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February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, Assembly Plants, Vehicle Production

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Strong But Fall Below December Numbers

Class 8 truck orders remained strong in January, with preliminary numbers coming in at around 35,000 units – an increase from January 2014 but falling below 40,000 units for the first time in three months.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Profit Increases 21.5%

The third party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported on Tuesday a 21.5% increase in net income for the final quarter of last year while it improved 8.1% for all of 2014.

Tags: 3PL, Earnings, C.H. Robinson

February 4, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Integrates Software with Freight Pricing Platform

Aljex Software is partnering with Logistical Labs to integrate Aljex’s operations software with the Logistical Labs LoadDex platform.

Tags: 3PL, Freight, Aljex Software, Freight Rates

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Sees 4th Quarter Net Income Nearly Double

Photo: Wabash National

Net income was $19.1 million, or 27 cents per diluted share on net sales of $527 million, a quarterly record for the third consecutive quarter...

Tags: Trailers, Earnings, Wabash National

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add More Jobs in January, Service Sector Expands

Private sector employment increased by 213,000 jobs in the U.S. in January from December, according to the ADP National Employment Report released on Wednesday,

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Adds Award-Winning Trucking Editor

David Lee Cullen, HDT's new executive editor.

David Lee Cullen, who has been covering trucking exclusively for major industry magazines since 1981, is joining the Heavy Duty Trucking editorial team as executive editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Purchases Texas Third-Party Logistics Provider

The less-than-truckload services provider Saia Inc. has purchased LinkEx Inc. an asset-light, third-party logistics provider based in Dallas, Texas.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Saia

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Continue Drifting Down

Spot market freight rates and activity remained stuck in a seasonal lull during the final week of January, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

ABF Freight Parent’s Annual Profit Nearly Triples

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The parent company to trucking operations ABF Freight, Panther Premium Logistics and others reported profit increased 41% in the final quarter of 2014 while it nearly tripled for all of last year.

Tags: Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo CEO to Speak At HMDA Annual Breakfast

Volvo Group CEO Olaf Persson will be the keynote speaker for the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association’s 25th Annual Breakfast and Briefing.

Tags: OEM, HDMA, Aftermarket, Volvo Group, Mid-America Trucking Show

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Tags: Budget, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress

February 3, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Launches Set-Forward-Axle Version of Model 567

The Model 567 SFFA on display at the World of Concrete show. Photo: Tom Berg

LAS VEGAS -- Peterbilt launched a new set-forward front axle configuration of the vocational Model 567, made for mixer and other weight-conscious applications.

Tags: Peterbilt, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Dump Trucks, Model 567, World of Concrete

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Names New General Manager

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Mobile Commerce is On the Rise

Photo via IntelFreePress Flickr

There is a growing trend toward mobile commerce according to business leaders at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas last week.

Tags: E-commerce, Aftermarket, HDAD, HDAW, Online Marketing

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Heartland Fourth Quarter Profit Jumps 36%, Reports Record Annual Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Tuesday announced fourth quarter 2014 earnings showing net income increased 36% from the same time in 2013 totaling $21.5 million.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shipments, New Orders Drop

A full report on activity at U.S. factories in December shows drops in both shipments and new orders, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Makes Leadership Changes

Several organizational changes were made within Yokohama Tire Corporation announced Takaharu Fushimi, CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America.

Tags: Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., People, Promotions

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Connecticut Motor Transport Association Head to Retire

Michael J. Riley. Photo via MTAC

Michael J. Riley is retiring from his post as the president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut after 29 years.

Tags: Retirement, Connecticut, People, State Legislation, Trucking Associations

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Washington State Files Lawsuit Against Trucker, Carrier Over Bridge Collapse

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Tags: Washington, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Skagit River Bridge, Bridges, Oversize Loads

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Fourth Quarter Profit Falls

Photo: UPS

Depending on how you look at it, parcel and trucking giant UPS either saw its fourth quarter profit fall a little or a lot compared to a year earlier, thanks to expenses incurred avoiding the previous year's holiday delivery delays.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, UPS Freight

February 3, 2015 - Product News

WorkStar Available With Cummins Diesel

International Workstar 4x4 with Cummins ISB6.7. Photo: Tom Berg

LAS VEGAS -- The International WorkStar vocational truck is now available with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine, officials announced at the World of Concrete.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, World of Concrete, International WorkStar, Vocational Trucks

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Increases Fourth Quarter Profit by 21%

Net income totaled $585 million compared to $482 while earnings per diluted share moved higher to $1.23 from $1.

Tags: Eaton Corp., Earnings

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Commercial Announces New Marketing Head

Marshall Hyzdu,vice president of marketing for the Commercial Tire Division at BATO. Photo: Bridgestone Commercial

Bridgestone Commercial hired Marshall Hyzdu as the vice president of marketing, taking over initiatives for OTR and commercial truck and bus product brands including Bridgestone, Firestone, Bandag and Dayton.

Tags: Leadership, People, Tires and Wheels, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

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