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January 6, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Continues to Help Employers Add Jobs

The for-hire trucking industry was partly to thank for the 156,000 non-farm jobs additions in the U.S. during December, according to new Labor Department figures. A separate report shows manufacturing remains healthy despite small declines in new orders.

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

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Element Purchases The CEI Group

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Element Fleet Management Corp. has purchased fleet safety and accident management provider The CEI Group, the company announced.

Tags: Element Fleet Management, CEI Group, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Great Western Leasing and Sales Acquires Albuquerque Dealer

Heil Stainless Steel trailer. Photo via Heil Trailer

Great Western Leasing and Sales is buying Quality Trailer sales, a full-service trailer dealership based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tags: Trailers, Dealership, Doonan, Heil Trailer

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

Photo: Tom Berg

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to realize a solid increase in December, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Stemco Names New Senior Level Staff Members

Commercial vehicle component manufacturer Stemco has announced the promotions of Jim Reis and Doug Hix to senior-level staff positions.

Tags: Leadership, People, Stemco

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

ARI Offers Vendor Locator Tool

Screenshot via ARI.

ARI has begun offering a vendor locator tool to its fleet clients as a value-added service, the fleet management company has announced.

Tags: Vendors, ARI, Fleet Management Companies

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Falls Again

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and two other freight transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to the same time a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Performs CPR on Heart-Attack Victim

Mark McConachie Photo via TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Mark McConachie a Highway Angel for attempting to save another driver’s life by using CPR while on the job.

Tags: Driver Health, TCA, Highway Angel

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

WIT Seeks Nominees for Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

The Women In Trucking Association and Truckstop.com are seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award.

Tags: Awards, Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, Logistics

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump, Capacity Tightens at Year’s End

Strong load-to-truck ratios during the final week of 2016 led to some of the highest spot truckload rates of the year, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Braces for Biggest Return Day of the Year

Photo: UPS

With the holiday season now finished, UPS is bracing for National Returns Day on Jan. 5, when return packages sent back to retailers are projected to hit their peak.

Tags: UPS, Delivery Fleets

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

NFI Acquires Canadian 3PL Dominion Warehousing & Distribution

Supply chain service provider NFI has acquired Dominion Warehousing & Distribution, a Canadian third-party logistics firm, to expand its service offering in that country.

Tags: Canada, 3PL, NFI, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bestpass Hit $450 Million in Toll Volume Last Year

Photo: Bestpass

Bestpass scored a company milestone last year by surpassing $450 million dollars in total toll volume and processing more than $1.2 million in tolls per day.

Tags: Tolls, Bestpass, Toll Management

January 4, 2017 - Product News

Dometic Powers A/C Unit with eNow Solar Power

Image via eNow

Dometic is powering its Blizzard Turbo auxiliary air conditioner with eNow’s Solar Photovoltaic Panel system, available for Class 8 sleeper trucks.

Tags: Solar Power, Air Conditioning, eNow, Solar Panel

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series, Large Pickups, Truck Sales

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 3, 2017 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers Educational ELD Mandate Prep Event

Image via J.J. Keller & Associates

The trucking consulting firm J.J. Keller & Associates has announced a new educational event to help fleets prepare for the changes brought on by the upcoming ELD mandate called Practical Guidance for ELog Success: From Ideas to Plan.

Tags: Training, J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD Mandate

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Best in 2 Years, Construction Highest in 10 Years

Manufacturing in the U.S. ended 2016 on a high note, hitting its best level since 2014, according to two new reports, while separate data reveals construction spending in the country hit its highest level in a little more than a decade.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

January 3, 2017 - Product News

Eaton Brings Flex Reman Transmissions to Canada

Photo: Eaton

Eaton has brought its lineup of Flex Reman transmissions into the Canadian marketplace for the first time.

Tags: Canada, Eaton, Transmissions, Remanufactured Parts

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

CAT Scale Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Cat Scale

CAT Scale is scoring a company milestone in 2017, hitting 40 years of operation since it began in 1977.

Tags: Weigh Stations, CAT Scale, Milestones

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Seeks to Accurately Count Women in Trucking

FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling and professional driver Stephanie Klang. Photo via Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association has created the WIT Index in an effort to more accurately track the number of women working in the trucking industry.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Worldwide Annual Electric Truck Sales May Reach 332,000 by 2026

Photo of Frito-Lay electric truck charging at Clipper Creek charging station, courtesy of Clipper Creek

Global annual electrified powertrain medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are expected to grow from about 31,000 vehicles in 2016 to nearly 332,000 by 2026.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Sales, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Navigant Research, Electric Trucks

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

China Paving a Way for Autonomous Trucks

With cooperation from the Chinese government, TuSimple, a Chinese autonomous driving startup, has signed an agreement that will allow it to test autonomous trucks on public roads by Oct. 2017.

Tags: China, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

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