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Trucking HR Canada recognizes top employers

OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada has recognized 48 trucking companies through its Top Fleet Employers program.

Fleets were rated on categories including: recruitment and retention strategies; workplace culture; compensation; training and skills development; and innovative human resources practices.

We received a record number of applications this year, with a small increase in the number being recognized,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “These 48 fleets demonstrate a commitment to good people management and effective human resources approaches. We commend them for their leadership in showcasing the trucking industry as a great place to work.”

Trucking HR Canada will recognize the 2017 Top Fleet Employers at its annual Gala Awards Dinner on Oct. 12 in Toronto.

Winners are listed below.

Small Fleets:

  • Carmen Transportation (ON)
  • Edge transportation Services (SK)
  • Harv Wilkening Transport (SK)
  • J.G. Drapeau (ON)
  • Keystone Western (MB)
  • Liberty Linehaul (ON)
  • Logikor (ON)
  • MacKinnon Transport (ON)
  • Munden Ventures (BC)
  • ONE for Freight (ON)
  • Onfreight Logistics (ON)
  • Payne Transportation (MB)
  • Precision Trucklines (BC)
  • Steed Standard Transport (ON)
  • Sutco Transportation (BC)
  • Tiger Courier (SK)
  • Transpro Freight Systems (ON)
  • Triangle Freight Services (SK)
  • Triton Transport (BC)

Medium Fleets:

  • Arnold Brothers (MB)
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking (ON)
  • JD Smith (ON)
  • Joseph Haulage (ON)
  • Kindersley (SK)
  • Kriska Transportation (ON)
  • Linamar (ON)
  • Q-Line Trucking (SK)
  • Ryder Canada Supply Chain Solutions (ON)
  • Tandet (ON)
  • Woodcock Brothers (ON)

Large Fleets:

  • Bison Transport (MB)
  • Canada Cartage (ON)
  • Challenger (ON)
  • Erb Transport (ON)
  • Groupe Guilbault (QC)
  • Midland (NB)
  • Rosedale Group (ON)
  • Rosenau Transport (AB)
  • SLH Transport (ON)
  • Westcan Bulk Transport (AB)
  • XTL Transport (QC)

Private Fleets/Fleet Services:

  • Canaan Group (BC)
  • Home Hardware Stores Limited (ON)
  • Olymel– Transport Transbo (QC)
  • The Brick (AB)
  • National Shunt (ON)
  • STG Fleet Services (SK)
  • Trailer Wizards (ON)
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Tractor-trailer jake brake law ‘difficult to enforce’

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Residents along Newport Gap Pike blame tractor-trailers that regularly rumble past their homes for sleepless nights to broken windows to potholes.

A law designed to limit noise from heavy-truck engines passing through Delaware residential areas is difficult to enforce because of a “loophole” written into its recently-adopted text, a state police officer said Monday at a town hall meeting attended by irate residents, who live along Del. 41.

The act, which bans the use of the cacophonous tractor-trailer braking system, known as jake brakes, passed the General Assembly last year. But a truck driver may still use the auxiliary, engine-compression brakes, if there is an emergency, Delaware State Police Lt. Mike Wysock said.

“Here’s what happens when you go to court…all you have to say is ‘your honor (the traffic light) was yellow, I didn’t want to run a red light,’ so it was an emergency and (the ticket) gets dropped,” Wysock said to the crowd of more than 100 residents, who for years have been petitioning the state to more strictly regulate the heavy trucks that pass by their houses.

“Everyone thinks, ‘oh, he jake braked, so we can go and arrest him.’ Well, you can, but as soon as you stop him, he’s got a valid excuse that’s going to get (the ticket) dropped,” Wysock added.

The Monday-night meeting, which occurred at Cedars Methodist Church, was the latest in a series of public gatherings by residents who are fed up with what they describe as loud trucks that speed daily – and nightly – through residential neighborhoods along the Del. 41 and Del. 48 corridors between Wilmington and Hockessin.

The noise and vibrations from the big rigs damage foundations of houses and other structures near the roadway, including Cedar Methodist, which sits a block from Del. 41, said Bill Taylor, an area resident and trustee of the church.

Truckers also rattle the nerves of residents[1] when they use “the terror of all terrors, jake braking in the middle of the night,” he said.

STORY: Capital One to stay in Wilmington[2]

STORY: Delcollo: Truck solution to make people equally unhappy[3]

Kim Williams, the sponsor of the anti-jake braking bill last year, was perplexed that the law was not having its desired effect. Further legislation may be necessary, she said at Monday’s meeting. She also expressed concern that any citation issued by an officer, who is not part of the state police’s dedicated truck enforcement team, does not show up on a truck driver’s federal registration.

”There was a little confusion there…my understanding is that they are issuing tickets and it affects their driving record,” she said.

Frustration with the heavy trucks caused a feud to arise over the last year between residents who live on Del. 41 and Del. 48, with each side insisting the other is more suitable for the trucks that pass between Wilmington and Lancaster.

The neighbors angrily accused the others of menacingly manipulating state transportation department into first placing, and then removing, signs that directed heavy trucks onto Del. 48.[4]

But that neighborhood infighting showed signs of diminishing Monday after many sounded a conciliatory tone despite continued frustration over the trucks that avoid police scrutiny.

“The problem that we have now is going to take cooperation from everyone, 41 and 48,” Taylor said at the meeting.

The truck-traffic dispute last year also caused political ramifications statewide after many observers say former-Senate Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, was unseated after the November election because of her stance that traffic engineers, not politicians, should decide the issue.

Republican Senator Anthony Delcollo took her spot to represent the district of residents who live along both the Del. 41 and 48 corridors.

Yet at the meeting Monday, scorn appeared to have shifted away from fellow neighbors and legislators. Instead, it zeroed in on Delaware Department of Transportation officials, who were noticeably absent. Williams said she was “embarrassed” that DelDOT had not attended.

Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Hockessin, echoed the sentiment at the meeting, asking rhetorically, “is anyone here from the governor’s office? Who is his cabinet secretary?”

“In her absence, where is the executive branch of government? They make the decisions,” Brady said.

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, in an email to the meeting organizer Mary Anne Summers, said she could not attend because she is currently out of the country. It is unclear why another representative from DelDOT did not attend. State officials attended numerous previous public gatherings on the issue during the past year.

After the 3-hour meeting came to a close, Delcollo said the state should immediately look into installing signs on Del. 41 that warn truck drivers of nearby traffic lights and should consider adjusting the speed limit.

“There are some things that would require minimal investment with infrastructure, (and) we could get to them very quickly,” he said.

Contact Karl Baker at kbaker@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2329. Follow him on Twitter @kbaker6.[5]

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Trailer production jumps 25%: ACT Research

COLUMBUS, Ind.  – Trailer production jumped 25% from February to March according to the latest data from ACT Research.

“Roughly 60% of the month-over-month gain came from the additional build days in the quarter-ending month, while the remaining 40% improvement came from a 94 upd sequential jump in the build rate,” said Frank Maly, director, CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT.  “Even with that surge, it appears that the industry’s additional production capacity is still not being fully utilized.”

Trailer shipments closed the first quarter with a 26% increase from February, with every trailer category being up from last month.

“The 26% sequential gain was almost exactly aligned with seasonal expectations,” said Maly. “The strong orderboard turnaround that began in December is finally being reflected in build and shipments.”