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July 17, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Defense Signs Big Contracts With Canadian Military

Canadian military will get more than 1,500 "medium" 8x8 trucks in various configurations, including cargo, crane, load handling and mobile repair.

Contracts worth C$725 million include more than 1,500 heavy 8x8 trucks, 300 trailers and 150 Armour Protection Systems.

Tags: Canada, Military, Mack Trucks

July 17, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Sues Navistar, Says Some Engines Were Illegal

Because 7,750 engines were not fully assembled in 2009 but in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency says Navistar should have obtained an exemption in the form of a certificate of compliance, but didn’t.

Tags: Navistar, Diesel Emissions, EPA, Engines, EPA 2010, Litigation

July 17, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt’s SmartLinq in Production

Peterbilt's new SmartLinq remote diagnostics technology is in production, a factory-installed system on all trucks equipped with Paccar MX-13 engines.

Tags: Peterbilt, Paccar MX Engine, Remote Diagnostics, Paccar

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Time Warner Cable's Diesel Transits Vastly Improve Fleet's MPG

Photo courtesy of TWC.

Time Warner Cable has begun replacing aging gasoline-fueled vans with diesel-powered Ford Transit vans that should improve fuel economy by nearly 50 percent, according to the company.

Tags: Fuel Costs, Ford Transit, Time Warner Cable, Telecommunications Fleets

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Equalize Taxes of Alternative Fuels

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a highway and transportation bill that included a provision that would change how certain alternative fuels are taxed in relation to conventional fuels.

Tags: Taxes, Propane Autogas, LNG, Highway Bill

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

J&R Schugel to Offer Drivers EpicVue DirecTV

The satellite TV package will be available for as many as 150 company and lease-purchase drivers and owner-operators as a pass-along benefit for $60 per month.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Shortage

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Emergency and Unit-Down Hours at 2 Facilities

Meritor announced that it is extending emergency and unit-down ordering hours at the Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ontario, Canada distribution centers.

Tags: Parts, Meritor, Distribution Centers

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Shipment, Expenditure Levels Mixed

The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Glider Kit Amendment Stalls with House Bill

The amendment's underlying bill was pulled from further consideration when it became snarled in an unrelated controversy over the Confederate flag.

Tags: EPA, Fuel Economy, U.S. Congress, GHG Phase 2

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Hydrogenics Building Fuel-Cell Truck with Calif. Grant

Photo courtesy of Hydrogenics.

The California Energy Commission approved $2.6 million in grants to Hydrogenics USA Inc., for an advanced fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach along a 150-mile loop to a rail network.

Tags: Hydrogenics, State Grants, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, California Energy Commission

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Maverick Acquires Flanary and Sons Trucking

Photo via FAST Trucking

Maverick USA has acquired Church Hill, Tenn.- based glass carrier Flanary and Sons Trucking.

Tags: Maverick, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

House Passes Five-Month Highway Bill Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) contends five-month patch will provide time to legislate a "fiscally responsible' long-term highway bill.

House Republican leaders on July 15 pushed through an $8-billion plus measure to fund highway and infrastructure expenditures through December 18.

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

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Stemco DataLogger Predicts TrailerTail Fuel Savings

Photo via STEMCO

The palm-sized DataLogger plugs into the tractor’s J1939 diagnostic port and accesses engine data, which Stemco engineers use to predict how much fuel the TrailerTail will save that fleet.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Stemco, TrailerTail

July 15, 2015 - Product News

Thermo King Offers Low-Emissions Reefers

The new units use R-452A, but TK will continue to offer and support its current line of transport refrigeration products with R-404A until customers are ready to transition.

Tags: Thermo King, Emissions, Reefers, Trailers

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rates Improve, Intermodal Slides

A measure of base linehaul truckload rates show increases last month while intermodal rates fell for the sixth straight month, according to reports released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

BorgWarner to Acquire Remy International

BorgWarner has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Remy International, a global producer of rotating electrical components.

Tags: Remy, Mergers & Acquisitions, BorgWarner

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attracts Nearly 41,000

Photo via Iowa 80 Truckstop

Visitors came from 21 states and three Canadian provinces to display their trucks, and compete in a "truckers olympics" and truck beauty contest.

Tags: Iowa, Walcott Trucker Jamboree, Truckstops, Events

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates, Available Loads Drop

Rates declined across all three equipment types on the spot freight market as available truckload capacity increased while load availability fell, according to new figures released by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Solutions

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Industrial Production Rise

Wholesale prices advanced 0.4% in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than many analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Department of Labor, Producer Prices

July 15, 2015 - Industry News

DOE Funds Algae Biofuel Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $18 million in funding to six projects in an effort to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5/CGE by 2019 and $3/CGE by 2030.

Tags: Biofuels, Algae Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, DOE

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Marten Transport Profit Up Slightly, Short of Expectations

Marten Transport Ltd. on Tuesday reported a 5.4% increase in net income to $8.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of the year.

Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Safety and Compliance Award Winner Announced

HDT Executive Editor David Cullen (right) presents Nussbaum Transportation’s Jeremy Stickling with the inaugural HDT Safety and Compliance Award.

Nussbaum Transportation's director of human resources and safety, Jeremy Stickling, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s 2015 Safety & Compliance Award at a ceremony at the Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Falls 12 Percentage Points in First Quarter

Turnover rates at large and small truckload fleets fell by 12 percentage points in the first quarter of 2015, though it is uncertain if this trend will continue in the months ahead.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Conference: Leader Behavior Drives Safety Culture

Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson addresses the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference. Photo by Chris Wolski.

In his opening keynote address at the 2015 Fleet Safety Conference, Shell Global Road Safety Manager Mike Watson describes the controls and leadership necessary to foster a successful corporate safety culture.

Tags: Shell, Fleet Safety Conference, Leadership

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Names New President/CEO

Dana Names James Kamsickas new president and chief executive officer. Photo courtesy of Dana

Dana Holdings Corp. named James K. Kamsickas president and chief executive officer, succeeding the retiring Roger J. Wood.

Tags: Leadership, Dana Holding Corp., People

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