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November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for Some Mack 2013 and 2014 Models

Two recalls, affecting nearly 1,700 Mack trucks have been issued, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Tags: Mack Trucks, Recalls

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Bullish on Mexican Market

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- With a display reminiscent of the parent company's dominating presence at the giant IAA commercial vehicles exhibition in Germany, Daimler Mexico made its intentions clear at last week's Expo Transporte, the bi-annual Mexican truck show.

Tags: Mexico, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

DTNA Aftermarket Going After 'Undisputed Leadership'

The all-makes Alliance Parts portfolio currently is made up of 32 product lines in three categories: accessories, repair/replacement and maintenance.

Daimler Trucks North America is taking steps to meet a goal of "undisputed leadership" in the aftermarket parts and service business, including revamping inventory and parts delivery and using technology to speed diagnosis and repairs.

Tags: Aftermarket, Daimler Trucks North America, Alliance Truck Parts, fleet maintenance

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Take a Virtual Stroll Through a Mexican Trucking Show

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- At first glance the photos of this trucking show may look a lot like what you will see at major events in the U.S. But look a little closer at the Spanish writing in the background. These photos were shot in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week during the nation’s largest truck and bus show, Expo Transporte.

Tags: Volvo, Mexico, Global, Daimler Trucks North America

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Agrees to Purchase 31 Gas Stations for $67 Million

Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company which operates these stores under its proprietary brand name Minit Mart.

Tags: Expansion, Mergers & Acquisitions, Travel Centers of America

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Breaks Ground on Orientation Center in Texas

Landstar System Inc. officially broke ground on its new orientation center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The new 12,000 square foot facility in Ft. Worth will be almost double the size of the current orientation center in Grand Prairie, with new and improved truck parking and more restrooms, work and dining space and computers for Landstar Business Capacity Owners.

Tags: Landstar, Expansion

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

Kenan Advantage Group Acquires RTL-Westcan Group

Kenan Advantage Group announced that it has completed the acquisition of RTL-Westcan Group. RTL-Westcan is a hauler of bulk commodities in western and northern Canada, serving more than 500 customers across its operating region.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Kenan Advantage Group

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Rose 3.3% in 2012

The national highway safety effort lost ground in 2012 as fatalities from both car and truck crashes increased compared to the previous year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a 3.3% increase, from 32,479 to 33,561.

Tags: Accidents, ATA, NHTSA

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Gives Break to Fleets Making 'Good Faith' Efforts to Meet Regulations

The California Air Resources Board announced that it will give a break to some truckers who are working to meet a January deadline for upgrades to their aging diesel fleets.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Flatbed Fleet Merger to Create a Top-Five Open Deck/Specialized Carrier

Daseke Inc. of Addison, Texas, and Clayton, Ala.-based Boyd Bros. Transportation announced a merger they say will put them into the top five largest open deck/specialty carriers.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Flatbed, Daseke Inc.

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.8% in September from August

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, September 2008-September 2013

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.8% in September from August, rising for the third consecutive month to reach its highest all-time level, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: BTS, TSI, Freight Index

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center Announce Management Appointments

Executive and senior management appointments were announced for the merged Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center organization.

Tags: Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

House Panel Sets Hours-of-Service Hearing

A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on the truck driver hours-of-service rule next week. The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce of the Small Business Committee will question Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on the rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, HOS

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Corridor Clean Fuels to Build CNG Fueling Station in Alabama

Corridor Clean Fuels, in partnership with Home Oil Co. and the Southeast Alabama Gas District, will build a compressed natural gas fueling station at Home’s location in Dothan, Ala.

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Forecast for 2014 Drops to $3.73

Falling Brent crude oil prices has once again lowered the projected average price for diesel in 2014. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration’s new Short-Term Energy Outlook expects diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.97 per gallon in 2012, are projected to average $3.91 per gallon in 2013 and $3.73 per gallon in 2014.

Tags: EIA, Diesel Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices

November 14, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Challenges New York Thruway Tolling Practices

ATA says highway tolls shouldn't go to pay for upkeep of New York's canal system, like the Erie Canal.

American Trucking Associations filed a lawsuit challenging the New York State Thruway Authority’s diversion of millions of dollars of toll revenues every year to maintain the tourism and recreational facilities that make up the New York Canal System.

Tags: New York, ATA, Tolls, Infrastructure Funding, Litigation

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Test Shows Emissions Reduction by Pre-Heating Engine Coolant, Webasto Says

Webasto Thermo Top C heats coolant to safe starting temperatures and meanwhile warms sleeper areas without idling the engine.

Pre-warming a diesel’s coolant allows the engine to start cleanly and emit lower levels of pollutants compared to cold starts, and extends the duty cycle of the exhaust system’s diesel particulate filter, according to tests sponsored by Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, a maker of coolant heaters.

Tags: Webasto, COOLANT

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Shelby Howard to Assume Leadership Role in Rush Truck Centers' Navistar Division

Rush Enterprises Inc. announced that Shelby Howard, dealer principal of Chicago International Trucks and Indy Truck Sales, will join the Rush organization as regional general manager.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, Dealers, Rush

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Expands Atlanta Terminal

USA Truck Inc. announced the conversion of its Atlanta terminal to a continuous, full-service operations and support center. USA Truck also plans to hire additional drivers to increase its presence throughout the Southeast.

Tags: Expansion, USA Truck

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Expands Natural Gas Fueling Options in Texas

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced multi-year fueling agreements with both UPS and Central Freight Lines. Clean Energy will supply liquefied natural gas to two private UPS stations located in Mesquite and Houston, Texas.

Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Central Freight Lines

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Rolls Out I-Shift, Mack Launches Vision, for Mexican Market

Mack unveils its Vision model for the Mexican market at Expo Transporte on Tuesday. Photo: Evan Lockridge

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO -- Volvo Trucks North America officially introduced its I-Shift automated manual transmissions for the Mexican market and rolled out a truck model from sister company Mack to address the Mexican on-highway market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Mexico, Cross-Border Trucking, Transmissions

November 13, 2013 - Industry News

Mexican Trucking: More Professional Than You May Think

Two of the new Volvo VNL trucks with the I-Shift transmission at Transportes Monroy Schiavon. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MEXICO CITY -- For some people in the United States, say "Mexican trucking company" and they envision ramshackle trucks, drivers who are reckless and fleets that don’t care about safety. A visit to one of the country's largest fleets shows a professional, safety-focused operation with a focus on drivers.

Tags: Mexico, Volvo Trucks, Cross-Border Trucking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Best, YRC Report Third-Quarter Results

YRC says it's making changes at YRC Freight. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Two of the industry's large, unionized less-than-truckload carriers announced their third quarter results Tuesday, with the non-asset-based Panther Expedited helping Arkansas Best and problems at YRC Freight weighing down YRC Worldwide.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Arkansas, LTL, Teamsters, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Val T. Noel Joins Trac Intermodal as Senior VP, COO

Trac Intermodal announced that Val T. Noel joined the company as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again

Diesel prices continue to slide this week as the national average dropped to $3.83 per gallon, which is down 2.5 cents from last week and 14.8 cents from last year at this time.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, DOE, Crude Oil Prices, Energy Information Administration, Fuel and Oil

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