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October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Holiday Sales Expected to Jump Following October Container Surge

After a turbulent start to 2014, the nation’s retailers expect sales in November and December to increase a healthy 4.1% to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1% increase during that same time frame.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Intermodal, Ports

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Oshkosh Laying Off 300 in Defense Segment

Photo via Oshkosh.

Oshkosh is cutting 250-300 hourly positions from its defense segment as a result of significantly reduced U.S. defense spending.

Tags: Layoffs, Oshkosh, Military Vehicles

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

New CEO Named at Yokohama North America

Takaharu Fushimi

Takaharu Fushimi was named the new CEO for Yokohama Corporation of North America, his second assignment in the U.S. for the Japanese tire company

Tags: Yokohama Tire Corp., People, Yokohama Rubber Co., CEO

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

PG&E Requires CNG Tank Inspections by Dec. 12

Concerned that compressed natural gas tanks in customers’ vehicles might not be sufficiently safe, Pacific Gas & Electric is requiring inspections as a condition of continued use of the company’s filling stations.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, PG&E, CNG, CNG Tanks

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

N.J. FedEx Freight Workers Reject Organizing Attempt

Drivers working out of FedEx Freight’s Cinnaminson, New Jersey, facility have rejected an organizing attempt by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Drivers, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Fleets, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight, Teamsters

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Yokohama Tire Moving to Bigger Facility

Photo via Google Maps.

Yokohama Tire is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new facility in November to accommodate business growth. The company will be moving from its old headquarters in Fullerton, Calif., to nearby Santa Ana.

Tags: Relocation, Yokohama, Automotive Executives

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Making Progress

Kevin Burch, speaking at ATA MC&E about the progress of the Trucking Moves American Forward campaign. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

Since its public launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, the Trucking Moves America Forward program has made great strides toward its goal of showcasing the positive side of trucking for the public and law- and regulation-makers.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, ATA MC&E

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Continue Growth Streak

September is the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement in Class 8 truck orders, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Market Getting Tighter

Graph via FTR.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to 9.10 in August, an upward trend that reflects a tight capacity situation for the freight market.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Driver Pay, Trends, Economic Conditions

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Recover in Two of Three Major Segments

The amount of spot market freight has rebounded from last week, while rates in two out of three categories has also recovered. The freight-matching service provider DAT Solutions reports the number of loads available increased 1.5% Sept. 28 through Oct. 4 compared to the previous seven days, as spot market capacity fell by 4.3%.

Tags: DAT, Spot Freight

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Supplying CNG for Dillon Transport

Photo via Dillon Transport.

Clean Energy Fuels agreed to a multi-year deal with Dillon Transport to supply its fleet with about 2.5 million DGE of CNG annually over the course of the agreement.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Mixed In September

The freight logistics sector was relatively flat in September, with a drop in North American shipment volume and a slight increase in total freight expenditures, or payments, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High in August

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2009- August 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Pulls Passenger From Wreck

The Truckload Carriers Association have named Jose Nunez of Homosassa, Fla., a Highway Angel for his actions in pulling a trapped passenger from a car wreck.

Tags: Florida, TCA, Highway Angel

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

New ATA Chairman From N.C. Trucking Company

Duane Long speaks to the trucking press Tuesday following his being named ATA's new chairman. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO -- The American Trucking Associations board of directors elected Duane Long as the federation’s 70th chairman. Long is the chairman of Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions based in Raleigh, N.C.

Tags: North Carolina, People, Logistics, ATA, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, ATA MC&E

October 8, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Raises Van Truckload Driver Pay

Photo via Schneider.

Schneider increased compensation for van truckload company drivers, the company announced. The new pay rates are 8% - 13% higher per mile and drivers have the opportunity to earn bonus pay.

Tags: Schneider, Van Trailers, Truckload, Driver Pay

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Nevada Fast-Tracks I-15 Repairs

The Nevada Department of Transportation has fast-tracked repairs to Interstate-15, south of Mesquite, which was affected by a September 26 flash flood, washing away the roadway and temporarily closing the interstate.

Tags: Nevada, Road Construction, I-15, Interstate 15

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Hot Zones Affect National CSA Scores

Exposure to enforcement hot-spots can skew your CSA scores. There may not be much you can do to influence local enforcement priorities, but you can take steps to eliminate the violations at the source.

Tags: CSA, Vigillo, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Orders 2,500 Reefer Trailers

Prime truck with a 3000R Reefer Trailer. Photo via Prime Inc.

Utility Trailers announced that Prime Inc. placed an order for 2,500 trailers, the largest single trailer order in the company’s history.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Prime Inc., Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, center, was joined by (left to right) John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation and Chad Moutray of the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the current status of the economy and its effect on the industry. Photo by Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.

Tags: Economy, Bob Costello, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls Ram ProMaster Vans

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of Chrysler Group.

The vans were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant’s head and the restraint.

Tags: Chrysler, Recalls, 2014-MY, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Donates Truck to ATA’s Safety Outreach Program

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

SAN DIEGO -- Volvo is donating a VNL 780 truck to the ATA’s America’s Road Team and will continue as the sole sponsor of the trucking industry safety outreach program.

Tags: ATA, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, ATA MC&E, Image

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Poll Gauges American Attitudes Toward Trucking Image, Infrastructure Funding

Pollster Neil Newhouse talks about survey results. Photo by Evan Lockridge.

SAN DIEGO – It looks like the trucking industry's efforts to educate the general public about the safety and vital nature of trucking may be working, based on results of a new national poll released Monday at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Hours of Service, Survey, Image, Infrastructure Funding, ATA MC&E

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Engineers Hires Marketing VP

Ken Griswold, VP of Sales and Marketing at Fleet Engineers. Photo via Fleet Engineers

Fleet Engineers hired Kenneth D. Griswold as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, a veteran with decades in the transportation marketing industry.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, People, Fleet Engineers

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