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Bendix spokesman says air dryer has “legacy of reliability.”



ELYRIA, Ohio — A funny thing happens when some people lay eyes on the Bendix AD-9 air dryer at trucking industry events like trade shows or distributor gatherings. “They’ll come up, grin, and pat it like you would a faithful dog, and say, ‘Man, I love this thing,’” says Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Air Charging. “They’ll talk about how many years and how many miles, and how it’s never let them down.” And on that legacy of reliability, durability, and customer loyalty, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC proudly celebrates the 5-million-unit production milestone of the AD-9.

Launched in 1989 – an ironic tie in with the sound of the product’s name – the AD-9 has garnered a reputation for toughness, ease of maintenance, and longevity. With almost four pounds of Bendix’s premium desiccant inside a replaceable cartridge, the AD-9 can capture a significant amount of contamination and still perform at a level that keeps air-dependent systems like brakes operating safely and effectively. And in specific, gritty applications such as municipal work trucks or gravel haulers, more than one customer has told Bendix the AD-9 “eats rocks” and can take just about anything thrown its way.

But it’s more than just a resilient road veteran: The AD-9’s design supports uptime by offering straightforward troubleshooting and simple maintenance, and is suitable for protecting complex air-dependent technologies like full stability and collision mitigation systems with the use of oil-coalescing cartridges like Bendix’s PuraGuard.

“It’s no surprise we’ve sold 5 million AD-9s, and that it’s bred a generation of clones and all-makes competitors,” Nagel said. “It’s trusted, it’s dependable, and people have come to know that nothing performs like a genuine Bendix dryer from the company that invented the technology. It’s also worth noting that this milestone for new-production AD-9s doesn’t include the sizable number of remanufactured dryers we’ve put back on the road over the years.”

More than 40 years ago, Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, developed the air dryer to provide clean, dry air to reservoirs, valves, and other components. Installed between the compressor and reservoirs, the air dryer revolutionized commercial vehicles with the capability to collect and remove moisture, small particles, and oil aerosols before they enter the air brake system and jeopardize efficient operation.

And the quality of a truck’s compressed air supply is more important than ever: As commercial vehicles adopt higher levels of automation, trucks are equipped with multiple solenoid valves that provide precise control but require cleaner air than traditional manual brake valves. Some Automated Manual Transmissions (AMTs) also rely on pneumatic controls, as do emissions controls and other systems that enhance driver safety and improve driver comfort.

“As dynamic as things are in the trucking technology landscape, the AD-9 remains a constant,” Nagel said. “While production has slowed a bit as we’ve engineered newer air dryers for OEM production, the popularity of this stalwart means it’s not going anywhere in the foreseeable future – and we look forward to making even more fans of the product every chance we get.”

For more information about Bendix air management systems, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit Additional insight can be found at the Knowledge Dock (, which features videos, blog posts, podcasts, and white papers, as well as an archive of the Bendix Tech Tips series.

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



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



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

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 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



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



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