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February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder, Consumer Confidence Ease

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Building

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

IdleAir Plans Shifting Into Higher Gear

Photo: IdleAir

One company that provides an alternative to idling big rigs at truckstops and truck terminals has plans for growth, including investing more money to fund a planned expansion.

Tags: Emissions, Truck Drivers, Idle Reduction, Truckstops, IdleAir, Air Pollution

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Announces Medium Duty Dealer of the Year

Kari Rihm recieving the Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award from Kenworth. Photo courtesy of Kenworth

For the third time in four years, Kenworth named Rihm Kenworth the company’s Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 16, 2015 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Increases Maintenance Intervals for Engine Oil, DPFs

Volvo Trucks’ new recommended maintenance intervals for model year 2011 and newer trucks with Volvo engines could eliminate four to 16 oil drains over a 600,000-mile life of a truck, depending on duty cycle. Photo courtesy Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks in North America extended its recommended maintenance intervals for diesel engine oil and diesel particulate filters on all model year 2011 and newer Volvo trucks equipped with Volvo’s D11, D13 or D16 engines.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Diesel Particulate Filter, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Radiant Logistics Grows Quarterly Profit

Non-asset based trucking and logistics provider Radiant Logistics Inc. managed to triple its net income during the most recent quarter, but it was still just barely in the black.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Radiant Logistics

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates, Volume Post Seasonal Decline in January

Volume plummeted 27% compared to the same time in 2014. It was the first year-over-year decline in 19 months for the index that measures spot truckload freight demand and capacity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, Freight Index, DAT Solutions

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Sentence Handed Down in Household Goods Moving Scheme

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced by a federal court after pleading guilty earlier to charges of conspiracy to commit extortion in a household good moving scheme.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Household Goods Movers

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

FreightWatch Issues Advisory Over Truckstop/Highway Thefts

Over the past several weeks, the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International has received reports of over 40 pilferage events at truckstops and highway pull-offs in one state.

Tags: Arkansas, Truckstops, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime, I-40, I-55

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Postal Service Seeking Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service will meet with automotive manufacturers in Washington, D.C., this week to field questions about its proposal to replace its aging delivery fleet with a next-generation vehicle, according to federal records.

Tags: General Motors, USPS, Delivery Fleets

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors and a panel of truck fleet executives identified the 20 best new products that appeared in our magazine and website in the past year.

Tags: Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 13, 2015 - Product News

Webasto SmarTemp Control Available From the Factory

The SmarTemp Control works exclusively with Webasto's Air Top 200 ST (pictured). Courtesy of Webasto

Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America is partnering with Freightliner to offer its SmarTemp Control on Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks from the production line. The feature will be available from the factory beginning on March 2.

Tags: Air Conditioning, Webasto, Sleepercab, Heating system, Temperature Control

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Writers Announce Technical Achievement Award Finalists

Truck Writers of North America named five finalists for its 2014 Technical Achievement Award. The winner will be announced during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Falling Debris Prompts Immediate Maryland Bridge Inspections

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the immediate inspection of all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the Capital Beltway Bridge which is currently under repairs.

Tags: Maryland, Road Construction, Bridges

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

The TMC Annual Meeting Kicks off on President’s Day

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council is holding its Annual Meeting from Feb. 16-19 at the Music City Center in Nashville. This year’s event will be themed “Fueling the Future.”

Tags: ATA, Events, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fleets

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

XL Hybrids Enters Partnership With Alt-Fuel Converter

Lancer Automotive will add XL Hybrids' electric drive system to its roster of alternative technologies to provide a full spectrum of fuel efficiency improvement solutions for commercial fleets.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Vehicle Modifiers

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Mobile Devices Could Become Profit Centers for Carriers

Mobile devices could become profit centers for carriers, according to Laura Lohrke, product manager for mobile, Omnitracs during a session at the company’s user conference in Dallas .

Tags: Driver Productivity, Delivery Fleets, Mobile Apps, Information Technology

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015

Driver shortages, driver turnover and regulations could all affect the potential growth of the trucking industry in 2015, according to analysis from GE Capital.

Tags: GE Capital, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, Freight, Industry Trends

February 12, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth, Paccar Offer Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth and Paccar Financial are offering an Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers purchasing new Kenworth Class 8 trucks financed through PACCAR.

Tags: Kenworth, Class 8, Paccar Financial, Truck Warranty

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Stemco Buys ATDynamics, Integrates Product Lines

A trailer with an ATDynamics TrailerTail. Photo via ATDynmaics.

ATD's trailer aero devices will complement Stemco's tire-inflation products, executives say.

Tags: ATDynamics, Stemco, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wheel Ends, Aerodynamics

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier for Safety Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Las Vegas, -based JDJD Transportation to immediately shut down following a federal investigation revealing several widespread violations of critical safety regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Nevada, Safety & Compliance

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

West Coast Ports Suspend Ship Loading and Unloading

Photo taken Feb. 6,at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: ILWU

Shipping companies represented by the Pacific Maritime Association are suspending the loading and unloading of vessels during four of the next five days as labor unrest at West Coast Ports continues.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Parcel Carrier LSO Purchases Express Courier International

Regional parcel carrier LSO, has announced the acquisition of Express Courier International, a same-day carrier in the southeast and mid-south region, to form what it describes as “a super-regional parcel carrier.”

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slump, Container Volume to Increase

U.S. retail sales slumped in January for the second straight months, falling 0.8% from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report and double the amount forecast by many economists.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

February 12, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Sets Revenue, Profit Records

Photo: Rush Enterprises

One of the nation’s largest operators of commercial vehicle dealerships in North American said it set several records as it reported financial results this week.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Earnings

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