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December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo Open Joint Uptime Center

Customer Uptime agents take calls at the the joint Mack/Volvo Uptime Center recently opened in Greensboro, N.C. Photo by Jim Park.

The joint Mack and Volvo Uptime Center brings all of the companies' aftermarket experts under one roof, where the support people and their expertise can get immediately to work on a customer downtime problem.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Dealers, Telematics, Downtime

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Opens IdleAir Facility at Texas Terminal

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

The IdleAir facility will provide drivers with in-cab services including air conditioning, heat, Internet connectivity, DirecTV and 120 volt electricity, to eliminate the need for idling.

Tags: Idle Reduction, IdleAir, Con-way Truckload, Fleets, Terminals

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Antares Trailers Acquired by Direct Trailer

Photo via Antares Trailers.

Antares Trailers has been acquired by Direct Trailer, a Texas-based manufacturer of custom flatbeds and drop-deck trailers. The acquisition will expand Direct Trailers production capabilities and increase the business volume.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dropdeck Trailers

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

UTA Convention Pushes Membership Over 1,000

Former Washington Redskins quarterback, Joe Theismann, gives a dynamic and inspirational keynote address to the Used Truck Association members at their 2014 annual convention: Photo via UTA.

The Used Truck Association called its 15th annual convention a success with pushing paid membership in the association to 1,000 members from just over 900.

Tags: Industry Event, Used Truck Association, Awards

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report

Photo: Con-way

As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on December 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, Vehicle Inspection, DVIR

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Expands Electrical Harness Division

Phillips Industries expanded the capabilities of its Electrical Harness Division at its new facility in Arteaga, Mexico. The new facility will increase the division’s footprint by 25%.

Tags: Mexico, New Facility, Phillips Industries, Electrical System

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucks Hauled Over 73 Percent of Shipments Nationwide

Graphic via U.S. Census Bureau.

Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012 with a worth of more than $10 trillion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Freight, Freight shipments

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Posts Plan to Negotiate Driver Training Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is going ahead with its plan to negotiate the terms of a rule covering entry-level driver training.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Training

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Receives Nearly 22 Years for Tractor-Trailer, Cargo Thefts

A Kansas City, Missouri truck driver was sentenced in federal court on Monday for his role in a 14-year-long conspiracy to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Tags: Drivers, Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

December 9, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Posts Another Weekly Decline

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling as oil prices hit its lowest level in years, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Logistics Services Merges with Thomas Petroleum

Pilot Logistics Services and Thomas Petroleum completed a merger which will combine both companies into Pilot Thomas Logistics. The merged company will be headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tags: Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, Mergers & Acquisitions

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Environmental Impact Report Released on Minnesota Road Project

An environmental impact report on the Highway 41 Minnesota River Crossing project is now available for review and comment.

Tags: Environmental Regulations, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Road Construction

December 8, 2014 - Product News

NationaLease Releases Emergency Road Service App

NationaLease App for Android: via Google Play Store.

NationaLease released its Emergency Road Service Mobile App which gives drivers access to the service through smartphones and tablets. The app was created in a matter of weeks using the Snappii Mobility Platform which requires no code produce apps.

Tags: Information Technology, NationaLease, Mobile App

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Truck Rental Donates To Paralyzed Veterans

Penske presented the check to at the PVA's Washington D.C. offices: Photo via Penske Truck Rental

Penske Truck Rental donated $318,118 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at the charity’s offices in Washington D.C. The funds were raised during Penkse’s #OneWay4PVA campaign for paralyzed veterans.

Tags: Veterans, Penske Truck Rental, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Donations

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOT: Freight Index Leading Economic Indicator

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling its Transportation Services Indexes, especially the freight index, leading indicators of economic cycles.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Index

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Wreaths Across America Honors Veterans This Weekend

Carriers and drivers are gearing up to deliver wreaths wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans across the country this Saturday, Dec. 13, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Program.

Tags: ATA, Mack Trucks, Veterans, Share the Road, Wreaths Across America

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Employees Vote Down Teamsters at Texas Terminal

Employees at Con-way Freight's Harlingen, Texas, facility voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union in Friday's election.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Teamsters, LTL

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

Fight Over 34-Hour Restart Heats Up as Deadline Nears

At issue are last year's changes to the 34-hour restart provision. Photo: Jim Park

With Congress up against a December 11 deadline to pass an appropriations bill, trucking interests and safety groups are battling over an amendment that would suspend the current 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart

December 7, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Mourns Death of Mike Pennington

D. Mike Pennington passed away Friday, Dec. 5. (Photo: PenNotes LLC)

UPDATED -- Longtime Meritor communications chief David Michael Pennington, 64, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 5, stunning the trucking industry supplier community and press corps.

Tags: Obituary, Meritor

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Plant Using Carbon-Neutral Electricity

Volvo VNLs on the assembly line at the New River Valley plant: Photo via Volvo Trucks.

[UPDATED] The electricity powering Volvo Trucks' North America’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va., is now carbon neutral thanks to a switch to renewable fuels to produce power.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Volvo Trucks, Assembly Plant

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Commits To Hiring 10,000 Vets By 2020

J.B. Hunt Transport announced a company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 U.S. military veterans by the year 2020. The company was recently recognized for the ninth straight year as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs, ranking as the third most military friendly employer in the transportation industry.

Tags: Veterans, J.B. Hunt, Military Friendly Employer, Careers

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

The Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire is a non-pneumatic tire for commercial vehicles that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, Skid Steer, Mowers, Loader

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Rolls out New Efficiency Spec for ProStar

Image via Navistar.

Navistar's new ProStar ES package includes a choice of the Maxxforce N13 engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission, or the Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrain, and high-efficiency 6X4 or 6X 2 drive axles and fuel-efficient tires.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Navistar, MaxxForce 13, ProStar, Aerodynamics

December 5, 2014 - Product News

Detroit Automated Manual Comes Standard with IPM

The Detroit DT12 Automated Manual Transmission: Photo via Detroit.

Intelligent Powertrain Management comes standard on the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission when paired with any heavy-duty Detroit engine.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Powertrain, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Port Authority Toll Rates Increasing in N.Y. and N.J.

The George Washington Bridge: Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

Toll rates are increasing at six different bi-state crossings between New York and New Jersey. The Rate hikes will affect drivers of both private and commercial transportation.

Tags: New York City, Tolls, EZ Pass, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Toll Management

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