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February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Employment Help Launch Strong 2017

The U.S. manufacturing industry kicked off the year with its strongest performance in two years, according to a new report, while a separate one about the sector plus others regarding employment, personal spending and incomes all points to increased economic growth.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Employment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: 4th Quarter Profit for Volvo Jumps 86%

The parent company to truck and engine manufacturers Volvo and Mack on Wednesday reported sharply higher income for the final quarter of 2016. However, the Bulldog brand last year reported its weakest number of deliveries in several years.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Volvo Group, Quarterly Earnings

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Seeks to Quantify Trucking's Charitable Efforts

ATA's Chris Spear Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations has commissioned the American Transportation Research Institute to examine and quantify the trucking industry’s various charitable efforts.

Tags: ATA, Charity, Survey, ATRI

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Weighing the Value of Private-Label Aftermarket Parts

Image: Mack Trucks

The further we get from the engine, the greater the likelihood that fleets will use private label parts, contended Stu MacKay, president of market-research firm MacKay & Co., during a talk at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Parts and Service

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Announces 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For

Past representatives of the Best Fleets to Drive For. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriesEdge have announced the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For, made up of 20 North American for-hire trucking companies recognized for providing exemplary work environments for drivers and other employees.

Tags: Awards, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ConMet Taps Ken Kelley for Top Sales Post

Ken Kelley Photo courtesy of ConMet

ConMet has named Ken Kelley to its leadership team as vice president of North American sales.

Tags: Sales, Leadership, People, ConMet, Suppliers

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Names James Reed President and CEO

James D. Reed has been named president and chief executive officer of USA Truck, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Real-World Electric Highway Tests Start in Sweden

This Scania Class 8 tractor can run on conventional diesel power, or connect to overhead wires and run on electric power at highway speeds. Photo: Scania

The 2-kilometer stretch of road features a dedicated hybrid truck lane with a Siemens conductive system with overhead electrical wires, very much like the systems commonly used on mass-transit street cars, buses and trains today.

Tags: Siemens, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Scania, Electric Road

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: UPS Reports Loss, Paccar Earnings Fall

Despite increased revenue and freight volume, parcel delivery and trucking company UPS Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, UPS, Peterbilt, UPS Freight, Fleet Earnings

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Werner Enterprises Quarterly Profit Falls 40%

Earnings for trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises Inc. took a bit of a dive in not just the final quarter of last year but for all of 2016 as it said it continued to make a significant investment in its business.

Tags: Economy, Werner Enterprises, Fleet Earnings

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Down Slightly for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down by less than a cent, marking the third straight week of decreases since the start of the year

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 30, 2017 - Product News

Dayton Parts Adds U-Bolt Bend Product for Leaf Suspension Repairs

Dayton Parts has announced the Threaded Rod Midline System, which is designed to ensure the midpoint of a threaded rod to create a consistent U-bolt formation for replacement.

Tags: Suspensions, Parts and Service, Aftermarket

January 30, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Makes Bendix ESP Standard on T680, T880

Photo via Kenworth

The Bendix ESP electronic stability program has been made standard on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks, the OEM announced.

Tags: Kenworth, Electronic Stability Control, Bendix, T880, T680

January 30, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Adds Direct Shipping of Lubricant Products

Photo: Eaton

Eaton has expanded the company’s distribution channels for Eaton-branded synthetic lubricants and multi-purpose grease to include direct shipments to fleets and independent owner-operators.

Tags: Eaton, Lubricants, Grease, Transmissions

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Fleets Discuss Parts and Service Needs

Photo: Ryder

Fleet executives representing five vocations, 63,000 power units and 130,000 trailers shared their thoughts on what they need from heavy-duty aftermarket parts and service providers at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.

Tags: Aftermarket, Parts and Service

January 29, 2017 - Industry News

MacKay: Emissions-Related Is Fastest-Growing Aftermarket Segment

Photo: Jim Park

This probably will not come as a big surprise to most fleets, but emissions-related components are the fastest growing sector of the heavy-duty aftermarket, according to MacKay's John Blodgett

Tags: Diesel Emissions, Aftermarket

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Robert Nuss Named 2017 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year

Photo: ATD

Robert Nuss, president of Minnesota-based Nuss Truck Group, has been named the 2017 Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.

Tags: Truck Dealer of the Year, Awards, ADT, Procede Software, Truck Dealers

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Hotlanta: Atlanta Tops DAT's List of Places to Find Spot Freight

Atlanta was the hottest place to find spot truckload freight in 2016, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the largest on-demand freight exchange for spot market truckload freight.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Truckload, DAT Solutions

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Care Association Releases Heavy Duty Product Study

The three-phase HDDA study, conducted by Pricedex Software Inc., investigated current industry data exchange practices, reviewed reference data tables used in each sector, and determined industry practices for product attributes and product category hierarchies

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Industry Research, Auto Care Association, Heavy Duty Industry Feasability Study

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Will Trump's Take on Trade Be Boost or Bust for Fleets?

Image: Mexico Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that cross-border trade generated by NAFTA alone was worth $89 billion to the trucking industry. So are President Trump’s recent free trade actions a positive move for trucking? Or should American fleet executives be concerned?

Tags: Canada, Mexico, NAFTA, Free Trade Agreement, Donald Trump

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Judge Rules SEC Suit Against Former Navistar Exec Can Proceed

Navistar's Advanced EGR diesels couldn't meet EPA exhaust limits, but Chairman and CEO Dan Ustian promoted the products anyway, the SEC has charged. Photo: Tom Berg

Daniel C. Ustian, former chairman and CEO of Navistar International, had promoted a unique diesel exhaust emissions solution. But the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged in a suit that he knew it couldn’t work, with subsequent losses to company investors.

Tags: Navistar, EGR, SCR

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Stemco Builds R&D Lab to Design and Test Air Springs

Photo: Stemco

Stemco has completed construction of an R&D lab built to design and test advances in materials, designs, and technology for commercial vehicle air springs.

Tags: New Facility, Stemco, Air Springs

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Activity Looks Strong to Start 2017

Photo: Cargo Transporters

Truckable Economic Activity, the parts of Gross Domestic Product that spends time in trucks, looks to be getting off to a strong start in 2017.

Tags: Economy, Imports, Freight, HDAD, GDP, Exports

January 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Slows on Trade as Other Indicators Stay Strong

The widest measure of U.S. economic growth slowed in not just the final quarter of last year but for all of 2016. However, that performance wasn’t so much due to weakness here at home.

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

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