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October 21, 2013 - Industry News

ATA's Graves Takes Aim at Republican Party as Part of the Challenges Faced by Trucking

ORLANDO -- American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said the industry continues to play a central role in the U.S. economy, despite the myriad of challenges facing the industry, and took direct aim at the Republican Party.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013, Government

October 20, 2013 - Industry News

'Eyes on the Economy' Panel Examines 'OK' Economy

The &#39;Eyes on the Economy&#39; panel featured, from left, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, ACT Research&#39;s Kenny Vieth, and Mark Vitner from Wells Fargo. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)<br />

The economy and freight continues to chug along in an "OK" mode, while stagnant capacity and new and pending regulations put the industry "on the cusp of a capacity crunch" if the economy speeds up, according to a panel of economic and industry experts at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention Sunday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, ACT Research, Truck Tonnage, ATA2013

October 20, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Honors Year's Best in Trucking

American Trucking Associations recognized some of the industry’s finest performances Sunday during its annual Management Conference & Exhibition, before a large crowd assembled for the opening general session.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013

October 19, 2013 - Industry News

American Trucking Associations MC&E Wraps Up in Orlando

UPDATED Wed., Oct. 23 – The American Trucking Associations' annual Management Conference and Exhibition wrapped up Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. Click the headline for the latest news and product announcements from the show.

Tags: ATA, Events, ATA2013

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against Engine Makers Over EPA’s Navistar Decision

A federal court on Friday dismissed a challenge to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision allowing Navistar International to make earlier model engines while paying a fine.

Tags: Volvo, Navistar, Detroit Diesel, Mack Trucks, EPA, Engines, Damler Truck

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Port of Baltimore Reopens

Activity at the Port of Baltimore started returning to normal Friday afternoon after an arbitrator's ruling put striking workers back on the job. An arbitrator ruled Friday afternoon the strike by the ILA violated a “no-strike” clause in a national master contract the union signed off on earlier in the year.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Strikes

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Compares North American and European Volvo Truck Models

FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, announced it is conducting fuel consumption tests comparing European and North American Volvo Trucks models.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, PIT, FPInnovations

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

New Fleet Of Natural Gas Powered Trucks Arrives In Charleston

Republic Services Inc. deployed 53 compressed natural gas solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout the Charleston metro area. The new CNG fleet will replace older diesel powered trucks.

Tags: Republic Services, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Waste Management to Build Renewable Natural Gas Facility

Waste Management announced it is building a facility that will create pipeline-ready natural gas from its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Ill. The processed renewable natural gas will be injected into the pipelines of Ameren Illinois for withdrawal at other locations, including some Waste Management facilities.

Tags: Waste Management, Natural Gas Vehicles, Landfill gas, CNG Fueling Stations

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop opening in Eagleville, Mo.

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new travel stop in Eagleville, Mo. The Eagleville Love’s includes 64 truck parking spaces, a Subway restaurant, and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center, all open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

CSX to Build New Intermodal Facility Near Pittsburgh

CSX Corp. and its transportation and intermodal terminals subsidiaries announced plans to design and build a new intermodal facility in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The proposed facility will give western Pennsylvania shippers direct intermodal freight rail access.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Intermodal, CSX

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Baltimore Port Strike in Third Day

A strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association continues for a third day at the Port of Baltimore, crippling freight operations.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Strikes

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Virginia Awards $168 Million in Road/Transportation Projects

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded $168 million worth of transportation projects. Construction will soon begin on projects to replace bridges and widen and improve roads in several areas of the state.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Fuel Price Report Back, Diesel Keeps Falling

One of the most closely watched surveys of fuel prices is back online following the end of the partial federal government shutdown and it shows fuel prices keep trending lower.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Werner Profit Falls 15% During the Third Quarter

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Nebraska-based truckload fleet Werner Enterprises reported a drop in its third quarter profit amid just a slight increase in business, noting that hours of service rules changes that took effect in July negatively impacted miles per truck by 2% to 3%.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Earnings

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Income Doubles

The parent company of the carrier Covenant Transport and others, Covenant Transportation Group, has announced third quarter net income of $2 million compared with $1 million the same time a year ago. Company officials cited a higher unseated truck percentage and new hours of service regulations as factors.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Earnings, Covenant Transport

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

Former Con-Way Executive Named to Covenant Transport Board

Former Con-Way executive Herbert “Herb” Schmidt has been elected to Covenant Transportation Group’s board of directors. Schmidt, age 57, served as the executive vice president of Con-Way Inc. and president of Con-way Truckload from 2007 to 2012.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Con-way Inc.

October 18, 2013 - Industry News

NFI, Lowe's Partner for Texas LNG Fleet

These 17 trucks are looking to fuel about 500,000 DGEs of LNG/year, which is expected to equate to a greenhouse gas reduction of 860 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 200 passenger cars from the road each year.

Lowe’s has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas, working with NFI. Lowe’s dedicated fleet at Mount Vernon is among the first serving a major retail distribution center in North America to run solely on natural gas.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, NFI, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Lowe's

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Weekend Closures for Virginia's I-395/95 Corridor

Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will have major roadway closures in place this weekend along the I-395/95 corridor from the Washington D.C. line to Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in Stafford County.

Tags: Virginia, Road Construction

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Apollo Countersues Cooper Tire for Respect and Restitution

Apollo Tyres Ltd. did not take Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s lawsuit and allegations lightly. Cooper says Apollo is not meeting the terms of the merger agreement. Apollo claims it's Cooper that is in violation of the agreement.

Tags: Wheels, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

ATD Announces Nominees for 2014 Commercial Truck of the Year

The American Truck Dealers announced the seven nominees for the 2014 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, an annual award recognizing the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Paccar, International, ATD, Peterbilt, Commercial Truck of the Year

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Marty Fletcher Joins SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced that Marty Fletcher has joined its management team as a strategic program manager. Fletcher brings over 40 years of engineering experience in the automotive and trucking industries.

Tags: Leadership, SmartDrive

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Phillips and Temro Industries Acquires Arctic Fox

Phillips & Temro Industries, a supplier of engineered heating products, systems and controls as well as cooling and silencing products, announced that it has acquired Arctic Fox.

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Michael Baker Joins SmartDrive as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Michael Baker, SmartDrive Vice President of Worldwide Sales

SmartDrive Systems announced that Michael Baker has joined its management team as vice president of worldwide sales. Baker is a telematics sales veteran.

Tags: Leadership, SmartDrive Systems

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Expands Network in Kuttawa, Ky.

Pilot Flying J today announced the expansion of its brand, offering Pilot diesel fuel in Kuttawa, Ky.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

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