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March 18, 2015 - Product News

Talbert Adds Capacity to Traveling Axle Series Trailers

Photo courtesy of Talbert

Talbert Manufacturing updated its Traveling Axle Series, increasing hauling capacity by 5 tons. The five new trailer models will replace the previous versions within the trailer series.

Tags: Capacity, Dropdeck Trailers, MATS, Talbert Trailers, Trailers

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

Flatbeds Post Only Increase in Spot Market Rates Over Past Week

The average flatbed rate on the spot market picked up a little more steam while rates in the other two sectors remained stable as both the number of loads to move and truck capacity increased.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

March 18, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Profit Leaps More Than 50%

Photo: FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported a 4% increase in revenue while profit jumped more than 50% in its most recent fiscal quarter.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Photo: U.S. House T&I Committee

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Surface Transportation, Highway Bill, Devolution

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Says It's Taking on Michelin for Fuel-Efficient Tire Leader

Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear wants to be the leader in fuel-efficient truck tires. Why? Because the number one concern of long-haul fleets across America is fuel costs.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires, Fuel Efficiency

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases CSA App, ATA Calls It Irresponsible

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has released a smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to current online safety performance information on interstate truck and bus companies. The ATA called the move irresponsible.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, U.S. DOT, BASIC, Mobile Apps, Safety & Compliance

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for FTR Virtual Conference

Photo: FTR

FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.

Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Post Largest Drop in 4 Years

Nationwide housing starts dropped 17% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 units in February, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Opens NGV Maintenance Facility in Calif.

Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to provide vehicle maintenance for Ryder lease and rental customers, mobile maintenance, and a 20-minute rental service guarantee, along with on-site diesel fueling.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG, LNG

March 16, 2015 - Product News

Kinetics Hybrid Offered for Class 3-7 Trucks

Image via Crosspoint Kinetics

Crosspoint Kinetics announced that its Kinetics Hybrid system will fit many class 3-7 trucks including the Isuzu Reach platform, Ford E-350, Ram 5500, Chevrolet 4500 and several others.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Crosspoint

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Q&A: Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Truck Tires

Rick Phillips. Photo courtesy Yokohama.

How is the booming truck market affecting commercial tire sales? Yokohama's Rick Phillips answers this question and more in this Q&A.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Ends 5-Week Rally, Falls Below $2.92

A rally for on-highway diesel prices has ended with the average cost of the fuel falling for the first in more than a month, according to the latest weekly report from the U.S. Energy Department, as the price of crude oil is down dramatically.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Hits Billion Dollar Sales Mark

Photo: Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems surpassed $1 billion in sales during 2014, marking a first for the company.

Tags: Sales, Bendix, Brakes, Wheel Ends, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

March 16, 2015 - Product News

Mack's GuardDog Connect Monitors mDrive Transmissions

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will be using its Mack GuardDog Connect integrated telematics system to monitor critical fault codes for trucks equipped with Mack mDrive automated manual transmissions.

Tags: telematics, Technology, Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Rises, Home Builder Confidence Down

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UPDATED -- Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.1% in February from the month before, but is 3.5% higher than the same time a year ago.

Tags: Industrial Production, Economy

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

Tags: Canada, Legislation, Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Offers Heavy Payload F-150 to Commercial Users

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package on regular cab and extended cab 2015 F-150 trucks. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.

Tags: Ford F-150, Towing, Payload, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Dart Offers Bose Seats to Drivers

Bose Ride seat. Image:Bose

Dartco has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks for its drivers to improve comfort on long drives, the company announced. The seats will also be available as bonuses or performance incentives.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dart, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Bose

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Virginia Port Addresses Congestion's Impact on Truckers

Trucks are backed up along the roads leading into the Port of Virginia. Image:Via Wavy.com video

The Port of Virginia has begun implementing several policies to ease congestion and address problems for truckers at the busy East Coast port.

Tags: Virginia, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking, Intermodal

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Fall Again, Consumer Optimism Dips

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Prices at the wholesale level fell again in February, down 0.5% from the month before, the fourth straight month this has happened, and is the largest drop since 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Travel Centers of America Profits Surge

Photo: Jim Park

The parent to the truckstop chains TA and Petro reported sharp increases in its profits for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, Truckstops, Earnings, Travel Centers of America

March 13, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Starts 2015 F-150 Production in Kansas City

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, drives the first 2015 F-150 built in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Assembly Plant about four months after it began building aluminum-body trucks at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Assembly Plants, Large Pickups

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

Source: ARTBA

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Highway Construction, Capitol Hill

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Opens Nominations for Leadership Program

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the third class of its LEAD ATA leadership development program designed to nurture the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

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