Trucker News Roundup

April 8, 2014

Woman Truck Drivers

Here's an update on some of the trucking news we've been following recently:

Goodyear Highway Hero

A truck driver from Rancho Cucamonga, California was recently named this year's Goodyear Highway Hero at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Ivan Vasovic was honored for rescuing a fellow driver whose double tanker truck full of diesel fuel wound up hanging halfway off a highway overpass after hitting a concrete divider. Breaking an arm and leg while exiting his burning truck, the driver was unable to escape the flames. Braving the inferno, Vasovic was able to pull the driver to safety. For his heroic actions, Vasovic was presented with a Highway Hero ring, $5,000 and other prizes.

Most Influential Woman in Trucking

Marcia Taylor, President and CEO of Bennett International Group, was recently named the 2014 Women In Trucking's Most Influential Woman at the Truckload Carriers Association convention in Grapevine, Texas. Taylor was recognized for her industry leadership and community service. Taylor serves on the board of Piedmont Hendry Medical Center and is CEO of the Taylor Family Foundation. In accepting the award, Taylor expressed pride in the fact that 83 women hold leadership positions at Bennett.

Alcoa Introduces Truck Wheel Lite

At the Mid-America Trucking Show Alcoa Wheels introduced its lightest truck wheel ever. Weighing in at just 40 pounds, Alcoa's new 22.5" X 8.25" Ultra ONE Wheel with MagnaForce alloy is nearly half the weight of steel wheels, offering a savings of up to 1,400 pounds per rig. According to the company's website, the MagnaForce alloy increases wheel strength by 17%. In announcing the new wheel line, Alcoa Wheel President Tim Myers told TheTrucker.com, "We know that a lighter weight in the wheel leads to greater productivity. This is the lightest aluminum forged wheel in the world in the trucking industry."

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