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October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Grows Third Quarter Profit

Higher package volume and growth in distribution and UPS Freight business led UPS Inc. to an upswing in third-quarter earnings compared to a year ago.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, LTL

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Profit Posts Big Decline

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois-based operation reported income of $4.5 million compared to $18.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 with diluted earnings per share of 12 cents compared to 50 cents a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Hub Group

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Opens Dallas CNG Station for Frito-Lay

Photo by Quantum.

Questar Fueling Company opened a new CNG fueling station with public access in conjunction with Frito-Lay.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record Profit, Revenue

Commercial truck dealership chain Rush Enterprises had net income totaling $23.5 million in the third quarter, compared with $15.2 million a year ago, as Class 8 truck sales outpaced national numbers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Aftermarket, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. NAFTA Freight Above $100 Billion for Sixth Straight Month

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, August 2013 compared to August 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

U.S. freight movements with Canada and Mexico saw imports increase 3.6% while exports gained 5.2% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators, Manufacturing Ease

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months shows conditions are improving, but not as fast as they have been, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Profit Up, North American Truck Sales Jump 25%

Daimler AG's headquarters in Germany. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler AG, the German parent of Daimler Trucks North America, has reported higher third quarter profit and revenue, with record Mercedes-Benz auto sales and a booming North American truck market being partially offset by lower sales in other parts of the world.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Global

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Volume

The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the month and each expected to surpass 20 million shipments in volume.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, FedEx

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Reports Record Profit, Revenue; Forecasts Higher Numbers

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight transportation provider Landstar System has reported record third quarter net income of $36.8 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, on record revenue of $819 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar System

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meek Named Celadon COO, Executive Vice President

Celadon Trucking Services parent Celadon Group has names Erik Meek chief operating officer. He previously served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, People

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cooper Makes Progress on Guayule-Rubber Tire

The guayule plant can produce a substitute source of rubber. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has completed builds of tires made of natural rubber sourced from the guayule plants.

Tags: Sustainability, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Rubber, Guayule

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Rise

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which measures changes in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, rose 6.7% year-over-year in September and increased 2.4% above the August level.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Leaps More Than 66%

With strong demand and tight capacity continuing, Knight Transportation's third-quarter profits are up more than 66% over a year ago, thanks to higher revenue per tractor and per loaded mile and fewer empty miles.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Knight Transportation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Automatic Tire Inflation System in Fleet Testing

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire test engineer checks the pressure on a tire equipped with the company's Air Maintenance Technology. Photo:  Goodyear.

Goodyear will test its Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles -- which keeps tires inflated without any external pumps or electronics -- on trucking fleets over the next year and a half.

Tags: Technology, Air Maintenance Technology, Tire Inflation, Tires, Goodyear, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Inflation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume Hits 7-Year High at Long Beach Port

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3% in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, marking the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the Port’s peak year.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates Down, Still Relatively Strong

Vans reported the biggest decline from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18 compared to the previous seven days, falling 1% to an average of $2.01 per mile, though the rate has been above the $2 per mile level for most of the year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

PS Logistics Purchases Two Tennessee-Based Fleets

The acquisition of Tennessee-based carriers adds a combined 220 new drivers, 210 tractor trucks and over 500 trailers to the P&S fleet offering reefer, flatbed and dump trucking services to customers including the aluminum, steel, food and building materials industries, according to PS Logistics.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, PS Logistics

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Group Profit Falls Slightly

The decline was not surprising with the company announcing last month it was hit with a multi-million dollar judgment.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Barely Move Higher

Consumer prices in the U.S. remained in check during September, increasing just 0.1%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Trucks Marks 30 Years in U.S.

Hino Trucks is celebrating its 30 year milestone of doing business in the United States. Founded in 1984, Hino has since grown and evolved into a prominent U.S. company.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Company Anniversaries, Cabovers

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle Opens Driver Training Academy In Massachusetts

Photo via A. Duie Pyle.

The carrier A. Duie Pyle is opening its second driver training academy in Northborough, Mass., to serve prospective drivers in New England and upstate New York.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Massachusetts, LTL

October 21, 2014 - Press Release

Love’s Adds CNG to Arkansas Travel Stop

Photo via Love's.

Love’s is adding compressed natural gas (CNG) to a Travel Stop location in West Memphis, Ark., along Interstate 40. The location will feature fast-fill pumps for heavy duty trucks as well as a fueling option for passenger vehicles.

Tags: Arkansas, Alternative Fuels, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

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