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February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Study shows shale boom provides boost to trucking

Shale energy exploration, the growing practice of deep horizontal drilling to harvest oil and natural gas previously beyond reach, has changed America’s energy industry and overall economy.

Tags: Fracking, Oil, Natural Gas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Economy

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Preliminary Class 8 Orders for January Show Improvement

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing January Class 8 truck net orders at 22,235, 7% higher than December but down 11% year-over-year. Orders for Class 8 vehicles have been above the 20,000 mark for the past four months, showing some strength after a soft period mid-year 2012.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, FTR

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

The Carlyle Group Acquires DuPont Performance Coatings

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group L.P. has completed its acquisition of DuPont Performance Coatings for $4.9 billion and announced that the company is being renamed Axalta Coating Systems.

Tags: Axalta, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

P.S.I. Hires New Sales and Marketing Specialist

Pressure Systems International has announced the hiring of Jonathan Gravell as sales and marketing specialist.

Tags: Promotion, PSI, New Hire

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Pegasus Transportation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In 1988, with two eighteen-wheelers a new trucking company, founded by entrepreneurs Gary Hanke and Dan Lockard, began their first over-the-road haul. They named their business Pegasus Transportation.

Tags: Anniversary

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Factory Orders Rise, Following Lackluster Report on GDP

Factory orders in December offered better economic news than last week's GDP numbers, though not as good as analysts were expecting.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Unemployment

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Grants Exemptions to Hearing-Impaired Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted the first exemptions to rules for interstate commercial drivers when it comes to hearing standards.

Tags: FMCSA, CDL

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Paccar Announces Fourth Quarter Revenues and Profits

Paccar reported record revenues for 2012 and its 74th consecutive year of net profit. Paccar’s annual revenues of $17.05 billion were the highest in company history and the $1.11 billion of net income was the fourth best in its history.

Tags: Paccar, Revenues, financials

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Strike Averted at East and Gulf Coast Ports

A looming strike at East and Gulf Coast ports has been avoided as the months-long labor negotiations finally reached a tentative agreement. Late Friday, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen, who has been moderating the negotiations since last year, issued a statement indicating that a tentative agreement had been reached regarding the Master Agreement between the United States Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association.

Tags: NRF, Ports, ILA, USMA, Strikes

February 4, 2013 - Industry News

Study: Fuel-Efficient Tires Perform in Winter Weather

Transport Canada recently released the results of a study on the safety and environmental performance of low rolling resistance tires. Low rolling resistance tires are designed to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. They are made of advanced materials and have treads, dimensions and weights that help to minimize the energy lost as the tire rolls across the road surface.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, GHG emissions, Tires

February 3, 2013 - Industry News

Baldwin Filters Plans Expansion

Baldwin Filters’ manufacturing operations continue to grow in its Kearney and Gothenburg, Neb., and Yankton, S.D., facilities. With this growth comes the need for additional space at its Kearney headquarters location.

Tags: Expansion, Baldwin Filters

February 3, 2013 - Industry News

TCA Announces Name of First Person to Complete
 Online Fleet Manager Certificate Program

Through its Truckload Academy, the Truckload Carriers Association recently launched The Highly Effective Fleet Manager, an online certificate program that focuses on business, leadership, communication, and coaching skills for fleet and driver managers. Andrew Winkler, director of operations for Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, Neb., is the first person to complete it.

Tags: TCA

February 3, 2013 - Industry News

J.J. Taylor Companies Announces Plans to Switch Fleets to CNG

J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. announced an open house, celebrating the launch of its private compressed natural gas fueling station and its transition to the more environmentally friendly, domestically produced fuel. With its corporate offices in Jupiter, Fla., J.J. Taylor has beer distribution operations in Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Pierce, Florida as well as in Minneapolis, Minn.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations

February 3, 2013 - Industry News

Truck Safety Largely Exempt from Sequestration

There’s an air of resignation in Washington about the deep cuts in federal spending scheduled for March 1. If sequestration happens, the cuts could affect $1.2 trillion in discretionary and defense spending. Highway safety and construction programs would be spared, for the most part, because their money comes through the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: ATA, Congress, District of Columbia, Congressional Budget Office, Sequestration

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

Old Dominion Expands Facilities

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. recently expanded two of its facilities. It moved its Toledo Service Center to a larger, more modern location, and relocated its Paducah Service Center to a larger facility to improve service to customers in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.

Tags: Relocation, Expansion, Old Dominion

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

East Announces Retirement of Jerry Shepherd

East Manufacturing Corp. Midwest Regional Sales Manager Jerry Shepherd has retired after 54 years of service to the trucking industry, the last 24 with East. He will be succeeded in this position by Mark Fletcher, who joined the company in March 2011.

Tags: Retirement, East Manufacturing

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

AAA Study: Behind-the-Wheel Cell Phone Users More Likely to Speed and Drive Drowsy

Motorists who use cell phones while driving are more likely to engage in additional dangerous behaviors such as speeding, driving drowsy, driving without a seatbelt and sending texts or e-mails, according to a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

Kenworth and Paccar Financial Announce Medium-Duty Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth Truck Co. and Paccar Financial announce a 2013 Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 5-7 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial.

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant Reports Positive 2012 and Fourth Quarter, Compared to Year-Ago Losses

Covenant Transportation Group, Chattanooga, Tenn., saw its revenue rise nearly 10% over last year's fourth quarter and its net income turn positive compared to a loss.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Owner-Operators, financials

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Reports $7.9 Million Loss for Quarter

Arkansas Best Corp. reports fourth-quarter and full-year losses, but says Teamsters negotiations will help cut costs, and new non-asset-based businesses will help the bottom line.

Tags: Arkansas, LTL, Teamsters, Panther

February 1, 2013 - Industry News

Landstar System Reports Record 4Q Profits

Landstar System, , Jacksonville, Fla., record diluted earnings per share of 73 cents in the 2012 fourth quarter compared to 70 cents in the fourteen week 2011 fourth quarter.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Landstar

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Henry Prentice Promoted to VP Custom Solutions for Noregon Systems

Noregon Systems, a provider of software solutions to the transportation industry, announced the promotion of Henry Prentice to vice president, Custom Solutions.

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Custom Truck Sales Opens Location in Manitoba

Custom Truck Sales has opened a new parts and service facility in Brandon, Manitoba.

Tags: Kenworth

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Confirms Potential Layoffs of 1,300 Workers

Daimler Trucks North America is in the process of notifying approximately 1,300 production workers across DTNA’s North American manufacturing facilities of a potential layoff in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, according to the company.

Tags: Economy, Daimler

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Florida-Based Beer Distributor Replaces Fleet with Green Tractors

Beer distributor J.J. Taylor Companies Inc. announced it will replace its Tampa-based fleet with compressed natural gas tractors as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Florida, Alternative Fuels, Freightliner

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