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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

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Report Finds More Natural Gas Vehicles Would Not Raise Natural Gas Prices

A new study from the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) finds that a transition to natural gas-fueled heavy- and light-duty vehicles over the next decade will have a minimal impact on natural gas prices. The report, “Driving on Natural Gas: Fuel Price and Demand Scenarios for Natural Gas Vehicles to 2025,” used three scenarios to calculate potential natural gas demand and price impacts attributable to natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, NGV

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

GM’s Reuss Says Company Will Bring All-New Mid-size Pickup Trucks to Market in 2014

General Motors plans to bring all-new mid-size pickup trucks to the U.S. market in 2014, according to statements made by GM North America President Mark Reuss at the Dawda Mann Automotive Industry Breakfast at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, as reported by The Detroit News, USA Today, and other media outlets.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, General Motors

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Oil & Gas Producers Join Truckers for Improved Road Safety

Oil and gas companies have joined forces with the trucking industry to promote improved road safety and traffic management in heavily traveled producing areas like the Eagle Ford in south central Texas, the Marcellus region in the Northeast and the Bakken in the upper Midwest.

Tags: ATA, API, NTTC

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Yokohama Tire to Build Commercial Tire Plant in Mississippi

Yokohama Tire Corp. signed an agreement to build a commercial truck tire plant in West Point, Miss. The facility, which is expected to produce one million tires starting in 2015, will have an initial capital investment of $300 million and potential plant expansions could reach up to four times the original employment and investment levels.

Tags: Yokohama Tire Corp., Expansion

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy Launches New Facilities Modification Services Business Unit

To meet the growing demand for maintenance facilities which service new and expanding natural gas fleets, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced the creation of a Facilities Modification Services business unit which will offer a range of solutions ranging from basic consulting and design, to turn-key modification projects.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels

May 2, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Paccar Parts celebrates its 40th anniversary on May 1, marking four decades in commercial vehicle parts and service.

Tags: PACCAR, Anniversary, Paccar Parts

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth Named 2012 Parts and Service Dealer of the Year

Truckworx Kenworth was named Kenworth's 2012 Parts and Service Dealer of the year for the United States and Canada. From left, are Darrin Silver, Paccar vice president and Paccar general manager; Truckwox Kenworth executives Bob Mitchell and Will Bruser; Tony McQuary, Paccar Parts general sales manager; and Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president.

Truckworx Kenworth was named Kenworth’s 2012 Parts and Service Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada during the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in Columbus, Miss.

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR, Paccar Parts

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

New Mexican Applicant Would Increase Size of Cross-Border Program

A Mexican carrier, Servicio de Transporte International y Local SA de CV, is applying to be the 11th fleet to join the cross-border program. If it is granted authority it would be the largest operation in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pilot program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Private Carriers Honor Fleet Executives, Companies for Excellence

Gary Palmer (right) of True Value Co. receives the Private Fleet Executive of the Year award from Gary Petty, NPTC’s president and CEO.

National Private Truck Council has honored five individuals and companies for excellence in fleet management and operations with its annual Leadership Awards. The annual awards were sponsored by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and presented during NPTC’s annual conference and exhibition, which concluded yesterday in Cincinnati.

Tags: NPTC, HDT

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Hours of Service Reg Likely to Take Effect As-Is, NPTC Legal Counsel Says

Revised hours-of-service rules being contested by trucking and outside parties will probably be adopted as presented by federal authorities, the National Private Trucking Council’s staff lawyer, Rick Schweitzer, told attendees at the group’s annual meeting this week in Cincinnati.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

NTTC Launches Professional Tank Truck Driver Recognition Program

This program recognizes professional tank truck drivers and independent contractors who serve the industry with the most reliable and safe transportation of liquid and dry bulk commodities.

Tags: NTTC

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

PacLease Names Rush Truck Leasing – Houston and PacLease Edmonton Kenworth as Top Performing Franchises

Paccar Leasing Company recently presented top franchise awards to Rush Truck Leasing of Houston and PacLease Edmonton Kenworth

May 1, 2013 - Industry News

Ridge Corporation Acquires Freight Wing Inc.

Sean Graham, founder and president of Freight Wing, Inc., and his team of 9, join Ridge’s 88 person management and manufacturing team

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