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October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Auto Air Exports Names Chris Sims President

Auto Air Exports, consisting of Omega Environmental Technologies, Global Parts Distributors and Santech Industries announced the internal promotion of Christopher Sims to the position of president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

About 50 Pilot Flying J Customers Opt Out of Settlement

About 50 companies have opted out of a settlement with Pilot Flying J over fuel rebates. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Tuesday was the deadline for carriers to opt out of a settlement reached in July between some trucking companies and Pilot Flying J over allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel purchase rebates. About 50 of the truckstops’s 6,000 customers said they want no part of the agreement.

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

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Will Require Much More Research

President Obama yesterday signed a bill saying that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must come through the rulemaking process, rather than guidance to medical examiners.

Tags: Congress, Sleep Apnea

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Carriers Focused on Safety, Shippers Indifferent to CSA Scores

In the third quarter Transport Capital Partners' trucking industry survey, shippers are still largely unconcerned by carrier CSA scores, the use of e-logs continues to grow, and truck speeds are controlled.

Tags: TCP, Speed Limits, E-logs, CSA, Fleet Management

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Posts Higher Third Quarter Profit

Credit: DangApricot via Wikimedia Commons

J. B. Hunt Transport Services has announced third quarter 2013 net earnings of $89.5 million, compared to third quarter 2012 net earnings of $78.2 million.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Earnings

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

SKF Exec Mike McGrath Dead at 54

Mike McGrath, an automotive and heavy-duty industry leader for the past 25 years, 20 of them with SKF, passed away suddenly on Oct. 11, at the age of 54. He most recently was president of the SKF Vehicle Service Market, North America Business Unit.

Tags: Obituary, SKF

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

DAT Offers Fruit and Vegetable Truckload Rate Report During USDA Shutdown

During the federal government shutdown, DAT, North America's largest online load-matching service, is publishing free weekly data that parallels the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Fruit and Vegetable Truckload Rate Report, which has been suspended until funding is restored.

Tags: USDA, DAT, Government Shutdown

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Bridgestone Completes Guayule Research Farm

The Bridgestone research farm started growing guayule for research use in spring of 2013. This year’s fall planting will provide the first biomass to the BioRubber Process Research Center for tire evaluation in mid-2015.

Bridgestone Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., has completed its Agro Operations Guayule Research Farm in Eloy, Ariz. The research farm will supply guayule biomass for rubber production at the company’s BioRubber Process Research Center, which is currently under construction in Mesa, Ariz.

Tags: Bridgestone, Tires, Wheels, Guayule

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Hankook Selects Tennessee For Its First U.S. Plant

Hankook Tire announced plans for its 8th global manufacturing plant which will be located in Clarksville, Tenn.

Tags: Tires, Hankook, Expansion

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Alternatives Available for Fuel Price Info as Weekly DOE Report is Suspended

While trucking continues rolling during the partial shutdown of the federal government, an often used weekly roundup of fuel prices from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration has been sidelined due to a lack of funding, but there are other reports available to give you a read as to where diesel prices stand.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Attorney Who Promised More Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Files Amended Complaint

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a trucking company against Pilot Flying J has followed through with a promise there would be more litigation, but that's only part of the latest talk about the truckstop giant.

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

House Freight Panel Takes on the Most Difficult Issue: Funding

The House panel studying freight transportation saved the toughest for last: how to pay for it. It was a sign of the enduring paralysis over funding that the panel had Jack Schenendorf and Robert Atkinson as witnesses in its final hearing last week.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, taxes, Congress

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Drops Again

With the partial shutdown of the U.S. government and the prospect the U.S. will default on its financial obligations, consumers don’t feel that good about the future, at least economically speaking, but they could also be doing a whole lot worse.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Against New York Over Highway Taxes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 8 against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance challenging the constitutionality of certain highway taxes for all trucks using its state highways.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, New York, taxes

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Edges Closer to Teamsters Contract Approval

Teamsters Union members at some local bargaining units have once again rejected parts of their contract with package and delivery giant UPS as the busy holiday shipping season nears.

Tags: UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Expected Increasing Pennsylvania Speed Limit to 70

There is a move to get Pennsylvania to join th majority of states when it comes to having higher speed limits.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Speed Limits

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Price Report Cancelled by Government Shutdown

The government shutdown has forced the Energy Information Administration to cancel publication of its gas and diesel price update, a key index for trucking fuel surcharges.

Tags: Congress, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's August Trucking Conditions Index Improves

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Freight

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Reefer Deadline Approaching

The California Air Resources Board is reminding model year 2006 transport refrigeration unit owners if they want to qualify for compliance extensions, only about three weeks remain before the purchase order deadline for ordering Level 3 verified diesel emissions control strategies, such as diesel particulate filters, for retrofitting engines.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Reefers

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Smattering of Protest Trucks Arrive in Washington Area

An anti-government protest that organizers had said would bring "thousands" of truckers to Washington, D.C., appears to have attracted only a few dozen, according to reports from local media.

Tags: Washington D.C.

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Sues Knight for Using Confidential Info in 'Creeping Hostile Acquisition'

USA Truck says Knight Transportion violated confidentiality agreements.

Truckload carrier USA Truck has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Knight Transportation, claiming Knight used USA Truck's confidential information to begin what it calls a “creeping hostile acquisition” of the Arkansas-based fleet.

Tags: USA Truck, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile, North American shipment volumes also rose for the second month in a row, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Tracks Change in Q3 Seasonal Patterns

A shift in seasonal trends drove spot market freight volumes down 5.3% in September, as reported by the DAT North American Freight Index. Freight volumes remained stable throughout much of the third quarter, instead of a more typical decline in July that is followed by mixed trends in August and September.

Tags: DAT, Reefer, Flatbed, Freight Index, Vans

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Transportation Becomes Employee Owned

TMC Transportation, a private, family-owned company for 41 years announced that it will transition to an employee stock ownership plan, becoming an employee-owned company.

Tags: Leadership

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Strengthens Anti-Cargo Theft Strategy

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. joined CargoNet to provide customers with a proactive approach to strengthening security around sensitive and high value product freight. CargoNet is a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, a Verisk Analytics company.

Tags: CargoNet, C.H. Robinson

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