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November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Reefer, Van Rates Improve

Graphic: DAT

Spot freight rates are gathering some momentum following a recent lull, according to new figures released from the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Class 4 to Grow 3 Percent In 2014

Photo of NPR-XD courtesy of Isuzu.

The Class 4 truck market now dominated by low-cab forward trucks used primarily for urban delivery and landscaping jobs should grow 3 percent in 2014 and reach about 12,000 new vehicles registered for commercial use, ACT Research told Work Truck magazine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Forecast, Cabovers, Class 4, Truck Registrations

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Risk Advisors Renamed Omnitracs Analytics, New VP Named

According to the company the new business name “more accurately describes the business unit's core mission of developing a broad set of analytics offerings, clearly positioning the business as an essential component of Omnitracs' enterprise-wide suite of solutions for transportation and logistics.”

Tags: Information Technology, People, Omnitracs

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Wabash National Holds Military Appreciation Event

Wabash National held its third annual event for active military and veterans within the company’s workforce to honor their service to the country. Over 300 Wabash National associates were recognized.

Tags: Veterans, Veterans Day, Wabash National, Military Friendly Employer, Military Support

November 11, 2014 - Product News

PreClear Bypass Service Available in North Carolina

Drivewyze announced that its PreClear bypass service was added in North Carolina making it the 30th state offering the mobile weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, North Carolina, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Teams Up with Cell Phones For Soldiers

Con-way Freight teamed up with the Cell Phones For Soldiers non-profit organization to help soldiers stay connected with their families.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Charity, Cell Phones, Donation, Veterans Day, Military Support

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

New Intermodal Service for Pacific Northwest to Midwest/East Coast

Infinity Transportation this week said it is launching a new expedited refrigerated domestic intermodal container service operating from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and East Coast due to capacity constraints with refrigerated trucking service.

Tags: Intermodal

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Announces $200 Million Stock Buyback

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the North Carolina-based trucking company to repurchase up to $200 million of its outstanding common stock.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

First Aluminum F-150 Rolls off Assembly Line

Photo of F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has built its first aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and production of the vehicle is now underway at the 100-year-old Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., an event marked by the appearance of Bill Ford and other dignitaries.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Assembly Plant, Aluminum, 2015-MY, Quarter-Ton Pickups

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Companies Among Top 100 Military Friendly

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics were listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. It is the fourth straight year the brands have made the list.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Penske Truck Leasing, Veterans, Veterans Day, Employment

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Frito-Lay Recognizes Million Mile Safe Drivers

Frito-Lay North America recognized 106 over-the-road drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have driven more than 1 million accident-free miles. This year, six drivers reached more than 3 million accident-free miles and 24 drove more than 2 million.

Tags: Driver Safety, Accident Prevention, Driver Training, Million Mile Club, Frito-Lay North America

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Opens Service Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber added a new Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center in the Greensboro area of North Carolina.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Tires, Service Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Shows ‘Turmoil’

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Some freight is having trouble entering the country and moving quickly to final end users while, the “transportation ecosystem is finding itself in turmoil” as freight shipments, particularly imports, climb in anticipation of a stronger holiday shopping season this year.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Port Trucking, Cass Freight Index

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

Domestic Containers Drive Intermodal Traffic Surge

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal freight volume rose 5.1% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2013, while domestic U.S. and international volumes individually reported gains in of 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Economy

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Leadership Thanks Veterans For Service

The American Trucking Associations leadership thanked military veterans for their service, encouraging the millions of men and women who served to consider joining the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, CDL, Veterans, Veterans Day

November 10, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Appealing Dismissal of Lawsuit Against CARB

The association’s original lawsuit, on behalf of its small-business trucking members, was filed against CARB in December of last year in connection with the agency’s truck and bus regulations.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Adds Jobs As Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell again in October, dropping to its lowest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Labor Department. In the same period, for-hire trucking added 3,900 jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

November 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets New Records

Photo: Jim Park

According to the Association of American Railroads, it totaled 1,381,749 containers and trailers, up 4.9%, or 64,071 units, over October 2013.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Automotive Acquires Southwest Dealerships

Penske Automotive has completed its acquisition of The Around the Clock Freightliner Group, a heavy and medium duty truck dealership group operating in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Tags: Penske, Mergers & Acquisitions, Parts and Service, Dealers, Commercial Truck Dealers

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Loss Widens

Financial losses for XPO Logistics Inc. widened in the third quarter of the year despite it increasing total revenue more than 200% from the same time a year ago, following several acquisitions, but company officials insist they are headed toward profitability.

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Profit Moves Higher

Bulk and chemical logistics provider Quality Distribution Inc. has reported a 9.7% increase in revenue in the third quarter of the year compared to a year ago while earning increased by an even wider margin.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

November 6, 2014 - Industry News

Kevin Knight Stepping Down as Knight Transportation CEO

Kevin Knight. Photo: Knight Transportation

Knight Transportation Inc. CEO Kevin Knight will step down from part of his role with the company on Jan. 1.

Tags: Fleets, People, Knight Transportation

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Sets Record for Order Intake

Freightliner Cascadia: Photo via Freightliner.

Daimler Trucks North America announced that October was the company’s best month for orders of Class 6-8 trucks with 31,304 units ordered in NAFTA and export markets.

Tags: Freightliner, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Daimler Trucks North America

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Continues Growing

Activity in the U.S. non-manufacturing sector continued growing in October, but not as fast as the month before.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

Tags: Congress, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Funding, President Obama, Highway Bill, Hours of Service

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