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January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Freight Ton-Mileage Could Increase 49% by 2045

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Ton-miles on the U.S. transportation system are projected to grow by 49% in the next 30 years, according to new freight projections from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Federal Highway Administration.

Tags: FHWA, Freight, BTS

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Reviving Ranger Pickup for 2019

Image: Ford.

Ford will bring the Ranger mid-size pickup truck back to the North American market for the 2019 model year and the Bronco midsize SUV to global markets for the 2020 model year, the OEM announced at the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Ford Bronco, 2020-MY

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA's Jeep Expansion Includes Pickup Truck

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Fiat-Chrysler will invest $1 billion in a Jeep expansion initiative that will lead to the production of three new vehicles, including a pickup truck and two larger SUVs, FCA announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Jeep, FCA, Assembly Plants, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Jeep Wagoneer, Large SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Detroit Auto Show

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Holds Final Round to Select America’s Road Team

The Volvo VNL 780 donated to America's Road Team. Photo: Volvo Trucks

The American Trucking Associations is currently in the final round of the America’s Road Team selection process, which includes evaluation of candidates by industry veterans.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, Truck Drivers, Competition, America's Road Team

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reviews 2016 Expansion

Photo via Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J announced that in 2016 the company expanded the number of Pilot and Flying J stores by 58 locations, particularly in the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: New Facility, Pilot Flying J, Truck Stops

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

Norm Ellis Photo courtesy of EROAD

Fleet management technology provider ERoad has named industry veteran Norm Ellis as the company's president.

Tags: Leadership, People, ELDs, ELD Mandate, ERoad

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Celebrates Veterans With Custom Trailer Mural

Photo courtesy of Contract Transport Services

Green Bay, Wis.-based trucking company Contract Transport Services has decorated a full box trailer with a military recognition mural to honor the company’s veteran employees and all veterans in the area.

Tags: Trailers, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Contract Transport Services

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Infrastructure, Speed Limits

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Continues to Help Employers Add Jobs

The for-hire trucking industry was partly to thank for the 156,000 non-farm jobs additions in the U.S. during December, according to new Labor Department figures. A separate report shows manufacturing remains healthy despite small declines in new orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Element Purchases The CEI Group

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Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Falls Again

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and two other freight transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to the same time a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Performs CPR on Heart-Attack Victim

Mark McConachie Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Mark McConachie a Highway Angel for attempting to save another driver’s life by using CPR while on the job.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

WIT Seeks Nominees for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

The Women In Trucking Association and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, Logistics

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump, Capacity Tightens at Year’s End

Strong load-to-truck ratios during the final week of 2016 led to some of the highest spot truckload rates of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

Photo: UPS

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

Tags: UPS, Delivery Fleets

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

NFI Acquires Canadian 3PL Dominion Warehousing & Distribution

Supply chain service provider NFI has acquired Dominion Warehousing & Distribution, a Canadian third-party logistics firm, to expand its service offering in that country.

Tags: Canada, 3PL, NFI, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Safety, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bestpass Hit $450 Million in Toll Volume Last Year

Photo: Bestpass

Bestpass scored a company milestone last year by surpassing $450 million dollars in total toll volume and processing more than $1.2 million in tolls per day.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, Toll Management

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Best in 2 Years, Construction Highest in 10 Years

Manufacturing in the U.S. ended 2016 on a high note, hitting its best level since 2014, according to two new reports, while separate data reveals construction spending in the country hit its highest level in a little more than a decade.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

CAT Scale Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Cat Scale

CAT Scale is scoring a company milestone in 2017, hitting 40 years of operation since it began in 1977.

Tags: Weigh Stations, CAT Scale, Milestones

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks to Accurately Count Women in Trucking

FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling and professional driver Stephanie Klang. Photo via Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association has created the WIT Index in an effort to more accurately track the number of women working in the trucking industry.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, National Transportation Institute, Women Drivers

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

China Paving a Way for Autonomous Trucks

With cooperation from the Chinese government, TuSimple, a Chinese autonomous driving startup, has signed an agreement that will allow it to test autonomous trucks on public roads by Oct. 2017.

Tags: China, Autonomous Vehicles

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Southern Refrigerated Transport Names Senior VP of Administration

Billy Cartright Photo via Southern Refrigerated Transport

Billy Cartright has joined the executive team at Southern Refrigerated Transport, filling the role of senior vice president of administration at the company.

Tags: Leadership, People, Southern Refrigerated Transport

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Is Amazon Planning a Flying Warehouse?

Photo: Amazon

An Amazon patent filing surfaced on Dec. 28 describing an airborne fulfillment center for the company’s drone delivery system, according to a report by CNBC.

Tags: Amazon.com, Patents, Commercial Drones, Drones, Last Mile Delivery

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

HDT’s Most Popular Photo Galleries of 2016

Photo courtesy of Shell Rotella

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine brought its readers colorful photos from around the country in 2016, showing new vehicles, industry events, truck beauty contests, and a particularly important Christmas Tree.

Tags: Photo Gallery, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, 2016

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