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February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Drops, Consumers Optimism Unchanged

Industrial production in the U.S. decreased 0.3% in January after having risen 0.3% in December, according to numbers from the U.S. Federal Reserve released on Friday. This decline in the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities is the largest drop since May 2009.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Barack Obama, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance, Teamsters, U.S. Supreme Court

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Completes Debt Refinancing

The parent to several trucking companies YRC Worldwide has announced it has closed on the financing of a new $700 million term loan and a $450 million asset-based loan.

Tags: YRC, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

Averitt Rolls Out Climate Controlled LTL Container Service

Less-than-truckload carrier Averitt Express started offering this month climate-controlled services in self-contained, self-powered LTL shipping units. These units can be combined with dry cargo and other climate controlled units.

Tags: Freight, Temperature Control

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

East Texas Mack Receives 2013 N.A. Distributor of the Year

East Texas Mack Sales, LLC, Longview, Texas, was recognized as Mack Trucks’ 2013 North American Distributor of the Year.

Mack Trucks announced that East Texas Mack Sales, in Longview, Texas, is its 2013 North American Distributor of the Year.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Dealers

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Karmak Introduces Lisa McCloud as Director of Marketing

Karmak Inc., specialists in profit improvement for the heavy-duty industry, introduces Lisa McCloud as Director of Marketing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Karmak

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Travel Center Opens in Big Spring, Texas

Pilot Flying J announced the opening of a new Pilot Travel Center in Big Spring, Texas, to better serve professional drivers. The Pilot Travel Center is the 43rd location in Texas and will add 75 new jobs to help boost the local economy.

Tags: Pilot Flying J Truck Travel Centers, Expansion

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul and Intermodal Prices Head Higher in January

Truckload linehaul rates paid in January increased 2.9% from the same time a year earlier, resulting in the largest year-over-year increase in linehaul rates since last February.

Tags: Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Old Dominion Expands in Albany, N.Y.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. recently relocated its Albany Service Center to a larger facility. The newly constructed service center contains 72 doors – a 45% increase from the previous facility. Old Dominion employs 50 people at this location.

Tags: Expansion, Old Dominion

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Call for Speakers for Green Fleet Conference & Expo

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo planning committee is working on the 2014 schedule and is looking for input and ideas. The 2014 event will be in Schaumburg, Ill. on Oct. 29-30 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

ARI Acquires Online Driver Training Company Drivefleet

The fleet management services company ARI has acquired Drivefleet, an online driver training products and services provider.

Tags: drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, ARI, Drivefleet, Safety & Compliance, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Second Best on Record, Rates Up from 2013

Spot market freight availability rose 24% in January, exceeding December levels for only the second time since 1996, according to new figures from the the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Drop on Cold Weather, Weak Income Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. have fallen for a second straight month according to new U.S. Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record Revenue, Profit Declines

Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, reported record annual revenues of $3.4 billion in 2013 compared to $3.1 billion in 2012, while net profit slid to $49.2 million compared to $$62.5 million a year earlier.

Tags: Navistar, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Standard Specification Set for Diesel Alternative DME

DME engine is based on Volvo D13 diesel. This prototype has common-rail fuel injection, which production engine might or might not use. (Photos by Tom Berg)

Testing standards group ASTM International has issued a standard specification for the diesel alternative in truck engines, dimethyl ether.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Study: Advanced Powertrains to Drive Remanufactured Replacement Component Market

The entry of advanced class 6-8 powertrain systems that comply with new emission regulations will drive revenue for the North American remanufactured replacement components market over the next five to seven years.

Tags: OEM, Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket Parts, Powertrain, Parts, Aftermarket

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Drivers

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license holders.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Regulations, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance, Alcohol Testing

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Washington to Get 11 Public Propane Refueling Stations

The state of Washington will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas public refueling networks, and the single largest installation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

Tags: Washington, Propane Autogas, Blue Star Gas

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Counters GAO Critique of Safety Program

The back-and-forth over the Compliance Safety and Accountability enforcement program continues, this time with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration countering recent criticisms by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group South Saint Paul Location is Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year

Allstate Peterbilt Group’s South Saint Paul location has received the 2013 Peterbilt Medium-Duty Dealer of the Year award. CEO Don Larson and President Jeff Vanthournout accepted the award at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealers

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2008- December 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1% in December from November, declining after a one-month rise, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures, but activity is still very healthy.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

New Study Shows Limited Impact of Simulator Training for Truckers

New research examining the safety impact of simulator training for truck drivers concludes it provides benefits for only up to a year.

Tags: drivers, Driver Training, Recruiting, Safety & Compliance

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Vehicle Fatalities Fell Slightly Last Year

A new, preliminary estimate shows approximately 35,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2013, a 3% decrease from the year before, according to the National Safety Council.

Tags: National Safety Council, Fatal Accidents, Highways

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates and Load Availability Jump

Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

Expected Union "Persuader Rule" Angers Business Interests

Business groups are up in arms over a second Obama administration proposal when it comes to union organizing elections.

Tags: Regulations, Department of Labor, NLRB, Labor Unions

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