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July 17, 2013 - Industry News

Tom Marx to Help Students in Heavy Duty Leadership Course

Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors

Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors will address "Surviving and Thriving During a Merger, Acquisition, Divestiture or Other Change in Ownership" on Wednesday, July 24 at the Northwood University campus in Midland, Mich.

Tags: Events, University of the Aftermarket

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Completes Installation of DEF at the Pump at All of its Travel Stops Nationwide

Love’s Travel Stops now offers diesel exhaust fluid at the pump for professional truck drivers at all 245 travel stops across the country.

Tags: DEF, Love's Travel Stops

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Transfac Capital Provides Specialty Financing Programs for Owner-Operators

Transfac Capital Inc.'s Fund My Freight program is designed to facilitate financing for single truck owner-operators and small trucking companies.

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Utah DOT to Deploy 360SmartView Truck Screening Technology

The state of Utah will soon deploy 360SmartView throughout its network of truck inspection facilities. 360SmartView is a cloudbased truck-sorting system that will electronically assess all trucks entering weigh stations and present roadside officers with a real-time, complete and correct snapshot of compliance with state and federal safety and weight requirements.

Tags: Utah

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands Mexico Services

Con-way Freight has enhanced its Mexico service offering with the introduction of real-time, door-to-door online tracking, a 24-hour Customer Resource Center and new web tools for tendering and managing shipments moving to and from Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Con-way Truckload

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Owner-Operators of Today and Yesteryear

A lot can change in 10 years, and for the average owner-operator, a lot has changed. Todd Amen, CEO of ATBS, recently presented at TCA's Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting on how the owner-operator and his world has transformed in a decade's time.

Tags: TCA, Drivers, Owner-Operators

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Class Action Settlement Reached Over Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Pilot Flying J will pay back money owed to trucking customers for fuel rebates, plus 6% interest.

[UPDATED] -- Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has reached a multi-million dollar settlement agreement with some of the trucking companies that filed suit against it alleging the company cheated them out of fuel rebates.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

PacLease Network Grows With Seven New Franchises

Paccar Leasing Company continues its expansion with the announcement of seven new franchises in the United States and Canada.

Tags: PacLease, Dealers, Expansion

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Consumer Prices and Homebuilder Confidence Rise

Industrial production in the United States has posted its largest increase in four months, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. The overall performance matched a consensus estimate by economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, while the manufacturing number -- key to truck freight -- was better than expected.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Prices, Home Sales, Industrial Production

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

CARB Issues Electric & Hybrid Reefer Regulatory Guidance

California’s Air Resources Board has released a four-page document explaining the requirements for using electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for complying with the state’s transportation refrigeration unit, or reefer, regulations.

Tags: CARB, California, Reefers, Trailers

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Set to Head Higher Annually Starting Next Year

Officials with the Ohio Turnpike have voted to borrow $1.5 billion, and with it will come annual toll hikes to help pay off the debt. Next year’s hike will be 2.7% with further increases tied to the region’s inflation rate.

Tags: Ohio Turnpike, Ohio, Tolls, Highways

July 16, 2013 - Industry News

Construction Underway on New Washington I-5 Bridge Following Collapse

This design visual shows how and where crews will install the pilings to support the work platforms. Credit: Washington State DOT.

Work to install the new permanent span for the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington, Wash., is officially underway, but new delays and detours will happen again in a few weeks.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5, Highways, Skagit River Bridge, Infrastructure, Bridges

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Shelly York Notices “Debris” Fall from a Pickup Truck; Turns Out to Be a Young Boy

Shelly York of North Little Rock, Ark., who drives for ABF Freight System Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark., was named a TCA Highway Angel.

Professional truck drivers see a lot of interesting things on the road. Take, for example, Shelly York of North Little Rock, Ark., who drives for ABF Freight System Inc., of Fort Smith, Ark.

Tags: ABF, TCA Highway Angel

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Yara Begins Domestic DEF Production and Distribution at Canadian Plant

Air1 DEF storage tanks at Yara’s Belle Plaine plant in Canada, where the company has begun domestic production and distribution.

Yara North America Inc. announced the launch of new DEF production and distribution capabilities at its plant in Belle Plaine, Canada. The news follows the successful completion of the first DEF shipments under the Air1 brand earlier this month.

Tags: DEF, Yara North America

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Thousands Attend Walcott Truckers Jamboree

The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week in a big way with the 34th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree. Held July 11-13, the event hosted nearly 40,000 drivers and their families as well as local residents. Visitors came from 19 different states and Canada to display their trucks.

Tags: Events, Walcott Trucker Jamboree

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge Restricts Traffic Width

Work to maintain and repair the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., will restrict traffic to a 7-foot maximum load width starting Monday, July 29. The work zone restriction will prohibit trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers from crossing the bridge for approximately 50 days.

Tags: Highway Construction

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel and Oil Prices Hitting Summer Highs

Worries about tensions in Egypt helped drive oil prices higher amid concerns there could be disruptions in oil transported via the Suez Canal. (Photo by Panoramio via Wikimedia Commons)

The prices for diesel and oil are all surging. A new report released Monday by the U.S. Energy Department shows the average cost of diesel has risen 3.9 cents over the past week to $3.867 per gallon.

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

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

KW Exec: Natural Gas Gaining Popularity but Diesel Will Still Dominate

“Fair amount of complexity” comes with dual-fuel Westport GX/HD, as on this T800. It has a tank for diesel exhaust fluid (with blue cap) and a diesel particulate filter (the shorter stack behind the cab), as well as large cryogenic saddle tanks (one on each side) to store liquefied natural gas.

CORRECTED -- Kenworth Truck Co. sees a lot of promise in natural gas-powered vehicles, so it featured them last week at gatherings for dealers, customers and trade press writers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. But diesel-powered trucks form a huge majority of those on the road and will continue to dominate the Class 8 business, one of the company’s executives commented to reporters.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, PACCAR, Natural Gas, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

California Opening New Truck Inspection Facility on I-80

Artist's rendering of the facility plans.

The newest and one of the largest truck inspection facilities in California is set to open soon along eastbound Interstate 80 near Fairfield in Solano County, with greater truck capacity and longer ramps.

Tags: California, Weigh Stations

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-5 Reopens in Los Angeles

The California State Highway Patrol says all lanes along Interstate 5 have reopened in both directions at the state route 2 interchange following a truck crash and fire Saturday that shut them down.

Tags: California, I-5

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Duff Brothers Buying Frozen Food Express

Temperature-controlled truckload and less-than-truckload carrier Frozen Food Express has reached an agreement to be acquired by Duff Brothers Capital. Duff Brothers will purchases all outstanding shares of FFE common stock for approximately $38.2 billion.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Frozen Food Express, FFE

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: June Retail Sales Move Higher

Retail sales in the United States continue growing, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department, but not as much as many were hoping.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Second Quarter Revenue and Profit Improves

J.B. Hunt's intermodal segment saw loads grow by 12%.

J.B. Hunt Transport announced second quarter financials, showing better performance from the same time a year ago, driven by growth in its intermodal, dedicated and logistics operations.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Fleet Financials, Intermodal

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics to Acquire Logistics Provider 3PD

Connecticut-based XPO Logistics has entered into an agreement to acquire 3PD in a transaction valued at approximately $365 million.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 15, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar International Amends Agreements With Two Large Shareholders

Navistar International announced it has amended agreements with Carl Icahn of Icahn Partners and Mark Rachesky of MHR Fund Management, including the opportunity to designate two nominees for election to Navistar’s board of directors at the company's annual meeting in February 2014.

Tags: Navistar

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