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September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Upward, Consumer Sentiment Declines

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter of the year than earlier thought, according to a new Commerce Department report Friday, leaving some wondering if this puts the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

House Speaker Boehner to Step Down Next Month

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, FMSCA, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Names Truckers Highway Angels for Helping Strangers

Josh Elmore (left) and Jason Levreault. Photos via TCA

Jason Levreault of Manitoba, Canada and Josh Elmore of Lincolnton, N.C., are the most recent truckers recognized for their helpful acts in dangerous situations.

Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Updates Silverado HD Trucks for 2016

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD chassis cab courtesy of GM.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will add new features for the 2016 model year, including integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD, General Motors, Class 3, 2016-MY

September 24, 2015 - Press Release

Waste Management Launches Public CNG Station in N.J.

Photo courtesy of New Jersey Natural Gas.

Waste Management and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) have opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at Waste Management's facility in Toms River, N.J., the companies announced.

Tags: Waste Management, New Jersey, Heavy-Duty Trucks, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Renews School Grant Sponsorship

Photo via Trucker Buddy

PeopleNet has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the School Supply Program that gives out grants to classrooms for needed supplies, announced Trucker Buddy International.

Tags: PeopleNet, Grants, Trucker Buddy

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Administration Moves to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The White House has issued new guidelines to Federal agencies to help accelerate the review and approval of infrastructure projects.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, White House, Highway Construction

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Cools, New Homes Soar

Economic watchers got a mixed bag of reports on Thursday. One showed an easing in part of the manufacturing sector, including a measure of business investment. However, two others were upbeat regarding housing and the upcoming holiday sales season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Unveils New Super Duty With Aluminum Body

Ford's 2017 Super Duty Photo: Ford

Ford introduced the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with a number of enhancements including a lighter weight aluminum-alloy body.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Chassis Cab, Ford, Ford Super Duty

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Technicians Win 1, 2, 3 at TMC SuperTech

Eric Vos, 31, won TMC SuperTech's grand championship in testing this week near Orlando. He's standing with some of his tool prizes.

Eric Vos, Brian Blevins and Josh Nordick helped FedEx Freight sweep the top three spots in the 11th annual TMC SuperTech Competition.

Tags: Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Veteran Apprenticeship Program Extended

Photo: Werner

Werner Enterprises is extending its Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program from 12 to 24 months, after getting approval from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Veterans, Werner Enterprises

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

NPTC Recognizes National Driver All-Stars

The NPTC's National Driver All-Stars. Photo: NPTC

The National Private Truck Council recognized 18 private-fleet truck drivers with its National Driver All-Stars award for excellence in customer service, safety, community service and adherence to company and regulatory standards.

Tags: National Safety Council, NPTC, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Private Fleets

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Show Little Post Labor Day Week Jump

Rates on the spot market showed little to no improvement over the past week, with little of the usual after-Labor-Day jump in available freight .

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Sluggish, Construction Declines

September marks another month of relatively subdued growth across the U.S. manufacturing sector, according to a preliminary report, and construction activity in the U.S. retreated in August.

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry, Manufacturing

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Might Alter ‘Implementation Roadmap’ for GHG Phase 2 Rules

The EPA is serious about further reducing exhaust emissions and boosting vehicle fuel economy. But the agency official’s remarks suggested that it intends to be reasonable about it.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, U.S. EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GHG emissions, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Adds Low-Speed Enhancements to Transmissions

The UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton has added two optional features to the company’s UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

September 22, 2015 - Press Release

Georgia Refuse Company Launches CNG Station

Photo courtesy of Advanced Disposal.

Advanced Disposal opened its seventh compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at its hauling facility in Macon, Ga., the refuse and recycling company announced.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Georgia, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Work-Related Fatalities at Six-Year High

Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fatal work-related injuries to commercial truck drivers last year reached their highest level in six years, per a summary of preliminary results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2014 just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Safety

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Dips Slightly in August

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 0.9% in August when compared to strong July numbers.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Drives Trailer Order Increase

Trailer orders saw a significant increase in August due to a surge in the dry van market, according to the latest report from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Flatbed, Trailer Orders

September 22, 2015 - Press Release

Mississippi's First LNG Station Opens

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling station in Mississippi, the company announced.

Tags: Mississippi, Clean Energy Fuels, LNG Fueling Station, LNG

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Decline Further

Photo: Jim Park

The prices of diesel and gasoline fuel dropped further for the week amid a volatile crude oil market, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Crude Oil Prices Affect U.S. Production

An oil well in North Dakota. Photo: ConocoPhillips

Crude oil prices are moving higher amid concerns that low prices have led to too many crude production cuts.

Tags: Oil Prices, Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

VHD Equipment Network to Merge With Power Heavy Duty

Vipar Heavy Duty has announced that its VHD Equipment Network of distributors will transition into the Power Heavy Duty network on Jan. 1, 2016.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Mergers & Acquisitions, Distribution

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