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October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Boosts Third Quarter Profit Nearly 18%

The less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line has announced revenue was $616.5 million for the third quarter of this year, a 12.0% increase from $550.5 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Earnings

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar Posts $29 Million Profit, Down from $33 Million a Year Ago

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Florida-based trucking company Landstar System has reported 2013 third quarter net income of $29.2 million, down from $33.1 million the same time a year ago, while revenue was $680.5 million, down from $717.2 million, during the same time.

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Company Owners Sentenced for Violating FMCSA OOS Order

The owners of an Alabama trucking company have been sentenced for their roles in running a “chameleon carrier.”

Tags: FMCSA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OSHA Orders Trucking Company and Owner to Withdraw Retaliatory Lawsuit, Pay Former Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Palumbo Trucking of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw what is says is a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

Tags: OSHA, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Drivers

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Profit Falls Despite More Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Profit for Arizona-based Swift Transportation fell in the third quarter of the year despite doing more business.

Tags: Earnings, Swift Transportation

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Third Quarter Cargo Thefts Rise from Second Quarter, Value Drops

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The logistics security services company, FreightWatch International, reports in the third quarter of the year it recorded a total of 231 thefts in the United States, the same amount as a year ago, but the value of each theft averaged less.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

PTA Holdings Moves Into Intermodal Rail, Newgistics Rebranded and Expanding

The transportation holding group PTA Holdings, Phoenix, Ariz. has announced it is entering the intermodal transportation rail segment with American Trainco Logistics, initially centered in the Chicago area.

Tags: Intermodal, Mergers & Acquisitions

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Third Quarter Profit Slips

Knight says inflationary cost pressures exceeded the improvement in its revenue per total mile. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation has reported slightly higher third quarter revenue while income is lower from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, USA Truck, Knight Transportation, Fleet Financials

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

New York State Considering LNG Permitting

New York could see LNG filling stations under new proposed regulations.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations to allow the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas facilities under DEC permits, according to the New York Motor Truck Association.

Tags: New York, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Fuel and Oil

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

I-43 Bridge Repairs Announced, Reopening Set For January

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced a plan to repair the Leo Frigo Bridge along Interstate 43, which would allow the bridge to reopen in January 2014. The bridge has been closed since Sep. 25, when a pier unexpectedly sank two feet.

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hersman and Hart Sworn in Again at NTSB

Deborah Hersman

Deborah Hersman has been officially sworn in for a third two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Serving as chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 16.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, NTSB, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Rates Dip, Demand and Capacity Remain Elevated

The chart depicts national average spot market (“broker buy”) rates during the past four weeks. Rates are derived from DAT RateView and the DAT network of load boards.

While national average rates for vans and refrigerated rates dipped slightly, spot market capacity and demand on the DAT network of load boards remained seasonally elevated during the week ending Oct. 19.

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

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Broker Suit Against Bond Is Back in Motion

The suit by small property brokers against new bond requirements is back in motion after a federal magistrate lifted a stay, clearing the way for legal arguments over moving the matter to federal appeals court.

Tags: Freight, Owner-Operators, Brokers, Litigation, U.S. Congress, FMCSA

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

SmartTruck said a recent third-party computational fluid dynamics study conducted by CD-adapco showed SmartTruck’s UT6 trailer aerodynamics system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into highway fuel savings of approximately 7%

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

Tags: SmartTruck, PIT, Aerodynamics, MPG, Fuel Economy, Trailers

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Dips Overall and for Trucking

The nation’s unemployment rate continues moving lower inch-by-inch, hitting a five-year low, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It fell to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, Unemployment

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA to Allow Non-Members in National Truck Driving Championships

The ATA National Truck Driving Championships trophy on display during the group's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The American Trucking Associations’ board of directors on Tuesday voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition. The decision was made during the group’s Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, National Truck Driving Championships, Events, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Phil Byrd Elected 69th Chairman of American Trucking Associations

Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., is ATA's new chairman.

The board of directors of American Trucking Associations has elected Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C., as the federation’s 69th chairman. It happened Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. during the ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: ATA, ATA2013, Leadership

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Going After Energy Business

Two announcements this week demonstrate how PeopleNet is going after the growing oil and natural gas business, with the Energy Services area combining PeopleNet fleet mobility solutions with technologies from other Trimble companies to create technology solutions for this sector.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Fuel and Oil, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders Modest, Class 5-7 Orders Up 18%

September is typically the second weakest order month of the year for Class 8, so modest activity was expected, reports ACT Research. Class 8 net orders were 19,018 units, and there also was a spike in cancellations.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, ACT Research

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Illiana Corridor Highway Closer to Reality

A long-sought east-west toll road south of Chicago is closer to reality following approval last week by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee, which means the DOT can go after funding for the Illiana Corridor project.

Tags: Illinois, Indiana, Highways, Road Construction

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

RedStone Logistics Launches Logistics Resource Group Subsidiary

ORLANDO -- RedStone Logistics, a third-party logistics company specializing in logistics management services, announced the public launch of a wholly owned subsidiary, Logistics Resource Group.

Tags: 3PL, ATA2013

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens New Parts and Service Location Near Lancaster, Pa.

Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a new parts and service facility in an industrial area near Lancaster less than a mile south of Pennsylvania Routes 230 and 283.

Tags: Kenworth, Pennsylvania, Dealers, Expansion

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

NATSO Foundation Pledges to Fight Human Trafficking

The NATSO Foundation announced that the truckstop and travel plaza industry is engaging in nationwide efforts to combat human trafficking and in supporting the educational efforts of advocacy group Truckers Against Trafficking.

Tags: NATSO, Truckers Against Trafficking, Truckstops

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Jumps Again in September

The American Trucking Associations just released For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in September from the month before, matching the August gain.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

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