hiring many experienced drivers across the country for the many types of positions Schneider offers, the carrier also recruits graduates from CDL driver training programs. (Courtesy: SCHNEIDER)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With the professional truck driver shortage continuing to exceed critical numbers, Schneider is helping the effort to curtail the scarcity by donating 10 gently used, late model trucks to select CDL driver training programs at community or technical colleges throughout the U.S.

Schneider, a provider of trucking, logistics and intermodal services, is providing Freightliner Cascadia units that include some of the trucking industry’s most advanced technologies and automated manual transmissions.

Driver training time is significantly more efficient when using an automated manual transmission because it allows trainers to focus on maneuverability and awareness, rather than gear changing, according to Rob Reich, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Schneider.

“In addition to hiring many experienced drivers across the country for the many types of positions we offer, Schneider also recruits graduates from CDL driver training programs,” Reich said. “We know that many driving training programs have limited resources, and we want the next generation of professional drivers to train in the best trucks in the business as they embark on new careers.”

Schneider has donated the 10 trucks to four CDL training programs:

  • Central Tech at Drumright, Oklahoma
  • Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Hawkeye Community College at Waterloo, Iowa
  • Houston Community College at Houston

With these donations, Schneider also expects to attract more candidates among individuals who previously may not have considered a professional truck driving career.

“Women and younger adults are an emerging driver pool, and we believe technologies like automated manual transmissions, safety and connectivity will attract a more diverse audience to the trucking industry,” Reich said. “Learning on modern equipment spec’d with some of the latest technologies and creature comforts helps attract new candidates and allows them to adjust more quickly to the new trucks operating within our fleet.”

Information about driving careers with Schneider can be found at SchneiderJobs.com.

Reich said Schneider offers one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, noting that Schneider’s solutions include regional and long-haul truckload, expedited, dedicated, bulk, intermodal, brokerage, warehousing, supply chain management and port logistics.

For more information about Schneider, visit www.schneider.com or follow the company socially on LinkedIn and Twitter: @WeAreSchneider.  8

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Used truck group presents lifetime achievement award to Charles Cathey

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UTA Board Member Doug Shields presents UTA's Marvin F. Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Cathey at the association’s annual convention last month. (Courtesy: USED TRUCK ASSOCIATION)

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The Used Truck Association has awarded its Marvin F. Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Cathey for a career that has spanned more than 48 years.

Just recently retired, Cathey remains an active and vital part of the UTA membership, and he continues to support and mentor the group’s younger members.

He received this honor at the association’s annual convention held November 6-9 in Indian Wells, California.

Starting his career in 1971 when he joined Nalley Motor Trucks of Atlanta, Cathey admits he had a lot to learn.

“I had never driven a truck larger than a half-ton pickup,” he recalled. It was in this early position that Charles first developed his career-long habit of “basically working all the time.” He sold his first truck, a 1970 Chevrolet C65 for $6,900, including tax. “Today a new engine costs more than that,” he said.

Over the course of his long career, Cathey also worked for Vanguard Truck Center of Atlanta and sold Mercedes-Benz cars for a time.

In the early 1990s, he switched from truck sales to truck leasing, spending 11 years with Lease-Plan before he joined Black Book for the last 14 years of his career.

With such a long and varied working career, Cathey admits he’s had a lot of fun and many interesting experiences.

Among the most exciting of these was the time he spent working with Universal Studios on the production of their 1976 hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit.” His job was to round up most of the trucks used in the movie.

“Hanging out with Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason and Dom DeLuise was more than a blast,” Cathey said. He also worked with NASCAR and the PGA Tour to provide the trucks they needed for transporting equipment to their various tour locations and races.

These opportunities left him with several years of “pit passes” for the Daytona races and the chance to play one of the first rounds of golf at TPC Sawgrass.

Cathey has served on the UTA board of directors, and he continues to be active in the organization, serving as a mentor and role model for a younger generation of truck professionals. He looks forward to spending his retirement years devoted to his family and the association he helped to build.

The UTA’s Marvin F. Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award, presented annually since 1999, recognizes individuals who have made numerous and significant contributions to the used truck industry. Marvin F. Gordon originally conceived the idea for an organization designed solely to benefit and promote the used truck industry.

The Used Truck Association is the largest association of used truck professionals and associated businesses committed to strengthening the used truck industry. For more information visit uta.org.

 

 

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