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July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Interstate Distributor Co. Announces New Driver Pay Package

Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Wash., announced a new pay package for over-the-road regional drivers. The new "My Pay" package provides drivers a competitive base rate per mile and the ability to add an additional 3 cents per mile quarterly.

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Xata Cuts 29 Employees As it Shifts Toward Mobile Devices

Xata is focusing on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Xata Corp. has let go 29 employees as part of a shift away from onboard devices in favor of mobile technology, reports Twin Cities Business Magazine. The layoffs affected employees working on the company's older technology

July 6, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Adds 2,000 Jobs in June

Trucking added 2,000 for-hire jobs in June after adding 7,300 jobs in May. June numbers are up 3.1% from one year ago, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Economy

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

UPS Uses Plastic to Lighten Loads, Save Fuel

One year of testing showed the UPS composite vehicles are durable, work well in various climates (especially where corrosion from road salt is a problem) and are easily repairable because they are modular.

UPS is introducing composite materials to replace certain metal components into its trucks, a move that is improving the company's fuel efficiency by 40%, according to a UPS blog post

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Researchers Identify Common Factors in Truck-Related Crashes

Two Kansas State University civil engineers are working to make Kansas roads and highways safer by reducing the number and severity of vehicular crashes that involve large, cargo-carrying trucks

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Preliminary Net Orders Remain Soft; Classes 5-7 Fall Below Trend

North American Class 8 commercial vehicle preliminary net orders for June remained soft, according to two major industry research firms.< net="" orders="" for="" classes="" 5-7="" also="" fell="" below="" trend,="" but="" the="" decline="" was="" expected,="" as="" medium-duty="" activity="" typically="" tapers="" off="" during="" the="" summer="">

Tags: Economy

July 5, 2012 - Industry News

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum Celebrates 100th Birthday for Saurer and Mack Jr. Trucks

The Mack Jr. Model (above) was the first one that Mack produced that had the steering on the left side.  Prior to that, all trucks had the steering wheel on the right; the same side horses were driven from.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will host a 100th Birthday party for its 1912 Saurer and 1912 Mack Jr. trucks on Friday, July 13 at 2:30 pm. The event will coincide with this year's Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 12-13, an event to celebrate professional drivers.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Happy Independence Day!

There will be no news posted for July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday

Tags: Events

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Old Dominion Opens New California, Florida Service Centers

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened today opened two new service centers in Pensacola, Fla., and Orange, Calif.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

IdleAir Adds More Than 100 Spaces at 13 Locations

In response to customer demand, IdleAir is opening more than 100 additional spaces at 13 locations this summer

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Right to Repair Submits Final Signatures for Ballot Initiative

Right to Repair would require Massachusetts manufacturers to sell to vehicle owners and independent repair facilities the same diagnostic and repair information they provide to dealers and authorized repair facilities.

The Right to Repair Coalition today submitted 16,000 signatures to the Massachusetts secretary of state to secure the initiative's place on the November ballot

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

May Used Class 8 Truck Sales Slide, Dealer Inventories Shrink

May showed a continued decline in the availability of low-mileage used heavy-duty trucks, according to analysts with Great American Group LLC. According to the American Truck Dealers and Used Truck associations, the average mileage for May was 560,000 miles, which is a historic high compared to a year ago, when the average mileage was 514,000 miles

Tags: Economy

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Allison Buys Equity Stake in Odyne Systems

Allison Transmission has invested in a non-controlling equity stake in Odyne Systems LLC, which designed and developed a plug-in hybrid power system that interfaces with the Allison family of commercial vehicle transmissions

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Navistar Friday Announcement Could Signal Emissions-Strategy Switch

The EPA has yet to certify Navistar&#39;s MaxxForce 13 to its 0.2g NOx regs.

Amid rumors that it will switch its engine-emissions strategy, Navistar International has scheduled a webcast for Friday to announce "an update to various operational matters related to the company.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

CARB Extends Reporting Deadline for Greenhouse Gas Regulation

The California Air Resources Board has extended the reporting deadline to September 1, 2012, for its greenhouse gas tractor-trailer regulation so that small fleets can take advantage of flexibility options

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Caltrans Proposes Truck-Only Expressway on I-710

In its proposal for improvements to Interstate 710 in Los Angeles County between Ocean Boulevard and State Route 60, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking at a provision of a separate four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zero-emission trucks

Tags: Highways

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Saia Acquires Brokerage and 3PL Business

Saia Inc., a multi-regional less-than-truckload carrier, has acquired Robart Transportation Inc. and its subsidiary, The RL Services Group LLC (the Robart Companies). Headquartered in Duluth, Ga., the Robart Companies have been in operation since 1981

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Wholesale Prices Continue to Slide

Wholesale values for medium- and heavy-duty duty models are decreasing this month, reports Ricky Beggs, editor at Black Book, in his report on specialty markets

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Kinetic Energy Technology Could Save Fleets Fuel

Volvo Trucks says it's developed technology that uses kinetic energy to help propel a truck. Volvo's I-See technology operates like an autopilot, taking over gearchanging and using gradients to save fuel. The technology will first be released in the European market in 2013, but could eventually be seen in North America

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Expands Footprint with Altorfer Cat

HDA Truck Pride announced the addition of Altorfer Cat.

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

Northwood University Offers New Aftermarket Scholarship Program

Northwood University will offer a $3,000 scholarship awarded to any qualified and admitted student whose parent or parents work in the automotive or heavy-duty aftermarket

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

TCA to Host Second Weight Loss Showdown

Truckload Carriers Association will launch a second Showdown in the fall of 2012, and applications are now being accepted through July 31

July 3, 2012 - Industry News

ADS Announces New Director of Training

The Association of Diesel Specialists appointed Tony Salas as director of training

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns of Cargo Theft During Holiday Weekend

During the past five years, the Fourth of July weekend has one of the highest rates of cargo theft for any weekend of the year, according to FreightWatch International.

July 2, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Continue Three-Month Downward Trend

Diesel and gasoline prices fell this week after three straight months of decreases, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Oil prices fell back down Monday after a surprising spike on Friday

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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