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Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new full-service location in West Fargo, North Dakota, located at 830 7th Street NE. The facility is 14,520-square-feet and is located on 4.3 acres. It has three truck service bays, wash bay and a self-service fuel island. This Penske location provides easy access to both I-94 and I-29.

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Penske Truck Leasing has extended their contract with Bridgestone Americas, to test, develop and deploy Bridgestone advanced fleet technology and mobility solutions. As part of the agreement, Penske will also remain a preferred customer of Bridgestone commercial tires and Bandag retread tires.

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Penske Truck Leasing recently held a dedication ceremony at Lincoln Tech in Columbia, Maryland, as the company branded a 1,000-square-foot multipurpose classroom at the school. The space will mainly be utilized during Lincoln's Driving Your Performance course, which introduces students to various topics such as vehicle and engine systems, industry certifications and career opportunities in the industry.

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Penske Truck Leasing has constructed a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Located at 1300 John Burgess Drive, it is the third full-service company location in the Fort Worth area. Penske now has a total of 16 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

This structure offers consumer and commercial truck rental, full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. It is also outfitted with the company's proprietary fully digital and voice-directed preventive maintenance process and connected fleet solutions, a value-added resource to help customers address issues and options related to onboard technology systems (ELDs, telematics, onboard cameras, etc.).

"We invested in this third local location to support our growing customer base in the southern part of the Fort Worth market," explained Chris Anderholm, senior vice president for Penske Truck Leasing's south central region. "We are very pleased to be a part of the business park expansion which allows Penske to better serve large customers in the delivery and food and beverage sectors, and to help them meet their customer's needs."

The location is 23,470-square-feet and sits on 12.5 acres. It has five truck service bays, an automated wash bay and a full-service fuel island.

By "Move Ahead" Staff

Penske Truck Leasing has ushered in the next generation of truck maintenance technician training using augmented reality to instruct a portion of its workforce virtually. The company is employing a state-of-the-art interactive classroom concept already in practice by Design Interactive, an Orlando, Florida-based human factors engineering firm, whose clients include the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Fortune 500 corporations.

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Penske Truck Rental has introduced its first-ever mobile app for consumer truck rental customers. It provides do-it-yourself movers with the ability to manage their move more efficiently and effectively.

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Summer. The infamous season to soak up the sun – but not too much sun.

If you're one of the thousands of new homeowners or renters braving the heat for a summer move, Penske offers these tips to keep you safe and cool.

Top Tips for Staying Cool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.

Hydration is Key

Chuck Pagesy, Penske's director of safety, reiterates the importance of hydration.

"The most important thing to consider when moving in hot weather is to ensure you remain properly hydrated," said Pagesy. "You can never drink too much water in extreme heat."

According to the CDC, certain factors hinder the body's ability to stay cool:

  • High humidity – sweat doesn't evaporate as quickly when the humidity is high. This prevents your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors – Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and prescription drug and alcohol use can impact whether an individual is able to effectively cool off.

Taking these factors into account, it is important to be aware of the telltale signs of heat-related illness. According to the CDC, these signs could indicate:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat cramps
  • Sunburn
  • Heat rash

Concerned about too much sun exposure? The CDC outlines what to look for and what to do if an individual is exhibiting symptoms of a heat-related illness.

It's not too late to plan your summer move. Penske Truck Rental offers free unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Are you ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rental website for more information.

By Nicole Forktus

The second annual State of Sustainable Fleets report is now available for review and download at no cost via www.StateofSustainableFleets.com. Site visitors can sign up for the live virtual launch event today, which will also be available for later viewing.

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Since opening a gleaming new Dallas facility last June (pictured above), Penske Truck Leasing has experienced success with growing its business operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, market. It is ideally situated near Interstate 20 and Interstate 45.

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Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Penske rents thousands of trucks to movers across North America. While some movers take the do-it-yourself approach, others hire professionals to deliver their belongings safely and securely to their new homes.

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With under a month until the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, now is the time to get ready for potential storms, as preparation is key to keeping you and your property safe.

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Just in time for May and National Moving Month, Penske Truck Rental announces its latest list of Top Moving Destinations. Now in its eleventh year, the annual listing of U.S. cities seeing the most inbound one-way truck rentals looks different than years past.

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The consumer truck rental fleet for Penske Truck Rental has been busier than usual heading into its traditional peak moving season, which normally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. To provide the best possible rental moving experience, the company is refreshing its inventory by introducing thousands of new cargo vans, small box trucks (12-foot and 16-foot units) and large box trucks (22-foot and 26-foot models) and implementing them into markets across the United States.

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Penske Truck Rental is now an Affinity Program Provider for the American Trucking Associations (ATA). ATA member companies, which includes those enrolled in the ATA Moving & Storage Conference, now have access to discount fixed and mileage rates. Also, an additional 10% discount will apply on one-way truck rentals.

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Snowflakes falling on trees often create picture-postcard winterscapes, but snow and ice-covered roadways can also make driving hazardous for Penske Truck Rental's do-it-yourself movers.

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Rick Swanson, a Penske Truck Leasing branch service manager, was recently given the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for his work with a Penske associate serving in the military. Swanson, who works in Lakewood, Washington, was honored for his support of Gerrit Sluyter, a Penske technician 3 and a reserve lance corporal in the U.S. Marines Corps.

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Hector Reyna is giving back to his community as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. A part-time rental representative in Penske Truck Leasing's Dallas North district, Reyna has served Lone Star State residents on the front lines for four years, where he currently grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. He also assisted in recovery operations in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

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Congratulations on your new home! You have reserved your Penske rental truck and now it is time to start planning the do-it-yourself move. We have a few helpful tips to get you started:

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E-commerce sales and online fulfillment have been growing steadily for years, and COVID-19 has only driven online shopping rates even higher, creating greater demand for final-mile home deliveries. A report from the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. said the shift to e-commerce will continue even after pandemic concerns lessen.

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Let the Truck Wizard help you decide perhaps the No. 1 question regarding a Penske Truck Rental do-it-yourself move: What size truck will I need to move my stuff?

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