News and briefs on the trucking for Thursday, December 16, 2021:
Kenworth Human Trafficking Awareness Sold for $ 260,000
Freestyle Transport, based in Vancouver, Washington, purchased the Kenworth T680 “Everyday Heroes” for $ 260,000. The platform was recently auctioned off by Ritchie Bros. in Perris, California.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to support Truckers Against Trafficking, a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking by educating, engaging and empowering truck drivers and rest stop workers.
In addition to the proceeds from the sale of the Kenworth T680 Next Gen, TAT received $ 68,000 in additional donations from industry suppliers and trucking companies.
“Truckers Against Trafficking is an amazing organization that uses our industry to help victims of human trafficking,” said Serg Kodryanu, CEO of Freesyle Transport. “After learning of the number of victims affected by human traffickers, I immediately felt in my heart the mission of our company to support a cause as great and noble as TAT and its mission to stop this terrible crime. With drivers and other members of our industry spread across North America, we have an excellent opportunity to identify and report suspicious activity and assist potential victims of human trafficking. Our new Everyday Heroes truck will help us educate other drivers and communities across the country about human trafficking.
Freestyle Transport specializes in delivering refrigerated and dry freight to the lower 48 states. According to Edward Little, who is TAT-trained and president of Freestyle Transport, the company is in the process of training all of its TAT executives, employees, drivers and volunteers and looks forward to raising more awareness of the crime of human trafficking through its new heroes every day. Kenworth T680 Next Gen.
According to Kendis Paris, executive director of TAT, the $ 328,000 TAT received between the sale of Everyday Heroes trucks and the additional donations exceeded Everyday Heroes’ 2019 donation of $ 162,000. This is the largest one-time donation in the history of the organization. The funds will help TAT expand its work in the trucking industry and strengthen its partnerships with law enforcement.
The “Everyday Heroes” truck comes fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper and features the Paccar powertrain with a 510 hp Paccar MX-13 engine, Paccar TX-12 automated transmission and Paccar DX-40 tandem rear axles. Freesyle Transport’s new T680 will join its fleet of 47 trucks and will make trips to and from Washington State and Florida to generate more exposure to the specially-traced TAT truck across the country.
Trail King switches to a zinc rich primer as standard
Open deck and material haul trailer maker Trail King adds a zinc rich primer as standard on every piece of equipment. This change will provide maximum corrosion protection to provide better corrosion resistance for steel surfaces, the company said. Trail King spent hours researching and testing to determine the best finishes before taking the plunge. The coating is formulated to be a high performance primer with excellent adhesion and resistance to solvents and chemicals.
Performance characteristics such as impact resistance and flexibility, Trail King added, are improved with these finishes. Corrosion resistance is enhanced by reduced rust creep and improved durability with improved mechanical strength and crack resistance.
The productivity and useful life of trailers is expected to be longer, thus contributing to long-term resale value.
“Trail King spares no effort and expense to ensure that each trailer has a paint finish that is durable, beautiful, and provides incredible product protection,” said Rick Farris, vice president of sales and marketing. “Our primary goal is to help clients protect their investment through our unwavering commitment to excellence. “
Rush Enterprises buys 16 international dealerships
Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest commercial vehicle dealer network in North America, has acquired certain assets from Summit Truck Group, one of the largest international brand commercial vehicle dealer groups in the United States. The purchase price for the assets of Summit Truck Group was approximately $ 205 million, excluding real estate associated with the transaction.
The acquisition, which is the largest in the company’s history, expands Rush’s network of Rush Truck Centers to 125 franchised dealerships in 22 states. The 16 newly acquired international dealerships include five sites in Arkansas, three sites in Kansas, seven sites in Missouri and one site in Tennessee.
The acquisition also includes Idealease commercial vehicle rental operations at eight locations – five at the acquired international dealerships and three at stand-alone Idealease facilities, a used truck sales facility in Kansas City and a collision center in Memphis. . IC Bus, Isuzu and Dennis Eagle franchises are included in some dealerships.
Rush also acquired the Summit Truck Group dealership facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, which the company will operate as a full-service Peterbilt dealership.
“This acquisition will strengthen our dealer network in many of the most important trucking markets in the United States,” said WM “Rusty” Rush, president and CEO and president of Rush Enterprises. “I am especially grateful to the employees of Summit Truck Group. and Rush Enterprises who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to bring this transaction to fruition. We could not have completed this acquisition without a lot of hard work from the excellent teams at both companies. I have immense respect for the excellent reputation for customer service that the employees of Summit Truck Group have built over the years, and we are delighted to welcome many of them to the Rush Enterprises family.