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October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nominate HDT's 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

We are now accepting nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators which honors the most innovative leaders in the industry.

Tags: Awards, Fleets, People, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Housing Starts, Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Port Export Traffic Jumping, Truck Wait Time Slumping

Exports moving across Port of Virginia facilities in September helped drive a high amount of cargo through port terminals but officials concede truck wait times could be shorter.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Freight President and CEO Retires, Replacement Named

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The president and CEO of the trucking company ABF Freight System, Roy M. Slagle, retired on Wednesday following 37 years of service.

Tags: Fleets, People, ABF, ArcBest Corp., LTL

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Jumps, Jobless Claims Plummet

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 1% in September, the biggest gain in nearly two years, and advanced at an annual rate of 3.2% in the third quarter of 2014. Manufacturing production was up for the quarter, led by mining, while last week's unemployment claims dropped.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Industrial Production, Federal Reserve

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Graebel Sells Off Two Operations to All My Sons Moving Owners

Colorado-based Graebel Companies on Wednesday announced it had reached an agreement to sell Graebel Van Lines Inc. and the U.S. moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers Inc. to a rival’s newly created company.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Freight Expanding Availability of Density-Based Pricing

CORRECTED -- UPS Freight is expanding its Density-Based Rating (also known as dimensional weight pricing) pricing option to all its customers.

Tags: LTL, YRC Freight, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx Freight, Less Than Truckload

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Hardly Improve Over Previous Week

Graphic: DAT

Rates on the spot freight market gained little ground if any, according to the latest weekly roundup of activity from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Lower, Producer Prices Fall

Retail sales in the U.S. during September stumbled a bit, marking the first month-to-month decline since January, while a separate report shows there is no reason for concern about inflationary pressures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Wholesale Prices, Producer Prices

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Falls Slightly

Trucking company Marten Transport Ltd. has reported net income of $7.7 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, for the third of the year, down slightly from $8 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Intermodal, Fleets, Earnings, Marten Transport

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Volume Jump in September from Year Ago

DAT Solutions reports truckload spot freight continues its elevated trend, with 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks.

Spot freight has seen 14 consecutive months of year-over-year peaks, according to DAT, but in a typical seasonal trend, freight availability declined 5.5% in September compared with August.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty To Paying Bribes for Freight Business

A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.

Tags: Georgia, Crime & Fraud

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Profit Increases More Than 14%

Photo: Jim Park

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced third quarter 2014 net earnings of $102.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 87 cents compared to third quarter 2013 net earnings of $89.5 million, or 75 cents per diluted share.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleets, Intermodal, Earnings

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

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