January 28, 2014 - Industry News
Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Hartland, Wis., is the new chairman of the American Truck Dealers. He replaces Dick Witcher, chief executive officer of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass., who served as chairman for two years.
Tags: ATD, Leadership, ATD Convention & Expo
Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.
Tags: American Truck Dealers, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Maintenance, Dealers, Fleets, ATA
January 27, 2014 - Industry News
LAS VEGAS -- The economic expansion is likely to continue through the balance of the year, predicts Bob Dieli, president and founder of RDLB Inc., an economic research and management consulting firm.
Tags: Economy, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Housing Starts, Truckable Economic Activity, HDAW 2014
XPO Logistics Monday announced plans to offer 15 million shares of its common stock to help pay for its purchase of Ohio-based Pacer International.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics, Pacer International
The parent to several freight transportation providers, including Covenant Transport, has released numbers showing net income doubled in the final quarter of the year, but there was a slight decline for all of 2013.
Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings
Trucking company Swift Transportation reported a drop in earnings for the final quarter of 2013 but an increase for all of last year.
Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Fleet Financials
The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.
Tags: American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. DOT, highway funding, Anthony Foxx, Congress, Highway Trust Fund
Sales of new homes in the U.S. fell 7% in December from the month before, following a November drop of 3.9% from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.
Tags: Economy, Home Sales
Joseph (Joe) L. Mejaly has been appointed vice president and general manager of AxleTech International, a General Dynamics company. AxleTech develops and manufactures axles, brakes and suspension systems for off-highway and specialty vehicles.
Tags: Leadership, General Dynamics, AxleTech International
Initial tolls on the Midtown/Downtown tunnels in Hampton Roads, Va. will be half the amout originally expected, with tolling beginning Feb. 1.
Tags: Tolls, Virginia
Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.
Tags: Congress, Caterpillar, National Transportation Safety Board, Intermodal, highway funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal, The Partnership to Build America Act
While Super Bowl XLVIII is still a few days away but it’s already affecting traffic in parts of New York City and New Jersey.
Tags: New York City, New Jersey, Traffic Congestion
The third party logistics provider Transplace has released the results of its annual benchmarking study that includes data from more than 150 shippers, representing more than $12 billion dollars in annual freight spending.
Tags: Transplace, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Shippers, Freight Rates
The owner, operator, and president of East, St. Louis, Ill.-based Clark Trucking and Excavation was sentenced to 33 months in prison late last week.
Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Fleets, Fraud, Crime
January 26, 2014 - Industry News
YRC Worldwide's teamster drivers have voted in favor of an offer that clears the way for a $1.4 billion refinancing plan.
Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, Fleets
R. Kyle Treadway, former chairman of the American Truck Dealers, was named the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year award on Saturday by American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.
Tags: ATD, American Truck Dealers, Truck Dealer of the Year, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Dealers
Building work officially began on the new 25,500 square-foot bespoke facility being built for Haldex, at MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley. To celebrate, a ground-breaking ceremony was held with a number of senior representatives from both companies.
Tags: expansion, Haldex
January 24, 2014 - Industry News
The Board of Directors of Con-way Inc. announced a transition in board leadership in which Dr. W. Keith Kennedy, Jr., who has served as Con-way’s Chairman of the Board since 2004, will step down and be succeeded by Roy W. Templin, a current member of the company’s board.
Tags: Leadership, Con-way Inc.
The trailer industry saw a 14% month-over-month gain in net orders in December, as six of the ten trailer categories posted positive results. For 2013, a total of 231,700 orders were booked, down just under 2% from 2012’s result.
Tags: ACT Research, Trailer
Con-way Freight has added Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors to its fleet. Freightliner began production of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors in August 2013, and these Con-way Freight units are the first Cascadia day cabs with factory-installed compressed natural gas tanks to hit the road.
Tags: Con-way Freight, Freightliner, CNG
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has widened the scope of emergency declarations it recently issued due to shortages of propane and other home heating fuels, extending it to the Southern region of the country.
The recent extreme cold experienced by whole parts of the nation has put an increased burden on trucks and truckers. According to Mel Kirk, vice president of maintenance operations Ryder Systems Inc., diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid will freeze in extremely cold temperatures.
Tags: Winter Driving, DEF, Ryder Systems, Winter weight fuel
The American Trucking Associations announced on Friday it was reorganizing and streamlining a number of the association’s core functions.
Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Associations, People
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.
Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index
Truckers might have to wait even longer than expected for the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River. The bridge connecting Ontario to Michigan could be delayed if the U.S. government doesn’t soon commit to paying for a customs facility on the U.S. side
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