Author: Vitaliy Dadalyan

17 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Swint Named Head of Travis Body and Trailer

Stuart Swint was named general manager and president of Travis Body and Trailer, whose current head is retiring. Travis Body and Trailer is a subsidiary brand of TBEI.

Swint has more than 17 years of experience and joins TBEI from Marco Group International, where he was vice president of operations. He previously held roles of increasing responsibility for companies including Evergreen Tank Solutions, Williams Scotsman, and M&N Construction.

Swint will work with the former general manager and president of Travis, Bud Hughes, to ensure a smooth transition. Hughes will be retiring from the role at the end of August.

“We are pleased to have Stuart join us and expect to benefit from the depth of experience he brings to the role,” said Bob Fines, vice president and general manager of TBEI. “His expertise and leadership will be a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to the continuing tradition of excellence at Travis.”

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Commentary: Over-Regulation and Idiotic Enforcement

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Gallons of ink have been consumed in bitching about the extreme over-regulation of this industry. Ink and a lot of hot air. But we're right to bitch and moan.

The nuclear-power world is full of rules and regs, too. Possibly — but only possibly — more than we face. At least there's an obvious calamity quotient there. Sure, our trucks can do damage in a bunch of ways, but the controls outweigh the risk we represent by a factor of about five gazillion to one. And they're driving people away from trucking. The headaches are just too many.

Case in point: scalehouse inspectors and other enforcement folks who don't know their stuff. If we're going to have all these rules, can we please have them applied fairly and correctly?

You don't know how many letters and calls and e-mails I get from drivers, owner-operators, and fleet managers who say they've been poorly served at this scale or that. Yes, we rarely hear the other side, and no doubt some of the complaints I receive are misplaced, misguided, or just plain wrong. I understand that the inspection/enforcement job is a very tough one. I'm also sure that most people doing this thankless job take it seriously and make the effort to understand the laws they enforce.

But not all of them.

Take this true case from a few years ago, about an absurd ticket handed out by police in a sizeable city. It has nothing to do with trucking, but it easily could. A 77-year-old guy — with but one ticket in 61 years at the wheel – was nailed for talking on his cell phone while driving. Thing is, he does not and never has owned a cell phone. He figured it was a clear case of a ticket quota at work, ...Read the rest of this story

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Aftermarket Air Dryer Cartridge Uses Recycled Desiccant

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' GC Spin-On Air Dryer Cartridge is a spin-on style air dryer cartridge using recycled desiccant for the aftermarket.

With the GC, which stands for Green Cartridge, Bendix says it can provide original equipment manufacturer performance with a replacement cartridge at a lower cost, due to its use of recycled desiccant. Designed and built by Bendix, the part is available through authorized Bendix aftermarket distribution channel partners.

The Bendix GC can be used on any North American air dryer that calls for a standard 39 mm, right-hand thread, spin-on dryer cartridge and is not suitable for applications requiring an oil-coalescing filter.

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3PL: Shippers will need to look beyond lowest cost

Freight capacity and demand could be boon for the right carriers, a challenge for 3PLs and shippers

Market factors converging over the summer that have affected freight movement and pricing could continue and are putting some pressure on third-party logistics providers, one such company says, and shippers may need to be thinking more than just the lowest-cost carrier going forward.

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TMW offers driver scorecards, performance metrics for fleets

Fleets using TMW Systems' TMW.Suite transportation management solution will be able to leverage driver scorecards and other data-driven tools through a new business intelligence application. The optional new TMW Driver Management application is the latest business-building capability supported through TMW's Reveal Series business intelligence and data analytics platform.

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