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August 16, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Increase While Consumer Confidence Drops

Overall home starts in July increased despite a drop in single-family units.

U.S. housing starts in July jumped 5.9% in July from the month before due to strength in volatile multifamily construction.

Tags: Economy

August 16, 2013 - Industry News

Nominations Open for HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Nominations are being accepted for Heavy Duty Trucking's 2014 Truck Fleet Innovators, honoring the industry's most innovative leaders each year.

Tags: HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Opens New Maintenance and Rental Facility in Vermont

Ryder System Inc. recently opened its state-of-the-art maintenance and rental facility in White River Junction, Vermont. The new facility provides maintenance and rental services for commercial vehicle fleets.

Tags: Ryder System, Expansion

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

PIT Compares 6x2 and 6x4 Tractors

Test results show that 6x2 tractors consume less fuel than similar 6x4 tractors. PIT traction performance evaluations show that 6x2 tractors’ traction was also reduced compared to 6x4 models.

Tags: PIT

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Road Systems Inc. Becomes Con-way Manufacturing

Road Systems Inc., a trailer manufacturer and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has changed its name to Con-way Manufacturing, effective immediately. Con-way Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., a $5.6 billion freight transportation and logistics services company.

Tags: Con-way Inc.

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Prices Stock Offering

Asset-light and logistics provider, Roadrunner Transportation, has priced a public offering of 4.3 million shares of common stock, an increase over its previously announced public offering of 3.5 million shares, at a price of $27 per share to the public.

Tags: Roadrunner Transportation

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Flat, Inflation Tame, Housing Bright

A new report shows industrial production in the United States was at the same level in July as it was the month before. Meantime, a Labor Department report shows inflation is of little worry when it comes to the health of the economy.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Prices

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

Repairs to I-5 Bridge In Washington on Schedule

One of the eight massive girders for reparis to the I-5 bridge. Credit: Washington State DOT.

The permanent replacement for the collapsed Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge span reached a major milestone this week as crews began setting eight enormous concrete girders that will support the new roadway.

Tags: Washington, I-5, Interstate 5

August 15, 2013 - Industry News

New Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Continue Despite Settlement

More lawsuits have been filed against Pilot Flying J by fleets who aren't interested in the settlement agreement. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

While truckstop giant Pilot Flying J has reached a tentative settlement over claims it bilked trucking customers out of money due to them in the form of rebates from fuel purchases, it appears to have had little effect in stopping increasing litigation.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Pilot Flying J

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing to Expand Minnesota Operations

The new building offers 30,000 square feet of production space, and Detroit Reman plans to double that with an addition slated to open in 2015.

Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC will expand its electronics remanufacturing and manufacturing capabilities with a move to a larger facility in Hibbing, Minn., which is about 75 miles north of Duluth, Minn.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Remanufacturing

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces Suspension Training Program

Hendrickson has scheduled its 13th session of Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute technical suspension training for heavy-duty transportation service technicians and parts personnel.

Tags: Technician Training, Hendrickson

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

PGT Trucking Acquires Liedtka Trucking

PGT Trucking Inc. has acquired Liedtka Trucking, headquartered in Trenton, N.J. Liedtka Trucking, founded in 1964, specializes in flatbed and specialized hauling. Their lanes are primarily in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast and Midwest.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fell 0.2% in June from May

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.2% in June from May, declining after a one month increase, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

Tags: Freight, BTS

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

Weekly Spot Market Rates Inch Up Following Best July on Record

Credit: DAT

Activity on one of the nation’s largest spot freight markets, along with most rates, have crept slightly higher over the past week, following a dip the week before.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

At Green Fleet Conference: What Will Obama’s Second Term Mean for Alt-Fuels?

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, keynote speaker Kipp Coddington will discuss how the Obama Administration’s policies will affect environmental and energy initiatives. Coddington heads an energy and environmental law firm in Washington, D.C. that focuses on the Clean Air Act, fossil fuels and fleet issues.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Barack Obama, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Sweetwood Awarded Trucker Buddy of the Month for June 2013

Fred Sweetwood has been named Trucker Buddy of the Month for June 2013.

Fred Sweetwood, from the Walmart Distribution Center in Ottawa, Kan., has been named Trucker Buddy of the Month for June 2013 following his nomination by Linda Carson, a fifth grade teacher at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary in Quenemo, Kan.

Tags: Trucker Buddy

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's June Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvement

As compared to the previous month’s revised index, June improved more than 30%. FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for June at 6.46 reflects a significantly revised index which now includes a factor for truckload pricing and an update to historical data.

Tags: FTR, TCI

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Wabco Partners with Huf Electronics Bretten

Wabco is partnering with Huf Electronics Bretten to develop Wabco’s next generation tire pressure monitoring system for trucks, buses and trailers. Wabco’s new system will be available to original equipment manufacturers and in the aftermarket in the second half of 2014.

Tags: Wabco, Tires

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Increase, More Than 5% Higher from a Year Ago

Retail sales in the United States posted their fourth straight monthly increase. The pace for July rose less than the previous month's increase, but sales are well ahead of the level from a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

August 13, 2013 - Industry News

Coming Soon: A New Carrier Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is close to publishing a new Unified Registration System for trucking operations. The White House Office of Management and Budget cleared the agency’s plan on Monday.

Tags: FMCSA, OMB

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

BestPass Brings Discounted E-470 Toll Coverage to Trucking Companies

BestPass has partnered with the Colorado E-470 Public Highway Authority to provide trucking companies with discounted toll services in ExpressToll facilities. ExpressToll is the electronic toll collection system available on the E-470 highway, the Northwest Parkway, and the I-25 tolled Express Lanes around Denver, Co.

Tags: Colorado, Tolls, Bestpass

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Final Statistics Reveal I-80 Challenge Makes Strong Impact

The eleven states from California to New Jersey dedicated nearly 23,000 enforcement hours to the I-80 Challenge. The officers working along I-80 removed 162 impaired drivers from the road, and issued 14,274 traffic citations and 9,411 warnings to passenger vehicle drivers. Additionally, 1,711 citations and 2,978 warnings were issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Tags: Accidents, I-80

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Ryder Announces Transportation Solutions for Oil and Gas Industry

Ryder System Inc. is introducing new transportation and logistics solutions for the oil and gas industry, including customized Dedicated Fleets, Transportation Management, and fleet Leasing and Rental services.

Tags: Ryder System

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar And Cummins Reach 10,000 Orders

Navistar Inc. has secured more than 10,000 orders for International Trucks powered by the Cummins ISX15 engine and Cummins SCR aftertreatment system.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar

August 12, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Announces Annual Scholarship Winners

Twenty-five college students will receive scholarships from the Truckload Carriers Association’s Scholarship Fund for the 2013-14 academic year. Out of a grand total of approximately $75,000, the scholarships have been broken down into amounts ranging from $2,725 to $6,250.

Tags: TCA, Scholarships

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