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

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

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Expected Increasing Pennsylvania Speed Limit to 70

There is a move to get Pennsylvania to join th majority of states when it comes to having higher speed limits.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Speed Limits

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Price Report Cancelled by Government Shutdown

The government shutdown has forced the Energy Information Administration to cancel publication of its gas and diesel price update, a key index for trucking fuel surcharges.

Tags: Congress, EIA, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's August Trucking Conditions Index Improves

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Freight

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Reefer Deadline Approaching

The California Air Resources Board is reminding model year 2006 transport refrigeration unit owners if they want to qualify for compliance extensions, only about three weeks remain before the purchase order deadline for ordering Level 3 verified diesel emissions control strategies, such as diesel particulate filters, for retrofitting engines.

Tags: CARB, Regulations, Reefers

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

Smattering of Protest Trucks Arrive in Washington Area

An anti-government protest that organizers had said would bring "thousands" of truckers to Washington, D.C., appears to have attracted only a few dozen, according to reports from local media.

Tags: Washington D.C.

October 11, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Sues Knight for Using Confidential Info in 'Creeping Hostile Acquisition'

USA Truck says Knight Transportion violated confidentiality agreements.

Truckload carrier USA Truck has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Knight Transportation, claiming Knight used USA Truck's confidential information to begin what it calls a “creeping hostile acquisition” of the Arkansas-based fleet.

Tags: USA Truck, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile, North American shipment volumes also rose for the second month in a row, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Index Tracks Change in Q3 Seasonal Patterns

A shift in seasonal trends drove spot market freight volumes down 5.3% in September, as reported by the DAT North American Freight Index. Freight volumes remained stable throughout much of the third quarter, instead of a more typical decline in July that is followed by mixed trends in August and September.

Tags: DAT, Reefer, Flatbed, Freight Index, Vans

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

TMC Transportation Becomes Employee Owned

TMC Transportation, a private, family-owned company for 41 years announced that it will transition to an employee stock ownership plan, becoming an employee-owned company.

Tags: Leadership

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Strengthens Anti-Cargo Theft Strategy

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. joined CargoNet to provide customers with a proactive approach to strengthening security around sensitive and high value product freight. CargoNet is a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, a Verisk Analytics company.

Tags: CargoNet, C.H. Robinson

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA’s Safety Management Council Announces 2013 Award Recipients

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council announced its 2013 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Sparks, Nev. last week.

Tags: ATA, Safety Management Council

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

J.J. Taylor Announces Fleet Expansion

J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. annouced the expansion of its CNG powered fleet and the building of a second CNG station in Ft. Myers, Fla. The company will receive 10 new 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with the new Cummins-Westport ISX 12G engine and the Allison 4000 HS automatic transmission by January 2014.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Allison, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Cummins-Westport

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Forecast to Average $3.76 in 2014

Credit: DOE/EIA

A new forecast is calling for lower fuel prices, due in large part to lower prices for crude oil.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Carrier Latest to Sue Pilot Flying J, More Litigation Expected

Photo: Evan Lockridge, eelcom, inc.

The umpteenth lawsuit has been filed against Pilot Flying J in the wake of a federal investigation into the company going public in mid-April following a raid on the company’s headquarters by the FBI.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Expeditors CEO Peter Rose Announces Retirement

Peter J. Rose, chairman and CEO of Expeditors International of Washington Inc., a global logistics company, announced his retirement as the company’s CEO effective March 1, 2014.

Tags: Leadership

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

TransAxle Opens 24th Branch Location

TransAxle is opening the 24th branch location in the Metro Atlanta, Ga., market. The location is suited to extend their geographic coverage to include Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida.

Tags: Aftermarket, Expansion, TransAxle

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