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August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Maverick Expands Driver Training Center

With the additional space, Maverick now has the ability to train 210 drivers at any one time. Photo courtesy Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation last week celebrated the expansion of its driver training center, which adds more than 13,000 square feet to the previous facility.

Tags: Driver Training, Fleets, Maverick Transportation

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Customers Can Customize Trucks Online

Peterbilt's online configurator allows customers to see what model they create. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.

Tags: Peterbilt, Custom Products, Class 8

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Adds to U.S. Job Growth, Manufacturing Surges

The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Southbound I-495 Reopens in Delaware, Northbound to Follow

The southbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington, Del., have opened a month ahead of schedule following the realignment of the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River, according to the state DOT.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Vikas Jain Moves to Zonar from Omnitracs

Vikas Jain appointed as COO of Zonar. Photo: Zonar

Vikas Jain, formerly an executive with Omnitracs, has been named the new chief operating officer for Zonar.

Tags: Zonar, People, Omnitracs, Vikas Jain, Telematics, Information Technology

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months, a relief to states...

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Highway Funding

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Posts Smaller Second Quarter Loss

Photo: Evan Lockridge

YRC Worldwide Inc. cut it second quarter net loss to $4.9 million, or 16 cents per share, from $15.1 million, or $1.72 per share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

CRST Breaks Ground on New World Headquarters

CRST breaks ground on new headquarters. Photo via Amperage PR

CRST International’s Board Chairman John Smith and President and CEO, Dave Rusch, broke ground on the former First Street Parkade site for the new $37 million world headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tags: CRST, Fleets

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Reports Strong Second Quarter Results

Accuride Corp. says its Fix and Grow strategy is working, reporting operating income for the second quarter doubled year over year. The first half of 2014 is the first time it's reported positive net income since 2007.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Earnings, Brake Drums

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Daniels Tire Service Celebrates 75 Years with Goodyear

(L to R) Chris Helsel, director, retread, Goodyear; Doug Whittington, director of commercial tire sales, Goodyear; John Daniels, executive vice president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Jr., president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Sr., chairman, Daniels Tire; and Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire  Systems. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Daniels Tired Service, a 14-location commercial, consumer and OTR tire dealership is celebrating 75 years as a Goodyear Tire and Rubber customer.

Tags: Goodyear, California, Tires, Company Anniversaries, Dealers

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Profit Edges Higher to $14.8 Million

The asset-light trucking and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has reported a small increase in its second quarter profit while revenue gained 36.6%.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Earnings

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Reports Profits for Third Quarter

Sales were down slightly for Meritor in its third fiscal quarter, but partly thanks to a settlement of an antitrust suit with Eaton, it saw net income of $234 million, compared to a net loss of $38 million in the same period last year.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, Earnings

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Reports First Profit Since 2011

“While continuing the work of implementing our turnaround plan, the progress we are making is evident in virtually every area of our business,” said President and CEO John Simone.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Study: State Enforcement Differences Undermine CSA Uniformity

Differing truck enforcement between states means CSA numbers are not consistent, study finds. File Photo: Kentucky State Police

A new study has confirmed that state enforcement disparities create uneven safety playing fields for motor carriers that have different operating patterns and mileage exposure in the lower 48 states.

Tags: CSA, ATRI, Enforcement

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Profit Jumps 26.5%, ArcBest Triples

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Less-than-truckload carrier, Old Dominion Freight Line, posted a 19.1% increase in its second quarter revenue while profit gained by a wider margin.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Con-Way Reports Record Net Income in Second Quarter

Trucking company and logistics parent Con-way Inc. has reported second-quarter net income of $53.7 million, or 93 cents per diluted share. This compares to second-quarter 2013 net income of $42.9 million, or 75 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Con-Way, Con-way Inc.

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Used Trucks Opens Phoenix Dealership

Penske Used Trucks opened its third used commercial truck dealership in the United States in Phoenix.

Tags: Penske, Arizona, Dealers, Used Trucks

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Promotes New Dealership with Texas-size Signage

World's largest Mack Trucks pylon sign. Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will open a new dealership in Cotulla, Texas, in late August. The new Valley Truck Centers’ will feature 22 service bays and offer new and used vehicles, parts delivery and road service -- and Mack's largest dealer pylon sign.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Dealers, I-35, Texas

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Takes Center Stage at Senate Safety Hearing

The impact of trucks hitting the road at dawn is one point of contention in the restart provisions.

A Senate hearing on truck safety was dominated by the ongoing struggle over the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. Anne Ferro, in what was probably her last congressional testimony before she steps down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, defended the restart.

Tags: Safety, Hours of Service, Senate Commerce Committee, 34-Hour Restart

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Eco-flaps Website

Andersen Flaps has launched a new website at www.ecoflaps.com that highlights its Eco-flaps Splash Guards' fuel-saving and splash reduction benefits.

Tags: Andersen Flaps, Fuel Economy, New Website

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Hit Seasonal Slump

Freight rates on the spot market, along with the number of loads available, have hit their typical seasonal slump, according to new figures released from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

California Supreme Court Rules Against Carrier in Misclassification Lawsuit

The California Supreme Court issued a decision this week affirming the state’s labor and unemployment compensation laws are not preempted by federal statute, specifically the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994.

Tags: Drivers, California, Fleets, Litigation, Independent Contractors

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