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September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Section of I-43 Closed in Wisconsin Due to Sagging Bridge

A sagging bridge along a section of I-43 in the Green Bay area has led Wisconsin transportation officials to close a part of the route in both directions, forcing detours, until further notice.

Tags: Wisconsin, Road Construction, Bridges, I-43

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Motor Carrier Input on Efffects of HOS

The American Transportation Research Instituteis asking motor carriers to provide inpu on how the new hours of service regulations that went into effect July 1 are affecting them.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands in Texas

Con-way Freight announced a major expansion for central Texas and surrounding communities with plans to build a new, 48-door, 18,870-square-foot freight service center in the city of Robinson.

Tags: Con-way Freight, LTL, Con-way Truckload, Texas

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

Tags: Economy, Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Buying Dealership Groups in Illinois and Indiana

Texas-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, is expanding in the Midwest with the aquisition of several dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

Tags: Illinois, Rush Enterprises, Indiana, Dealers

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

TransForce Offers to Buy Vitran

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Toronto-based Vitran Corp., which recently decided to sell its U.S. less-than-truckload operations, has received a purchase proposal from TransForce Inc..

Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Safety & Compliance, U.S. Congress

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight and Rates Stronger Than Usual for September

DAT map shows where load-to-truck ratios are the best for vans.

DAT overall spot market load availability increased 2.3% September 15-21, compared to the previous seven days. This follows earlier released figures showing August was down 1.8% from the month before but was up 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Rejects Offer from Knight Transportation

UPDATED -- Knight Transportation wants to buy USA Truck, but so far USA Truck hasn't been interested, so Phoenix-based Knight Thursday went public with its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding share of USA Truck.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Knight Transportation

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Scott Coyle Named Director, Service Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has promoted Scott Coyle to director, service operations, for its medium-duty truck business. He will replace Bill Mohr, who is retiring after 25 years with MFTA.

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Trailers, Truck Sales, FTR

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Howes Lubricator Buys U.S. Lube

Rhode Island-based Howes Lubricator Products has purchased U.S. Lube of New Brunswick, N.J.

Tags: Lubricants, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

IANA, NITL, TIA Announce Key Educational Session Topics

The Intermodal Association of North America, The National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association announced a slate of four key educational sessions to be held during three industry co-located events - IANA’s Intermodal Expo, NITL’s TransComp Exhibition, and TIA’s Fall Meeting.

Tags: TIA, Events, IANA, NITL

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

World's Largest Truck Convoy Raises $90,000

The trucking industry and law enforcement raised more than $90,000 when 136 trucks participated in the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Wisconsin presented by Quad/Graphics on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Tags: Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

September 25, 2013 - Industry News

Stephen Roy Named Mack North American President

Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales & Marketing for Mack Trucks.

Mack Trucks Inc. announced that Stephen Roy has been named president of North American Sales & Marketing, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Roy has led the company’s aftermarket business since 2008, and will succeed Kevin Flaherty, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the company.

Tags: Leadership, Mack Trucks

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Forecast Projects Trucking's Share of Tonnage Will Rise to 70.8% by 2024

Overall freight revenue will grow by 63.6% to $1.3 trillion annually in 2024 and trucking will see its share of those revenues rise to 81% from 80.7% in 2012.

Tags: ATA, Economic Forecast

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

6 Myths About the Economy

“I think it’s pretty astounding this economy continues to grow when you think about the shocks it’s taken," said Bob Costello, chief economist & vice president, American Trucking Associations, speaking at TMW Systems’ Transforum user conference in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, ATA, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Optimism Continues to Build for Volume and Rate Growth

The third-quarter Transport Capital Partners survey reveals more carriers expecting to see volumes and rates grow over the coming months. In this quarter’s survey, more carriers are expressing optimism for increases in volumes and rates. Slow, steady growth in the economy has led the freight market into positive territory. And carriers are sharing their expectations for improved results.

Tags: TCP

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello speaking at TMW Transforum this week.

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Paul Kokalis Promoted to President of Fontaine Modification

Paul Kokalis has been named president of Fontaine Modification. With more than 25 years at Fontaine Modification, he most recently served as vice president of operations for the company, which is part of the Marmon Highway Technologies Commercial Truck group.

Tags: Leadership, Fontaine Modification

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Expands to Domestic Operations

ASF Intermodal has also announced that the company has expanded its operations to include over-the-road domestic services.

Tags: Intermodal, Expansion, ASF Intermodal

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Average Price of Class 8 Used Trucks Better Than Expected

The average selling price of total reported Class 8 used trucks continued to hold up better than expected in August, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

New Rule Issued over Some Truck Movements at Train Tracks

Photo: Rennett Stowe, from USA, via Wikimedia Commons

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are set to publish a joint final rule Wednesday in the Federal Register regarding the transportation of hazardous materials as part of an effort to reduce crashes at railroad crossings.

Tags: FMCSA, PHMSA, Railroads, Hazmat

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 1.4% in August

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.6% in July. The latest gain was the largest since May.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Freight Boom Forecast

Photo: Evan Lockridge

There could be a lot more freight for trucking to move in the future from the nation’s manufacturing sector.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Manufacturing

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