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TotalEnergies Marketing Canada is partnering with BOSS Lubricants to distribute the full range of TotalEnergies lubrican...
18/03/2024

TotalEnergies Marketing Canada is partnering with BOSS Lubricants to distribute the full range of TotalEnergies lubricant products and provide local logistics for Canadian customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

New five-year agreement to provide customers in Western Canada with better proximity and service for supplier’s oils, greases, and organic products

True TMS , a provider of transportation management systems, recently launched TrueLiquid, a cloud-based TMS platform des...
15/03/2024

True TMS , a provider of transportation management systems, recently launched TrueLiquid, a cloud-based TMS platform designed to help tank truck fleets to increase safety, efficiency, and profitability.

Newly launched TrueLiquid ecosystem designed to fill in gaps in liquid bulk transportation management

Groendyke Transport, J&M Tank Lines, and Charles “Shorty” Whittington, founder and former CEO of Grammer Logistics, are ...
14/03/2024

Groendyke Transport, J&M Tank Lines, and Charles “Shorty” Whittington, founder and former CEO of Grammer Logistics, are among the 37 companies and individuals who made “substantial” financial commits that strengthen the American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Cares Foundation charitable arm.

Groendyke, J&M, Grammer founder among 37 members of TCF Founders Club who combined to donate $3.7 million to the Trucking Cares Foundation

Girard Equipment recently introduced the Hydraflo rear discharge bottom outlet valve.
13/03/2024

Girard Equipment recently introduced the Hydraflo rear discharge bottom outlet valve.

Rugged rear discharge bottom outlet valve delivers resilient performance, regulatory compliance, electrochemical polishing, and optional steam jacket protection

Xcel Bulk Logistics, which provides all-inclusive dry bulk services, last year introduced “transformational” smart silos...
12/03/2024

Xcel Bulk Logistics, which provides all-inclusive dry bulk services, last year introduced “transformational” smart silos for portable storage through its XBL Storage Solutions division. The new mobile offering was slow to catch on, but word is spreading, and the business recently secured its biggest win, leasing three units to Giant Cement, which is building a 60,000-ton import terminal in Savannah, Georgia.

Dry bulk hauler’s Storage Solutions division partners with Giant Cement to supply three smart silos in a key market, boosting its position as a one-stop shop for dry bulk services...

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—Oh the tales this tank would tell, if only tanks could talk.Thankfully, Engineered Transportation ...
04/03/2024

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—Oh the tales this tank would tell, if only tanks could talk.

Thankfully, Engineered Transportation International’s newly restored vintage tank wagon doesn’t need a voice to deliver a powerful message to customers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, to visit this Heil Trailer International, LLC. and Polar Tank Trailer plant—the most prolific tank trailer production facility on the continent.

“It combines the old and the new,” EnTrans CEO Ryan Rockafellow said. “It highlights our heritage, it’s something employees can be proud of, and customers will understand when they come through that we’ve been doing this a long time. Then fast forward to 2024, with where we’re at right now, introducing TANK Ai and developing new trailer lines, and they’re walking into the largest and best tank trailer plant in North America.

“We truly believe this vehicle ties it all together.”

Follow the link for more, including an exclusive image gallery highlighting the restoration project and unveiling ceremony.

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Newly restored 1937 tank wagon, revealed during a ceremony Feb. 27 in Juarez, Mexico, to serve as powerful reminder of Heil’s rich legacy at the manufacturer’s most prolific tank...

HOUSTON— Highway Transport Logistics is on the road to an expanded presence in the country’s chemical capital.The Tennes...
22/02/2024

HOUSTON— Highway Transport Logistics is on the road to an expanded presence in the country’s chemical capital.

The Tennessee-based tank truck carrier is planning to relocate its Houston-area shop to a seven-bay building on a recently purchased property nextdoor to its La Porte, Texas, terminal in a move that also will free up space to upgrade its tank cleaning facility.

Leaders hope to begin using the new 10,500-sq.-ft. building this summer.

“It will increase our workflow like the company’s never seen before—and I’m excited for it,” said Eddie Gutierrez, Highway Transport shop manager in Houston.

Follow the link for more insight, and a slideshow spotlighting the new facility.

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Family-owned carrier plans to open seven-bay shop on a newly purchased property in La Porte, Texas, and expand its tank cleaning facility—sending a clear message to customers

Blue Ink Tech (BIT) recently added the BIT Dashcam to its fleet management platform.
19/02/2024

Blue Ink Tech (BIT) recently added the BIT Dashcam to its fleet management platform.

New telematics tool pairs with the BIT Air Scale to deliver gross and axle weight data to bulk haulers in real time

The Kenan Advantage Group recently acquired Northern Dry Bulk, a Michigan-based bulk transporter that specializes in hau...
15/02/2024

The Kenan Advantage Group recently acquired Northern Dry Bulk, a Michigan-based bulk transporter that specializes in hauling and storing resins for the automotive, packaging, and electronics industries, and other end markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Acquisition of Northern Dry Bulk in Michigan nets 36 tractors, 91 tank trailers, and two terminals, and moves Kenan Advantage Group into new plastic resin end markets

Daimler Truck AG and Linde Engineering jointly developed a new process for handling subcooled liquid hydrogen they say a...
13/02/2024

Daimler Truck AG and Linde Engineering jointly developed a new process for handling subcooled liquid hydrogen they say allows for a higher storage density, a greater range, faster refueling, lower costs, and superior energy efficiency compared to gaseous hydrogen.

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Newly developed sLH2 subcooled liquid hydrogen solution improves range, increases refueling speed, and lowers cost compared to using gaseous hydrogen, the companies report.

Bulk Connection Inc., a bulk freight broker based in Mystic, Connecticut, recently blogged about the importance of estab...
12/02/2024

Bulk Connection Inc., a bulk freight broker based in Mystic, Connecticut, recently blogged about the importance of establishing “driver-friendly” facilities in which tank trailer loading and unloading goes smoothly, and shared 10 practices that make shippers driver-friendly—and create long-lasting customer-carrier relationships.

Specialized freight broker Bulk Connection examines importance of creating a welcoming environment for tank truckers, shares 10 best practices for shippers and receivers

Edward Heard, professional driver at Highway Transport Logistics, is one of eight finalists for National Tank Truck Carr...
09/02/2024

Edward Heard, professional driver at Highway Transport Logistics, is one of eight finalists for National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.’s Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year. The program recognizes tank truck drivers who have an incredible driving record, a demonstrated commitment to safety, and a history of community service. During NTTC’s Annual Conference, finalists are presented for this prestigious award and one Grand Champion is named who will represent the industry and NTTC throughout the year. Heard recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he participated in a round of events and interviews as part of the NTTC’s selection process.

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Highway Transport takes us behind the scenes with Ed Heard in this second installment of a three-part series following his journey to National Tank Truck Carriers’ 2024 Annual...

Plug Power Inc. recently completed the first fill of a Plug tanker with liquid green hydrogen produced at its Woodbine, ...
02/02/2024

Plug Power Inc. recently completed the first fill of a Plug tanker with liquid green hydrogen produced at its Woodbine, Georgia, production plant.

The cryogenic trailer transported the hydrogen to Walmart, Amazon, and Home Depot.

The cyrogenic trailer can deliver the same amount of liquid hydrogen to customer sites as eight tube trailers that transport gaseous hydrogen, the company reports

Western Star Trucks recently made its 47X and 49X vocational truck models safer, adding Detroit Assurance with Active Br...
01/02/2024

Western Star Trucks recently made its 47X and 49X vocational truck models safer, adding Detroit Assurance with Active Brake Assist as a standard feature and a backup alert system as a factory-installed option.

Daimler Truck North America brand adds new standard and optional safety features for 47X and 49X models, including the Detroit Assurance safety suite and backup alerts

SQM, a Chilean mining company, recently deployed two electric tractor-trailers, including one with a fully electric tank...
31/01/2024

SQM, a Chilean mining company, recently deployed two electric tractor-trailers, including one with a fully electric tank trailer for transporting lithium brine.

The electric trailers were developed in partnership with Randon, which is the largest trailer manufacturer in Latin America, and Suspensys, which equipped the Hybrid R-line units with its e-Sys auxiliary traction technology.

They’re the first electric trailer and tractor sets in operation in the country, the companies said.

SQM developed the country’s first fully electric semi-trailers in association with trailer manufacturer Randon and Suspensys, which supplied its e-Sys auxiliary traction technology...

Trinity Truck & Trailer Service LLC, a manufacturer of milk transport tank trailers, is expanding its operations in Itha...
30/01/2024

Trinity Truck & Trailer Service LLC, a manufacturer of milk transport tank trailers, is expanding its operations in Ithaca, Michigan.

Trinity Truck and Trailer Service in Ithaca plans to grow storage silo production, renovate repair facility in $6.75 million, two-phase project with local support

Change is on the horizon for fuel marketers, according to a new report from FleetPanda , which provides cloud-based soft...
29/01/2024

Change is on the horizon for fuel marketers, according to a new report from FleetPanda , which provides cloud-based software for the segment.

The San Mateo, California-based company recently examined the major technology trends that will shape how fuel marketers manager their businesses in 2024 and beyond, and outlined the key factors to consider when evaluating software, including “supercharging” day-to-day operations with artificial intelligence, making better decisions with “Big Data” analytics, and the growing importance of mobile-friendly tech for drivers.

“Adapt or die. That’s really what 2024 will be all about,” the company maintained.

Cloud-based software provider spotlights technology trends in the evolving segment, and provides predictions and insights for 2024 and beyond

Daimler Truck North America and Love's Travel Stops recently rolled out a new Freightliner Trucks ExpressPoint service a...
25/01/2024

Daimler Truck North America and Love's Travel Stops recently rolled out a new Freightliner Trucks ExpressPoint service at more than 400 Love’s Truck Care and Speedco locations, with additional openings planned.

New ExpressPoint network to provide repair services for Freightliner trucks at 400-plus locations thanks to partnership between Love’s Travel Stops, Daimler Truck North America...

Volvo Trucks North America is reimagining the Class 8 truck with a re-engineered Volvo VNL tractor developed by its U.S....
24/01/2024

Volvo Trucks North America is reimagining the Class 8 truck with a re-engineered Volvo VNL tractor developed by its U.S. team over the past six years. OEM leaders said it will be the base platform for current and future transportation technologies—from diesel to renewable fuels.

Reimagined Class 8 truck packed with innovations to serve as Volvo Trucks North America’s base platform for current and future fuel technologies

Inflation, interest rate hikes, and the declining freight market conspired to curtail mergers and acquisitions in the tr...
23/01/2024

Inflation, interest rate hikes, and the declining freight market conspired to curtail mergers and acquisitions in the transportation and logistics (T&L) space in 2023, with transactions and transaction values both down year-over-year, according to a new M&A report from advisory firm The Tenney Group released Monday.

But Trimac Transportation was undeterred, executing four transactions worth nearly $90 million combined amid trying times.

“That difficulty in the market was absolutely real, but we found that if we’re committed to being creative, cooperative, and flexible, we can get deals done—because there were fewer buyers there as well,” Dan Carpenter, Trimac vice president of finance and business development, explained in a special edition of The Hot Seat with Spencer Tenney, Tenney Group CEO, produced in conjunction with the company’s 2024 annual report.

Niche players like Trimac, who expertly structured acquisition deals, still rode the valuation “rollercoaster” to new highs in 2023. But Tenney expects more buyers and sellers to enter the M&A fray this year, generating more opportunities for everyone to participate, thanks to a “recovering” freight market, “normalized” equipment values, and potential interest rate reductions all combining to encourage consensus.

Follow the link for more insights from Tenney Group CEO Spencer Tenney and Trimac VP Dan Carpenter.

A shortage of sellers stifled transportation transactions in 2023—though Trimac was undeterred—but ‘pent-up supply’ now is fueling record interest among strategic acquirers, according...

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) recently certified Van den Bosch’s CO2 emission calculations and reporting as ...
22/01/2024

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) recently certified Van den Bosch’s CO2 emission calculations and reporting as meeting the requirements in the ISO 14083:2023 standard for greenhouse gas quantification in transport operations.

Recent LRQA audit verifies the bulk carrier meets the requirements in ISO 14083 for quantifying GHG emissions in transport operations

The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a final rule that’s intended to help employers and workers better unders...
19/01/2024

The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a final rule that’s intended to help employers and workers better understand the employee vs. independent-contractor qualifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act—and the trucking industry’s largest trade association vows to work with Congress to defeat the “ill-advised” rule.

Labor department publishes final rule outlining qualifications for employee vs. independent-contractor status in a determination American Trucking Associations calls ‘ill-advised...

Edward Heard, professional driver at Highway Transport, is one of eight finalists for the National Tank Truck Carriers’ ...
18/01/2024

Edward Heard, professional driver at Highway Transport, is one of eight finalists for the National Tank Truck Carriers’ (NTTC) Professional Driver of the Year. The program recognizes tank truck drivers who have an incredible driving record, a demonstrated commitment to safety, and a history of community service.

During NTTC’s Annual Conference, finalists are presented for this prestigious award and one Grand Champion is named who will represent the industry and NTTC throughout the year. Heard is preparing to go to Washington, D.C., for a round of events and interviews as part of the NTTC’s selection process.

In this first installment of a three-part series, Highway Transport gives us an inside look at Heard's journey to NTTC’s 2024 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, where the association will reveal the 2023-24 Grand Champion in May.

Highway Transport takes us behind the scenes with Ed Heard in this first installment of a three-part series following his journey to National Tank Truck Carriers’ 2024 Annual ...

Groendyke Transport driver Rodney McNew is one of 24 professional drivers on American Trucking Associations’ newly selec...
17/01/2024

Groendyke Transport driver Rodney McNew is one of 24 professional drivers on American Trucking Associations’ newly selected 2024-25 America’s Road Team.

The newly selected 2024-25 America’s Road Team includes Groendyke’s Rodney McNew and 23 other professional drivers who will serve as trucking industry ambassadors

The Kenan Advantage Group recently acquired Florida Food Tankers Inc.
11/01/2024

The Kenan Advantage Group recently acquired Florida Food Tankers Inc.

Addition of Lake Wales-based intrastate food-grade carrier grows Kenan Advantage Group’s Food Products division in Florida, expands tank wash network to include 17 facilities

Groendyke Transport CEO Greg Hodgen recently passed the title of president to Joe Morrissey as part of a series of leade...
09/01/2024

Groendyke Transport CEO Greg Hodgen recently passed the title of president to Joe Morrissey as part of a series of leadership changes.

Greg Hodgen will remain CEO of the family-owned tank truck carrier, while Joe Morrissey assumes the presidency in a series of changes to start 2024.

Many companies with good intentions use phrases such as “Safety is our top priority” on their website, in their safety p...
15/12/2023

Many companies with good intentions use phrases such as “Safety is our top priority” on their website, in their safety policies, and even as decals on their equipment.

Unfortunately, these broad statements and ideals open them up to exploitation by plaintiff attorneys.

Interesting piece on the phrases best left unwritten from Bulk Transporter contributor Raymond White, a commercial insurance specialist with Roark & Sutton, LLC.

Phrases like ‘safety is our top priority’ are best spoken, and not put into writing, so carriers don’t assist in their own legal demise

J&M Tank Lines, Inc. recently added Jeff Arledge and Russell Curbo to its leadership team.
14/12/2023

J&M Tank Lines, Inc. recently added Jeff Arledge and Russell Curbo to its leadership team.

Birmingham, Alabama-based tank truck carrier elevates Jeff Arledge to VP of maintenance and Russell Curbo to VP of safety

National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. is renewing its call for streamlined driver credentialing.
13/12/2023

National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. is renewing its call for streamlined driver credentialing.

Coalition of more than 150 supply chain stakeholders urges Congress to pass H.R. 5840, which would eliminate redundant TSA fees and background checks for transportation workers...

HOUSTON—Industrial plant waste is Space City Services’ business-boosting treasure.The Texas-based bulk carrier began hau...
12/12/2023

HOUSTON—Industrial plant waste is Space City Services’ business-boosting treasure.

The Texas-based bulk carrier began hauling waste in 2015 to balance its cyclical finished products activities, provide a value-added service for customers, and keep its drivers on the road. It diversified to offer waste container leasing and transportation through the acquisitions of Superior Waste Solutions, TIBC Rentals and Transportation’s bulk services division, and Industrial Waste Solutions, all in the last three years.

Waste hauling now accounts for 60% of the operation—and equipment rental is Space City’s fastest-growing segment.

“It’s different,” said Robert Thomas, Space City president, who founded the company as a flatbed carrier in 2000 and transitioned to liquid bulk in 2009. “Most bulk carriers in Houston offer one service. They haul whatever product they haul day in and day out, and that’s given us an advantage. These plants produce waste every day. They don’t shut down, they keep running 24 hours a day, and they’re always creating some amount of waste, whether it goes to a landfill or a recycling facility. So, we thought, when the economy ebbs and flows, waste would be a way we could keep working and maintain an upward trajectory.”

The carrier’s launch plan is working to perfection.

Houston-based tank truck carrier grows through pandemic, sluggish economy by thinking inside the roll-off box

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