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January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Reviews 2016 Expansion

Photo via Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J announced that in 2016 the company expanded the number of Pilot and Flying J stores by 58 locations, particularly in the Southeastern U.S.

Tags: New Facility, Pilot Flying J, Truck Stops

January 8, 2017 - Industry News

First-Ever F-150 Diesel Improves MPG for 2018

Photo of the 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2018 F-150 will offer optional diesel power for the first time since the introduction of the model in 1975, as Ford will offer a turbo-diesel V-6 engine and updated versions of the gasoline-powered V-6, turbo V-6, and V-8, Ford announced ahead of the Detroit auto show.

Tags: Ford F-150, Diesel Engines, Ford, Large Pickups, Detroit Auto Show, 2018-MY

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

ERoad Taps Ellis to be New President

Norm Ellis Photo courtesy of EROAD

Fleet management technology provider ERoad has named industry veteran Norm Ellis as the company's president.

Tags: Leadership, People, ELDs, ELD Mandate, ERoad

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Celebrates Veterans With Custom Trailer Mural

Photo courtesy of Contract Transport Services

Green Bay, Wis.-based trucking company Contract Transport Services has decorated a full box trailer with a military recognition mural to honor the company’s veteran employees and all veterans in the area.

Tags: Trailers, Veterans, Hiring Veterans, Contract Transport Services

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Developing SuperTire for Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II Project

Super-low-rolling-resistance tires will still have to meet customer expectations for mileage and retreadability.<br />Photo by Jim Park

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf tire, the Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck II team is bringing Bridgestone on board to develop an ultra-low rolling resistance tire. The goal is a 30% reduction in rolling-resistance which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

Tags: Cummins, Peterbilt, Fuel Efficiency, Bridgestone, SuperTruck, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan Approves Higher Truck Speed Limit

Photo via Michigan DOT

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed new legislation that could increase speed limits on certain roadways and includes an increase for commercial trucks.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Infrastructure, Speed Limits

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Could New Administration, Congress Scuttle GHG Phase 2 Rule?

Photo: Jim Park

Could the incoming administration or Congress deep-six the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas rule? ATA's Glen Kedzie says it's entirely possible, but he cautions to "be careful what you ask for."

Tags: GHG, GHG Phase 2, Donald Trump, Regulations

January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Continues to Help Employers Add Jobs

The for-hire trucking industry was partly to thank for the 156,000 non-farm jobs additions in the U.S. during December, according to new Labor Department figures. A separate report shows manufacturing remains healthy despite small declines in new orders.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Element Purchases The CEI Group

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Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

Tags: Element Fleet Management, CEI Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Great Western Leasing and Sales Acquires Albuquerque Dealer

Heil Stainless Steel trailer. Photo via Heil Trailer

Great Western Leasing and Sales is buying Quality Trailer sales, a full-service trailer dealership based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Doonan, Heil Trailer

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

Photo: Tom Berg

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to realize a solid increase in December, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Stemco Names New Senior Level Staff Members

Commercial vehicle component manufacturer Stemco has announced the promotions of Jim Reis and Doug Hix to senior-level staff positions.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stemco

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

ARI Offers Vendor Locator Tool

Screenshot via ARI.

ARI has begun offering a vendor locator tool to its fleet clients as a value-added service, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Vendors, ARI, Fleet Management Companies

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Falls Again

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and two other freight transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to the same time a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Performs CPR on Heart-Attack Victim

Mark McConachie Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Mark McConachie a Highway Angel for attempting to save another driver’s life by using CPR while on the job.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

WIT Seeks Nominees for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

The Women In Trucking Association and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, Logistics

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump, Capacity Tightens at Year’s End

Strong load-to-truck ratios during the final week of 2016 led to some of the highest spot truckload rates of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

Photo: UPS

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

Tags: UPS, Delivery Fleets

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

NFI Acquires Canadian 3PL Dominion Warehousing & Distribution

Supply chain service provider NFI has acquired Dominion Warehousing & Distribution, a Canadian third-party logistics firm, to expand its service offering in that country.

Tags: Canada, 3PL, NFI, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bestpass Hit $450 Million in Toll Volume Last Year

Photo: Bestpass

Bestpass scored a company milestone last year by surpassing $450 million dollars in total toll volume and processing more than $1.2 million in tolls per day.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, Toll Management

January 4, 2017 - Product News

Dometic Powers A/C Unit with eNow Solar Power

Image via eNow

Dometic is powering its Blizzard Turbo auxiliary air conditioner with eNow’s Solar Photovoltaic Panel system, available for Class 8 sleeper trucks.

Tags: Solar Power, Air Conditioning, eNow, Solar Panel

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series, Large Pickups, Truck Sales

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 3, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers Educational ELD Mandate Prep Event

Image via J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

The trucking consulting firm J.J. Keller & Associates has announced a new educational event to help fleets prepare for the changes brought on by the upcoming ELD mandate called Practical Guidance for ELog Success: From Ideas to Plan.

Tags: Training, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD Mandate

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