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October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Second Con-way Terminal Joins Teamsters; Two Vote No

The Teamsters Union has gotten the go-ahead from workers at a second Con-way Freight terminal to represent them in talks with company management, but were turned back at two other locations in votes all supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

Tags: Con-way Freight, California, Teamsters, NLRB, Labor Unions

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names New VP of Technology

Gerard DeVito. Photo: Eaton.

Eaton named Gerard DeVito vice president of technology for the Vehicle Group. The promotion will be effective on Nov. 1, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Eaton, People

October 27, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Cites Central Transport Again, $145,000 in Fines Proposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited trucking company Central Transport LLC for 16 safety and health violations at its Hillside, Ill., terminal.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Central Transport

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Driving Safety

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Trailer Orders 'Continue to Amaze'

Photo: Carrier Transicold

New trailer orders for September were up 81% over the same time a year ago, according to the latest figures from ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Sales

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles

Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973. Photo: UPS

On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Tags: UPS, Women Drivers

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Canadian Carrier Leases 100 Ryder CNG Sleepers

Ryder compressed-natural-gas trucks will replace nearly one-third of the C.A.T. (formerly Canadian American Transportation) fleet of 325 vehicles.

Tags: Ryder, Fleet Leasing, CNG, Sleepers, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Rates Heading Higher

Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight said Friday it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.7% for non-contractual business, effective Oct. 27.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Freight Rates, Con-way Inc., LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Sales of new homes in the U.S. hit a six-month high last month while the improvement for August was cut dramatically, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Third-Quarter Profit Surges

Photo: Evan Lockridge

With year-over-year profitability improvements in its truckload, intermodal and refrigerated segments, Swift Transportation saw its net income surge to $50.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $30 million a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Tags: FMCSA, MCSAC, Driver Health

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Third Quarter Income Higher

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Net income during the period was $16.7 million compared to $14.2 million in the prior-year quarter or 54 cents per diluted share compared with 46 cents per diluted share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Forward Air

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Grows Third Quarter Profit

Higher package volume and growth in distribution and UPS Freight business led UPS Inc. to an upswing in third-quarter earnings compared to a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight, UPS, LTL

October 24, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Aids Children in Fatal Accident

David Ragland. Photo: TCA.

David Ragland was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions in aiding two children in the aftermath of a fatal accident.

Tags: Tennessee, Fatal Accidents, Utah, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Image

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Profit Posts Big Decline

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Illinois-based operation reported income of $4.5 million compared to $18.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 with diluted earnings per share of 12 cents compared to 50 cents a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Hub Group

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Questar Opens Dallas CNG Station for Frito-Lay

Photo by Quantum.

Questar Fueling Company opened a new CNG fueling station with public access in conjunction with Frito-Lay.

Tags: Frito-Lay, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Questar Fueling

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Record Profit, Revenue

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Commercial truck dealership chain Rush Enterprises had net income totaling $23.5 million in the third quarter, compared with $15.2 million a year ago, as Class 8 truck sales outpaced national numbers.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Aftermarket, Rush Enterprises, Dealers

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

OSHA Hits Carrier with $43,000 in Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a solid waste removal trucking company for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton, Georgia, facility.

Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Georgia, Enforcement

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. NAFTA Freight Above $100 Billion for Sixth Straight Month

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, August 2013 compared to August 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

U.S. freight movements with Canada and Mexico saw imports increase 3.6% while exports gained 5.2% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

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

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators, Manufacturing Ease

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months shows conditions are improving, but not as fast as they have been, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Profit Up, North American Truck Sales Jump 25%

Daimler AG's headquarters in Germany. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler AG, the German parent of Daimler Trucks North America, has reported higher third quarter profit and revenue, with record Mercedes-Benz auto sales and a booming North American truck market being partially offset by lower sales in other parts of the world.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Earnings, Global

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Volume

The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the month and each expected to surpass 20 million shipments in volume.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, FedEx

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Reports Record Profit, Revenue; Forecasts Higher Numbers

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight transportation provider Landstar System has reported record third quarter net income of $36.8 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, on record revenue of $819 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar System

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meek Named Celadon COO, Executive Vice President

Celadon Trucking Services parent Celadon Group has names Erik Meek chief operating officer. He previously served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Tags: Celadon Group, Fleets, People

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Isuzu, Telogis Agree on Connected Vehicle Pact

Isuzu Commerical Truck of America and Telogis have entered into an exclusive collaboration to develop connected vehicle products and services. Photo: Isuzu

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, has announced an exclusive collaboration with Telogis to improve the overall ownership experience for Isuzu customers.

Tags: Telogis, Connected Vehicle Technology, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Medium-Duty Trucks, Telematics

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