Hino Motors surprises Fanshawe College with new truck
LONDON, Ont. – Hino Motors Canada surprised the president of Fanshawe College with the keys to a brand new Hino truck this week.
According to the college, Fanshawe hosted the Hino Motors Canada
national dealer meeting and skills competition in its Centre for
Transportation Technology earlier this week.
Fanshawe president Peter Devlin with Hino Motors Canada president, Yumiko Kawamura.
Then at the event’s gala reception on May 11 held at the London
Convention Centre, Yumiko Kawamura, president of Hino Motors Canada,
surprised the College when she presented the keys to a Hino truck to
Fanshawe president Peter Devlin.
“This generous donation from Hino will help us unlock the potential of
our students and reinforces the exceptional learning experience provided
for our students,” said Devlin. “We are grateful for Hino’s donation
and thank them for their ongoing support of Fanshawe students.”
The truck will be housed at the College’s state-of-the-art Centre for
Applied Transportation Technologies at 1764 Oxford Street. It will be
used by students studying in the Truck and Coach Technician programs. At
a separate event on Wednesday, Hino also generously donated a service
diagnostic tool (DSTI) and access to their online workshop manuals to
“Fanshawe has had a strong relationship with Hino since they began
operations at their Woodstock facility,” added Catherine Finlayson,
executive director of the Fanshawe College Foundation. “Hino’s support
has helped establish the College as a premier post-secondary destination
for students seeking a career in the technology sector. We thank Hino
for their investment in our students.”
Driver hurt in fuel truck crash that spilt thousands of litres near Shuswap Rive
ENDERBY - RCMP are investigating a crash that saw a fuel truck
rollover, spilling thousands of litres gasoline and diesel near the
Shuwap River yesterday.
Police say at about 9:35 a.m. yesterday, May 16, the five ton tanker
truck rolled off Mable Lake Road near Enderby, spilling 4,090 litres of
gasoline and 12,500 litres of diesel.
The tank trailer was separated from the vehicle as a result of the
rollover, according to an RCMP media release. The driver was taken to
hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.
"The Enderby Fire Department attended as
well as the Commercial Vehicle Department. Crews arrived on scene a
short time later to begin clean up of the area," Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says
in the release. "Other partner agencies such as Environment and Climate
Change Canada and Interior Health were advised due to the spill being
close to the river."
A 37-year-old transport truck driver from Quebec faces multiple
charges following yesterday's deadly seven-vehicle crash on Highway 401
near Kingston, Ont.
Four people were killed when their car burst into flames after the collision.
Theirs was one of seven vehicles involved in the pileup, which sent
two people to hospital with serious injuries and involved another car, a
commercial vehicle and four transport trucks.
The OPP announced Friday that Dunhill Tabanao, of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., will face the following charges:
Four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.
Two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.
The crash happened at 1:30 a.m. Thursday on the westbound lanes of Highway 401 between Joyceville Road and Highway 15.
The four people who died in Thursday's crash were in one car that became engulfed in flames after a collision. (CBC)
OPP Const. Roop Sandhu said it appears some of the vehicles involved
were either stopped or slowing down for traffic ahead of them when the
truck driven by the man now charged began a chain-reaction crash.
"It is a very horrific scene," he said.
Tabanao was arrested at the scene and held for bail court at the Ontario Court of Justice in the city of Kingston yesterday.
Police are continuing to investigate and say they have not yet identified the four victims.
"We have some concerned relatives that have contacted the OPP," said
Sandhu. "We do have an idea of who the four deceased persons are in the
vehicle but we're still waiting to get positive identification on them. Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Nearly half the trucks in Southern Ontario blitz fail
ON – Almost half of all the commercial vehicles pulled over in a safety
blitz last week failed inspection, Halton Regional Police Service’s
(HRPS) Oakville District Response Unit announced today.
Over the course of the two-day roadside campaign, 80 vehicles were
inspected and 47% flunked due to issues with brakes, tires and other
Police seized seven sets of plates and issued 16 bylaw infractions.
“We recognize there are many trucks on area roads and that some will
operate for a considerable amount of time without ever having an
independent inspection done,” said Sergeant Gus Bistas of the Oakville
District Response Unit.
“The results of this blitz remind us that our work in the realm of
commercial motor vehicle safety is ongoing and that we must remain
vigilant in our education and enforcement efforts.”
The blitz took place Tuesday, May 9 and Friday, May 12 and was
executed in partnership with Peel and Waterloo Regional Police Services,
the Ontario Provincial Police, and Town of Oakville.
LANCASTER, PA-- For 364 days of the year, the horse-drawn Amish buggy
is the vehicle most commonly associated with the city of Lancaster,
But not on Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day, Lancaster is all about
trucks. Last Sunday, May 14, 595 trucks (including some Canadians)
rolled out in the annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. By the
time the last driver had pulled out, an estimated $400,000 to $450,000
had been raised for Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and
Susquehanna Valley, with approximately $300,000 of that coming from the
As usual, tens of thousands of spectators lined the 26-mile convoy
loop in central Pennsylvania, cheering for the truckers and waving to
the more than 100 Make-A-Wish children and siblings who rode along in
“This is a tremendous event for Make-A-Wish and the trucking industry,” said Ben Lee, regional
director for the charity. The money raised will pay for 60 to 70% of
the wishes granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions
in the region, he said.
The convoy, which began 28 years ago, started with one little boy’s
wish to ride in a truck and talk to his sister on CB radio and, thanks
to the generosity of truckers, has grown into an all-day family
celebration that draws truckers from a dozen or more states.
The RoadPro Family of Brands, based in nearby Palmyra, is the primary
sponsor of the event and donated $20,000 to the cause. The company’s
involvement has helped the convoy grow in popularity, Lee said.
“We’re honored to be associated with such a great cause and a worthy
organization,” said Chuck White, Vice President of Brands &
Marketing for RoadPro. “Truckers are our customers and we know how
generous and caring they can be. The convoy is proof of that.”
From launching a data-mining drive aiming to
find supply-chain pressure points to sending officials to mobilise
allies in key US states, Mexico and Canada are bolstering their defences
of a regional trade pact President Donald Trump vows to rewrite.
has blamed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the loss
of millions of manufacturing jobs and has threatened to tear it up if
he fails to get a better deal.
Fearing the massive disruptions a
US pullout could cause, the United States' neighbours and two biggest
export markets have focused on sectors most exposed to a breakdown in
free trade and with the political clout to influence Washington.
encompasses many of the states that swept Trump to power in November
and senior politicians such as Vice President Mike Pence, a former
Indiana governor or Wisconsin representative and House Speaker Paul
Ryan. Prominent CEOs on Trump's business councils are also key targets,
according to people familiar with the lobbying push.
Mexico, for example, has picked out the governors of Texas, Arizona and Indiana as potential allies.
makers in Michigan, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Tennessee,
Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, California and New
Mexico are also on Mexico's priority list, according to people involved
Mexican and US officials and executives have had
"hundreds" of meetings since Trump took office, said Moises Kalach, head
of the Mexican private sector team leading the defence of NAFTA.
has drawn up a list of 11 US states, largely overlapping with Mexico's
targets, that stand to lose the most if the trade pact enacted in 1994
To identify potential allies among US companies and
industries, Mexican business lobby Consejo Co-ordinador Empresarial
(CCE) recruited IQOM, a consultancy led by former NAFTA negotiators
Herminio Blanco and Jaime Zabludovsky.
In one case, the analysis
found that in Indiana, one type of engine made up about a fifth of the
state's $US5 billion exports to Mexico. Kalach's team identified one
local supplier of the product and put it touch with its main Mexican
"We said: talk to the governor, talk to the members of
congress, talk to your ex-governor, Vice President Pence, and explain
that if this goes wrong, the company is done," Kalach said. He declined
to reveal the name of the company and Reuters could not immediately
verify its identity.
Trump rattled the two nations in late April
when his administration said he was considering an executive order to
withdraw from the trade pact, which has been in force since 1994. He
later said he would try to renegotiate the deal first and Kalach said
the lobbying effort deserved much credit for Trump's u-turn.
was huge mobilisation," he said. "I can tell you the phone did not stop
ringing in (Commerce Secretary Wilbur) Ross's office. It did not stop
ringing in (National Economic Council Director) Gary Cohn's office, in
the office of (White House Chief of Staff Reince) Priebus. The visits to
the White House from pro-NAFTA allies did not stop all afternoon."
those calling the White House and other senior administration officials
were US Chamber of Commerce chief Tom Donohue, officials from the
Business Roundtable and CEOs from both lobbies, according to people
familiar with the discussions.
Mexico has been the prime target of
NAFTA critics, who blame it for lost manufacturing jobs and widening US
trade deficits. Canada had managed to keep a lower profile,
concentrating on seeking US allies in case of an open conflict.
changed in late April when the Trump administration attacked Ottawa
over support for dairy farmers and slapped preliminary duties on
softwood lumber imports.
Despite an apparently weaker position -
Canada and Mexico jointly absorb about a third of US exports, but rely
on US demand for three quarters of their own - the two have managed to
even up the odds in the past by exploiting certain weak spots.
When Washington clashed with Ottawa in 2013 over meat-labelling
rules, Canada retaliated by targeting exports from the states of key US
legislators. A similar policy is again under consideration.
is taking a leaf out of a 2011 trucking dispute to identify US
interests that are most exposed, such as $US2.3 billion of yellow corn
Mexico is also targeting members of Trump advisory
bodies, the Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council,
led by Blackstone Group LP's Stephen Schwarzman and Dow Chemical Co boss
Andrew Liveris, respectively.
Senior Trump administration
officials and Republican lawmakers in charge of trade, agriculture and
finance committees also feature among top lobbying targets.
has spread the task of lobbying the United States among ministries,
officials say, and is particularly keen to avoid disruption to the
highly-integrated auto industry.
A core component of Mexico's
strategy is to argue the three nations have a common interest in fending
off Asian competition and exploring scope to source more content
The defenders of NAFTA also say that it supports
millions of jobs in the United States, and point out that US trade
shortfalls with Canada and Mexico have declined over the past decade
even as the deficit with China has continued to climb.
Part of IQOM's mission is to identify sectors where NAFTA rules of origin could be modified to increase regional content.
example, US, Canadian and Mexican officials are debating how the NAFTA
region can reduce auto parts imports from China, Japan, South Korea or
Germany, Mexican officials say.
"The key thing is to see how we
can get a win-win on the products most used in our countries, and to
develop common manufacturing platforms that allow us just to buy between
ourselves the biggest amount of inputs we need," said Luis Aguirre,
vice-president of Mexican industry group Concamin.
LETELLIER, Man. – Mid Canada Transload Services is planning the
construction of a new inland port and rail siding in Southern Manitoba,
which will be one of the largest privately-owned inland ports in the
The port will be located one mile south of Letellier, Man, seven
miles from the US border on a 250 acre site alongside Manitoba’s major
export Highway 75, with access to two Class 1 railways, the CN and BNSF
railways with daily service to and from the US and Mexico.
Emerson Milling CEO and president Real Tetrault conceived the idea of
a new transloading site, as his company already ships oat products by
rail to the US and Mexico, which led to the conception to build an
industrial park to transload other products that are shipped by rail but
still require truck to move the product to its final destination.
“We are offering a service to and from our rail site and we will
transload the customers’ product in a safe and efficient environment,”
said Tetrault. “We are also willing to build on this site as our
customers may require.”
Manitoba minister of growth, enterprise and trade Cliff Cullen said
cross-border trade is vital for the growth and prosperity of the
“This development is strategically positioned with direct links to
international markets,” Cullen said. “Manitoba producers, processors and
small and mid-size shippers will benefit from the opportunities this
new inland port will provide.”
PEI – Eighteen-year-olds in the last stages of graduated licensing will
now be able to earn Class 3 truck driving licences under amendments to
Prince Edward Island’s Highway Traffic Act -- aligning with other
provinces and territories.
A Class 3 licence applies to a truck or combination above 14,000 kilograms, including special equipment or gooseneck trailers.
The amendments were made as of a result of the Federation of
Agriculture's request to the government to help alleviate a shortage of
“The agriculture industry is pleased to see this change,” said
federation president David Mol. “As spring planting gets underway and we
enter another busy season, it is important we have qualified heavy
truck operators available across the island.”
“Prince Edward Island is an export-based economy and our traditional
industries rely on trained drivers for access to markets,” said Paula
Biggar, transportation, infrastructure and energy minister. “By placing
our system on par with the other Canadian provinces, we may encourage
young islanders to consider entering the transport industry.”
The current minimum age in the province to exit the graduated
licensing system is 18 years and nine months, after completing a driver
education program. Those who don't complete the program need to wait
until they're 19.
LETELLIER, MB – Mid Canada Transload Services has announced plans to
build a new inland port and rail siding at the Canada-U.S. border, about
1.5 kilometers south of Letellier, Manitoba.
Once developed, the 250-acre site will be one of the largest
privately owned inland ports in the province, the company says in a
related release. It will be located alongside Highway 75 and have access
to CN and BNSF railways. Daily rail service will take freight to and
from the U.S. and Mexico.
Real Tetrault, the Chief Executive Officer and president of Emerson
Milling, came up with the idea of a transloading site. His oat milling
plant in Emerson, Manitoba loads CN rail cars that are interchanged with
the BNSF railway. That led to the concept of an industrial part for
transloading other products that move by rail but still need trucks to
move products to and from the rails.
“Any product that travels more
than 10 hours by truck is more cost effective freight when shipped by
rail,” Tetrault said. "We are offering a service to and from our rail
site and we will transload the customers' product in a safe and
efficient environment. We are also willing to build on this site as our
customer may require."
"This development is strategically positioned with direct links to
international markets,” says Cliff Cullen, the province’s growth,
enterprise and trade minister. “Manitoba producers, processors and small
and mid-size shippers will benefit from the opportunities this new
inland port will provide."
TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian trucking industry is gearing up to
support the victims of the flooding that has occurred in several areas
of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia recently.
Through Trucks For Change Network and the Canadian Trucking Alliance,
highway carriers are currently working with Red Cross Logistics teams
to distribute water, first aid, cots, blankets, cleanup kits and hygiene
supplies to those affected across Canada. CTA carriers who want to get
involved by making equipment and services available for emergency relief
deliveries in these areas should contact Trucks for Change’s Pete
Dalmazzi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trucks for Change will be
coordinating these efforts.
As well, a dedicated web portal has been established, via the Red
Cross’ website, for members of the trucking industry who would like to
make a financial contribution. Provincial trucking associations and
member carriers are encouraged to get involved in this cause.
To make a corporate or personal donation click here.
Your contribution will be counted as part of our industry’s collective
response to the Red Cross Spring Floods Appeal. Your tax-deductible
donation will help rebuild lives and demonstrate, once again, your
industry’s commitment to the communities in which we work.
If you prefer to make a corporate donation via cheque, please mail it directly to:
Attn: Sarah Oberholzer, Philanthropy Department
Canadian Red Cross
21 Randolph Avenue, Toronto ON M6P 4G4
Please include a note reading: “This donation is to be included in the
trucking industry contribution to the Spring Flood appeal.”
DIEPPE, N.B. – The annual Atlantic Driving Championships are set for May 27 in Masstown, N.S.
The competition includes a written test, pre-trip inspection and
field test course, which is divided into 2a-axle, 4-axle, 5-axle and
B-Train categories. Participating drivers must register before May 19 here.
The event will end with an Awards Banquet, where the winners of each
category will be presented with an award along with the Rookie of the
Year and Team Awards.
For additional information about this event, visit our website www.apta.ca or call the APTA office at 506-855-2782.
Manan Gupta, host of the 9th
annual Road Today Show & Job Fair, displays the cityâ€™s
certificate proclaiming May 27 as Road Safety Challenge Day in Brampton.
- Nouman Khalil/Metroland
To spread awareness about
distracted driving, its drastic consequences and keeping roads safer,
the annual Road Today Show returns to Brampton with variety of fun
activities for families in Peel Region.
Hosted by Road Today
Media Group and endorsed by the South Asian Trucking Association of
Canada, the 9th annual Road Today Show & Job Fair will take place on
Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brampton Soccer Centre.
“Our purpose is to
spread awareness mainly about four things — aggressive, impaired,
distracted and driving without a seatbelt. (In transportation industry) I
call it the 21st century AIDS,” said Manan Gupta of Road Today Media
Group. “If we want to reduce collisions and avoid injuries, we must look
at it as a social issue. Multi-tasking in driving can be fatal, it
He invited local
families to come to the show and educate themselves about road safety
issues so that every day they reach home safely.
The City of Brampton has also proclaimed May 27 as Road Safety Challenge Day in Brampton.
In Ontario, the Ministry of
Transportation’s road safety challenge campaign also runs from May 15 to
June 11 with a goal of engaging the participation of community groups
and private sector to raise awareness of road safety issues and work
together to make Ontario's roads safer.
The show will feature
educational activities focusing on distracted driving, pedestrian
safety, impaired driving, as well as commercial vehicle safety.
showcase latest trucks, heavy-duty parts & accessories, service shop
equipment & supplies, tires, fuels, financial services, safety
& compliance and numerous other products and services used in the
trucking and transportation industry.
The one-day free
event will also feature trade show, job fair, road safety challenge day,
distracted driving awareness campaign, smart truckers’ seminar, kids
& family entertainment and lots of prizes and giveaways.
REGINA—The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) announced Monday
that there will be no provincial truck-driving championships in 2017.
Other provinces were ahead of the STA in pulling back from the event,
and the national competition was also canceled this year.
Many factors are expected to have contributed to this, including the driver shortage.
According to a statement from STA, “after many months of promotion
attempts to engage industry employees the support in both registration
and sponsorship for the event did not reflect an industry with a desire
to see the event continue.”
“The provincial driving championships were a fantastic event that many people were very passionate about over the years," explained STA Executive Director Susan Ewart. "It
was a great promotion for the trucking industry and a place for people
to come together and celebrate the importance of trucking. The
demographics have changed and the reality is that there is no longer
sufficient demand for this event.”
Fans of the trucking industry need not fret, the STA stated. Driver
appreciation and celebration is still an important movement for the
association, the form it takes will simply change.
The STA hosts an annual Truck Driver Appreciation BBQ events, which
is very well received and is held during National Trucking Week (second
week of September).
Canadian spot market freight up 37% y-o-y in April: TransCore
TORONTO, Ont. — Canadian spot market load volumes were up 37% year-over-year in April, though 21% off March 2017 levels.
March is traditionally the peak month for loads, according to TransCore Link Logistics, which compiles the data.
Intra-Canada loads represented 27% of total volumes, and were up 35% compared to April 2016.
Cross-border loads, which accounted for 70% of total data, were also
higher than last year. Loads leaving Canada were up 10% and those coming
into Canada jumped 56% year-over-year.
Equipment capacity decreased 10% from March and 21% compared to April
2016. The decline in load volumes y-o-y, coupled with an equivalent
decline in equipment capacity, resulted in a truck-to-load ratio of two
trucks for every available load, TransCore reports. April marked the
second lowest truck-to-load ratio in nearly two years.
TORONTO, Ont. — The 2017-18 Ontario Trucking Association’s Road Knights Team has been selected.
This term’s Road Knights team consists of seven exceptional truck
drivers who will travel the province over the next two years, promoting
the industry to the media as well as sharing their experiences and
knowledge of the trucking industry and highway safety with students and
The team consists of Sylvain Binette (Kriska); Louis Carette
(Kriska Transport); Gary deVos (Bison Transport); John Giunta (Polaris
Transport); Brent Mater (Zavcor Trucking); Jeff Stocker (Spring Creek
Carriers) and Henry Wilks (Double D Transport).
Team members are selected by a panel of industry, government, Road Knights alumni, and media representatives every two years.
You can contact Hina Brinkworth at 416-249-7401 ext. 234 or e-mail email@example.com to book a free presentation by an OTA Road Knight for your school or community event.
OTA seeking insight regarding CB/two-way radio rules
TORONTO, ON – As of January 1, 2018, specific exemptions for holding
and using two-way radios, which includes hand-held CB radios, will
expire and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is looking for
industry insight regarding the use of two-way/CB radios in the trucking
Currently the exemptions allow for the use of a two-way radio while
driving for certain public employees like bus drivers, commercial
drivers and amateur radio operators.
The exemptions took effect on January 1, 2013, and provided suppliers
five-years to develop and supply hands-free alternatives to two-way
Once the exemptions expire, the use of a two-way radio will be
prohibited for everyone with the exception of law enforcement officers.
The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is currently considering three options to address the expiry of exemption.
Extend the exemption for hand-held use of two-way radios for an additional seven years (and review again in seven years).
Make the exemption permanent (as some other Canadian jurisdictions have done).
Allow the exemption to expire,
effective January 1, 2018 (making hand-held use of devices illegal and
requiring all currently exempted drivers to use hands-free alternatives
To help the OTA in responding to the MTO regarding two-way radio
use, the OTA looking for industry insight regarding the issue by asking
individuals to complete the OTA’s survey regarding the topic before May 26.
TORONTO, ON -- An increasing number of would-be truck drivers are lining
up for licensing tests at Ontario DriveTest centers as the province
approaches a July 1 deadline to introduce Mandatory Entry-Level Training
The number of appointments has increased since the beginning of 2017
and was up 20% last March when compared to the same month in 2016, an
Ontario Ministry of Transportation spokesman confirms.
The surge was not unexpected, either. Extra examiners were trained,
and more classified test slots had been allocated to respond to an
increase in demand.
The new training standards for Class A licences will require a
minimum of 103.5 hours of training with a Private Career College
registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills
Development, an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology, or
recognized authorities like carriers with training programs under the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Driver Certification Program.
It’s not just DriveTest centers that have noticed higher volumes of
applicants at DriveTest centers, either. Ed Popkie, president of the
Fifth Wheel Training Institute, says his school has recently struggled
to book exam times for students.
“Testing centers that we work with are busier with people who have
not gone to formal training and who have learned or gotten lessons
either on the job or in the evenings and weekends from a friend or
family member and are challenging the Class A road test,” he said.
“There are fewer spots available and there is a lot more activity with
different configurations and companies bringing trucks and trailers to
the DriveTest centers in Ontario.”
Ontario will be the first province to implement such a training
standard, released last September. Training schools had until April 1 to
develop and implement compliant programs that had to be evaluated by
third-party inspectors on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of
“[MELT] is something we support,” said Popkie, adding that training
by a family or friend won’t necessarily cover the topics needed to
become a safe and professional truck driver. “The standard that ended up
being adopted by the [Ontario ministry] is actually somewhat less than
the standard than what we’ve been living with as a private career
college for many years.”
For example, one of their Class AZ training programs offers 236 hours
of training -- more than double what’s required by MELT -- and also
provides prospective truckers with a mechanic assistant course and
forklift certification. It has since introduced a 150-hour program built
around the MELT standards.
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has already been helping schools like his to prepare for MELT, he adds.
“It’s all going to be relevant and linear. The cost per hour to run a
vehicle doesn’t change if we’re twice as busy, four times as busy or if
we stay the same. It costs so much per hour to run a program, to run a
class or to pay for staff. So, it shouldn’t increase the costs.”
However, Popkie says other training facilities may encounter challenges.
“I won’t call them schools because they’re not schools,” said Popkie.
“Those organizations will definitely have to revaluate their business
model because forever they’ve offered hourly lessons -- evenings and
weekends or whatever you want -- for not thousands of dollars but for
hundreds of dollars.”
While about 9,000 Class A road tests are delivered each year, just
2,500 people went through a Private Career College, public college, or
Ministry of Transportation-approved driver certification program in
2014, he says.
The rebranding aligns XPO’s LTL operations
in North America with those in Europe, where the company has a large
presence. (Courtesy: XPO LOGISTICS)
GREENWICH, Conn. — XPO Logistics, a global
provider of transportation and logistics solutions, said Wednesday it
had completed the rebranding of its North American less-than-truckload
business, the second largest market provider of LTL transportation.
The rebranding aligns XPO’s LTL operations in North America with those in Europe, where the company has a large presence.
“The rebranding was an extensive undertaking that involved nearly 300
facilities, approximately 8,000 tractors and over 25,000 freight
trailers, as well as uniforms for more than 14,300 drivers and
dockworkers,” said Tony Brooks, president of the LTL business for XPO
Logistics. “Our employees are proud to show the world that they are part
of the global XPO team.”
XPO became a dominate player in the North American market when it
purchased Con-way Inc. in a deal that was consummated in October 2015.
The transaction made XPO the second largest LTL provider in North
America, expanded the company's global contract logistics, managed
transportation and freight brokerage businesses, and added truckload
transportation in North America.
All of the acquired operations — Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics,
Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal — started operating under the
single global brand of XPO Logistics.
Rumors in the trucking industry soon emerged that XPO really had no
interest in maintaining a presence in the truckload market, but XPO held
on to its truckload industry until last October, when the company
announced that it had completed the sale of its TL business to TFI
International, a Canadian-based North American provider of
transportation and logistics services, operating across the United
States, Canada and Mexico through its subsidiaries.
The deal was made for approximately $558 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.
“TFI International is getting the 19th largest asset-based truckload
carrier in the U.S., a highly experienced workforce, and a presence in
the cross-border Mexico freight corridor,” Bradley Jacobs, chairman and
CEO of XPO Logistics, said when the deal was announced. “We divested
these assets to concentrate on growing our value to customers in the
areas where we`re leaders in the industry: contract logistics, truck
brokerage, less-than-truckload, last mile, intermodal, drayage, expedite
and managed transportation.”
TFI International said in its 2016 annual report that the purchase
further reinforces TFI as a leading player in the U.S. truckload market
and expands its footprint in Mexico.
The purchase also completed a full circle turn of sorts.
TFI dubbed its newly-purchase TL business under the name CFI, which
was the name the business had originally used until Con-way Inc.
purchased it in 2007 and renamed it Con-way Truckload.
XPO Logistics is a top 10 global provider of supply chain solutions.
The company operates as an integrated network of people, technology
and physical assets in 34 countries, with more than 89,000 employees and
XPO’s corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Connecticut, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France.
Tractor trailer held together with webbing pulled off Hwy 401
Nylon webties can be seen supporting the broken I-beams in a trailer stopped by OPP Tuesday night on Hwy 401 near Mallorytown.
A transport truck driver’s jury-rigged solution to a damaged trailer
didn’t make it past an alert OPP officer patrolling Highway 401 near
Mallorytown, Ont., late Tuesday.
The truck driver had struck a loading dock in Montreal, severely
damaging the trailer, ripping part of the siding off the box and
dislodging the I-beams that support the floor.
“With the structural integrity of the trailer gone completely, the
driver had used a nylon strap to tie up broken cross members,” Ontario
Provincial Police said in a news release Friday morning. “The driver’s
intention was to drive to Toronto where he would have it fixed.”
Police with the OPP’s Highway Enforcement Team, pulled the licence off the trailer and had it removed from the highway.
The driver, a 23-year-old Windsor man, was charged with driving a commercial vehicle with a major defect.
The truck driver used nylon webbing to hold his tractor trailer
together an planned to drive from Montreal to Toronto to have it fixed.