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February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Urgency Stressed in First Highway-Bill Hearing

Photo via Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Urgent need was the phrase most emphasized during the first hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure on reauthorizing the surface-transportation bill, which was held Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Highway Bill

February 11, 2015 - Product News

Freightliner Dealer to Build APG Dual-Fuel Vocational Trucks

Photo courtesy of APG.

Harrison Truck Centers will introduce a diesel-natural gas fueling system on severe-duty glider-kitted trucks, using a Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel System from American Power Group.

Tags: Glider Kits, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Freightliner, Dual Fuel System

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Stable, Remains Near Record High

U.S. DOT Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2009 - December 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The latest reading on freight movements in the U.S. shows the amount carried by the for-hire transportation industry was virtually unchanged in December from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

I-270 in Illinois to Temporarily Close for Demolition Work

Image via Google Maps.

Due to a planned closure on the morning of Feb. 17, drivers using Interstate 270 in North St. Louis County and Madison County, Ill., are being encouraged to consider alternate routes.

Tags: Missouri, Illinois, St. Louis, Road Closure, I-270

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar, UAW Approve New Labor Agreement

Navistar's Lisle, Illinois, headquarters. HDT file photo

Navistar and the United Automobile Workers union ratified a new four-year labor agreement after the contract was approved by a majority of UAW members.

Tags: Navistar, UAW, Labor Unions

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Ram 1500 Named Best Full-Size Truck Value

Photo: Ram

U.S. News & World Report has named the 2015 Ram 1500 the Best Full -Size Truck for the Money.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Full-Size Pickups, 2015-MY

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Forecast to Move Lower in the Short-Term

Despite the first upturn since November in average diesel prices this week, expect prices to move slightly lower at least for a while longer, according to the U.S. Energy Department and its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Finalists

Two of the three Highway Hero Finalists, Mack Guffey (left) and Clinton Blackburn. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Goodyear has made public details on the three finalists for the 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero Award. The winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 26 in Louisville, Ky.

Tags: Awards, Mid-America Trucking Show, Goodyear Highway Hero, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Forward Air Shows Slight Increase in Profits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The time-definite trucking and logistics services provider Forward Air Corp. has released figures showing a modest increases in earnings.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Continue Decline Despite Increased Freight Availability

The amount of freight available on the spot market has increased, but rates are doing anything but following in the same footsteps, hitting their lowest levels in at least four weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

USA Truck Reports First Full-Year Profit After Five Years of Losses

USA Truck Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $6.03 million for 2014, its first annual profit following five straight years of losses.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Fined $119,000 Over Trucking Terminal Explosion

The trucking company Saia Motor Freight Line has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an investigation regarding an explosion at one of its terminals last August, injuring four employees.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Saia

February 10, 2015 - Product News

Maxwell Signs Agreement with Purkeys to Distribute ESMs

Maxwell Technologies signed an agreement with Purkeys for distribution of Maxwell’s Engine Start Module product line to the heavy-duty trucking industry.

Tags: Maxwell Technologies, Starters, ESM, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Electrical System, Batteries

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Spending, Shipments Decline from Month Before, Up Over 2014

North American shipment volumes and total spending on freight both dropped in January, according to the Cass Freight Index, but they were also at their highest level for the month in at least three years.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Love’s Offers 99 Cent Per Gallon CNG

The Choctaw, Okla., Love's with fast fill CNG. Photo courtesy of Love's.

Love’s is offering 99-cent-per gallon compressed natural gas at select Midwest locations to mark the recent opening of a fast-fill CNG location in San Antonio. The deal will begin on Valentine’s Day and run for two weeks.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, I-40, Truckstops

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Posts Near 5% Annual Increase

Graphic: IANA

Significant mid-year gains, paired with across-the-board growth in the final quarter of last year, contributed to strong overall intermodal freight performance in 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology

Photo via Omnitracs

Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.

Tags: Safety, CSA, Omnitracs, Information Technology, E-logs

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Hosting Diesel Regulation and Compliance Event

One Stop Diesel Truck sessions are being hosted statewide in partnership with local agencies and vendors. Photo courtesy of ARB

The California Air Resources Board is hosting the Diesel Truck Regulation Information Session and Conference in Los Angeles to inform fleets about current rules on diesel engines and explain how to maintain compliance.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions, Regulations

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Editorial Team Welcomes David Cullen

David Cullen

David Lee Cullen, who has been covering trucking exclusively for major industry magazines since 1981, joins the Heavy Duty Trucking editorial team officially this week as executive editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Purchases UX Specialized Logistics for $59 Million

XPO Logistics Inc. announced it has acquired UX Specialized Logistics, a North American provider of last mile logistics services for major retail chains and e-commerce companies.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs User Conference Kicks Off With a Bang

John Graham, CEO Omnitracs LLC, welcomes attendees to the company's user conference which opened in Dallas Feb. 8. Photo by Jim Beach.

Omnitracs, LLC, hosted its first global user conference in the company’s new hometown, Dallas, Feb. 8-11, kicking off with a rousing drum line performance.

Tags: Telematics, Omnitracs, Routing, Fleet Management

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Offers Trucks Designed for Women Drivers

Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking, checking out new cab ergonomic specifications. Photo courtesy of Ryder System

A female-friendly heavy-duty truck package will be available for lease through Ryder System designed with the help of several OEMs and the Women In Trucking Association.

Tags: Ergonomics, Ryder System, Women in Trucking Association, Women Drivers

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Gives Out Dealer Awards at Annual Meeting

Members of Cervus Equipment Peterbilt accepting their award. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt gave out several awards to affiliated dealers at the company’s annual Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. The two-day business meeting also included presentations and sessions covering industry topics.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Awards, Dealers, Parts and Service, Annual Meeting

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

ACS Advertising is Sold and Renamed

ACS Advertising is one of three properties purchased from Pegasus TransTech by industry executives Kelley Walkup and Joanne Hazelwood. The company was renamed Conversion Interactive Agency.

Tags: Advertising, Pegasus TransTech, Marketing

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Profit Moves Higher Due to North American Sales

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on Monday reported gains in both profit and revenue for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Transmissions, Allison Transmission Holdings, Earnings

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