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March 20, 2017 - Industry News

‘Better Year Ahead’ Despite Flat Trucking Conditions Index

Source: FTR

FTR has released its Trucking Conditions Index for January, showing an unchanged reading from the month before of 2.7. Conditions are expected to improve in 2017 as a result of a rebounding economic environment.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, ELD Mandate

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

MATS Returns this Week, Bringing Back Some Major OEMs

Photo: Mid-America Trucking Show

The Mid-America Trucking Show returns this week, going from March 23-25 in Louisville, Ky., and this year it once again features several major manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting new technology and equipment.

Tags: Events, OEMs, MATS

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Names New President

Keane

At The Work Truck Show 2017, NTEA announced its new president, Adam Keane, as well as updated the Board’s Executive Committee and trustees.

Tags: NTEA, Leadership, Work Truck Show

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Two Peterbilt Models Eligible for HVIP

Image of Peterbilt Model 320 courtesy of Peterbilt.

The Peterbilt Models 520 and 320 equipped with the Cummins ISL-G Near Zero engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

Tags: Peterbilt, HVIP, Model 320, Model 520, ISL-G

March 20, 2017 - Product News

FR8Star Calculator Determines Heavy-Haul Costs on State Level

Image via FR8 Revolution

FR8 Revolution has developed the free, cloud-based FR8Star Heavy Haul Marketplace, which offers a rate calculator for oversize/overweight loads.

Tags: Shippers, Heavy Haul, Oversize Loads, FR8 Revolution

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Online List Tracks Carriers in Compliance with Upcoming Food Safety Rule

Image via UFSTP website

TransComply, the manager of the Uniform Food Safety Transportation Protocol, has launched an online public listing of motor carriers that have complied with all the requirements for participation in the program.

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, TransComply

March 17, 2017 - Product News

Phillips Collaborates on Trailer-to-Tractor Connectivity Tool

Phillips Industries and Velvac are collaborating on the TrailerLink connected vehicle solution, which is designed to support trailer-to-tractor video and data communications and connectivity.

Tags: Telematics, Trailers, Video Event Recorders

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

Image: White House Office of Management and Budget

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, CAGTC

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Alkane to License Assembly Operations in North America

Photo: Alkane Truck Company

Alkane Truck Company, a South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced plans to establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico over the next three years.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Alkane Truck Company, Assembly Plants

March 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Readings Full of Positives

A gauge of the health of the American economy has increased again, hitting its highest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, manufacturing activity outpaced overall industrial output, consumer sentiment hit its highest level in over a decade, and homebuilding continues to trend up, according to a basket of reports issued Friday and Thursday.

Tags: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building, Economic Conditions

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Paccar Teams up With Nvidia on Autonomous Driving Concept

Screenshot via Nvidia

Paccar has announced that it is teaming up with American technology company Nvidia to develop an autonomous vehicle solution.

Tags: Paccar, Autonomous Vehicles

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck's President-Trucking Resigns

The president of USA Truck’s trucking operations has resigned, effective March 13, in the latest in a string of leadership changes at the Van Buren, Arkansas-based company.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Fleet Executives

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Announces First Economic Summit

American Trucking Associations is launching an Economic Summit that will bring together chief economists from several trade associations for an outlook on each speaker's industry and how it could impact trucking.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Events

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Missouri Great Dane Joins Vipar Heavy Duty

Missouri Great Dane is the latest company to join the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Distributors, Parts and Service

March 16, 2017 - Product News

Schneider Launches Online LTL Hub

Image via Schneider

Schneider has created a new one-stop online shop for less-than-truckload freight.

Tags: LTL, Online Tool, Schneider, Shippers

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Makes Top Leadership Moves

Eric Fuller Photo: U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress named Eric Fuller to the role of CEO and Lisa Quinn Pate as the new president and chief administrative officer for the truckload carrier, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, People, U.S. Xpress

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Ease Slightly Following Jump

After a 17% jump the previous week, spot truckload freight volume increased a modest 1.3% during the week ending March 11 while rates gave back at least part of their gains from the week before, according to DAT Solutions' network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

SmartTruck Names VP of Sales and Marketing

Trailer aerodynamics company SmartTruck has expanded its national sales team and appointed John Brown as vice president of sales and marketing.

Tags: Leadership, SmartTruck, People

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

Tags: Fuel Economy, CAFE Standards, Barack Obama, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump, Global

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Freightliner to Offer CNG-Equipped Stripped Chassis

Photo: Freightliner Custom Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis, Clean Energy Fuels, and Green Alternative Systems have partnered to provide a compressed natural gas fuel system on FCCC’s CNG MT-45/55 chassis.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, Delivery Fleets, Work Truck Show, Vocational Trucks, Stripped Chassis, Alternative Fuels, Freightliner Custom Chassis

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Down in February, but Still Up From Last Year

February trailer orders are expected to trail January’s excellent numbers but still exceed last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary estimates from ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Fills Six Leadership Positions

Photo: ATA

American Trucking Associations promoted four longtime staffers and hired a new vice president of creative services and creative director, and a new director of marketing as part of the federation’s continued retooling.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Associations

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Mack Brings Uptime Solutions to Legacy Vehicles

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks is bringing its telematics-driven uptime solutions to customers with older Mack vehicles, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Geotab, Mack Trucks, Uptime, GuardDog Connect, Telematics, Work Truck Show

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Fed Pushes Interest Rates Higher Amid Improving Signs

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased the nation’s benchmark interest rate for the third time since its first hike in nearly a decade in December 2015, amid evidence of a steady economy and indications of more interest rate increases later this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Invests More Than $90M In Natural Gas

Photo: UPS

UPS said it will invest more than $90 million in natural gas facilities and vehicles, including fueling stations, compressed natural gas trucks and liquefied natural gas vehicles.

Tags: UPS, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, LNG

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