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February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Lackluster December Numbers for Manufacturing, Personal Spending, Construction

While activity in the nation’s manufacturing improved in January from the month before, according to reports on Monday, there is disagreement as to whether this sector is expanding or shrinking.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Spending

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Bridgestone Recalls Firestone FS561 Tires

Photo via Firestone

The voluntary safety recall is limited to FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 and only those tires that are installed in the trailer application.

Tags: Firestone, Bridgestone, Recalls, Tires

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Extends Shoes for Soldiers Program

Photo: Meritor

Meritor announced a one-year extension of “Shoes for Soldiers” and will donate up to $70,000 from remanufactured brake sales and corporate matching funds to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.

Tags: Charity, Meritor, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

CVSN Provides Update on Right to Repair

Marc Karon Photo: Denise Rondini

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network has partnered with the National Automotive Service Task Force on right to repair. NASTF will integrate heavy-duty OE manufacturers into programs offered on its website.

Tags: Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association, Right to Repair, Repair Shops, HDAW

February 1, 2016 - Industry News

International's HX Vocational Trucks Replacing PayStar Models

Photo: International Trucks

International's new Class 8 line is replacing the PayStar and includes four models, with long and medium hoods and two diesels.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Cummins ISX15, Vocational Trucks, World of Concrete, Severe Duty, Class 8

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Cuts 190 Jobs From its LTL Business

XPO Logistics acquired Con-Way in October of last year. Image: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has eliminated about 190 non-sales positions in its less-than-truckload business, which it acquired when the company bought Con-way Inc. last year.

Tags: Layoffs, LTL, Con-way Inc., XPO Logistics

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Wildcat Strike Shuts Ports in New York and New Jersey

File Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

More than 1,000 longshoremen walked off the job at New York and New Jersey ports on Friday morning, Jan. 29, effectively shutting down the terminals in a port system that receives nearly 30 percent of all cargo on the East Coast.

January 29, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland Introduces Aftermarket Product Line

Photo: SAF

SAF-Holland has introduced the Gold Line Quality Parts brand to expand the products it supplies to the aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAW, Parts and Service, SAF Holland

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Slows, Consumers Still Optimistic

Overall U.S. economic activity eased back on the gas considerably in the final quarter of last year while it expanded in 2015 at the same pace as the year before.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Sentiment, Gross Domestic Product

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Declines More Than 8%

Percent change in value of U.S.-Canada/Mexico freightflows by mode: November 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of trans-border freight movements between the U.S. and its neighbors took a steep decline, according to new U.S. Transportation Department numbers, while Canada regained its historical rank as top North America trade partner after falling behind Mexico.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

January 29, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Paccar Record Annual Income, Werner Profit Rises

UPDATED -- Truck and engine manufacturer Paccar on Friday reported record annual revenue of $19.12 billion and record net income of $1.60 billion for 2015, but fell short of analysts’ expectations in the final quarter of the year.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Paccar Financial, Paccar Parts, Quarterly Earnings, Fleet Earnings, Werner Enterprises

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

Tags: Parts, Vehicle Registration, IHS Automotive, Forecast, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Landstar Beats Fourth Quarter Expectations

The asset-light trucking and logistics provider Landstar Thursday reported a decline in its fourth quarter profit, but it was higher than expected, and the company also improved its annual performance.

Tags: Economy, Landstar, Landstar System, Fleet Earnings

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Survey: Motor Carriers Expect Stable Growth in 2016

TCP survey indicates 61% of carriers expect to expand their fleets this year. Image: TCP

The year now unfolding will be one of “stability for trucking,” contends Transport Capital Partners, given the results of the consultancy’s Q4 survey of motor carrier executives.

Tags: Freight Rates, Freight Capacity, U.S. Economy

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Find Test Data in Choosing Economy Options, Report Says

Fleet managers should understand the types of tests, and know how one was run and how it relates to their everyday operations.

Truck fleets should seek test data on fuel-saving products so they can intelligently decide what to use in their own operations, says Determining Efficiency, the latest “confidence report” from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Vehicle Testing, Fuel Economy, NACFE

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Judge Denies Retrial to Trucking Company in Amtrak Crash

A frame from the NTSB animation recreating the accident. Image: NTSB

A Nevada trucking company has been refused a retrial stemming from a fatal 2011 accident in which an Amtrak train was struck by a truck along U.S. 95, causing the deaths of 6 people, including the trucker.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB, Railroads, Litigation

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Rising Demand for Aftermarket Parts and Service

John Blodgett, vice president of sales and marketing for MacKay & Co. Photo: Denise Rondini

Fleets spent $107 billion on parts and service in 2015, according to John Blodgett, vice president of sales and marketing for MacKay & Co.

Tags: Aftermarket, HDAW, MacKay and Co.

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt’s Denton Plant Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Denton's original employees with the first truck produced at the facility. Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas, manufacturing plant is celebrating its 35th year of operation. Since opening in 1980, it has built nearly 500,000 trucks.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Peterbilt, Company Anniversaries, Manufacturing

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders Sink as New Home Sales Jump

New orders for long-lasting durable goods plunged in December while shipments also fell, according to an advance report on Thursday from the U.S. Commerce Department, following a decision by the Federal Reserve to not raise a key interest rate.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Federal Reserve

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Peterbilt Installs First Lightweight MX-11 Engine

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt’s first lightweight Paccar MX-11 engine was installed recently in the company’s newest vocational truck, the Model 567, in a set-forward front axle configuration.

Tags: Peterbilt, Paccar MX Engine, Contractor Fleets

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Lower Fourth Quarter Profits for Knight, Celadon

UPDATED -- Net income for two trucking and logistics companies experienced pullbacks in the fourth quarter of the year, according to earnings reports released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, Knight Transportation, Fleet Earnings

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Group Reorganizes by Truck Brands

The Volvo Group is reorganizing based on truck brand, a move the Sweden-based global truck and engine maker says “offers clearer commercial accountability” for the group’s various truck brands.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People, Global, Volvo Group

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Fontaine Opens F-650/F-750 Upfitting Center in Ohio

Photo of 2016 F-750 truck courtesy of Ford.

Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has opened a modification center in Avon Lake, Ohio, to provide modifications for Ford's 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, including an exclusive tractor package for beverage fleets, the truck upfitter has announced.

Tags: Ford, Fontaine Modification, Ford F-650, Food and Beverage Fleets, Ship-Thru, Vocational Trucks, Vehicle Modifiers, Truck Equipment

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Time Off Positively Impacts Driver Performance, Study Shows

Carriers can improve the productivity and performance of drivers by meeting their requests to take time off, according to the results of a recent study conducted by Stay Metrics.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Performance, Driver Retention, Stay Metrics

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Continue Freefall

First, the good news. Last week’s winter storms had minimal effect on spot market truckload freight rates and load-to-truck ratios. Now, the bad news. Both managed to slip all on their own, with rates in the three major sectors being the lowest in at least the last four weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

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