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Makers refute claims in Kane Is Able truck fire suit

Third-party logistics company Kane Is Able claims a group of compressed gas (CNG)-powered Volvo VNL tractors it bought in 2013 are malfunctioning and unsafe, leading one of them to catch on fire and explode back in January. With the reason for the fire still unsolved, Kane has actually sued Volvo and the trucks’ engine and fuel system makers, and Volvo states it believes the claims versus it “lack merit.” The three offenders —– Volvo Trucks, Cummins Westport and Agility Fuel Systems —– all reject Kane’s claims in statements to Fleet Owner. From news at the time and the case background supplied in Kane’s complaint, there’s a striking about-face surrounding the CNG tractor purchase. In late July 2014, the arrival of Kane’s 7 Volvos appealing better fuel efficiency and lower emissions was cause for a media occasion and appreciation from regional officials at the Scranton, PA-based business. Pete Westermann, then Kane’s president and CEO, stated that “including these gas trucks to our fleet makes great fiscal and environmental sense.” A little more than 5 months later, one of the Volvos —– which had actually logged about 3,000 mi. —– burst into flames while transporting a load down I-81. It was Friday night, Jan. 2, at about 6:45 p.m. when the fire started some 40 mi. north of Scranton, according to Kane, which has likewise released exactly what it says is a video of the occasion recorded by a passerby. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather data for the location show the day had a high of 40 deg. F and a low of 26, which followed three days of a little much deeper cold; the sun had set two hours prior to the incident, nearly to the minute. Kane keeps in mind that there were no injuries. “The good news is, the driver was not hurt and the fire took place on a remote stretch of I-81,” a spokesman for Kane informs Fleet Owner. According to Kane’s civil complaint, the fire “triggered total damage of the tractor, …
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Hansen: Laguna fashion truck signs up with the mobile fleet

Possibly it’s no surprise that we have actually currently moved beyond the food truck. Nowadays, there are trucks specializing in practically everything: shoes, vinyl, flowers, aromatherapy, yarn, cigars, spectacles and fashion. In Laguna Beach, you might have seen the eye-catching truck parked on South Coast Highway with “GypsetMermaid” on the side. Possessed by Kristy Cueto, 28, and Tammi Belcher, 35, the fashion truck signs up with the fast-growing mobile business market that shuns conventional retail in favor of a new generation of buyers. “By no means are we the first fashion truck in the world, but we researched the idea and made it our own,” said Cueto, who lives in South Laguna. The 2 ladies are celebrating their very first year in business in November. Cueto stated it’s been a learning experience however they’ve managed to stay afloat. “We got inspiration from the food truck industry and wanted something that was various than the normal everyday, 9-to-5, brick-and-mortar store,” she said. “Something that fit our lifestyle —– constantly on the go, seaside and free-willed.” The name “gypset” is a play on gypsy and jet-setter. “It’s nomadic and fun and always going different places and finding inspiration anywhere you may go —– lady on the go,” Cueto said. “Mermaid is the coastal element and whimsical and stunning. Particularly residing in Laguna Beach, we wish to include the entire seaside aspect.” To prosper in a mobile business takes a mix of timing and panache, according to the industry group American Mobile Retail Assn., which was started in 2011 by a fashion truck team. The group said only a few retail trucks existed at the time but that it has now helped well over 500 nationally, numerous frequently focused in significant cities. Generally, a truck costs $20,000 to $25,000 to get going. Los Angeles, with its big fashion district, has the biggest number of trucks. If the food truck market is any guide, fashion trucks ought to preserve rapid growth for a time. According to Emergent …
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