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May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Housing, Manufacturing Numbers Good News for Trucking

Two key economic indicators that affect trucking freight, housing starts and industrial production, exceeded expectations in April

Tags: Economy

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Natural Gas Future Has Potential, Report Says

Today, approximately 1,000 CNG stations in the U.S. compete with approximately 120,000 retail gasoline locations. That is a Ratio of one CNG station for every 120 retail gasoline stations.

A recently released natural gas analysis from TIAX LLC predicts the opportunity for the compressed-natural-gas fueling market will grow steadily over the next few years

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Texas DOT Planning for Freight Boom From Panama Canal expansion

Saying the state is in a "unique position" to take advantage of the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal, the Texas Department of Transportation is taking steps to make sure the Lone Star State is well-positioned to capitalize on this economic opportunity

Tags: Intermodal

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Fontaine Modification Makes Engineering Personnel Changes

Fontaine Modification, provider of custom truck modification services, has made several personnel changes

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Alcoa Wheels Cradle-to-Cradle Certified at Silver Level

The evaluation of Alcoa wheels was conducted by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm that developed the Cradle to Cradle concept in 1995.

Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products announced that its global line of wheel products are now Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level, resulting from material choices and production processes that are environmentally safe and healthy and aluminum that is infinitely recyclable

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

Toledo Spring Marks 80 Years

Toledo Spring of Toledo, Ohio, is celebrating 80 years in business. Founded in 1932 by Gunnard Rubini, Toledo Spring is a third generation, family-owned business

May 24, 2012 - Industry News

PeopleNet Announces Executive Promotions

Mark Botticelli has joined PeopleNet as executive vice president and head of technology, and several company veterans have been promoted to executive-level positions

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

In the End, Truckers' Costs are Shippers' Costs, Too

When carriers try to explain their challenges to their customers, the response often is, "That's your problem." But that attitude serves neither the carrier nor the shipper very well, says Michael Regan, president of TranzAct Technologies

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

I-70 Bridge to Detour Drivers During Summer and Next Year

The Blanchette Bridge on I-70 near St. Louis will be under construction during several summer weekends and for 12 months starting in November. MODOT suggests commercial vehicle drivers take a detour that will add five miles but cut down travel time.

For 12 months starting in November and for several weekends this summer, construction on Interstate 70's Blanchette Bridge over the Missouri River, between St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., at mile marker 230, will detour westbound I-70 traffic.

Tags: Highways

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Names President of Holland Subsidiary

YRC Worldwide named Scott D. Ware president of its Holland subsidiary, a provider of next-day regional less-than-truckload services

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces 2011 Dealers of the Year

Montreal Mitsubishi Fuso won the Mitsubishi Fuso North American Dealer of the Year award. Left to right: Pierre Martin, dealer principal; Nathalie Roy, sales manager; Todd Bloom, president & CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Logan Township, N.J., announced its 2011 North American Dealer of the Year awards. Each year, MFTA recognizes its most outstanding dealers in the U.S. and Canada for overall performance sales, parts sales and service performance

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers Consumers Moving Company Checklist

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the launch of a new "Consumer Checklist" to assist consumers in choosing a responsible interstate moving company and protecting themselves from fraudulent or dishonest household goods movers

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

Associations Lobby Highway Bill Conferees to Address Trucking's Needs

Leaders of American Trucking Associations asked members of the conference committee currently negotiating on the highway bill to address several critical issues for the trucking industry -- one of them calling for electronic onboard recorders, which the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and a coalition of other groups are lobbying against.

May 23, 2012 - Industry News

NAFA to Offer Webinar on Fuel Costs

NAFA Fleet Management Association will offer a webinar, Getting Control of Fuel Costs, Wednesday, May 30, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

Major Trucking Players React Positively to NHTSA's Stability Control Proposal

The American Trucking Associations issued a statement praising the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed requirement for electronic stability control on large trucks

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Webinar to Cover Truck and Bus Crash Data

On Wednesday, May 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association's Office of Analysis, Research and Technology is will hold its annual webinar providing data on truck and bus crashes in 2010 and trends during the past five years

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Asks FMCSA to Address CSA Issues

The Board of Directors for American Trucking Associations called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability system, better known as CSA

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

ACT Research: Fleets Return to Trailer Orderboard in April

Fleets started ordering more trailers in April, following recent lackluster performance, although the gains were not universal across all trailer categories, according to ACT Research Co.'s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers.

Tags: Economy

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

U.S. and Mexican Officials to Identify Needed Border-Crossing Projects

U.S. and Mexican officials are meeting today as a first effort to decide where new border crossings and connecting roads may be necessary

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

Inrix: Traffic Congestion Drops 30%

The U.S. experienced a 30% drop in traffic congestion in 2011, according to Inrix's annual Traffic Scorecard. Seventy of America's top 100 most populated cities showed decreases in traffic last year as well

Tags: Highways

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Falls 1.1%

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 1.1% in April after rising 0.6% in March

Tags: Economy

May 22, 2012 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Westpac Heavy Duty

FleetPride, retailer of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, acquired the assets of Westpac Heavy Duty Inc., doing business as C.W. Carter Co., of Phoenix, Ariz., and Westpac Heavy Duty of California LLC, located in Mira Loma, Calif

May 21, 2012 - Industry News

I-75 One Lane in Each Direction After Massive Landslide

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has reopened one lane for southbound travel on I-75 in Campbell County. One lane remains open for northbound travelers as work continued to repair a massive landslide continues at Mile Marker 143

Tags: Highways

May 21, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Backlog Falls in April; Economic Activity Will Expand Moderately

Truck makers are building trucks faster than the order level, say ACT researchers.

Softer orders and a continuation of strong build caused the Class 8 backlog to fall nearly 8,000 units to 106,407 in April, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Economy

May 21, 2012 - Industry News

TCA Names Safety Professional of the Year

Doug Cook (left), chairman of TCA's Safety Division congratulates Jerry Waddell, safety director for Cargo Transporters, on being named the 2012 Clare C. Casey Safety Professional of the Year.

The Truckload Carriers Association's Safety & Security Division named Jerry Waddell, safety director for Cargo Transporters of Claremont, N.C., the association's 2012 Safety Professional of the Year

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