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October 3, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Recognizes David Kus for Quickly Reacting to Danger

David Kus, of Fredericksburg, Penn., drives for Swift Transportation.

The Truckload Carriers Association has announced the name of its latest Highway Angel: David Kus of Fredericksburg, Penn., who drives for Swift Transportation. Kus is being recognized for acting quickly when a fellow motorist had an accident and then inadvertently put himself in more danger.

Tags: TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Swift Transportation

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, FTR

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Gains Expected This Holiday Season

Photo: David Holmes a.k.a. Renegade Replicant  via Wikimedia Commons.

The nation’s retailers expect sales in the months of November and December to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth. The forecast is higher than the 10-year average holiday sales growth of 3.3%.

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Paper Transport Adds 20 Natural Gas-Powered Kenworth T660s To Regional Fleet

Paper Transport Inc. plans to replace 25% of its diesel-powered units in its 400-truck fleet with trucks running on CNG by the end of the year.<br />

Paper Transport began testing two Kenworth natural gas trucks in 2012 and this spring the company became one of Kenworth’s first customers to run CNG-powered Kenworth T660s with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine, according to the company.

Tags: Kenworth, Cummins, Natural Gas Vehicles, Paper Transport

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

New Bridge Weight Limits Causing Headaches in Pennsylvania

Trucks are being forced to take longer non-Interstate routes in Pennsylvania due to new weight restrictions along some 1,000 bridges.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Highway Funding, Road Construction, Bridges

October 3, 2013 - Industry News

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

&amp;ldquo;2010 model-year sleepers are hitting the meaty part of their trade-in curve.&quot; Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

Tags: NADA, Used Truck Sales, ATD, Class 8

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Makers Talk About Green Truck Initiatives

One way truck engineers at Peterbilt and Freightliner are exploring future &quot;green&quot; technologies is through the SuperTruck program.

PHOENIX -- The affordability, abundance and relatively fast return on investment for natural gas trucks has pushed interest in electric hybrids for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and other alt-fuel alternatives to the back burner, but that doesn't mean truck makers have given up on hybrid drives and researching a variety of other technologies for future "green" trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

With Final Report Due Soon, House Freight Panel Takes on Truck Weights

A panel of legislators looking for ways to improve freight transportation is close to finishing its analysis and will post its report by the end of the month.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Truck Weights, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Congress

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Orbcomm Acquires SENS Asset Tracking Operation

Orbcomm Inc. has completed the acquisition of Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation’s Sensor Enabled Notification System operation, which includes satellite hardware, network technology and web platforms.

Tags: Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, ORBCOMM

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Beijer Electronics Opens New U.S. Corporate Headquarters

Beijer Electronics, a Sweden-based global technology company, has opened its US headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beijer Electronics is the manufacturer of TREQ mobile data terminals, an in-cab hardware for vehicle applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Expansion

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Future of Westport 15-Liter is the Talk of Canadian Natural Gas Conference

Westport 15-liter natural gas engine.

Rumors that Westport Innovations was cancelling production of its 15L LNG engine were given wide exposure at the 1st Annual Natural Gas Vehicle Canada Conference on Tuesday.

Tags: Volvo, Natural Gas, Peterbilt, Engines, Westport

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

ANG to Build CNG Fueling Station in Kirkwood, N.Y.

American Natural Gas is currently developing a heavy duty, fast-fill compressed natural gas facility in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Steady in July

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index for July, with a reading of -8.3, was basically unchanged from the previous month reflecting relatively modest freight volume growth combined with some capacity constraints caused by new regulations.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight Capacity

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Project Launched to Link Several Alabama Interstates

Credit: Alabama DOT

After years of planning, construction of a bypass around the northern part of Birmingham, Alabama is finally set to take place, but it will be a long time before it's completed

Tags: Alabama, Road Construction

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Fall for Vans and Reefers, Flatbeds Recovering

Credit: DAT Transcore

The amount of freight, along with rates, are both generally down on the spot market, according to one of the nation’s largest freight matching services.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Auto Sales Slip

A more than two-year streak in U.S. auto sale gains came to an end in September, but don’t read too much into the decline, say analysts. Early estimates show new sales fell 4% in September compared to the same time a year ago, to a little more than 1.1 million vehicles.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference: Gridlock, Obama, and What it Means for Green Fleets

The attractive price of natural gas fuel, like that used in this bi-fuel Ford F-550, could put pressure on other &quot;green&quot; alternatives.

PHOENIX -- What should you expect in President Obama's second term? A single word: gridlock. The current government shutdown is just one more symptom of a Congress that hasn't passed a budget since 2007. Yet that might not affect green fleets' investments in clean-burning and alternative fueled vehicles as much as you might think.

Tags: Regulations, Green Fleet Conference, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Faces Up to Changes in Health Care

Carriers are gradually coming to terms with the effects of the new health care law, and what they must do to comply, according to the Transport Capital Partners Third Quarter Survey.

Tags: TCP, Health Care

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Kenan Transport Sued for Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against an operation of the tanker-hauler Kenan Advantage Group, claiming it violated federal law by discriminating against a female employee because she was pregnant.

Tags: Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Port of Miami via Wikimedia Commons

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have approved $150 million in bond proceeds to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program

Tags: Florida, Freight, Ports

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Expand CNG Offerings in Vans, Pickups

With the 2015 Silverado 3500 customers can chose from gasoline, CNG or diesel power.

General Motors will offer bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger vans next year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, GMC Sierra, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Silverado

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

FedEx Continues Expanding Canadian LTL Service

The less-than-truckload operation of FedEx continues growing with service in and out of Canada.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, FedEx

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Higher Fines Are Among FMCSA Rule Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of rule changes required by last year’s highway law, including higher fines for various violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Fines

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

ABF and Teamsters Agree to Another Extension

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System and the Teamsters Union have reached another contract extension through October 29, as the two work through the process for resolving the two remaining supplemental agreements to the ABF National Master Freight Agreement.

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Announces New Leasing Locations

Volvo Trucks recently expanded its network of leasing locations in the United States and Canada to include 10 new sites to better serve customers.

Tags: Leasing, Volvo Trucks

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