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June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Case Involving Swift Truckers

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition by the trucking company Swift Transportation to review a lower court ruling against the company involving independent contractor driver leases.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Swift Transportation

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Expands Maine Terminal

The renovated facility contains 43 doors, more than 60% more doors than the original service center. The company first established its presence in Maine in 2005.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Maine, Fleets

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Wyden Offers Highway Trust Fund Patch

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is proposing a three-month patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The patch would be paid for with general funds, balanced by adjustments including raising the heavy vehicle use tax.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Congress

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Posts Biggest Drop Since Great Recession

UPDATED -- The U.S. economy shrank at its steepest rate in the first quarter of the year since first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession, according to a new estimate from the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Durable Goods

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Rod Strata Named TMW Systems Executive Vice President of Operations

Rod Strata, a veteran of more than 30 years in the transportation, supply chain and enterprise software industries, has joined TMW Systems as executive vice president of operations.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, People

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Watson Engineering Team Up for CNG

Compressed natural gas component supplier, Mainstay Fuel Technologies, said Tuesday Watson Engineering will provide components and fabrication services for its proprietary on-board CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, CNG

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Advantage Automated 10-Speed Now Optional with MaxxForce 13 Diesel on ProStars

The new powertrain gets up to 5% better fuel economy than older tractors with manual transmissions, the company says.

Tags: International, Navistar, MaxxForce 13, ProStar, Eaton Advantage

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Blu LNG Adopts Comdata's SmartSight System

Blu partners with Comdata to deploy system that allows the trucking industry to use any fleet fueling card or major credit card at all Blu LNG fueling stations

Tags: Comdata Smart Solutions, Blu, Compressed Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Comdata

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

DTNA Launches Parts E-Commerce Platform

The robust inventory system will include access to over 100,000 SKUs, which can be purchased online – anytime, anywhere. After purchase, customers will have the option to immediately print a single invoice for the purchase of all of their parts.

Tags: DTNA, Daimler Trucks North America, Pinnacle, Parts

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Cooper Tire Establishing Global Tire Technical Center in Ohio

When Cooper's new worldwide center of excellence for tire science and technology is fully operational it will employ 40 scientists and engineers, many of whom will be in highly specialized technical roles. Technology developed will be deployed at Cooper facilities around the world.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Adds Canada, Mexico to Truck and Trailer Outlook Report

The trucking industry forecasting firm FTR has added total trailer forecasts for the Canadian and Mexican markets to its monthly Truck and Trailer Outlook Report.

Tags: Research, Trucks, Trailers, FTR

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official. “Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Regulations

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Post Biggest Jump Since 1992

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, its strongest pace in six years and the largest one month increase since 1992, while a separate report shows consumer confidence hit its highest level in more than six-years this month.

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Mexico Border Petition

UPDATED -- The Supreme Court declined to review a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld the Mexico cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Mexican Trucking, Supreme Court, OOIDA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Up 52% from a Year Ago

The trailer industry booked 22,300 net orders in the U.S. during May, according to new figures published by the commercial vehicle research company ACT Research.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Grote Creates Director of Business Development Position

Eric Thorstensen

Truck lighting manufacturer Grote has named long-time Grote executive Eric Thorstensen to the newly created position of director of business development. Kent Bode, another career Grote manager, has been named director of OEM sales, filling the slot left open by Thorstensen.

Tags: Grote, People

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Larry Smith to Lead Mitsubishi Fuso America Sales

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has promoted Larry Smith to director of fleet operations to lead the company’s fleet sales efforts. For the past 5 years, Smith has held the position of district sales manager for the company, managing dealer operations and sales activities for the upper Midwest.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, People

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Adopts New Plan Replacing 'Poison Pill'

Truck and engine maker Navistar International on Tuesday said its board of directors has amended the company's stockholder rights plan, also known as a "poison pill," giving it a new protection against someone acquiring a significant portion of the company.

Tags: Navistar

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Truckers Slam Increasing U.S. Border Fees

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border. The fleet group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, says it strongly objects to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to substantially raise the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service fees.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Surface Trade

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Some Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher on July 1

Drivers in Idaho will see the first change to interstate speed limits in nearly two decades beginning July 1 with an increase on most rural stretches of interstate across Southern Idaho, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Tags: Safety, Idaho, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Cost Moves Higher After Seven Weekly Declines

Regular gasoline prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average cost of on-highway diesel has moved higher after falling for seven straight weeks. Trucking's main fuel is up 3.7 cents from last week at $3.919 per gallon. Compared to a year ago it is 8.1 cents higher.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Former FMCSA Head Supports Restart Amendment, Slams Critics for 'Political Opportunism'

Annette M. Sandberg, principle, TransSafe Consulting.

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg supports the trucking industry's push for a study on the impact of the current restart provision while rolling the restart rules back to pre-July 2013. Sandberg says the trucking industry supports suspending the restart restrictions because they believe that good public policy comes from good data and a good understancfing of the facts, not from emotional appeals.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS, Safety and Compliance, 34 Hour Restart

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

New Georgia Law Takes Effect July 1 to Deter Cargo Thefts

Effective July 1, offenders who steal cargo from trucks loaded with controlled substances, or pharmaceuticals, valued at less than $10,000 would face fines up to $100,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison

Tags: Georgia, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Looking for Applicants in Lead Program

The program provides exclusive educational opportunities designed to highlight how the regulatory and legislative process affects the trucking industry and the important role ATA plays in shaping both, as well as demonstrating the many tools available to industry executives through ATA, according to the group.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Education

June 23, 2014 - Industry News

Wabash Expands Dealer Network

Prime Trailer is authorized to sell and service Wabash National dry van trailers, refrigerated trailers, and Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers in Utah and Nevada.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, Wabash National

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