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February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Trucks Recalled for Transmission Gear Display

Photo of Peterbilt 567 courtesy of Paccar.

Paccar Inc. is recalling approximately 1,938 2017-2018 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks as well as Peterbilt 567 and 579 trucks equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage transmission with a right-hand stalk shifter because the transmission gear display may display incorrectly.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, Transmissions

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Controversial Glider Kit Environmental Study Comes Under Fire

A study that played a key role in a recent EPA proposal to roll back glider kit restrictions has come under fire by the faculty of the Tennessee unversity that conducted it. Photo: Tom Berg

A controversial study commissioned by Fitzgerald Glider Kits that played a key role in a recent EPA proposal to rollback glider kit restrictions has come under fire by the faculty of the Tennessee university that conducted it.

Tags: Regulations, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Glider Kits, OEMs, GHG Phase 2

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Extend Hot Streak Into 2018

January continued a three-month stretch of elevated trailer orders. Reefer orders were particularly strong.  Photo: Carrier Transicold

Trailer orders in January will likely breach 39,000 units once the final numbers are tallied, indicating a strong start to 2018.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Capacity, Trailer Orders

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Lags, but Homes, E-Commerce, Consumer Sentiment Rise

Several recent economic indicators, with the exception of a measure of the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities production, have all moved higher. That indicates economic activity in the first month to month and a half of 2017 is still very much alive, despite recent concerns about the future following stock market gyrations.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products for 2018

HDT has announced its list of the Top 20 Products for 2018.

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced its 2018 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant, and useful new product announcements from last year.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Three Former Employees Found Guilty in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

Three of the four former Pilot Flying J sales employees on trial for their roles in a fuel-rebate scam that defrauded trucking companies of millions of dollars have been found guilty.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Crime, Trial

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Sales Soar, Truck Maker Eyes Growth and Autonomous Tech

General Manager Kyle Quinn talks about Peterbilt's 2017 accomplishments. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

After reaching new market-share highs in Class 8 and vocational truck sales for 2017, Peterbilt has kicked off 2018 with an addition to its on-highway truck family and plans to continue to grow its market share as it also works on developing the next generation of advanced driver assistance systems.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Market Share, Autonomous Vehicles, ADAS

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Load Posts, Capacity Hold Firm as Rates Continue Decline

Spot market truckload freight rates continued moving lower for the week ending Feb. 10, according to load board operator DAT Solutions, despite a slight increase in available freight and a drop in truck capacity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Bendix Honors Gould with Leadership Excellence Award

2018 Excellence in Bendix Leadership Award honorees are joined by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems executive leadership. From left: Carlos Hungria, Barbara Gould, Juan Carlos “JC” Mellado, Sonia Meade, Berend Bracht and Joe McAleese. Photo: Bendix

Bendix has awarded its communications director Barbara Gould with its 2018 Excellence in Bendix Leadership award.

Tags: Leadership, Bendix, Awards, People

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Peterbilt Unveils Model 579 UltraLoft Integrated Sleeper Truck

A fold-down ladder offers easy access to the Model 579 UltraLoft's upper sleeper bunk. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt has introduced its new Model 579 UltraLoft, an integrated high-loft sleeper truck designed to give driver teams and solo truck drivers extra space and amenities, with a fuel efficiency boost as well.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Model 579, Sleepers

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Tire Shipments Set 2017 Records

Tread of a ULP Ultra Drive Retread Tire courtesy of Michelin North America.

The domestic tire industry reached two milestones in 2017. Replacement truck tire shipments totaled 19.2 million units, a record high.

Tags: Truck Tires, Tires, Trends, Replacement Parts

February 15, 2018 - Product News

Celadon Upgrades CelaTrac Freight Tracking Software

Celadon Group has released open beta testing to all users for its newly updated customer load-tracking platform CelaTrac.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Celadon Group, Asset Tracking

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ryder Expands Cross-Border Network In Texas

New facility will handle thousands of shipments behalf of 19 customers within the auto, industrial, retail, and high-tech industries and will provide additional services and capacity opportunities to Ryder’s North American customers. Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a new logistics facility in Laredo, Texas, primarily to support cross-border shipments between the U.S. and Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Texas, Ryder System

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

AxleTech Rebrands to Emphasize Technology Investment

AxleTech International has rebranded as AxleTech to emphasize the “tech” in its name.

AxleTech International has rebranded as simply AxleTech with the aim of emphasizing the “tech” in its name, acknowledging its focus on and investments in being a technology company.

Tags: Technology, Aftermarket Parts, Axles, Branding

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

American Central Transport Driver Raise Includes Detention Pay

ACT contract drivers will be paid an additional 2 cents per mile and company drivers will receive a pay raise and be eligible for up to $500 in monthly bonuses. Photo via ACT

American Central Transport has announced that it is increasing both contractor and company driver pay this month as well as implementing a new bonus for company drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Witchita Inland Truck Absorbs Fleet Maintenance Employees

Image courtesy of Inland Truck Parts<br />

Inland Truck Parts & Service of Wichita, Kan., recently stepped in to offer help when nearby Wichita-based Fleet Maintenance, Inc. was destroyed in a fire.

Tags: Fire, Inland Truck Parts, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2012 - December 2017. Credit: U.S. DOT

A gauge of the level of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry capped off 2017 by posting another new all-time monthly high, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index, Freight

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

New York Fleet Deploys Orange EV Yard Truck

Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) stands with their new Orange EV T-Series pure-electric terminal truck. (L-R) Bill Loupee, VP of both ITS and TCS (Transportation and Consolidation Services, Inc.); James Hotnich, dispatch manager; Owen Owens, driver; and Dave Harper, president of ITS. (Photo courtesy of Orange EV)

Sonwil Distribution Center deployed Orange EV’s T-Series pure-electric terminal truck at its 300,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Buffalo, New York.

Tags: Dispatch, Orange EV

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Jump as Retail Sales Drop

Prices at the retail level jumped more than expected during January, raising concerns about rising inflation as well as interest rates, while a separate reported showed one of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy declined by the most in nearly a year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Federal Reserve

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Senate Confirms Martinez as FMCSA Administrator

New FMCSA chief Raymond Maretinez File photo

Raymond Martinez’s appointment as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was confirmed by a Senate voice vote late on Feb. 13.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. Senate

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers Cascadia Detroit Connect Remote Updates

Remote Updates is enabled by the Detroit Connect platform and is part of the Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, which also includes Detroit Connect Virtual Technician and Detroit Connect Analytics. (Image courtesy of Daimler Trucks North America)

Detroit Connect Remote Updates is now available exclusively for the new Freightliner Cascadia spec’ed with Detroit engines.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Detroit, Remote Updates

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking and highway stakeholder groups are less than thrilled with devils in the details of the gargantuan Trump infrastructure plan. Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

Tags: ATA, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

Fleet&#39;s can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that ship-thru codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways.

Tags: Chevrolet, GMC Savana, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Ship-Thru, Knapheide, Adrian Steel

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

FTR Finds Maxed-Out Capacity in Latest Trucking Conditions Index

FTR&amp;rsquo;s Trucking Conditions Index for December rebounded after a one-month lull in November to a strong 9.2 reading. Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rebounded in December to a reading of 9.2, reflecting a full capacity environment with strong freight demand.

Tags: Productivity, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Milan Increases Pay for Company Drivers, Owner-Operators

Milan is one of many trucking companies that have announced pay incentives aimed at recruiting new prospects and retaining experienced drivers. Photo via Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Milan Supply Chain Solutions announced a pay increase for regional over-the-road truck drivers and independent contractors.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

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