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January 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Up, Sentiment Down

Consumer spending in the U.S. posted modest gains in December and all of last year, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

January 31, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Successfully Amends Credit Agreement

YRC Worldwide continues to make progress when it comes to refinancing its debt following a preliminary agreement that was secured last month.

Tags: Teamsters, YRC Worldwide

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Online Parts Ordering Becoming More Popular

Online parts ordering is a growing trend, based on results from a recent MacKay & Company survey on fleet parts purchasing, presented during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, MacKay and Co., HDAW, HDAW 2014

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proving Benefit of Restart Rule Draws Criticism

ATA and others are critical of results of a study on the new hours of service rules. (Photo by Jim Park)

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours of service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety. The test found that the provision, which requires drivers to take two successive periods off between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during their once-a-week restart, is more effective at combating fatigue than the earlier rule, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, ATA, American Trucking Associations

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Cold Weather Emergency Declarations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded emergency declarations it issued earlier this month, waiving enforcement of some federal regulations for certain movements of propane and other home heating fuels due to shortages

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Drivers, Hours of Service, North Dakota, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota, Propane Transport

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

DEF Prices Stable at Truckstops, Delivery Prices Increase in January

The new edition of DEF Tracker from the company Integer Research shows the average price for all diesel exhaust fluid bulk supply modes in the U.S. and Canada increased for all delivery modes compared with the previous month.

Tags: DEF, Truckstops, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Three Bills Introduced to Promote Natural Gas Use in Trucking

U.S. Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Sam Graves, R-Mo., have introduced a trio of bills to promote the use of natural gas in long haul trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congress

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Field Study Proves Benefit of Restart Rule, FMCSA Says

A field test of the 34-hour restart provision of the new hours-of-service rule shows that the restrictions improve safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Motor Safety Administration reports.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, HOS, Hours of Service

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

UPS 2013 Profit Leaps to $4.4 Billion

Trucking, parcel and logistics giant UPS increased profit in the final quarter of the year and for all of 2013.

Tags: UPS, Earnings, UPS Freight

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Truck Tires Available at Love’s Truck Tire Care Centers

G399A LHS Fuel Max

Fleets and owner-operators now have even more direct access to Goodyear truck tires with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s agreement with Love’s Travel Stops.

Tags: Goodyear, Love's Travel Stops

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Moves from Loss to Profit in 2013

The parent company to less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System and ground expedite fleet Panther Expedited Services reported a profit in the final quarter of 2013 after reporting a loss a year earlier.

Tags: Arkansas, Earnings, Panther, ABF

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds 350 Jobs At Kentucky Truck Plant

Ford Motor Co. will add 350 new jobs and invest $80 million in its Kentucky Truck Plant to meet growing demand for Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks.

Tags: Ford, Expansion, Ford Super Duty

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Advances at Annual Rate of 3.2% for Quarter

The U.S. economy expanded at a healthy pace in the final quarter of last year amid a big jump in consumer spending, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Spending

January 30, 2014 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Now Open in Springville, Utah

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new travel stop in Springville, Utah, on I-15, at Exit 260. This is Love's third travel stop in the state of Utah and its second of an anticipated 30 travel stops this year.

Tags: Utah, Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Enforcement Community Spells Out What it Wants in Highway Bill

Police and roadside inspectors are calling for changes in how the Department of Transportation administers the truck safety program. At a hearing Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Thomas Fuller, a sergeant in the New York State Police, outlined what the enforcement community wants in the next highway bill.

Tags: FMCSA, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, U.S. Congress, CSA, DataQ

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Federal Reserve Stays the Course in Final Bernanke Meeting

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

In one of his final moves as Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke on Wednesday announced the central bank would continue trimming its monthly purchases of mortgage and Treasury securities that it recently started.

Tags: Economy, Federal Reserve, People

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

TMD Promotes Tony Croy to Managing Director, NAFTA

TMD promoted Tony Croy to managing director, NAFTA. In this position he is responsible for TMD’s business units in Canada, Mexico and the United States, including all commercial, engineering and manufacturing operations serving TMD’s OE and replacement part friction business.

Tags: Leadership, People

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

New Organization of Aftermarket Leaders Formed

A new group of heavy-duty trucking aftermarket leaders have formed a new organization, GenNext, to educate, mentor and recruit the next generation of aftermarket leaders.

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket, People, GenNext

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Group Quarterly Income Drops, Increases in 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Hub Group has announced financial results showing income of $16.5 million for the fourth quarter of last year or earnings per share of 45 cents...

Tags: Earnings, Hub Group

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Driver Reaches 4 Million Miles

Con-way Truckload is recognizing Jon Smith, an independent contractor, for surpassing 4 million miles of professional driving for the company. Similar to small business owners, independent contractors own or lease their trucking equipment and work as their own bosses.

Tags: Driver Safety, People, Con-way Truckload

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Goes from Quarterly Loss to Profit

Truck component maker Meritor recorded a profit for the final quarter of last year, compared to a loss the same time a year ago, according to a newly released earnings report.

Tags: OEM, Meritor, Aftermarket, Earnings

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Truck Freight Volume and Rates Drop

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After a strong start to the month, freight activity and rates on the spot truckload market tapered off during the week ending Jan. 25 compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucks Moving More NAFTA Trade

Percent Change in Value of U.S.-NAFTA Freight Flows by Mode, November 2013 Compared to November 2012. Credit: U.S. DOT

Three of the five transportation modes - truck, rail and pipeline - carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in November 2013 than they did a year earlier, according to new figures from the U.S. Transportation Department.

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

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Jumps in Fourth Quarter and 2013

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckload carrier and logistics provider Knight Transportation announced Wednesday its fourth quarter 2013 profit increased 12.7% to $20.1 million or 25 cents per share, from $17.7 million or 22 cents per share a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, Knight Transportation

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Fund Highways

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night President Obama repeated his call to use corporate tax reform to fund a large, one-time infusion of money into infrastructure.

Tags: Barack Obama, Infrastructure Funding, Natural Gas, ATA

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