March 7, 2014 - Industry News
TMD Friction, manufacturer of OEM and aftermarket brands Textar and Don, announced their training class dates for 2014.
Tags: Training, Brakes, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, TMD Friction, Aftermartket
Ford announced production of its all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015.
Tags: Ford, Expansion, Ohio
Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.
Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Association of American Railroads
The California Air Resources Board unveiled proposed amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation. The amendments are designed to provide new flexibility to truckers working to clean up their aging diesel fleets while still protecting the important emission benefits the regulation provides. CARB members will consider the changes at the April 24 hearing.
Tags: Emissions, CARB, DEF, Truck and Bus Regulation
Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, better than the previous two months, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
March 6, 2014 - Industry News
XTRA Lease has ordered approximately 5,000 new trailers for 2014, most of which will be built with corrosion-fighting galvanized steel components. The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans and reefers equipped with new fuel-saving Thermo King Precedent reefer units.
Tags: Trailers, Thermo King, Xtra Lease, Aerodynamics
With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.
Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Hardhats for Highways
Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.
Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, Congress, Legislation
Shareholders of the less-than-truckload carrier Vitran have approved an earlier announced sale to fellow Canadian trucking operation TransForce.
Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran
New orders fell 0.7% from the month before, following a December drop of 2%, larger than first reported. Excluding transportation, new orders in January increased 0.2%.
Tags: Productivity, Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments
It calls for cutting all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act from $20 million dollars this year to zero in 2015. The cut is part of more than $6 billion in budget reductions proposed for the new fiscal year, which starts at the beginning of October.
Tags: Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, Budget, Diesel Technology Forum, President Obama
The new owner of a service that provides refrigerated intermodal shipping is planning an expansion.
Tags: Intermodal, Reefers, Cold Train, BNSF
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.
Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced fueling has begun at its Valdosta, Ga., and London, Ohio, America’s Natural Gas Highway stations to serve Raven Transport and Epes’ fleets of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas trucks.
Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Expansion, CNG, LNG
March 5, 2014 - Industry News
The International TerraStar 4x4 was named Work Truck magazine’s 2014 Work Truck of the Year at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Tags: NTEA, International, Navistar, Work Truck Show 2014
The number of cargo thefts in the United States last year remained the same as it was in 2013, tying the highest level on record, according to a newly released report.
Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime
It takes guts to tinker with a brand identity as iconic as that of Mack Trucks, but leaders at the 114-year-old company felt it was time to make a bold move to reflect how Mack has evolved. Tuesday Mack unveiled a sleeker, more modern logo and a new tagline, "Born Ready."
Tags: Mack Trucks, Mack, Branding
UPDATED -- Private sector employment increased by 139,000 jobs from January to February, according to the National Employment Report released Wednesday by the payroll management services provider ADP.
Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve
While the amount of freight that’s available on the spot market has increased over the past week rates are mixed, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.
Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
New YRC Freight president Darren Hawkins is shaking up things with the less-than-truckload carrier by reorganizing its management.
Tags: Leadership, Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight
Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System will increase general rates and charges effective March 24.
Tags: Fleets, ABF, Freight Rates, FedEx
ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.
Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Class 8 Orders
Truck and engine maker Navistar International reported a wider first quarter loss than expected on Wednesday amid slower sales.
Tags: OEM, Navistar International Corporation, Earnings, Navistar International
WORK TRUCK SHOW -- United Parcel Service will buy 1,000 propane-fueled "package cars" for use in rural areas following successful test in Georgia.
Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show 2014, NTEA
Velvac Inc., a manufacturer of components to the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the ViewMaster Product Line of mirrors used on vehicles in the refuse market as well as on other heavy- and medium-duty trucks.
Tags: Velvac, ViewMaster, Mirrors
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