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December 16, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Cuts Quarterly Loss by More Than Half

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced it had cut its fiscal fourth quarter loss by more than half from the same time a year ago, while also reducing its loss for the entire fiscal year.

Tags: Navistar, Earnings

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Lowest in Nearly Four Years at $3.419

The average cost of on-highway diesel posted one of its biggest week-over-week declines of the year on Monday, hitting its lowest level since January 2011.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Researchers: CARB Regulations Accelerating Emissions Reductions

Photo: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

According to a group of collaborating researchers, emissions at the Port of Oakland, Calif., have decreased dramatically due to more stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation.

Tags: CARB, California, SCR, DPF

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Names 2014 North American Dealer of the Year

Chicago Truck owner Ron Meyering (second from right) and vice president Kevin Murtha (second from left) were awarded the 2014 Volvo Trucks North American Dealer of the Year award from (left) Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing and Terry Billings, Volvo Trucks vice president, business development (right). Photo: Volvo Trucks

Chicago Truck of Alsip, Ill., was recently recognized as Volvo Trucks' 2014 North American Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Awards, North American Dealer of The Year

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Raising Rates Early Next Year

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. said Monday it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.5%, effective January 5, 2015.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Freight Rates

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fontaine to Reopen Facility in Garland, Texas

Fontaine Modification Vocational Services will reopen its modification center in Garland, Texas, which has been closed since 2012, when most of the truck production that it supported moved out of the area.

Tags: Peterbilt, Fontaine Modification Vocational Services

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Homebuilder Optimism Slips

U.S. industrial production surged in November by 1.3% from the month before, the largest gain since May 2010, according to new U.S. Federal Reserve figures.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Building

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

ATA: New Survey Shows Driver Pay Competitive

Median pay for truck drivers is on par with the national median for U.S. households, while the trucking industry offers drivers “competitive" benefits, according to a new study from the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Research, Driver Pay

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar to Close Indianapolis Foundry

Closing the Indianapolis foundry is expected to eliminate approximately 180 jobs and reduce Navistar's operating costs by about $13 million annually.

December 14, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Prevails in Restart Fight

Photo: Jim Park

American Trucking Associations won its fight against the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. On Saturday night the Senate passed and sent to President Obama a bill that replaces the controversial restart with an earlier, less restrictive, version while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does more research on the issue.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion LTL Expands in Two Locations

Photo via Old Dominion.

Old Dominion Freight Line has expanded its less-than-truckload services in Portland, Ore., and Chattanooga, Tenn. The company opened a brand new facility in Portland and renovated an existing service center in Chattanooga.

Tags: New Facility, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, City of Chattanooga, Portland

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Digi International Hires Industry Vet as CEO

Rob Konezny: Photo via PeopleNet.

Digi International elected Ron Konezny to be the president and CEO of the company effective Dec. 17, 2014. The previous president and CEO Joseph T. Dunsmore will retire when he is succeeded by Konezny.

Tags: Leadership, Trimble, PeopleNet, People, Digi International

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Drug, Alcohol Testing Fraud Case

A Tennessee woman has been sentenced in federal court in to four years probation and eight months home detention following her conviction of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies over drug and alcohol test results of drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance, Alcohol Testing

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

TA Partners with Homeland Security to Fight Human Trafficking

TravelCenters of America announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign which combats and raises awareness for human trafficking.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, Human trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Travel Centers of America

December 12, 2014 - Press Release

Cummins Westport Announces Management Changes

Cummins Westport has announced changes to its board of directors and management in accordance with the terms of the 50/50 joint venture agreement between Cummins and Westport Innovations. The changes are effective immediately.

Tags: Cummins, Westport, Cummins-Westport, Senior Management

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Donates Ice Bucket Challenge Money to Food Bank

Photo via Capacity.

Capacity Trucks sponsored a raffle raising money for a local food bank using the Ice Bucket Challenge, a popular viral internet campaign to raise awareness for ALS. Capacity donated the $1,600 it raised to the East Texas Food Bank.

Tags: Intermodal, People, Donations, Charity Fundraiser

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Restart Suspension Waiting for Senate Action

File photo.

Thursday night's approval of an omnibus spending bill by the House of Representatives brought a suspension of the controversial 34-hour restart provision of truck driver hours-of-service regulations one step closer to reality.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Retreat, Consumer Sentiment Best in 7 Years

Prices at the wholesale level in November gave up all the gains made the month before, led by declining energy costs, while consumers in the U.S. are feeling better than they have in many years.

Tags: Economy, Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Con-Way Freight Terminal Votes to Join Teamsters

File photo: Con-way

A group of 74 drivers and dockworkers at Con-way Freight in Miami Lakes, Fla., voted on Thursday to join Teamsters Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Drivers, Con-way Freight, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx Freight

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Trucking Conditions Still Very Favorable

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, at a reading of 8.53, fell only slightly from September’s level, reflecting still strong fundamentals for trucking companies, and the transportation analysis firm expects it to stay strong through next year.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Injury Rates, Costs Among Highest in Washington State

Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington State, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, Washington, Workers' Compensation, Fatalities, Personal Injury

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Projects Larger Fourth Quarter Earnings

Trucking holding company Covenant Transportation Group has announced it expects to report fourth quarter earnings well above the level from a year earlier due to a big gain in revenue.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

DAT Freight Index Higher Than Year Ago, Falls from October

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates and availability all posted healthy gains in November in the U.S. and Canada compared to the same time a year ago, according to the DAT North American Freight Index, however there were declines from the month before.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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