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December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Decline as Oil Sinks

Fuel prices started off the final month of 2014 in the same fashion they have been during much of the second half of the year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Golden State Foods Opens 'Green' Distribution Center

The SafeConnect electric standby connection system: Photo via Golden State Foods.

Golden State Foods opened a new 158,000-square-foot Chicago distribution center that is LEED Gold Certified for environmental efficiency and sustainability, a first for Golden State Foods and McDonald’s distribution.

Tags: Chicago, McDonald's, Distribution, Food and Beverage Fleets, Sustainability, Trailers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Expands Business Comparison Benchmarking Service

The Truckload Carriers Association is expanding its benchmarking services by providing multiple levels of subscription based on the needs of each company. The benchmarks allow companies to compare operations against peers and leading trucking companies.

Tags: Benchmarking, TCA

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

McCandless Truck Center Acquires Hanson International

The McCandless Truck Center International dealership group acquired Hanson International of Western Colorado, a commercial truck dealer with two dealerships in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Tags: Colorado, International Trucks, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Truck Dealers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England, Regulations, driver safety

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

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