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October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion’s Executive Chairman Receives Salzberg Award

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management awarded Earl Congdon Jr., executive chairman of the board of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., with the Harry E. Salzberg Medallion.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Gager to Retire from APRA

Bill Gager is retiring after 35 years with APRA.

William “Bill” Gager announced that he will retire from his position as president of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association on Dec. 31.

Tags: Leadership, APRA, Remanufacturing, Aftermarket

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Cooper Sues Apollo for Dragging its Feet

Cooper Tire's Roy Armes says the lawsuit against Apollo "is a necessary step in the process to assure that the terms of the merger agreement are met as required"

Apollo Tyres Ltd.'s friendly takeover of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is not so friendly anymore. On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, Cooper filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court asking that subsidiaries of Apollo "be required to expeditiously close the pending merger between the two tire companies in accordance with the terms of the definitive merger agreement."

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

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Turnover Rose at Large Truckload Fleets in the Second Quarter

According to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose two percentage points to 99% in the second quarter of 2013.

Tags: ATA, Driver Turnover

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Begins with I-35E Expansion Project

The orange and white barrels are being rolled out big time in one part of Texas due a major Interstate expansion project.

Tags: Texas, Road Construction, I-35E

October 7, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Increasing Biodiesel Blend

Minnesota is moving toward increasing the amount of biodiesel that’s blended into diesel fuel sold in the state during the warmer months of the year.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Diesel Prices

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Tenaska to Launch Natural Gas Transportation Fuels Business

Tenaska is launching a marketing and development company in response to the growing use of liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas, together NG fuels, in the transportation sector and among industries using high-horsepower engines.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Tenaska

October 6, 2013 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Sleep Apnea

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Omnitek Engineering Appoints Diesel-to-Natural Gas Conversion Dealer and Installer in Virginia

Omnitek Engineering Corp. has appointed Chesapeake, Virginia-based TFC Recycling as an authorized installation center for its diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion systems in the region.

Tags: CARB, EPA, CNG Conversions, Omnitek

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins, GM, Nissan and Shorepower Recognized for Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence

Securing America’s Future Energy recently recognized Cummins Westport Inc., General Motors, Nissan, and Shorepower Technologies as the winners of its Advanced Technology Award for their leadership in driving fundamental improvements to America’s energy security.

Tags: Nissan, Alternative Fuels, General Motors, Cummins Westport, Shorepower Technologies

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Moving and Storage Company to Pay $450,000 to Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Grand Junction, Colo.-based Mesa Systems has agreed to pay $450,000 and furnish other relief required by a court-ordered consent decree to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tags: Litigation, EEOC

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Texas Targeting Toll Scofflaws

The Texas Department of Transportation is notifying top toll violators and giving them a deadline to pay their overdue tolls or be included on a list the agency will publish in the next two weeks

Tags: Texas, Tolls

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Corrosion Led to Bridge’s Sagging and Closure Along I-43

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says an inspection that continues, has so far revealed that pilings located eight feet below the bottom of the concrete footing of the Leo Frigo Bridge, along Interstate 43 in Green Bay, bucked due to corrosion.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridges, I-43

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Adds New Parts and Services Dealership in Tennessee

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company announced the addition of FTR Inc., a new independent Utility parts and services dealer in White Pine, Tenn.

Tags: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Caltrans Completes 90 Miles of I-80 Improvements from Auburn to Nevada

Caltrans has finished rebuilding 90 miles of I-80 between Auburn and the Nevada state line, infrastructure improvements that included rebuilding seven bridges, improving lighting and drainage and adding new traffic monitoring systems.

Tags: Caltrans, California, Road Construction, I-80

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Announces ISV5.0 V-8 Diesel for Light and Midrange Trucks

Cummins&amp;rsquo; 5-liter V-8 diesel will go into production in about a year. Nissan is the first to announce its use in its 2015 Titan pickup.<br />

Cummins is going after more of the light- and medium-duty market with its new ISV5.0, a 5-liter (302-cubic-inch) V-8 diesel that promises high performance and low total cost of ownership.

Tags: Cummins, Nissan, Equipment, Engines, Light & Medium

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Launches Renewable Natural Gas Fuel

Clean Energy&#39;s Port of Long Beach facility is one location where fleets will be able to fill up with Redeem renewable natural gas.

Fleets that want to use an even "greener" alternative fuel than natural gas can now purchase renewable natural gas fuel, made from methane that comes from landfills, large farms and other waste streams, from Clean Energy.

Tags: CARB, Natural Gas, California, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

CRST Announces $10 Million Driver Pay Increase

On Oct. 15, CRST Expedited Inc., the largest operating company of CRST International Inc., will begin delivering a pay increase of $10 million over the next 12 months to its drivers, according to the company.

Tags: CRST, Driver Pay

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Mack GuardDog Connect Adds Telematics to Its Engine Monitoring System

Mack GuardDog Connect provides an integrated telematics ssystem with instant diagnostics and proactive scheduling of repairs handled by a live agent &amp;ndash; all while the truck is still on the job.

Allentown, Pa.--Mack Trucks today announced GuardDog Connect, a telematics system that executives said will speed servicing and enhance dealers’ ability to fix trucks correctly on the initial visit. Connect adds cellular connectivity to the existing Mack GuardDog maintenance monitoring system, and will begin going onto on trucks built in January.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Recognizes David Kus for Quickly Reacting to Danger

David Kus, of Fredericksburg, Penn., drives for Swift Transportation.

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the name of its latest Highway Angel: David Kus of Fredericksburg, Penn., who drives for Swift Transportation. Kus is being recognized for acting quickly when a fellow motorist had an accident and then inadvertently put himself in more danger.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Swift Transportation

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, FTR

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Expected This Holiday Season

Photo: David Holmes a.k.a. Renegade Replicant  via Wikimedia Commons.

The nation’s retailers expect sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3%.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Paper Transport Adds 20 Natural Gas-Powered Kenworth T660s To Regional Fleet

Paper Transport Inc. plans to replace 25% of its diesel-powered units in its 400-truck fleet with trucks running on CNG by the end of the year.<br />

Paper Transport began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012 and this spring the company became one of Kenworth’s first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, according to the company.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Paper Transport

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge Weight Limits Causing Headaches in Pennsylvania

Trucks are being forced to take longer non-Interstate routes in Pennsylvania due to new weight restrictions along some 1,000 bridges.

Tags: Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges, Pennsylvania

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

&amp;ldquo;2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve.&quot; Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

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