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January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed; New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Higher

Shipments of U.S. manufactured durable goods, those designed to last three years or more, rebounded in December but new orders turned in its worst performance since August, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

The Three Big Problems for Business

Geoff Davis

Regulation, litigation and taxation are three big issues faced by business, according to Geoff Davis, former Congressman and founding partner of Republic Consulting, speaking Monday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

Tags: Legislation, Regulations, Congress, HDAW

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute, which is releasing a report today.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Health Issues, EPA, Emissions

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Former Roadway CEO Michael Wickham Dies

Former Roadway CEO Michael W. Wickham passed away last Tuesday Jan. 20, at his home in Palm Coast, Fla. Wickham was 67 years old.

Tags: Obituary, ATRI, People, YRC Worldwide

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Shipments Help Norfolk Southern See Record Yearly Profit

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Intermodal rail movements help propel the railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. toward achieving record net income for 2014, according to figures it released on Monday.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Earnings, Norfolk Southern

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Offers Sunny Outlook for Electric, Hybrid Truck Market

Will overhead catenary lines fuel electric/hybrid truck growth in some specialized applications?

While competition from natural gas and declining crude prices have reduced attractiveness of hybrid and electric powertrain systems in commercial vehicles around the world, the long-term regulatory and energy outlook shows promise of a strong resurgence for these systems, according to a new study from Frost & Sullivan.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Frost & Sullivan, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Global

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Near 5-Year Low of Under $2.87

Fuel prices are showing no signs of throttling back from their large and recent declines that started months ago, with oil nearly hitting a six-year low on Monday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants

TWIC check at the Port of Tacoma in Washington. Photo: Port of Tacoma

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports.

Tags: Security, Truck Drivers, Department of Homeland Security, Safety & Compliance, Ports, Transportation Security Administration, TWIC, Port Trucking

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Purchases Taylor Express

Photo: Taylor Express

Freight transportation and logistics provider Celadon Group Inc. on Monday announced its purchase of North Carolina-based carrier Taylor Express.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 26, 2015 - Product News

VDO RoadLog ELD 34-hour Restart Update is Now Available

Photo: Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket

Continental released a free update to its VDO RoadLog ELD software addressing the recent suspension of certain provisions of the 34-hour restart rules.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Information Technology

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

ATD Chairman Outlines Plan for Dealer Industry

ATD Chairman Eric Jorgensen addressing the ATD Convention and Expo Audience. Photo via ATD

Speaking at the American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo over the weekend, ATD chairman Eric Jorgensen outlined his vision for the industry going forward.

Tags: ATD, American Truck Dealers, Truck Dealers

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Wins ATD Truck of the Year Award

Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck. Photo via Kenworth

The American Truck Dealers named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck as the 2015 Truck of the Year at the ATD convention and Expo in San Francisco.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Commercial Truck of the Year, Kenworth T880

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Drops in December, Up for 2014

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

New construction starts in December retreated 16% from the month before totaling $568.2 billion, according to construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics, but posted another annual gain.

Tags: Economy, Construction

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Preliminary Approval Given to ‘Hot Fuel’ Settlements

Following years of litigation a federal court in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday gave preliminary approval to settlements with more than two-dozen oil companies and fuel retailers over claims of selling “hot fuel.”

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Litigation, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Truckstops

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Copper-Free Brake Initiative Signed by Trucking Groups

The signing ceremony for the Copper Free Brake Initiative. Photo courtesy of MEMA.

Several motor vehicle industry associations including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association pledged to reduce the amount of copper in brake pads.

Tags: EPA, HDMA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Environmental Regulations, Air Disc Brake Pads

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Named

2015 Truck Dealer of the Year winner Scott McCandless, president of McCandless Truck Center.

Scott McCandless of McCandless Truck Center was named the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year Friday during the 52nd Annual American Truck Dealers Convention in San Francisco.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Leading Indicators Rise

One of the first looks at how the economy is doing in the New Year shows a further upturn in business conditions across the U.S. manufacturing sector, but the overall rate of improvement eased further from last August’s peak.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Lowers Financial Expectations

Photo: UPS

Trucking and parcel delivery giant UPS on Friday announced it expects fourth quarter 2014 earnings to be lower that earlier forecast.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, Delivery Fleets

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Grote Industries Hires New VP of Engineering

Michael R. Henderson, vice president of engineering at Grote Industries. Photo courtesy of Grote.

Grote Industries has hired Michael R. Henderson as its vice president of engineering. Henderson will be responsible for all Grote Engineering and be tasked with implementing the company’s new product development process.

Tags: Leadership, Lighting, Grote, People

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Awards Winners to Be Announced at ATD Convention

The 52nd annual ATD Convention is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this week. Awards will be given at the event for the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year winner on Friday Jan. 23 and the Commercial Truck of the Year on Saturday Jan. 24.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Industry Event, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Names 2015 Dealer Council

Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2015 Kenworth Dealer Council members.The council features leading executives from among the more than 360 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Customer Service, Kenworth Dealer Council

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Labor Unrest Causes West Coast Ports to See Mixed Volumes

The Port of Los Angeles.

Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6% in 2014 over the previous year, marking the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 2007 and 2006 levels

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Washington, California, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

West Virginia FedEx Freight Terminals Vote Against Teamsters

A day after announcing truck drivers at one FedEx Freight facility voted against representation by the Teamsters union, the company said Thursday another did the same.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Covenant Transport Parent Earnings Jump

The parent to Covenant Transport and other trucking companies, Covenant Transportation Group Inc., has reported big jumps in both its fourth quarter and 2014 profits.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Con-Way Launches Web Series about Women Truck Drivers

Con-way is launching a series on YouTube called “Women in Trucking” that features the firsthand experiences of two accomplished women truck drivers and their careers in truckload and less-than-truckload driving.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Women in Trucking, Con-way Truckload, Web Series, Fleets

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