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November 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Test-Drives Improvements on Safety Data Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Safety & Compliance, SMS

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: October Auto Sales Jump

Sales of new automobiles in the United States increased 10.6% in October from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Auto Sales

November 3, 2013 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Announces Chicago Expansion

ASF Intermodal announced the opening of the company’s newest intermodal drayage facility in Chicago, the firm’s first location in the Midwest. The new Chicago terminal is located in Rockdale, Illinois and is the first of several Midwest terminals ASF Intermodal plans to open over the next 12 months.

Tags: Intermodal, Expansion, ASF Intermodal

November 3, 2013 - Industry News

Blu Selects Ryder for LNG Vehicle Lease Prjects

Ryder System Inc. announced today that Blu, an operator of liquefied natural gas refueling stations and provider of LNG technology solutions, has selected Ryder to provide LNG vehicles for Blu fleets in Utah and Georgia.

Tags: Natural Gas, Ryder System, Liquefied Natural Gas, Blu

November 3, 2013 - Industry News

ODFL Board Member John R. “Jack” Congdon, Sr., Dead at 80

John R. “Jack” Congdon, Sr., a longtime member of the board of directors at Old Dominion Freight Line, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, People

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

Pegasus TransTech Announces Frank Adelman as CEO

Pegasus TransTech announced that Frank Adelman has been named president and CEO. Adelman assumes this position as part of the company’s long-term succession planning and replaces Bob Helms, who is retiring from his position as chairman and CEO to pursue other interests and spend time with his family.

Tags: Leadership, Pegasus TransTech

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear's Fleet Smart Program Levels the Tire-Buying Playing Field

Goodyear's Smart Fleet Program provides full access to many benefits enjoyed by larger fleets, including premium Goodyear tires, published pricing, 24/7 road service and more.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Traffic Deaths Fall in First Half of 2013

Newly released figures show U.S. traffic fatalities in the first half of 2013 are down from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Manufacturing Expands in October

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the nation's supply executives in a survey by the Institute of Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Purchase Clarke, Ups Ownership in Vitran

TransForce has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Clarke Transport and Clarke Road Transport, the two subsidiaries of Clarke Inc. Both are Canadian companies.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center to Merge

Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee, and Roberts Truck Center LLC, a holding company for truck and bus dealerships in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will merge effective Jan. 1, 2014.

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

FleetCor Acquires NexTraq

FleetCor Technologies Inc., a global provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products to businesses, announced that it has acquired NexTraq, a U.S. based provider of telematics solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, from Francisco Partners.

Tags: Information Technology, NexTraq, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleetcor

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Profit Increases 34% in Third Quarter

Asset-light transportation and logistics service provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, reports third quarter net income increased 34% over the prior year quarter to $13.2 million. Revenue for the period increased 30.1% to nearly $110 million from $83.1 million during the same time.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Earnings

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Intermodal Growth Extends Across All Markets; Trailers and ISO Containers Return to Positive Growth

Third Quarter 2013 Intermodal Volume Comparisons

Total intermodal traffic grew in the third quarter of 2013 by 4.7%, year-over-year, attributable to gains across the board.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stop Opens in Ritzville, Wash.

Love's Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Ritzville, Wash., on I-90, Exit 221, on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Donates $286,877 to the St. Christopher Fund

TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has turned over $286,877.99 in donations to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. This is the largest single donation amount the SCF has received to date, and takes the total donations that TravelCenters has helped to raise for the Fund to nearly $1.1 million.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, St. Christopher Fund, fundraising

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

New Report Shows Fatal Crashes Involving Trucks Up from a Year Earlier

Newly released figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show an increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes over the past year, but there are improvements when compared to longer time periods.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Highway Fatalities, Safety & Compliance

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Dropping 15-Liter LNG Engine for North America

Natural gas truck engine producer Westport Innovations plans to stop taking orders for its North American 15-liter model after Nov. 15., citing weak sales.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Engines, Westport, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

Proposal Would Allow for Hair Testing of Truckers for Illegal Drugs

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill allowing trucking companies the option of using hair testing for illegal drugs as an approved method of screening drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Drug Testing, U.S. DOT

October 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Bill Would Suspend 34-Hour Restart Pending Review

One of the biggest complaints about the new hours of service rules has been the new restrictions for 34-hour restarts. (Photo by Jim Park)

A trio of House legislators introduced a bill that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, pending an assessment by the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Congress, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Accept Contract with ABF

The ABF National Master Freight Agreement will be implemented in the next few days. Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED--The Teamsters ABF Master Negotiating Committee voted Wednesday that in light of the overwhelming vote against authorizing a strike against ABF Freight, the company's last proposal for the Central Region Local Cartage Agreement would be accepted. As a result, the ABF National Master Freight Agreement is now fully ratified.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, ABF

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Boosts Third Quarter Profit to More Than $30 Million

The parent to trucking operations Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Con-way Inc. has reported 2013 third-quarter net income of $30.6 million, compared to third-quarter 2012 net income of $25.3 million.

Tags: Earnings, Con-Way

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Takes Initial Step to Bring LNG to Florida

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has placed a purchase contract on property where it hopes to build a liquefied natural gas fuel terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries, according to the company.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Study Shows Some Positive Signs for 2014

As fleets continue to adapt to recent changes in hours of service regulations and face increasing challenges in finding drivers and technicians, nevertheless a new survey indicates they will be buying more trucks in 2014.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

October 30, 2013 - Industry News

Michigan Kenworth Opens Full-Service Location in Gaylord

Michigan Kenworth has relocated its parts dealership in Gaylord, Mich., to a full-service facility with expanded customer support.

Tags: Kenworth, Michigan, Dealer

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