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April 12, 2013 - Industry News

Latest Economic Numbers Disappointing

Retail sales in March fell the most in nine months.

Retail sales and consumer confidence have taken a downturn, but the reasons for it aren’t clear, while producer prices fell and business inventories have barely moved higher.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence

April 12, 2013 - Industry News

JB Hunt Reports Increased First Quarter Financials

J.B. Hunt's intermodal first quarter revenue was $796 million, up 15%, while operating income increased 22% to $ 96.8 million.

The first quarter earnings reporting season has kicked off in trucking on a high note with J. B. Hunt Transport Services, which announced net earnings of $73.3 million compared to $67.7 million the same time a year ago.

Tags: J.B. Hunt, Earnings, Fleet Financials, Intermodal

April 12, 2013 - Industry News

Medical Services Added To Bordentown Petro

TravelCenters of America has opened a medical clinic at the Petro Stopping Center, located off I-295, Exit 57, in Bordentown, N.J. This is the first medical clinic offering in the state for the chain and its 18th location nationwide offering medical services.

Tags: TA, Petro, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, TravelCenters of America, Drivers, Driver Health, Health, Truckstops

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

VSG and Stertil-Koni Agree to Licensing Agreements

Lift manufacturers Vehicle Service Group and Stertil-Koni USA Inc. have agreed to license patented heavy-duty vehicle lift technology to each other. The mutual licensing agreements resolve patent infringement lawsuits the companies filed against each other last year.

Tags: Stertil-Koni

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

Universal Lubricants Appoints New Director of HD Technical Sales

Universal Lubricants announced the appointment of industry veteran Sonny Mays to lead the company’s technical support and sales in the heavy-duty market to meet increasing demand.

Tags: Leadership, Universal Lubricants

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

3Gtms and Transite Join Forces to Offer New TMS

3Gtms, a developer of transportation software products, announced it has completed a merger with Transite Technology, a developer of transportation management systems.

Tags: TMS

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

CNG Refueling Station to Launch in Westbrook Maine

Businesses, municipalities and citizens of Westbrook, Maine and the surrounding communities will soon be able to fuel with compressed natural gas. American Natural Gas, LLC announced the company is permitting and constructing a public, heavy-duty CNG fueling facility in Westbrook. The refueling station is already in development.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Brokerage Continues as an Important Role for Carriers

Thirty-five percent of carriers state that they are using more broker freight services, however, brokerage freight still amounts for less than 5% of volumes for almost 50% of the carriers.

Results from Transport Capital Partners’ First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey found that while some carriers are reporting an increase in brokered freight services in the last three months, a majority of carriers (62%) are using fewer brokers than six months ago.

Tags: TCP

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

International Launches Truck Portfolio with Cummins ISX15

Pictures is the 9900i after Navistar International Corp. re-launched the 9900i along with PayStar 5900 SBA models at ExpoCam, Canada's National Truck Show.

Navistar International Corp. re-launched its International 9900i and PayStar 5900 SBA models at ExpoCam, Canada's National Truck Show.

Tags: Cummins, International, Navistar, Engines, Emissions, SCR

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

Some Consensus, Some Differences Emerge from CSA Advisory Panel

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

An advisory committee for the CSA safety enforcement program dove deep into the complex details and emerged with some consensus and some irreconcilable differences.

Tags: BASIC, MCSAC, Crash Accountability, FMCSA, CSA

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England CEO Cederholm Dies

C.R. England mourns the passing of CEO Wayne Cederholm on April 9, 2013.

C.R. England announced the death of CEO Wayne A. Cederholm II on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from complications of a bone marrow transplant. Cederholm joined C.R. England in 1980. Prior to his role as chief executive officer, Cederholm served the company as chief operating officer, senior vice president of North American operations, vice president of administration, vice president of safety and personnel, and was also the company's first credit manager.

Tags: C.R. England, People, Leadership

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index For February Continues Upward Trend

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February reflected an increasingly improving outlook for trucking with another month-over-month increase of 2+ points to a reading of 12.9.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

BTS: Freight Shipments Rose 1.2% in February

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: RITA, BTS, TSI

April 11, 2013 - Industry News

MHC Kenworth-Kansas City Earns Dealer of the Year Award

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City recently received the 2012 Kenworth Dealer of the Year award for the United States and Canada during the Kenworth Dealer Meeting at the PACCAR Engine Company manufacturing plant in Columbus, Miss. From left are Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; MHC Kenworth executives Tim Murphy, Ken Hoffman, Jeff Murphy, Mike Murphy and Reed Murphy III; and Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing.

MHC Kenworth – Kansas City received the 2012 Kenworth Dealer of the Year Award for the United States and Canada at the Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently at the Paccar Engine Company manufacturing plant in Columbus, Miss.

Tags: Kenworth, Dealer

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Loads Shrink While Rates Head Higher

The amount of freight on one of the nation’s biggest spot market providers shows the number of loads available has fallen dramatically over the past week.

Tags: DAT Transcore, rates, Spot Freight

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking is Prepared for Panama Canal Expansion, but Challenges Exist

Container ship going through the Panama Canal. In a couple of years, larger ships will be able to go through the canal, which could change port dynamics in the U.S.

Trucking is prepared for the projected increases in freight to come from the expansion of the Panama Canal, but the country still faces challenges related to congestion and the condition of our infrastructure, an American Trucking Associations representative said on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Panama Canal, ATA

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

ATA, Diesel Forum Slam Obama Budget Proposal

President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 drew harsh criticism from the American Trucking Associations and the Diesel Technology Forum. ATA took issue with the budget's infrastructure funding, while the Forum took aim at a cut in funding for emissions-reduction programs.

Tags: ATA, Barack Obama, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding, DERA, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Emissions, Diesel, Diesel Technology Forum

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Warnings Over Hiring Fraud and Motor Carrier PINs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued two alerts, one about truck drivers being defrauded and another about the importance of protecting a motor carrier’s personal identification number.

Tags: FMCSA, Fraud

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

East Coast and Gulf Coast Port Workers Approve New Contract

Fears in trucking about the possibility of a strike by longshoremen at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports can be laid to rest with the approval of a new labor contract by dockworkers.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Owner-Operators

April 10, 2013 - Industry News

A Conversation about Highway Money

There is a general recognition on Capitol Hill that Congress is going to have to come up with dedicated money, as opposed to financing or general funds, for the next highway program in October 2014.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, taxes, Diesel Prices, Infrastructure Funding

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

Energy Department Forecast Calls for Stable to Falling Fuel Prices

If a new U.S. Energy Department forecast holds true, diesel and gasoline prices during April through September should be the same as they were a year ago and will move lower into next year.

Tags: Oil Prices, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA/C.R. England Battle Continues, Association Scores Win Against Comerica Bank

A 10-year battle between the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the fleet C.R. England shows no signs of letting up, but the group has won a decision in a separate case that’s 15 years old.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Litigation

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Tolls Likely Increasing

Tolls along the Ohio Turnpike for both trucks and passenger vehicles will increase the first of 2014 and throughout the next decade under a plan that received tentative approved by the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

Tags: Tolls, Ohio, E-ZPass, Ohio Turnpike, Highways

April 9, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Agrees To $2.75 Million Settlement Over Disclosure Claims

U.S. Xpress will pay $2.75 million as part of a settlement stemming from a federal court case over claims that it did not provide required discloses about background checks to those applying for truck driving jobs.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, Litigation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Drivers, Recruiting

April 8, 2013 - Industry News

Havco Sells Over 100,000 Composite Floors

Havco Wood Products has reached a milestone of over 100,000 composite floors sold.

Tags: Havco

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