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November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs Completes XRS Acquisition

Photo via Omnitracs.

Omnitracs completed its $178 million acquisition of fleet management software company XRS, the company announced. The company began the acquisition process in September.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, XRS, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce Plans to Shed Truckload, Waste Operations

TransForce CEO Alain Bédard said the Montreal-based company will spin-off the truckload business, possibly in 2015, followed by the waste division, which includes landfills, possibly a couple years later.

Tags: Canada, Waste Management, Truckload, TransForce

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC to Focus on Future of Fuel at Annual Meeting

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The Technology & Maintenance Council announced a “Fueling the Future” theme for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, taking place in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: fleet maintenance, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Management, Events

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input On Detention Survey

ATRI is looking for carrier input through its latest survey on detention time and the impact it has on industry safety and productivity,

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Detention Pay, Productivity

November 3, 2014 - Product News

Betts Truck Parts Brings Advanced Support to Customers

Photo via Betts Truck Parts & Service.

Betts Truck Parts & Service announced that it would be providing advanced drivetrain product support by making its drivetrain products manager available to customers.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Eaton, Drivetrains, Betts Truck Parts and Service

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

USA Posts Biggest Profit in Eight Years

Transportation and logistics provider USA Truck Inc. has announced earnings for the third quarter of the year showing its most profitable quarter in eight years and its second straight quarterly profit.

Tags: Earnings, USA Truck

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Construction Down

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, its highest level since March 2011, according to nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

ArcBest Profit Leaps by 40%

Trucking and logistics holding company ArcBest Corp. has reported improved third quarter 2014 results, reflecting business growth at ABF Freight and all of its emerging companies.

Tags: Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pick Up Win at Second FedEx Freight Terminal

The Teamsters Union chalked up its second win at FedEx Freight when a group of 113 drivers at the company’s South Brunswick, N.J., terminal voted Friday to join Teamsters Local 701.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight, LTL

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Profit Inches Higher

Trucking and logistics provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems reported record revenue and operating income for the third quarter.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Earnings, LTL, Truckload

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Has Third Busiest Week

Photo: Jim Park

The week ending Oct. 25, rail intermodal traffic was up 6.7% compared with the same week last year -- higher growth than that of rail traffic overall.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Economy, NAFTA, Global

November 1, 2014 - Industry News

EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Iowa Carrier Alleging Sexual Harassment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last week against Panama, Iowa-based trucking company Panama Transfer, saying it violated federal law by allowing a female dock worker to be sexually harassed and then firing her for resisting that harassment.

Tags: Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

November 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Gives Details on 2015 Sprinter, Compact Van Plan for U.S.

2014-MY Sprinter 2500 passenger van. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Mercedes-Benz is strongly considering offering a compact van in the U.S. and will add a new standard safety feature to the 2015 Sprinter van, executives said during a March 25 visit to Bobit Business Media.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz, Full-Size Vans, Automotive Fleet, Automotive Executives, Passenger Vans, Cargo Vans, 2015-MY

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Lynden Transport Opens Service Center in Oklahoma

Lynden Transport opened a service center in Tulsa, Okla., to support its oil and gas customers. The company says the service center will allow it to provide more efficient service and give customers more choices with departures and arrivals.

Tags: City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, LTL, Bakken Oil Fields

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

CNG Source to Open First Indianapolis Station

Photo courtesy of CNG Source.

CNG Source is opening its first Indianapolis CNG station on Nov. 20.

Tags: CNG Source, CNG Fueling Stations, Compressed Natural Gas

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Moves from Third Quarter Loss to Profit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking operation YRC Worldwide turned its business around in the third quarter of the year, going from a $44.1 million net loss a year ago to a net profit of $1.2 million.

Tags: Earnings, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Opens 3rd Alabama Location This Year

Love’s 580 in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Photo via Love's

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new location in Muscle Shoals, Ala., at the intersection of State Highway 157 and U.S. Highway 72.

Tags: Alabama, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Cancel Organizing Vote at FedEx Freight Terminal

After months of trying to convince FedEx Freight drivers in Middletown, Pennsylvania, to join the Teamsters, the union withdrew the election petition on Thursday, the day before vote.

Tags: Drivers, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight, LTL, Teamsters

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Axle-Forward Cat CT681 Vocational Truck in Full Production

Cat's CT681, right, features more “industrial” styling than the current CT660. Photo by Tom Berg

Caterpillar has begun serving more vocational segments with its CT681, a Class 8 set-forward-axle model with “industrial” styling based on customer preferences, representatives said Thursday at a press briefing at Cat’s demonstration facility west of Peoria, Ill.

Tags: Class 8, Caterpillar, Vocational Trucks

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Insurance Proposal Under Review

A proposal that could eventually lead to higher insurance requirements for trucking companies is close to publication. An advanced notice of the proposal is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and can be expected to show up in the Federal Register this year.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance, MCSAC

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Global Medium, Heavy Vehicle Sales to Nearly Double by 2035

Global sales of medium and heavy duty vehicles should reach 7.1 million by 2035 from the 4.3 million that should be sold in 2014, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research, Forecast, Global

October 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Slips in September

Consumer spending in the U.S. declined in September for the first time in eight months, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Photo via FMCSA

The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Tags: FMCSA, driver safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Reports Record Third Quarter Earnings, Revenue

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has announced a 29.5% increase in third quarter net income totaling $77.9 million.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

Chrysler Recalls ProMaster, Grand Caravan for Tire Monitors

Photo of 2014 Ram ProMaster van courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Two separate recall campaigns, covering 33K light trucks in the U.S., will fix problems that can lead to false warnings from tire pressure monitoring systems.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler, Full-Size Vans, Ram ProMaster, Minivans, 2014-MY, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Cargo Vans

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