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July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Unemployment Lowest in 7 Years, Manufacturing Eases

Economic Watch: The nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percent point in June to 5.3%, its lowest rate since April 2008, while 7,400 jobs were added in the for-hire trucking sector.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

How to Engage Leadership to Support Fleet Safety Programs

McKILLIPS

In general session during the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference, Joseph McKillips, CSP, manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, Safety & Energy for Abbot, will outline how fleets can get senior management to support a fleet safety program.

Tags: Safety Program, Fleet Safety Conference, NETS

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Holiday Weekends Are Notorious for Cargo Theft

FreightWatch International is reminding transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers of the increased cargo theft risk for the upcoming Fourth of July Weekend.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Independence Day

July 1, 2015 - Press Release

Stemco Acquires Goodyear Air Springs Business

Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, completed its previously announced acquisition of the maker of Goodyear air springs, as well as Super Cushion and Spring Ride air springs, from ContiTech, a division of Continental Corporation.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, EnPro Industries, Air Springs, Stemco

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Ease Slightly Despite Increased Cargo

Increased freight availability and falling truckload capacity was not enough to keep freight rates on the spot market from falling slightly for the week ending June 27, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Growing, Manufacturing Expanding

Private sector employment in June saw its biggest month-over-month improvement since December, the third month-over-month jump in a row.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Employment

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Security Firm Converts Armored Trucks to RNG PHEVs

Photo courtesy of North American Repower and Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

A Southern California security company is converting its fleet of Class 5 armored vehicles into plug-in hybrids powered by renewable natural gas with the help of two vehicle modifiers.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, California, RNG, Armored Vehicles, Idle Reduction, Class 5

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Approves $373M in Clean-Vehicle Grants

The California Air Resources Board has approved $373-million in grants to bolster alternative-fuel vehicles, including fleet-eligible rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles, the board announced.

Tags: CARB, California, Zero-Emission Vehicles, State Funding, Rebates

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Meeting Phase 2 Fuel-GHG Regs Already Out There

Trailers like this one being used by Nussbaum Transportation, equipped with aerodynamic fairings, plus low rolling-resistance tires and inflation devices, will probably meet EPA and NHTSA’s Phase 2 GHG standards into 2027.  Photo courtesy Nussbaum Transportation

Aerodynamic fairings, low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire-inflation systems will allow manufacturers to meet the regulations,

Tags: Greenhouse Gases, Trailers, Fuel Economy, Environmental Regulations

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

FleetPride Names Its New CEO

Don Sturdivant, CEO of FleetPride. Photo courtesy of FleetPride

Heavy-duty aftermarket parts supplier FleetPride announced that Don Sturdivant has been selected by the board of directors to serve as the new CEO of the company.

Tags: Leadership, FleetPride, People, CEO, Suppliers

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Renschler Named Chairman at Scania

Andreas Renschler. Photo courtesy Scania.

Andreas Renschler, the former head of commercial trucks for Daimler who went to work heading up Volkswagen's commercial truck operations earlier this year, has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of Scania.

Tags: Volkswagen, MAN, People, Scania, Global

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

ATA on CSA Proposal: Move to 'Risk-Based' Enforcement

Proposed changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability system are a good start, but American Trucking Associations says there's much more to be done.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB

June 30, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt’s 58-inch Sleeper Available for Order

Peterbilt's 58-inch sleeper is made for weight-sensitive applications and includes the amenities of Peterbilt's larger sleeper configurations. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt’s 58-inch sleeper option for short- and regional-haul applications is now available through the company’s dealer network.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 579, Sleepers, Model 567

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Address Minimum Driver Age

A Senate bill would create a pilot program to study allowing younger CDL holders to operate across state lines.

Tags: Commercial Driver's License, Driver Shortage

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again as the Streak Continues

Source: Energy Information Administration

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down for the fifth week in a row according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Fuel Prices, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Council Warns About July 4 Holiday Driving

Automotive Fleet photo.

The Fourth of July holiday period this year falls on a weekend, and summer weekends are especially deadly, NSC cautions.

Tags: National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Holiday Driving

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Kuehne Nagel Purchases 3PL Provider ReTrans

Credit: Kuehne and Nagel Group

Memphis, Tenn.-based third party logistics provider ReTrans Inc. is being purchased by the Kuehne Nagel Group, the latest in a series of moves by companies extending their reach into trans-Atlantic freight.

Tags: Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets, 3PL, Global

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Changes to CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Monday unveiled proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, including changing some intervention thresholds to better reflect crash risk.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Enforcement

June 29, 2015 - Product News

Mid-Roof Option Available on Kenworth Trucks

The new Kenworth 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is now available for order with the company’s Kenworth T680 and T880. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth’s 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is now available as an option for the company’s T680 and T880 trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Sleepers, T880, T680

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Sysco Ends Merger Agreement With US Foods

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Sysco has terminated its merger with US Foods after the Federal Trade Commission’s request for preliminary injunction to block the deal was granted.

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sysco, US Foods

June 29, 2015 - Industry News

Element to Acquire GE Capital's Fleet Business

File photo of GE Capital Fleet's Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has entered an agreement with General Electric to acquire GE Capital's fleet business in the U.S., Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for $6.9 billion.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services, GE Capital, Element Financial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Markets, Fleet Management Companies

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Advances Pro-Trucking Measures

Image via: www.feinstein.senate.gov

Before heading out the door on June 26 for an 11-day Congressional recess, the Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle to move forward an array of legislative efforts widely favored if not outright lobbied for by trucking stakeholders.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Truck Size/Weight, Highway Funding, ELD, Speed Limiter, 34-Hour Restart, CSA, FMCSA

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Advanced Camera System to Super Duty Trucks

Graphic courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding a new split-view camera system that helps drivers see around corners to its next generation of Super Duty trucks and will add rear-view cameras standard equipment on its 2018 light-duty vehicles, Ford has announced.

Tags: Trailers, Ford, Rear-View Cameras, 2018-MY, Ford Super Duty, Camera System

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Waste Management Adds CNG Trucks, Fueling Station in Pa.

Photo courtesy of Waste Management.

Waste Management’s Grand Central Hauling Co. subsidiary has launched 30 compressed natural gas (CNG) collection trucks, along with a public-access CNG fueling station, in Plainfield Township, Pa., the company announced.

Tags: Waste Management, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Pennsylvania, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Best in Five Months

American consumers are feeling better about the economy with one measure hitting its highest level since January.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

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