Truckmaker Autocar celebrated its 125th anniversary Friday, Oct. 21.

Exactly 125 years ago, Louis Semple Clark introduced the world to the “Autocar No. 1.” A few years later, that early company evolved into producing tools for the vocational truck industry with the introduction of the double-rear reduction axle, an engineering innovation still used by today’s Autocar for select applications.

Today, Autocar, LLC, remains a 100% American-owned company. It assembles all of its trucks in the U.S. and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama with an additional manufacturing location in Hagerstown, Indiana. 

“For well over a century, the Autocar brand has exemplified innovative designs, agile custom engineering and purpose-built severe duty trucks that continue to shape the American vocational truck industry,” said Andrew Taitz, chairman of Autocar, LLC. “Since the brand’s humble beginnings in 1897, Autocar trucks have been automotive pioneers ahead of their time. In 1899, the Autocar name was introduced on the first commercially available motor truck in the United States and even marked America’s first electric truck in 1923. Today, we celebrate the Autocar brand embodying 125 years of customer excellence and the formidable reputation it symbolizes. We value our customers, staff, and communities for their unwavering commitment and support as we look forward to a bright future of doing what we do best – building badass vocational trucks that keep America moving forward.

Five carriers honored by Echo Global Logistics

Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, recently announced the launch of a new program, Truckload Carriers of the Quarter, which was developed to recognize outstanding carrier performance.

Carriers earn recognition via exceptional execution on four criteria: on-time delivery, low cancellation, electronic tracking and overall service. Echo will honor carriers who go above and beyond each quarter.

The program includes five categories to recognize different carrier types: owner-operators, small fleets, mid/large fleets, digital carriers, and contractual carriers. Echo’s inaugural Truckload Carriers of the Quarter list recognizes the following outstanding carriers for the third quarter of 2022:

  • VVMJ Trucking LLC, Elizabeth, New Jersey — Owner-operator
  • Vision Transportation LLC, Hammond, Indiana — Small Fleet
  • Riverside Transport, Inc., Riverside, Missouri — Mid/Large Fleet
  • Unlimited Carrier Inc., Bolingbrook, Illinois — Digital Carrier
  • Erick Berscheid Trucking, Kimball, Minnesota — Contractual Carrier

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