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March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Melton Truck Lines Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Headquarters

Melton Truck Lines, an air-ride flatbed motor carrier, will soon officially break ground on new corporate offices that will accommodate the company’s planned growth of several hundred new jobs over the next eight years.

Tags: Expansion, Fleet news

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Reaches Tentative Deal

Last week, a tentative agreement was reached between the New York Shipping Association and a few local unions belonging to the International Longshoremen's Association, which serves the Port of New York and New Jersey.

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Six Men Indicted for Roles in Interstate Vehicle-Theft Ring

Six men from northwest Ohio were indicted on a variety of charges related to their roles in a conspiracy to transport semi-trucks, trailers, and cargo stolen in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, said law enforcement officials said.

Tags: Cargo Theft, Truck theft

March 11, 2013 - Industry News

Unemployment Drops to Four-Year Low, Trucking Adds Jobs

The nation’s unemployment rate fell slightly in February according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Unemployment

March 8, 2013 - Industry News

Going Green Without Saying Goodbye to Diesel

Verizon has tested alternative fueled vehicles like this one but says there are many other ways to go green, including using telematics.

Green shouldn't be the only color a fleet is considering when making a move toward "going green." "The most important colors in business are still red and black," said Joe Fiorelli, fleet and safety director for Gulfeagle Supply during a session for NTEA's Green Truck Summit entitled, "Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable."

Tags: Green, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Work Truck Show, Telematics

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Environmental Defense Fund to Study Fugitive Methane from LNG Fueling Operations

Climate scientists have suggested that methane leakage during filling and transfer operations, possible with a wide-scale switch from diesel to natural gas as heavy truck fuel, could contribute more to global warming than the benefit of switching from diesel to natural gas would achieve.

Tags: EDF, Liquefied Natural Gas, Methane, Climate Change

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Immigration Reform Could Affect Truck Driver Pool

President Obama is making comprehensive immigration reform a major goal for his second term, and in the wake of the 2012 presidential election many Republicans are saying the time has come to reconsider their party’s hardline stance. That could play into the driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Freymiller Receives Past Chairman's Award at TCA

Don H. Freymiller (left), founder and chairman, Freymiller Trucking, and Gary Salisbury, 2011-2012 chairman, Truckload Carriers Association.

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its highest honor to Don H. Freymiller, founder and chairman of Freymiller Trucking of Oklahoma City, Ok.

Tags: TCA

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

States Ease CDL Restrictions for Military

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report.

Tags: Drivers, CDL, Driver Shortage, Veterans

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Interstate Batteries Senior VP Promoted

Interstate Batteries Senior Vice President Walt Holmes is adding the title of senior vice president for distributor operations and innovation team.

Tags: People, Distributors

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Congress Holds Hearing on Impact of E15 Gas

A U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the scientific, technical and consumer impact of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15). The hearing focused on the potential negative impact of E15 on engines, components and fuel-delivery systems.

Tags: Gasoline, Ethanol, Fuel and Oil, Light & Medium

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Shawn Jacobs Installed as 49th President of the NTEA

Shawn Jacobs, president and CEO of STS Trailer & Truck Equipment, Syracuse, N.Y., was installed Thursday as the 49th president of the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry.

Tags: NTEA, Associations

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Love's Buying CNG-Powered Tractors

Love’s Travel Stops is buying 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

California Diesel and Gasoline Taxes To Move Higher

The state known for typically having some of the highest fuel prices and fuel taxes in the nation will see them move higher later this year.

Tags: taxes, California, Fuel and Oil

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Mack Expands Granite MHD Series with Single-Rear-Axle 4x2

As a Class 7 truck, an MHD 4x2 avoids the 12% FET at buying time. This truck with a service body is one of two displayed in Mack’s booth at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Mack Trucks on Wednesday launched a single-rear-axle version of its Granite MHD (medium heavy duty) model, offering a Class 7 or Class 8 product for customers needing a lighter yet rugged work truck.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Class 7, Mack Trucks, FET

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Navistar Names Troy Clarke CEO, Reports Smaller 1Q Loss

The SCR-equipped ProStar, left, and Troy A. Clarke, who will take over as Navistar CEO April 15.

Citing significant progress in its turnaround plan and announcing a smaller first-quarter loss than it had a year ago, Navistar International has named Troy Clarke president and chief executive officer, with interim CEO Lewis Campbell stepping down April 15.

Tags: Navistar, financials

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Kretsinger Named TCA 2013-2014 Chairman

TCA Chairman Tom Kretsinger Jr.

The Truckload Carriers Association has elected Tom Kretsinger Jr., president of American Central Transport Inc. of Liberty, Mo., as its 2013-2014 chairman.

Tags: TCA

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Shell Plans LNG Liquefaction Plants in Great lakes, Gulf Coast Regions

Shell is planning two liquefaction plants that will produce about one quarter of a million tons of LNG to road and marine users in the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes regions.

Tags: Shell, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Canada Extends eManifest Informed Compliance Period

The Canada Border Services Agency is extending the eManifest informed compliance period for highway carriers. Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place in fall 2013.

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Brian Kurtz, Bison Sweep TCA Safety Awards, Again

Two Canadian fleets, Bison Transport and Brian Kurtz Trucking, are the grand prize winners in the Truckload Carriers Associations' 2012 National Fleet Safety Awards.

Tags: Canada, TCA, Bison Transport

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Western Star Introduces 4700SB All-Wheel Drive Model

Western Star 4700SB 6x6 is displayed at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It’s also available as a 4x4.

Western Star Wednesday introduced all-wheel drive versions of its 4700SB (setback front axle) truck. Now available to order, the 4700SB AWD can be had in 4x4 and 6x6 versions, and is aimed at construction and utility applications requiring a lightweight truck with rugged, off-road traction.

Tags: Work Truck Show, Western Star, Vocational

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Dish to Deploy 200 Roush Propane Vans

Dish Network Corp. announced at NTEA's 2013 Work Truck Show that it plans to incorporate 200 Roush CleanTech propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 cargo vans in its fleet in 2013.

Tags: Propane Autogas, DISH, Work Truck Show

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Electronic Inspections Coming to New York Targeting Overweight Trucks

Forget the Kojak with a Kodak or a bear in the air. Ol’ Smokey is going high tech in The Empire State to strike back on overweight rigs.

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

EcoDual Teams up With Clemson to Promote Use of Natural Gas Fueled Trucks

A university center for automotive innovation has partnered with a company doing advanced technology research and development to advance commercial availability of natural gas engine systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Dual Fuel, EcoDual Inc.

March 6, 2013 - Industry News

Factory Shipments, Orders Reports Better Than They Appear

If you take out the volatile, often big-ticket transportation sector, manufacturing numbers look a lot better.

A new government report on U.S. manufactured shipments and orders for February is the latest in a recent string of economic numbers that sound worse than they really are.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

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