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February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Spending, Shipments Decline from Month Before, Up Over 2014

North American shipment volumes and total spending on freight both dropped in January, according to the Cass Freight Index, but they were also at their highest level for the month in at least three years.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Love’s Offers 99 Cent Per Gallon CNG

The Choctaw, Okla., Love's with fast fill CNG. Photo courtesy of Love's.

Love’s is offering 99-cent-per gallon compressed natural gas at select Midwest locations to mark the recent opening of a fast-fill CNG location in San Antonio. The deal will begin on Valentine’s Day and run for two weeks.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, I-40, Truckstops

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Posts Near 5% Annual Increase

Graphic: IANA

Significant mid-year gains, paired with across-the-board growth in the final quarter of last year, contributed to strong overall intermodal freight performance in 2014, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Safety Managers Talk Improving Safety with Technology

Photo via Omnitracs

Participants in a panel at the Omnitracs Outlook User Conference shared some of the ways they have used technology to improve their CSA scores and overall safety performance.

Tags: CSA, Omnitracs, Information Technology, E-logs

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Hosting Diesel Regulation and Compliance Event

One Stop Diesel Truck sessions are being hosted statewide in partnership with local agencies and vendors. Photo courtesy of ARB

The California Air Resources Board is hosting the Diesel Truck Regulation Information Session and Conference in Los Angeles to inform fleets about current rules on diesel engines and explain how to maintain compliance.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions, Regulations

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Editorial Team Welcomes David Cullen

David Cullen

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

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Purchases UX Specialized Logistics for $59 Million

XPO Logistics Inc. announced it has acquired UX Specialized Logistics, a North American provider of last mile logistics services for major retail chains and e-commerce companies.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Omnitracs User Conference Kicks Off With a Bang

John Graham, CEO Omnitracs LLC, welcomes attendees to the company's user conference which opened in Dallas Feb. 8. Photo by Jim Beach.

Omnitracs, LLC, hosted its first global user conference in the company’s new hometown, Dallas, Feb. 8-11, kicking off with a rousing drum line performance.

Tags: Telematics, Omnitracs, Routing, fleet management

February 10, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Offers Trucks Designed for Women Drivers

Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking, checking out new cab ergonomic specifications. Photo courtesy of Ryder System

A female-friendly heavy-duty truck package will be available for lease through Ryder System designed with the help of several OEMs and the Women In Trucking Association.

Tags: Ergonomics, Ryder System, Women in Trucking Association, Women Drivers

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Gives Out Dealer Awards at Annual Meeting

Members of Cervus Equipment Peterbilt accepting their award. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt gave out several awards to affiliated dealers at the company’s annual Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. The two-day business meeting also included presentations and sessions covering industry topics.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Awards, Dealers, Parts and Service, Annual Meeting

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

ACS Advertising is Sold and Renamed

ACS Advertising is one of three properties purchased from Pegasus TransTech by industry executives Kelley Walkup and Joanne Hazelwood. The company was renamed Conversion Interactive Agency.

Tags: Advertising, Pegasus TransTech, Marketing

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Allison Transmission Profit Moves Higher Due to North American Sales

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on Monday reported gains in both profit and revenue for the final quarter of last year and for all of 2014.

Tags: Transmissions, Allison Transmission Holdings, Earnings

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Posts First Weekly Gain Since November

The average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its first price increase so far this year, but remains well below the level from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

About 100 California Port Truckers Approve New Labor Contract

After only three days of bargaining, about 100 port truck drivers employed by the trucking company Shippers Transport Express, who were reclassified as employees the first of the year and later voted to be represented by the Teamsters Union, approved a collective bargaining agreement on Sunday.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Truck Drivers, California, Port of Long Beach, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Offers Financing Discount for Veterans

This Volvo VNL 670 is adorned with graphics saluting all military service members. Photo courtesy of Volvo

Volvo Trucks is offering veterans a discount off of approved finance rates for new highway or vocational trucks obtained through a Volvo Trucks dealer.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Vehicle Financing, Veterans

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Southeastern To Open 4 New Service Centers

Southeastern Freight Lines is expanding its regional LTL business, opening four new services centers in Kentucky and Ohio in response to growing customer need.

Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, LTL, Freight, Expansion

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Adding Truck Side Guards to Protect Pedestrians, Cyclists

Photo of truck side guards courtesy of New York City.

New York City will begin adding side guards to 240 of its medium-duty trucks that will prevent a pedestrian or cyclist from being caught under a vehicle during a collision, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

Tags: New York City, Pedestrian Safety, Refuse Fleets, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Penske Appoints Head of Renamed Dealership Business

Richard Shearing, President of Penske Commercial Vehicles. Photo courtesy of Penske

Penske Automotive Group appointed industry veteran Richard Shearing as the president of its commercial vehicle dealership business.

Tags: Penske, Dealership, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Senators Push For Fair Taxing of LNG

Sens. Michael Bennet D-Colo. (left) and Richard Burr R-N.C. Offical Senate photos

Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) to better compete with diesel with taxation based on energy output rather than per gallon.

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Tax, Excise Taxes, LNG, U.S. Congress, Fuel and Oil

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Agility, Clean Energy Reduce Cost of CNG System, Fueling

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Agility Fuel Systems and Clean Energy Fuels announced a joint CNG fuel system sales program to reduce the incremental cost of heavy-duty natural gas trucks. Under the program, Agility and Clean Energy will work with trucking customers and offer CNG fuel systems installed at a substantially reduced cost when there is a natural gas fueling agreement.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Agility Fuel Systems, CNG

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Hankook Tire Reports Solid 2014 Growth

Hankook Tire recorded revenue of about $6.3 billion and an operating profit of $979 million for 2014, the company announced. The overall operating profit was on par with 2013 results.

Tags: Hankook Tire, Tires and Wheels, Equity Markets, Financial Report

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Hub Group Profits Move Slightly Lower

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Hub Group Inc. did something few other large publicly traded trucking operations have done in announcing earnings: It reported a slight decline in profits.

Tags: Earnings, Hub Group

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Echo Global Logistics Makes Purchase, Increases Profit Almost 70%

Echo Global Logistics Makes Purchase, Increases Profit Almost 70%

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Echo Global Logistics

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Ticketed 10 Times Less for Speeding

Law enforcement officers ticketed non commercial drivers ten times more often than truckers during Operation Safe Driver mobilization week from Oct. 19-25.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Traffic Violations, Driver Behavior, CVSA, Speeding

February 6, 2015 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Contributes Little to Overall January Employment Gain

According to the U.S. Labor Department, 257,000 jobs were added last month, while total jobs gains in December were revised upward to 329,000 from 252,000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

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