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Stockford New Shop

By George Fullerton

At the end of March Stockford Reefer Services held a grand opening of their new service shop off exit 191 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Formerly, Stockford worked out of a shop in Belleville, just off route 95, between Woodstock, New Brunswick and Houlton, Maine.
Matthew and Hilary Stockford own and manage the business since they purchased it from Matthew’s parents in 2013. “We had simply outgrown the old shop and we came to the decision to move closer to the Trans-Canada Highway that would put us in a location to better serve our customers. The old location on 95 was great for trucks heading to the US, but a little off the main route for a lot of operators,” explained Matthew Stockford.
Hilary described the new shop as being two and half times larger than the old one with two drive through bays and one back-in bay which also provides cross dock service which can be used to redistribute loads, as well as the ability to transfer customer reefer loads to Stockford’s own reefer trailers when necessary to complete repairs from inside the customer’s trailer.

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Employer of Choice

Size matters. It’s satisfying working for an employer large enough to offer attractive wages and benefits, but small enough for employees to be recognized for their individual efforts.
Caron Transportation Systems is that employer.
Qualified people looking to get behind the wheel or to provide support inside the business are always welcomed. Opportunities exist for a wide range of people, including those who are – for the first time considering working in the trucking industry.
We want our workforce to represent the community, which encompasses all genders, ethnicities and abilities. That’s why we supported Women Building Futures (WBF), a pilot program that helps women in Alberta get their Class 1 Professional driver’s license. We offer graduates of the program the opportunity to work permanently for Caron. We further support women in transportation by being a gold sponsor for the 2017 Western Women with Drive Leadership conference.

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Legalized Marijuana – Balancing Act for Employers

By Michael Horvat

On April 13, 2017, the Federal government introduced two long-promised bills that, if passed, would lead to Canada becoming one of the few national jurisdictions to permit the legal growth, possession and recreational consumption of marijuana. What was initially branded as a key election promise could become a regulatory maze that several levels of government, police and private enterprise will have to learn to navigate. The government’s goal is full implementation by July 1, 2018.
Safety is a key aspect of the government’s legalization efforts, and the proposed law could provide police with significant authority to conduct legal roadside saliva tests on all drivers based on a reasonable suspicion that the driver has drugs in their body.
Questions remain as to whether the roadside test currently being contemplated by authorities is reliable or can provide immediate results evidencing current impairment from marijuana.

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NITE Phoenix SSI

Bergstrom Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of climate systems to the commercial vehicle industry, has introduced an addition to its popular NITE® no-idle lineup – the NITE Phoenix Space Saving Innovation (SSI) system.
The NITE Phoenix SSI is a battery-operated A/C split system that has the highest cooling capacity of any battery-powered, no-idle system on the market. It features Bluetooth® technology and is designed to fit all sleepers.
“The NITE Phoenix SSI is a powerful addition to our line of NITE systems and we are very pleased to be able to help drivers in hot climates stay cool,” said Christophe Barreau, Bergstrom’s Managing Director of No-Idle products in North America. “Operators will rest easy knowing they will sleep comfortably with the NITE system in place.”
Other key features include:

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