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October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Marten Transport Posts Record Quartely Profit

Marten Transport has reported its best profit of any quarter in the company’s history. It improved 22.4% to $8 million, for the third quarter of this year, up from $6.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Tags: Earnings, Marten Transport

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia I-95 South Bridge Closed For Construction

All I-95 southbound traffic will be directed to Exit 148, MCBQ, Russell Road east to U.S. Route 1 south to Garrisonville Road (Route 610) and back to I-95 south.

Weather permitting, this Friday night, Oct. 18 and Saturday night, Oct. 19 starting at 9:30 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on I-95 south just before Marine Corps Base Quantico Russell Road to Garrisonville Road progressing to a full closure of I-95 south from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction, I-95

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Transplace Appoints Warren Hoppmeyer Senior Director, Sales

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has appointed Warren Hoppmeyer as senior director, sales, for the chemical division.

Tags: Leadership, Transplace

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Minnesota Summit On Natural Gas In Trucking Opens October 17

The Minnesota Summit on Natural Gas In Trucking Opens Oct. 17.

Converting more fleets of trucks to natural gas is one of the outcomes expected from the region's industry-wide summit on natural gas in trucking opening this Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Early Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. Details at www.mntruck.org.

Tags: Volvo, Kenworth, Ryder, Natural Gas, Minnesota, UPS, Clean Energy, Daimler, Events, Cummins Westport

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

ELFA Survey Reports Overall New Business Volume Grew 16.4% in 2012

New business volume grew 16.4% in the equipment finance industry in 2012, according to the 2013 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity released by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.

Tags: ELFA

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

No Trucks Serving Baltimore Port Due to Strike

Several media outlets Wednesday morning reported operations at the Port of Baltimore have been shut down due to a strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Strikes, Intermodal

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens Renovated Parts and Service Location in York, Pa.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania also operates six additional dealerships in Carlisle, Clintonville, Dunmore, Lancaster, New Stanton, and Shartlesville, Pa.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a parts and service location at a newly renovated facility in York, Pa., that offers easy access to U.S. Highway 30 and U.S. Interstate 83.

Tags: Kenworth, Aftermarket, Dealers, Parts and Service, Kenworth of Pennsylvania

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Set for Oct 20-26

During the week of Oct. 20-26, 2013, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in stepped up traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe driving behaviors, particularly distracted driving by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers, as part of Operation Safe Driver.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Operation Safe Driver, CVSA

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight and Rates Take a Big Dive

The amount of cargo to haul and rates paid for it, on one of the nation's largest spot markets, has declined across the board during the most recent seven-day period.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Execs Deliver 25,000th Big Orange Truck to Schneider National

Michael Darras, a 23-year Schneider driver who’s covered 3 million safe miles, was assigned to the specially decorated Freightliner Cascadia, painted in the carrier’s traditional high-visibility orange. His shirt’s green-and-gold colors appear to honor an even older Green Bay organization, the Packers of the National Football League.

Big orange trucks aren’t unusual in Green Bay, Wis., home of Schneider National Carriers. Even this one, loaded with the latest technologies and driver comfort features, wouldn’t be unique except that it’s the 25,000th Freightliner that Schneider has bought since 1998. So the builder’s executives went to Green Bay yesterday to mark its delivery.

Tags: Freightliner, Meritor Wabco, Schneider

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

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Posts Higher Third Quarter Profit

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

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

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