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August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner 122SD Gets Two Optional Allison Transmissions

Image: Freightliner

Daimler Trucks North America has announced that the Freightliner 122SD severe-duty truck model can now be spec’d with Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) and Oil Field Series (OFS) automatic transmissions.

Tags: Freightliner, Severe Duty

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

ConMet Expands Aftermarket Sales Team

ConMet sales and service regions. Image: ConMet

Consolidated Metco, Inc. has added three new members to its aftermarket field sales team: Scott Wilson, Debbi Howard, and Brent Burich.

Tags: Aftermarket, ConMet

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Falls During June

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: June 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North America Free Trade Agreement partners fell in June, according to a new Transportation Department report, totaling $99 billion, as all modes except truck carried less freight.

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

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Court Injuncts Ridge Corp.’s Green Tail Aero-Device Business

TrailerTail panels fold out to reduce aerodynamic drag. Photo: ATDynamics

Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell of the United States District Court for the Central District of California on August 24 granted Stemco subsidiary ATDynamics’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against Ridge Corporation’s Green Tail aerodynamic-device business.

Tags: Stemco, Aerodynamics, TrailerTail

August 27, 2015 - Product News

Michelin Rolls Out Regional Drive SmartWay-Verified Retread

Michelin X Multi Energy D Pre-Mold retread Image: Michelin

The new Michelin X Multi Energy D Pre-Mold retread provides high mileage, fuel efficiency and scrub resistance for regional and super-regional applications, according to the tire maker.

Tags: Michelin, SmartWay, Tires, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Retreads

August 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Growth Accelerates in Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew by leaps and bounds in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, according to a new government estimate released Thursday, which should ease investors fears in the wake of a global stock market sell-off.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Gross Domestic Product

August 27, 2015 - Press Release

Public CNG Station Opens Near LAX

Photo courtesy of Evergreen CNG Systems.

TIMCO CNG has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles International Airport, announced Evergreen CNG Systems, which commissioned the facility.

Tags: California, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Execs Talk Trucks and Trucking

Kenworth GM Preston Feight talks with trucking reporters at Kenworth's headquarters. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

In a wide-ranging discussion with trucking journalists at its headquarters Tuesday, Kenworth executives shared their insights on topics ranging from autonomous trucks to the safety of the industry.

Tags: Economy, Kenworth, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Vertical Integration

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Gets 50,000th Paccar MX Engine Installed in a Kenworth

The Paccar MX-13 engine resides in a Kenworth T680 Day Cab that will serve UPS operations in the Seattle area. Photo: Kenworth

UPS received the milestone 50,000th Paccar MX series engine installed in a Kenworth truck at a ceremony at Kenworth headquarters Wednesday.

Tags: Kenworth, UPS, Paccar MX Engine, T680

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Fleet Technology Expo Awards Announced

Photo by Kareem Girgis

Many fleets were honored but only six took the top honors of the HDT Efficiency and Sustainability awards at the 2015 Fleet Technology Expo at an Aug. 26 ceremony.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Awards, Idle Reduction, Fleet Technology Expo

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stable, Available Loads Drop

Spot truckload rates, including fuel surcharges, remained nearly unchanged over the past week as overall load availability fell 5.5% during the week ending Aug. 22, according to DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Puts Support Behind Driver Hair Testing Option

In a letter, the ATA urged congress to move forward with legislation that would allow fleets to use hair samples in a federally mandated drug screening program for drivers.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Drug Testing, Hair Testing

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Managers Go Hands-On With Green Vehicles

Photo of Hino's 195h cabover by Kevin Haegele.

Fleet managers drove a wide spectrum of green fleet vehicles including a diesel-electric hybrid cabover, battery-electric Class 8 rig, and plug-in hybrid SUV that's yet to reach the market at the Fleet Technology Expo's Aug. 25 ride and drive event.

Tags: Ride and Drive, Fleet Events, Fleet Technology Expo, City of Columbus

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Appoints Dealer Liaison

East Manufacturing has named Tom Welch as its dealer liaison, a newly created position responsible for dealer network growth, improvement and support activities.

Tags: Leadership, Dealers, People, East Manufacturing

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Shine in Manufacturing Report

Shipments and new orders of manufactured durable goods, including a key economic indicator inside this sector, posted impressive gains in July, according to a new Commerce Department report, but it’s hardly a long-term trend.

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Converts St. Louis Fleet to CNG

Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch has replaced all 97 diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled tractors, the brewing company announced. By transitioning to CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Missouri, CNG, Anheuser-Busch, CNG Conversion

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Industry Leaders to Share Insight at Trucking Efficiency Workshop

Photo: Freight Efficiency

The NACFE's Trucking Efficiency Workshop is a one-day event for fleets where industry leaders will share their insights on some of the best efficiency technologies.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Used Class 8 Truck Orders Remain Flat

Gains on the retail side of the used truck market were offset by decreases in the auction and wholesale markets.

Tags: Wholesale Market, Retail Sales, ACT Research, Auctions, Used Truck Sales

August 25, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Introduces ConnectedFleet Platform

PeopleNet has introduced the ConnectedFleet Platform which integrates software and mobile technologies with real-time predictive analytics to form a comprehensive fleet mobility solution.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, PeopleNet, Connected Vehicle Technology

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

American Natural Gas Building Ky. CNG Station

The American Natural Gas LLC (ANG) announced the construction of a public compressed natural gas station (CNG) in Georgetown, Ky., with Bestway Express serving as the station's anchor tenant.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Kentucky, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Readings Don’t Merit Wall Street's Panic

The underlying fundamentals of the U.S. economy are better than, or at least nowhere near as bad as, the panic that set into Wall Street starting late last week and extended into Monday, according to several newly released reports.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Non-Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov.

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Full-Size Vans

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Financial President Given Additional Responsibilities

Navistar Financial Corporation president Bill McMenamin will add responsibilities as senior vice president and treasurer of the company, replacing Jim Moran in those roles.

Tags: Leadership, People, Navistar Financial Corporation

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop as Oil Hits 6-Year Lows

Amidst some of the lowest crude oil prices since 2009, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel continued its more than 2-month streak of price drops.

Tags: Oil Prices, Gas Prices, Diesel Prices

August 24, 2015 - Industry News

Portland Con-way Freight Employees Vote Against Union

Employees at Con-way Freight’s Portland, Ore., maintenance facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, Labor Unions

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