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Cargill to Build Biodiesel Plant in Wichita, Kansas

Cargill plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kan., the company announced. Set to open January 2019, the plant will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. “This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with, and connecting farmers with industrial customers by supplying quality biomass-based ...

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BASE Engineering is Acquired by Marshall Excelsior Co.

Marshall Excelsior Company, a Harbour Group company, has acquired BASE Engineering, Inc., Jeff Fox, Harbour Group’s chairman and chief executive, announced. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Since its founding in 1996, BASE has designed and manufactured remote, automated emergency shutdown and operational controls for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and refined fuels industries. BASE was founded by Steve Belyea, its ...

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Taco Creates Hurricanes Relief Fund with Red Cross

Taco Comfort Solutions, Cranston, R.I., and the American Red Cross, announced a Hurricanes Relief Effort focused on the HVAC industry to assist those in need in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Taco’s relief efforts were established with a gift from the White Family Foundation. To make ...

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ATA Urges Congress to Support Automated Vehicle Development

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about the importance of including commercial vehicles in the discussion about automated vehicles, and urged the Federal government not to stifle innovation. “I hope my testimony will help unwind some of the myths about automation and our industry,” Spear said in his ...

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Ray Energy Creates Fund for Hurricane Recovery

Ray Energy Corp., Troy, N.Y., set up a donation fund to aid in recovery efforts and support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. “We are concerned for all those affected by the devastation produced by these storms,” said Ken Ray, president of Ray Energy. “We are committed to assisting these communities by supporting immediate relief efforts and long-term ...

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ATA Praises Rejection of Effort to Delay ELD Implementation

The American Trucking Associations praised the House of Representatives for rejecting an 11th-hour effort to delay implementation of the electronic logging device mandate, slated for December of this year. “ATA has supported, and will support, this important regulation,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said in a statement issued by ATA. Referring to a vote on Sept. 6, Spear said, ...

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​Distracted Driving Survey: Practice and Opinions Don’t Match

About one third of drivers feel confident in their own ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of auto accidents and more than 90% say it should be illegal, according to a survey by Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, Ohio. The starkest difference in attitudes is between younger and older drivers. More than 60% ...

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‘Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement’ is Subject of FMCSA Public Meeting

“Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement,” a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, will be the subject of a half-day public meeting on Friday, Sept. 8, in Arlington, Va., hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Published on June 27, 2017, the NAS report was commissioned by FMCSA consistent with the requirements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) ...

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Atlas Oil Deploys Trucks for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Atlas Oil Company’s Emergency Fueling Response Team deployed trucks in response to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday, Aug. 25. More than a dozen trucks were deployed from across the country to safe base camps outside the affected areas, the company says. Atlas, a nationwide company, has access to millions of gallons of relief ...

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VFDA Opposes Restrictions in Shelburne

The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association says it provided additional comments at the Shelburne Select Board meeting this week in response to an ordinance that will be enforced in October. VFDA is working with the Shelburne town manager and Select Board to ensure there are no interruptions of deliveries of diesel fuel, heating oil, kerosene, or propane in Shelburne, the association ...

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