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May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5

It is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Inspections, Safety & Compliance, CVSA, Roadcheck

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

NFI and Ocean Spray Open New Distribution Center

NFI announced the grand opening of its Distribution Center in Kutztown, Pennsylvannia. This 1,000,000 square foot facility expands the footprint of NFI in the Lehigh Valley and will serve as the distribution center for 40% of the global volume of Ocean Spray.

Tags: NFI, Expansion

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Fired CARB Critic and Researcher Heading to Court

A tough critic of the California Air Resources Board and its policies over its regulation of diesel emissions, who was fired from his job at a California university, is finally getting his day in court this coming November.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, Litigation

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Target Swift CEO Jerry Moyes' Power

The Teamsters claim Jeffy Moyes has too much power at Swift Transportation, and a stockholders' group is backing them up. Photo by Evan Lockridge

A Teamsters Union proposal that it says addresses trucking company Swift Transportation’s “dual class stock structure” is getting a boost from the country’s largest proxy voting advisory firm.

Tags: Teamsters, Swift Transportation, Labor Unions

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in More Than Five Years; Factory Shipments, Auto Sales Up

UPDATED -- Numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show 288,000 jobs were added, the most since January 2012, with the unemployment rate falling to 6.3% from 6.7% in March.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment, Factory Shipments, Factory Orders, Auto Sales

May 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Saxman Retires After 44 Years of Engineering, Marketing at Volvo and Mack

Photo by Paul Hartley, AddMedia

Ed Saxman, an engineer and product manager at Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks for a combined 44 years, has retired. A mechanical engineer by education, Saxman helped develop powertrain advances, then explained them to customers and journalists.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, People

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Editors Seeking Fuel-Saving Ideas for June Issue

Do you have a sure-fire tip, trick or technique that has helped your company save money on fuel? If so, Heavy Duty Trucking's editors would like to hear about it for our special June issue, featuring "100 Ways to Save on Fuel."

Tags: Fuel Economy, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Fuel and Oil

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Renamed, Tightens First Quarter Losses

The trucking operation, Arkansas Best, just renamed ArcBest, has reported a first quarter net loss of $2.9 million, or 11 cents per share, compared to a first quarter 2013 net loss of $13.4 million, or 52 cents per share.

Tags: Arkansas, Earnings, Panther, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Turns Around to a Profit, Raises Expectations

Finances for the truck component maker Meritor have turned around compared to a year ago, with it reporting a small profit.

Tags: Meritor, Earnings

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Group Pushing Alternative to Obama Highway Funding Plan

A national coalition of transportation companies formed three years ago to advance trucking fleet safety initiatives announced it supports major components within President Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan released this week, however, there is one area in which it disagrees.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, Diesel Tax, The Trucking Alliance

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Announces Funding to Clean Up Diesel Engines Nationwide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made $9 million in grant funding available for clean diesel projects to reduce diesel pollution and emissions exposure from the nation's existing fleet of diesel engines.

Tags: Emissions, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Emissions Reduction, Idle Reduction

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Profit Takes A Dive

The Arizona-based company reported net income of $12.3 million, or nine cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 profit of $30.3 million, or 21 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops to Open Fast-Fill CNG Locations on I-40 west of Amarillo, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at travel stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Williams, Arizona.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Mullen Group President and Co-CEO Resigning

The Canadian owner of various trucking operations has announced one of its leaders will soon be leaving.

Tags: People, Mullen Trucking

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Income Falls 7.9%

Trucking company parent Con-way Inc. has reported 2014 first quarter net income of $12.9 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income of $14 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, a 7.9% decline.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Losses Widen for YRC Worldwide

The parent company to the carrier YRC Freight and others moved to a bigger loss in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Earnings, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Production of 2015 Ford Transit Van Begins

On sale this summer, Ford’s next-generation full-size van family will provide tradespeople and businesses with increased capability and new configurations in the growing commercial vehicle market.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Expansion, Cargo Vans

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Construction, Manufacturing Post Gains

UPDATED -- A new report shows U.S. consumer spending in March took its biggest leap forward since August 2009.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward and Love’s Travel Stops Partner

Trucking Moves America Forward gained momentum with its first major partnership, announcing an agreement with Love’s Travel Stops. This comes days after TMAF shared it had raised more than a half-a-million dollars since its March launch.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Trucking Moves America Forward

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Coercion Proposal Clears OMB

The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposal to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers or receivers. OMB sent the proposal back to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, typically a signal that a Federal Register notice is pending.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Electronic Logging Devices, Safety & Compliance

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Wabash, Cummins, Eaton, Allison Report First Quarter Numbers

Trailer maker Wabash National had net income for the first quarter of 2014 of $7.3 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income of $5.7 million, or 8 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, OEM, Allison Transmission, Wabash National

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration Weighs In with Highway Bill

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Obama administration put down its marker for the next highway program with the GROW America Act, a $302 billion, four-year bill funded by a one-time infusion from a change in the corporate tax code. The House and Senate are working on their versions with no word yet on how they will pay for them, although the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing May 6: New Routes for Funding and Financing Highways and Transit.

Tags: Congress, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, Highways, Highway Bill, Highway Trust Fund

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Profit Doubles, Volvo Swings Back to Profitability

Profit for truck, engine and carmaker Daimler AG soared in the first quarter of the year, while competitor Volvo has reported a profit following a loss a year ago

Tags: Volvo, OEM, Volvo Trucks, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Daimler, Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Congestion Cost Trucking More Than $9 Billion Last Year

Congestion on the nation’s Interstate highways added over $9.2 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2013, according to research released Wednesday by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Operating Costs, American Transportation Research Institute, Traffic Congestion, ATRI

April 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Incapacitated Motorist

Robert Tyler

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Robert Tyler, a resident of Marysville, Washington, as a Highway Angel. Tyler, who drives for Smokey Point Distributing of Arlington, Washington, is being recognized for his willingness to help not only an individual motorist, but also the general public.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel, Smokey Point Distributing

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