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May 9, 2013 - Industry News

Survey: Diversification, Utilization Key to Truckload Success

Truckload carriers continue to innovate to remain profitable, particularly through service diversification and driver retention, according to a new study by trucking software giant TMW Systems.

Tags: Drivers, TMW, Truckload

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Missouri Rest Areas Closing, to be Converted for Trucks Only

The eastbound and westbound I-44 rest areas near Halltown, Mo., at mile marker 50, between Springfield and Joplin will close May 29 and will be converted to a truck parking facility.

Tags: Missouri, Rest Areas, Truck Parking, Highways

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

ABF Spurns Offer From YRC Worldwide

No deal, said ABF to YRC's purchase offer.

Just before reporting positive first quarter numbers, the parent of several less-than-truckload carriers, YRC Worldwide, reportedly made a bid for competitor ABF – without success.

Tags: Arkansas, Teamsters, YRC Worldwide, LTL

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Cold Train Expands Express Intermodal Service

Cold Train is expanding its express refrigerated intermodal service from Portland, Ore., to complement its existing expedited service out of Quincy, Wash.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Intermodal, Cold Train

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Urgent Care Travel Opens at Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn.

Urgent Care Travel opened its first urgent care location at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tenn. The company plans to open as many as 100 urgent care sites at select travel center and travel plaza locations nationwide.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Driver Health, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Federal Freight Index Up Fifth Month in a Row

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in March from February, rising for the fifth month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Tags: Economy, Freight, BTS

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Lautenberg Offers Bill to Restrict Sizes and Weights

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., reintroduced a bill that would restrict truck size and weight limits. His move positions a familiar piece in the size-and-weight chess match as the next highway bill approaches.

Tags: Legislation, Highways, Truck Weights

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England Names Two New Chief Operating Officers

The trucking company C.R. England announced the promotion of two members of its executive committee to the position of chief operating officers. Brandon Harrison and Zach England have been named to the positions with Harrison to oversee national, regional, and Mexico divisions and safety.

Tags: C.R. England

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Penske Adds 500 Tractors With Eaton’s UltraShift Plus

Penske Truck Rental is adding 500 new Freightliner semi-tractors to its commercial truck rental fleet featuring Eaton’s UltraShift Plus Multipurpose High Performance (MHP) Automated Transmissions.

Tags: Eaton, Freightliner, Penske Truck Leasing, Transmissions

May 8, 2013 - Industry News

Maine Lawmakers Pass Speed Limit Increase, East-West Highway Likely Dead

Lawmakers in Maine have given final passage to a bill allowing speed limits to increase along Maine’s interstates, but are moving to pull the plug on a study to determine the feasibility of an east-west highway.

Tags: Speed Limits, Maine, Highways

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

ESW CleanTech Buys Cleaire

The Cleaire LongMile filter was blamed for forest fires.

Diesel emissions control company ESW CleanTech has acquired the assets and product line of Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls LLC, which ceased operations earlier this year.

Tags: Emissions, California, Cleaire

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Ford to Give Away Super Duty Pickup to Business Owner

Ford Commercial Truck is replacing its annual Tough Truck Sweepstakes with a contest – the Tough Truck Challenge – which gives business owners the chance to win a brand new work truck.

Tags: Ford, Light & Medium

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Carrier Transicold Names Dealer of the Year

Kile Truck Refrigeration of Nashville, Tenn., was named Carrier Transicold’s 2012 North America Dealer of the Year at the annual meeting of Carrier Transicold’s Americas Truck/Trailer/Rail dealers.

Tags: Dealers, Carrier Transicold

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Mansfield Team up for Natural Gas Fueling

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Mansfield Energy Corp. announced a strategic partnership to offer customers what they say will be the most comprehensive solution in the compressed natural gas fuel industry.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Mansfield Oil, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Buys Southeast Intermodal Firm

The asset-light and logistics service provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems says it has acquired all of the outstanding stock and the Charleston, S.C., property of Wando Trucking, a provider of intermodal transportation and related services in the Southeast.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Energy Department Forecasting Lower Fuel and Crude Prices Into 2014

EIA projects the Brent crude oil spot price will fall from an average of $112 per barrel in 2012 to annual averages of $106 per barrel and $101 per barrel in 2013 and 2014, respectively. (Photo courtesy BP.)

The new Short-Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration says diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.95 per gallon last summer, are projected to fall to an average of $3.88 per gallon this summer and move generally lower into 2014.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Mercedes Says 2014 Sprinter Van to Come Standard With Four-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Mercedes said the redesigned 2014-MY Sprinter van will come with a four-cylinder diesel engine as standard. Photo courtesy Mercedes.

Mercedes Benz unveiled its new 2014-MY Sprinter Van, which the automaker said has a new design, is more economical, and more environmentally friendly. The company said this redesign comes after seven years of the current-generation Sprinter.

Tags: Vans, Mercedes-Benz, 2014-MY, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Light & Medium

May 7, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Fatalities Increase for the First Time in Several Years

A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3% from 2011, reversing several years of annual declines.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, NHTSA

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

CRST Buys Allied Special Products Division

CRST International says its purchase of Allied's Special Products Division will create the most extensive network of specialized distribution centers in North America.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, CRST

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Diesel Moves Lower for 10th Straight Week, Oil & Gasoline Push Higher

The average U.S. cost of diesel has dropped for the 10th week in a row, down 0.6 cents from last week, coming in at $3.845 per gallon, according to new figures form the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Fuel and Oil

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Launches Lead ATA Program for Young Trucking Executives

The American Trucking Associations announced it has launched LEAD ATA, a new program created to engage young trucking executives and groom them to be the industry's next generation of leaders.

Tags: ATA, Idle Reduction

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Weimar, Texas

Love’s Travel Stops opened a new travel stop in Weimar, Texas, at Interstate 10, Exit 682 on April 25.

Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Expansion

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Truckworx Kenworth – Birmingham Named Kenworth’s 2012 Paccar MX Engine Dealer of the Year

Truckworx Kenworth – Birmingham was named Kenworth’s 2012 Paccar MX Engine Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada during the Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently at the Paccar Engine Company’s manufacturing plant in Columbus, Miss.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar

May 6, 2013 - Industry News

Questions Arise Over Appointment of Pilot Flying J Committee Head

As lawsuits continue to mount against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, its board of directors has appointed a head of a special committee overseeing an internal investigation along with what it calls a “special independent council,” but questions are quickly being raised about one of the choices.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

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

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