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February 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hogebuilt Promotes New President

Hogebuilt announces the appointment of Kyle Denu to company president. Denu joined the company in October of 2012 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Hogebuilt

February 9, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Opens New Driver Training Center

Celadon Group Inc. and its Quality Drivers subsidiary have announced the official opening of the new driver training center near its Indianapolis headquarters. The $7 million, 61,000 square-foot training facility includes dorm rooms, cafeteria, workout room, basketball court, and a state of the art driver training road course.

Tags: Driver Training, Celadon

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

Fourth Quarter Boasts Strong Performance in Every Intermodal Segment

Building on the industry’s positive 2012 performance, total intermodal shipments improved 4.6% in 2013, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s fourth quarter and year-end Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA, Freight

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Yanks Two Drivers and Company from the Road

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered two drivers and one trucking to seek life outside of the trucking industry following what it describes as some dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Volume and Expenditures Drop in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volumes and freight expenditures both continued the decline that began in December after the economy abruptly reversed direction near the end of last year, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Retail Sales to Head Higher

UPDATED -- Unemployment in the U.S. continues moving lower, but job growth is also weakening, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Retail Sales

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

‘Concept’ 2.8L Turbo Diesel Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

A Cummins-Nissan project is testing the ‘viability’ of light diesel pickups for North America, and gauging customer interest in the idea.

Tags: Cummins, Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Diesel Engines

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Trailer Market to Increase 2.2%, Says FTR

FTR's forecast for the 2014 U.S. Trailer is 240,000 units, a 2.2% increase over 2013. FTR expects dry vans to show a 2% year-over-year increase while reefer vans will remain flat. Flatbeds, dumps and low beds are all expected to show greater increases as construction and manufacturing improve.

Tags: Trailers, FTR

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Illinois Trucking Association Asks IDOT to Reduce Speed Limits

The Illinois Trucking Association is calling on the Illinois Department of Transportation to reduce speed limits for automobiles in the state where the department has created a 15 mph differential between car speed limits and truck speed limits.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended state and regional emergency declarations it issued earlier for certain deliveries of propane and other home heating fuels.

Tags: FMCSA, drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Transport

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

TCA and CarriersEdge Announce Best Fleets to Drive For Top 20 Winners

The results are in, and the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, announced that they have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as the 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For.

Tags: TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Fuel Efficient Trucks Benefit American Households

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A group representing more than 260 non-profit consumer organizations across the country is making a case in favor of continuing to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Regulations, Fuel Economy Standards, GHG, EPA, Fuel Economy

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson to Focus Less on Truckload

Third party logistics provider and freight brokerage operation C. H. Robinson Worldwide says it plans to change its focus following its release of fourth quarter earnings.

Tags: 3PL, Intermodal, Earnings, C.H. Robinson

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Completes Purchase of Central States

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Forward Air announced Thursday that it has compelted its planned acquisition of all of the stock of Central States Trucking and Central States Logistics from Central States Inc. following news that it was making the purchase last month for $95.6 million.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

P.A.M. Transportation Turns Quarterly Profit, More Than Doubles Annual Earnings

Truckload carrier P.A.M. Transportation Services has reported fourth quarter 2013 net income of $1.29 million or earnings per share of 15 cents and 2013 net income of $5.91 million or earnings per share of 68 cents.

Tags: Earnings

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Profit Jumps Nearly 20%

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line has released numbers showing revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 11% to $592.5 million from $533.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Fourth Quarter Income Flat

Trucking and logistics provider Con-way has reported 2013 fourth-quarter net income of $11.7 million or 20 cents per share, compared to a year ago performance of $11.8 million or 21 cents per share.

Tags: Earnings, Con-Way

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

Chevy Unveils City Express Van, Expands Silverado HD Bi-Fuel Offerings

Chevy City Express will compete against Nissan’s NV200, on which the new small Chevy van is based, and against Ford’s Transit Connect.

CNG-gasoline capability will be available in all cab and pickup bed sizes in 2500 and 3500 HD series, while compact van offers economy and cargo-carrying capability, GM says.

Tags: Bi-Fuel, General Motors, GMC, Compact Vans, Chevrolet, Pickup Trucks, CNG, Chevrolet City Express, Chevrolet Silverado

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

Former Prime Executive Found Dead

UPDATED -- A longtime executive with Missouri-based fleet Prime died on Tuesday, according to the website of the Springfield News-Leader.

Tags: People, Prime Inc.

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

ECommerce Finance Exec Bob Bearden Named uShip CFO

Online freight marketplace uShip announced Internet travel marketplace, ecommerce and retail finance veteran Bob Bearden has joined the company as chief financial officer.

Tags: Leadership, uShip, People

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

LNG Providers Make Cutbacks, Slowing Development of Fueling Stations

Two major players who are developing their own networks of natural gas fueling stations have cut back on expansion efforts.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Blu, LNG, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Says Separate Study Confirms CSA Effectiveness, ATA Balks

UPDATED -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims a new study confirms its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, ATA, Research, CSA, GAO, SMS

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

FET Exemption for Glider-Kitted Trucks Might End, IRS Indicates

Exemption from the 12% FET is a major benefit of buying gliders instead of new trucks, but new IRS thinking would take away that break.

Tags: taxes, Equipment, Federal Excise Tax, Glider Kits, NTEA, NTDA, IRS, Dealers

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

NLRB Offers Up Union Election Rules Again

Expect the fireworks to resume as the National Labor Relations Board once again is proposing new regulations to speed up the pace of union elections, identical to changes first proposed in 2011.

Tags: NLRB, Labor Unions, Regulations, drivers

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Preliminary Orders Up Y/Y

January NA Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,000 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 34,700 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Heavy-Duty Trucks, FTR

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