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July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Cascade Sierra Solutions Reaches Idle Reduction Milestone with Webtech Wireless

Cascade Sierra Solutions has achieved a significant milestone in its drive to reduce emissions and idling as part of the Port of LA and the Port of Long Beach Clean Air Initiative

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Fras-Le Purchases $1.5 Million Brake Dynamometer

The new dynamometer, for light- and medium-duty vehicle testing, is designed to reproduce actual vehicle road conditions and will test for durability, wear, performance and NVH

To expand its testing capabilities, friction material manufacturer Fras-le North America Inc. has purchased a new brake NVH dynamometer from Link Engineering Company for $1.5 million

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Skinner Diesel Services Celebrates 30 Years

Skinner Diesel Services of Columbus, Ohio is celebrating 30 years in business. The company began as a general truck repair facility in 1982. Thirty years later, it has expanded and adapted with additional business segments

July 12, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Volumes Fall Flat as Economy Stalls

North American freight volumes continues to follow the path of general malaise that the economy is experiencing, according to the Cass Freight Index, which measures overall North American freight volumes and expenditures

Tags: Economy

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Concerns about CSA Aired at House Hearing

Opponents of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA enforcement program took their case to Congress yesterday, charging in a hearing that the program is being misused and harms small carriers

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Zero-Emission Trucks Could be Part of I-710 Zero-Emission Corridor

One zero-emission truck being tested at LA_area ports is this hydrogen-fuel-cell Tyrano, made by Vision Motor Corp. of El Segundo, Calif.

Zero-emission trucks, such as hybrid-electric trucks receiving power along major roadways (similar to light-rail trains and buses in some cities), could be in demonstration in the next few years and eventually be part of a zero-emission corridor along the busy I-710 Freeway leaving the Ports of Los Angeles, according to a recent study.

Tags: Highways

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

'Uncle Darrell' Hicks, Longtime Coolant Expert and Industry Volunteer, Dies of Lung Disease

The late Darrell Hicks, left, was active in groups such as Trucker Buddy International.

Darrell Hicks, Tulare, Calif., passed away Tuesday following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a progressively debilitating lung disease

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

GATR Named Volvo Dealer of the Year

From left: Kelly Sheehan, chair, Volvo's Dealer Advisory Council; Bob Neitzke, GATR dealer principal; Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales & marketing; Terry Billings, Volvo Trucks vice president, sales – U.S.

Volvo Trucks named GATR of Sauk Rapids, Minn., its 2011 U.S. Dealer of the Year.

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress Set for Oct. 2-3

SAE International's 2012 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, " Total Vehicle Integration: Engineering the Next Vehicle Revolution," will be Oct. 2-3 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill

Tags: Events

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Pilot Spending $49 Million to Upgrade Showers

Drivers using Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas will benefit from a $49 million investment to remodel and upgrade more than 4,400 showers, with 75% of its network of showers to be rebuilt during the next 18 months

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipment Index Unchanged in May from April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry was unchanged in May from April, after a one-month rise, according to the Freight Transportation Services Index from the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Tags: Economy

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

T. Boone Pickens to be Keynote Speaker at ATA Natural Gas Summit

Energy executive T. Boone Pickens has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker at American Trucking Associations' Natural Gas in Trucking Summit Nov. 28-30

Tags: Events

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens Service Center Near Duluth, Minn.

Old Dominion Freight Line opened its newest service center in Superior Wis., near Duluth, Minn., to serve the Great Lakes shipping area in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin

July 11, 2012 - Industry News

TCP: Carriers Expect Small Increases in Driver Wages

Carriers anticipate driver wages to increase in the next 12 months, but only incrementally, according to results from Transport Capital Partners' Second Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey.

Tags: Economy

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

EIA Lowers Price Forecasts for Diesel, Gasoline, Crude Oil

In its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, the U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecasted prices for gasoline and diesel fuel as well as West Texas Intermediate crude oil. With crude oil prices falling over the last month, EIA expects that on-highway diesel fuel retail prices, which averaged $3.84 per gallon in 2011, will average $3.79 per gallon in 2012

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Wood Creek, Bowman, Milestone Acquire GE Trailers

A fleet of approximately 27,000 over-the-road trailers previously owned by GE's Trailer Fleet Services (formerly Transport International Pool) was acquired by Wood Creek Capital Management, Bowman Sales and Equipment and Milestone Trailer Leasing

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Mack Will Again Provide Pinnacle for Capitol Christmas Tree Project

Mack Trucks is again providing a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Meeker, Colo., to the nation's capital.

Mack Trucks is providing a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Meeker, Colo., to the U.S. Capitol

Tags: Events

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Technicolor Expands Third Party Logistics Services

Technicolor is expanding its third party logistics service offering and rebranding the organization as Technicolor Global Logistics.

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

NACFE to Study 6x2s, Tire Pressure, Idle Reduction

Nussbaum Transportation is one fleet using 6x2 tractor configurations to save fuel.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency is following up on its Fleet Fuel Benchmarking Study with three new research projects, on 6x2 tractor configurations, alternatives for maintaining correct tire pressure, and anti-idling products and strategies for sleeper tractors

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Navistar Opens Midwest Parts Distribution Center

Navistar has opened a new Midwest Parts Distribution Center in Joliet, Ill

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Fleets Manage Costs as Freight Hauling Demand Grows

Transportation company chief financial officers across the U.S. are seeing more business opportunities despite rising costs and regulatory challenges, according to a recent survey by GE Capital.

Tags: Economy

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Tire Market Expected to Remain Strong

Almost all signs through the first and second quarters of 2012 point to a strong domestic truck tire market throughout the year. That is true for both the replacement and original equipment levels

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Schedule for Crash Accountability Research Due This Month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is edging closer to action on weighing carrier fault in the CSA safety enforcement database. This month, the agency should announce a research schedule for figuring out how to separate at-fault crashes from not-at-fault crashes when it looks at a carrier's safety performance

July 10, 2012 - Industry News

Mesilla Valley Retrofits 4,000 Tractor-Trailers with TrailerTails

TrailerTail is a lightweight, thermoplastic composite fairing installed at the back of a tractor-trailer to streamline airflow behind the trailer, reducing aerodynamic drag and reducing fuel consumption.

Mesilla Valley Transportation has completed the retrofit of its entire fleet of 4,000 tractor-trailers with fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamic technology, manufactured by ATDynamics

July 9, 2012 - Industry News

What to Expect at the Walcott, Iowa, Truckers Jamboree

This year, BP Products North America Inc. has partnered with Iowa 80 Truckstop for the Team USA Experience, which gives Jamboree attendees the opportunity to step into the shoes of Team USA Olympic hopefuls.

Truckers are gearing up for the 33rd Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 12-13, celebrating America's drivers. The two-day event, taking place at Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, will include an antique truck display, a Super Truck Beauty Contest, more than 175 exhibits, an Iowa pork chop cookout

Tags: Events

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