[Business Wire] – J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. , one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in North America, announced today it has opened a new enterprise sales branch in Toronto, the first such office in Canada for J.B. …Read the rest of this story
August Fruehauf, a German immigrant and blacksmith, found inspiration for the semitrailer from the horses he shoed.
An early Fruehauf trailer is preserved in Detroit, where the man worked and his company was headquartered. Photos courtesy of Ruth Ann Fruehauf
August Fruehauf, inventor of the semitrailer, will be inducted into the Automotive History Hall of Fame, Hemmings.com reported on March 29. The online newsletter of Hemmings Motor News and other publications for collector-car enthusiasts said the induction would be later this year.
Two years ago, in Hemmings Classic Car, author Jim Donnelly wrote an article about Fruehauf, who “’pioneered, in great measure, the modern long-haul truck’ by inventing the tag-along semitrailer.” This, the newsletter said, “triggered the wide-scale distribution of modern consumer goods.
“’A successful blacksmith and wagon builder in Detroit and the surrounding area around the turn of the [20th] century, Fruehauf built his first trailer in 1914 at the request of a boat owner who wished to transport his craft on dry land behind a Ford Model T.’”
Trailers — latter-day wagons — weren’t new, but a hitch that let a trailer’s nose rest on the frame of a beefed-up “T” and follow along behind was, Donnelly said. Of course, the hitch also eliminated the vehicle’s leading axle, and thus came the term “semitrailer.” Fruehauf promoted the idea as a way for a straight truck to transport three times what it could haul on its own, which was then how trucks were used.
It’s also been written that Fruehauf, a German immigrant, had noticed that the horses he shoed as a blacksmith were in better physical shape if they had been pulling wagons instead of carrying heavy goods on their backs. He reasoned that trucks would likewise last longer if they towed rather than toted loads.
He began building and selling semitrailers, and his company eventually became the dominant manufacturer of many types of the vehicles. But it failed in …Read the rest of this story
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Prestolite Electric, a manufacturer of alternators, starters and new energy solutions, and its parent company Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., will participate in the development of advanced technologies in support of the SuperTruck II program.
Prestolite will work to develop the next generation of rotating electric technologies through the program and make use of its parent company’s manufacturing capabilities and experience with electric vehicles to innovate.
“This activity illustrates our commitment to engineering innovative products and solutions for the Class 8 market in North America and around the world,” said Nick Laenen, vice president of sales and marketing, North America, South America and Australia for Prestolite Electric.
The SuperTruck II program was created by the U.S. Department of Energy to demonstrate the most efficient technological capabilities of commercial truck manufacturers and parts makers. It aims to spur development and research in the industry.
The Prestolite and Leece-Neville product line includes high-output alternators and gear reduction starter motors for on- and off-highway trucks, military applications, mining vehicles, school and city buses, motor coaches and other uses.
Broad-Ocean is a global supplier of motors, alternators, and starters to multiple markets, including appliance, air handling, and commercial transportation.
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The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.
The feedback from drivers will be used in several ATRI studies that will focus on transportation infrastructure funding, the driver shortage, and improving highway safety.
The research firm began collecting driver input on these topics at the Mid-America Trucking Show. where ATRI staff collected over 500 driver surveys.
The online version of the same survey handed out at MATS will allow larger numbers of drivers to weigh in on topics to be included in ATRI’s studies.
“Driver involvement is so critical to ATRI’s research and we were extremely pleased with the number of surveys completed at MATS,” said Rebecca Brewster, ATRI president and COO. “We encourage drivers to spend a few minutes completing the online survey so that driver opinions are included in the research on these timely issues.”
The survey is available here.
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