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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

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Profit Increases 6%

It totaled nearly $118.6 million compared to almost $111.9 while net revenue increased 10.2% to $521 million for the Minnesota-based company.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, C.H. Robinson

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The new Vito van is seen as a global model like the Sprinter.

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Global, Daimler AG

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Building of New U.S. Canadian Bridge Moving Forward with New Authority

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced appointments to an authority to oversee building of a new bridge between Ontartio, Canada and Detroit. Credit: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office

The building of a new bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada took another step forward Wednesday with the appointments of members to an authority that will oversee construction of the new public owned span between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Mich.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Ambassador Bridge, Bridges

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries' National OEM Truck Sales Manager Retires

Steve Davis

Phillips Industries announced the retirement of Steve Davis, national OEM truck sales manager, effective July 2014.

Tags: Phillips Industries, People, OEMs

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Accidents, Insurance Keep Saia Profit from Moving Higher

Less-than-truckload carrier Saia reported a slight increase in profit during the second quarter of the year as revenue also moved higher.

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Surges, July Employment Gains

The U.S. economy surged in the second quarter of the year, bouncing back from its worst performance in five years, according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment, Employment

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds 12-Liter Natural Gas Power to 114SD Severe-Duty Model

The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, now offers 12-liter natural gas power. Photo: Freightliner

The increased output of the Cummins-Westport ISX12 G will open new markets to the 114SD, including mixer, dump, and roll-off applications. At 400 horsepower and 1,450 pounds-feet, the IXS12 G is an ideal engine for the severe-duty market, where natural gas is fast becoming an alternative to diesel fuel.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins ISX12 G, LNG, Cummins Westport, CNG, Vocational

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Eyes 40% Vocational Market Share by 2015

Richard Howard, Daimler Trucks North America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, left, and David Hames, DTNA general manager, marketing and strategy, gave attendees a look into the company's plans for 2014 and beyond. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Daimler Trucks North America mapped out its goals in the Class 6,7, and 8 markets, as well as its goal to increase the company's market share in the vocational market at its annual press event in Northern California.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vocational, Daimler Trucks North America

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Adds Two More CNG Fueling Stations

Love's is opening more  CNG fueling stations like this one in Willis, Texas. Courtesy of Love's Travel Stops.

Love’s Travel Stops will expand its CNG fueling stations, adding locations in Ardmore and Webbers Falls, Okla., by spring 2015.

Tags: Truckstops, CNG, Love's Travel Stops

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Trillium CNG Opens Latest Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station

Trillium CNG has completed construction of a new public access Class-8-accessible compressed natural gas fueling station on the southwest side of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tags: North Carolina, Trillium CNG, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas, CNG

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Passes December Trust Fund Patch

File photo.

The Senate passed a short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until December 19, in effect setting up a vote this year on a long-term highway program. The $8 billion bill now goes to the House, which must act quickly if Congress is to keep the fund from going over the precipice.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. House

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Posts Smaller Loss, Purchases New Breed Logistics

XPO Logistics posted a smaller net loss in the second quarter of the year compared to a year ago, while announcing an acquisition along with the completion of an earlier purchase.

Tags: Fleets, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Aluminum Parts Save 707 Pounds in F-150 Weigh-In

Ford executives showed two trucks on scales to demonstrate the light-weighting of the new truck when compared to the 2014 model-year version.

A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Ford, Lightweighting

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thieves May be Turning to Jammers

FreightWatch International is warning that we may be seeing a new trend of cargo thieves attempting to use jamming devices to defeat tracking devices.

Tags: Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Trailer Tracking

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Exel, DHL Supply Chain Form Freight Brokerage

Contract logistics provider, Exel, and its sister logistics company, DHL Supply Chain, have formed a new freight brokerage company, Exel Freight Connect.

Tags: Freight, Brokers, Exel Freight Connect

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Hadley Appoints New Fleet and Dealer Account Manager

Tim Lampen

Hadley has named Tim Lampen fleet and dealer account manager, responsible for developing new business within the fleet and dealer industry.

Tags: Aftermarket, People, Hadley Products, Parts

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Record Number of Containers Roll Through Savannah Port

Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority

A record amount of containers and cargo moved through the Port of Savannah during the 2014 fiscal year that just ended, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

Tags: Georgia, Ports, Port Trucking

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Growth in Important Markets Boosts 2014 IAA International Truck Show

Keynote speaker was Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which is organizing the IAA Show. Photo: Nico Hertgen

The world's largest commercial truck show, the bi-annual IAA event in Hannover, Germany, is coming up in late September and will reflect economic conditions in some of the world's most important truck markets.

Tags: IAA, Events, Global

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar Income Gains 9%, New Parts Distribution Center Planned

Peterbilt and Kenworth parent, Paccar, reported increased revenues and net income for the second quarter of 2014.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings, Paccar Financial, Paccar Parts

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