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February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Trains 8,000 on Aluminum F-150 Production

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford is putting 8,000 of its workers through an intensive training program to ensure everyone knows how to work with the new materials, such as aluminum panels,in the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, Vehicle Manufacturing, Assembly Plant

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which Congressional Republicans had sent to the White House earlier today.

Tags: President Obama, U.S. Congress, Oil Prices, Economic Conditions

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Hadley Names National Fleet Manager

Jim Clark, National Fleet and Dealer Manager.

Hadley has hired Jim Clark as its National Fleet and Dealer Manager as part of a plan to expand the company’s national presence.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, People, Hadley Products

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Judge Approves Agreement Ending Federal Oversight of Teamsters

A federal judge for the Southern District of New York approved an agreement last week ending more than 25 years of government oversight of the Teamsters Union.

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2009-MY, 2010-MY, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, 2008-MY, Ford

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Hits All-Time High In January

Graph via ATA Truck Tonnage Index.

The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index hit an all-time high of 135.7 in January according to the seasonally adjusted report from American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage Index

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

TravelCenters Opens Two Petro Service Facilities

TravelCenters of America has opened Petro: Lube Truck Service facilities at Petro locations in Napoleon, Ohio and Wells, Nev.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, Service Center

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Donaldson Profit Falls Slightly in Most Recent Quarter

Donaldson released financial results for its fiscal second quarter ending at the close of January, showing a 14% drop in net earnings despite a small uptick in sales.

Tags: Earnings, Donaldson

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Falls, Service Sector Rebounds Strongly

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer confidence fell this month from a more than seven-year high last month, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Increases for Third Straight Week to $2.90

The average U.S. cost of on-highway diesel has increased for the third straight week since hitting a five-year low early this month, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Named Highway Angel for Pulling Man from Burning Car

For rescuing an unconscious man from a burning car the Truckload Carriers Association named escort driver Joe Bearce a Highway Angel.

Tags: Driver Safety, Escort, TCA, TCA Highway Angel

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Normalize in January

Trailer orders for January hit 27,300 units returning to normal order rates after an increased rate in the last three months of 2014, according to report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Fall, Total Construction Rises

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Existing-home sales in the U.S. declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Construction Spending

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Looks to Stop Merger Combining Two of Nation’s Largest Private Fleets

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint charging that the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide and in 32 local markets for foodservice distribution services.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached Over West Coast Port Labor Problems

Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Port of L.A.

The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Friday evening announced a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering 13,000 workers at all 29 West Coast ports – but problems at the ports are far from over.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 23, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Details Diagnostic Application

Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system.

Tags: Cummins, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Show Continued Strength in January

Class 8 truck orders orders were booked above a 400,000-unit seasonal rate in January for the fourth month in a row, according to ACT Research.

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

February 20, 2015 - Product News

Knight Chooses Zonar Tablet for Telematics Platform

Photo courtesty of Zonar

Knight Transportation has chosen the Zonar 2020 Mobile Tablet as the new telematics platform for its fleet.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Knight Transportation, Tablets

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Awards Parts Dealers At Dealer Meeting

From left are, Truck Enterprises executives John Harter and Jim Hartman, and David Danforth, PACCAR Parts general manager and PACCAR vice president. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth named Truck Enterprises Hagerstown its 2014 Parts and Service Dealer of the Year and named Worldwide Equipment as the 2014 TRP All-Makes Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Kenworth, Awards, TRP, Parts and Service

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Forward Collision Warning, NHTSA

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Slips

The logistics and customized freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services Inc. has reported earnings showing profits declined slightly in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Holding More Than Doubles 4th Quarter Profit

The vehicle component manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. on Thursday reported net income for the final quarter of 2014 more than doubled from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Quarterly Report

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