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September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Adds 2 New Drayage Facilities

Photo: Old Dominion.

Old Dominion Freight line added drayage facilities in Dallas and Nashville, which it says are strategically positioned near major railheads to accommodate growing demands domestically and globally.

Tags: Trailers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Railroads, LTL, Texas, Tennessee

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Three Indicted in Trucking Fraud Scheme in Kentucky

A federal grand jury in Kentucky had indicted three people with various trucking companies on charges they attempted to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Kentucky, Brokers

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.

Tags: Highway Funding, Rep. John Boehner, Legislation, Barack Obama, U.S. House of Representatives

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Sells Mascot Brand to Investor Group

Mascot transmission remanufacturing. File photo: Jim Park

Meritor has sold its Mascot operations in Canada and the United States to an entity that will operate under the name Mascot Industries LLC. All other Meritor brake and trailer axle remanufacturing operations, as well as Meritor's distribution business, are not affected by the sale and will continue to operate as usual.

Tags: Canada, Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Remanufacturing, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Intermodal Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before.

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

TA Buys Historic Johnson's Corner Truckstop

TravelCenters of America is buying the historic Johnson's Corner truckstop in Johnston, Colorado, and rebranding it as a Petro Stopping Centers.

Tags: Colorado, Truckstops, I-25

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Participation Improves Training, Saves Money, Maintenance Execs Report

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech competition recognizes and improves technicians’ skills. But Mike Delaney's interviews found that winning is not the only thing. It also improves entire companies.

Tags: Technician Training, TMC SuperTech, Technology & Maintenance Council, Technicians, Managing the Shop

September 26, 2014 - Press Release

Trillium, Mirabito Energy Open CNG Fueling Station in N.Y.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 17 to commemorate the grand opening of a newly constructed compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 90 Barlow Road in Kirkwood, New York.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, Frito Lay, Trillium CNG, Food and Beverage Fleets, Class 8

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Tread Dealer Celebrates 40 Years

Photo: Marangoni

Parmenter, Inc. celebrated 40 years in business recently, announced Marangoni Tread North America who uses Parmenter as a Ringtread dealer.

Tags: Tires, Anniversary, Retreads, Marangoni

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Partners with Stockholder Joe Gear

The Joe Gear Companies are joining the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors after becoming a stockholder in Vipar.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Partnership, Parts and Service

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

TEC Equipment Opens New Facility in Central California

Photo via TEC.

TEC Equipment opened a new 47,000 square foot, full-service truck dealership in Lathrop, Calif., a city in San Joaquin County.

Tags: California, Truck Sales, TEC Equipment, Dealers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Holdings Acquires Mississippi Dealerships

Summit Holdings has completed the acquisition of commercial truck and IC Bus dealership, Truck Center, Inc.

Tags: Mississippi, Truck Sales, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

Tags: Economy, GDP

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J President Target of Criminal Probe

A one-time top lieutenant with truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been named a target of an investigation that the company bilked trucking customers out of money from rebates in order to inflate company profits.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

September 25, 2014 - Global News

As China’s Economy Slows, So Do Fleet Upgrades

A slowdown in China’s economy is likely to delay upgrades to Chinese trucking fleets according to a new report by Truck Industry Research and JSC Automotive.

Tags: Hyundai, Volvo Trucks, China, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks North America

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Driver Health, U.S. DOT, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Former Prime Employee Sentenced to Prison in Theft Scheme

Travis E. Honaker received a sentence from a federal judge in Missouri of three years and one month in federal prison without parole and was ordered to pay $945,200 in restitution earlier this month.

Tags: Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Prime Inc.

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements Gain 8.5% in July, Led by Trucking

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, July 2013 - July 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

New U.S. Transportation Department figures show it totaled $101.1 billion, with increases in all five major transportation modes: air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks. This is the fifth consecutive month with U.S.-NAFTA freight flows exceeding $100 billion.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Decline, Services Sector Remains Strong

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 1.5% from July following a 3.7% increase in July from June. An overall decline of this amount was expected, according to a poll of economists.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

TWNA Reorganizing, Reevaluating Programs After Exec Director Resigns

The group's annual Technical Achievement Award is likely to continue as before, but other programs activities might change, its chairperson said.

Tags: Awards, Truck Writers of North America

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