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February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Plummets, Producer Prices Edge Higher

Housing starts in the U.S. fell 16% last month while the number of permits issued for new construction declined for the third straight month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Housing Starts, Used Vehicle Values

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Canada Unveils eManifest Requirements for Inbound Freight

The Canada Border Services Agency has proposed regulations to mandate eManifest requirements for carriers hauling into the country.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is spearheading national efforts to create connected-vehicle communication technology for roadways. Photo: VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, NHTSA

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Group Criticizes Fuel Economy Rules, Others Positive to Cautious

The nation’s largest group of truckers is speaking out against President Obama’s Tuesday announcement ordering federal regulators to increase fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trucks beyond the 2018 model year. Others say the plan will pay dividends in the trucking industry.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Frost & Sullivan, Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Fuel Economy, Barack Obama, OOIDA, Diesel Technology Forum, NHTSA

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Increases for Fourth Straight Week, Highest Since April

Credit: DOE/EIA

The average cost of diesel has moved higher for the fourth consecutive week, according to new figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Department, while gasoline prices have also picked up and oil hit a high for the year.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Pam Transport Launches Veterans Hiring Program

Pam Transport, an irregular route common and contract carrier headquartered in Tontitown, Ark., recently launched Honor Road, its new civilian career transition program. This program allows military members and veterans to build a new career while earning pay from Pam Transport and benefits from G.I. Bills.

Tags: Drivers, Veterans, PAM Transport

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Adds Commercial Tire & Service Center In Texas

The Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network continues to expand with the addition of a new Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Aftermarket, Wheels, Expansion

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Dupré Logistics Seeks Drivers for Crude Oil Expansion

In the next four to five months, Dupré expects to expand its 90 driver crude oil segment by adding 125 jobs to fulfill the needs of current and expected growth.

Tags: Drivers, Dupre Logistics, Expansion

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Demonstration SuperTruck Hits 10.7 MPG Mark

Cummins and Peterbilt announced Tuesday their latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Department of Energy, Peterbilt, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Fuel Economy, SuperTruck

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Mexico Launches Strategy for 'Undisputed Market Leadership'

A Business Class M2 at the Freightliner booth at last fall&#39;s Expo Transporte in Mexico. (Photo by Rolf Lockwood)<br />

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO -- Daimler Trucks North America, approaching 40% market share in the U.S. with its Freightliner and Western Star brands, has set its sights on Mexico as one of its largest opportunities for growth.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Unions Take Aim at “Wrongheaded Policies”

Transportation unions are pushing back against what they claim is a torrent of "wrongheaded policies and business models that threaten the quality and safety of the nation’s transportation system and middle-class jobs."

Tags: Regulations, U.S. DOT, Labor Unions

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

Tags: Diesel, biodiesel, Legislation, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Senate

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retails Sales Forecast to Increase More in 2014

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy as well as trucking freight is expected to outperform last year’s activity.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Saddle Creek Takes CNG Cross-Country

This past weekend, Saddle Creek Logistics Services embarked on “The Great American Green Ride,” the first cross-country trip with a for-hire, compressed natural gas truck.

Tags: Saddle Creek, Freightliner Cascadia, CNG

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Can Now Use Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass at 7 Utah Sites

Drivewyze and the Utah Department of Transportation Motor Carriers Division announced that Utah has become the 20th state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service.

Tags: Utah, Expansion, Drivewyze PreClear

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Recalls Issued for More Than 1,600 2012-2014 Kenworth and Peterbilt Models

Paccar is recalling 828 2012 and 2014 model year Kenworth K300 and Peterbilt 210 and 220 chassis equipped with Sure Power-brand battery equalizers or DC converters containing a particular epoxy sealing, also known as a potting compound.

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Truck Financial Celebrates 40 Years

Daimler Truck Financial announced that 2014 marks a company milestone, 40 years in the U.S. trucking industry. Since its inception, Daimler Truck Financial has grown its portfolio to more than $8.7 billion with a customer base of more than 500 dealers and more than 24,000 customers.

Tags: Anniversary, Daimler Trucks North America

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Timken Company Announces Expected Spinoff of its Steel Business

The Timken Co. announced that TimkenSteel Corp., its newly formed subsidiary which will hold the company's steel business, has filed an initial Form 10 Registration Statement with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Timken, Expansion

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

Tags: Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21

February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Drops, Consumers Optimism Unchanged

Industrial production in the U.S. decreased 0.3% in January after having risen 0.3% in December, according to numbers from the U.S. Federal Reserve released on Friday. This decline in the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities is the largest drop since May 2009.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, Barack Obama, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance, Teamsters, U.S. Supreme Court

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Completes Debt Refinancing

The parent to several trucking companies YRC Worldwide has announced it has closed on the financing of a new $700 million term loan and a $450 million asset-based loan.

Tags: YRC, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

Averitt Rolls Out Climate Controlled LTL Container Service

Less-than-truckload carrier Averitt Express started offering this month climate-controlled services in self-contained, self-powered LTL shipping units. These units can be combined with dry cargo and other climate controlled units.

Tags: Freight, axle

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

East Texas Mack Receives 2013 N.A. Distributor of the Year

East Texas Mack Sales, LLC, Longview, Texas, was recognized as Mack Trucks&amp;rsquo; 2013 North American Distributor of the Year.

Mack Trucks announced that East Texas Mack Sales, in Longview, Texas, is its 2013 North American Distributor of the Year.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Dealers

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

Karmak Introduces Lisa McCloud as Director of Marketing

Karmak Inc., specialists in profit improvement for the heavy-duty industry, introduces Lisa McCloud as Director of Marketing.

Tags: Leadership, People, Karmak

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