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June 14, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Post Another Solid Gain

U.S. retail sales rose a stronger-than-expected 0.5% in May from the month before, building on a strong April gain, which could lead to better expectations of overall second quarter economic growth.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Employment

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

DriverFirst Aims to Design Internationals ‘Drivers Want to Drive’

Photo by Michael Hicks via Wikimedia Commons.

International Truck says it has launched a company-wide initiative, DriverFirst, aimed at giving its customers an edge in attracting and retaining qualified drivers through vehicles designed from the driver’s perspective.

Tags: Drivers, Navistar, Driver Shortage, International Trucks

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Celebrates 30,000th N-Series Truck

the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich. The truck rolled off the line on Friday, June 10, 2016. (PHOTO: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of low-cab-forward trucks, announced that the 30,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced at the Spartan Motors, Inc. facility in Charlotte, Mich.

Tags: Isuzu, Spartan Motors, Milestones, Isuzu N-Series

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

East Makes Meister-Shane an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has announced that Meister-Shane is now an authorized dealer, carrying the company’s lineup of aluminum and steel trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Average Diesel Prices Hit $2.43

The average price of both on-highway diesel fuel and regular gasoline continued to rise last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

SuperRigs Winner Takes Home $15K for Best in Show

Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 took home the top honors at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition. Photo: Shell Rotella

Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 took home the top honors and $15,000 at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Contest, Awards, Shell SuperRigs

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

New Award Recognizes Top Rookie Military Veteran Drivers

Screenshot via TransitionTrucking.org

Nominees are being sought for an award recognizing a veteran, guard member or reservist who has made a successful transition from military service into truck driving.

Tags: Veterans, Awards, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, Fastport

June 13, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Shut Down for ‘Blatant Disregard’ of Safety Standards

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Lowell, Mass.-based Flavio Borges Prado to immediately cease operations because of the company’s lack of inspection or maintenance accountability.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Imminent Hazard, Out of Service Violations

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

Court: CARB Can't Level Playing Field for Truck Emissions Compliance

A California judge has ruled that the California Air Resources Board erred in delaying the enforcement of stricter diesel emission rules for certain heavy-duty truck operators.

Tags: CARB, California, Diesel Emissions

June 10, 2016 - Product News

Love’s Third Oregon Location Offers 95 Parking Spaces

The new Boardman, Ore., location. Photo: Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Boardman, Ore., the company’s third location to open in the state.

Tags: New Facility, Oregon, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Parking

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

Kentucky Aims to Form Freight Advisory Committee

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released its 2016 Statewide Freight Plan for public comment and is seeking recommendations to establish a freight advisory committee to enhance communications between the Cabinet and the freight industry.

Tags: Department of Transportation, Kentucky, Freight

June 10, 2016 - Industry News

States Agree to Remove 'Friction' From I-10 Corridor

Photo: Arizona DOT

Transportation leaders from California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have created a coalition supporting innovation along the Interstate 10 corridor to improve the safety and efficiency of the vital transportation route.

Tags: Infrastructure, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, I-10

June 10, 2016 - Product News

Purkeys Adds Accessory to Liftgate Double Check

Screenshot via Purkeys

Purkeys has announced that the 20 Amp Applied Load Module comes with the Purkeys' Liftgate Double Check as a free accessory to the testing tool.

Tags: Batteries, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Liftgates

June 9, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland: New P89 Air Disc Brakes to Cost Little More than Drums

Base P89 air disc brake weighs about the same and costs not much more than trailer drum brakes, company executives say. P89 Plus includes a beefier rotor that resists heat distortion, and should be maintenance-free for seven years. Photos: SAF-Holland.

CORRECTED -- SAF-Holland says a new P89 air disc brake for trailers will reduce the price premium compared to drum brakes, and an upgraded P89 Plus will virtually eliminate brake maintenance for seven years.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, SAF-Holland, Air Disc Brakes

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Below Year Earlier Levels Despite Monthly Gains

The DAT North American Freight Index increased 5% in May from the month before but remains below the level from a year ago. Graphic: DAT

While spot truckload freight rates showed some improvements in May from the month before, they remain below levels from a year earlier, according to new figures released by the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

N.J. Trucking Company Defrauded of Over $900K

Four people have been arrested and charged with stealing more than $900,000 from a New Jersey-based trucking company by issuing fraudulent checks to nonexistent employees.

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Legal

June 9, 2016 - Product News

Boss Truck Shops Offers Yokohama Truck Tires

Image via Boss Shops

Boss Truck Shops has announced that it will carry the full line of commercial tires from Yokohama Tire Corporation at all 44 of its locations in the U.S.

Tags: Yokohama, Commercial Tires, Service Center

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

OSHA Backs Driver Fired for Refusing to Violate Safety Regs

OSHA is ordering NFI Interactive Logistics to reinstate and pay upwards of $276,000 to a driver who was fired after refusing to violate hours of service regulations to complete a delivery.

Tags: driver safety, OSHA, HOS, Employment

June 9, 2016 - Press Release

American Natural Gas Opens Public CNG Station in Ky.

Bestway Service Station in Georgetown, Ky. (PHOTO: ANG)

American Natural Gas (ANG), a distributor of alternative motor fuels, announced the opening of the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Georgetown, Ky.

Tags: American Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar to Build GM's Cutaway Vans

Photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

Navistar, Inc. has reached an agreement with General Motors to manufacture GM's Express and Savana cutaway vans at its Springfield, Ohio, plant starting in the first half of 2017.

Tags: Navistar, Partnership, General Motors, Cutaway Vans, Vehicle Production, Full-Size Vans

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spireon Names Company’s Next CEO

Kevin Weiss Photo via Spireon

GPS-based telematics provider Spireon announced that Kevin Weiss has been named as the company’s next chief executive officer.

Tags: Leadership, Fleet Management Software, Software, Spireon, People, Internet of Things

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Seeing Seasonal Improvements

Rates on the spot truckload freight market turned higher over the past week amid optimism the usual seasonal bump in the spring and early summer has finally arrived, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel, Crude Oil Prices Expected to Rise Again

Recent increases in diesel and gasoline prices have translated once again into expectations that costs for both will move even higher the rest of this year and into 2017, according to the Energy Department’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Gulf Coast an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Gulf Coast Truck and Equipment Co., as an authorized dealer carrying the full line of East trailers.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rebound, Biggest Jump in 2 Years

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2011 - April 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Following two straight months of declines, the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry turned around in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, rising 1.3% from the month before, posting the largest increase since March 2014.

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