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January 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2008-November 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index, Economy

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Drivers Must Hold Copy of Medical Certification for Another Year

UPDATED -- Drivers are going to have to keep a copy of their medical certificate on hand for another year, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Med Card, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Fuel Gelling Stalls Trucks as Temps Drop

Photo via Elliot Plack/Flickr.

Fleet managers overseeing snowplows and diesel trucks in several states reported fuel gelling as a result of frigid temperatures in the Midwest and eastern U.S.

Tags: Diesel

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Colorado Approves $30 million for Natural Gas Infrastructure

Photo courtesy of Encana.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced the availability of $30 million in funding for the state's natural gas fueling infrastructure through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality program.

Tags: Colorado, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Expands Its Retread Network

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has expanded its Goodyear Authorized Retread network with the addition of Colonial Tire Distributors, a Richmond, Va.-based firm that serves trucking fleets with new Goodyear commercial truck tires, Goodyear retreads, and other products and services.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Aftermarket, Retreads, Expansion

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 2013 Job Cuts Lowest Since 1997

2013 planned jobs cuts versus those in 2012. Graphic: Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Announced job cuts fell to the lowest level of the year in December as U.S.-based employers reported plans to reduce payrolls by 30,623 during the month, representing a 32% decline from a November total of 45,314, according to a new report by the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Henke Manufacturing Names Matt Hood VP of Sales and Marketing

Matt Hood

The Alamo Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Matt Hood as VP of Sales and Marketing of its Leavenworth, Kansas-based Division, Henke Manufacturing.

Tags: Leadership

January 9, 2014 - Industry News

Operation Safe Driver Enforcement up Significantly

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Law enforcement officers pulled over 74,765 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2013 Operation Safe Driver mobilization week, nearly triple the 26,487 stopped during last year’s event, according to just released figures

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.

Tags: ATA, Congress, CSA, HOS

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Great Dane Opens New Dealership in Montreal

Great Dane is pleased to announce the addition of Great Dane of Montreal to its Canadian distribution network.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket, Great Dane, Expansion

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Mack mRide Suspension

When people say something is "built like a Mack truck," they aren't just whistling Dixie. Equipment Editor Jim Park says the latest proof that Mack is still on top of its suspension game is the new mRide vocational suspension. In this Ultimate Test Drive Video, he evaluates the new suspension on a Granite dump truck.

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA to Hold Listening Sessions on New Entrant Carriers, MATS Date Added

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session on Jan. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., to solicit ideas and information from interested parties on possible knowledge testing requirements for New Entrant passenger and property carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT, MAP-21, Safety & Compliance

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

President of A. Duie Pyle Retires

Steve O’Kane, president of A. Duie Pyle, will retire in January 2014. O’Kane’s retirement has been in the planning and execution for the last five years.

Tags: Leadership

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Start Off 2013 Generally Higher

Rates in the three major categories on one of the nation’s leading spot markets for freight increased or held steady over the past week, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Announces Fast-Fill CNG in Amarillo, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops will introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks at its travel stop located on Interstate 40 at exit 74 in east Amarillo, Texas. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to be open by the second quarter of 2014.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: December Job Growth Strongest of 2013

Private sector employment increased by 238,000 jobs from November to December, according to the new ADP National Employment Report, making the final month of 2103 the strongest month for job growth last year.

Tags: Economy, ADP, Employment

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

LaHood Named Co-Chair of Infrastructure Lobby Group

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

The Washington, D.C. lobby group, Building America’s Future, has announced that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Republican Ray LaHood is joining the organization as a new co-chair.

Tags: Highway Funding, People, Infrastructure Funding, Congress, Ray LaHood

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Honeywell To Sell Friction Materials Business To Federal-Mogul

Honeywell announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Friction Materials business unit to Federal Mogul Corporation for approximately $155 million.

Tags: Aftermarket, Honeywell

January 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fall in December, 2014 Projected to be Better Than Last Year

North American freight activity followed virtually the same path in 2013 as it did in the previous two years, concluding with the typical December falloff, according to new issue of the Cass Freight Index Report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Perfect Equipment Now Operating as Wegmann Automotive

Perfect Equipment Inc., a wheel balance weight company, has updated its operating name to Wegmann Automotive USA Inc. The 75-year-old product brand name Perfect Equipment will remain unchanged and stay as a key member of the company’s brand portfolio.

Tags: Wheels

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Fuel and Oil Costs Forecast to be Lower in 2014

Expect the cost of on-highway diesel to average $3.81 per gallon this year, 11 cents less than 2013’s average price. The new monthly U.S. Energy Department Short-Term Energy Outlook is calling for the price to be even less in 2015, averaging $3.72 per gallon.

Tags: Oil Prices, Natural Gas, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Looking to Borrow More Than $1 Billion to Stay Afloat

The financially troubled parent of several trucking companies, including YRC Freight, hopes to borrow $1.15 billion to refinance its debt, according to Bloomberg News.

Tags: financials, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, Fleet Financing

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: NAFTA Surface Trade Hits Record High

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: October 2013 compared to October 2012.

U.S. trade with its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, amounted to $103.1 billion in October, up 4.5% from the same time a year earlier and exceeded $100 billion for the first month on record, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight, Economy

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.

Tags: ATA, Highway Funding, Congress, People

January 7, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Leaders Endorse New UPS Freight Contract

Teamster local union leaders representing UPS Freight workers across the country have endorsed a new tentative national agreement.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Teamsters, UPS Freight

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