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July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Emergency and Unit-Down Hours at 2 Facilities

Meritor announced that it is extending emergency and unit-down ordering hours at the Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ontario, Canada distribution centers.

Tags: Parts, Meritor, Distribution Centers

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipment, Expenditure Levels Mixed

The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, U.S. Congress

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Hydrogenics Building Fuel-Cell Truck with Calif. Grant

Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

The California Energy Commission approved $2.6 million in grants to Hydrogenics USA Inc., for an advanced fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network.

Tags: Hydrogenics, State Grants, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, California Energy Commission

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick Acquires Flanary and Sons Trucking

Photo via FAST Trucking

Maverick USA has acquired Church Hill, Tenn.- based glass carrier Flanary and Sons Trucking.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Five-Month Highway Bill Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) contends five-month patch will provide time to legislate a "fiscally responsible' long-term highway bill.

House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Stemco DataLogger Predicts TrailerTail Fuel Savings

Photo via STEMCO

The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Stemco, TrailerTail

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Thermo King Offers Low-Emissions Reefers

The new units use R-452A, but TK will continue to offer and support its current line of transport refrigeration products with R-404A until customers are ready to transition.

Tags: Thermo King, GHG, Reefers, Trailers

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Slides

A measure of base linehaul truckload rates show increases last month while intermodal rates fell for the sixth straight month, according to reports released Wednesday.

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

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

BorgWarner to Acquire Remy International

BorgWarner has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Remy International, a global producer of rotating electrical components.

Tags: Remy, Mergers & Acquisitions, BorgWarner

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attracts Nearly 41,000

Photo via Iowa 80 Truckstop

Visitors came from 21 states and three Canadian provinces to display their trucks, and compete in a "truckers olympics" and truck beauty contest.

Tags: Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Truckstops, Events

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Available Loads Drop

Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Industrial Production Rise

Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Funds Algae Biofuel Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.

Tags: Biofuels, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, DOE

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Up Slightly, Short of Expectations

Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Safety and Compliance Award Winner Announced

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the inaugural HDT Safety and Compliance Award.

Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Nussbaum Transportation

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Leader Behavior Drives Safety Culture

Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson addresses the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo by Chris Wolski.

In his opening keynote address at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference, Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson describes the controls and leadership necessary to foster a successful corporate safety culture.

Tags: Shell, Fleet Safety Conference, Leadership

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Names New President/CEO

Dana Names James Kamsickas new president and chief executive officer. Photo courtesy of Dana

Dana Holdings Corp. named James K. Kamsickas president and chief executive officer, succeeding the retiring Roger J. Wood.

Tags: Leadership, Dana Holding Corp., People

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Drop Surprises Analysts

Economic Watch: Retail sales in the U.S. eased up in June, according to a new Commerce Department report, while previous month's figures were revised lower.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Rewards Drivers With Western Star Trucks

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to it's fleet this year. Photo courtesy of C.R. England

C.R. England is adding nearly 200 Western Star 5700 XE tractors to its fleet over the next few months, with tenured solo and team drivers and million miler drivers receiving the trucks first.

Tags: Western Star, C.R. England, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, Driver Retention

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Short-Term Highway Patch, Trucking Issues on The Hill

HDT file photo

The House of Representatives unveils a short-term funding patch to keep the highway program running for the next six months, as a Senate committee prepares to consider a comprehensive highway safety bill Wednesday that addresses trucking issues such as CSA reforms, younger drivers and hair testing.

Tags: Highway Funding, CSA, Hair Testing, Legislation

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops, Environment Still Positive

The index has fallen since January and except for April, has been lower than in 2014.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.

Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Gasoline Bucks Trend of Dropping Diesel, Oil Prices

Diesel fuel prices continue to drop as crude oil futures continue to reflect a worldwide glut. Gasoline prices, however, jumped nearly 30 cents a gallon in California.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference Kicks Off

The Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Monday evening in Schaumburg, Ill., and will offer sessions over the next two days about creating a positive safety culture at the corporate and fleet level.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Events

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