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November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Express Acquires Gordon Trucking

In a move one analyst is saying could be "the best strategic truckload deal ever," Iowa-based Heartland Express has acquired Gordon Trucking Inc. of Pacific, Wash., in transactions valued at approximately $300 million.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Heartland Express, Gordon Trucking

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rises 1.9 %, to Atypical October High

Spot market freight availability rose 1.9% in October, to a level that is atypically high for the season, according to the DAT North American Freight Index.

Tags: DAT, Spot Market Freight Volume

November 12, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo's Take on the Mexican Truck Market

There is a battle brewing in Mexico over truck weights involving double trailers. (Photos by Evan Lockridge)

On Tuesday morning, Matthew Walsh, general manager of Volvo Trucks North America in Mexico, sat down with reporters for a breakfast briefing to offer some real-world, current insights into the Mexican trucking market.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mexico

November 11, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rules in Favor of Apollo in Cooper Tire Suit

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, Judge Sam Glasscock III, vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled that Apollo was not in breach of its merger agreement with Cooper, which had filed a complaint to the contrary.

Tags: Tires, Litigation, Apollo Tyre, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases Study Outlining Opportunities for Returning Veterans

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommended a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of military personnel and veterans into much-needed civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Veterans, U.S. DOT

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England Adds ATDynamics TrailerTails

C.R. England Inc. announced that it will adopt ATDynamics' semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology.

Tags: C.R. England, ATDynamics, Aerodynamics, TrailerTails

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Intermodal Update Adds New Seasonality Analysis

A monthly analysis of seasonality trends is the latest feature to be added to FTR's Intermodal Update publication. This new feature will provide a detailed view each month of the how current performance and seasonal patterns compare to those seen over the past ten years.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Jasper Engine and Transmission To Acquire Weller Truck Parts

John Weller of Weller Truck Parts and Zach Bawel, president of Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, announced that a letter of intent to purchase Weller Truck Parts has been signed by all parties.

Tags: Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Aftermarket, Parts and Service, Weller Truck Parts

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Considers Easing Some Emissions Rules

Truckers who don't run a lot of miles in California may get more time to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, California, DPF, Safety & Compliance, Engines

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Strong October Job Growth, Consumer Spending Edge Higher

UPDATED -- A new U.S. Labor Department report shows there was a net gain of 204,000 jobs in the country during October, far more than economists were predicting, while trucking added just a few jobs.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Consumer Spending

November 8, 2013 - Industry News

California to Revamp Terminal Inspection Program

Trucking operations based in California or with terminals there are going to get a break from one the state’s regulations staring in a couple of years.

Tags: California, CSA, Inspections

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

ATD and HDT Announce Dealer Nominees for National Award

The American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced the nominees for the 2014 Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: ATD, Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Re-opens in Clayton, N.M.

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a brand-new facility in Clayton, N.M., on Hw. 87. The raze and rebuild replaces the Love’s that opened in Clayton in 1974.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

BTS Releases August North American Freight Numbers

Credit: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucking, which carries three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA trade, rose 0.7% while rail rose 3%. Vessel declined 2.6% and air 2.4%.

Tags: NAFTA, Freight, BTS, Cross-Border Trucking

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Capitol Christmas Tree is Bound for Washington, D.C. on a Mack Pinnacle

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was harvested from the Colville National Forest in Washington State to begin its multi-state trek to Washington, D.C. with the help of a 2014 Mack Pinnacle model truck.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree began its cross-country journey this week from the Colville National Forest near Usk, Wash., to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on a 2014 Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model with a custom trailer.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Capitol Christmas Tree

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Third Quarter GDP Rate Jumps

A new report shows the American economy expanded in the third quarter of the year at a surprisingly higher rate than expected.

Tags: Economy, GDP

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

YRC and Teamsters Meet, More Concessions Expected from Union

On Tuesday officials with the parent company to several trucking operations, YRC Worldwide, met with representatives of the Teamsters Union in Dallas to update them on the company's most recent performance, future prospects and corporate refinancing opportunities.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Securement Veteran Abato to Head up New North American Venture

Dolezych, a 78-year-old German-based manufacturer of lifting equipment, slings, ropes and load-securing technologies, announced the creation of Doleco USA, its first sales, distribution and manufacturing presence in North America.

Tags: Leadership

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

North American NGV Conference and Expo Set For Nov. 18-21

The 2013 North American NGV Conference and Expo will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center Nov. 18–21 in Atlanta, Ga. The three-day event will feature a conference, a large exposition hall and numerous social functions.

Tags: NGVAmerica, Events, NGV

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Preliminary October Class 8 Orders Strong

Credit: FTR

FTR and ACT Research released preliminary data showing October Class 8 net orders were up for October. FTR reported that Class 8 preliminary orders rose 39% from September to 25,960 units.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Goodyear Seeks Candidates For Next Highway Hero Award

2012 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award winner Jason Harte (right), with Gary Medalis, director of marketing, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. Harte rescued a family of six from a smashed minivan.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will continue to accept nominations for the Highway Hero Award through Nov. 29.

Tags: Goodyear, Goodyear Highway Hero

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Settlement Costs Jump to $72 Million

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The price tag for Pilot Flying J to settle lawsuits over allegedly failing to give rebates to trucking customers stemming from fuel purchases is close to doubling.

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

First TA and Petro LNG Locations Announced

An LNG retrofit tank on a heavy truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Officials with the truckstop chain, Travel Centers of America, indicated this week when they plan to open their first liquefied natural gas filling stations in cooperation with Shell targeting commercial vehicles.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Travel Centers of America, Shell, Petro Stopping Centers, Engines

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