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Morgan Plans to Build Midwest Truck Body Plant

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Medium-duty truck body manufacturer Morgan Corporation has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest.

The company is actively searching for a site in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, or Michigan to select a location capable of supporting production of up to 3,000 truck bodies annually. Morgan plans to open the facility and become operational in 2017.

The facility will have a footprint of around 160,000 square feet and Morgan expects to employ approximately 175 team members.

“With a total of 12 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, we know that Morgan's proximity to its customers is an important part of improving customer service,” said Norb Markert, president and COO of Morgan. “Our decision to operate a plant in the Midwest will enable Morgan to better meet the needs of its customers and to more aggressively compete in this strategic region.”

Morgan produces truck and van bodies in North America specializing in Class 3 to Class 7 box truck/straight truck bodies for the dry freight and refrigerated industries. For more information, click here.

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Roadrunner expands Cdn. reach with Sameday Worldwide deal

CUDAHY, WI — Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. and Sameday Worldwide of Mississauga, Ontario have formed a new service agreement. Sameday Worldwide will handle all Roadrunner LTL shipments in eastern Canada and Roadrunner will handle all Sameday Worldwide shipments within its network in the U.S. The agreement will provide Roadrunner with access to additional areas in eastern Canada and enhance service levels for Roadrunner customers. Sameday Worldwide will also assist Roadrunner with cross-border management. “We are excited to be working with Sameday Worldwide, one of the top-three asset-based carriers in Canada,” said Grant Crawford, president of Roadrunner LTL. “Our new relationship will strengthen the capabilities of both organizations as it expands Roadrunner's coverage of eastern Canada and will increase our efficiency in cross-border shipments. It also provides Sameday Worldwide with a leading carrier in the United States. Customers can benefit from the expanded capabilities and service offerings of both companies.”
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J.J. Keller Offers Inspection Training Program for Drivers

J.J. Keller & Associates has introduced Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers, a new training program that gives drivers a comprehensive and streamlined examination and explanation of required inspections.

Using video techniques and technology, Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers shows a standard vehicle inspection from the driver's perspective. The high resolution video provides a detailed view of complex parts and the program includes two bonus videos covering intermodal chassis and refrigerated trailers.

The training teachers drivers how to conduct pre-trip inspections, when and how on-the-road inspections must be done, how to conduct post-trip inspections, when DVIRs are required and how to complete them and the importance of using the same inspection routine every time.

“A company's maintenance practices ensure that their drivers have safe equipment,” said Tom Bray, lead transportation editor at J.J. Keller. “But it's up to their drivers to make sure the equipment remains in top condition, which means they must know how to do a proper inspection. J. J. Keller's new training program will help ensure a thorough, efficient inspection process so no critical areas are missed.”

Vehicle Inspections: Tractor Trailers will be available in mid-August on DVD, tablet-compatible Pay Per View and Online Course, and Video Training Book — a new, portable format that puts video-based training directly into employees' hands, with no internet connection required.

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Road Choice Adds 40 Categories to Product Line

Road Choice Truck Parts, an all-makes private label brand for heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has added 40 parts categories to its overall product portfolio.

New offerings include, wheels, filters, anti-freeze and coolants, hydraulic bottle stands and jack stands, DEF, grilles, spray paints and fan belts. All of Road Choice's parts are covered by a minimum one-year warranty, providing owners of out-of-warranty trucks with options for truck parts.

“We plan to continue to increase the Road Choice product portfolio to provide owners of second- and third-generation trucks the in-demand parts they need at competitive prices,” said Anders Granberg, marketing manager for Road Choice. “The recent launch of major programs like steel wheels and our American-made filtration line helps reinforce our commitment to giving our customers the best total value proposition in the industry.”

Road Choice parts are available at more than 500 dealer locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company's selection of all-makes parts and a list of authorized Road Choice Truck Parts retailers are available on the Road Choice website.

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CVSA's Safe Driver blitz set for Oct. 16-22

WASHINGTON, DC — Oct. 16-22 marks the latest scheduled enforcement blitz for North America's commercial motor vehicles as part of Operation Safe Driver Week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says it will engage both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles work in harmony. Interactions between the two camps continue to be the leading cause of collisions. Driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger-vehicle crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Large Truck Crash Causation study. Commonly dangerous factors include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control device, traveling too closely, and improper lane changes. Law enforcement officers pulled over 21,012 commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week. Additionally, 19,480 North American Standard Roadside Inspections were conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors on commercial drivers and vehicles.