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December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slowed in November

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, but at a slower pace, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest survey by the Institute for Supply Management

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking Increasing Driver Pay

The trucking companies Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking announced a pay increase for their company national over the road drivers starting the first of next year.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Pay, Crete Carrier Corp., Shaffer Trucking

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Drivers Vote Down Teamsters in Louisville

Truck drivers at FedEx Freight’s Louisville, Kentucky, terminal last week voted against representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Kentucky, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Canada's Mullen Group to Make Second-Biggest Acquisition Ever

Alberta-based trucking company Mullen Group Ltd. says it will pay $172 million cash to buy Winnipeg-based transport company Gardewine Group Limited Partnership.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oilfield

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Improve Over Previous Week

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates have posted slight gains, but one sector continues to see rates slide, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Gains in Durables, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence

Key economic indicators for October that were posted last week show mostly good news for trucking, including durable goods, home sales and consumer confidence.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

November 28, 2014 - Industry News

Blossman Developing Propane Autogas Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Blossman Services.

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services Inc. will produce a Ford Transit van powered by propane autogas and available in January, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, Blossman, Propane Conversion, EPA Certification

November 27, 2014 - Industry News

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing turkey and football player. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The offices of Truckinginfo.com and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Purcell Opens Commercial Tire Center in Arizona

Purcell Tire and Service Center in Tuscon, Ariz: Photo via Purcell.

Purcell announced the opening of a new commercial tire and service center in Tucson, Ariz., to service heavy duty trucks. The center is located at 1515 East Ajo Way in Tuscon, near Interstate 10.

Tags: Tires, Arizona, Alignment, Service Center

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Reaches Contract Agreement for Illinois Facility

Accuride Corporation successfully reached a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the union at its Rockford Operations facility in Rockford, Ill. The accord gives Accuride long-term agreements with all four U.S. and Canadian union represented operations.

Tags: UAW, Gunite, Accuride, Labor Unions, Wheel Ends

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Flat in October

Photo: Jim Park

Sales of used Class 8 trucks were essentially flat in October, rising by only 1% over the previous month according to an ACT Research report.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

Tags: Full-Size Vans, Depreciation, Black Book

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Comments on Insurance Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking for comments on a plan to raise insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, Department of Transportation, Hazmat

November 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 6-7 Sales Slide After Mileage Spike

Photo of Coors Light beverage truck using a Freightliner M2 chassis.

An increase in average odometer mileage has pushed used classes 6-7 truck prices lower this year compared to last year to date as prices and volume have fallen from 2013 levels that marked a post-recession high-water mark.

Tags: Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Truck Sales, ACT Research

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Trucking Hires Interim CEO

Rush Trucking brought in Gregory Humes to be the company's interim CEO. Humes is a 30 year logistics and supply chain veteran who previously headed the creation of Driving for America, a logistics staffing school.

Tags: Leadership, People

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Grocery Retailer Leases CNG Trucks to Replace Diesels

Grocery delivery fleet Tops Friendly Markets has signed a full-service lease agreement with Ryder System for 55 compressed natural gas trucks. The trucks are scheduled to be delivered to Tops in mid-2015 and will replace the company’s fleet of diesel-powered vehicles.

Tags: New York, Ryder System, CNG, Fleet Leasing, Delivery Fleets

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Reports Trailer Orders at All-Time High in October

Trailer orders in October were up more than 90 percent year over year, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

60 Minutes Reports on Infrastructure Neglect

Speaking with former Congressman Ray Lahood and several other transportation advocates in government and business, Steve Kroft paints a dire picture of our ailing infrastructure and unresponsive government.

Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Jumps 8.2% from Year Earlier

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode:  September 2013 - September 2014Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico totaled $102.2 billion in September, an 8.2% gain from a year ago, as all five major transportation carried more cargo, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast: Longer Delays on Wednesday Afternoon

Graphic: Inrix

Anyone out driving the day before Thanksgiving needs to be prepared for possible big traffic delays with traffic congestion predicted to be 25% worse than a typical Wednesday afternoon, according to the traffic analytics company Inrix.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Highways

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide’s Holland Moving to New Headquarters

The regional less-than-truckload carrier Holland is relocating its headquarters to a larger facility due to growing business, according to parent YRC Worldwide Inc.

Tags: YRC Worldwide, Holland

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Up; Construction Starts, Consumer Confidence Down

The Dodge Index of new construction starts. Graphic: Dodge Data & Analytics

UPDATED -- The health of the American economy was much stronger in the third quarter of the year than initially thought, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence

November 25, 2014 - Product News

Graco Introduces DEF Pump Packages

Photo courtesy of Graco.

Graco Blue pumps are designed to help manage diesel exhaust fluids and reduce vehicle emissions in automobiles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles, according to the manufacturer.

Tags: Diesel Engines, DEF

November 25, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Delays Truck Size and Weight Study

The Department of Transportation will not deliver its comprehensive study of the truck size and weight issue on time. In an email notice Monday, the department said it will delay delivery of the study until next year.

Tags: DOT, Truck Sizes, Size and Weight, Congress, Productivity, Congestion

November 24, 2014 - Industry News

Arpin Group Donates Warehouse to Local Habitat for Humanity

The 18,000 square foot warehouse donated by Arpin Group: Photo via Arpin Group

The Arpin group has donated an 18,000 square foot warehouse with a value of $260,000 to the Hardin County Habitat for Humanity in Radcliff, Ky. The organization will use the warehouse to store its extra inventory of donated furniture and housewares.

Tags: Charity, Habitat for Humanity, Donations, Moving and Storage Fleet

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