TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TRAFFIC BRIEFS

Shippers Council

Elects 1988 OfficersHUNTINGTON, N.Y. - The Shippers National Freight Claim Council has elected its 1988 officers.

Dean D. Shaver, traffic manager, F.W. Woolworth Co. is SNFCC's new chairman and Clifford W.Herbst, director, transportation and warehousing, Friedrich A/C & Refrigeration Inc. is president.

Jesseleine Sieczka, assistant transportation manager, Vlasic Foods Inc., is first vice president; Edward Alexander, transportation manager, Amway Corp., is second vice president while Raymond M. Jacobi, coordinator, transportation services, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., is third vice president.

James V. Baker Jr., manager, international distribution and claims, Oscar Mayer Foods Inc., is treasurer and Mildred W. Dockery, transportation supervisor at Sunkist Growers Inc., is secretary.

Sony of America Offers

Truck Tracking System

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sony Corp. of America is offering a new tracking system for truck fleets. It's called Sony Radiodetermination Satellite (RDSS) System.

Sony is one of the two companies licensed from the Geostar Satellite Service to apply the federal government's Loran-C navigation system to the private sector.

The system entails a small computer and keyboard in the cab of the truck. The computer transmits regular hourly reports to the tracking satellite that records the truck's location and other driver-inputted information such as fuel expense, estimated time of arrival and an 80-character message.

W. German Piggyback

Traffic Rose 3 percent in '87

FRANKFURT, West Germany - West German piggyback traffic increased 3 percent to 539,000 shipments in 1987, according to figures released Wednesday by Kombiverkehr, the German piggyback company.

Unaccompanied shipments increased 1 percent to 439,000. The volume on the Rollende Landstrasse, or Rolling Highway, increased 11 percent to 100,000. On the Rollende Landstrasse, drivers accompany their trucks and trailers, which are driven onto low-riding railcars.

The Rollende Landstrasse growth occurred because of a 27 percent jump in international shipments. Most of the growth occured in the Alps, where political pressure exists to reduce transit truck traffic.

Germany has by far the largest road/rail volume in Europe. In 1986 the nation accounted for 51.5 percent of the continent's 800,000 shipments. German piggyback traffic has more than tripled in the past decade, and today some 8 percent of truck hauls totaling 185 miles or more employ rail.

Ford Program Pushes

Construction Models

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. said it is offering almost immediate delivery on pre-engineered Work-Ready trucks for the construction industry.

The company said it has more than 335 trucks available, featuring 17 different tandem selections and seven cab-to-axle dimensions. Ford said it can also put Work-Ready models not in stock on a fast 45-day production schedule at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky.

In addition to the Work-Ready pool, Ford is offering an information program featuring cost efficiency sessions with Ford heavy truck dealers and a new customer workbook entitled, Repair or Replace? Analyzing Construction Truck Costs. The books and sessions can be requested by calling Ford at 1-800- FORD-1ST (1-800-367-3178, Ext. 53).

GM Trucks to Add

Shift to Pontiac Plant

PONTIAC, Mich. - General Motors' truck and bus group plans to add a second

shift at its Pontiac East assembly plant in September. The plant manufactures Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickup trucks.

An estimated 1,300 employees will be added in stages for training before full second shift production begins, said Charles Katko, a GM vice president. About 2,000 employees now work at the plant.