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October 26, 2015 - Product News

Wabash Launches Line of Dry and Refrigerated Truck Bodies

Photo: Wabash National

Wabash is launching its first line of dry- and refrigerated-truck bodies for Class 6, 7, and 8 chassis, addressing re-urbanization and e-commerce trends.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Refrigerated Truck, Truck Bodies, Wabash National, Dry Van Body

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Market Still Experiencing Summer Slowdown

The used Class 8 truck market showed mixed results in September with same-dealer sales inching closer to the six-month volume average, according to a recent ACT Research report.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 25, 2015 - Industry News

Could House Highway Bill Hurt Smaller Fleets?

File Photo

A letter signed by eight businesses and associations that together represent over 9,500 motor carriers, brokers and shippers has been sent to the House opposing a section of the long-term highway bill because it “could cripple small-business truckers.”

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Small Fleets, Highway Bill, Small Business

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Silicon Valley Company Offers Low-Cost Telematics Device

Photo courtesy of Voyomotive.

San Francisco-based Voyomotive plans to offer an OBD II controller that can provide an array of vehicle performance and diagnostics data to a user's smartphone as a lower-cost telematics solution.

Tags: Stop-Start, Vehicle Diagnostics, Crowdfunding Platform, OBDII Device, Silicon Valley

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trucker Gets Jail Time for Threatening Safety Inspector

Image: DOT

A truck driver who threatened a federal safety inspector has been sentenced to 9 months of incarceration as well as 40 hours community service and 12 months of supervised release.

Tags: FMCSA, Truck Drivers

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Doubles, Landstar Sets New Record

One truck maker has reported its third quarter profit doubled and is considering the sale of its used truck business while one of the nation’s largest trucking fleets has reported new records for the period in several areas.

Tags: Economy, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Earnings, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

$240,000 Awarded in Religious Discrimination Suit

A federal court awarded $240,000 to two former drivers, Somalian-American Muslims whose religious beliefs were violated by an Illinois trucking company that fired them for refusing to deliver alcohol.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC, Discrimination Complaint

October 23, 2015 - Industry News

Few Women Hold High-Level Positions in Trucking, Survey Finds

Judy McReynolds is president and CEO of ArcBest Corp., where women make up 27.3% of the board of directors and 25% of executives.

The survey found that in the U.S., women make up 19.2% of director positions, slightly less than the 20.8% of seats filled by women in Canada.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Women in Fleet Management

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

MATS Laments Loss of OEMs in '16, But 'Will Adapt'

Over the years, truck builders like Kenworth unveiled new models at MATS. That won't happen in 2016, but many other exhibitors will be there to show off their wares. Photos: Tom Berg

“There’s a silver lining in this, and it’s that they still believe in the show,” said Toby Young, who heads the sponsoring organization. "They want to be here in 2017, and I think they’ll be assessing the damage by not being here in 2016.”

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, MATS, OEMs

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Market Booming, Leading Indicators Mixed

Existing home sales rebounded strongly in September following an August decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's not the only good news when it comes to an improving home market, and a separate report shows the overall economy isn't as bad as you may think.

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

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Legislation, Infrastructure Funding

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Dana and Rush Enterprises

Daimler AG, Dana and Rush Enterprises all saw weaker third-quarter financials compared to a year ago, thanks in part to the recession in Brazil and the downturn in the North American oil and gas industry.

Tags: Economy, Dana Holding Corp., Rush Enterprises, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

ConMet Names New Marketing and Strategy Executive

Truck component supplier Consolidated Metco has named Beto Dantas as its new vice president of marketing, strategy and innovation, the company announced.

Tags: People, ConMet, Marketing, Suppliers

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

KLLM Driving School Offers 18-Day Training Program

The new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas. Photo: KLLM

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has partnered with Cedar Valley College to open a new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas, for state residents.

Tags: Texas, Frozen Food Express, Truck Driving Schools, Driver Training, CDL

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Testing

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner, Knight, Ryder, Forward Air

Two large trucking fleets reported big increases in profits for the third quarter of the year. A fleet management and related services conglomerate also saw a hike, but things slipped for a niche trucking provider.

Tags: Economy, Ryder System, Werner Enterprises, Forward Air, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings

October 22, 2015 - Product News

Odyne's Hybrid System Receives CARB Exemption

Photo: Odyne Systems

Aftermarket hybrid system manufacturer, Odyne Systems, has received an exemption from the California Air Resources Board permitting the installation of the company’s hybrid systems on certain medium- and heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles.

Tags: CARB, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Odyne Systems

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Agility Fuel Systems Opens Manufacturing Facility in N.C.

Agility executives, Board of Director members and company founders cut the ribbon that officially opens the new Salisbury, N.C. facility. Photo: Agility Fuel Systems

Agility Fuel Systems has opened a new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C., celebrating the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tags: New Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Joins Other OEMs in Skipping MATS 2016

Image via truckingshow.com

Like the other Class 8 OEMs, Peterbilt will return to the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2017, and will alternate its presence with the biennial IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Peterbilt, Mid-America Trucking Show, MATS

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Scores High with Americans, Poll Shows

New poll reveals that 81% of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers. Photo courtesy Haldex

A new nationwide poll indicates Americans look favorably on how truckers drive and how trucking supports the economy.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, ATA MC&E

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Move Toward More Sustainable Pace

There were 19,400 Class 8 truck orders booked in September, slightly down from August but coming closer to a “more sustainable pace," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

SMC³ Buys Cost-Modeling Software Company

Data solutions provider SMC³ has acquired Maryland-based fleet management software companyTransportation Costing Group.

Tags: Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Truckload, Big Data, Less Than Truckload

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Rates Post Another Weekly Drop

There seems to be no let-up when it comes to weekly declines for rates on spot truckload freight market, as the amount of available cargo has also moved lower.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

IMI Launches Facebook Campaign for Truckers in Need

IMI has launched a Facebook campaign to donate to drivers who face health problems and financial difficulty by trading in “Likes” for dollars.

Tags: Facebook, Donations, IMI, Awareness Campaign, St. Christopher Fund

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Graves to Step Down from ATA Post in 2016

Gov. Bill Graves, president of ATA, at the trucking lobby's 2015 annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia. Photo: David Cullen

The American Trucking Associations has confirmed a published report that Bill Graves has advised the truck lobby that he will leave his post as president of ATA when his contract expires at the end of next year.

Tags: ATA, ATA MC&E, Leadership, American Trucking Associations, Associations

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