Transport

Tramec Sloan acquires Penz Products

Tramec Sloan has acquired Penz Products, an Indiana-based family business that manufactures products for a variety of markets including commercial vehicles. The acquisition builds on Tramec Sloan’s capabilities in thermoforming, vacuum forming, and urethane foaming. Collectively, that will help the business expand capacity for metal forming, assembly, robotic welding and more, the company says. “Penz …

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Unifor warns of chaos at Vancouver port

Unifor has warned of chaos if the Metro Vancouver port goes ahead with the plan to force hundreds of container trucks out of the transportation system that is already under pressure from the pandemic, flooding and supply chain issues. “Without action from Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, gridlock will overtake Vancouver’s ports,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor …

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Border agencies extend in-transit processes

Border officials will maintain temporary in-transit processes until March 31, adding to the regulatory relief offered in the wake of B.C. floods. The announcement from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comes in the wake of a U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) decision to extend flood …

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Eaton acquires EV component maker

Eaton has acquired Royal Power Solutions, a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-precision electrical connectivity components used in electric vehicles. The US$600-million deal allows Eaton to expand its electric vehicle offerings. “Growth opportunities tied to the electrification of our economy are accelerating, and Eaton is fully participating through our mobility and electrical businesses,” said Heath Monesmith, president …

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Class 8 order weakness a result of lengthy backlogs

Preliminary Class 8 orders in December totaled 22,800 units, according to ACT Research, while Classes 5-8 orders dropped to 18,100 units. “For Class 8, with backlogs stretching through 2022 and still no clear visibility on the easing of the everything shortage, modest December net orders reflect OEMs taking a more cautious approach to effectively manage …

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Truck driver vaccine mandates loom for cross-border operations

Canadian fleets are reporting a “modest” increase in Covid-19 vaccines among their truck drivers, but Canada’s largest trucking association continues to warn of supply chain chaos if vaccine mandates go ahead as planned. Canada is scheduled to enforce a vaccine mandate for border-crossing truck drivers beginning Jan. 15, while the U.S. is widely expected to …

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Five Canadian carriers win TCA safety awards

Five Canadian fleets are among the 18 division winners in the 46th annual TCA Fleet Safety Awards competition. The Truckload Carriers Association awards identify truckload carriers that have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to safety through presenting the lowest accident frequency ratios per million miles in each of six mileage-based divisions. “TCA’s members continue to show …

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Stoughton ramping up container chassis production

Stoughton Trailers has announced it is ramping up production of intermodal container chassis, with the opening of a new plant in Waco, Texas. The company currently produces chassis in Wisconsin, where it recently installed a new chassis production line. The construction of the Waco facility is underway and expected to be completed quickly, the company …

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Titanium buys Bert and Son’s Cartage

Titanium Transportation has purchased Bert and Son’s Cartage, a Brantford, Ont.-based family-run trucking company that’s been in business for 75 years. It specializes in truckload, warehousing, distribution and specialized logistics within Ontario and into the U.S., serving customers in the retail, consumer goods, food and beverage, industrial and commercial supply sectors. Titanium CEO Ted Daniel …

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