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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

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

November Class 5-7 Orders Fall Sharply

Photo courtesy of Navistar.

Net orders for Class 5-7 trucks in November fell 4 percent compared to October net orders, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Fred Meyer Grocery Fleet Receives First LNG Trucks

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Fred Meyer Stores announced the arrival of its first 11 heavy-duty trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The food retail will receive a total of 40 LNG trucks over the next several months.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Fred Meyer, Oregon, LNG, Grocery Fleets, Delivery Fleets

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Gains Soar, Factory Activity Slows

The number of people who found jobs in November increased dramatically from the month before but the unemployment rate was unchanged, according to U.S. Labor Department numbers released Friday morning.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier Owner Sentenced for Violating FMCSA Order

The owner of an interstate livestock carrier has been sentenced to a year’s probation for violating a Federal Motor Carrier imminent hazard out of service order.

Tags: Regulations, Tennessee, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Safety & Compliance

December 5, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Hits New Record High

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads said Thursday for the week ending Nov. 29, U.S. railroad intermodal volume totaled 220,873 units, up 6.2% compared with the same week last year and the highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Montana Peterbilt Opens Fourth Location

The Sidney parts-only location of Montana Peterbilt: Photo via Montana Peterbilt.

Montana Peterbilt opened its fourth dealership, a parts-only facility located in Sidney, Mont. It is strategically located in the Bakken Shale region of the state.

Tags: Peterbilt, Montana, Dealership, Bakken Oil Fields

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

Tags: Tax Incentive, U.S. Congress, Alternative Fuels

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect Vans for Door Panels

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect van courtesy of Ford.

The action affects 19,825 2014-MY cargo vans that may have a problem with a loosening exterior plastic panel on the sliding door.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Dupre Logistics Gives Drivers Pay Increase

The Dupre Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced that it would be giving its drivers a 5% to 9% pay increase to help it keep qualified drivers in a competitive market.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Dupre Logistics, Driver Pay, Fleets

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Van, Reefer Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Graphic: DAT

Reefers posted the biggest gain, 1.1% for Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 compared to the previous seven days, for an average of $2.37 per mile, its best showing out of the last four weeks.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Manitoulin Global Buys Canfleet, Other Major Canadian Deals Progressing

The deal is the latest of a number of investments Manitoulin has made in Western Canada in recent years to build its offerings and coverage in the region.

Tags: Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Manitoulin

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tennessee Bans Trucks from 'The Dragon'

Vehicles longer than 30 feet, including trucks, will soon be banned from a mountainous section of eastern Tennessee roadway, due to a high number of crashes over a three-year period.

Tags: Safety, Tennessee, Highways

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Republic Adds 20 CNG Refuse Trucks in Missouri

Photo of Republic CNG truck courtesy of Republic Services.

Republic Services has added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Mo., area, the waste management company announced.

Tags: Republic Services, Missouri, CNG, Refuse Trucks

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pull Nashville FedEx Freight Organizing Vote

For the fourth time in five weeks, the Teamsters Union has withdrawn an organizing election petition for drivers at one of FedEx Freight’s terminals.

Tags: Drivers, Tennessee, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

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