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December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Best Gain in a Year

Industrial production in the United States last month grew at its fastest pace in a year with output increasing past a pre-recession peak, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Industrial Production

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, Minnesota Trucking Association Request Sleeper Berth Pilot Project

The American Trucking Associations and the Minnesota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study the effect of increased flexibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks by truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, Minnesota, Regulations

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Michelin Issues Recall for Commercial Light Truck Tires

Michelin North America has announced a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires, sold in both the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Michelin, Recalls, Tires

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

United Road Services Acquires Waggoners' Auto Transport Division

United Road Services and its owner, Charlesbank Capital Partners, have purchased the Auto Transport Division of Waggoners Trucking.

Tags: Drivers, Mergers & Acquisitions, United Road Services, Waggoners Trucking

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

EPA Program Seeks to Improve Air Quality in Port Communities

The EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges.

Tags: EPA, Intermodal, DERA, Ports, Multimodal

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

HDMA Welcomes Two New Team Members

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association announced the addition of Katelyn Litalien and Megan Guess to their Marketing and Member Services team.

Tags: Leadership, HDMA

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

New Fleet Of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Now Serving Anaheim

New fleet of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Now Serving Anaheim.

Republic Services Inc. announced the deployment of 107 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers in Anaheim and throughout Orange County. The new CNG fleet replaced older diesel and liquid natural gas powered trucks.

Tags: Republic Services, CNG

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

Transport Industry Survey Finds Carriers Sensing an Improving Marketplace

The fourth-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey suggests the slow, but upward growth of the economy is moving the freight market to a higher level.

Tags: TCP, Freight Market

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

Driving for America Acquires New Truck Driving School

Driving for America, a Veterans-focused truck driving school, acquired CDI Truck Driving School located in Saginaw, Michigan on Nov. 19, 2013. The acquisition expands DFA's network to the Saginaw/Flint area and will reach more Michigan Veterans with the opportunity to prepare for their Commercial Driver's License.

Tags: CDL, Mergers & Acquisitions

December 15, 2013 - Industry News

Used Commercial Vehicle Transactions Up 7.8%, According To Polk

Used commercial vehicle registrations during the first nine months of the 2013 calendar year were up just under 8% over the same period last year, according to Polk, the global automotive market intelligence firm recently acquired by IHS.

Tags: Used Truck Sales, IHS Automotive

December 13, 2013 - Industry News

Strickland to Step Down as NHTSA Chief

David Strickland

David Strickland, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the past three years, is stepping down, the agency confirmed.

Tags: Leadership, NHTSA

December 13, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against EPA in Navistar Engine Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lost a fight with truck engine makers over an earlier decision allowing Navistar International to sell earlier models of its engines with exhaust gas recirculation technology, even though they did not meet federal emissions rules.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, EPA, Engines

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Award-Winning Truck Writer Patricia Smith Dies

Trucking journalist/communications specialist Patricia McCullough Smith, who served the trucking industry for nearly three decades, passed away Dec. 10 at the McMinnville, Ore., home she shared with her husband Doug.

Tags: Obituary, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: What a Flashing Yellow Arrow Means

In the past few years, a growing number of cities have begun adding a new signal light to their streets: the flashing yellow arrow. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow lets drivers know that they can legally make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Tags: Driver Safety

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Low-Cost Wheel End Brake Components Increasing Penetration in the Aftermarket

The growing Mega Trend of urbanization and the consequent increase in vehicles in operation has culminated in more stop-and-go traffic than ever before. This has lead to higher wear and tear in wheel end brake components, creating a strong case for the class 4-8 commercial vehicle wheel end brake components market, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket, Brakes, Wheel end

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Shutters San Antonio Sand Hauling Business

Trucking company Schneider National has shut down its San Antonio sand hauling operation, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Tags: Texas, Fracking, Schneider National

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Three New Locations

Love’s Travel Stops opened three new travel stops in Pecos, Texas, on I-20, at Exit 42; St. Louis, Mo., on I-70, at Exit 246A; and Lexington, S.C., on I-20, at Exit 51, expanding its network to 312 locations nationwide.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

HOS Exemptions Issued for North Dakota and Minnesota

An emergency order has been issued in North Dakota for truckers delivering diesel fuel. The move by Gov. Jack Dalrymple is in response to colder-than-normal temperatures leading to extremely low supplies of diesel.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Minnesota, North Dakota, Diesel Fuel, Winter, Propane Transport

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

New Nevada Online Truckstop Maps Now Available

New online truck stop maps are now available from the Nevada Department of Transportation to assist truck drivers traveling Nevada interstates.

Tags: Nevada, Truckstops, I-80, I-15, Interstate 80, Interstate 15

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Jump the Most in Five Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The 0.7% gain from the month before comes as figures for October were upwardly revised from an earlier reported 0.4% jump to a 0.6% increase. Year-over-year retail sales are up 4.7%.

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Budget Deal Addresses Oil Drilling and Highways

Shell's Perdido platform in the Gulf of Mexico,  the world's deepest offshore oil drilling and production platform.

UPDATED -- A bipartisan federal budget deal reached Tuesday between members of the U.S. House and Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down, contains a little-known provision on drilling for oil and gas.

Tags: Oil Prices, Congress, Highway Funding, Fuel and Oil, Legislation

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Allstate Peterbilt Group Acquires Steussy Diesel

Minnesota-based Allstate Peterbilt Group is has acquired Steussy Diesel in Alexandria, Minn., and is expanding the parts store into a full-service shop. Effective in January, Steussy Diesel will become Allstate Peterbilt of Alexandria.

Tags: Peterbilt, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dealers, Aftermarket Parts

December 12, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Raises $50,000 for 20th Annual Truckloads of Treasures

Con-way Truckload announced that its employees raised more than $50,000 during the company's 20th Annual Truckloads of Treasures holiday giving campaign.

Tags: Con-Way

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

DOT’s Porcari to Step Down at Year End; Mendez Tapped for Post

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari is stepping down after four and a half years of service. In a message to DOT employees, Secretary Anthony Foxx thanked Porcari and said he has asked Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to step in as Acting Deputy Secretary starting Jan. 1.

Tags: Leadership, U.S. DOT

December 11, 2013 - Industry News

Foreign Tire Sales Recalls Truck Tires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring Foreign Tire Sales Inc. to recall 2,659 truck tires because of inaccurate load and inflation information on the tires.

Tags: Recalls, Tires, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Foreign Tire Sales

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