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April 22, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Fails to Improve, Other Indicators Look Better

The first look at April business conditions in the nation’s sluggish manufacturing sector shows the situation is improving little. Other readings are slightly more encouraging.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Profits Fall, Forward Air and Marten Improve

UPDATED -- Truckload carrier Swift Transportation Co. saw its net income decline in the first quarter of the year while profit for the time definite surface transportation and logistics provider Forward Air Corp. more than doubled as refrigerated hauler Marten Transport Ltd. reported a boost in two ways.

Tags: Economy, Earnings, Forward Air, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings, Marten Transport

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Senate Bill Includes Hours-of-Service Fix; Demands Speed-Limiter Rule

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

The transportation spending bill advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee fixes wording in earlier legislation that muddied what the status of the 34-hour restart would be if a study by the Department of Transportation cannot show that controversial restart changes benefit drivers.

Tags: Hours of Service, Speed Limiter, U.S. Senate, Legislation, 34-Hour Restart

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower Truck Sales Hit Dana, Rush Enterprises' Profits

A truck component manufacturer and one of the nation’s largest truck dealer networks continue the trend of many businesses reporting lower first quarter earnings as truck sales are down from a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Aftermarket, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Dana Spicer

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Knight, Landstar and Werner Profits Decline

UPDATED – Three large publicly held trucking fleets reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday with all showing a decline in profits from a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Wants Exemptions to Help Turn Veterans into Truckers

Vets taking part in classroom job training. Photo: U.S. DOT

The Show-Me State is showing how the federal government could make it easier for vets to become truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Hiring Veterans

April 20, 2016 - Product News

Teletrac Navman Drive App Suite Added to Garmin Device

Photo: Teletrac Navman

The Garmin 670 will now support the Teletrac Navman Drive suite of apps with routing, fleet management and compliance features for drivers.

Tags: GPS, Garmin, Fleet Management Software, Teletrac, Mobile Devices, Mobile Apps

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

March Truck Tonnage Index Down But Still Solid

Source: ATA

After a surge in February, the American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased in March, taking away about half of the gains made the month before.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Names New VP, Service Operations

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has promoted Scott Coyle to vice president, service operations for North America.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, New Hire/Promotion

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Spot Freight Rates Decline, Canadian Spot Market Improves

A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, TransCore, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Congested Roads Run Up Trucking Costs Almost $50 Billion

Congestion on California freeways Photo: U.S. DOT

Traffic congestion on highways drove operational costs for trucking up by more than $49.6 billion in 2014, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, ATRI, Congestion

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Drop, Intermodal Continues Decline

A measure of truckload linehaul rates moved lower last month compared to a year earlier for the first time since May 2010 as intermodal freight rates continued their downward slide.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Input on Beyond Compliance Recognition Program

Photo: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public input on its Beyond Compliance carrier safety-recognition program.

Tags: FMCSA, Beyond Compliance

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Home Building

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Tags: Toyota, Assembly Plants, Natural Disaster, Japan

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Ease as Spending Declines

Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fatal Truck-Involved Crashes Drop, But Injury Crashes Increase

Photo: FMCSA

The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014 vs. 2013, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Fatalities

April 18, 2016 - Product News

Xtra Lease Offers Free Size & Weight Reference Guide

Trailer leasing company Xtra Lease is offering the 2016 Size & Weight Guide, a reference guide containing state-by-state listings of size and weight regulations.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Xtra Lease, Size and Weight

April 18, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Profit Increases Nearly 9%

J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its first-quarter profit increased 8.9% from a year earlier as revenue rose by 6%, thanks to volume growth, improved network operations, higher equipment utilization, lower maintenance costs and increased contract pricing.

Tags: Economy, 3PL, Intermodal, Earnings, JB Hunt, Dedicated Fleets, Fleet Earnings

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Lightweighting, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

DOT: Study Too Limited to Impact Truck Size/Weight Policy

Construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the Hudson River noth of New York City. Photo: U.S. DOT

"Much Ado About Nothing" might also serve as the subtitle of the long-awaited Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study that the Department of Transportation has finally released to Congress, almost four years after it was mandated to do so by the MAP-21 highway bill.

Tags: Truck Size/Weight

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Natural-Gas Truck Sales Bump Up

Retail sales of U.S. and Canadian natural-gas powered Class 8 trucks improved modestly in February after getting off to a slow start in 2016, says ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Paragon Updates PC*Miler Interface

Image: Paragon Software

In response to demand from clients that use its de facto mileage calculations for paying truck drivers, Paragon Software Systems has updated its system interface with ALK’s PC*Miler routing, mileage, and mapping software.

Tags: Paragon Software Systems, PC*Miler, Information Technology, Software Integration

April 15, 2016 - Industry News

Celadon’s Steve Russell Dies at 76

Steve Russell Photo: Celadon Group

Steve Russell, the founder of Celadon Group Inc. died on April 15 at 76 years of age. The company he launched over 30 years ago to haul automotive freight from Michigan to Mexico has since grown into a truckload and logistics powerhouse.

Tags: Celadon Group, Obituary

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