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January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal Nears Publication

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now one step away from publishing a proposal to create a national database containing driver drug and alcohol test results.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Drug Testing, Safety & Compliance

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

IANA Intermodal Expo Moves to September in 2014

The Intermodal Association of North America has announced a series of additions to the Intermodal Expo. Taking place Sept. 21-23 in Long Beach, Calif., the 2014 Intermodal EXPO will be a stand-alone event for the first time in 11 years.

Tags: Intermodal, Events, FTR, IANA, Association of American Railroads

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Eric Jorgensen Named Chairman of ATD

Eric Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Hartland, Wis., is the new chairman of the American Truck Dealers. He replaces Dick Witcher, chief executive officer of Minuteman Trucks in Walpole, Mass., who served as chairman for two years.

Tags: ATD, Leadership

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Reman Solutions Named Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year

Wabco Reman Solutions was named the “Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year” Award winner by the Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group. Accepting the award from Sandra Standley, right, chairman of HDRG, is a team from Wabco Reman Solutions, including (left to right) Joe Kripli, Global Business Development Leader; Jeffrey Stukenborg, Chief Engineer; and Salvador Munoz, Reman Business Leader.

Wabco Holdings Inc. announced that its Reman Solutions business has been named Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year by the Heavy Duty Remanufacturers Group of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association.

Tags: Remanufacturing, HDRG, APRA, Wabco

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer-Fleet Cooperation, Driver Shortage are Vital Issues, ATA Chairman Says

Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.

Tags: American Truck Dealers, American Trucking Associations, Drivers, Maintenance, Dealers, ATA

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Expansion Likely To Continue

While some people are seeing optimism in housing starts, there's still a long way to go.

LAS VEGAS -- The economic expansion is likely to continue through the balance of the year, predicts Bob Dieli, president and founder of RDLB Inc., an economic research and management consulting firm.

Tags: Economy, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Housing Starts, HDAW 2014

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

XPO Announces Stock Sale, Reveals Preliminary Earnings Report

XPO Logistics Monday announced plans to offer 15 million shares of its common stock to help pay for its purchase of Ohio-based Pacer International.

Tags: Earnings, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics, Pacer International

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Net Income Doubles in Final Quarter of 2013

The parent to several freight transportation providers, including Covenant Transport, has released numbers showing net income doubled in the final quarter of the year, but there was a slight decline for all of 2013.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Income Up for 2013, Falls in Fourth Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company Swift Transportation reported a drop in earnings for the final quarter of 2013 but an increase for all of last year.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation, Fleet Financials

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Three More Guilty Pleas in Federal Pilot Flying J Investigation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More guilty pleas were secured on Monday as part of the federal probe into truckstop mega-chain Pilot Flying J, taking the total number up to 10 so far. Brian Mosher, the former national director for sales, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud before a federal judge in Knoxville.

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

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Increases for First Time in Three Weeks

Credit: U.S. DOE

The cost of diesel has increased 3.1 cents from a week ago, the first in three weeks, for an average of $3.904 per gallon, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

Peter Rogoff

The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. DOT, Highway Funding, Anthony Foxx, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

SKF Appoints Tom O’Brien as President of SKF Vehicle Service Market, North America

SKF has announced the appointment of Tom O’Brien as president of SKF vehicle service market, North America business unit, effective immediately. O’Brien previously served as the interim president for SKF VSM, North America following the death of Mike McGrath in October.

Tags: Leadership, SKF

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens First Location in Montana

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Montana.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Expansion, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil, Montana

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Bendix Announces 2014 Brake Training School Schedule

Bendix has announced the 2014 schedule for its in-person Bendix Brake Training School, continuing its efforts to support and educate both new and experienced technicians.

Tags: Bendix, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Managing the Shop

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Home Sales Best in Five Years Despite December Decline

Sales of new homes in the U.S. fell 7% in December from the month before, following a November drop of 3.9% from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Joe Mejaly Named to Lead General Dynamics' AxleTech International

Joseph (Joe) L. Mejaly has been appointed vice president and general manager of AxleTech International, a General Dynamics company. AxleTech develops and manufactures axles, brakes and suspension systems for off-highway and specialty vehicles.

Tags: Leadership, AxleTech International

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Upcoming Hampton Roads Tolls Less Than First Planned

Initial tolls on the Midtown/Downtown tunnels in Hampton Roads, Va. will be half the amout originally expected, with tolling beginning Feb. 1.

Tags: Tolls, Virginia

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

Tags: Congress, Caterpillar, NTSB, Intermodal, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Traffic Advisories Issued Ahead of This Weekend’s Super Bowl

While Super Bowl XLVIII is still a few days away but it’s already affecting traffic in parts of New York City and New Jersey.

Tags: New York City, New Jersey, Traffic Congestion

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Identifies Trends in Freight Charges for Shippers

The third party logistics provider Transplace has released the results of its annual benchmarking study that includes data from more than 150 shippers, representing more than $12 billion dollars in annual freight spending.

Tags: Transplace, Owner-Operators, Shippers, Freight Rates

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

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