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October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Takes Initial Step to Bring LNG to Florida

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has placed a purchase contract on property where it hopes to build a liquefied natural gas fuel terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Study Shows Some Positive Signs for 2014

As fleets continue to adapt to recent changes in hours of service regulations and face increasing challenges in finding drivers and technicians, nevertheless a new survey indicates they will be buying more trucks in 2014.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Michigan Kenworth Opens Full-Service Location in Gaylord

Michigan Kenworth has relocated its parts dealership in Gaylord, Mich., to a full-service facility with expanded customer support.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealer, Michigan Kenworth

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Pushing Back Against Allegations, Some Opt-Out of Settlement

Photo: Evan Lockridge

After a few weeks of relative quiet, things have started heating back up between Pilot Flying J and trucking companies that are suing the truckstop chain over allegations it cheated trucking companies out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Fraud

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates and Freight Weaken

Credit: DAT

New figures from the freight matching service provider, DAT, show spot market load availability fell 5.7% Oct. 20 through 26, compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with Fine Following Death of Worker Cleaning Tanker

Arkansas-based Sherman Brothers Trucking, doing business as Team Transport, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations and has proposed a penalty of $113,400.

Tags: OSHA, Training, Fines, Safety & Compliance

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Considering Hearing on Hours of Service

A House committee is considering holding a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule in November. The tentative date for the hearing would be Nov. 21, sources said.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, CSA, HOS, Government

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar, Volvo and Daimler Report Strong Earnings

Freightliner's Cascadia Evolution on display during this year's Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Most of the nation’s heavy truck makers reported third quarter earnings this week, showing health profits, despite some showing a slip in sales compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: PACCAR, Navistar, Volvo Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Trucks North America, Kenworth, Mack Trucks, Peterbilt

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Saia Third Quarter Profit Jumps 34%

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Multi-regional, less-than-truckload carrier Saia has reported third-quarter revenue of $293 million, an increase of 5.4% from the same time in 2012.

Tags: financials, Saia

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Remain Fairly Stable

At least there is one thing that’s not a worry when it comes to the American economy…inflation. The U.S. Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index increased only 0.2% in September from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Reject Strike Authorization at ABF

Photo: Evan Lockridge

In a vote of 70% to 30%, a majority of Teamsters Union membership covered by the Central Region Local Cartage Supplement has chosen not to authorize a strike at less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, ABF

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Investment Brings Mack Axle Production to Hagerstown Plant

Mack Trucks announced that as part of a $30 million investment, the Hagerstown, Md. plant that produces all Mack engines and transmissions will begin assembling all Mack heavy-duty drive axles and machining all Mack carrier housings.

Tags: Mack, Expansion, Manufacturing

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

XRS Adds Two Leadership Positions, Names Christian Schenk SVP Business Develop & Strategy

XRS Corp. has named industry veteran Jon Van Winkle vice president, product management, and experienced software engineer Arvind Sharma vice president of engineering. The company has also appointed XRS executive Christian Schenk to a new leadership role as senior vice president, business development and strategy.

Tags: Leadership, SaaS, XRS

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Expanded Educational Sessions at IANA, NITL

The Intermodal Association of North America and The National Industrial Transportation League have announced ten educational sessions that will take place on the tradeshow floor during the Intermodal Expo and TransComp Exhibition, taking place Nov. 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Tags: Intermodal, Events, IANA, NITL, Multimodal

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Pilot Flying J announced the expansion of its brand, offering Flying J diesel fuel in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

SOLD14 to be Held Prior to HDAW

SOLD, which stands for Service Opportunities and Learning Day, will once again be held for aftermarket service providers the day before Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in January.

Tags: Events, HDAW

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Congressional Freight Panel: We Need Robust Infrastructure Funding

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, talks to the press about the results of the bipartisan panel's study of freight transport.

A congressional panel is recommending a comprehensive, multimodal approach to freight transportation with robust, sustainable funding from public and private sources. The bipartisan Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation unanimously backs more spending on freight infrastructure – but does not take a position on where the money should come from.

Tags: Government, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, Infrastructure

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

M&M Cartage Announces Initiative to Become Leader in Green Transportation

M&M Cartage has announced a new initiative to become a national leader in green transportation. The Kentucky-based company plans to invest $7.5 million in building materials and capital equipment, allowing for the construction of a new headquarters with green efficiencies to go along with the addition of new trucks powered by compressed natural gas.

Tags: Green, Green Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, M&M Cartage

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Ford Reaches Settlement over Navistar Engines

Ford has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it sold defective diesel engines in its 2003-07 Super Duty pickups and E-series vans, according to Automotive News

Tags: Navistar, Ford, Engines, Litigation

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Toll Operators Increase Lobbying Efforts

Operators of toll roads, bridges and tunnels aren’t likely to change any minds in trucking when it comes to opponents of having more routes with fees, but they hope to sway some members on Capitol Hill as talk of what to do about highway funding is increasing.

Tags: Congress, Tolls, Highway Funding

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Canada’s eManifest System Delayed Once More

The Canada Border Services Agency says eManifest requirements for highway and rail carriers will not be mandatory in fall 2013, due to delays associated with regulatory processes.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, eManifest

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Republic Deploys New Fleet Of Natural Gas-Powered Trucks

Republic Services Inc. announced the deployment of 67 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout southern New Jersey and in Philadelphia. The new CNG fleet will replace older diesel powered trucks, and represents a significant local investment in cleaner, safer and more efficient vehicles.

Tags: Republic Services, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence and Producer Prices Decline

Retail Sales with six-month moving average. Credit: Sterne, Agee & Leach

Retail sales moved 0.1% lower in September from August but were 3.2% higher from the same time in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence, Wholesale Prices

October 29, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Completes Full Transition to SCR Engine Technology

Navistar has announced its International LoneStar on-highway tractor with Cummins ISX15 engine and selective catalytic reduction emissions technology is now available for order, marking Navistar’s full transition of its heavy-duty product line from exhaust gas recirculation to SCR.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, Engines

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

Average Cost of Diesel Lowest Since Mid-July

Figures released late Monday afternoon by the U.S. Energy Department show the cost of diesel is down 1.6 cents over the past week for a national average of $3.87 per gallon.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices

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