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    Heavy Duty Trucking Named Finalist for B2B Journalism Award

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    Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a national finalist in the 2017 Azbee Awards of Excellence, which are awarded by the American Society for Business Publication Editors.

    HDT was named a finalist for the four-part series on The Modern Maintenance Manager. The series examined what the trucking industry's most forward-looking maintenance and equipment executives are doing to hire and keep technicians, manage employees, increase efficiency and productivity, and meet other demands placed on the modern maintenance manager.

    The series consisted of feature articles by editor in chief Deborah Lockridge, executive editor David Cullen, and technology contributing editor Jim Beach.

    “While many articles in HDT and competitive magazines cover buying and maintaining trucks, we wanted to do something different,” remarked Lockridge. “We worked to pull together all the trends affecting truck maintenance and offer insight into how they affect the person responsible for a fleet's equipment needs -- and offer best practices to help others in this position be more successful.”

    According to ASBPE, the Azbee Awards of Excellence program is “one of the most competitive there is for business-to-business, trade, association, and professional publications. The awards recognize outstanding work by magazines, newsletters, and digital media.”

    The national winners will be announced May 18 at the 2017 ASBPE National Conference & Azbee Awards Banquet in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    For more information on the Azbee awards, click here.

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    Pirelli Showcases U.S. Commercial Tire Lineup

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    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - Following its announcement last year that it would enter the commercial truck tire market here, Pirelli is showing its commercial tire product lineup here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

    Under the TP Commercial Solutions entity, Pirelli is launching sales and marketing of the Pirelli brand of radial truck tires, agricultural tires, and off-the-road tires along with the Formula brand in the U.S. and Canada. TP Commercial Solutions is based in Rome, Ga., and supplies commercial truck tires and fleet solutions under the Pirelli brand to the global market.

    “We are excited to announce at MATS that we have the start of a solid product lineup now available for sale – and most importantly, all of these products uphold Pirelli's iconic brand values and quality after exhaustive testing on our end in this market,” said Clif Armstrong, president of TP Commercial Solutions.

    Before launching its product line, Pirelli said its tires underwent extensive research and development and testing with multiple fleets in multiple applications to meet the needs of the U.S. market.

    The products being shown include:

    Pentathlon D – A long-haul drive tire that is SmartWay-verified, offering fleets high mileage, fuel savings, and low emission benefits. Pentathlon will be the name of the long- haul Pirelli product family in the U.S. and Canada. Pentathlon D will be the first to launch and as the name implies, this tire has five distinct areas that distinguish it – high mileage, energy efficiency, even wear, high traction and high retreadability. Incorporating a dual layer tread compound for long lasting performance, a special undertread compound to equal low rolling resistance and fuel consumption, an optimized pattern geometry and 3SB belt evolution for durable, even wear; a directional tread pattern for excellent grip on wet and dry, and finally, Pirelli's Spiral Advanced Technology for ...Read the rest of this story

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    Peterbilt’s Chassis Routings Improve Serviceability

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    Peterbilt has implemented newly engineered routings in all configurations of the Models 579 and 567 as well as in the Model 389 to enhance serviceability across product lines.

    The engineered routings bundle each system-- air, fuel, and electrical-- separately, to allow easier identification and service by technicians. These routing enhancements are standard with orders specifying 2017 emissions engines.

    “Thanks to the innovative features of the engineered chassis routings, Peterbilt customers will enjoy enhanced ease of repair and maintenance,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “Peterbilt has taken great strides to improve product quality with the implementation of the engineered routings, which provide consistent manufacturability, improved product quality and improved serviceability.”

    Peterbilt also announced the introduction of the Paccar Engine Pre-Owned Warranty for Peterbilt Red Oval-certified truck customers.The warranty is offered and administered through Peterbilt dealers and Paccar Financial USed Truck Centers, providing protection for the MX engine and aftertreatment system for one year and 125,000 miles and a 90-day buyer assurance plan covering major chassis components.

    Peterbilt Red Oval Certified vehicles pass a comprehensive 150-point factory certified inspection performed by factory-trained service technicians. All Red Oval certified trucks are reconditioned and serviced, including DPF cleaning and an oil and filter change. Additionally, every Red Oval truck is DOT-certified.

    “With the Paccar Engine Pre-Owned Warranty, Peterbilt further enhances the Red Oval certified program,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “Buyers of Red Oval certified trucks benefit from additional assurance of the MX engines' proven durability and reliability.”

    Related: Peterbilt Model 579 Updates Aimed at Fuel Economy

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    Schneider National Goes Public With IPO Announcement

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    Schneider National Inc. announced on March 24 the launch of its initial public offering of 28,947,000 shares of Class B common stock at an anticipated price of $18-$20 per share.

    At that price, the stocks will be worth around $520 million to $580 million. Schneider is issuing and selling up to 16,842,000 shares and the selling shareholders named in the registration statement are selling up to 12,105,000 shares. The company's Class B common stock has been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SNDR.

    Schneider expects to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additonal 4,342,000 shares of Class B common stock at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions, to cover any over-allotments.

    The company will receive no proceeds from the sale of stock by the selling shareholders who consist mostly of members of the Schneider family and directors and executive officers of the company, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal,

    Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as active joint book-running managers of the proposed offering; Citigroup, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as passive joint book-running managers, and Baird and Wolfe Capital Markets and Advisory are acting as co-managers.

    Related: Schneider Files Paperwork Preparing to Go Public

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    Peterbilt Model 579 Updates Aimed at Fuel Economy

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    Peterbilt has made changes to the Model 579 Epiq package that it says deliver an 8% fuel economy improvement for the 2018 model year.

    For the 2018 model year, Peterbilt's Model 579 Epiq is available with the Paccar MX-13 and MX-11 engines and is paired with the Fuller Advantage automated transmission, offering a wide range of horsepower and torque ratings. Fuel economy improvement resulting from the 2017 MX engines is up to 4% over the prior model year.

    The new Paccar engines are also lighter by 50 pounds than previous options and offer extended service intervals, leading to more uptime and lower maintenance costs over the life of the vehicle, according to Peterbilt.

    Predictive Cruise Control on the MX engine provides additional fuel economy improvements of up to 3%, according to Peterbilt. By optimizing the truck's speed based on the terrain, Predictive Cruise Control allows the truck to operate in the most efficient manner for the situation.

    The recently introduced Paccar 40,000-pound tandem drive axle is also standard with the Model 579 for linehaul applications. Its design optimizes power distribution and has fewer parts for reduced maintenance, greater reliability and a 150-pound weight savings. It features a through-shaft design that optimizes power flow in the forward rear axle for better efficiency and less oil churning losses, resulting in a 1% fuel economy improvement.

    Peterbilt has also introduced new interior color options, automatic interior temperature control for the Model 579 and several other features to improve driver comfort, the company said.

    “Peterbilt trucks and Paccar MX engines are optimized to deliver unprecedented levels of value,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar senior vice president. “The newest generation of Paccar MX engines and powertrain technologies once again raises the bar for fuel efficiency, performance and reliability, resulting in the lowest cost of ownership in the ...Read the rest of this story