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October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Continues Growing, Fed Ending Stimulus Program

One of the broadest measures of the health of the American economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Profit Increases More Than 21%

Revenue for the quarter increased 10.5% to $193.4 million from $175.1 million a year earlier. Freight revenue, which excludes fuel surcharges, increased 11.1% to $157.7 million.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Earnings

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Profit Soars During Third Quarter

The trucking operation Con-way Inc. has reported 2014 third-quarter net income of $45.6 million, or 78 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Lacks Vision to Support Infrastructure, LaHood Says

“We need a pot of money to fix our roads and bridges, but America is one big pothole." Ray LaHood, former U.S. DOT secretary.

The Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Interstate Highway System – all were built by men of vision, but today Congress lacks enough such people to rebuild America’s worn and aging infrastructure, said former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the fuel tax.

Tags: Infrastructure, Interstate System, Ray LaHood, Taxes, Caterpillar, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas' Early Adopters See Few Hiccups During Startup

Sorting out the natural gas maze has been easier than expected for these fleets.

According to the first-hand accounts presented at the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Schaumburg, Ill., integrating natural gas trucks into previously diesel-only operations has gone surprisingly well.

Tags: CNG, Ozinga, Paper Transport, Kwik Trip, Green Fleet Conference, CNG Fueling Stations, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 29, 2014 - Product News

Telogis Introduces Fleet Analytics Tools at Latitude Event

Graphic courtesy of Telogis.

Telogis released several new tools for the company’s fleet analytics software at the Telogis Latitude event in Dana Point, Calif. These new tools included the Telogis For Field Service extension, the Dynamic Response Suite, and Telogis Sites.

Tags: Navigation System, Information Technology, Telogis, Vehicle Tracking, Industry Event

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Panel Debunks Alt-Fuel Misconceptions

Fuel Ambassadors field questions from Richard Battersby. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Dirty diesel? Dangerous natural gas? Expensive propane stations? Some myths and misconceptions about alternative fuels were debunked in a fun late-night talk show format Wednesday at the Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Biodiesel, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Fleet Conference, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG, LNG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Corridor Opens Alabama’s Largest Public CNG Station

Photo via Corridor Clean Fuels.

Clean Corridor Fuels opened Alabama’s largest public access CNG station in the city of Dothan. The station is designed to service small cars to heavy commercial vehicles.

Tags: Alabama, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Hot Line Freight Opens Midwest LTL Terminals

Photo via Hot Line Freight Systems.

Hot Line Freight System is opening two new terminals in Ohio and Illinois will expand shipping opportunities for the surrounding areas bringing less-than-truckload service to the Midwest.

Tags: Ohio, Illinois, LTL, Freight Volume

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Adds 6 Virginia Locations With Speedway

Photo: Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J is leasing six locations from Speedway to expand its network of stores in Virginia. The stores will be Pilot branded and operated in conjunction with Speedway.

Tags: Diesel, Pilot Travel Centers, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Speedway, Virginia

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Down, Average Loss Skyrockets

The darkest areas on this map show where truck cargo thefts happened the most in the thrid quarter of the year. Credit: FreightWatch International

“The average loss-value ceiling continues to rise and illustrates that organized cargo thieves continue to aggressively target high value freight,” FreightWatch said in its report.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Stagnate Over Past Week

Rates for spot market freight remain stagnant for the third straight week, according to a new snapshot of the market from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Diesel Demand to Decline After 2015

Photo via Fuels Institute.

U.S. Diesel demand will peak in 2015 and decline by as much as 12.5% through 2030 according to a report by energy market research firm PIRA Energy Group.

Tags: Diesel, Oil Prices, Alternative Fuels, NATSO, Forecast

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

File Photo.

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

Tags: UPS, Freight, FedEx, Holiday Driving

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

New API Oil Standard May Be Ready in 2017

Testing is under way for the new API oil standard PC-11, but it could be 2017 before we see it implemented, according to an update from an oil company representative involved in developing the new standard.

Tags: Shell Lubricants, API, PC-11, Low-Viscosity Oil, Engine Oil, GHG

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Seeks Comments on ELD Registration Plan

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took a step toward the pending electronic logging mandate with a notice about registering the devices log manufacturers will bring to market.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Regulations, Hours of Service, Information Technology, Safety & Compliance, Drivers

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Sprinter Gets Small Diesel, ‘Crosswind Assist'

Electronic controls send power to three grounded wheels while the fourth hangs in the air. Photo: Tom Berg

A smaller and more economical diesel powertrain, new styling and safety features, and optional on-demand four-wheel drive are among features of 2015 Sprinter models.

Tags: Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Cargo Vans, Daimler, Full-Size Vans, Mercedes-Benz

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Records Record Earnings

Dry-van truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services reported record profit in the third quarter of the year, more than doubling from the same time a year ago to $5.1 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, PAM Transport

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, MCSAC, Medical Examiners, Medications, Driver Health, Regulations

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

PERC Showcases Propane Technologies in Video Series

The Propane Education and Research Council released a series of videos highlighting companies that are developing and commercializing new propane technologies.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, ROUSH CleanTech, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Propane Conversion

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Saia Profit Shoots Up More Than 26%

The mainly less-than-truckload carrier Saia inc. has reported an increase in its third quarter profit due to significant gains in tonnage and shipments.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Des Plaines Gets New Ozinga CNG Station

Martin Ozinga IV, president of Ozinga Energy, opens the new public CNG station at 200 Jarvis Ave. in Des Plaines, Ill. Photo: Jim Park

Ozinga Energy's new Des Plaines CNG filling station brings to four the number of public CNG sites it operates in the Chicago area.

Tags: Ozinga, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Illinois, Chicago, Green Fleet Conference

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 3,000 Volvo Trucks

Two recalls have been issued for Volvo trucks. One involves disc brake problems on VAH, VNL, and VNM model trucks; a smaller recall affects D16 engines in VNL and VNX models.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Recalls, NHTSA, Brakes, Engines

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Worthington Buys Controlling Interest in CNG System Company

Photo via dHybrid Systems.

Worthington Industries, which manufactures pressure tanks for CNG and LNG storage among other things, acquired a majority interest in dHybrid Systems, a designer of CNG fuel systems.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, CNG, CNG Tanks, Worthington Industries, Natural Gas Vehicles, LNG

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