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May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Container Drayage Facility in Birmingham

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. opened a new container drayage facility that will serve rail heads, container yards and ports in the Birmingham, Ala., area.

Tags: Expansion, Old Dominion

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Mack and Volvo Trucks Recalled Over Parking Brakes

Problems with a parking brake have led to a recall of Volvo and Mack trucks. Volvo Trucks North America is recalling 701 model year 2011-2013 VHD and VNL trucks manufactured Dec. 13, 2010, through July 17, 2012, while Mack Trucks is recalling 331 model year 2011-2013 CXU trucks manufactured Nov. 23, 2010, through March 19, 2012.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Recalls

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

IdleAir Opens New Location at Dallas Flying J

IdleAir, a truck stop electrification service provider, has opened a new location in Dallas, Texas. The new IdleAir facility is located at Flying J #726 (I-20 Exit 472).

Tags: Pilot Flying J, IdleAir

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Announces 2013 Student Art Contest Winners

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood congratulated two elementary school students – a second grader from Maryland and a third grader from Missouri – as this year’s winners of the “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Safety Belt Student Art Contest sponsored by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

ABF, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement

Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the trucking company ABF have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Tags: Arkansas Best, Teamsters, ABF, LTL

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Reports First Quarter Profit for the First Time in Six Years

For the first time since 2007, YRC Freight reported positive operating income in the first quarter.

YRC Worldwide has done something it hasn’t in quite a while: posted positive first quarter financial numbers.

Tags: Earnings, YRC Worldwide, LTL, Fleet Financials

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

USA, FFE, Covenant, P.A.M. Report First Quarter Losses, Patriot Boosts Profit

Several mainly truckload fleets have released first quarter results, with USA Truck and Frozen Food Express reporting narrower losses from a year ago, while Covenant Transport’s widened, P.A.M. Transportation went from a profit to a loss, and Patriot Transportation showed a bigger profit.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, USA Truck, Patriot Transportation, P.A.M. Transportation, Frozen Food Express, FFE, Fleet Financials

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Interstates 94 and 35W lane closures begin May 6

If you're driving in Minneapolis, you may encounter overnight weeknight and weekend delays and detours on Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W as crews close the roadway to redeck the Park Avenue and Portland Avenue Bridges spanning the two freeways.

Tags: Highways, I-35W, I-94, Minnesota

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

TravelCenters of America Opens First TA in Rhode Island

TravelCenters of America announced the acquisition and rebranding of the only travel center in the state of Rhode Island. The newest TA travel center is located in West Greenwich, at I-94, Exit 5B (849 Victory Highway).

Tags: Rhode Island, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

McMahon Truck Group Buys Two-Location Ohio Dealership

McMahon Truck Group, Charlotte, N.C., has bought Columbus Truck and Equipment Company and Marietta Mack, the largest Mack and Volvo truck dealer in Ohio. The two-location dealership group also represents Hino medium duty trucks and Jerr-Dan towing equipment lines.

Tags: Dealers

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Names Evans Chairman, Interim CEO/President

Meritor has named Ivor J. Evans executive chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer and president. Evans, who has been a member of the board of directors since 2005, succeeds Charles "Chip" McClure Jr., who is departing from the company.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

NAFA Announces Winners Of 2013 Fleet Excellence Awards

NAFA's Fleet Excellence Awards Night presented six industry awards to fleet professionals throughout the United States and Canada in the categories of safety, sustainability, and overall outstanding achievement. A seventh award was presented in the category of fleet leadership.

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Peterbilt Honors Dealers

Peterbilt honored several dealers during its recent annual dealer meeting, held at the Paccar MX Engine manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss. The company handed out Medium Duty Dealer of the Year, Parts and Service Dealer of the Year, Paccar MX-13 Engine Dealer of the Year and TRP Dealer of the Year awards.

Tags: PACCAR, Peterbilt, Aftermarket, Dealers, TRP, MX-13

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Private Fleets More Willing to Add Capacity

The FSR Buying Index fell to 97.5 from the previous quarter’s reading of 103.8. The index measures percent of fleets planning to buy medium/heavy-duty trucks and trailers

Private fleets are currently adding capacity at a faster rate than for-hire fleets, according to the Q2 2013 Fleet Sentiment survey conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research. Half of the private fleets participating in the quarterly survey indicated they were adding capacity with the power units they expected to purchase (in the next three months), with an average of more than 40% of those orders designated for that purpose.

Tags: CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Capacity, Private Fleets

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

April Truck Orders Up Year Over Year

Class 8 truck orders for April are expected to come in between about 23,000 and 23,300, which is higher than last year and marks the fifth month in a row orders have been above 20,000, according to two leading trucking number-crunchers.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR Associates, ACT Research

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Big Job Gains in April, Reports U.S. Labor Department

Job creation overall in the United States as well as in trucking both posted solid gains in April according to a new report, leading to a surge on Wall Street as well as an increase in the price of oil.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

USA Truck Unveils Website For Veterans

Arkansas-based USA Truck added a driver recruiting website exclusively for military veterans. Called "We Hire Heroes" and located at www.HiringMilitaryDrivers.com, this new site is designed to make the transition to civilian employment easier for military personnel.

Tags: Drivers, Military, Recruiting, Veterans, USA Truck

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

First Quarter Revenues for Cummins Decreased Y-o-Y

Cummins Inc. reported first quarter revenues of $3.9 billion decreased 12% from the first quarter of 2012. Revenues in North America declined by 15% and international revenues declined by 10% as the company experienced weaker demand in most major geographies and end markets.

Tags: Cummins, financials

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Transported 59% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade in February

Trucks carried 59.1% of the $88.4 billion of freight moved in February 2013 between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico.

Tags: BTS, NAFTA, Canada, Mexico, Global

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Double-Digit Domestic Container Growth Pushes Intermodal Higher

The 10.2% year-over-year gain in domestic container volume in the first quarter of 2013 represents the sixth consecutive quarter of 10%-plus increases, and the second highest volume in domestic container history.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Con-way Reports Loss in Y-o-Y First Quarter Net Income

Con-way Inc. reported 2013 first-quarter net income of $14 million, or 25 cents per diluted share. The results compare to first-quarter 2012 net income of $25.6 million, or 46 cents per diluted share.

Tags: financials, Con-Way

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

NPTC Honors 4 for Safe Driving Over Multiple Miles and Years

Four professional drivers honored earlier this week by the National Private Truck Council have together covered more than 18 million miles over a combined 166 years, operating a variety of equipment safely and reliably, yet each finds time for community involvement, NPTC said in its annual Hall of Fame presentations.

Tags: NPTC

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

GM, Ford, Toyota Top Vincentric’s 2013 Best Fleet Value List

Chevy Express/GMC Savana G1500 and G3500 vans were among ‘top-value” GM vehicles, according to Vincentric, an automotive data analysis firm.

General Motors, Ford and Toyota lead the list of Best Fleet Value vehicles from Vincentric, a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in suburban Detroit.

Tags: Vincentric, General Motors, Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford F-150, Ford Transit Connect, Ford E-Series, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Florida Legislature Approves Natural Gas Vehicle Incentives

Today, the Florida House passed HB 579 to promote the use of natural gas fuels in Florida. On Tuesday, HB 579 passed the Florida Senate 39-0 and was immediately sent to the Florida House. That chamber took up the bill on Thursday, passing it 116-2.

Tags: Natural Gas, NGV

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City to Support F-150 Demand, Transit Launch

The upcoming full-size Transit van will be offered with two gasoline V-6 engines and an inline 5-cylinder diesel.

Ford Motor Co. says it will add more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet surging demand for F-150 pickups and scheduled production of the Euro-style Ford Transit van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Ford Transit

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