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December 31, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Year Ending With Positive Economic News

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The final week of 2013 provided some encouraging economic numbers including about holiday sales.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Will Pursue Damages Against Apollo

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. said it will pursue damages against Apollo Tyres Ltd. in a webcast following the announcement of its decision to terminate the merger agreement, according to Modern Tire Dealer, a sister publication of HDT.

Tags: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Apollo Tyre

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel and Oil Prices Move Higher Over the Past Week

Prices for fuel have moved higher over the past week as crude crossed the $100 barrel level once again.

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Relocates Fort Myers Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has relocated and expanded its Fort Myers Service Center to accommodate increased demand in the Southwest Florida region.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Expansion, Service Center

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Bakery Fleet Orders AMP Electric Vans

A national bakery company has placed the first orders for the AMP/Workhorse E-100.

AMP Holding Inc. has announced that its AMP Trucks subsidiary has received an initial purchase order for Workhorse E-100 Walk-In Vans from a national bakery company. The Workhorse Electric Vans have a range of up to 100 miles and will be built on the W62 chassis.

Tags: Workhorse, AMP Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Saddle Creek Names CEO

Saddle Creek Logistics Services announced that the company has named current president Cliff Otto as its CEO, effective immediately.

Tags: Leadership, Saddle Creek

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Some Illinois Highways See Increases in Speed Limit to 70 mph

The Illinois Department of Transportation released a map which highlights those portions of the Illinois interstate highways with the increased 70 mph speed limit, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Tags: Speed limit, Illinois

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Announces Reorganization

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. announced that Brian van Helden has been promoted to chief operating officer. He will immediately assume direct leadership of the company's LTL operation, replacing Scott Dobak who has tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31

Tags: Leadership, Roadrunner Transportation

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 3

As we look back at 2013, here's the third installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: Emissions, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, U.S. DOT

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

New Fleet Of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Now Serving Indianapolis

Republic Services Inc. announced the deployment of 79 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks that are now serving customers throughout greater Indianapolis. The new CNG fleet replaced older diesel-powered trucks.

Tags: Republic Services, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Completes Acquisition of NLM

XPO Logistics Inc. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of NLM from Landstar System Inc. The company funded the $87 million cash transaction through its ABL facility and available cash, including approximately $13.4 million of cash acquired on closing.

Tags: Landstar, Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Scoops Up Vitran, Shuts Out Manitoulin

Photo: Evan Lockridge

After winning a bidding war with Manitoulin Transport, TransForce is buying the Canadian assets of Vitran, TransForce announced Monday.

December 30, 2013 - Industry News

Several Truck Models Recalled for Various Problems

Recalls have been issued by several truck makers for range of problems including with seat belts, lighting, tie-rod assemblies and missing certification labels.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Sterling, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 2

As we look back at 2013, here's the second installment in our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry:

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Ford, Fraud

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Begins Construction of Customer Experience Track at New River Valley Plant

Volvo plans to open its Customer Experience Track during the third quarter of 2014.

Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., are constructing a Customer Experience Track, set to open during the third quarter of 2014. The track will feature a 1.1-mile paved road course and an off-highway area, allowing Volvo to showcase its entire Class 8 lineup during customer tours and other events.

Tags: Volvo, Expansion

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Order Activity Solid over Past Few Months

The robust 43% month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by November’s less vigorous 3% month-over-month improvement. Strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Delivers 1,300 Bikes to Local Kids for Christmas

For the eighth consecutive year, some 1,300 underprivileged kids in an Akron neighborhood experienced the Christmas spirit first-hand with the gift of a new bicycle, thanks to non-profit organization Elves and More of Northeastern Ohio, the Akron Police Department and a host of local businesses, including local trucking company, Con-way Freight.

Tags: Con-way Freight

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Leadership Changes Announced by J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. is announcing key succession changes on its executive leadership team to support its continued nationwide success as the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Leadership

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Holiday Theft Awareness Warning

The holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft. This year, however, the holidays pose an additional risk in that both Christmas Day fell and New Year’s Day will fall in the middle of the week, complicating business schedules and likely leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations.

Tags: Theft, FreightWatch

December 27, 2013 - Industry News

Nominations Open for Influential Woman in Trucking Award

The Women in Trucking Association and Navistar are seeking candidates for the 2014 Influential Woman In Trucking award.

Tags: Navistar, WIT

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Western-based Diamond Transportation Expanding Eastward

Diamond Transportation, based in Stockton, Calif., is expanding its services from the Western region of the country to serve to the Midwestern and Northeastern United States.

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL, Sleep Apnea, Legislation, Regulations, Insurance

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Crete, Shaffer to Offer On-the-Job Training for Veterans

A truck from Crete's Patriot Fleet.

Crete Carrier Corp. and its refrigerated division, Shaffer Trucking, have gotten approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide on-the-job training to veterans and other eligible trainees through the GI Bill.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans, Crete Carrier Corp.

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Announces First Energotest in the United States

Spring 2013 PIT Energotest in Canada.

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, announced it will hold its first U.S. Energotest at the Continental Truck Tires Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas, Feb. 3-7.

Tags: Fuel Economy, PIT

December 26, 2013 - Industry News

Consumers Blast UPS and FedEx for Missed Christmas Deliveries

Package delivery giants UPS and FedEx may wind up getting a lump of coal in their stocking next Christmas after failing to delivery many shipments in time for this year’s holiday.

Tags: UPS, FedEx, Delivery Fleets, Holiday Driving

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