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August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Chicago West Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. opened a 100-door facility southwest of Chicago. The Chicago West Service Center is a newly constructed facility located in Crest Hill, an area known as a regional industrial distribution and manufacturing hub. The facility employs 91 people.

Tags: Expansion, Old Dominion

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Columbus to Build Second Publicly Accessible CNG Fueling Station

Officials from the City of Columbus and others break ground at the site of will be the City's second publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station.

The City of Columbus plans to build a second compressed natural gas fueling station scheduled to open in March of 2014. The new station will service the City’s northern refuse fleet operation, which has more than 65 vehicles, its Planning & Operations Division, which has more than 45 vehicles, and other City divisions.

Tags: Fueling Station, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Elite Support Network Expands Across North America

Daimler Trucks North America’s network of Elite Support Certified dealers has expanded across North America with a number of new locations. The network of dealers committed to exceptional customer service now stands at 113 locations and counting.

Tags: DTNA

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Nominations for Mike Russell “Good stuff” Image Award

American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Mike Russell “Good stuff” Trucking Image Award.

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

After the Hours-of-Service Ruling: Research on 34-Hour Restart, Action on Capitol Hill

Even as a federal court was recently upholding most of the hours of service rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a field study of the 34-hour restart that could influence that provision in the future, and there's a move on Capitol Hill to force the agency to return to the old rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Legislation, Hours of Service

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Freight Tonnage Index Strong Despite Drop

July truck tonnage falls from June, but is up from the same time a year ago. Credit: ATA

The amount of freight moved last month fell for the first time since April, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Worry About Heavy Truck Impact on Local Roads

A bipartisan group of Representatives asked the Department of Transportation to consider the impact of heavier trucks on local roads and bridges as it studies national size and weight limits.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes, U.S. Congress

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Wisconsin, New Jersey May Consider Higher Speed Limits

More states, including Wisconsin and New Jersey, may be following the lead of Illinois Gov. Pat Quin who signed legislation Monday increasing the state’s top speed limit to 70 mph.

Tags: Drivers, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Speed Limits, Highways

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Cleaner Trucks Contribute to Cleaner Air Says Long Beach Port Study

The Port of Long Beach has cut diesel particulates by 81% since 2005, according to newly released analysis.

Tags: Emissions, Port of Long Beach, Ports

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Ready-Mix Concrete Carriers Seek HOS Exemption

UPDATED--The ready-mix concrete industry is asking for an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the new hours-of-service rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMCSA, Drivers

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

XRS, Samsung Integrated Software-Device Package Addresses BYOD Problems

Jay Coughlan, CEO and president of XRS Corp., said his company remains committed to the mobile strategy announced last year.

MINNEAPOLIS -- XRS Corp. kicked off its XUE 2013 user conference Monday in Minneapolis by announcing it had entered a partnership with Samsung Telecommunications America that will deliver XRS fleet management products through Samsung mobile devices.

Tags: Information Technology, XRS Corporation, Smartphones, Samsung

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Will Hear Brokers' CSA Challenge in September

A coaltion of groups is challenging CSA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight brokers will air their case against the CSA safety enforcement program in court next month, with allegations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrration is putting its safety credentialing responsibility into the hands of brokers and shippers.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, Safety & Compliance

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Orders Fall as Expected in July

The third quarter is historically the weakest order period of the year and July is the weakest month. July Class 8 orders fell to just under 17,600 units, down 7% month-over-month, but up 36% compared to year-ago July.

Tags: ACT Research, Commercial Vehicle Orders

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Average Diesel Price Turns Higher Over Weekly Oil Gain

Just as soon at it looked like diesel was starting to trend lower it has done an about face. The average U.S. price has increased 0.4 cents per gallon over the past week, registering $3.90 per gallon.

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

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Illinois Top Speed Limit to Increase to 70

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed legislation increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on rural four-lane highways and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding, effective January 1, 2014.

Tags: Illinois, Speed Limits

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Legislation Would Prevent Shippers from Avoiding Port User Fee, More Money For Ports

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. have introduced legislation to provide more money for American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest, by closing a loophole.

Tags: Freight, Ports

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Two New Stores

Pilot Flying J is opening two new stores to better serve professional drivers: a Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Expansion

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Shippers Index Reflects Minimal Decreases in Truck Freight Capacity

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for June fell only marginally from the previous month to a current reading of -8.1. The minimal change reflects a relatively weak freight environment offsetting increased capacity constraints in advance of the hours-of-service rule implementation.

Tags: FTR, TCI, Freight Capacity

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Nation’s Top Truck Drivers to Compete in Salt Lake City

This week, hundreds of the nation’s top professional truck drivers will head to Salt Lake City for the 76th National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships to compete for the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Tags: ATA, Bendix, NTDC, CVSA

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Paradigm Oil and Gas Closes Purchase of Cam Trucking and Well Services

Texas-based Paradigm Oil and Gas closed on the purchase of Cam Trucking and Well Services on Friday.

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Answers Common Questions Over Legal Settlement

Aubrey Harwell, senior partner of the law firm of Neal & Harwell, which represents Pilot Flying J, answers some common questions about the company's settlement with customers.

This week Pilot Flying J published an interview on its website with one of the attorneys representing the company, as the clock counts down toward key court dates in a settlement over allegations it withheld rebates and discounts on fuel.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Fuel and Oil

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

New Report Shows States With the Busiest Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Overall, vehicles traveled 2.95 trillion miles on U.S. roads in 2011, the eighth-highest level ever recorded, and nearly double the amount traveled in 1980. California drivers alone traveled more than 900 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT, Highways

August 16, 2013 - Industry News

NAIC 2013 Starts Next Week in Salt Lake City

A total of 52 roadside inspectors from across North America will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete to be named the best commercial vehicle inspector during the 21st annual North American Inspectors Championship, Aug. 19-23.

Tags: Aftermarket, Events, CVSA, NAIC

August 16, 2013 - Industry News

XPO Logistics Completes Acquisition of 3PD

XPO Logistics Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of 3PD Holding Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $365 million. The company financed the acquisition and related fees and expenses with the net proceeds of its recent $220.5 million public offering of common stock, together with cash on hand.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, XPO Logistics

August 16, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Acquires Southeast Drayage Division of Transport America

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. has acquired certain of the assets of the Southeast drayage division of Transport Corporation of America Inc., a provider of intermodal transportation and related services in the Southeast.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

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