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January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods

Graph via Stay Metrics.

Drivers are more satisfied with a percentage split pay compared to hourly or per mile methods, according to a recent study by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Stay Metrics

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Rep Elected to HDA Hall of Fame

Gary Meteer of IHS Automotive, left, presents award to Pete Joy. Photo courtesy HDMA

LAS VEGAS -- Pete Joy, vice president of sales and marketing for Phillips Industries, was elected into the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Hall of Fame on the opening day of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Phillips Industries, Hall of Fame, Awards, People, HDAW

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

A Look Into the Truck Parts Aftermarket

Before you can talk about what’s occurring in the truck parts aftermarket, you need to first look at what happened with new truck sales in prior years. For instance, while the number of medium-duty trucks has stayed the same since 1994, the number of Class 8 trucks has nearly doubled in that time.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Class 8, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

HDMA Elects New Board Chairman for 2015

Tim Meyers, president of Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products. Photo via Alcoa

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association named Tim Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, as its chairman of the Board of Directors.

Tags: Leadership, HDMA, Alcoa, People

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

TA Opens South Carolina Location off I-20

A new TA location opened in Columbia, South Carolina, announced truckstop chain TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands.

Tags: South Carolina, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops, Interstate 20

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Environmental Regulations, LNG Fueling Station, LNG, New York

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks See Most of Cross-Border Freight Increase

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: November 2013 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released U.S. Transportation Department figures show the amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its Canadian and Mexican neighbors edged higher by just 0.1% in November from the same time a year earlier.

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

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increasing, Intermodal Slowing

A measure of truckload linehaul rates show they rose 7.4% in December compared to the same time in 2013.

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

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Landstar Posts Higher Quarterly Profit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking operation Landstar System Inc. reported record quarterly revenue on Thursday as part of its fourth quarter earnings release.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar System

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Two-Stage Turbocharger Debuts on Nissan Titan XD

Photo: Nissan

When the covers were pulled off the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup at the 2015 North American International Auto Show earlier this month, ti was also the debut of the all-new Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan Titan, Cummins Turbo Diesel, Diesel Engines

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Celadon Profit Skyrockets Almost 67%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Indiana-based trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. on Wednesday reported a near 67% increase in its net profit during its fiscal second quarter ending with the close last December.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Reports Record 4th Quarter Profit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income totaled $58.5 million, up from $45.3 million the same time a year earlier, while basic earnings per share were 41 cents compared to 32 cents during the same time in 2013 for the Arizona-based company.

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

Photo by Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Tags: Congress, Senate, Highway Funding, Highways, Legislation

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Profit Surges Despite Weaker Sales

Truck component manufacturer Meritor Inc. on Wednesday reported quarterly financial results showing a big increase in profit despite a small drop in sales.

Tags: Meritor, Earnings

January 28, 2015 - Product News

SAF Holland Launches Online Parts Catalog

The SAF Holland parts on demand page. Courtesy of SAF Holland

The catalog contains 15 years of data about every product the company has sold. Distributors have access to 15,000 assembly numbers along with their respective component parts and exploded views.

Tags: Information Technology, Aftermarket Parts, Heavy Duty Catalog, SAF Holland

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owner Receives Maximum Sentence for Cargo Theft

The owner of a trucking company received the maximum sentence possible by a federal court in Missouri after pleading guilty last year for his role in a cargo theft scheme.

Tags: Missouri, Cargo Theft, Crime

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Problems Cause Georgia Ports to See More Freight

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Marine ports in Georgia ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2% increase in twenty-foot equivalent container units, and a 7.4% increase in total tonnage, according to new figures released by the Georgia Ports Authority.

Tags: Georgia, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Savannah

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Service is Key to Parts Industry, says MacKay President

Saying that service is the key to the parts industry, Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co. focused on how changing service patterns are affecting the truck parts aftermarket.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, MacKay and Co., Parts and Service

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Net Income Leaps 64%

Photo: Knight Transportation

Trucking company Knight Transportation Inc. has reported significant increases in net income and revenue for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Knight Transportation

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Economy in Fourth Largest Expansion in Recent Times

Speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas, Bob Dieli, founder of RDLB says the expansion is in it 67th month and is closing in on being longer than the November 2001 to December 2007 expansion, which lasted 73 months.

Tags: Aftermarket, HDAD, Inflation, Economic Conditions

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Fall as Capacity Increases, Available Loads Decline

Rates on the spot freight market continued falling the past week due to fewer loads available and increasing truck capacity, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Turnover at Truckload Carriers High as Driver Market Remains Tight

Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Driver turnover rose slightly for large carriers in the third quarter, but LTL and smaller fleet numbers showed some surprises.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Driver Pay

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Announces Program to Support Soldiers

LAS VEGAS -- Shoes for Soldiers is how Meritor is describing the effort it launched this week to help severely wounded, injured or ill veterans become leaders in business, government and their communities by contributing a percentage of its remanufactured brake shoe sales to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Tags: Meritor, HDAW

January 28, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands Aftermarket Parts, Adds Independent Garage Program

LAS VEGAS -- Meritor announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it's expanding its air disc brake product line, expanding its Euclid-branded suspension product line, and will launch a network of Meritor-approved repair shops with independent service garages across the United States and Canada.

Tags: Meritor, Brakes, HDAW, Suspensions, AIr Disc Brakes

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