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October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Ask for Transparency on Border Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be transparent about its findings and conclusions on a failed border crossing program that ended this year.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Public domain photo via FEMA.

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Bill

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

As Fuel Declines, Truckload Rates Remain Steady

Graphic via DAT.

As fuel costs fell last week, truckload rates remained steady across all major equipment types, according to a report by DAT.

Tags: Gas Prices, DAT, Truckload, Freight Rates

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Little Caesars Hires New VP of Distribution

Little Caesars Pizza has hired industry veteran Vic Versino as the company’s new vice president of North American distribution for Blue Line Foodservice, a subsidiary of Little Caesars.

Tags: People, Distribution, Food & Beverage Fleet

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Buys Dry Van Carrier Barr-Nunn

Photo via Knight.

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Barr-Nunn Transportation and certain affiliates effectively buying the company.

Tags: Fleets, Knight Transportation, Truckload, Acquisition, Dry Van

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Names a New CEO

Landstar's newly appointed CEO James B. Gattoni. Photo via Landstar.

Landstar System has named James B. Gattoni to be the company’s new president and CEO succeeding Henry H. Gherkens.

Tags: People, CEO, Landstar System

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

BestPass Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans

Equipment on display at the Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes event: Photo via BestPass.

The Bestpass-organized "Operation: Big Wheels for Heroes" touch-a-truck fundraiser and public awareness event exceeded its goal of raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America.

Tags: TCA, Wreaths Across America, Bestpass, Charity Fundraiser

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Freight, Highway Bill

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen, Kriska Creating New Freight 'Powerhouse'

Two Canadian trucking operations, Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings, have signed a letter of intent to create Kriska Transportation Group Limited, a freight transportation and logistics company based in Ontario that is already being described as a "powerhouse."

Tags: Canada, Fleets

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Slow Down in August

Sales for used Class 8 trucks fell by 10% in August compared with the previous month and 6% compared to last year according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales, Research, Truck Sales

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls from Seven-Year High

Photo: Pen Waggner via Wikimedia Commons

The latest reading on the U.S. economy shows consumers have a dimmer view this month, according to one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Adds 2 New Drayage Facilities

Photo: Old Dominion.

Old Dominion Freight line added drayage facilities in Dallas and Nashville, which it says are strategically positioned near major railheads to accommodate growing demands domestically and globally.

Tags: Trailers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Railroads, LTL, Fleets, Texas, Tennessee

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Three Indicted in Trucking Fraud Scheme in Kentucky

A federal grand jury in Kentucky had indicted three people with various trucking companies on charges they attempted to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Kentucky, Brokers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.

Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, President Obama, U.S. House of Representatives

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Fleet Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Intermodal Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before.

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Partners with Stockholder Joe Gear

The Joe Gear Companies are joining the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors after becoming a stockholder in Vipar.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Partnership, Parts and Service

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

TEC Equipment Opens New Facility in Central California

Photo via TEC.

TEC Equipment opened a new 47,000 square foot, full-service truck dealership in Lathrop, Calif., a city in San Joaquin County.

Tags: California, Truck Sales, TEC Equipment, Dealers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Holdings Acquires Mississippi Dealerships

Summit Holdings has completed the acquisition of commercial truck and IC Bus dealership, Truck Center, Inc.

Tags: Mississippi, Truck Sales, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

Tags: Economy, GDP

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

As China’s Economy Slows, So Do Fleet Upgrades

A slowdown in China’s economy is likely to delay upgrades to Chinese trucking fleets according to a new report by Truck Industry Research and JSC Automotive.

Tags: Hyundai, Volvo Trucks, China, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks

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