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February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Names New General Manager

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Heartland Fourth Quarter Profit Jumps 36%, Reports Record Annual Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Tuesday announced fourth quarter 2014 earnings showing net income increased 36% from the same time in 2013 totaling $21.5 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Heartland Express

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shipments, New Orders Drop

A full report on activity at U.S. factories in December shows drops in both shipments and new orders, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Connecticut Motor Transport Association Head to Retire

Michael J. Riley. Photo via MTAC

Michael J. Riley is retiring from his post as the president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut after 29 years.

Tags: Retirement, Connecticut, People, State Legislation, Trucking Associations

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Fourth Quarter Profit Falls

Photo: UPS

Depending on how you look at it, parcel and trucking giant UPS either saw its fourth quarter profit fall a little or a lot compared to a year earlier, thanks to expenses incurred avoiding the previous year's holiday delivery delays.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

Tags: Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Congress

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Handles Record Cargo Volume

Photo: Port of New York and New Jersey

Annual cargo volumes handled at the Port of New York and New Jersey set a new record in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Manufacturing Drop; Construction Rises

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer spending during December posted its biggest drop since September 2009, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Technology Expo, Events, Fleet Events

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims

Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, California, Ports, Teamsters, Litigation, Port Trucking

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Cardinal Logistics Management New Executive Chairman

Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. has announced the appointment of Tom White as executive chairman of Cardinal and its parent company, Cardinal Logistics Holdings LLC.

Tags: People, Cardinal Logistics

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Completes Genco Purchase

FedEx Corp. announced on Friday it completed the acquisition of Genco Distribution System Inc., one of the largest third-party logistics providers in North America.

Tags: 3PL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Named in 'Best Fleets to Drive For' Competition

The Truckload Carriers Association and the driver training company CarriersEdge have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as top fleets in the Best Fleets to Drive For competition.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Competition, Fleets, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge, Truckload Carriers Association

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Posts Significant Increase in Fourth Quarter Profit

Photo: Saia

The less-than-truckload and logistics services provider Saia Inc. on Friday reported a significant hike in its fourth quarter net income, totaling $13.6 million compared to $8.1 million a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations Announces Promotions

The American Trucking Associations has promoted four to new positions, including a new senior vice president of legislative affairs and vice president of highway policy.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Associations, People

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Consumer Sentiment Best in 11 Years

A first look at one of the widest measures of the U.S. economy shows activity cooled in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Sentiment

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Profit Rises by 48%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income totaled $32.7 million while revenue increased 7% to $553.2 million. Earning per diluted share were up 49% to 45 cents.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods

Graph via Stay Metrics.

Drivers are more satisfied with a percentage split pay compared to hourly or per mile methods, according to a recent study by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Stay Metrics

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

HDMA Elects New Board Chairman for 2015

Tim Meyers, president of Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products. Photo via Alcoa

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association named Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, as its chairman of the Board of Directors.

Tags: Leadership, HDMA, Alcoa, People

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks See Most of Cross-Border Freight Increase

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: November 2013 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its Canadian and Mexican neighbors edged higher by just 0.1% in November from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increasing, Intermodal Slowing

A measure of truckload linehaul rates show they rose 7.4% in December compared to the same time in 2013.

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

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Landstar Posts Higher Quarterly Profit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking operation Landstar System Inc. reported record quarterly revenue on Thursday as part of its fourth quarter earnings release.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar System

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Profit Skyrockets Almost 67%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Indiana-based trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday reported a near 67% increase in its net profit during its fiscal second quarter ending with the close last December.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Reports Record 4th Quarter Profit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income totaled $58.5 million, up from $45.3 million the same time a year earlier, while basic earnings per share were 41 cents compared to 32 cents during the same time in 2013 for the Arizona-based company.

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation

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