The PACCAR Powertrain, one of the most important and complex product launches in Peterbilt history, was guided from the start by a simple question: “How will this benefit our customers?”
Whether you own a fleet, manage one or operate one of its vehicles, these are the primary criteria by which you measure a truck’s powertrain.
For a carrier that differentiates itself by its old-school approach to business, there’s a lot that’s new happening at Central Transport (CT), the less-than-truckload carrier headquartered in Warren, Mich. For one, there are a lot more employees around. In just five years, the CT workforce has grown by 50 percent to 5,271 at its nearly 200 service centers across North America.
Success and growth have come blazingly fast at the Corman Railroad Group, a diverse railroad services organization headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky.
One of America’s oldest family-owned trucking companies didn’t get that way by being, well, old. In fact, the Decker Truck Line fleet is turning younger than ever, and it’s a nimble, proactive approach to growth strategy and market conditions that continues to guide the Fort Dodge, Iowa-based firm.
Decker Truck Line in Fort Dodge, Iowa, is marking its 85th year as a family-owned and operated business. Peterbilt manufactured its first truck in 1939 — Decker pulled its first load in 1931.
The Hendrickson SOFTEK NXT integrated monoleaf suspension and steer axle system is now available for the Model 579 and the Model 567 with set forward axles, Peterbilt has announced.
The notion that a well-appointed fleet could help draw the best drivers is a familiar concept at Tennessee Commercial Warehouse. After all, driver retention and recruitment are primary reasons the Nashville-based warehousing operation, logistics provider and carrier has been a committed Peterbilt partner since the late 1970s.
Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas, manufacturing facility recently produced its 500,000th truck — a Model 579 equipped with a PACCAR MX-13 Engine that the company presented to Werner Enterprises during a ceremony held at the plant.
It’s a state that boasts both one of the largest surface areas and smallest populations in the United States. So when Steve Mergenthaler, the third generation of leadership at the Mergenthaler Companies, says his operation partners with other carriers to transfer freight “the final mile into Montana,” trust that he’s understating things a bit.
Peterbilt customers and enthusiasts can build their own Model 579 – choosing from a range of specs, colors and configurations – with a new, free app available for iPads through the Apple App Store.