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January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Wins ATD Truck of the Year Award

Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck. Photo via Kenworth

The American Truck Dealers named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck as the 2015 Truck of the Year at the ATD convention and Expo in San Francisco.

Tags: Kenworth, ATD, Commercial Truck of the Year, Kenworth T880

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Construction Drops in December, Up for 2014

Graphic: Dodge Data and Analytics

New construction starts in December retreated 16% from the month before totaling $568.2 billion, according to construction industry data provider Dodge Data and Analytics, but posted another annual gain.

Tags: Economy, Construction

January 26, 2015 - Industry News

Preliminary Approval Given to ‘Hot Fuel’ Settlements

Following years of litigation a federal court in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday gave preliminary approval to settlements with more than two-dozen oil companies and fuel retailers over claims of selling “hot fuel.”

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Litigation, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Truckstops

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Copper-Free Brake Initiative Signed by Trucking Groups

The signing ceremony for the Copper Free Brake Initiative. Photo courtesy of MEMA.

Several motor vehicle industry associations including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association pledged to reduce the amount of copper in brake pads.

Tags: EPA, HDMA, Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Environmental Regulations, Air Disc Brake Pads

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Named

2015 Truck Dealer of the Year winner Scott McCandless, president of McCandless Truck Center.

Scott McCandless of McCandless Truck Center was named the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year Friday during the 52nd Annual American Truck Dealers Convention in San Francisco.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Leading Indicators Rise

One of the first looks at how the economy is doing in the New Year shows a further upturn in business conditions across the U.S. manufacturing sector, but the overall rate of improvement eased further from last August’s peak.

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

January 23, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Lowers Financial Expectations

Photo: UPS

Trucking and parcel delivery giant UPS on Friday announced it expects fourth quarter 2014 earnings to be lower that earlier forecast.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, Delivery Fleets

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Grote Industries Hires New VP of Engineering

Michael R. Henderson, vice president of engineering at Grote Industries. Photo courtesy of Grote.

Grote Industries has hired Michael R. Henderson as its vice president of engineering. Henderson will be responsible for all Grote Engineering and be tasked with implementing the company’s new product development process.

Tags: Leadership, Lighting, Grote, People

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Awards Winners to Be Announced at ATD Convention

The 52nd annual ATD Convention is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this week. Awards will be given at the event for the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year winner on Friday Jan. 23 and the Commercial Truck of the Year on Saturday Jan. 24.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Industry Event, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Names 2015 Dealer Council

Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2015 Kenworth Dealer Council members.The council features leading executives from among the more than 360 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Customer Service, Kenworth Dealer Council

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Labor Unrest Causes West Coast Ports to See Mixed Volumes

The Port of Los Angeles.

Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6% in 2014 over the previous year, marking the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 2007 and 2006 levels

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Washington, California, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

West Virginia FedEx Freight Terminals Vote Against Teamsters

A day after announcing truck drivers at one FedEx Freight facility voted against representation by the Teamsters union, the company said Thursday another did the same.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Covenant Transport Parent Earnings Jump

The parent to Covenant Transport and other trucking companies, Covenant Transportation Group Inc., has reported big jumps in both its fourth quarter and 2014 profits.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Con-Way Launches Web Series about Women Truck Drivers

Con-way is launching a series on YouTube called “Women in Trucking” that features the firsthand experiences of two accomplished women truck drivers and their careers in truckload and less-than-truckload driving.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Women in Trucking, Con-way Truckload, Web Series, Fleets

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

ATD Commercial Truck of the Year: Behind the Scenes

Heavy vocational trucks were judged in this year’s ATD Commercial Truck of the Year competition: (From left) International WorkStar 7600, Peterbilt 567 and Kenworth T880. Previous competitions included more truck types. Photo by Tom Berg

American Truck Dealers will announce its annual Commercial Truck of the Year Saturday. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers a behind-the-scenes look at this week's judging process.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, Vocational, Commercial Truck of the Year

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Jury Rules Against Old Dominion in EEOC Lawsuit

HDT file photo by Deborah Lockridge

A federal jury earlier this month found that the trucking company Old Dominion Freight Line violated federal disability discrimination law when it denied accommodation to -- and then fired -- a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Litigation, EEOC

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Profits Increase

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced on Thursday increases in fourth quarter 2014 and full year net earnings.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, JB Hunt

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Converts Bulk Oil Program to High Efficiency Oil

Ryder is now using 10W-30 grade oil to service all Ryder lease, rental and maintenance customer vehicle as part of the company’s preventive maintenance program.

Tags: OIl, Ryder System, Low-Viscosity Oil, Preventive Maintenance

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders up More Than 40 Percent Year over Year

Photo: Jim Park

Class 8 truck orders in 2014 were up 42% over 2013, with 380,200 net orders being placed last year, according to data from ACT Research. Class 5-7 truck orders also performed well, selling 223,250 units.

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

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

December Trailer Orders Near Record Numbers

Photo: Utility Trailers.

December trailer orders were second only to October 2014 in volume, and trailer orders for the year hit an all-time high.

Tags: Dry Vans, FTR, Manufacturing, Trailer Orders, Trailers

January 21, 2015 - Press Release

Allison Transmission to Mark Centenary Throughout 2015

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. has announced that it will celebrate its centennial throughout 2015 with a variety of special events and activities.

Tags: India, Allison Transmission, Hungary, Corporate Anniversaries

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Lose Latest Organizing Vote at FedEx Freight Terminal

The Teamsters Union has lost another vote in its recent efforts to organize more drivers at FedEx Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Truck Drivers, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Blue Water Bridge Connecting U.S., Canada to Partially Close in April

A view of the Blue Water Bridge at night from the American side looking towards the Canadian side. Photo: Matthew Gordon via Wikimedia Commons.

The Blue Water Bridge international crossing in Port Huron, Michigan will be partially closed beginning April 1, likely leading to traffic backups between the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Michigan, Road Construction, Bridges

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Constellation Acquires 7 CNG Fueling Stations in Midwest

Constellation will acquire seven compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Indiana and Ohio under an agreement with CNG Fuel, Inc., the company has announced.

Tags: Ohio, Indiana, CNG Fueling Stations

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Zenith Freight Lines Sold to Bassett Furniture

Photo: Zenith Global Logistics

Zenith Freight Lines LLC is selling the remaining 51% share not owned by Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. to the furniture manufacturer.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

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