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February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Makes Another Purchase

Asset-light trucking and logistics services providers Roadrunner Transportation System has announced it has acquired Rich Logistics, a provider of truckload and expedited services based in Little Rock, Ark.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Loss Doubles, Company Focusing on Long-Term Growth

The Connecticut-based operation reported total revenue skyrocketed to $702.3 million in 2013 from $278.6 million in 2012, but it losses jumped to $48.5 million from $20.3 million during the same time

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, XPO Logistics

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Jumps for Fifth Straight Week on Higher Crude Prices

Diesel has increased for the fifth straight week, according to the U.S. Energy Department, adding 2.8 cents from a week ago, for a national average of $4.017 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Pre-inspection Program Begins at Peace Bridge for U.S. Bound Freight

Photo: Óðinn, via Wikimedia Commons.

The U.S. and Canada have officially launched the second phase of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, N.Y. in what might eventually lead to land pre-clearance for trucks at many other border crossings.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, inspections, Department of Homeland Security, Peace Bridge

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Lane Kidd Leaving Arkansas Trucking Association

Lane Kidd

Lane Kidd and the Arkansas Trucking Association are going separate ways. Kidd, 60, served as president of the association for 22 years. He said he is leaving to focus on The Kidd Group, a public affairs and investment group he founded last year. He also will continue to manage the Trucking Alliance.

Tags: Arkansas, Trucking Associations, Lane Kidd, Trucking Alliance, People

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

California AG Gives Thumbs Up on Driver Video Cameras

California’s Attorney General issued an opinion earlier this month saying continuous video taping of truck drivers while they are behind the wheel does not violate state law.

Tags: Drivers, Camera, Safety & Compliance, Front-View Camera, California

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Implement Surcharges for Delays at Port of NY and NJ

Some trucking operations serving the Port of New York and New Jersey have stated imposing surcharges for delays they are experiencing due to congestion at container terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Double Coin Tires and CMA Open New Distribution Center

Double Coin Tires and CMA now has a second North American distribution center with the opening of a West Coast distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Tags: Double Coin, Tires, Wheels, CMA

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

David Flaherty Named a TCA Highway Angel

David Flaherty, who lives in Walkertown, N.C., and drives for ABF Freight System Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark., has just been named TCA’s latest Highway Angel.

Tags: TCA, ABF, TCA Highway Angel

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts Expands Denton, Texas Facility

Inland Truck Parts has reinvested in North Texas with a new, larger Denton facility just up the street from their former location. The new facility at 4321 N. Elm Street is open for truck repairs and service.

Tags: Aftermarket, Inland Truck Parts

February 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Construction Starts Decline in January

The value of new construction starts fell 13% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $485 billion, according to new figures released by industry data provider McGraw Hill Constructio

Tags: Economy, Construction Industry

February 22, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces Dealer Awards

Peterbilt announced many dealer awards during its annual Dealer Meeting in Fort Worth, near Peterbilt’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Denton, Texas. The business meeting celebrated both dealer performance and Peterbilt’s 75th anniversary.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealers

February 22, 2014 - Industry News

Mack’s Poised to Win More Sales with Products and Support, New President Says

"I think our competitors will start hearing our footsteps.” -- Stephen Roy

Dealers are “fired up” to sell trucks, with new emphasis on highway applications. And executives will "relaunch the Mack brand" at the ConExpo-ConAgg show in March.

Tags: Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Product Support, OEM, Dealers, Vocational, Heavy-Duty Trucks

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Former Daimler Truck Head Renschler Headed to Volkswagen

Andreas Renschler

The former head of Daimler Trucks, who left the company last month after less than a year of overseeing Mercedes Benz cars and vans at parent company Daimler AG, will be taking over responsibility for commercial vehicles at Volkswagen AG.

Tags: Volkswagen, OEM, Leadership, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Denso Expands Heavy Duty Management Team

Denso has added Frank Jenkins in the heavy duty marketing group as senior manager, where he will direct heavy-duty sales, marketing, product and business development activities for the Americas.

Tags: Leadership, Denso, People

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Announces Executive Appointments in Commercial Truck

Meritor announced two executive appointments in its commercial truck and industrial business. Joe Plomin has been named president, international, Europe and Asia Pacific; Chris Villavarayan has been appointed president, Americas, responsible for the company’s North and South America truck, defense and specialty businesses.

Tags: Leadership, Meritor, People

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Sales Co. Receives 2013 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year Award

Kenworth Sales Co. was named 2013 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in the Seattle area.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers, Kenworth Sales Co.

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: January Existing Home Sales Drop

Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to a report released on Friday by the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Supreme Court Reverses Earlier Ruling Against Owner-Operators

The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned an earlier decision classifying trucking company owner-operators as employees.

Tags: Idaho, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Independent Contractors

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations, Driver Health

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar To Consolidate Engine Manufacturing

Navistar International Corp. announced the consolidation of mid-range engine manufacturing, the next step in its turnaround efforts. As a result, the company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill.

Tags: Navistar, Consolidation

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Universal Truckload 2013 Profit and Revenue Increase, Declares Dividend

Asset-light freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services saw improvements in both its yearly and final quarter profit, according to newly released numbers.

Tags: Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Promotes Sandeep Kar

Sandeep Kar has been recently promoted to the role of global director of research for Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive and Transportation industry research group.

Tags: Leadership, Frost & Sullivan, People

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Now Taking Comments on Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aims to plug some holes in the regulatory net with its proposed clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results. The clearinghouse, which has been on the safety wish list for 15 years, is designed to prevent commercial drivers from hiding drug or alcohol violations and ensure that carriers are meeting their responsibility to test for substance abuse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Safety, Drug Testing

February 20, 2014 - Industry News

Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Compressed Natural Gas, Weights and Measures

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