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January 13, 2011 - Industry News

Conference Call to Educate Drivers on Submitting Comments to FMCSA

Truckers for a Cause will host an educational conference call on "Do's and Don'ts of submitting comments to FMCSA" Saturday, Jan. 22 at noon central time

Tags: Events

January 13, 2011 - Industry News

Stemco Parent Buys Rome Tool and Die

EnPro Industries has acquired the assets of Rome Tool and Die, a supplier of steel brake shoes to the North American heavy-duty truck market

January 13, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic to be Up 8 Percent in January

Intermodal containers volume at the ports is up in January, but experts warn maintaining that momentum in 2011 could be difficult.(Photo courtesy Port of Los Angeles)

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 8 percent in January over the same month last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federatio

Tags: Intermodal

January 13, 2011 - Industry News

Transport America Buys Southern Cal Transport

The merger of Transport America and Southern Cal will create a company with more than 2,200 drivers.

Transport America, Egan, Minn., announced its acquisition of Birmingham, Ala.-based Southern Cal Transport. The merger will create a company with more than 2,200 drivers, making it one of the top 15 for-hire dry van truckload carriers in the United States

January 13, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Says Shipper Index Neutral; Predicts Tightening Carrier Capacity

FTR Associates says while its Shippers Condition Index is currently at neutral, it expects that will shortly change as carrier capacity tightens and the economy comes out of its recent pause

Tags: Economy

January 13, 2011 - Industry News

Alternative Fuel Workshop to Train Fleet Managers on Sustainability

The latest alternative fuel workshop for fleet managers hosted by the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance will take place Jan. 20 in Seattle. This will be No. 12 in a nationwide series of 14 training seminars in 2010 and 2011, made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Energy Department.

Tags: Events

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Falls 0.3% in November from October

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index fell 0.3 percent in November from its October level, declining after two monthly increases

Tags: Economy

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Cell-phone and Texting Laws Compiled

The American Trucking Associations State Laws Newsletter is reporting that rhe Governors Highway Safety Association has issued a compilation of state laws that limit or prohibit drivers' use of cell phones or texting

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Moving Group Sees Upturn in Household Moves and Employee Relocations

Private and corporate household relocations continued to increase during the first three quarters of 2010, reflecting the gradual improvement in the overall U.S. economy, according to the latest issue of Industry Trends from the American Moving & Storage Association

Tags: Economy

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Go Natural Gas to Open CNG Fueling Station at LAX

Go Natural Gas, in partnership with a large international compressed natural gas equipment manufacturer plans to open a compressed natural gas fueling station near the LA Airport

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Accuses FMCSA of Manipulating Fatigue Numbers in HOS Proposal

The American Trucking Associations has accused the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of manipulating its own crash numbers to make driver fatigue seem like a more significant cause of truck crashes so its new hours of service proposal could pass the required cost/benefit analysis

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Survey Finds Fortune 500 Companies Prohibiting Employees from Using Cell Phones While Driving

One out of five Fortune 500 companies that responded to a recent National Safety Council survey has a total ban on cell phone use while driving that covers all employees

January 12, 2011 - Industry News

Karl Rove Now Featured at HD Dialogue '11

Due to circumstances beyond her control, Liz Cheney, the previously announced featured speaker for Heavy Duty Dialogue 2011, is unable to appear. She has asked her friend Karl Rove, former President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff Senior to fill-in for her

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Market Beginning Upcycle

Pent-up demand will make for rising truck sales, says ACT Research. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

The fundamentals that support heavy-duty commercial vehicle demand are all signaling the start of an upcycle for the market, according to ACT Research Co.

Tags: Economy

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

DOE's Short-Term Energy Outlook Sees Diesel at $3.40 Diesel for 2011

Rising crude oil prices are the primary reason for higher retail prices, along with higher refining margins for gasoline and distillate.

The U.S. Department of Energy's short-term energy outlook, released Tuesday, has once again boosted its energy price forecast. Diesel fuel, DOE say, will average $3.40 per gallon for 2011, and $3.52 for 2012

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

Year-End Surge Reported in Latest Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index surged 2.4 percent in December and pushed the PCI above its previous 2010 peak established in May. This performance, combined with November's 0.4 percent increase, was enough to offset three previous consecutive months of decline

Tags: Economy

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

Esco to Distribute Ochoa Roadrunner Tire Service Products

ESCO has joined forces with Ochoa Roadrunner Products to increase their already extensive line of tire service equipment in the 2011 year

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

CalHEAT Forum to Host Dialog on Getting to Zero Emissions

Calstart, the California Energy Commission, and California Hybrid and Efficient Advanced Truck Research Center (Calheat) stakeholders are hosting a one-day interactive forum to exchange ideas on the policies driving zero emissions in Southern California and the nation

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

Reyco Granning Suspensions' New Ownership Forms Reyco Granning LLC

Reyco Granning Suspensions has been purchased from Tuthill Corporation in a management buyout backed by the private investment group, MAT Capital, an affiliate of MAT Holdings, Inc

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

Utility Announces a New Dealership in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mark Gazan, president of Hudsonville Trailer (left) with John Dressel, owner of Great Lakes Utility Trailer.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has announced that Hudsonville Trailer Company is Utility's newest authorized dealership

January 11, 2011 - Industry News

America's Road Team Captains Selected

A months-long screening process concluded yesterday in Alexandria, Va., with the selection of 18 truck drivers to don the blue blazer of an America's Road Team Captain

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Rises for 6th Straight Week to $3.333

Diesel prices in most areas of the country were up again this week, the Department of Energy reported on Monday. The U.S. national average price hit $3.333 per gallon, on the sixth straight week of price increases

Tags: Fuel and Oil

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

NC/VA Reciprocity Agreement Cancelled

The American Trucking Associations State Laws Newsletter is reporting that effective January 21, 2011, a permitting reciprocity agreement between North Carolina and Virginia will be cancelled

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

CN to Launch EcoRide Container Chassis

The EcoRide chassis is expected to reduce fuel consumption trucking containers to and from its intermodal terminals by eight to 10 percent.

CN will launch EcoRide in April, the first environmentally friendly container chassis in the North American intermodal industry

Tags: Intermodal

January 10, 2011 - Industry News

AXN Heavy Duty Selects Gorilla Brake & Components as Master Distributor

AXN Heavy Duty, announces that it has established Gorilla Brakes & Components of Brantford, ON, as a master distributor, representing both OEM and aftermarket product lines

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