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February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Dana to Acquire Assets from U.S. Manufacturing Corporation

Dana has agreed to purchase the axle housing and driveline shaft manufacturing operations of U.S. Manufacturing Corporation.

Tags: Dana, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Freight Index Drops Slightly as 2017 Begins

A measure of the spot truckload freight market edged downward in January as the level of freight settled into a typical post-holiday pattern, though at significantly elevated levels compared to this time last year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

Tags: Upfitting, Mercedes-Benz, Chicago Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Van Equipment, Concept Vehicles, Ship-Thru

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Quick-Thinking Highway Angel Saves Stricken Driver

David Webb Photo: TCA

The quick thinking and actions of Highway Angel David Webb saved the life of a dump truck driver suffering from heart failure on a Washington State highway.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Driver iQ Parent Firm Restructures and Rebrands under Cisive Name

Driver iQ, a provider of comprehensive background screening and driver monitoring services, has announced that its parent company, Carco Group, is changing its name to Cisive.

Tags: Background Checks, Screening, CARCO, Rebranding

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Names Vice President of Sales

Rob Myers Photo: Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries has promoted Rob Myers to vice president of sales after having served as director of sales since 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, People, Promotions

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Kenworth Names Dealer Council Members

Kenworth has named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council, featuring eight prominent executives representing more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Truck Dealers

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Acquires Four PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites, acquiring its service body line. (Photo courtesy of PalFleet)

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites: Council Bluffs, Iowa; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Upfitting, Palfinger, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, PalFleet

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler’s Global Truck Chief Bernhard Resigns

Wolfgang Bernhard Photo: Daimler AG

Wolfgang Bernhard has resigned from the Board of Management of Daimler AG, the company announced on Feb. 10.

Tags: Leadership, Daimler, People, Resignations

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Dart Ups Long-Haul Driver Pay

Photo: Dart Transit

Dart Transit has rolled out a pay increase for its over-the-road company truck drivers, the carrier announced.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Dart Transit

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking-Futures Exchange Startup TransVix Sets up Shop in Chattanooga

Image: TransVix

TransVix LLC, a startup aimed at launching the first futures exchange based on trucking capacity, has moved its headquarters from Fort Worth to Chattanooga, Tenn., to leverage the city’s emerging reputation as an entrepreneurial hive and transportation hub.

Tags: TransVix, Information Technology, Tennessee

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Body Maker Morgan Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Morgan Corporation, a designer and producer of light- and medium-duty truck and van bodies, is celebrating the company’s 65th anniversary this year.

Tags: Morgan Corporation, Truck Bodies, Anniversary

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Pickup Trucks, Large Pickups, Chicago Auto Show

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Winter Storm Pounding Northeast

Sceenshot: WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Winter storm Niko is pummeling the Northeast along the corridor running from Boston to Washington. Governors of several Northeastern states, including New York and Connecticut, are urging motorists to stay off the roads for safety’s sake and to enable snow removal.

Tags: Winter Driving, Snow Removal, Winter, Driver Safety

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Intelligent Transpo Roadmap Stresses Long-Term Thinking on Funding

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Among the numerous recommendations laid out in a public-policy roadmap issued on Feb. 8 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, is a call to a potentially leverage a “tax overhaul” to fund new transportation infrastructure.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, ITS America, Intelligent Transportation

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Soften Over Past Week; Flatbeds Keep Inching Up

A 7.7% gain in spot truckload freight volume and a 2.1% dip in capacity were not enough to buoy spot truckload rates during the week ending Feb. 4, according to DAT Solutions and activity from its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: ArcBest, P.A.M. Transportation Net Incomes Plummet

The parent to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight and other trucking and logistics operations reported that its fourth quarter net income fell in both the final quarter of 2016 and all of last year.

Tags: Panther, ABF, PAM Transport, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Index Dips Before Projected Bounce

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions index declined in December, reflecting soft conditions that affected the industry in the second half of 2016.

Tags: NAFTA, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rise Again, Tying Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved across multiple transportation modes increased 1% in December from the month before, marking the third consecutive monthly gain, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Expands Military Recruitment Initiative

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The Veterans Administration has granted accreditation to U.S. Xpress as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship Program that allows eligible veterans to receive educational benefits from the VA while training as a driver or technician for the company.

Tags: Military, Recruiting, Veterans, U.S. Xpress

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Western Star Marking 50th Anniversary

Photo: Western Star

Western Star Trucks is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the milestone with special events throughout the year as well as with truck show appearances and a new website.

Tags: Western Star, Anniversary, Daimler Trucks North America

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Used Medium-Duty Truck Values Declining

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

After the first month of the year, depreciation rates for medium-duty trucks are up and overall orders for the segment are down, according to Black Book’s Feb. 7 Market Insights Report.

Tags: Depreciation, Remarketing, Black Book, Medium-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

February 7, 2017 - Product News

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on FE and FG Trucks

Photo: Mobileye

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Medium-Duty Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Mobileye

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Inland Kenworth to Auction T680 to Fight Human Trafficking

Photo: Inland Kenworth

Truck dealer group Inland Kenworth has put together a special Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 for auction and will donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit devoted to fighting human trafficking.

Tags: Auction, Kenworth, Charity, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truck Dealers

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