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January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Unchanged in December, Up 3.5% in 2014

Graphic: ATA

A new report shows the amount of freight moved in the final month of last year was unchanged from the month before but posted a healthy gain for all of last year.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Optimism Near 9-Year High

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes declined just one point to 57, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Midsize Van to Debut at Work Truck Show

Photo of Mercedes-Benz V-Class van in March 2014 courtesy of Daimler.

Mercedes-Benz will debut its 2016 Metris mid-size van at the Work Truck Show on March 4, prior to offering the commercial vehicle for sale in the U.S. in the fall, show producer NTEA has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Work Truck Show, Mercedes-Benz Metris

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Chief: Fuel Prices Won't Affect Pending Truck Fuel Economy Proposal

Drilling rig in Wyoming. Photo courtesy BP plc.

The dip in oil prices is temporary and will not affect the way federal agencies set fuel economy standards, including upcoming new requirements for heavy trucks, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Tags: Fuel Economy Standards, EPA, NHTSA, Regulations, GHG

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Section of I-75 in Cincinnati Closed Following Bridge Collapse

A section of an old overpass collapsed Monday evening along southbound Interstate 75 in Ohio, closing a part of the route for potentially several days.

Tags: Accidents, Ohio, I-75, Interstate 75

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

New America's Road Team Captains Honored at Volvo Trucks Event

Volvo's Magnus Koeck, left, hands the keys to ATA's Pat Thomas. Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Take 19 of the country's safest, most professional drivers and have them walk onto the truck factory floor and see their brand-new ride waiting, and they turn into a bunch of excited teenagers taking selfies.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team, Image

January 19, 2015 - Industry News

Werner Surpasses Veteran Hiring Goals

Operation Freedom Fleet Truck. Photo: Werner.

Werner Enterprises announced that it has hired more than 5,100 veterans in the last three years, surpassing a pledge it made in 2012 to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Veterans, Werner Enterprises, Hiring Veterans

January 19, 2015 - Industry News

Penn. Awards $7.3 Million for Nat Gas Conversions

Photo via Kwik Trip.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett awarded $7.3 million in funding to 18 companies, organizations and partnerships to make the switch from natural gas for their heavy-duty fleets.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Conversions, LNG, Bi-Fuel Conversions, State Grants

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

Three Plead Guilty in CDL Scam

Guilty pleas from three people have been secured by prosecutors in two related cases in connection with commercial driver’s license test taking schemes in New York.

Tags: New York, CDL, New York City, Commercial Driver's License, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

January 16, 2015 - Product News

Mack Expands Support for Body Builders

Mack Trucks expanded its customer and body builder support by creating a body builder order manager position along with a support team.

Tags: Leadership, Customer Service, Mack Trucks, Dump Body

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

GenNext Appoints New Members to Leadership Team

GenNext has voted and approved the appointment of three new directors and one new senior advisor to the company’s board of directors.

Tags: Leadership, People, Fleet Executives, GenNext

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation, Industrial Production Down; Consumer Sentiment High

Graph: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer prices fell 0.4% in December from the month before, according to new U.S. Labor Department report, the biggest decline in six years.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment

January 16, 2015 - Industry News

Missouri Bridges May See Truck Restrictions, Closures Due to Funding Problems

Missouri transportation officials have warned the state is short on cash when it comes to paying for road and bridge projects and that will result in some having to be put off while bridges may see reduced weight limits to being outright closed.

Tags: Missouri, Highway Funding, Highways, Road Construction, Bridges

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Wants Drivers, Carriers for Restart Study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is recruiting drivers and carriers to participate in a study of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, 34 hour restart

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Board Blames Feds for Industry Slump

Total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons in 2014, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons in 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Tags: Biodiesel, EPA, U.S. Congress

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

C.R. England Makes Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces List

C.R. England made the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America list. The award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.

Tags: Awards, C.R. England, Employee Morale

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Agreement Reached to Reduce Federal Oversight of Teamsters Union

It is up to a federal court as to whether to approve the deal following a consent decree that has been in place since March 1989.

Tags: Teamsters, Litigation, Labor Unions

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Performing Well Despite December Decline

A new report shows freight shipments and expenditures in shipping fell in the final month of 2014 but posted gains for the entire year.

Tags: Economy, Research, Cass Freight Index

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Kane Is Able Names New President, CEO

Michael J. Gardner, Kane Is Able new president and CEO. Photo: Kane Is Able

Third-party logistics provider Kane Is Able, Inc. has announced Michael J. Gardner its new president and CEO, effective earlier this week.

Tags: Fleets, People

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Price Index Sinks, Core Prices Up

Prices at the wholesale level fell in December from the month before, the biggest drop since October 2011, due in large part to declining fuel prices.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Two Ports Handle Record Volume, Cope with Freight Challenges

Photo: Port of Oakland

Two of the nation’s marine port complexes said they handled record container volume in 2014.

Tags: Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, containers

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Raises Expectations

Photo: Wabash National

The trailer manufacturer Wabash National Corp. on Wednesday updated and raised guidance it previously provided ahead of releasing its fourth quarter and 2014 earnings.

Tags: Earnings, Wabash National

January 14, 2015 - Product News

PeopleNet Names Industry Vet to Head Trucking Division

Trucking division GM Mark Kessler Photo: PeopleNet

PeopleNet announced that Mark Kessler will be the general manager of the company’s newly developed Trucking division. The division will focus on creating products and services to for trucking fleets.

Tags: Information Technology, Leadership, Fleet Management Software, PeopleNet, People

January 14, 2015 - Product News

Meritor Expands OnTrac Customer Service Hours

Meritor’ OnTrac Customer Service Center is now open seven days a week with expanded hours Monday through Friday.

Tags: Customer Service, Call Center, Meritor, Product Support

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

Paragon Buys Majority Share in Home Delivery Service Company

Photo: Paragon

Paragon Software Systems acquired a majority shareholding in Axida, a company that has been a business partner of Paragon in the home delivery service industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Routing, Paragon Software, Delivery Fleet, Mergers & Acquisitions

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