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December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Eases Enforcement of Break Requirement for Short-Haul Drivers

Short-haul drivers who find that they unexpectedly exceed their daily limits can get relief from enforcement of the 30-minute break requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service, Driver Safety

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Dallas Technician Wins Grand Champion Awards at Rush Competition

Jason Swann, a technician at Rush Truck Center Dallas, had to rise from a dinner table last night and walk to a stage to accept top awards not once or twice, but three times. But those walks, and the diagnostic and repair performance he showed during Rush Enterprises’ Tech Skills Rodeo, earned him $9,500 in prizes plus a racing suit and helmet presented by Nascar driver Tony Stewart.

Tags: Rush Truck Centers

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Video: The Environmental Benefits of Retreading

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau joined forces with the American Commercial Tire Network to launch a video that highlights the massive environmental benefits of tire retreading.

Tags: TRIB, Tires, Retreads

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Increases Fiscal Second Quarter Profit, Freight Segment Business Up

The FedEx Ground segment reported revenue of $2.85 billion, up 10% from last year and operating income of $424 million, up 3%. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking and parcel delivery provider FedEx has released second quarter fiscal earnings showing gains in both revenue and profit. FedEx is increasing its forecast of full-year earnings per share growth to 8% to 14% above last year's adjusted results.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Fleet Financials, LTL

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Booming, Inflation Remains Tame

New housing starts in the United States during November surged 22.7% higher than the October rate, hitting its best level in five-years, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices, Housing Starts

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Investor Reportedly Selling Off Shares

One of the world’s largest private investment firms says it plans to sell its $2 billion stake in the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks November Deliveries Jump 16%

Just released figures show deliveries from the Volvo Group’s truck operations in November 2013 amounted to 20,356 vehicles. This is an increase of 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Levels Continue Improving, Rates Up in Majority of Segments

Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.

Tags: DAT Transcore, Spot Freight, Freight, Freight Rates

December 18, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Express Concern About Sysco's Purchase of US Foods

The Teamsters Union is saying Sysco's acquisition of US Foods announced last week raises serious concerns for workers, stakeholders and customers as the combined company becomes the country's largest institutional/restaurant food service provider and one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets.

Tags: Teamsters, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Fleets, Sysco, Food and Beverage Fleets

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

AmpCNG to Build Public-Access CNG Station

AmpCNG (formally known as AMP Americas) announced that it has signed a deal with Venture Logistics to build CNG fueling infrastructure at an existing gasoline station in Lafayette, Ind.

Tags: Trillium CNG, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Adds New Commercial Tire & Service Center In Tulsa

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new Commercial Tire & Service Center to its network in Tulsa, Okla., expanding its offerings in the state.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Wheels, Expansion

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

DAT Analyst Sees Truckload Rates Reflecting Hours Rule

Truckload carriers are raising their rates to cover increased costs from the new hours-of service rule, but not enough to keep up with the estimated loss of productivity, says Mark Montague of DAT, the load matching and analytic services company.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Jacobs Executive Announces Retirement

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has announced the retirement of Bob Perkins after nearly 29 years of service. Perkins began his career at Jacobs in 1985 as a Product Manager.

Tags: Leadership, Jacobs Vehicle Systems

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

States Use Technology and Smart Solutions to Battle Winter Weather

Photo courtesy of MnDOT

Winter does not officially begin until Saturday, however state transportation departments have been working hard to remove snow and ice from the nation's roadways for weeks.

Tags: Winter Driving, Information Technology

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Seeks HOS Exemption

A team driver based in Washington state has asked for an exemption to the hours-of-service rule for himself and his co-driver.

Tags: HOS

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

20 Technicians Make Semi-Final Level at Rush Skills Event

Twenty technicians have emerged from the original 106 competitors at Rush Enterprise's Tech Skills Rodeo in San Antonio. The semi-finalists are in nine testing categories, senior editor Tom Berg reports.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Rush Truck Centers, Dealers, Technicians

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider Moving Forward with Intermodal Chassis Fleet

Schneider National is making a significant investment in its intermodal service with the creation of a company-owned and managed chassis fleet for railroad movements.

Tags: Intermodal, Chassis, Schneider National

December 17, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Tech Skills Rodeo Hosts 106 Competitors at Annual Event

For the eighth year in a row, Rush Truck Centers has brought in its top technicians for a grand competition in mechanical and electronic problem solving. Senior editor Tom Berg files this report from San Antonio.

Tags: Competition, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Technicians, Dealers

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Curt Huston Appointed General Manager of Gabriel

Gabriel announced that Curt Huston has been appointed general manager. Huston brings over 25 years of experience in the automotive and aftermarket industry to his new role including positions at Continental Structural Plastics, Hayes-Lemmerz, Allied Signal (Honeywell) and Azure Dynamics.

Tags: Leadership, Gabriel

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Down for Second Straight Week, Oil Slightly Higher

Credit: DOE/EIA

The average cost of diesel has trickled down for a second straight week, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Armstrong Named Paccar CEO, Piggott to be Executive Board Chairman

The parent company to truck manufacturers, Kenworth and Peterbilt, Paccar, announced Monday its board of directors has elected Ronald E. Armstrong as chief executive officer and Mark C. Pigott as executive chairman of the Board of Directors, effective April 27.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Long-Term Fuel Prices to Grow Slowly, Natural Gas Demand Weaker Than Earlier Forecast

Fuel prices in the future may not be as high as some earlier feared, according to updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040, but natural gas is expected to grow, just not as rapidly as earlier believed.

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

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans With 540,000 Wreaths

Photo courtesy of Prime Inc.

Wreaths Across America, along with nearly 30,000 volunteers, placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of more than 143,000 veterans at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14. This is the organization’s 22nd year laying wreaths at the Nation’s cemetery and marks the largest number ever delivered.

Tags: Veterans, Wreaths Across America

December 16, 2013 - Industry News

Two More States Issue Emergency Hauling Declarations

Photo courtesy of MnDOT.

Governors of two states has issued emergency declarations, waiving federal hours of service regulations, for some truckers due to cold weather.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Maine, South Dakota

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

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