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December 4, 2015 - Industry News

November Truck Order Numbers Not Looking Good

Compared with last year’s record truck order numbers, the early reports for this November show dramatically decreased demand in the Class 8 segment.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Perk Up

Demand for freight to be moved on the spot truckload market outpaced available truck capacity during the week ending Nov. 28, as rates in the two of the three major sectors inched higher for a change.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Delivers Capitol Christmas Tree

Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth has successfully delivered the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which was lit in a ceremony Wednesday evening on the Capitol’s west lawn.

Tags: Kenworth, T680, Capitol Christmas Tree, Christmas

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes FAST Act Highway Bill

House T&I Chair Bill Shuster (l.) and T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio

The House of Representatives on Dec. 3 approved by a wide bipartisan margin the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the compromise highway bill legislation that emerged Dec. 1 from the House-Senate Conference Committee.

December 3, 2015 - Press Release

Paragon Introduces Route Planning Software

Photo courtesy of Paragon.

The routing and scheduling software company announced Paragon Route Control – a new program that allows transportation planners to use a calendar to create routes that comply with time and day-related local, state, and national regulations, and road closures resulting from major public events.

Tags: Software, Route Management, Route Optimization, Paragon Software

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Lay Off 734 Employees at Virginia Plant

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant: Photo: Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks has announced to its employees that the company will be laying off 734 people in February at its New River Valley assembly plant in Virginia.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Layoffs, Vehicle Manufacturing, Truck Orders, Assembly Plants

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs Adds Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass Service

Omnitracs and Drivewyze are partnering to equip Omnitracs mobile computing platforms with the Drivewyze PreClear Weigh Station Bypass service.

Tags: Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Omnitracs, Weigh-Station Bypass

December 2, 2015 - Industry News

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Photo: U.S. DOT

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Submit Your Ideas for the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

If you have a stellar idea about how to make fleet operations safer and would like to be a presenter at the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference, the conference planning committee wants to hear from you.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Safety Conference, Events

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Congress Forges 5-Year Highway Bill Compromise

Photo: David Cullen

The House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a compromise highway bill announced completion today of the FAST Act, a "fully funded five-year plan for surface transportation reauthorization.”

Tags: Highway Bill, Congress, Elected Leaders

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Activity Contracts, Construction Booms

A closely watched gauge of activity within the nation’s manufacturing sector shows it not only declined for the fifth straight month, but also that activity contracted during November for the first time in three years, according to the nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Industrial Production, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

December 1, 2015 - Product News

ALK Adds More Traffic and Routing Overlays to Maps

Image via ALK

ALK Technologies has added new map overlays to its ALK Maps mapping platform that provide visual information for better route planning and data insight.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Mapping, Routing, Big Data

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Increases Pay for Company Solo-Van Drivers

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckload and logistics provider Werner Enterprises is increasing pay for its 48-state solo-van company drivers, effective Jan. 1, 2016, the company has announced.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Owner-Operators, Truckload, Driver Pay

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Carriers Association Names New President

Lyboldt Photo via NADA

The Truckload Carriers Association's executive committee has selected John Lyboldt to be TCA's new president, effective Dec. 21, 2015, the association has announced.

Tags: Leadership, People, Truckload Carriers Association

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Generally Hold, Demand for Capacity Rises

Pre-Thanksgiving shipping boosted demand for vans and refrigerated capacity on the spot truckload market during the week ending Nov. 21, but it barely had a positive result on rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

November 30, 2015 - Press Release

Harrison Truck Centers Expand Operations

Harrison Truck Centers has completed the acquisition of Westman Freightliner, a heavy- and medium-duty truck dealership group with operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tags: Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heav-Duty Trucks

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Gives Transit Connect Vans for Hunger Relief

An artist's rendering of Dare to Care's Transit Connect cargo van, Photo: Ford

Ford will donate five Transit Connect cargo vans to select organizations that provide hunger relief services. The vans will help these organizations give to those in need during the upcoming holiday season and through the rest of 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Cargo Vans, Charity, Compact Cargo Vans, Salvation Army

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Host Self-Driving Vehicle Talk with Google Expert

Chris Urmson Photo: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a talk on self-driving vehicles with the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Program, Chris Urmson.

Tags: Google, U.S. Department of Transportation, Self-Driving Vehicles, Events

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Shows 2017 Super Duty Trucks in L.A.

Photo of 2017 Ford Super Duty F-450 Platinum by Thi Dao.

Ford gave an early glimpse of its redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, by showing a white F-450 Platinum dual-rear-wheel pickup and F-350 King Ranch.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-450, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Large Pickups

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

Mostly Flat Truck Tonnage Index Posts Small Increase

American Trucking Associations seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.9% in October following a slight decrease in September.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index, Inventories

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Overall Conditions Improve, Manufacturing Eases

Third-quarter GDP numbers fuel talk that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month for the first time in many years – despite a disappointing report on manufacturing.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Gross Domestic Product

November 23, 2015 - Industry News

Last Week to Nominate HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

The nomination period for Heavy Duty Trucking's 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators is drawing to a close, with only a week left to submit nominations.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Launches Online Store

Trucking Moves America Forward, a trucking industry image and education movement, has opened at online store, ShopTMAF.com.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward

November 23, 2015 - Industry News

Toyota Transport Testing First CNG Car Hauler

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Transport, the automaker’s in-house vehicle transportation trucking company, added its first car hauler that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: Toyota, Vehicle Logistics

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