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August 8, 2014 - Industry News

July Truckload Freight Volume, Rates Up from a Year Earlier

Truckload spot market, five-year trend.

Truckload freight availability remained elevated in July compared to previous years despite a seasonal dip, according to the DAT North American Freight Index released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

New Subscription Service Offers Trucking Company, Shipper Information

Photo via Data Driven Shipping

Data Driven Shipping has launched a subscription service for finding and downloading trucking company and shipper information online.

Tags: Online Tool, Data Driven Shipping, Information Technology, Shippers

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award Nominations

The American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the eighth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Image

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

I-25 in Denver Closing This Weekend Due to 'Gap Lane Project'

Get ready for Denver’s version of “carmageddon” or "truckpocalypse" this weekend, when there will be a shutdown of part of Interstate 25 in the city’s southwest section. It's because of the I-25 Gap Lane Project, where crews are working to add a fourth northbound lane.

Tags: Colorado, Highway Construction, I-25, Interstate 25, Truckpocalypse

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs To Hold Outlook User Conference in 2015

Photo via Omnitracs.com

Omnitracs announced the fleet management software and telematics company's first joint user conference, called Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: Roadnet Technologies, Sylectus, Omnitracs, Information Technology, Events

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Four New Locations

The new Pilot in Grand Junction, Colo. Photo courtesy Pilot Flying J.

Travel center chain Pilot Flying J opened four new locations in July, in Grand Junction, Colo., Tonkawa, Okla., Tilden, Texas, and Fernley, Nev.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Drivewyze Nearing 400 Locations with Weigh Station Bypass Service

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service has been added in Georgia, making it the 26th state to offer the mobile-based truck weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Executive VP, CFO Beckham to Depart

The trucking company USA Truck announced Thursday morning Clifton R. Beckham will resign as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective September 30.

August 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobless Benefit Claims Sink to 2006 Low

First time jobless claims over the last month in the U.S. fell to its lowest level since February 2006, well before the Great Recession.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Honors Albert With Gary King Award

Henry Albert was honored during the Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

Henry Albert, a fleet owner and professional driver, has been awarded the annual Gary King Memorial Trophy for his representation of the Trucker Buddy student pen-pal program.

Tags: Awards, Trucker Buddy, Image

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Second Quarter Profit More Than Doubles

The trucking operation Celadon Group Inc. more than doubled its net income in the second quarter of the year while revenue increased 21.4%.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, Earnings

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Group Names New President

Marmon Highway Technologies has named Ken Kelley group president of its Fontaine Fifth Wheel companies, including Fontaine Fifth Wheel, Fontaine Parts Connection, Fontaine Coupling Solutions and Fontaine Fifth Wheel Europe.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, People, Fontaine Fifth Wheel

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Particulate Filter Sales Soaring in California

Sales of diesel particulate filters for commercial trucks and buses in California increased at the end of 2013 and in the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013, according a survey released by the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF, Aftermarket, Diesel Particulate Filter

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Mergers, Acquisitions Forecast to Increase

The pace of transportation and logistics mergers and acquisitions accelerated during the second quarter of the year, as measured by both announced value and volume, according to a new report from accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, but don’t expect records to be broken.

Tags: Research, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Produce Imports to Increase at Savannah Port

Credit: GPA

Expect to see more South American produce coming directly into the southern U.S. at one facility due to the Georgia Ports Authority’s participation in a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program.

Tags: Georgia, Ports, Port Trucking

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Missouri Voters Turn Back Tax Hike for Transportation

Missouri voters on Tuesday rejected an increase in the state sales tax with the proceeds going to pay for road and bridge building and repair projects.

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

J&R Schugel Trucking Taking Over Kraft Private Fleet

Credit: J&R Schugel Facbook page

Schugel Trucking, New Ulm, Minn., recently accepted the opportunity to take over Kraft Food’s private fleet after the company announced plans earlier to eliminate the operation around the country.

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Moves from Loss to Profit in Second Quarter

Trucking company parent Quality Distribution Inc. has reported a 6.8% increase in revenue in the second quarter of the year compared to the same time a year ago as it moved from a loss to a profit.

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drift Lower Amid Higher Volume

Spot truckload load volume rose sharply and capacity tightened during the past week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Moves Chattanooga Facility

The new full-service dealership includes CNG/LNG compliant bays, lighting and translucent wash bay doors. Photo via MHC Kenworth

Murphy-Hoffman Company’s dealership in Chattanooga, Tenn., is moving to a new facility off of I-75. This new location will be the dealership in Tennessee for the truck dealer group.

Tags: Tennessee, Dealers, MHC

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Confirms Tight Capacity

Trucking capacity is indeed tight, according to the third-quarter 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted in July by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, and carriers are trying many methods to improve productivity.

Tags: Productivity, Research, Capacity

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

TIMTC, USDOT Sponsor Webinar on Freight Technology

The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation invite industry stakeholders to learn how technology assessment tools can help carriers identify investment opportunities and improve operations.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, XRS, TIMTC

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Post Solid Gains

UPDATED -- Shipments increased 0.5% from the month before following a May drop of 1%, hitting its highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit Second-Best July Ever

Near-record-setting Class 8 truck orders of nearly 30,000 in July mean the industry is on track to potentially reach 325,000 Class 8 trucks this year, according to preliminary figures from two industry research groups.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Chinese Gliders Are Platforms for New American Class 7-8 Trucks

This Alkane prototype heavy tractor has a Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton UltraShift transmission. Its LNG system might be changed to easier-to-handle CNG. Photo: Alkane

Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8

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