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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

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast: Longer Delays on Wednesday Afternoon

Graphic: Inrix

Anyone out driving the day before Thanksgiving needs to be prepared for possible big traffic delays with traffic congestion predicted to be 25% worse than a typical Wednesday afternoon, according to the traffic analytics company Inrix.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide’s Holland Moving to New Headquarters

The regional less-than-truckload carrier Holland is relocating its headquarters to a larger facility due to growing business, according to parent YRC Worldwide Inc.

Tags: Fleets, YRC Worldwide, Holland

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Up; Construction Starts, Consumer Confidence Down

The Dodge Index of new construction starts. Graphic: Dodge Data & Analytics

UPDATED -- The health of the American economy was much stronger in the third quarter of the year than initially thought, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Arpin Group Donates Warehouse to Local Habitat for Humanity

The 18,000 square foot warehouse donated by Arpin Group: Photo via Arpin Group

The Arpin group has donated an 18,000 square foot warehouse with a value of $260,000 to the Hardin County Habitat for Humanity in Radcliff, Ky. The organization will use the warehouse to store its extra inventory of donated furniture and housewares.

Tags: Charity, Habitat for Humanity, Donations, Moving and Storage Fleet

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