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April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J CEO Haslam Speaks Publicly Following Raid

About 24 hours after a raid by federal officials on the Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters of Pilot Flying J, CEO Jimmy Haslem talked with reporters, saying he was “shocked” by what’s happening, but is confident things will work out in favor of the company.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Names Jack Allen Chief Operating Officer

Navistar International has appointed Jack Allen as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Allen, 55, has been president of the company's North America Truck and Parts business since June 2012.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Shorepower I-5 Corridor Complete

Shorepower Technologies recently completed the installation of power pedestals and held a grand opening at the Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza in Frazier Park/Lebec, Calif.

Truck drivers can now drive the entire length of U.S. Interstate 5 between Seattle and San Diego and parallel State Route 99 in California and get restful sleep without idling the truck engine, running down batteries or firing up an APU.

Tags: Shorepower, Idle Reduction, MPG, Truckstops

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

YRC Locks Out IAM Union Members

The parent company to YRC Freight and others, YRC Worldwide, announced it was ending a contract extension with the International Association of Machinists as of Monday. In a release, the company said it will continue to talk with the IAM, though it points out the lack of significant progress in the negotiations led to the lock-out.

Tags: YRC Worldwide

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Second Search Warrant Served on Pilot Flying J HQ

Another search warrant has been executed on the headquarters of the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports it spoke with U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, who would only say it was served last night.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Heartland Posts Higher Profits Despite Flat Revenue

The Iowa-based truckload operation Heartland Express reports it saw a first quarter uptick in profits while revenue was mainly unchanged.

Tags: Earnings, Heartland Express, Fleet Financials

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Latest Economic Numbers Better Than Last Week’s

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy are more upbeat than those that came out last week. Industrial production rose in March by 0.4% from the month before due to utilities using more energy and a surge in auto production and new homes starts in the country have hit an annual level not seen in nearly four years.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Home Starts, Consumer Prices

April 16, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court to Hear LA Port Case Today

The Supreme Court today will hear arguments in American Trucking Associations’ case against aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Trucks Program. The oral argument will be the culminating moment in a case that has been working its way through the courts for more than four years.

Tags: ATA, Clean Truck Program, California, Ports, Intermodal, Drivers

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

FBI, IRS Raid Pilot Flying J Headquarters

Pilot Flying J says its locations are all still operating despite an FBI/IRS raid on its Tennessee headquarters.

Dozens of agents from the IRS and FBI conducted a Monday raid on the Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters of the nation’s largest truckstop and travel plaza operator and one of the nation’s largest private companies, Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Fuel Prices Fall for Seventh Straight Week, Oil Lowest Since Mid-December

The average U.S. price of diesel shows no signs of stopping its recent series of declines, falling another 3.5 cents this week to $3.94.2 per gallon.

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

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Ford, GM to Jointly Develop Multi-Speed Transmissions

Ford and GM plan to jointly develop a new generation of advanced 9- and 10-speed automatics for cars, crossover and sport utility vehicles, and trucks.

Multi-speed transmissions were once reserved for heavy trucks, but 8-speed automatics are now available in automobiles and pickups, and soon there’ll be even more ratios.

Tags: Ford, General Motors, Transmissions, Light & Medium

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

DriveAtlas to Fill Nearly 150 Driver Jobs Through Direct Fleet

DriveAtlas announced opportunities for 148 additional owner-operators in 2013 through the Shuttle Fleet, as well as both the Commercial Truckload and Special Products divisions.

Tags: Atlas Van Lines, Drivers

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Names Mason New Senior VP, Image and Communications

American Trucking Associations named Jeffery Mason to the newly created position of senior vice president of image and communications.

Tags: ATA, Leadership

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Shell, TA Finalize LNG Network Agreement

Shell and TravelCenters of America have finalized plans to build a network of liquified natural gas fueling stations.

Shell and TravelCenters of America announced Monday they finalized an agreement to develop a U.S. nationwide network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling centers for heavy-duty fleet customers and plan to have the first station operational in about a year.

Tags: Natural Gas, Shell, Liquefied Natural Gas, TravelCenters of America, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Truckstops

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Cross Border Trucking with Mexico Heating Up

While much of the volume from opponents of the long-haul cross-border trucking program between the United States and Mexico has toned down in recent months, the program is still alive on both sides of the border -- but there are also developments outside of the program.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

State Department Issues Permit for New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada

The building of a second bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, has moved another step closer to reality with U.S. federal approval, but opposition to the plans still exist, including in the form of lawsuits.

Tags: Ambassador Bridge, Canada, Michigan, Cross-Border Trucking, Highways

April 15, 2013 - Industry News

Highway Angel Pulls Motorist from Burning SUV

Brandon Walker has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association.

On a dark winter morning, a professional truck driver named Brandon Walker rescued an injured man and father of four from a burning SUV. For his selfless actions, Walker has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association.

Tags: TCA Highway Angel

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

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