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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

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Best in Nearly Seven Years

U.S. consumer confidence increased in July -- the third month in a row, according to a new survey from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Net Profit Tumbles, Expectations Lowered

Profit for package delivery and trucking giant UPS tumbled in the second quarter due to retirement liabilities for some union employees.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Used-Truck Sales Up in June

Class 8 used-truck sales were up in June compared to May and compared to last year, according to ACT Research's latest used-truck report.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls for Fourth Consecutive Week, Just Below $3.86

UPDATED -- The cost of on-highway diesel has fallen for the fourth straight week, hitting its lowest level since last November, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Pending Home Sales Dip Following Solid Gains

Despite June’s decrease, the index is above 100, considered an average level of contract activity, for the second consecutive month after failing to reach the mark since November 2013.

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Reportedly Considering Move to Memphis, Expansion

Photo courtesy ABF.

While there has been no official word from less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight or its parent ArcBest Corp., it appears the company has plans for a move and expansion of one of its primary facilities.

Tags: Tennessee, Arkansas, Fleets, ABF, ArcBest Corp., LTL

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Total Quality Logistics Expanding with St. Louis Office

The freight brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics has selected St. Louis to open its new office, giving it locations in 14 states.

Tags: Missouri, Fleets, Logistics, Total Quality Logistics

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Truck Parts Company Joins Vipar HD Network

Vipar Heavy Duty welcomes Alabama-based truck parts company as a new stockholder.

Tags: Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Vocational School Expands Partnership with Daimler Trucks North America

Photo of the UTI campus in Lisle, Ill. Photo courtesy of UTI.

Universal Technical Institute expands DTNA-specific training program in Midwest due to the growing demand for qualified diesel technicians.

Tags: Training, Illinois, Technicians, Daimler Trucks North America

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Telemedicine Service Aimed at Truck Drivers

Truckers MedCallAssist is a new telemedicine program designed to connect truck drivers instantly with a board-certified emergency-trained physician 24 hours a day.

Tags: Driver Health, Mobile Apps

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