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October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Werner Profit Falls 15% During the Third Quarter

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Nebraska-based truckload fleet Werner Enterprises reported a drop in its third quarter profit amid just a slight increase in business, noting that hours of service rules changes that took effect in July negatively impacted miles per truck by 2% to 3%.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Income Doubles

The parent company of the carrier Covenant Transport and others, Covenant Transportation Group, has announced third quarter net income of $2 million compared with $1 million the same time a year ago. Company officials cited a higher unseated truck percentage and new hours of service regulations as factors.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Covenant Transport

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Former Con-Way Executive Named to Covenant Transport Board

Former Con-Way executive Herbert “Herb” Schmidt has been elected to Covenant Transportation Group’s board of directors. Schmidt, age 57, served as the executive vice president of Con-Way Inc. and president of Con-way Truckload from 2007 to 2012.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Con-way Inc.

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

NFI, Lowe's Partner for Texas LNG Fleet

These 17 trucks are looking to fuel about 500,000 DGEs of LNG/year, which is expected to equate to a greenhouse gas reduction of 860 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 200 passenger cars from the road each year.

Lowe’s has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas, working with NFI. Lowe’s dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas.

Tags: Natural Gas, Lowe's, Liquefied Natural Gas, NFI, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Weekend Closures for Virginia's I-395/95 Corridor

Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will have major roadway closures in place this weekend along the I-395/95 corridor from the Washington D.C. line to Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in Stafford County.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Apollo Countersues Cooper Tire for Respect and Restitution

Apollo Tyres Ltd. did not take Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s lawsuit and allegations lightly. Cooper says Apollo is not meeting the terms of the merger agreement. Apollo claims it's Cooper that is in violation of the agreement.

Tags: Wheels, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

ATD Announces Nominees for 2014 Commercial Truck of the Year

The American Truck Dealers announced the seven nominees for the 2014 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, an annual award recognizing the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, International, ATD, Peterbilt, Commercial Truck of the Year

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Marty Fletcher Joins SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced that Marty Fletcher has joined its management team as a strategic program manager. Fletcher brings over 40 years of engineering experience in the automotive and trucking industries.

Tags: Leadership, SmartDrive

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Phillips and Temro Industries Acquires Arctic Fox

Phillips & Temro Industries, a supplier of engineered heating products, systems and controls as well as cooling and silencing products, announced that it has acquired Arctic Fox.

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Michael Baker Joins SmartDrive as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Michael Baker, SmartDrive Vice President of Worldwide Sales

SmartDrive Systems announced that Michael Baker has joined its management team as vice president of worldwide sales. Baker is a telematics sales veteran.

Tags: Leadership, SmartDrive Systems

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Expands Network in Kuttawa, Ky.

Pilot Flying J today announced the expansion of its brand, offering Pilot diesel fuel in Kuttawa, Ky.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

TripPak Services Announces FleetSafe Division

TripPak Services, announced the creation of FleetSafe, a division of TripPak Services as the overarching brand for the company’s safety and compliance solution delivery. This division includes safety and compliance management tools and resources offering log auditing, driver behavior and data processes, compliance management and web-based driver orientation.

Tags: Information Technology, TripPak, E-logs

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Nearly Breaks Even in Third Quarter

The Arkansas-based fleet USA Truck has improved financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months of the year, with a 13.5% increase in revenue and a much smaller net loss than a year ago.

Tags: Earnings, USA Truck, Knight Transportation, Fleet Financials

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Plans Use of More Dual-Fuel Systems After Successful 18-Month Test

Bestway Express is participating in a demonstration program, converting several of its trucks to burn compressed natural gas with diesel fuel.<br />

A fleet manager plans to install additional copies of an aftermarket dual-fuel diesel-and-natural-gas system following a successful 18-month test.

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Restructuring Truck Manufacturing in Europe

The plant in Umea will be further specialized in its main core business, including the painting of cabs.

The Volvo Group will restructure its truck-manufacturing activities in Europe over the next two years, improving efficiency and cutting its workforce, as it implements part of a new group-wide efficiency program.

Tags: Global, Volvo Group

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Express Profit Increases Nearly 28%

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Iowa-based trucking company Heartland Express has reported net income increased $3.4 million to $15.9 million in the third quarter of the year compared to $12.4 million in the 2012 period, a 27.6% increase.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Livingston International Purchases Advantex Express

Livingston International has acquired the assets of Advantex Express Inc. as well as the shares of its two U.S. entities, Advantex Express, Inc. and Andina Group International, Inc.

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, Pennsylvania, Aftermarket, Dealers, Parts and Service

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

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