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December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Expands Electrical Harness Division

Phillips Industries expanded the capabilities of its Electrical Harness Division at its new facility in Arteaga, Mexico. The new facility will increase the division’s footprint by 25%.

Tags: Mexico, New Facility, Phillips Industries, Electrical System

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucks Hauled Over 73 Percent of Shipments Nationwide

Graphic via U.S. Census Bureau.

Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012 with a worth of more than $10 trillion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Freight, Freight shipments

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Plan to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going ahead with its plan to negotiate the terms of a rule covering entry-level driver training.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Receives Nearly 22 Years for Tractor-Trailer, Cargo Thefts

A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: drivers, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Posts Another Weekly Decline

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Logistics Services Merges with Thomas Petroleum

Pilot Logistics Services and Thomas Petroleum completed a merger which will combine both companies into Pilot Thomas Logistics. The merged company will be headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tags: Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, Mergers & Acquisitions

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Environmental Impact Report Released on Minnesota Road Project

An environmental impact report on the Highway 41 Minnesota River Crossing project is now available for review and comment.

Tags: Regulations, Road Construction, Minnesota DOT

December 8, 2014 - Product News

NationaLease Releases Emergency Road Service App

NationaLease App for Android: via Google Play Store.

NationaLease released its Emergency Road Service Mobile App which gives drivers access to the service through smartphones and tablets. The app was created in a matter of weeks using the Snappii Mobility Platform which requires no code produce apps.

Tags: Information Technology, NationaLease, Mobile Apps

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Truck Rental Donates To Paralyzed Veterans

Penske presented the check to at the PVA's Washington D.C. offices: Photo via Penske Truck Rental

Penske Truck Rental donated $318,118 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at the charity’s offices in Washington D.C. The funds were raised during Penkse’s #OneWay4PVA campaign for paralyzed veterans.

Tags: Veterans, Penske Truck Rental, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Donations

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOT: Freight Index Leading Economic Indicator

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling its Transportation Services Indexes, especially the freight index, leading indicators of economic cycles.

Tags: Economy, U.S. DOT, Freight Index

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans This Weekend

Carriers and drivers are gearing up to deliver wreaths wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans across the country this Saturday, Dec. 13, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Program.

Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Veterans, Share the Road, Wreaths Across America

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Employees Vote Down Teamsters at Texas Terminal

Employees at Con-way Freight's Harlingen, Texas, facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union in Friday's election.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, LTL

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

At issue are last year's changes to the 34-hour restart provision. Photo: Jim Park

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Safety

December 7, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Mourns Death of Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington passed away Friday, Dec. 5. (Photo: PenNotes LLC)

UPDATED -- Longtime Meritor communications chief David Michael Pennington, 64, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 5, stunning the trucking industry supplier community and press corps.

Tags: Obituary, Meritor

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Plant Using Carbon-Neutral Electricity

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant: Photo via Volvo Trucks.

[UPDATED] The electricity powering Volvo Trucks' North America’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., is now carbon neutral thanks to a switch to renewable fuels to produce power.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Volvo Trucks, Assembly Plants

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Commits To Hiring 10,000 Vets By 2020

J.B. Hunt Transport announced a company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 U.S. military veterans by the year 2020. The company was recently recognized for the ninth straight year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs, ranking as the third most military friendly employer in the transportation industry.

Tags: Veterans, J.B. Hunt, Military Friendly Employer, Careers

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, Skid Steer, Mowers

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Rolls out New Efficiency Spec for ProStar

Image via Navistar.

Navistar's new ProStar ES package includes a choice of the Maxxforce N13 engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission, or the Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain, and high-efficiency 6X4 or 6X 2 drive axles and fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Navistar, MaxxForce 13, ProStar, Aerodynamics

December 5, 2014 - Product News

Detroit Automated Manual Comes Standard with IPM

The Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission: Photo via Detroit.

Intelligent Powertrain Management comes standard on the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission when paired with any heavy-duty Detroit engine.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Powertrain, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Port Authority Toll Rates Increasing in N.Y. and N.J.

The George Washington Bridge: Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

Toll rates are increasing at six different bi-state crossings between New York and New Jersey. The Rate hikes will affect drivers of both private and commercial transportation.

Tags: New York City, Tolls, EZ Pass, Toll Management, Port of New York and New Jersey

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

November Class 5-7 Orders Fall Sharply

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Fred Meyer Grocery Fleet Receives First LNG Trucks

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Fred Meyer Stores announced the arrival of its first 11 heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The food retail will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Fred Meyer, Oregon, LNG, Grocery Fleets, Delivery Fleets

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Soar, Factory Activity Slows

The number of people who found jobs in November increased dramatically from the month before but the unemployment rate was unchanged, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers released Friday morning.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Owner Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.

Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Hits New Record High

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads said Thursday for the week ending Nov. 29, U.S. railroad intermodal volume totaled 220,873 units, up 6.2% compared with the same week last year and the highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

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