Saia expands operations in Midwest

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, June 7, 2022:

Saia opens new Illinois terminal

Saia (CCJ Top 250, No. 20) announced today that Saia LTL Freight has opened a new terminal in Rockford, Illinois.

This is the second facility opened west of Chicago by the carrier this year. With the opening of this latest terminal, Saia remains focused on building density in its network and providing customers more direct shipping points to the significant freight markets in northern Illinois.

"Our new Rockford facility will be our 179th terminal, supplementing the recent opening of our new location in La Salle, as well as our four other Illinois terminals,” said Jared Mull, Saia Vice President of Operations, East. “Our customers continue to respond favorably to every new facility, which we believe is a testament to the high quality of service and reliability we provide.”

Beyond this opening, Saia said it will begin operations at two additional terminals later this month.

ATRI seeks parking input from operators in Midwest

The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday launched a follow-up online survey seeking perspectives from truck drivers related to the real-time parking information system that was installed in eight Midwest states in 2019.

The follow-up survey is intended to collect preference information from truck drivers who have used the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS). Drivers who operate anywhere in the Midwest states -- including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin -- are encouraged to participate.

Responses to this survey will help the 10 state DOTs who compose the MAASTO coalition continue to use the regional system to best coordinate real-time truck parking information for most major corridors in the Midwest.

Truck drivers operating in the Midwest are encouraged to complete the brief confidential online truck parking survey by Friday, June 24.

New electric APU launched by Dynasys

Perrin Manufacturing, the parent company of Dynasys APU, announced the availability of the new Dynasys 24 auxilliary power unit.

The Dynasys 24 is a lithium-ion battery-powered APU that provides 12,000 btu of air conditioning and has a runtime of between 12 and 16 hours, recharged by the truck’s alternator while in route.

The company says the APU is the only battery unit on the market that has the capability of running a 12,000 btu air conditioning system for up to 16 hours. As with Dynasys’ EIS unit, the 24 can also be fitted with an Espar hydronic coolant heater for both the truck’s bunk and motor coolant. Most battery units have only 6 to 8 hours of runtime and provide 6,000 btu of air conditioning, through the use of traditional batteries, Dynasys adds.

The standard warranty is five years on the battery and two years, unlimited hours on all other components.

The sales and installation will be performed at one of the company’s Factory Trained Dynasys Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada.