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July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Draws More Than 44,000 to Iowa Truckstop

More than 44,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents flocked to the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, last week during the 35th Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

Tags: Events, Truckstops, Iowa 80 Truckstop

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Orbcomm Launches First Phase of New Generation of Satellites

Orbcomm this week successfully launched six next generation OG2 telecommunication satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, to provide faster data systems to customers and increasing the company’s overall network capacity for customers in trucking and other fields it serves.

Tags: Information Technology, Orbcomm

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Industrial Production, Home-Builder Confidence Advance

Prices at the wholesale level rose 0.4% in June from the month before, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures, following a 0.2% decline in May and a 0.6% advance in April.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Wholesale Prices, Home Building

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Down Over Past Week, June Performance Higher

Spot market freight rates has declined across the board in the most recent week, following healthy gains the week before, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Moves Slightly Higher

Primarily refrigerated freight hauler Marten Transport on Tuesday reported an increase in net income to $7.9 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Marten Transport, Fleets, Earnings

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield, Mo. on Monday to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo.

Tags: Tennessee, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Relaunches GCR Tires & Service Brand

Under the new brand, GCR is standardizing the service experience across all of its U.S. locations, offering the same hours of operation, technicians that are all Tire Industry Association-trained, a nationally connected sales force, and one website for all locations.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Tires, Tires and Wheels, Truck Tires

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

House Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch, Bill Heads to Senate

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation on Tuesday afternoon providing enough money for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. House

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB: I-5 Bridge Collapse Due to Systemic Errors

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington State’s roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, Oversize Loads, Bridges, Skagit River Bridge

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Certifies Zenith's Electric Van

Photo courtesy of Zenith Motors.

Zenith Motors LLC, a manufacturer of electric vans, recently announced that it is the first auotmaker to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certificate of Conformity for an electric commercial van.

Tags: Vans, EPA, Zenith Motors, Battery-Electric Vehicles

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: June Retail Sales Gain Only 0.2%

Retail sales increased in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, but the gain was far less than analysts were expecting.

Tags: Retail Sales, Economy

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Profit Increases, Cuts Some Expectations

Photo by Dang Apricot via Wikimedai Commons

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced Tuesday second quarter 2014 net earnings of $93.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of 79 cents, compared to second quarter 2013 net earnings of $87.7 million, or 73 cents per diluted share, a 6.5% increase.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleets, Earnings

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

International DuraStar, WorkStar Get 9.3-Liter SCR Diesels

Navistar has started customer shipments of its International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks with the company's 9.3-liter diesels fitted with selective catalytic reduction emissions-aftertreatment equipment.

Tags: SCR, MaxxForce, Fuel Economy, N9, N10, Navistar, Vocational, Engines, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names Additions to Executive Team

Cummins Inc. recently named Amy Adams vice president and general manager of Cummins Emission Solutions and Srikanth Padmanabhan vice president, Heavy Duty MidRange Light Duty, a segment of the engine business.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, People

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Adds to Authorized Rebuilder Program

Power management company Eaton recently added Anderson Brothers., Inc. to its Authorized Rebuilder Program.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Anderson Brothers

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

PHMSA Proposing Changes to Bulk Explosives Transportation Rules

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend hazardous materials regulations by establishing standards for the safe transportation of bulk explosives, according to a Federal Register notice set to be published Tuesday.

Tags: Regulations, PHMSA, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administra

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Holt Logistics Partners to Develop New Marine Terminal in New Jersey

The planned 190-acre facility will be the first new multi-purpose marine terminal to be constructed on the Delaware River in over 30 years.

Tags: New Jersey, Intermodal, Fleets, Logistics

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Falls to $3.894 as Oil, Gasoline Drop

On-highway diesel fuel prices. Credit: U.S. DOE

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has declined for the second straight week, hitting $3.894 per gallon, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures, as oil prices are also lower.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reaches $92 Million Settlement With Feds

Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution over allegations it cheated fleets out of fuel rebates, but the agreement does not mean individuals are off the hook.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

E85-Fueled Engine Cuts CO2 by Up to 80%, Cummins Says

Based on a 2.8-liter diesel, the spark-ignited Ethos engine runs on corn- or lignocellulosic-derived fuel, and also produces high power and torque.

Tags: Cummins, California Energy Commission, Valvoline, Alternative Fuels, Allison Transmission, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, CO2 emissions, E85, Engines

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Ports Handle Record Amount of Cargo

Photo: Port of Virginia Facebook page

The Port of Virginia set a new mark for volume in fiscal 2014, handling more than 2.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units in the twelve months ending June 30, eclipsing the previous fiscal year record by 140,476 TEUs.

Tags: Economy, Virginia, Ports, Port Trucking

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Speed Limits Moving Higher Following Delay

Following a review of engineering and traffic safety reports, the Idaho Transportation Board approved a plan on Friday to increase the speed limit on selected rural sections of interstates in southern and eastern Idaho in early August.

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

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Power Solutions Receives EPA Certification for 8.8-Liter Engine

Alternative-fueled engine maker Power Solutions International has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the company's 8.8-liter propane and natural gas fueled engine can be used for on-highway applications.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Engines, Power Solutions International

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan, Others Sue Walmart Over Truck Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following a crash last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in which he was severely injured, while James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack was killed and two others were hurt.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Fatigue, Safety & Compliance, Walmart, Litigation, 34 Hour Restart

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines Slightly

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, 2013 through May 2014. Credit: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in May, at a reading of 5.74, reflects some headwinds affecting truck fleet results, according to this latest report from the transportation forecasting firm.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR

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