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November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Win Another FedEx Freight Vote, Cancels Other Elections

File photo by Evan Lockridge.

A group of 222 drivers at FedEx Freight's Charlotte, N.C., terminal have voted in favor of joining the Teamsters Union.

Tags: drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Existing Home Sales Jump

Inflation in the U.S. was muted in October, according to a new Commerce Department Report, due in large part to falling fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Home Sales

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Business Pushes for Tax Action in Lame Duck

Business interests, including American Trucking Associations, American Truck Dealers and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, are pressing Congress to extend certain tax provisions before the end of the year.

Tags: Taxes, Congress, Legislation

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Upbeat Auto, Economic Forecast Promising for Auto Haulers

Auto haulers have a good reason to expect 2015 will be a good year for them, following a prediction that new car and light truck sales and leases will hit nearly hit the 17 million-level.

Tags: Economy, NADA, Auto Sales, Auto Haulers

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Give Back Recent Gains

After recovering somewhat the week before, new numbers show spot market freight rates have turned lower or remain unchanged, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Higher Fees Coming to Illinois Tollway Authority Routes

The phased-in toll rate increase, approved in 2008, will be the first for commercial trucks and trailers since 2005, according to the authority.

Tags: Tolls, Illinois Tollway, Illinois

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Delivers Trees for Troops

For the 10th year in a row, FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are making the holidays a little brighter for America’s service members and their families with the Trees for Troops program.

Tags: Charity, Fleets, FedEx

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Starts Drop, Building Permits at Highest Level Since 2008

Housing starts in the U.S. fell in October, but an indicator of future building is at a more than six-year high, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Railway Purchase Increases Northeastern Reach

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp. is purchasing a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway, Delaware & Hudson Railway Co., to increase its reach in the Northeast.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Rebounds During October to Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.5% in October, following a revised decline of 0.8% during the previous month, according to new figures released Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Training Team Receives National Accreditation

Navistar has announced that its Dealer Education team has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the company’s dealer training programs.

Tags: Navistar, Certification, Technician Training, CASE

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Increase, Homebuilders Optimistic

UPDATED -- The Producer Price Index increased 0.2% from September, driven by a 0.5% jump in the cost of services.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices, Home Building

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Former ATA Executive Passes Away

ATA president Bill Graves sent out a statement announcing that Clint Wheeler, a former ATA member who worked in the executive office, passed away from liver cancer. Wheeler joined the ATA in 1989 before leaving to work at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Tags: ATA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, People

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Manitoba Expands with Third Dealership

Photo via Peterbilt Manitoba.

The Canadian dealership group opened a new parts and service center called Peterbilt Manitoba-East operating in Springfield, Manitoba.

Tags: Canada, Peterbilt, Dealership, Dealers, Parts and Service

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Requests Industry Input on Truck Platooning

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning and is requesting industry input through an online survey.

Tags: Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation, ATRI, Truck Platooning

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Despite Increased Manufacturing

UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. edged down 0.1% in October after having advanced 0.8% in September, according to new figures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Expects Higher Earnings, Plans Stock Offering

The parent of trucking companies Covenant Transport and others said it expects big improvement when its fourth quarter earnings are released and plans a public stock offering.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

PeopleNet and ALK Track the Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree Tracker: via PeopleNet and ALK

PeopleNet and sister company ALK are making it possible this year to track the Capitol Christmas Tree in real time on its 2,000 mile journey to Washington D.C.

Tags: ALK Technologies, PeopleNet, Capitol Christmas Tree, Asset Tracking

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Portion of I-49 Completed in Arkansas, Louisiana

The final segment of a new Interstate has been completed connecting the cities of Texarkana, Ark., and Shreveport, La. The 10 mile segment of road will be designated as Interstate 49 replacing what was Highway 549 in Arkansas.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Arkansas, Louisiana, Road Construction, Interstate 49

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Three Plead Guilty in Separate Household Goods Moving Cases

Two men pleaded guilty to charges on Nov. 10 in federal court in Philadelphia for conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting for their role in a household goods moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers, DOT Inspector General

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound, Consumer Sentiment Upbeat

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Retail sales in the U.S. rebounded in October due to broad-based gains, as consumers get ready to head into the Christmas shopping season, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Outlines Financial Goals for 2015 and Beyond

The trucking, parcel and logistics service provider expects earnings per share to increase next year by 10% to 15% from 2014 to between $5.45 to $5.70.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Oregon Trucking Associations President Steps Down

Debra Dunn: Photo via Synergy Resources Group

In the interim, Bob Russell, former legislative affairs director, who retired at the end of October, has stepped in to serve as interim president until a replacement can be found.

Tags: Associations, People, Oregon Trucking Association

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

TCA, TMAF Partner On Trucking Image Campaign

The Capitol Christmas Tree being loaded onto a trailer. Photo via Kenworth.

The Truckload Carriers Association is partnering with Trucking Moves America Forward to bolster an industry wide campaign to promote trucking. The TCA will be donating $25,000 each year for five years to the cause.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Capitol Christmas Tree, Trucking Moves America Forward, Image, Truckload Carriers Association

November 13, 2014 - Industry News

Con-Way Freight New Hampshire Workers Vote Against Teamsters

The latest attempt by the Teamsters Union to organize workers at the trucking company Con-way Freight has failed by a 2 to 1 margin.

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