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July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Farmer Cooperative Cited, Fined by OSHA for Truck Driver Death

Following the death of a truck driver at Midwest Farmers Cooperative's grain handling facility in Tecumseh, Neb., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for 12 serious safety violations and proposed $62,101 in penalties.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, OSHA, Nebraska, Safety & Compliance

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Adding Temporary Express Lanes to Crowded Part of I-70

The Colorado Department of Transportation has started work on the Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane project creating temporary eastbound express lane between Idaho Springs and Empire, but commercial trucks will not be able to use them.

Tags: Colorado, Tolls, Traffic Congestion, I-70, Road Construction, Interstate 70

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

June Class 8 Orders Surprisingly High

Orders for Class 8 trucks in June were surprisingly high at 26,729 units after a solid May, according to new figures released by commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Truck Orders

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

DTNA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Martin Daum and City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales celebrate ground breaking of Daimler Trucks North America's new headquarters campus.

The total headquarters project requires a $150 million investment by Daimler Trucks North America. Work began in April 2014 to clear the land for construction of the new building with project completion slated for early 2016.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler AG, Daimler Trucks North America

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Second Quarter Profit Dips Slightly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises saw its profit slip in the second quarter of the year despite increased revenue.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

At Least 15 Lawsuits vs. Cat on ACERT Diesels Include Trucks, Buses

Multiple lawsuits against Caterpillar for chronic failures of its 2007-2010 ACERT diesels go beyond heavy trucks, and include school buses and motor coaches as well as at least one marine engine, according to news reports, while a wide variety of problems have been chronicled in discussion groups on the Internet.

Tags: Caterpillar, Lawsuits, ACERT, Litigation, Diesel Engines, Engines, Emissions

July 20, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs Moves Headquarters to Dallas

Dallas, Texas will soon become the new corporate headquarters of fleet management solutions provider, Omnitracs. Expanding to Dallas will enable the company to capitalize on the region’s substantial transportation infrastructure and logistics expertise, the company says.

Tags: Omnitracs

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Investing in Chinese Carrier

Nebraska-based trucking and logistics company Werner Enterprises said Friday its Werner Global Logistics subsidiary has signed an agreement in principle to make an equity investment in Hercules Logistics, a logistics and asset-based transportation company headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

Tags: International, Werner Enterprises, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index Rises, Intermodal Retreats

Truckload linehaul rates paid by North American shippers in June were 5.2% higher than in June of last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Line Index released Friday.

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

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

GM to Use 8-Speed Hydra-Matic in Some 1500-Series Pickups

The Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic, an announcement said, but has a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio spread.

Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors, GMC, automatic transmission, Large Pickups, Hydra-Matic

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

BigRoad, NASTC Applaud FMCSA's Revised Guidance for Smartphone RODS

FMCSA's recent ruling on e-logging with laptop computers, tablets and smartphones puts valid compliance tools into the hand of small fleets and owner-operators at a reasonable cost.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, E-logs

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shorepower Enhances Truck Electrification Project

Portland, Ore.-based Shorepower Technologies has taken full control of the U. S. Department of Energy funding grant and now plans to expand its network of truck stop pedestals.

Tags: DERA, Cascade Sierra Solutions, Shorepower Technologies

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Drops, Leading Indicators Increase

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. declined this month, the third straight monthly drop and hitting its lowest level in four months.

July 18, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Launches Modular Braking System, Signs 2 Major Supply Deals

The product features a high degree of standardization across components and software of its ABS and EBS systems, Wabco said, and reduces the number of ABS components by 50%.

Tags: ABS, Wabco, EBS, Brakes

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Reports Record Profit in Second Quarter

Earnings hit $18.7 million compared to $18.6 million in the second quarter of 2013 for the Illinois-based company.

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton to Provide Navistar’s Heavy-Duty Remanufactured Transmissions

The majority of the deliveries, which started July 1, to Navistar’s roughly 350 North American dealers will be Eaton Flex Reman transmissions.

Tags: Eaton, Navistar, Aftermarket, Transmissions, Remanufactured Parts

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

The administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center offers a case study on how Kentucky and Indiana teamed up to launch the Ohio River Bridges project.

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

Tags: DOT, Public-Private Partnership, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Promotes Costello, Barna and Others to Senior Staff

Bob Costello

American Trucking Associations announced several promotions to the association's senior staff, including Bob Costello and Elisabeth Barna.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Associations, People, Image

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

New Intermodal Facility Opens at Port Everglades

Photo: Port Everglades

The 43-acre facility increases FEC’s available intermodal capacity from 100,000 to 450,000 lifts a year and will improve the transfer of both domestic and international containers between ships and rail, according to Broward County officials.

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Fall, Federal Reserve Says Economy Expanding

Housing starts in the U.S. fell 9.3% in June, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, pushing the annual rate down to 893,000, the weakest showing since last September.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Federal Reserve

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Voss Moves to New Headquarters

Voss Automotive, a manufacturer of fluid line and connection systems for on- and off-highway vehicle and equipment applications, recently set up shop at a new North American headquarters in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Tags: Suppliers

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Diesel Pickups Show Power, Comfort at Ford Drive Event

GCW of this truck and trailer was 39,000 pounds, but the V-8 diesel pulled it well.

Ford feels it has bragging rights and showed why at a ride-and-drive event for trade-press reporters this week in West Virginia. A first-person report from Senior Editor Tom Berg.

Tags: Ford Super Duty, Power Stroke diesel, Ford, Test Drive, Pickup Trucks

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt to Celebrate 75th Anniversary in California

The first Peterbilt truck Serial #S100, a 1939 fire truck, will be displayed at the event. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt plans to bring a large collection of new and historic trucks, memorabilia, vendors and a charity raffle for a classic Model 359 to its anniversary show in Stockton, Calif.

Tags: Peterbilt

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Maverick Makes Changes to Driver Compensation Plan

Maverick Transportation has recently announced several changes to their driver pay scale, including substantial mileage pay increases, which will impact all incoming drivers no matter their experience.

Tags: Driver Pay, Maverick Transportation, Drivers

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Edges Toward Highway Funding Stopgap

Congress is inching closer to passage of a stopgap measure to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from drying up this summer. The House this week passed a $10.6 billion bill and the Senate is going to choose between a similar measure or a long-term bill.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund

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