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August 5, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Reports Another Drop in Class 8 Order Activity for July

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing July Class 8 truck net orders at 17,307 the lowest level since September 2012. July orders were down 7% from June; however they were 38% better than the same month a year ago.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Indicates Increased Activity for Class 8 Orders in Q3

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Sixty-five percent of the fleet executives that responded to the Q3 2013 Fleet Sentiment survey conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research in late July indicated they planned to place orders for Class 8 trucks in the next three months. This is an increase from the 53% that responded affirmatively during the Q2 survey in April.

Tags: fleet survey, Truck Sales, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Retreat From Four Straight Weekly Hikes

The price of diesel continues to seesaw, falling just slightly this week following a just over one-penny hike last week.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Oil Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Nebraska Home to Newest Bosselman Boss Shop

Bosselman Boss Truck Shops, Inc. is announced its newest location in Gretna, Neb., at Interstate 80, Exit 432, next to the Flying J Travel Plaza.

Tags: Expansion, Truckstops

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Recall Issued for Some Kenworth T4 and W9 Models

Paccar is recalling a little more than 800 Kenworth model year 2010-2012 T4 and W9 series vehicles because of a risk of a vehicle fire. The trucks affected were manufactured Nov. 13, 2009, through Aug. 26, 2011.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Recalls, Vehicle Fires

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Industry Input on Top Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, launched the 2013 Top Industry Issues Survey.

Tags: ATA, ATRI

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

PIlot Opens New Travel center in Moriarty, N.M.

Pilot Flying J announced the opening of a Pilot Travel Center in Moriarty, N.M., featuring full amenities for professional drivers.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Big Box Segment Drives Container Volume Growth

Second Quarter 2013 Intermodal Volume Comparisons

Domestic intermodal container volume continued its steady performance in the second quarter of 2013 with 9% year-over-year gains, largely attributable to a strong big box segment, with total intermodal traffic rising by 2.4% for the quarter.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA, Freight

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters, ABF Agree to Another Contract Extension

ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have agreed to another contract extension, taking it through Aug. 31.

Tags: Teamsters, ABF

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Delays Reportedly Easing at Ports of New York and New Jersey

Delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey that started in June are showing no signs of easing, causing cargo to back up at one of the East Coast’s biggest ports.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Intermodal, New York, New Jersey

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Con-Way Truckload Equipping new Trucks With Safety Technology

Con-way Truckload has announced it is investing in three safety technology systems for all of the 525 new tractors it will take delivery of in 2013.

Tags: Safety Technology, Con-way Truckload, Bendix, Meritor Wabco, Takata, Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance, Lane Departure Warning, Safety & Compliance

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Rig Runners Purchased by EZE and Private Investment Firm

EZE Trucking, which provides trucking and logistics for the infrastructure, energy and industrial markets, along with the private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital, have acquired Rig Runners, a heavy haul and over dimensional trucking company.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Publishes Q&A for TRU Generator Sets

The California Air Resources Board has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers for transport refrigeration unit generator sets regarding compliance with the TRU regulation requirements

Tags: Drivers, CARB, Reefers, Emissions, California

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Freightliner Adds Sleepers, Aero, Long-range Tanks to NG Lineup

As interest in natural gas power broadens, Freightliner is adding options that appeal to fleets wanting greater range and fuel savings technologies. The company plans to increase the operating range of some natural-gas-fueled trucks out to 800 miles.

Tags: Freightliner Cascadia, Agility Fuel Systems, Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Cummins Westport, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

July Preliminary Net Orders On Target

As expected, North American Class 8 net orders were lower in July, with the preliminary count coming in at 17,600 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 36% stronger.

Tags: ACT Research

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Reports Net Income is Up

Con-way Inc. reported 2013 second-quarter net income of $42.9 million, or 75 cents per diluted share. The results compare to second-quarter 2012 net income of $41.8 million, or 74 cents per diluted share.

Tags: financials, Con-Way

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Progressive Insurance Surpasses 100 Heavy Truck Network Repair Shops

Progressive Insurance customers with heavy trucks now have more than 100 places to get their vehicle repaired if they choose to use Progressive’s network of heavy truck repair shops.

Tags: Progressive Insurance

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth Northwest Opens Full-Service Dealership in Lakewood, Wash.

The dealership is located south of Tacoma on three acres at 12507 Pacific Highway S.W.

Kenworth Northwest has opened a new 26,400-square-foot, full-service facility in Lakewood, Wash., that offers easy access to U.S. Interstate 5. Kenworth Northwest’s Lakewood facility features 13 service bays, a truck wash bay, a well-stocked 5,400-square-foot parts warehouse and a driver’s lounge.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealers, Expansion

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

BBB Industries Acquires Assets of Caliper CO., QBR Brake Inc.

BBB Industries and QBR Brake jointly announced that BBB Industries LLC has acquired substantially all of the assets of QBR Brake Inc. of Stockton, Calif. QBR is a remanufacturer and supplier of semi-loaded disc brake calipers and accessories to the automotive aftermarket in North America.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

I-84 Westbound Ramp to Northbound I-5 Will Become One Lane

After the weekend striping, there will be one lane to northbound I-5 from I-84. The configuration allows both the middle and right lanes onto the ramp to northbound I-5. But motorists must then quickly choose between two exit-only ramps – one leading to the Rose Quarter and one to I-5.

The third and final closure in the Interstate 84 paving will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday when the westbound lanes close as the final phase of the project gets under way.

Tags: Oregon, Highway Construction

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Reports Net Loss of $33.9 million

Westport Innovations Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 and provided an update on operations. Westport revenue, excluding joint ventures' revenues, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $34.9 million compared with $49.1 million for the same period last year. The prior quarter period included $14.1 million of service and other revenue recognized under OEM development agreements, including a one-time license revenue of $8.0 million.

Tags: financials, Westport

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Apex Freight Services Announces Acquisition of Colorado LTL Company

Logistics provider Apex Freight Services annouced the acquisition of the Colorado-based Timberline Freight Services, a company specializing in full and less-than-truckload transportation of temperature-protected goods.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

The Senate rejected an effort to advance a transportation appropriations bill, mirroring the action yesterday by the House. In a 54 – 43 vote, the Senate declined to end debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations measure.

Tags: DOT, Congress

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Tracker: DEF Truck Stop Prices Stable

DEF truck stop prices have remained stable at $2.79/G in the U.S. since November 2012 and at CAD$ 0.80/L in Canada since October 2011. Twenty-four pumps distributing bulk DEF were added to the network in the United States over the last month.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

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