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November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Biodiesel Industry Sets Production Record

The U.S. biodiesel industry has set a new annual production record, producing more than 802 million gallons of biodiesel in plants from Florida to Iowa to Washington state

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Bergstrom's Jack Shaffer Re-Elected HDMA Chairman

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has elected its 2012 slate of officers and governors. Jack Shaffer, president and CEO of Bergstrom, has been re-elected for a second term and is 2012 chairman of the HDMA Board of Directors

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Freightliner Trucks Announces Design Competition

Freightliner Trucks is opening its doors to fresh ideas through its "Design the Future of Pride & Profit" truck design contest

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Plans Third Annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel

The Women In Trucking Association is making plans for its third annual Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel, to be held in Louisville, Ky., on March 24, 2012, at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Tags: Events

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Third Mexican Carrier Clears Safety Audit

A third Mexican carrier, Moises Alvarez Perez, has cleared a pre-authorization safety audit for long-distance service across the border under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border pilot program

November 28, 2011 - Industry News

Hours Rule Will Get More Hill Scrutiny

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, will hold a hearing to look into the proposed hours of service regulations.

The pending hours of service revision will get more congressional scrutiny at a House hearing scheduled for Wednesday

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Two Sentenced in SC Johnson Transportation Kickback Case

[CORRECTED] The former transportation director of SC Johnson & Son Inc. has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the company of millions of dollars in inflated transportation charges

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Gunther-clone Clock Transport

Moving with surprising speed, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration last week issued "an imminent hazard" out-of-service order against Clock Transport LLC of Hanover, Md., based on the company's affiliation with Gunthers Transport

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Teamsters Sue to Close Border to Mexican Trucks

The Teamsters filed suits last Wednesday to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to what it calls dangerous Mexican trucks through "an illegal pilot program.

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Trailer Orders at Highest Levels in 5 months

New and net trailer orders in October rose to their highest levels since April and May at 19,408 units and 17,384 units, respectively

Tags: Economy

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

ATD Names 2011 Truck of the Year Nominees

The American Truck Dealers association announced the nominees for a national award that recognizes the top truck entries in the heavy- and medium-duty categories. Nine trucks were nominated for the 2012 ATD Commercial Truck of the Year

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

Used Truck Volumes Slip in October

Reported volumes of used Classes 3-8 truck sales slipped back into negative territory in October, after enjoying a recovery in September. Scarce inventory and sustained demand may be the cause

Tags: Economy

November 27, 2011 - Industry News

New Mercedes Actros Named European Truck of the Year 2012

Mercedes' new Actros model last week was named the International Truck of the Year 2012 at the Trailer 2011 exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Cummins to Expand Test Center in North Carolina

Cummins says it will invest $24 million over three years to expand the research and development capabilities at its technical center in North Charleston, S.C.

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Happy Thanksgiving

No news will be posted on Truckinginfo.com today due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please feel free to browse through our blogs or one of our in-depth sections, from Trucks & Trailers to Drivers, or check out digital versions of our print editions in the archives

Tags: Events

November 23, 2011 - Industry News

Final Rule Posted Banning Handheld Cell Phone Use by Truck Drivers

Interstate truck and bus drivers will soon be prohibited from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles, under a final joint rule announced today from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

Below-Trend Recovery Continues, Hindered by Policy Uncertainty

The National Association for Business Economics expects moderate economic growth through 2012, with little likelihood of another recession or an outbreak of inflation

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

OSHA Issues Order, Damages Against Heartland Transportation Inc.

An Andersonville, Tenn.-based contract mail carrier has been ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reinstate a former employee and pay $62,090 in compensatory and punitive damages plus more than two years of back wages, interest, benefits and attorney's fees

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

Brokers Paying More Than Shippers in Fewer Lanes in Q3

Trucking companies received the highest rates from freight brokers and intermediaries in 13% of lanes in the third quarter, compared to 24 percent in Q2

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

Purolator Launches HD Filter Product Website

Purolator Filters' new website is directed specifically to all those involved in servicing, and supplying filters for, heavy-duty vehicles

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Shows Economy is Not Sliding into Recession

October's tonnage reading was just 4.4% below the index's all-time high in January 2005.

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5% in October after rising a revised 1.5% in September 2011

Tags: Economy

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

TCI Tire Centers Opens Two Locations

TCi Tire Centers has opened a new commercial service center in Irvine, Calif. while relocating and expanding its Tulsa, Ok. outlet

November 22, 2011 - Industry News

PennDOT, PA Turnpike Unveil New Tow Plow

The tow plow costs between $99,000 and $106,000 based on equipment. Photo by MoDOT.

Motorists using the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate highways this winter will be in for a bit of a surprise. In addition to traditional plows, snow removal crews will also be using a 30-foot-long, tow-behind snowplows

Tags: Highways, Winter Driving

November 21, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Climbs North of $4 as Oil Slips on Recurring Economic Worries

For the first time since May, the national average price of a gallon of diesel has topped the four-dollar mark

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 21, 2011 - Industry News

FreightWatch Warns of Increased Incidents of Cargo Theft over Thanksgiving Weekend

Last year, FreightWatch reported that cargo crime increases by 28% over holiday periods and that Thanksgiving weekend recorded the most cargo theft activity of all holiday periods in the United States

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