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May 9, 2012 - Industry News

More Regulations Expected to Strengthen Safety Systems Market

The continuing problem of too many Class 4-8 truck safety technologies chasing too few consumer dollars has stalled their market penetration of integrated safety systems, reports Frost & Sullivan. However, the safety systems market is poised for a steep growth trajectory during the next five to seven years due to a tighter regulatory environment, introduction of integrated safety systems and availability of telematics-based safety applications

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fell 0.8% in March from February

After a one-month increase, the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.8% in March from February, reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index. The March level was 16% above the April 2009 low during the recession

Tags: Economy

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Economic Growth to Continue Throughout 2012

Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2012, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast

Tags: Economy

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Rihm Kenworth Opens Fourth Location

Rihm Kenworth, one of Kenworth's oldest continually-operating family-owned truck dealers, has opened its fourth location, a 16,000-square-foot, full-service dealership in Sauk Centre, Minn

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Westport Revenues Up, but Losses Deepen

Westport Innovations Inc. reported mostly growth in its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Corp. Losses for the Quarter

Xata Corp. reported deeper year-over-year losses for the first quarter of 2012, its second fiscal quarter

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Recognized by National Tank Truck Carriers

The National Tank Truck Carriers Association awarded Dupre Logistics with the Grand Award in the 21 million - 35 million mile class in Personnel Safety

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Pacer Announces Agreement with CSX

Pacer International entered into a new multi-year agreement with CSX Transportation, under which CSX will continue as Pacer's primary rail carrier in the Eastern U.S

Tags: Intermodal

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Honeywell Green Diesel to be Produced From Bio Feedstocks in U.S. Facility

The UOP/Eni Ecofining process uses hydroprocessing technology to convert non-edible natural oils and animal fats to Honeywell Green Diesel.

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, is licensing technology to Emerald Biofuels to produce Honeywell Green Diesel at a facility in Louisiana

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Reports 1Q Growth

Quality Distribution Inc. reported positive numbers for the first quarter of 2012 compared to last year's first quarter. The company had a net income of $6.7 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012

May 9, 2012 - Industry News

Safety Board Highlights Dangers of Hose-Chemical Incompatibility

The National Transportation Safety Board has asked the Department of Transportation to warn trucking companies about the dangers of not using the right hoses for the right chemicals,

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

ATA's Graves Not Optimistic about Highway Bill

Congress's response to the infrastructure challenge has been inadequate, ATA's Graves told shippers.

The country has a lot on the line in the current negotiations over the highway bill, but Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, is not optimistic that Congress will do what needs to be done

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Government Lowers Diesel Price Estimates for 2012

The Department of Energy expects that on-highway diesel fuel retail prices, which averaged $3.84 per gallon in 2011, will average $4.06 per gallon in 2012, which is 9 cents per gallon lower than in last month's outlook

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Volumes Show Slow But Continued Growth

The freight market continued to grow in April at the slow pace we have experienced for most of the recovery, with North American freight volumes rising 1.9% from March to April, according to the Cass Freight Index

Tags: Economy

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Jobs Grow by 1,800 in April

For-hire trucking companies added 1,800 payroll jobs in April, according to the latest estimates released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes after a loss of 2,500 in jobs in March, which the BLS adjusted after initially estimating a loss of 1,900 jobs

Tags: Economy

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Platt Bridge Detours in Place in Southwest Philadelphia

The truck and hazardous material restriction on the Platt Bridge will be enforced and will remain in effect until June 2014, when the $42.7 million bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed. (Photo courtesy of PennDOT)

Commercial trucks over 14,000 pounds and vehicles with a placarded amount of hazardous materials will be prohibited from traveling on the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge (Route 291) over the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia for two years as of Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m

Tags: Highways

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Teamsters Endorse Obama in 2012

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced the union's endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. (Photo courtesy of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa announced the union's endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. Hoffa made the official announcement to more than 1,500 Teamster members attending the union's annual conference in Las Vegas this week

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Three States Get $20 Million in Emergency Transportation Funding

Oregon will receive $15 million for cleanup from flooding, landslides and erosion that occurred across the state as a result of severe storms in January 2012. (Photo courtesy of ODOT)

Oregon, Alabama and South Carolina will receive a shared $20 million in federal funds to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events

Tags: Highways

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Tarpstop Adds Director of Outside Sales

Tarpstop, a U.S. manufacturer of tarps and tarping systems, announced that Bob Abrahamson, formerly with Ancra International, has joined the company as director of outside sales

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Students Promote Safety Belts in FMCSA Art Contest

FMCSA's annual Be Ready, Be Buckled art contests gives children of truck and bus drivers a chance to get creative with safety. Here, a 2011 winner from Darby Kim of Centreville, Va.

Two youngsters were honored for their posters urging truck drivers to buckle up

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Fontaine Names New VP of Sales and Marketing

Fontaine promoted Alan Briley to vice president of sales and marketing.

Fontaine Trailer Company has promoted Alan Briley to vice president of sales and marketing

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Domestic Intermodal Container Volume Surges 14.9% in First Quarter

Domestic container volume gained a "remarkable" 14.9% in the first quarter compared to a year ago, according to the Intermodal Association of North America's Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report

Tags: Intermodal

May 8, 2012 - Industry News

Increases in Retail Container Traffic Expected Through Back-to-School Season

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will be flat in May compared with the same month last year, but is expected to see solid year-over-year increases through this summer and the back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracke

Tags: Economy

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Peterbilt Hands Out Annual Dealer Awards

Left to right: Robert Woodall, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing; Eddy Stahl, Jr., Dealer Principal and President; Bill Kozek, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President

Peterbilt Motors recognized dealers with its annual Dealer of the Year awards at the annual Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Frisco, Texas

May 7, 2012 - Industry News

Hendrickson Announces Suspension Training Program for June

The sessions will be hands-on training covering the PrimMaxx Ex vocational truck air suspension and HaulMaxx rubber block truck suspension, as well as suspension system performance analysis.

Hendrickson has scheduled its next round of technical suspension training for the heavy-duty transportation industry with its ninth session of the Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute

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