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July 19, 2012 - Industry News

East St. Louis Ramp from I-64 to I-55/70 to Close for Six Months

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from westbound I-64 to eastbound I-55/70 in East St. Louis will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, July 23, 2012, weather permitting.

Tags: Highways

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Eaton Releases Paper on Role of Clutches in Dampening Harmful Torsional Vibrations

The piece describes how modern damper technology has evolved over the years to effectively reduce driveline resonance that is created naturally in any internal combustion engine.

Eaton Corp. has published a new technical paper on how contemporary mechanical clutches can protect high-value drivetrain components from harmful torsional vibrations in commercial trucks.

July 19, 2012 - Industry News

Fleets Report 2Q Financial Results

CORRECTED, UPDATED -- This week saw quarterly financial reports from a number of large publicly traded truck fleets, with truckload and intermodal giant Swift Transportation reporting profits up 72% from a year ago

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Housing Starts Offer Glimmer Of Hope

The nation's beleaguered housing industry, whose health affects some trucking operations greatly, got some of its best news in quite a while Wednesday , but also shows the industry has a long way to go before seeing a full recovery

Tags: Economy

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Telogis Acquires Navtrak

Telogis, Inc. has acquired Navtrak, provider of mobile resource and fleet management solutions.

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Marten Transport Enhances Driver Compensation Package

Marten Transport has enhanced its driver compensation package, transitioning from quarterly performance and safety bonuses to monthly bonuse

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Public Speaks Out Against Privatizing Ohio Turnpike at Hearing

The Ohio Turnpike stretches 241 miles across Ohio from Indiana to Pennsylvania.

The first public hearing on privatizing the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike displayed the public's disapproval of the plan, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Highways

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

CVSN to Honor Eight 'Century Club' Members

The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network is introducing a new recognition program at its 2012 Summit to honor member companies that have been in business for 100 years or more

Tags: Events

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

NY Group Calls for Delay in Toll Increases

Unshackle Upstate, a taxpayer advocacy organization, wants the New York State Thruway Authority to conduct an audit before it goes through with a proposed 45% increase for trucks with three or more axles

Tags: Highways

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

American Truck Group Builds "Green" Mississippi Dealership

American Truck Group and its CEO, Louis "Louie" J. Normand Jr., have built a new "green" truck dealership in Gulfport, Miss

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Maryland Helps Truckers Go Paperless, Offers E-Hauling Permits

The Maryland State Highway Administration is now providing truckers a way to carry paperless permits, allowing drivers to display them in electronic format during inspections, replacing traditional paper-issued permits and attachments

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Bendix White Paper Offers In-Depth Look at RSD Mandate

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC has released a white paper titled "The Federal Reduced Stopping Distance Mandate: Impact and Solutions." The paper examines the evolution of the mandate, while outlining how the ruling fits within the broader context of industry braking trends

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

NHTSA to Hold Hearing on Electronic Stability Control Proposal

Mack demonstrates how a mixer can start to tip over without stability control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will host a public hearing in Washington, D.C., next week to get reaction to its proposed mandate for electronic stability control systems on heavy-duty trucks and buses

July 18, 2012 - Industry News

Canada, U.S. Launch Technology to Reduce Border Wait Times

New technology has been installed at the Peace and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges to help motorists cross the U.S.-Canadian border faster.

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Truck OEMs Prepare for World's Largest Truck Show

From left: Moderator Sacha Hingst; Akhat Urmanov, VP of Kamaz Trucks; Heinz-Jurgen Loew, president of Renault Trucks; Georg Pachta-Reyhofen, CEO of MAN; Andreas Renschler, head of Daimler Commercial Vehicles, and Norbert Holzer, senior VP of Iveco.

Germany traditionally has been an important hub of automobile industry. It's also the location of the most comprehensive international motor show. The 64th IAA Commercial vehicles Show will take place in Hanover Sept. 20-27 at the Hanover fairgrounds and will be a showcase of cutting-edge technologies in trucking

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

New Fontaine Modification Business Segment Dedicated to Auto Transport Industry

Fontaine Modification is launching a new business segment, Fontaine Auto Transport Modification Services, dedicated to supporting the auto transport industry. The business segment and its new modification center will be located in Gainesville, Ga., to be near Cottrell Inc., an auto transport trailer manufacturer

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Caribou Coffee Opens at Joplin 44

The new Caribou Coffee is a full-service specialty coffee shop featuring a variety of made-to-order coffee drinks, iced coffee, cappuccino, blended cooler and smoothie drinks as well as teas.

Joplin 44 Truckstop, Joplin, Mo., has added a Caribou Coffee to its list of offerings. The new Caribou Coffee opened Tuesday and is a full-service specialty coffee shop featuring a variety of made-to-order coffee drinks, iced coffee, cappuccino, blended cooler and smoothie drinks as well as teas

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Chassis Shortage Hurting NY-NJ Container Terminals, Drivers

The Port of New York and New Jersey has been hit with a shortage of chassis for draying containers traveling to and from the terminals, reports the Journal of Commerce

Tags: Intermodal

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Duane Reade To Partner With Mission Electric On Green Transportation Initiative

Based on the campaign results, the two leading stores will be going electric, with five more pre-selected stores to follow in later months.

In an effort to reduce vehicle air pollution, Duane Reade, in partnership with Mission Electric, is turning to New Yorkers to determine which of its stores should be served solely by electric trucks

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Report: Hybrid Truck Viability Hurt by Low Fuel Prices

President Obama has supported tax incentives for hybrid vehicles.

A report from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs finds challenges to the economic viability of medium-sized diesel-electric hybrid trucks. These hybrids have a significantly higher sticker price than conventional diesel-powered trucks. With volatile fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Schneider National Launches $6,000 Tuition Reimbursement Program

Schneider National is making it easier for students to turn a dream into reality by offering $6,000 for tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates. The program will cover the full cost of many truck-driving schools to give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

Dana's Aftermarket Business Boosts Digital Strategy

Dana Holding Corp. has further developed its digital strategy to help customers - both dealers and consumers - more easily locate and purchase Dana products

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

JX Truck Center Breaks Ground on New Dealership

Members of JXT, JX Enterprises, the Village of Kronenwetter and members of Ghidorzi Companies (architects and construction firm for the new dealership) break ground for the new facility.

JX Truck Center broke ground on a new 28,000 square-foot facility in Kronenwetter, Wis., during a ceremony with village officials and company management. The new site is located approximately six miles south of the commercial truck dealership's current location in Wausau, Wis

July 17, 2012 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues FMCSA over Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's pre-employment screening program violates drivers' rights, claims the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in a lawsuit. OOIDA told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that under the program, drivers can be in effect found guilty of safety violations before they get due process in court.

July 16, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline, Oil Prices Spike This Week

The average U.S. price of both diesel and gasoline rose this week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Also, oil prices climbed for a fourth day this week.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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