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July 26, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

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

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Gain Opens Pair of Midwest CNG Stations

Photo courtesy of U.S. Gain.

U.S. Gain has opened two compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Indianapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, announced the CNG division of U.S. Venture.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix to Move Headquarters

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems signed an agreement to purchase a 60-acre site in Avon, Ohio, to build its new headquarters. It says it's outgrowing its current facility.

Tags: Headquarters, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Plummet, Manufacturing Rebounds

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in the U.S. dropped 6.8% in June from the previous month but are still up 18% over last year.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Drops Slightly

The asset-light freight transportation and logistics provider Universal Truckload Services reported second quarter net income of $13.3 million, down just slightly from $13.6 million a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Universal Truckload, Fleet Earnings

July 24, 2015 - Industry News

OSHA Fines Trucking Firm over Driver Suspension

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Oak Harbor Freight Lines $20,000 for retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when sick or fatigued.

Tags: Driver Safety, OSHA, Fatigue, Fines

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Contractor/Employee Debate Heating up at Ports

Some port drivers in Savannah believe they are "misclassified" as independent contractors. Photo via Justice for Port Truckers.

Are drivers who handle the drayage of intermodal containers into and out of the nation's ports employees or independent contractors? The controversy was visible this week at ports on both coasts.

Tags: Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors, Drayage

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler, Landstar Profit Moves Higher; Dana's Declines

Earnings season continued on Thursday, with results reported by the world’s largest truck manufacturer along with results from one component supplier and a major owner-operator trucking company.

Tags: Economy, Dana Holding Corp., Daimler, Earnings, Dana, Daimler Trucks North America, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Expect Delays In St. Paul this Weekend

Image: Minnesota DOT

Drivers should expect delays and a detour on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Detours, Road Closure, Minnesota DOT

July 23, 2015 - Press Release

Daimler Trucks North America Names Chief Diversity Officer

Kelley Platt. Photo: DTNA

Kelley Platt, president of Western Star Trucks, has been assigned the additional responsibility to serve as Daimler Trucks North America's chief diversity officer.

Tags: People, Daimler Trucks North America

July 23, 2015 - Product News

GuardDog Connect Telematics in 25,000 Mack Trucks

Cresson, Texas-based 3 Star Daylighting recently took delivery of the 25,000th Mack truck model equipped with Mack GuardDog Connect. Photo via Mack

Mack Trucks has activated its GuardDog Connect integrated telematics solution in more than 25,000 models since the product launched in 2014.

Tags: Telematics, Mack Trucks, Diagnostics

July 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Post Solid Gain

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months increased again, according to figures released on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

July 23, 2015 - Press Release

Kenworth Plant Earns Top Workplace Award

Kenworth's assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently earned a 2015 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Wash.) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Tags: Recycling, Kenworth, Top Workplace, Awards, Assembly Plants

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Sen. McConnell contends that if the Senate can pass its highway bill quickly, the House may be persuaded to agree to a multi-year package. Photo: mcconnell.senate.gov

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

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

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Interstate 10 To Reopen After Bridge Collapse

Photo via Caltrans

Interstate 10 near the border between California and Arizona will reopen to traffic this week after the bridge was washed out earlier in the week by flooding.

Tags: Caltrans, Flooding, I-10

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

International Secures Order for Over 1,000 Trucks

International LoneStar Photo via International

International Truck has announced securing an order for 1,050 Class 8 trucks from an unnamed provider of fleet and owner-operator leasing services.

Tags: LoneStar, International Trucks, ProStar, Truck Orders

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

ATA Dismisses Reason Foundation Call for Tolls

Photo: Jim Park

A report from the Reason Foundation outlining the benefits of tolling for infrastructure has been denounced by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Knight, Covenant Report Higher Profits

Earnings Watch: Two primarily truckload carriers, Knight and Covenant, saw higher profits in the second quarter, but lawsuit-related expenses kept Knight from reporting more.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Knight Transportation, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

OOS Violations Down in This Year's Brake Check

Out of service brake violations dropped slightly this year during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual, unannounced brake check day.

Tags: Brakes, CVSA, Out of Service Violations

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Goes Standard With Collision Mitigation Systems

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that's now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders. Photo courtesy UPS.

UPS is making collision mitigation technology standard equipment on every new Class 8 tractor the company orders.

Tags: UPS, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Seeing July Doldrums

The availability of truckload freight on the spot market hit a lull during the week ending July 18 compared to the previous week, leading to a decline in rates and load-to-truck ratios in all three equipment types, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events, Future Trucks, Fleet Technology Expo

July 22, 2015 - Industry News

Existing Home Sales Leap; Industrial Production Revised Downward

Economic Watch: Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors, while a separate report shows post-recession industrial production levels are not as strong as earlier thought.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Sales, Federal Reserve

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Falls Again In June

Graph via ATA

Flat production and dropping retail sales dragged down truck freight in June, with the American Trucking Associations' seasonally-adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index falling 0.5% to 131.1.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

Great Dane Names Leadership Appointments

Great Dane announced several leadership appointments to its management team affecting sales, marketing and customer experience.

Tags: Leadership, People, Great Dane

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