April 13, 2000 - Industry News
Despite slowing North American demand for medium and heavy duty trucks, Cummins Engine Co. posted a 75% increase in first quarter profits compared to the same period last year
Class 6-8 vehicles operated at an average 83.5% capacity in first quarter 2000, up 2.1 percentage points from first quarter 1999, according to the latest survey by MacKay & Co. Researchers said this was the highest utilization rate since 1988.
The survey of 1,357 truck and bus fleets also indicated strong demand for truck transportation highlighted by an unusually small decline in utilization from fourth to first quarter
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is re-evaluating a recent decision to enforce wheel chock rules
Sales and marketing executives in the trucking industry have a new place to go for continuing education and networking. The former Sales and Marketing Council of American Trucking Associations has changed its name and location. It is now called the Transportation Sales and Marketing Assn. and is affiliated with SMC3
April 12, 2000 - Industry News
Budd Van Lines has opened a full-service, regional operation center in Kennesaw, GA
LTL carrier Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., has purchased OptiSchedule, a strategic decision-support system from Logistics.com. The fleet worked with Logistics.com during an 18-month period to develop the OptiSchedule system, said to create efficient linehaul driver schedules
Tri-White Corp., Toronto, ON, has reached an agreement to sell its Trucking Group, comprised of both the Full-Load and Logistics Divisions of Tri-Line Expressways Ltd., and High-Tech Express & Distribution Ltd. to TCT Logistics Inc. for $44 million
Roadway Express, Akron, OH, has reported net income of nearly $10.4 million for the first quarter ended March 25, 2000, up 31% from net income of $7.9 million in the first quarter
Skyway Freight Systems Inc., an interstate trucking company headquartered in Watsonville, CA, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on Friday, April 7, 2000.
Consolidated Freightways, Menlo Park, CA, has partnered with U.S.Customs to automate in-bond freight customs clearances
A lawsuit filed against United Parcel Service claims the company's policies regarding delivery deadlines contributed to a fatal accident
The Oregon Department of Transportation has reopened the Oregon Coast Hwy. (U.S. 101) Cape Cove Slide, approximately 13 miles south of Yachats
Florida will renumber exits on its interstates to correspond with the closest mileage marker, as is done in most other states, rather than numbering them sequentially as they are currently
Volvo Trucks Canada and Centennial College are officially launching an unusual modified apprenticeship program today designed to help alleviate the shortage of qualified heavy-truck technicians in Canada
April 11, 2000 - Industry News
Say goodbye to HighwayMaster. Say hello to @Track, pronounced “at-track.”
HighwayMaster Communications, Inc., of Richardson, TX, has changed its name to @Track Communications, Inc
International's Engine Group recently revealed its strategy to get over the next two emissions hurdles to analysts and press at its Melrose Park, IL, headquarters. It includes digital valve technology and camless diesels.
The first new engine will be launched in 2001, a high-speed, new technology 4.5-liter V6 diesel designed to complement the company's high-volume V8, the 7.3-liter T444E. A new 6.0-liter V8 will ultimately replace today’s 7.3 – probably in the 2004 timeframe
LTL giant Consolidated Freightways Corp., Menlo Park, CA, will deploy more than 2,000 pagers for drivers to use on the WebLink Wireless national wireless network. According to a WebLink spokeswoman, CF will deploy approximately 1,200 Motorola
The U.S. Department of Commerce has revised trailer sales data for 1998 from 344,312 units to 277,419 units. This is more in line with manufacturer surveys done by Economic Planning Associates which put 1998 total sales at 280,350
DAT Services, Portland, OR, will now help customers analyze freight lanes and contact individuals responsible for specific freight movements on the DAT system
The Department of Transportation is making plans to roll out its hours of service reform proposal
"Wrongly Accused: Contrary to popular opinion, when cars and heavy trucks collide, the passenger vehicle is usually to blame, a U-M study shows."
This is not news to the trucking industry, but it was great to see
Idaho's governor is expected to sign legislation that repeals the state's weight-distance tax and gives the American Trucking Assns. $27 million in order to settle the ATA's suit alleging that the tax is unconstitutional
Cox Petroleum will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean-up costs after one of its tankers crashed on California's Ventura Freeway and spilled about 6,000 gallons of gasoline into the ocean
The newest border crossing in Laredo, TX, opens this weekend and will keep trucks out of the downtown area
Peterbilt's Specialized Training Service Program is getting ready to graduate its fourth class, making a total of 26 new technicians for Peterbilt dealers
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