January 12, 2015 - Industry News
Sales of new-model full-size commercial vans rose more than 11 percent in 2014 as several manufacturers transitioned to European-style vans and phased out less fuel-efficient models.
Tags: Full-Size Vans, Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, Fleet Sales
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November, at a reading of 8.98, reflects dropping fuel prices, according to the transportation research firm. Strong freight volumes from a good Christmas shopping season also helped.
Tags: Fuel Prices, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index
Sen. Barbara Boxer, for many years a key transportation legislator, said she will not seek re-election in 2016.
Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Sen. Barbara Boxer
January 11, 2015 - Industry News
Interstate 94 in western Michigan finally re-opened Sunday after a 193-vehicle pile-up on Friday morning that killed a truck driver closed the highway for almost two days.
Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Highways, I-94
January 9, 2015 - Industry News
Mary Petrovich, a former CEO of AxleTech from 2002-2011, will rejoin the firm as executive chairman. Joe Mejaly, who joined the company in May 2014 as general manager, will serve as AxleTech International’s CEO.
Tags: Leadership, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, AxleTech International, Carlyle Group
Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.
Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA
I-94 is closed between Battle Creek and Kalamazo, Michigan, after an estimated 150-vehicle pileup on the snowy interstate that has killed at least one person.
Tags: Accidents, Michigan, I-94
January 9, 2015 - Product News
Webb Wheel OEM launched its new Specialty Truck Business Unit focused on dedicated sales and service support for specialty and vocational equipment operators and OEMs.
Tags: OEM, Webb Wheel, Specialty, Vocational Trucks, Wheel Ends
Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.
Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200
The Holman Automotive Group, parent company of 25 businesses ranging from auto dealerships to truck upfitting and ARI fleet management, named Steve Holman manager of community affairs.
Tags: Upfitting, Charity, Fleet Leasing, People, Holman Automotive
A Midwest/Northeast mobile maintenance and repair company is turning to independent contractors to help it expand its trailer maintenance offerings.
Tags: Trailers, Maintenance Contract, Independent Contractors, Fleet Enterprises
Truck drivers at the carrier Con-way Freight’s Bakersfield, California, terminal on Thursday voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.
Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, California, Teamsters, Labor Unions, LTL
Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment
January 8, 2015 - Industry News
Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.
Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment
January 8, 2015 - Product News
American Trucking Associations has released its 2014 Driver Compensation Study. Due to competition for drivers, it found, as much as 50% of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers.
Tags: ATA, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay
In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.
Tags: Emissions, Diesel, Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, CARB
Bridgestone Americas broke ground on the company’s new 30-story, $200 million headquarters to be located in the SoBro area of Nashville, Tennessee. The building is set to be completed in mid to late 2017.
Tags: Headquarters, Relocation, Bridgestone, Nashville, Tires
ASF Intermodal opened its newest intermodal drayage facility in Charlotte, N.C., the company’s first North Carolina terminal.
Tags: North Carolina, Expansion, ASF Intermodal, Terminals, Intermodal, Port Trucking
Drivewyze announced that private equity group Kanye Partners has invested in the company and its sister company Intelligent Imaging Systems to support the growth of its weigh station bypass service.
Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations
Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.
Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport, CARB
The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
January 7, 2015 - Industry News
Quantum Fuel Systems has received follow-on orders for its Q-Cab Lite and Q-Rail Lite compressed natural gas (CNG) system storage modules from a major carrier with over 200 terminals and operational locations in the U.S., the company announced.
Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks
Universal Truckload Services named Jeff Rogers as the company’s new CEO succeeding Scott Wolfe who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.
Tags: Leadership, People, CEO, Universal Truckload
A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.
Tags: Economy, Employment
The Rubber Manufacturers Association expects demand for both original equipment and replacement tires for commercial and light trucks to grow in 2015.
Tags: Replacement Tires, Rubber Manufacturers Association, Truck Tires, Light Truck Tires, Tires
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