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January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tips For Keeping Your Truck Operational In Extreme Cold

Photo courtesty of MnDOT.

The recent extreme cold experienced by whole parts of the nation has put an increased burden on trucks and truckers. According to Mel Kirk, vice president of maintenance operations Ryder Systems Inc., diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid will freeze in extremely cold temperatures.

Tags: Winter Driving, DEF, Ryder Systems, Winter weight fuel

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations Reorganizes

The American Trucking Associations announced on Friday it was reorganizing and streamlining a number of the association’s core functions.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Associations, People

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

New U.S./Canada Bridge Faces Delays Due to U.S. Funding

Truckers might have to wait even longer than expected for the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River. The bridge connecting Ontario to Michigan could be delayed if the U.S. government doesn’t soon commit to paying for a customs facility on the U.S. side

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Ends Slower for Many Used Trucks, Blue Book Report Says

December 2013 slowed in many segments of the market, but 2014 will probably resume healthy activity, says the Truck Blue Book analysis.

Tags: Used Vehicle Sales, Truck Blue Book, Market Trends, Used Trucks

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Purchases Central States Trucking

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The parent to a ground transportation provider in the air cargo industry, Forward Air Corporation, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the stock of Central States Trucking Company and Central States Logistics, from Central States Inc.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border

Photo by Jim Park

Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes. The changes are meant to make customs clearance more efficient, but they will also require carriers to make some changes in the ways they communicate with CBSA, according to website of Today’s Trucking magazine.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Safety & Compliance, Canadian Trucking Alliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border

Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes. The changes are meant to make customs clearance more efficient, but they will also require carriers to make some changes in the ways they communicate with CBSA...

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Safety and Compliance, Canadian Trucking Alliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Kolodziej Retiring as President of NGVAmerica

Richard Kolodziej has announced that he will be retiring as president of NGVAmerica. Kolodziej, 67, has been the organization's president since 1995.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, People, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Truck Dealers Convene in the 'Big Easy' for ATD Convention

Medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers from across the country will gather in New Orleans this weekend for the 51st annual American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo.

Tags: ATD, Events, Dealers, Truck Dealer of the Year, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Audit Says New York DOT Not Doing Enough About Truck Safety

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The New York state Department of Transportation is not adequately monitoring whether commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been taken off the road because of violations are making needed repairs or corrections, potentially putting the public at risk, according to a new audit released by New York’s comptroller.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, New York, Regulations, Fleets, Safety & Compliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Odyssey Logistics Purchases Two Companies

Supply chain logistics service provider Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation, based in Conn., has purchased both CMI Freight-Trans and Steel Wheel Transfer, 25 year-old companies headquartered in Orland Park, Ill.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Odyssey Logistics

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Fast-Fill CNG Expansion in Burbank, Ohio

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at its travel stop located on Interstate 71, at Exit 204, in Burbank, Ohio. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to open mid-summer 2014.

Tags: Dillon Transport, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction and Leading Indicators Rise, Home Sales Best in 7 Years

McGraw Hill's Dodge Construction Index tracks total U.S. construction activity.

UPDATED -- Total new construction starts in the U.S. during 2013 increased 6% from the year before to $516.8 billion. This follows the 10% gain reported for 2012 and modest 2% gains in both 2010 and 2011, according to new data released from construction information services provider McGraw Hill Construction.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Industry

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Improves in November, but Concerns Linger

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index conditions for November, at -6.0, continued to reflect a negative environment for shippers despite improving for the third straight month after hitting a low point in August.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight capacity

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

J.B Hunt Profit Hits Quarterly and Yearly Highs

Freight transportation services provider J.B. Hunt Transport services has reported hitting record financial numbers for the final quarter of last year as well for all of 2013.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleets, Earnings

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

LaHood Joins Law Firm DLA Piper

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the law firm DLA Piper, the firm announced. LaHood will serve as senior policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Chicago offices. Joining him in the move is his former chief of staff at DOT, Joan DeBoer.

Tags: Ray LaHood, MAP-21, Infrastructure Funding, Building America's Future

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Karmak Annouces Leadership Changes

Karmak Inc. introduces Mike York as vice president of operations and Scott Elbring as vice president of sales.

Tags: Leadership, Karmak

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Greg Jordan Joins Fleet Brake as Senior Business Development Manager

Fleet Brake announced that Greg Jordan has joined the Calgary-based distributor. Jordan joins Fleet Brake in the position of Senior Business Development Manager.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Brake

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Indicators Hit or Near Record Highs

Two measures about the health of the U.S. trucking industry turned in either their best or near-record numbers for December.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Truck Tonnage Index, Economy

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mark Lampert to Retire as DTNA’s Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing; Richard Howard Named Successor

Mark Lampert, DTNA's senior vice president of sales and marketing, will retire March 31, 2014.

Daimler Trucks North America announced that Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing, will retire March 31. Richard Howard will assume the position of Daimler Trucks North America sales and marketing senior vice president on April 1.

Tags: OEM, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, Detroit Diesel, People

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Teamsters Revote Set for This Weekend

Leaders from Teamster local unions representing workers at trucking giant YRC Worldwide, have overwhelmingly recommended approval of a revised tentative labor contract members will vote on this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Reports Record Annual Income

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Refrigerated trucking company Marten Transport has reported the highest net income for any year in its history.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Marten Transport

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain in Two Out of Three Major Catagories

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Freight activity and rates on the spot market remained elevated last week after a surge of freight following winter storms the week before, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 22, 2014 - Industry News

6x2 Fuel Savings Average 2.5% in Track and Fleet Tests, NACFE Study Finds

The "tag-tandem" tests well and does even better in actual service, says the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. One negative: Drive-tire wear is worse than most people believe.

Tags: Fuel Economy, drive axles, NACFE

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