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April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Atlas Survey Shows Truckers' "Favorite Things"

For the King of the Road Survey, 167 Atlas van operators across North America responded, and they represent at least 37 states in the U.S. and seven Canadian provinces.

Drivers, at least those for a major moving company, are staying in touch via smartphones and Skype, like to eat at Subway and snack on fresh fruit, and would rather listen to classic rock than country, according to an annual survey

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Fourth-Quarter Driver Turnover Makes Surprise Drop

After a year of quarterly increases, the turnover rate for truck drivers at large truckload fleets unexpectedly dipped one percentage point to an annualized rate of 88%, according to American Trucking AssociationsChief Economist Bob Costello

Tags: Economy

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Launches Big Trucks Campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced the Big Trucks Campaign from April 16 to May 6. The awareness campaign will remind all motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to drive more safely around trucks -- and for truck drivers to slow down and pay attention -- with its new Big Trucks Campaign

Tags: Highways

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Accuride to Expand Wheel Production at S.C. Plant

Accuride Corp., plans to expand aluminum wheel production capacity at its Camden, S.C.. plant

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Port of Long Beach, OOCL Sign $4.6 Billion, 40-Year Lease Agreement

The Middle Harbor terminal will be complete in five to six years and will connect two old shipping terminals encompassing 294 acres into the new 330-acre terminal

The Port of Long Beach and shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line signed a $4.6 billion, 40-year lease agreement this week for OOCL to lease the port's new Middle Harbor, currently under construction

Tags: Intermodal

April 11, 2012 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Promotes Kathy Ivanov to Senior VP, Administration

Fleet Advantage, provider of truck fleet business analytics and equipment financing, promoted Kathy Walkerow-Ivanov to senior vice president of administration

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Diesel to Average $4.21 This Summer; Crude to Average $112

Diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.94 per gallon last summer, are projected to average $4.21 per gallon this summer, according to the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Outlook

Tags: Fuel and Oil

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Rolling Strong Introduces Wellness App

Rolling Strong introduced what it says is the first wellness app in the transportation industry. The RoadApp to Wellness is available on the iPhone, iPad or computers to help professional drivers get on the road to better health

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Expect Delays on I-20/59 near Birmingham, Ala.

Month-long work started Monday on all lanes of I-20/59 North in Bessemer, Ala., diverting nearly 50,000 vehicles that travel those lanes daily, reports The Birmingham News

Tags: Highways

April 10, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Predicted to Increase 3.2% in April

The first half of 2012 should total 7.3 million TEUs, up 2.2% from the same period last year.(Photo by Ed Alfaro)

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.2% in April compared with the same month last year. Year-over-year gains should continue through the end of summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker

Tags: Economy

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

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