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January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Henke Manufacturing Names Matt Hood VP of Sales and Marketing

Matt Hood

The Alamo Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Matt Hood as VP of Sales and Marketing of its Leavenworth, Kansas-based Division, Henke Manufacturing.

Tags: Leadership

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Enforcement up Significantly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Law enforcement officers pulled over 74,765 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2013 Operation Safe Driver mobilization week, nearly triple the 26,487 stopped during last year’s event, according to just released figures

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.

Tags: ATA, Congress, CSA, HOS

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Great Dane Opens New Dealership in Montreal

Great Dane is pleased to announce the addition of Great Dane of Montreal to its Canadian distribution network.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket, Great Dane, Expansion

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack mRide Suspension

When people say something is "built like a Mack truck," they aren't just whistling Dixie. Equipment Editor Jim Park says the latest proof that Mack is still on top of its suspension game is the new mRide vocational suspension. In this Ultimate Test Drive Video, he evaluates the new suspension on a Granite dump truck.

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, MAP-21, Safety & Compliance

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

President of A. Duie Pyle Retires

Steve O’Kane, president of A. Duie Pyle, will retire in January 2014. O’Kane’s retirement has been in the planning and execution for the last five years.

Tags: Leadership

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Start Off 2013 Generally Higher

Rates in the three major categories on one of the nation’s leading spot markets for freight increased or held steady over the past week, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Announces Fast-Fill CNG in Amarillo, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks at its travel stop located on Interstate 40 at exit 74 in east Amarillo, Texas. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to be open by the second quarter of 2014.

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

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: December Job Growth Strongest of 2013

Private sector employment increased by 238,000 jobs from November to December, according to the new ADP National Employment Report, making the final month of 2103 the strongest month for job growth last year.

Tags: Economy, ADP, Employment

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

LaHood Named Co-Chair of Infrastructure Lobby Group

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

The Washington, D.C. lobby group, Building America’s Future, has announced that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Republican Ray LaHood is joining the organization as a new co-chair.

Tags: Congress, Ray LaHood, Highway Funding, People, Infrastructure Funding

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Honeywell To Sell Friction Materials Business To Federal-Mogul

Honeywell announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Friction Materials business unit to Federal Mogul Corporation for approximately $155 million.

Tags: Aftermarket, Honeywell

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall in December, 2014 Projected to be Better Than Last Year

North American freight activity followed virtually the same path in 2013 as it did in the previous two years, concluding with the typical December falloff, according to new issue of the Cass Freight Index Report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Perfect Equipment Now Operating as Wegmann Automotive

Perfect Equipment Inc., a wheel balance weight company, has updated its operating name to Wegmann Automotive USA Inc. The 75-year-old product brand name Perfect Equipment will remain unchanged and stay as a key member of the company’s brand portfolio.

Tags: Wheels

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Fuel and Oil Costs Forecast to be Lower in 2014

Expect the cost of on-highway diesel to average $3.81 per gallon this year, 11 cents less than 2013’s average price. The new monthly U.S. Energy Department Short-Term Energy Outlook is calling for the price to be even less in 2015, averaging $3.72 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Natural Gas, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Energy Department

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Looking to Borrow More Than $1 Billion to Stay Afloat

The financially troubled parent of several trucking companies, including YRC Freight, hopes to borrow $1.15 billion to refinance its debt, according to Bloomberg News.

Tags: Fleet Financing, financials, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: NAFTA Surface Trade Hits Record High

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: October 2013 compared to October 2012.

U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, amounted to $103.1 billion in October, up 4.5% from the same time a year earlier and exceeded $100 billion for the first month on record, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.

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

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Congress, People

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Leaders Endorse New UPS Freight Contract

Teamster local union leaders representing UPS Freight workers across the country have endorsed a new tentative national agreement.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Several States Waiving Trucking Rules for Fuel Shipments

UPDATED, Jan. 9, 2013, 9:45 a.m., EST Extraordinarily cold weather in part of the U.S. has resulted in more states issuing emergency declarations, waiving mainly hours of service rules, when it comes to hauling various fuels.

Tags: Drivers, Minnesota, Regulations, Michigan, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Arkansas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Safety & Compliance, Weather, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Connecticut Requires Snow and Ice Removal on All Vehicles

In Connecticut a new law that went into affect on Dec. 31 requiring commercial motor vehicles remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or their operators will face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.

Tags: New York, Snow Removal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

New Prime Fined by OSHA for Retaliating Against Trucker

UPDATED -- An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that New Prime retaliated against a truck driver by blacklisting him in the commercial transport industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.

Tags: Drivers, OSHA, Department of Labor, Prime Inc.

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Call for Session Ideas for 2014 Fleet Safety Conference

Organizers of the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference are seeking ideas for educational sessions for this year’s event. Industry leaders who are interested in presenting at the conference, scheduled for July 22-23 in Schaumburg, Ill., have until Jan. 31 to submit their topic idea and abstract for consideration.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Events

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Highest Since September

The average cost of diesel in the United States started off 2014 slightly higher than where it ended last year, according to a weekly U.S. Energy Department report and is also at its highest level since late September.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Truckstop Celebrates 50 Years

The Iowa 80 Truckstop began serving truckers out of a small white enamel building in 1964 before Interstate 80 was completely built. Bill Moon, Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, located the spot, at what is now Exit 284, for Standard Oil.

Tags: Anniversary, Iowa 80 Truckstop

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