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August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Keep Moving Lower as Oil Declines

The average cost of diesel has declined another half-cent from last week to $3.853 per gallon, its lowest price since late last November.

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Hiring 150 Drivers in Dallas Area

It said the need is due to growing needs across the company’s driving divisions, including: van truckload, dedicated, intermodal, tanker and regional operations.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-35W in Minneapolis Closing This Weekend

Credit: Minnesota DOT

Southbound I-35W from Highway 55 to 46th Street will close Friday, Aug. 8 at midnight through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Minnesota, Road Construction, I-94, Interstate 94

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Values Continuing Slide

Graphic: Black Book

Values for heavy-duty truck are falling at a slower rate while those for medium-duty models are remaining fairly consistent, according to new figures from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tunnel Opens For Trucks at PortMiami

After four years of construction, including a delay from this past May, the PortMiami Tunnel has opened, giving trucks easier access to nearby highways.

Tags: Florida, Ports, Port Trucking

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 1,000 Volvo, Nearly 200 Freightliner Trucks Recalled

Volvo Trucks of North America is recalling 1,025 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, NHTSA

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Maverick Expands Driver Training Center

With the additional space, Maverick now has the ability to train 210 drivers at any one time. Photo courtesy Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation last week celebrated the expansion of its driver training center, which adds more than 13,000 square feet to the previous facility.

Tags: Driver Training, Fleets, Maverick Transportation

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Customers Can Customize Trucks Online

Peterbilt's online configurator allows customers to see what model they create. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.

Tags: Peterbilt, Custom Products, Class 8

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Adds to U.S. Job Growth, Manufacturing Surges

The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Southbound I-495 Reopens in Delaware, Northbound to Follow

The southbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington, Del., have opened a month ahead of schedule following the realignment of the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River, according to the state DOT.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Vikas Jain Moves to Zonar from Omnitracs

Vikas Jain appointed as COO of Zonar. Photo: Zonar

Vikas Jain, formerly an executive with Omnitracs, has been named the new chief operating officer for Zonar.

Tags: Zonar, People, Omnitracs, Vikas Jain, Telematics, Information Technology

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Highway Funding

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Posts Smaller Second Quarter Loss

Photo: Evan Lockridge

YRC Worldwide Inc. cut it second quarter net loss to $4.9 million, or 16 cents per share, from $15.1 million, or $1.72 per share, from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

CRST Breaks Ground on New World Headquarters

CRST breaks ground on new headquarters. Photo via Amperage PR

CRST International’s Board Chairman John Smith and President and CEO, Dave Rusch, broke ground on the former First Street Parkade site for the new $37 million world headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tags: CRST, Fleets

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Reports Strong Second Quarter Results

Accuride Corp. says its Fix and Grow strategy is working, reporting operating income for the second quarter doubled year over year. The first half of 2014 is the first time it's reported positive net income since 2007.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Earnings, Brake Drums

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Daniels Tire Service Celebrates 75 Years with Goodyear

(L to R) Chris Helsel, director, retread, Goodyear; Doug Whittington, director of commercial tire sales, Goodyear; John Daniels, executive vice president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Jr., president, Daniels Tire; Doug Daniels Sr., chairman, Daniels Tire; and Phillip Kane, vice president, Goodyear Commercial Tire  Systems. Photo courtesy of Goodyear

Daniels Tired Service, a 14-location commercial, consumer and OTR tire dealership is celebrating 75 years as a Goodyear Tire and Rubber customer.

Tags: Goodyear, California, Tires, Company Anniversaries, Dealers

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Profit Edges Higher to $14.8 Million

The asset-light trucking and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has reported a small increase in its second quarter profit while revenue gained 36.6%.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Earnings

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Reports Profits for Third Quarter

Sales were down slightly for Meritor in its third fiscal quarter, but partly thanks to a settlement of an antitrust suit with Eaton, it saw net income of $234 million, compared to a net loss of $38 million in the same period last year.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, Earnings

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Reports First Profit Since 2011

“While continuing the work of implementing our turnaround plan, the progress we are making is evident in virtually every area of our business,” said President and CEO John Simone.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Study: State Enforcement Differences Undermine CSA Uniformity

Differing truck enforcement between states means CSA numbers are not consistent, study finds. File Photo: Kentucky State Police

A new study has confirmed that state enforcement disparities create uneven safety playing fields for motor carriers that have different operating patterns and mileage exposure in the lower 48 states.

Tags: CSA, ATRI, Enforcement

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Profit Jumps 26.5%, ArcBest Triples

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Less-than-truckload carrier, Old Dominion Freight Line, posted a 19.1% increase in its second quarter revenue while profit gained by a wider margin.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

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