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May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dean Kaplan Elected NTTC Chairman

Members of the National Tank Truck Carriers have elected Dean Kaplan as the organization’s new chairman at the association’s recent annual meeting in Las Vegas on April 28.

Tags: National Tank Truck Carriers, Fleets, People, NTTC

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Roar Logistics Purchases Legend Transportation Group

The acquisition folds LTG, including its third-party logistics model and its online, less-than-truckload services for the retail store openings, mining, high-tech plant movement, gas and oil, and the energy industry into Roar's operations.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Roar Logistics

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Increasing Tanker Company Driver Pay

Most company tanker drivers will earn an additional 8% to 10% per mile, both loaded and unloaded, for an average increase of $4,000 per year.

Tags: Fleets, Schneider, Tankers, Schneider National, Driver Pay

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Volume Rises 2.6% in First Quarter

Total intermodal freight volumes rose 2.6% above the previous year in the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America, despite extreme weather conditions depressing economic activity across much of the continent.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, IANA

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Highest Since August

Economic activity in the nation’s non-manufacturing sector grew in April for the 51st consecutive month, hitting its highest level since last August, according to the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing Report On Business.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Profits Falls 66%

The parent to trucking companies Quality Carriers and Boasso America saw its first quarter income drop by 66%.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Quality Distribution

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Surcharges Rising with FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground

The hike by three percentage points will be effective June 2, while FedEx Ground will begin applying dimensional weight pricing to all shipments, effective January 1, 2015.

Tags: Fleets, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, Fuel Surcharge

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

April Classes 5-8 Preliminary Orders 10th Best Month in 8 Years

April North America Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,800 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 24,400 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Shea, TMC Activist and Retired Publisher, Dies at 91

Ed Shea, a retired publisher of Owner Operator and The Specialist magazines, passed away April 28 after a period of declining health. He was 91. He was a founding member of what is now the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: People, Obituary, TMC

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Trailer Leasing Acquires OnRamp Trailer From CR England

Prime Trailer Leasing, a provider for the rental and leasing of semi trailers, announced it has purchased OnRamp Trailer Services from CR England.

Tags: Trailers, Prime Trailer, CR England, OnRamp Trailer

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

NFI and Ocean Spray Open New Distribution Center

NFI announced the grand opening of its Distribution Center in Kutztown, Pennsylvannia. This 1,000,000 square foot facility expands the footprint of NFI in the Lehigh Valley and will serve as the distribution center for 40% of the global volume of Ocean Spray.

Tags: NFI, Expansion

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Target Swift CEO Jerry Moyes' Power

The Teamsters claim Jeffy Moyes has too much power at Swift Transportation, and a stockholders' group is backing them up. Photo by Evan Lockridge

A Teamsters Union proposal that it says addresses trucking company Swift Transportation’s “dual class stock structure” is getting a boost from the country’s largest proxy voting advisory firm.

Tags: Fleets, Teamsters, Swift Transportation, Central Refrigerated Transportation, Labor Unions

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in More Than Five Years; Factory Shipments, Auto Sales Up

UPDATED -- Numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show 288,000 jobs were added, the most since January 2012, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.3% from 6.7% in March.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Factory Shipments, Factory Orders, Auto Sales

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, President Obama, The Trucking Alliance

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profit Takes A Dive

The Arizona-based company reported net income of $12.3 million, or nine cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 profit of $30.3 million, or 21 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen Group President and Co-CEO Resigning

The Canadian owner of various trucking operations has announced one of its leaders will soon be leaving.

Tags: Fleets, People, Mullen Trucking

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Income Falls 7.9%

Trucking company parent Con-way Inc. has reported 2014 first quarter net income of $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income of $14 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, a 7.9% decline.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Losses Widen for YRC Worldwide

The parent company to the carrier YRC Freight and others moved to a bigger loss in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Construction, Manufacturing Post Gains

UPDATED -- A new report shows U.S. consumer spending in March took its biggest leap forward since August 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward and Love’s Travel Stops Partner

Trucking Moves America Forward gained momentum with its first major partnership, announcing an agreement with Love’s Travel Stops. This comes days after TMAF shared it had raised more than a half-a-million dollars since its March launch.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Coercion Proposal Clears OMB

The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposal to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. OMB sent the proposal back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, typically a signal that a Federal Register notice is pending.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highways, President Obama, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Cost Trucking More Than $9 Billion Last Year

Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to research released Wednesday by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Operating Costs, American Transportation Research Institute, Traffic Congestion, ATRI

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Incapacitated Motorist

Robert Tyler

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Robert Tyler, a resident of Marysville, Washington, as a Highway Angel. Tyler, who drives for Smokey Point Distributing of Arlington, Washington, is being recognized for his willingness to help not only an individual motorist, but also the general public.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel, Smokey Point Distributing

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon First Quarter Net Income Falls 20.5%

The trucking and logistics provider, Celadon Group, reports revenue for the quarter ending March 31 increased 29.1% to $193.2 million from $149.6 million in the March 2013 quarter.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Celadon, Earnings

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