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December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Booming, Inflation Remains Tame

New housing starts in the United States during November surged 22.7% higher than the October rate, hitting its best level in five-years, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Investor Reportedly Selling Off Shares

One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks November Deliveries Jump 16%

Just released figures show deliveries from the Volvo Group’s truck operations in November 2013 amounted to 20,356 vehicles. This is an increase of 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Levels Continue Improving, Rates Up in Majority of Segments

Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight, Freight, Freight Rates

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Express Concern About Sysco's Purchase of US Foods

The Teamsters Union is saying Sysco's acquisition of US Foods announced last week raises serious concerns for workers, stakeholders and customers as the combined company becomes the country's largest institutional/restaurant food service provider and one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets.

Tags: Teamsters, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, US Foods

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

AmpCNG to Build Public-Access CNG Station

AmpCNG (formally known as AMP Americas) announced that it has signed a deal with Venture Logistics to build CNG fueling infrastructure at an existing gasoline station in Lafayette, Ind.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, ampCNG

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Adds New Commercial Tire & Service Center In Tulsa

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new Commercial Tire & Service Center to its network in Tulsa, Okla., expanding its offerings in the state.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Wheels, Expansion

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Jacobs Executive Announces Retirement

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced the retirement of Bob Perkins after nearly 29 years of service. Perkins began his career at Jacobs in 1985 as a Product Manager.

Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

States Use Technology and Smart Solutions to Battle Winter Weather

Photo courtesy of MnDOT

Winter does not officially begin until Saturday, however state transportation departments have been working hard to remove snow and ice from the nation's roadways for weeks.

Tags: Winter Driving, Information Technology

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Seeks HOS Exemption

A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.

Tags: HOS, Federal Register

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

20 Technicians Make Semi-Final Level at Rush Skills Event

Twenty technicians have emerged from the original 106 competitors at Rush Enterprise's Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. The semi-finalists are in nine testing categories, senior editor Tom Berg reports.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Rush Truck Centers, Dealers, Technicians

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Moving Forward with Intermodal Chassis Fleet

Schneider National is making a significant investment in its intermodal service with the creation of a company-owned and managed chassis fleet for railroad movements.

Tags: Intermodal, Chassis, Schneider National

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Tech Skills Rodeo Hosts 106 Competitors at Annual Event

For the eighth year in a row, Rush Truck Centers has brought in its top technicians for a grand competition in mechanical and electronic problem solving. Senior editor Tom Berg files this report from San Antonio.

Tags: Competition, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Technicians, Dealers

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Curt Huston Appointed General Manager of Gabriel

Gabriel announced that Curt Huston has been appointed general manager. Huston brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive and aftermarket industry to his new role including positions at Continental Structural Plastics, Hayes-Lemmerz, Allied Signal (Honeywell) and Azure Dynamics.

Tags: Leadership, Gabriel

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Down for Second Straight Week, Oil Slightly Higher

Credit: DOE/EIA

The average cost of diesel has trickled down for a second straight week, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Armstrong Named Paccar CEO, Piggott to be Executive Board Chairman

The parent company to truck manufacturers, Kenworth and Peterbilt, Paccar, announced Monday its board of directors has elected Ronald E. Armstrong as chief executive officer and Mark C. Pigott as executive chairman of the Board of Directors, effective April 27.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Peterbilt

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Long-Term Fuel Prices to Grow Slowly, Natural Gas Demand Weaker Than Earlier Forecast

Fuel prices in the future may not be as high as some earlier feared, according to updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040, but natural gas is expected to grow, just not as rapidly as earlier believed.

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

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans With 540,000 Wreaths

Photo courtesy of Prime Inc.

Wreaths Across America, along with nearly 30,000 volunteers, placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of more than 143,000 veterans at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14. This is the organization’s 22nd year laying wreaths at the Nation’s cemetery and marks the largest number ever delivered.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Two More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Photo courtesy of MnDOT.

Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Maine, South Dakota

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Best Gain in a Year

Industrial production in the United States last month grew at its fastest pace in a year with output increasing past a pre-recession peak, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Industrial Production

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, Minnesota Trucking Association Request Sleeper Berth Pilot Project

The American Trucking Associations and the Minnesota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study the effect of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota Trucking Association, Regulations

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Michelin Issues Recall for Commercial Light Truck Tires

Michelin North America has announced a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires, sold in both the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Michelin, Recalls, Tires

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

United Road Services Acquires Waggoners' Auto Transport Division

United Road Services and its owner, Charlesbank Capital Partners, have purchased the Auto Transport Division of Waggoners Trucking.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, United Road Services, Waggoners Trucking, Drivers

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities

The EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges.

Tags: EPA, Intermodal, DERA, Ports, Multimodal

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