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July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Higher, Construction Advances

UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for durable manufactured goods both increased in June following declines the month before, while total U.S. construction in June hit its highest level so far this year.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Construction

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profit Falls in Second Quarter

Profit for the trucking company Swift Transportation fell in the second quarter of the year despite an increase in revenue.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Piedmont Truck Tires Joins ContiLifeCycle Network

Piedmont Truck Tires, a Southern-based commercial tire dealership, has joined the ContiLifeCycle dealer network for retreads.

Tags: Continental Tires, ContiLifeCycle, Retreads, Piedmont Truck Tires, Tires

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

New Love’s Travel Stop in Arkansas

The new Searcy location. Photo: Love's

Love’s opens first travel stop along a major highway in Arkansas with its newest location in Searcy.

Tags: Arkansas, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Love's

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Two New PrePass Weigh Stations in Mississippi

Help Inc. opened two fully operational PrePass weigh stations in Mississippi on I-55, 20 miles south of Memphis.

Tags: Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass, Mississippi, Enforcement, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Dana Reports Lower Second-Quarter 2014 Results

Dana's booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council meeting earlier this year.

Dana Holding Corp. saw sales and net income fall in the second quarter compared to a year ago, as stronger production levels in the North American light- and commercial-vehicle markets were tempered by slowing demand in South America and India.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Earnings

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Agencies Coordinate Against Retaliation

Two federal agencies will work together to prevent retaliation against drivers who report safety or health violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, OSHA

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Weights and Measures Council Fails to OK LNG Standard

Photo via TruckPR/Flickr.

After regulators failed to agree to a nationally recognized, gallon-equivalent measure for sales of liquefied natural gas, fleets that rely on LNG-fueled vehicles will continue to face a state-by-state patchwork of standards for at least one more year.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, LNG, Weights and Measures, CNG

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Baxter Healthcare’s Fleet Manager Receives 2014 Fleet Safety Award

(L-R) Fleet Safety Conference Chair Mike Antich, 2014 Fleet Safety Award Honoree Kristin O'Driscoll of Baxter Healthcare, and Pam Sederholm, executive director or AALA.

Kristin O’Driscoll, fleet manager for Baxter Healthcare, was honored with the 2014 Fleet Safety Award at a lunchtime ceremony held on July 23 during the 3rd annual Fleet Safety Conference, in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, AALA, Fleet Safety Conference, Fleet Safety Award, Awards

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Plans Upgrades to CSA Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, SMS, Regulations

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Drop in June

New home sales dropped in June and the Commerce Department revised the extraordinarily strong May figures downward.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

First Guard Insurance Announces New President

Courtney Wilson takes on the role as president for the First Guard Insurance, a Florida-based insurance company for leased truck owner-operators

Tags: Courtney Wilson, First Guard Insurance, Insurance, People

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Net Orders Up 45% for First Half of 2014

Net orders for trailers are up 45% for the first half of the year, despite June net orders dropping slightly from May, reports ACT Research. June orders of 22,000 were off 1% month over month, but up 42% year over year, led by a surge in liquid and bulk tank trailer orders.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Liquid Tank Trailers, Flatbed Trailers, Bulk Tank Trailers

July 24, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Profit Doubles During Second Quarter

Tennessee-based Covenant Transportation Group said net income totaled $3.8 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with net income of $1.9 million, or 13 cents per share in the second quarter of 2013.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty Sponsors GenNext

A group fostering young aftermarket leaders gets major support from Vipar Heavy Duty.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, GenNext, Associations

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Starts Terminal Tractor Coupling Company

Terry Mennen is heading up the new company.

The Fontaine Fifth Wheel Group has expanded to include Fontaine Coupling Solutions, a new company dedicated to the terminal tractor (yard truck) market.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, Fifth Wheels, Fontaine Fifth Wheel

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Giti Tire Reorganizes Senior Management

Photo of  the new Director of Sales & Marketing for Giti Ltd. Patrick Gunn courtesy of Giti.

Tire manufacturing company hopes restructuring provides better customer service.

Tags: Truck Tires, Giti TIre USA

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Sales Increase of 74% Leads to Record Rush Profit

Photo: Rush Truck Centers Facebook page

Net income hit $19.8 million, or 49 cents per diluted share, compared to $5.6 million, or 14 cents per diluted share from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Enterprises, Earnings

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Draws Another Lawsuit Over MaxxForce Engines

Another lawsuit has been brought against the truck and engine manufacturer Navistar over earlier model engines using exhaust gas recirculation technology, following other litigation that was filed earlier this month.

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Gains 36%, New Business Unit Formed

Trucking company and logistics provider Knight Transportation has reported a second quarter profit showing a 36% increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA Praising Truckers’ Lawsuit Over Driver Safety Records

Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class-action suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week under the Federal Privacy Act charging that the agency is unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.

Tags: FMCSA, driver safety, OOIDA, Litigation

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Pennsylvania Turnpike Gets Higher Speed Limit

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday placed a 70 mph speed limit on a 100-mile stretch of toll road in the south-central part of the state, up from 65 mph.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highways, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits, Interstate, Pennsylvania Turnpike

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Funding Debate Pending in Senate

The Senate is poised to debate and vote on a patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until a long-term program can be funded. The question for debate is, how long will the patch last?

Tags: Legislation, Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highway Trust Fund

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Posts Record Second Quarter Profit, Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Landstar System has reported record second quarter net income of $35.9 million, or 80 cents per diluted share, on record revenue of $814 million in the 2014 second quarter.

Tags: Earnings, Landstar

July 23, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Remain Above Norm Despite Declines

Demand remained strong and rates were above the norm, despite a slight seasonal decline during the week ending July 19 compared to the previous seven days, according to the freight matching service provider DAT and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

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