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February 20, 2015 - Industry News

California Port Carrier Feeling Lockout's Pinch

Photo via Port of Long Beach.

Shippers Transport Express works from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, but in the midst of stalled labor negotiations and shutdowns, all the fleet can do is wait.

Tags: Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Labor Unions

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, NHTSA

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Services Profit Slips

The logistics and customized freight transportation provider Universal Truckload Services Inc. has reported earnings showing profits declined slightly in the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Earnings, Universal Truckload

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters to Assist Truckers if So Cal Ports Shutdown

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Teamsters Union announced an effort to provide unemployment benefits to truckers working from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the event of a shut down.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Dana Holding More Than Doubles 4th Quarter Profit

The vehicle component manufacturer Dana Holding Corp. on Thursday reported net income for the final quarter of 2014 more than doubled from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Quarterly Report

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Halo Tire Inflator Wins TWNA Tech Achievement Award

From left, Jim Park, awards committee chairman, presents the award to Josh Carter, Aperia's CEO, and Brandon Richardson, chief technology officer.

The device was proved effective in track testing in Canada last year and is in use by numerous fleets, members of the awards committee found in pre-selection research.

Tags: Awards, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tires

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Increase at Slower Pace

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons.

A measure of where the American economy is headed three to six months down the road registered another monthly increase but the pace was slower than in recent months.

Tags: Economy, Leading Economic Indicators

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet City Express Finds its Place in Smaller Fleets

Des Moines, Iowa-based Smokey D's BBQ has added several Chevrolet City Express cargo vans to its fleet to keep up with product demand. Photo: GM

Launched in 2014, the all-new 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van has already found a place in businesses across the country and across segments. Small businesses, in particular, are adding the City Express to their fleets.

Tags: Chevrolet City Express, Compact Cargo Vans, University of Michigan, Small Business

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Elects New General Chairman

Kevin Tomlinson, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer. Photo: Jim Park

The Technology and Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations elected Kevin Tomlinson as its 2015-2016 general chairman and treasurer.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, People

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Fuel-Saving Engine Calibration Software Offered for Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Derive Systems' engine calibration software now works with the 2015 Ford Transit's 3.7-liter or and 3.5-liter engines, the company has announced. The software reduces fuel consumption by commercial fleets that use the full-size Transit van.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Derive Efficiency

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

New Shell Website Explains Upcoming Oil Category

Shell Rotella has a new website, WhatisPC11.com, to help educate people about the next generation of diesel engine oils known as API Proposed Category 11 (PC-11).

Tags: Shell Rotella, PC-11, Engine Oils, Low-Viscosity Oil

February 18, 2015 - Press Release

QuickTrip Fuel Stations to Offer Comdata Card Discounts

Photo via QuikTrip

Comdata Inc., has reached an agreement with QuikTrip Corporation to expand the reach of fuel discounts through the Comdata Fuel Consortium (CFC) network.

Tags: Comdata, Fuel Cards, QuikTrip

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Trims Quarterly Losses

XPO Logistics released financial numbers on Wednesday showing a net loss of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with a net loss of $10.6 million for the same period in 2013.

Tags: Earnings, XPO Logistics

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Awards Most Successful Dealerships

From left are Kyle Hoffman, Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing; MHC Kenworth executives Jeff Murphy, Tim Spurgeon, Ken Hoffman, Mike Murphy, and Tim Murphy; and Preston Feight, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth named MHC Kenworth – Colorado the 2014 Dealer of the Year and MHC Kenworth - Kansas City the 2014 PACCAR Engine Dealer of the Year at the Kenworth Dealer Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Paccar MX Engine, Truck Dealers, Awards

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

Photo: AMP

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

Tags: Regulations, Delivery Truck, Drones, AMP Electric Vehicles, Workhorse

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Neptune Orient Sells APL Logistics for $1.2 Billion

Photo: APL Logistics

Singapore’s global container shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. has reached an agreement to sell its APL Logistics business for $1.2 billion.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Port Trucking, Intermodal

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Training All Its Technicians on NGV Maintenance

Ryder has CNG and LNG vehicles deployed in customer fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. Photo courtesy Ryder.

Ryder System has launched an online natural gas vehicle maintenance training program for its North American maintenance network.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, Technician Training, CNG, LNG

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared a small Aurora, Colorado-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Tags: FMCSA, Colorado, Safety & Compliance

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Decline as Capacity Rebounds

The amount of freight available to haul declined 4.5% the second week of February compared to the week before while capacity increased 10%, causing rates to slide in the major equipment categories for the third straight week.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Meeting Attendees Battle Winter Storm

Accumulations of snow in the city core were around 2-3 inches, but that was on top of at least an inch of ice. Photo by Jim Park

A near-record setting winter storm brought below-zero temperatures and 6 inches of snow to Nashville, Tennessee, site of the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting.

Tags: Tennessee, Technology & Maintenance Council, Winter

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Goodyear Quarterly Profit Leaps to More Than $2 Billion

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Tuesday announced its net income in the final quarter of 2014 skyrocketed above the level from the same time a year earlier, hitting $2.13 billion.

Tags: Goodyear, Earnings, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Tires

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Meritor Previews Inflation System for Tractors

The Meritor booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council's 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition has been humming this week with word of a new inflation system for tractors.

Tags: TMC, Meritor, ATIS

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Rises for Second Straight Week to $2.86

Fuel prices continue to recover from their lowest levels in years, with both diesel and gasoline increasing over the past week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures released on Tuesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

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