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April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Monthly Spot Truckload Freight Index Jumps 47%

A monthly gauge of the spot freight market moved sharply higher in March, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions, marking the first month-over-month increase of the year as shippers ramped up activity.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions, DAT North American Freight Index

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: Technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Land to Support Manufacturing Operations

Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Stoughton Trailers has purchased approximately 17 acres of vacant real estate in the City of Brodhead, Wisconsin, in support of its manufacturing plant located directly across the street.

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse Releases PHEV Pickup Specs

Photo of W-15 courtesy of Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group's W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup should provide 80 miles of all-electric range and an equivalent of 75 miles per gallon when operating on electric power, the company has announced.

Tags: Workhorse, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Workhorse W-15

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit New Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of U.S. for-hire freight movements set another record high in February, according to new Transportation Department figures released Wednesday, following no change the month before.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Forward Air Acquisition to Expand Intermodal Footprint

Photo: Forward Air

Yet another indicator of the upswing in trucking mergers and acquisitions is word that Forward Air Corporation has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Central States Trucking Co., will buy substantially all of the assets of Atlantic Trucking Co., a Charleston, S.C.-based privately held provider of intermodal and drayage services.

Tags: M&A activity, Intermodal, Forward Air

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Heat Up Despite Less Freight

Spot truckload freight rates posted impressive gains the first week of this month despite a small but typical decline compared to the week before, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, as shippers rushed to move cargo before closing their books on the first quarter.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Launch Regional VNR Model

Volvo says its new VNR model, to be launched later this month, is indicative of the company&#39;s design philsophy today.<br />Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Saying it will "change antiquated perceptions of what trucks should look like," Volvo Trucks North America will launch its new VNR Regional Haul truck at the ExpoCam show in Montreal later this month, with new streamlined experior styling and features such as a steering wheel that tilts like a car’s.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, YouTube, Social Media, Vocational Trucks, ExpoCam, Regional Haul

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Snider Fleet Solutions Opens Major Tire Retread Facility

The new facility features all-new Michelin Retread Technologies equipment housed in 455,000 square feet of floor space. Photo courtesy Snider

Snider Fleet Solutions' new North Carolina retread facility is one of the largest in the Michelin retread network and is capable of producing 600 finished retreads daily.

Tags: Michelin, North Carolina, Retreads, Tires, Snider Fleet Solutions

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Buys Truck System Technologies

San Antonio-based Pressure Systems International has acquired Truck System Technologies, a provider of tire-pressure monitoring and mobile-asset management systems technology.

Tags: Tire Inflation, P.S.I.

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

TCA Implores Congress Not to Raise Truck Weights

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Photo: Hartt Transportation

The Truckload Carriers Association reiterated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks.

Tags: Truckload Carriers Association, Truck Size/Weight

April 11, 2017 - Global News

UD Trucks Rolls Out Flagship Cabover for Japan

UD Trucks Quon (Japan) Photo: Volvo Group

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship.

Tags: UD Trucks, Volvo Group, Global, Japan, Cabovers

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Adds to Public Affairs Staff

The American Trucking Associations has hired Jeremy Kirkpatrick as its new director of strategic communications.

Tags: American Trucking Associations

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

New Booking and Dispatch Platform Designed for Heavy Haul/Open Deck Carriers

With a focus on heavy haul and open deck, FR8Star offers a marketplace where carriers can bid on loads, book directly with shippers, and manage their fleet, all in one free cloud-based platform.

Tags: Information Technology, Heavy Haul, FR8 Revolution

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Phillips Industries Names New Chiefs for Marketing and Trailer Sales

David Diaz Photo: Phillips Industries

Phillips Industries has hired David Diaz as director of marketing and Jeffrey McKeown as OEM trailer and technical sales manager.

Tags: Phillips Industries, People

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Eaton, Cummins Announce Global Automated Manual Transmission Partnership

The new automated manual transmission joint venture between Cummins and Eaton will include both existing and new products for global distribution. Photo: Eaton

A new joint venture, Eaton Cummins Automated Manual Transmission Technologies, includes current Eaton AMTs as well as a new, heavy-duty AMT slated for introduction later this year, plus future AMT products designed for commercial vehicle markets worldwide.

Tags: Cummins, Automated Manual Transmissions, Powertrain Integration, Global Marketing, Global, Eaton, Transmissions

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

ESW Opens Pennsylvania Facility to Manufacture DPFs and DOCs

ESW Group, which makes Skyline brand aftermarket diesel particular filters and diesel oxidation catalysts, opened a new production facility to meet increased demand.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Two Plead Guilty in Michigan CDL Fraud Scheme

Two former Detroit DOT employees pleaded guilty for their roles in a CDL fraud scheme in Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, CDL, Crime & Fraud

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Rush Trucking Corp. CEO Earns Women in Trucking Logistics Honor

Andra Rush. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking Association.

The winner of the Women in Trucking Association's 2017 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award is Andra Rush, who has been honored extensively for her innovative job creation and manufacturing ingenuity.

Tags: Women in Trucking Association, Logistics

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February Moves Up in Expectation of Tightened Market

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February took a positive step, as the company's analysts expect the index to approach a double digit positive reading by the end of the year due to the combination of freight growth and still-planned regulatory headwinds in 2017.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity, ELD Mandate

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Swift-Knight Merger to Create Truckload Giant

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation Co. and Knight Transportation Inc. announced on April 10 that they will merge via a stock swap to form a new company, Knight-Swift Transportation. The two Phoenix, Arizona-based carriers say the new company will be the truckload industry's largest.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Swift Transportation, Knight Transportation, Truckload

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Supports Local High School Robotics Competition

Photo: FIRST Robotics Competition

The Huntington, Ind., campus of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has pledged $1,000 to local high school students in a statewide Robotics competition and an additional $2,000 to support the entire event.

Tags: Bendix, Education, Donations, Robots

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Drug-Fueled Refuse Truck Driver Goes on Wrong-Way Rampage

A Kentucky-licensed truck driver arrested for driving the wrong way on a highway to avoid police while on drugs was declared an imminent hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Drugged Driving, Imminent Hazard

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Salutes 7 Drivers Who Exceeded 3 Million Safe Miles

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has recognized seven of its less-than-truckload drivers who have achieved 3 million consecutive miles of accident–free driving.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Safe Driving, XPO Logistics

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Helps Push Unemployment to Near 10-Year Low

While the number of jobs added in the U.S. slowed dramatically during March, trucking supplied a big part of the gain, according to Labor Department figures released Friday, helping push the unemployment rate down to almost a 10-year low.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

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