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September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls from Seven-Year High

Photo: Pen Waggner via Wikimedia Commons

The latest reading on the U.S. economy shows consumers have a dimmer view this month, according to one private research group.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Incorporates Aluminum Into Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 29, 2014 - Product News

Mack, Telogis Activate New Compliance, Navigation Services Using Telemetry

Drivers can get continually updated road condition information through Telogis Navigation.

The new services enhance operations, reduce costs and increase safety for customers, and eliminate the need for aftermarket hardware purchases and installation costs for Macks built recently.

Tags: Telematics, Navigation System, Telogis, Mack Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Information Technology

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls Again, Lowest Since July 2012

UPDATED -- The average cost of on-highway diesel has managed to go another week without an increase, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Adds 2 New Drayage Facilities

Photo: Old Dominion.

Old Dominion Freight line added drayage facilities in Dallas and Nashville, which it says are strategically positioned near major railheads to accommodate growing demands domestically and globally.

Tags: Trailers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Railroads, LTL, Fleets, Texas, Tennessee

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Three Indicted in Trucking Fraud Scheme in Kentucky

A federal grand jury in Kentucky had indicted three people with various trucking companies on charges they attempted to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Kentucky, Brokers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.

Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, President Obama, U.S. House of Representatives

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Sells Mascot Brand to Investor Group

Mascot transmission remanufacturing. File photo: Jim Park

Meritor has sold its Mascot operations in Canada and the United States to an entity that will operate under the name Mascot Industries LLC. All other Meritor brake and trailer axle remanufacturing operations, as well as Meritor's distribution business, are not affected by the sale and will continue to operate as usual.

Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Remanufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Fleet Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Intermodal Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before.

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

TA Buys Historic Johnson's Corner Truckstop

TravelCenters of America is buying the historic Johnson's Corner truckstop in Johnston, Colorado, and rebranding it as a Petro Stopping Centers.

Tags: Colorado, Truckstops, I-25

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Participation Improves Training, Saves Money, Maintenance Execs Report

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech competition recognizes and improves technicians’ skills. But Mike Delaney's interviews found that winning is not the only thing. It also improves entire companies.

Tags: Technician Training, TMC SuperTech, Technology & Maintenance Council, Technicians, In the Shop

September 26, 2014 - Press Release

Trillium, Mirabito Energy Open CNG Fueling Station in N.Y.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 17 to commemorate the grand opening of a newly constructed compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 90 Barlow Road in Kirkwood, New York.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, Frito Lay, Trillium CNG, Willow Run Foods, Class 8

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Tread Dealer Celebrates 40 Years

Photo: Marangoni

Parmenter, Inc. celebrated 40 years in business recently, announced Marangoni Tread North America who uses Parmenter as a Ringtread dealer.

Tags: Tires, Anniversary, Retreads, Marangoni

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Partners with Stockholder Joe Gear

The Joe Gear Companies are joining the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors after becoming a stockholder in Vipar.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Partnership, Parts and Service

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

TEC Equipment Opens New Facility in Central California

Photo via TEC.

TEC Equipment opened a new 47,000 square foot, full-service truck dealership in Lathrop, Calif., a city in San Joaquin County.

Tags: California, Truck Sales, TEC Equipment, Dealers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Holdings Acquires Mississippi Dealerships

Summit Holdings has completed the acquisition of commercial truck and IC Bus dealership, Truck Center, Inc.

Tags: Mississippi, Truck Sales, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

Tags: Economy, GDP

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J President Target of Criminal Probe

A one-time top lieutenant with truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been named a target of an investigation that the company bilked trucking customers out of money from rebates in order to inflate company profits.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

As China’s Economy Slows, So Do Fleet Upgrades

A slowdown in China’s economy is likely to delay upgrades to Chinese trucking fleets according to a new report by Truck Industry Research and JSC Automotive.

Tags: Hyundai, Volvo Trucks, China, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: DOT, J.J. Keller, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

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