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April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Hovis Technical Training Center Celebrates Grand Opening

The event brought in more than 200 customers to tour the 10,000-square-foot, hands-on training facility which featured a BBQ lunch, door prizes, giveaways and an appearance by “The Chief,” Hovis Auto Wrecking’s 80-ton rotator wrecker.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply celebrated the grand opening of its Hovis Technical Training Center with an open house last month at its Mercer, Pa., facility

Tags: Events

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Sluggish Growth in Freight Volumes; Rates Remain Flat

Freight shipment volumes continued their sluggish pace upward in March, increasing 2.1% from February, according to the Cass Freight Index. Freight spending, meanwhile, increased 1%. This is the second month in a row that shipment growth exceeded cost growth, signifying that rates have remained relatively flat.

Tags: Economy

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

DTNA Trucks Recalled for Seat Problems

Nearly 9,000 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4900 trucks are being recalled because the seat could unexpectedly buckle

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

Love's Says Bulk DEF Rollout Hits Halfway Point

Love's Travel Stops is now offering bulk DEF at more than half of its travel stop locations across the country and says it's on track to have bulk DEF available at all travel stops by the end of the year

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down J&A Transportation

The U.S. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared New Jersey-based J&A Transportation Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety, and ordered the trucking company to shut down its operations

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

EEOC Seeks Rehearing for Trucker Harassment Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a request for a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling it says would hurt the EEOC's ability to pursue class-action discrimination lawsuits for more than 100 women truck drivers claiming they were sexually harassed by male driver

April 9, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel Back on the Rise, Oil at Seven-week Low

Last week's diesel price decrease was short-lived as the average price rose by 0.6 cents per gallon this week to $4.148 per gallon, while the price of gasoline stayed nearly the same. However, crude-oil futures ended at a seven-week low Monday

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 6, 2012 - Industry News

2011 Driver Numbers, Wages Increase; March 2012 Sees Drop in Drivers

The number of heavy-duty truck drivers in 2011 rose 2.8% to 1.51 million from 1.46 million in 2010. It's the first yearly increase in the number of heavy truck drivers since 2008, when the number was 1.67 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Economy

April 6, 2012 - Industry News

Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour Takes to the Road

The 2012 Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour begins its nationwide appearances at nine Pilot Flying J locations beginning April 18 through Dec. 12

April 6, 2012 - Industry News

New President for Quality Carriers

Quality Distribution Inc. has named Randall T. Strutz as president of its wholly owned subsidiary Quality Carriers Inc. Quality Carriers is the primary operating unit within the company's chemical logistics business

April 6, 2012 - Industry News

Three Major Oil Companies Settle in "Hot Fuel" Lawsuit

BP Products North America Inc., ConocoPhillips Co. and Shell Oil Products US have agreed to settle lawsuits accusing the oil companies of profiting from "hot fuel," gasoline or diesel fuel for which price has not been adjusted for temperature

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 6, 2012 - Industry News

New Rule for Medical Examiners Nearing Publication

A final rule to establish a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is close to publication. The rule was cleared last week by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the last stage before publication in the Federal Register

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Up Nearly 30%

Since the trough of the heavy-duty aftermarket in December 2009, U.S. parts sales have increased by 29.4%.

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Diamond International Breaks Ground for Springfield, Mo., Dealership

 Left to right: Geoffrey Butler, Rich Kramer, Jim O'Neal, Richard Sweebe, Steve Cook and Rob Dixon break ground for the new location in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, Mo., a local International Truck dealership, held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 4 at 2635 East Diamond Street, the future home of the new facility

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Jacobs Names Director of New Technology

Jacobs Vehicle Systems appointed Thomas Howell as director of new technology.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems appointed Thomas Howell director of new technology

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Higher Rates on Spot Market Affect Broker Use

In light of small rate increases and the challenge of renegotiating accessorials, more carriers are moving to brokers to find higher rates on the spot market.

Carriers are continuing to move away from the use of brokers, although not as much as in 2011, according to Transport Capital Partners

Tags: Economy

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Survey Suggests 'Connected Fleet' is Becoming the Norm

GreenRoad's Fleet Leaders Survey shows that 57% of fleet leaders have "connected fleets" using Web-based fleet-management solutions. Twenty-eight percent of fleet leaders are actively using smartphones for fleet management today, and 8% are using iPads or tablet computers, the survey found

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Wabash National Helps with Indiana Tornado Relief

Wabash loaned a semi-trailer to transport supplies for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in southern Indiana.

Wabash National Corp. loaned a semi-trailer to transport supplies for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts in southern Indiana after tornados devastated the area last month

April 5, 2012 - Industry News

Schneider Plans to Hire 650 Military Members in 2012

During a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of Schnieder National's military recruitment program, the company announced plans to hire 650 current and former military members across the country in 2012

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

Great Dane Breaks Ground on Engineering Technology Center

Great Dane's new technology center will serve as a hub for the company's engineering and design initiatives and as an educational experience for customers and employees.

Expanding on the existing corporate office facility located at 602 E. Lathrop Ave. in Savannah, Ga., Great Dane has officially broken ground on the site of a brand new research and development campus

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

Polar Service Centers Opens Location in Killdeer, N.D.

Polar Service Centers has opened a location in Killdeer, N.D., to Serve Tank Carriers in the Bakken Oilfields.

Polar Service Centers has opened a location in Killdeer, N.D., the heart of the Bakken Shale oilfields and one of the fastest-growing oil-producing areas in the country

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

Jefferies: Mild Weather Offsets Mild Freight Volumes, Driver Shortage Ups Pay in 1Q

Strong productivity from an unseasonably warm winter should generally offset moderating year-over-year volume growth, the transportation analysts at Jefferies and Company say in their 1Q preview

Tags: Economy

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

FTR: Preliminary Class 8 Orders for March 11% Below February

March Class 8 truck orders were 11% below February, according to FTR Associates' preliminary data, and below the trucking forecasting firm's expectations. One explanation could be higher fuel prices

Tags: Economy

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

Great Dane Opens Statesboro, Ga., Manufacturing Plant

Great Dane's Statesboro, Ga., manufacturing plant opened this week after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Little more than a year after breaking ground on its new refrigerated trailer manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Ga., the Great Dane facility opened for production this week

April 4, 2012 - Industry News

Penske Names Senior Vice President of Marketing

Penske Truck Leasing has named Sherry Sanger as senior vice president of marketing

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