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December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Senate Votes Down Plan to Cut State Truck Weight Limit

A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, drivers, President Obama

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

Tags: drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ruan CEO Chapman Retiring, McLean Appointed to Position

Incoming Ruan CEO Ben McLean. Photo: Ruan

Ruan Transportation Management Systems CEO Steve Chapman is retiring from the company on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by current President and Chief Operating Officer Ben McLean.

Tags: Fleets, People, Ruan

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Names Research Advisory Committee Members

Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Spending Up, Holiday Sales Start Off Slow

Construction spending in the U.S. posted its biggest increase in five months during October, according to a new Commerce Department report released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Construction

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Hires Director of Engineering, Network Strategy

He will be responsible for refining and enhancing the Arkansas-based company’s route network as it continues with its growth strategy, according to a news release.

Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Adds Third Texas Facility

ASF Intermodal opened an intermodal drayage facility in Fort Worth, Texas. It's the firm's third such facility in the state, joining locations in Houston and Dallas.

Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal, Texas

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Purchasing Freightquote.com for $365 Million

Photo: C.H. Robinson Worldwide Facebook page.

The third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Freightquote.com Inc. for $365 million in cash.

Tags: Intermodal, LTL, Truckload, C.H. Robinson, 3PL, Freightquote.com, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Brokers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Expands Business Comparison Benchmarking Service

The Truckload Carriers Association is expanding its benchmarking services by providing multiple levels of subscription based on the needs of each company. The benchmarks allow companies to compare operations against peers and leading trucking companies.

Tags: Benchmarking, Fleets, TCA

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England, Regulations, Driver Safety

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slowed in November

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, but at a slower pace, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest survey by the Institute for Supply Management

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking Increasing Driver Pay

The trucking companies Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking announced a pay increase for their company national over the road drivers starting the first of next year.

Tags: drivers, Fleets, Driver Pay, Crete Carrier Corp., Shaffer Trucking

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Drivers Vote Down Teamsters in Louisville

Truck drivers at FedEx Freight’s Louisville, Kentucky, terminal last week voted against representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Kentucky, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Canada's Mullen Group to Make Second-Biggest Acquisition Ever

Alberta-based trucking company Mullen Group Ltd. says it will pay $172 million cash to buy Winnipeg-based transport company Gardewine Group Limited Partnership.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oilfield

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Improve Over Previous Week

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates have posted slight gains, but one sector continues to see rates slide, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Gains in Durables, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence

Key economic indicators for October that were posted last week show mostly good news for trucking, including durable goods, home sales and consumer confidence.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Purcell Opens Commercial Tire Center in Arizona

Purcell Tire and Service Center in Tuscon, Ariz: Photo via Purcell.

Purcell announced the opening of a new commercial tire and service center in Tucson, Ariz., to service heavy duty trucks. The center is located at 1515 East Ajo Way in Tuscon, near Interstate 10.

Tags: Tires, Arizona, Alignment, Service Center

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Reaches Contract Agreement for Illinois Facility

Accuride Corporation successfully reached a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the union at its Rockford Operations facility in Rockford, Ill. The accord gives Accuride long-term agreements with all four U.S. and Canadian union represented operations.

Tags: UAW, Gunite, Accuride, Labor Unions, Wheel Ends

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Depreciation, Black Book

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 6-7 Sales Slide After Mileage Spike

Photo of Coors Light beverage truck using a Freightliner M2 chassis.

An increase in average odometer mileage has pushed used classes 6-7 truck prices lower this year compared to last year to date as prices and volume have fallen from 2013 levels that marked a post-recession high-water mark.

Tags: Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Truck Sales, ACT Research

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Trucking Hires Interim CEO

Rush Trucking brought in Gregory Humes to be the company's interim CEO. Humes is a 30 year logistics and supply chain veteran who previously headed the creation of Driving for America, a logistics staffing school.

Tags: Leadership, People, Fleets

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

60 Minutes Reports on Infrastructure Neglect

Speaking with former Congressman Ray Lahood and several other transportation advocates in government and business, Steve Kroft paints a dire picture of our ailing infrastructure and unresponsive government.

Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure

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