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December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Biggest Gain in Eight Months

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The 0.7% increase from the month before is well above what many analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

Achates Signs Development Contracts with 2 More Manufacturers

Photo via Achates Power.

Achates Power, the developer of modern two-stroke, opposed-piston engines, says it has secured another contract with a leading global original-equipment manufacturer. The company now has five customers for whom it is developing variations of its designs.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Opposed-piston diesels, Achates Power, Engines

December 11, 2014 - Press Release

Betts Truck Parts & Service Unveils New Website

Betts Truck Parts & Service, one of three divisions of the Betts Company, has announced the launch of its new website at BettsTruckParts.com.

Tags: New Website, Betts Company, Betts Truck Parts and Service

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Eastbound I-94 in St. Paul Closed Over Weekend

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will be closed from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 for work on the Lafayette bridge.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota, Highways

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to Restart Suspension Includes Enforcement Concerns

As Congress moves toward suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule, some trucking groups applaud the move while police worry about how they will enforce the change.

Tags: ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34 hour restart

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

California TA First With Black Bear Diner Restaurant

TravelCenters of America opened a Black Bear Diner restaurant at the TA Wheeler Ridge in Arvin, Calif. The sit down, full service restaurant is the first of its kind in the TA and Petro network.

Tags: California, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Withdraw Vote at FedEx Freight on Eve of Election

The Teamsters Union’s recent effort to organize drivers at FedEx Freight terminals is losing momentum with it pulling another organizing election petition.

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices in 2015 Expected to be Far Less Expensive

On-highway retail diesel are projected to average $3.07 per gallon in 2015, compared to this year’s expected average of $3.82 and 2013’s average of $3.92.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs, Improves Economy, says Report

Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.

Tags: Congress, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, IHS

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts November Drop, 2014 Still Looks Strong

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

The newly released November Cass Freight Index shows a drop in total freight expenditures of 0.7% and a corresponding decline in shipment volumes of 0.2%, however the level was higher than expected, pointing to strong finish for 2014.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, October 2009 - October 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.3% in October from September, the fourth consecutive month-over-month gain, hitting an all-time high.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Move Higher in Early December

Spot market freight rates have improved across the board, according to new weekly figures from the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 10, 2014 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Likely to Be Suspended, Studied

Trucking interests are close to victory in their fight to suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The appropriations bill negotiated by the Senate and House will cut off funding for enforcement of the restart while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studies its impact.

Tags: ATA, Congress, 34-Hour Restart, Hours of Service, American Trucking Associations, Legislation

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Open Joint Uptime Center

Customer Uptime agents take calls at the the joint Mack/Volvo Uptime Center recently opened in Greensboro, N.C. Photo by Jim Park.

The joint Mack and Volvo Uptime Center brings all of the companies' aftermarket experts under one roof, where the support people and their expertise can get immediately to work on a customer downtime problem.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Telematics, Downtime

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Opens IdleAir Facility at Texas Terminal

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

The IdleAir facility will provide drivers with in-cab services including air conditioning, heat, Internet connectivity, DirecTV and 120 volt electricity, to eliminate the need for idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Con-way Truckload, Fleets, Terminals

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Antares Trailers Acquired by Direct Trailer

Photo via Antares Trailers.

Antares Trailers has been acquired by Direct Trailer, a Texas-based manufacturer of custom flatbeds and drop-deck trailers. The acquisition will expand Direct Trailers production capabilities and increase the business volume.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dropdeck Trailers

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

UTA Convention Pushes Membership Over 1,000

Former Washington Redskins quarterback, Joe Theismann, gives a dynamic and inspirational keynote address to the Used Truck Association members at their 2014 annual convention: Photo via UTA.

The Used Truck Association called its 15th annual convention a success with pushing paid membership in the association to 1,000 members from just over 900.

Tags: Industry Event, Used Truck Association, Awards

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

Photo: Con-way

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Expands Electrical Harness Division

Phillips Industries expanded the capabilities of its Electrical Harness Division at its new facility in Arteaga, Mexico. The new facility will increase the division’s footprint by 25%.

Tags: Mexico, New Facility, Phillips Industries, Electrical System

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucks Hauled Over 73 Percent of Shipments Nationwide

Graphic via U.S. Census Bureau.

Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012 with a worth of more than $10 trillion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Freight, Freight shipments

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Plan to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going ahead with its plan to negotiate the terms of a rule covering entry-level driver training.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Receives Nearly 22 Years for Tractor-Trailer, Cargo Thefts

A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Posts Another Weekly Decline

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Logistics Services Merges with Thomas Petroleum

Pilot Logistics Services and Thomas Petroleum completed a merger which will combine both companies into Pilot Thomas Logistics. The merged company will be headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tags: Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, Mergers & Acquisitions

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Environmental Impact Report Released on Minnesota Road Project

An environmental impact report on the Highway 41 Minnesota River Crossing project is now available for review and comment.

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Road Construction

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