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January 4, 2007 - Industry News

Manufacturing Orders Up Slightly in November

New orders for manufactured goods in November were up 0.9 percent from October, according to the U.S. Commerce Dept. This followed a 4.5 percent decrease in October.

Tags: Economy

January 3, 2007 - Industry News

Jan. 18 TCA Audio Confab Covers '07 Economic Landscape

The Truckload Carriers Association is hosting an audio conference from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET Jan. 18 entitled, “Navigating the Economy and Capital Markets.

Tags: Events

January 3, 2007 - Industry News

USA Truck Opens Southeast Regional Operations Center

Arkansas-based USA Truck Inc. has announced the official opening of its newest regional operations center, located in Spartanburg, S.C. The new facility will provide an operational base for the company’s short- to medium-haul dry van truckload

January 2, 2007 - Industry News

Decker Truck Names Drivers of Month

Fort Dodge, Iowa-based Decker Truck Line has named Dan Welsh as the December Driver/Owner-Operator of the Month for the flatbed division. Dan resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. Selected as Driver of the Month for the reefer/van division was Dean Filmer.

December 28, 2006 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Plunges 3.6 Percent in November

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted for-hire Truck Tonnage Index plunged 3.6 percent in November after falling 1.9 percent in October.

Tags: Economy

December 21, 2006 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for OTR Company Drivers

Maverick Specialized, a division of Maverick Transportation LLC, announced a pay raise that will go into effect Jan. 28 for current and potential drivers. “This pay raise is being instituted to recognize specialized driver

December 21, 2006 - Industry News

Top 5 New Aftermarket Products To Be Recognized At HD Aftermarket Week

Suppliers of the five best products introduced into the aftermarket in 2006 will receive awards from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine in late January

Tags: Events

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

7 Chassis Manufacturers Unveil New Vehicles at The Work Truck Show

Seven leading chassis manufacturers — Dodge, Ford, General Motors, International, Isuzu, Kenworth and Sterling — will unveil new vocational trucks as well as product innovations at The Work Truck Show 2007

Tags: Events

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

GDP, Inflation Slower in Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) slowed during the third quarter of 2006 and inflation abated, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP increased 2.2 percent compared to 2.6 percen

Tags: Economy

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

CTL Announces December’s Bull Dog Award Winner

Florida-based CTL Transportation, LLC has announced that Homer Roach, professional tractor technician based at CTL’s Mulberry General Office, is the winner of the December 2006 Bull Dog Award.

December 15, 2006 - Industry News

Barr-Nunn Adding APUs to Team Fleet

Granger, Iowa-based Barr-Nunn Transportation has announced it is adding more auxiliary power units (APU) to trucks operated by the company’s driver teams.

December 14, 2006 - Industry News

OPEC Delays Production Cuts

OPEC members have agreed to keep oil production at current levels at least through the peak demand season, but the possibility of a cut in February sent prices to more than $62 a barrel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 13, 2006 - Industry News

Retail Sales Rise in November

November retail sales were 1 percent higher than the previous month and up 5.6 percent from last year, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Excluding automobiles, retail sales were up 1.1 percent

Tags: Economy

December 13, 2006 - Industry News

Housing Market: Worst is Yet to Come?

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but even if sales are turning around, the worst is yet to come, say Global Insight analysts Patrick Newport and Margaret Rolley. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index,

Tags: Economy

December 12, 2006 - Industry News

Free Shipping is Key for Online Retailers

Shipping costs are a big factor in the decision to buy online, according to a study done by The Conference Board and TNS, a market research firm. More than 90 percent of consumers surveyed sai

Tags: Economy

December 11, 2006 - Industry News

Study Shows Highway Traffic Up in 2005; Congestion Getting Worse

According to the newly released “Highway Statistics 2005,” an annual compilation of data reported to the FHWA by all U.S. states and territories, Americans drove nearly three trillion miles on American highways last year.

Tags: Highways

December 6, 2006 - Industry News

Winter Storm Drives Up Fuel Prices

Crude oil prices climbed from $60 a barrel to more than $63 as the first major cold front moved across the country. As usual, weather will be a key determinant for oil and fuel prices this winter

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 5, 2006 - Industry News

TCA’s Recruitment and Retention Conference Jan. 29-31

The 6th annual Recruitment & Retention Conference, presented by Truckload Carriers Association and ACS MultiMedia, will be held Jan. 29-31, 2007, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn

Tags: Events

December 4, 2006 - Industry News

Still Signs of Strength in Construction

Nonresidential construction spending has been flat for the past two months but still has many areas of strength, says Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America.

Tags: Economy

December 4, 2006 - Industry News

Moderate Economic Growth, Slower Freight Demand, Says Fed Report

Despite continuing softness in automobile and housing-related sales, consumer spending in most areas of the country increased in October and early November, and the outlook for holiday sales was “cautiously optimistic,”

Tags: Economy

December 1, 2006 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Trucker Named Missouri’s Driver of the Month

The Missouri Motor Carrier’s Association recently selected William “Bill” Girdler of Pomona, Mo., as Missouri Driver of the Month for August 2006. Representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

December 1, 2006 - Industry News

Manufacturing Slowing but Economy Still Growing

Manufacturing activity in November declined to its lowest level in 42 months, registering below 50 percent on the Purchasing Managers Index for the first time since April 2003, according to the latest Manufacturing Report on Inde

Tags: Economy

November 29, 2006 - Industry News

Decker Announces Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line Inc. has announced that Warren Erxlebren was selected as the November 2006 Driver/Owner-Operator of the month for the Flatbed division. Erxlebren, who lives in New Liberty, Iowa, started with Decker Truck Line in September of 2005.

November 28, 2006 - Industry News

October Durable Goods Orders Fall 8.3%

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October dropped 8.3% from September, the biggest decline in more than 6 years, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tags: Economy

November 27, 2006 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Rejects Moyes Bid

Swift Transportation has rejected a buy-out proposal from former Chairman and CEO Jerry Moyes. Earlier this month Moyes offered $29 per share for the company’s outstanding common stock

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