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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, District of Columbia, Sequestration, U.S. Congress

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

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

November Surface Transportation Trade Totaled $81.5 Billion

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, rose 6.2% in November 2012 compared to November 2011, totaling $81.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: NAFTA, Surface Trade, BTS

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Epes Transport Bumps Contractor Rates, Northeast Premiums

Epes Transport System will increase mileage-based independent contractor rates by 2 cents to 92 cents per mile.

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Builds 10 Millionth North American-Made Trailer Axle

Meritor celebrated its 10 millionth trailer axle made in North America at its Frankfort, Ky. manufacturing facility.

Tags: Meritor, Wabash, Werner Enterprises, Kentucky, Axles

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Warns of Potential Portland Layoffs

New reports circulated on Wednesday suggesting Daimler Trucks is preparing to cut more than 1,000 jobs at its Portland manufacturing facilities

Tags: UAW, Portland, Daimler Trucks North America

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Timothy Bowes Named Transtar CEO

Former Meritor exec, Timothy E Bowes, has joined Transtar Industries Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer.

Tags: TranStar, Meritor

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Trailer Tops 200,000 Reefer Trailers at Utah Plant

Celebrating the 100,000th trailer, from left to right: Dave Wallace, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.; Steve Aaron, Stevens Transport chairman and CEO; Clay Aaron, Stevens Transport president; and Packy Watson, Utility Trailer of Dallas.

Utility recently celebrated a production milestone, producing its 200,000th refrigerated trailer at the Clearfield, Utah, manufacturing facility.

Tags: Utility Trailer

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

CVSA Offers 2013 Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook

The 2013 edition of the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial is now available for order from CVSA.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, OOS, Out of Service, Preventive Maintenance, Compliance

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Inks First Lease Deal for Peterbilt Model 579

Dupre will take on 10 Model 579s from PacLease's company store in Fort Worth.

Tags: PacLease, Peterbilt, Dupre Logistics, Model 579

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

ATD Convention Celebrates 50 Years

ATD will celebrate its 50th convention in Orlando Feb 8-11.

Tags: ATD, Used Trucks, truck dealer

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Epes Transport Bumps Contractor Rates, Northeast Premiums

Epes Transport System will increase mileage-based independent contractor rates by 2 cents to $0.92 per mile. The company's Northeast premium pay will increase by 10 cents per mile.

Tags: Mileage, rates, Epes

January 31, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor 1Q Results Lower than Expected

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, Meritor posted sales of $891 million, down 23% from the same period last year. Meritor says the decrease was primarily due to lower sales in global markets.

January 30, 2013 - Industry News

LaHood Leaves a Safety Legacy

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who yesterday announced that he will leave the Obama administration once a successor is confirmed, will look back at a legacy of achievement, particularly in safety.

Tags: Ray LaHood, U.S. DOT, Government, Distracted Driving

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