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July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

The administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center offers a case study on how Kentucky and Indiana teamed up to launch the Ohio River Bridges project.

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

Tags: DOT, Public-private partnership, Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Department of Transportation

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Promotes Costello, Barna and Others to Senior Staff

Bob Costello

American Trucking Associations announced several promotions to the association's senior staff, including Bob Costello and Elisabeth Barna.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Associations, People, Image

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

New Intermodal Facility Opens at Port Everglades

Photo: Port Everglades

The 43-acre facility increases FEC’s available intermodal capacity from 100,000 to 450,000 lifts a year and will improve the transfer of both domestic and international containers between ships and rail, according to Broward County officials.

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Fall, Federal Reserve Says Economy Expanding

Housing starts in the U.S. fell 9.3% in June, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, pushing the annual rate down to 893,000, the weakest showing since last September.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Voss Moves to New Headquarters

Voss Automotive, a manufacturer of fluid line and connection systems for on- and off-highway vehicle and equipment applications, recently set up shop at a new North American headquarters in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Tags: Suppliers

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Diesel Pickups Show Power, Comfort at Ford Drive Event

GCW of this truck and trailer was 39,000 pounds, but the V-8 diesel pulled it well.

Ford feels it has bragging rights and showed why at a ride-and-drive event for trade-press reporters this week in West Virginia. A first-person report from Senior Editor Tom Berg.

Tags: Ford SuperDuty, Power Stroke diesel, Ford, Test Drive, Pickup Trucks

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Celebrate 75th Anniversary in California

The first Peterbilt truck Serial #S100, a 1939 fire truck, will be displayed at the event. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt plans to bring a large collection of new and historic trucks, memorabilia, vendors and a charity raffle for a classic Model 359 to its anniversary show in Stockton, Calif.

Tags: Peterbilt

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Maverick Makes Changes to Driver Compensation Plan

Maverick Transportation has recently announced several changes to their driver pay scale, including substantial mileage pay increases, which will impact all incoming drivers no matter their experience.

Tags: Driver Pay, Maverick Transportation, Fleets, Drivers

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Edges Toward Highway Funding Stopgap

Congress is inching closer to passage of a stopgap measure to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from drying up this summer. The House this week passed a $10.6 billion bill and the Senate is going to choose between a similar measure or a long-term bill.

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

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to U.S. DOT

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx received a report this week from the Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee making 81 recommendations to improve the performance of the nation’s freight transportation system.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Department of Transportation, Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Highways, Freight

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-35W in Minnesota Closing This Weekend

Drivers traveling on Interstate 35W in Bloomington and Burnsville, Minn. will encounter detours in both directions from 10 p.m. Friday, July 18 through 5 a.m. Monday, July 21, weather permitting.

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

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