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January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owner Sentenced, Ordered to Pay Restitution to Truckers

The owner, operator, and president of East, St. Louis, Ill.-based Clark Trucking and Excavation was sentenced to 33 months in prison late last week.

Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Fraud, Crime

January 26, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Teamster Members Say Yes to Contract Extension

YRC Worldwide's teamster drivers have voted in favor of an offer that clears the way for a $1.4 billion refinancing plan.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 26, 2014 - Industry News

Kyle Treadway Named Truck Dealer of the Year

Kyle Treadway

R. Kyle Treadway, former chairman of the American Truck Dealers, was named the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year award on Saturday by American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

Tags: ATD, American Truck Dealers, Truck Dealer of the Year, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Dealers

January 26, 2014 - Industry News

International ProStar, TerraStar Win Truck of the Year Awards

ProStar

Navistar International won both categories in the American Truck Dealers’ 2014 Commercial Truck of the Year competition with its ProStar heavy duty and TerraStar medium-duty models. ATD announced the winners at a lunch on Sunday, during its joint annual convention with the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans. The trucks were among three heavy and four medium-duty models submitted by manufacturers for judging last fall.

Tags: Navistar, TerraStar, ProStar, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers, Commercial Truck of the Year, American Truck Dealers

January 26, 2014 - Industry News

Mira Technology Park Breaks Ground at Haldex Facility

Bo Annvik and George Gillespie

Building work officially began on the new 25,500 square-foot bespoke facility being built for Haldex, at MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley. To celebrate, a ground-breaking ceremony was held with a number of senior representatives from both companies.

Tags: Expansion, Haldex

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Inc. Board of Directors Announces Transition in Board Leadership

The Board of Directors of Con-way Inc. announced a transition in board leadership in which Dr. W. Keith Kennedy, Jr., who has served as Con-way’s Chairman of the Board since 2004, will step down and be succeeded by Roy W. Templin, a current member of the company’s board.

Tags: Leadership, Con-way Inc.

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Gain in December

The trailer industry saw a 14% month-over-month gain in net orders in December, as six of the ten trailer categories posted positive results. For 2013, a total of 231,700 orders were booked, down just under 2% from 2012’s result.

Tags: ACT Research, Trailer

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands Freightliner Natural Gas-Powered Tractors in its Fleet

 A new Freightliner Cascadia 113 day cab leaves a natural gas fueling station in Rock Hill, S.C. after taking on its first fill-up of compressed natural gas (CNG). Con-way Freight, one of the nation's leading commercial trucking firms, took delivery of the unit recently and is putting it into service in the Texas market. Featuring the Cummins Westport ISX 12 G natural gas-powered engine, it's Freightliner's first Cascadia 113 day cab with factory installed tanks to go into service.

Con-way Freight has added Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors to its fleet. Freightliner began production of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 natural gas-powered tractors in August 2013, and these Con-way Freight units are the first Cascadia day cabs with factory-installed compressed natural gas tanks to hit the road.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freightliner, CNG

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Heating Fuel Exemption to Southern U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has widened the scope of emergency declarations it recently issued due to shortages of propane and other home heating fuels, extending it to the Southern region of the country.

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

TMD Friction Announces Promotion of Fabio Jurchaks

Fabio Jurchaks

Fabio Jurchaks has been promoted to director of sales & engineering, NAFTA at TMD Friction. Fabio is responsible for the commercial, marketing and engineering organization and activities servicing TMD’s OE, OES and replacement part friction business in Canada and the USA.

Tags: Leadership, TMD Friction

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

Tips For Keeping Your Truck Operational In Extreme Cold

Photo courtesty of MnDOT.

The recent extreme cold experienced by whole parts of the nation has put an increased burden on trucks and truckers. According to Mel Kirk, vice president of maintenance operations Ryder Systems Inc., diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid will freeze in extremely cold temperatures.

Tags: Winter Driving, DEF, Ryder System

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations Reorganizes

The American Trucking Associations announced on Friday it was reorganizing and streamlining a number of the association’s core functions.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Associations, People

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

New U.S./Canada Bridge Faces Delays Due to U.S. Funding

Truckers might have to wait even longer than expected for the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River. The bridge connecting Ontario to Michigan could be delayed if the U.S. government doesn’t soon commit to paying for a customs facility on the U.S. side

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Ends Slower for Many Used Trucks, Blue Book Report Says

December 2013 slowed in many segments of the market, but 2014 will probably resume healthy activity, says the Truck Blue Book analysis.

Tags: Used Vehicle Sales, Truck Blue Book, Market Trends, Used Trucks

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Purchases Central States Trucking

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The parent to a ground transportation provider in the air cargo industry, Forward Air Corporation, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the stock of Central States Trucking Company and Central States Logistics, from Central States Inc.

Tags: Drivers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Updates Await eManifest System at Canadian Border

Photo by Jim Park

Buckle up, because the Canada Border Services Agency is changing its commercial border processes. The changes are meant to make customs clearance more efficient, but they will also require carriers to make some changes in the ways they communicate with CBSA, according to website of Today’s Trucking magazine.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Safety & Compliance, Canadian Trucking Alliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Kolodziej Retiring as President of NGVAmerica

Richard Kolodziej has announced that he will be retiring as president of NGVAmerica. Kolodziej, 67, has been the organization's president since 1995.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Leadership, People, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Truck Dealers Convene in the 'Big Easy' for ATD Convention

Medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers from across the country will gather in New Orleans this weekend for the 51st annual American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo.

Tags: ATD, Events, Dealers, Truck Dealer of the Year, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Audit Says New York DOT Not Doing Enough About Truck Safety

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The New York state Department of Transportation is not adequately monitoring whether commercial carriers whose vehicles or drivers have been taken off the road because of violations are making needed repairs or corrections, potentially putting the public at risk, according to a new audit released by New York’s comptroller.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, New York, Regulations, Safety & Compliance

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Odyssey Logistics Purchases Two Companies

Supply chain logistics service provider Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation, based in Conn., has purchased both CMI Freight-Trans and Steel Wheel Transfer, 25 year-old companies headquartered in Orland Park, Ill.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Odyssey Logistics

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Announces Fast-Fill CNG Expansion in Burbank, Ohio

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at its travel stop located on Interstate 71, at Exit 204, in Burbank, Ohio. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to open mid-summer 2014.

Tags: Dillon Transport, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction and Leading Indicators Rise, Home Sales Best in 7 Years

McGraw Hill's Dodge Construction Index tracks total U.S. construction activity.

UPDATED -- Total new construction starts in the U.S. during 2013 increased 6% from the year before to $516.8 billion. This follows the 10% gain reported for 2012 and modest 2% gains in both 2010 and 2011, according to new data released from construction information services provider McGraw Hill Construction.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators, Construction Industry

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Heavy Duty Orders Up 17%, Medium Duty Up 10%

December was the second biggest Class 8 order month since March 2006, with orders up roughly 50% month-over-month and year-over-year. Meanwhile, medium-duty December net orders fell month-over-month; but year-over-year orders were mixed, with Classes 6 to 7 rising 20% and Class 5 orders falling 16% against tough comparisons.

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

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Improves in November, but Concerns Linger

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index conditions for November, at -6.0, continued to reflect a negative environment for shippers despite improving for the third straight month after hitting a low point in August.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight Capacity

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