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February 28, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Continues to Improve

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the March Trucking Update, rose to 9.1 in January from a December reading of 7.1

Tags: Economy

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Florida Utility Trailers, Inc. Acquires South Florida Dealership

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company says that Florida Utility Trailers, Inc. has acquired Utility Trailer Sales & Leasing in Miami, Florida

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

'Next Generation' Program for Truck Dealers to Launch at ATD Convention

The American Truck Dealers has announced a new program aimed at developing the next wave of medium- and heavy-duty truck dealers to effectively run their businesses

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

Kenworth Offers Extended Warranty on Medium Duty Models

Paccar Financial and its truck-maker subsidiary, Kenworth, is offering a 2-year/200,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty program through Dec. 31, 2011

February 28, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Challenges Research in Hours of Service Proposal

The American Trucking Associations is upping its campaign against the Federal Motor Carrier Administration's proposed changes to the hours of service rule. ATA asked a researcher whose work the agency cites in support of the proposal to review the agency's findings. Prof. Francesco Cappuccio, an epidemiologist at the Warwick Medical School in Coventry, U.K., replied that the work he participated in does not support the agency's conclusions

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

Advantage Truck Names Adkins President

Ken Adkins (left), president of Advantage Truck Center and Advantage Truck Leasing with Terry Young, principal and owner of the parent company.

Sister companies Advantage Truck Center and Advantage Truck Leasing recently named Ken Adkins as their new President

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

ATA: It's Time to Open Access to Domestic Energy Sources

With world events showing the importance of energy independence, the American Trucking Associations called on the Obama administration to stop blocking access to U.S.-held energy assets

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

Travis Trailer Acquires Everlite Alumatech Assets

Travis Body & Trailer, Inc., of Houston, Texas has just completed the acquisition of the assets of Everlite, Inc., the former manufacturer of the Alumatech Trailer product line

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

TRIB Moves Offices to Washington, DC Area

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau has moved its offices from Pacific Grove, California to the Washington, DC metropolitan area effective February 25th, 2011

February 27, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration added a new feature to the screening program that gives carriers a look at the history of a driver who is applying for a job. The agency is making data available on co-driver safety and post-crash violations, in addition to the roadside inspection and crash records that employers already can see.

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Prices Appear to be Stabilizing, Diesel Up: Crude Closes at $97.28

Oil prices dropped Thursday for the first time in nine days after the International Energy Agency said the rebellion in Libya may have cut oil production less than originally feare

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Con-Way Freight Helps Foil Terrorist Bomb Plot

Observant workers, diligent screening, and established security protocols in place and Con-Way Freight's Lubbock Texas service center combined to foil a terrorist bomb plot

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

CARB to Hold Free Seminars on Truck Emissions Rules

The California Air Resources Board will hold a free daylong seminar in Fresno on March 26 to help truck owners meet new rules for diesel trucks and learn about available government grants and funding

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

TIA Applauds EPA Scrap Tire Ruling

The Tire Industry Association is happy with a recent Environmental Protection Agency decision to not classify scrap tires as solid waste under the Clean Air Act

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

FFE CEO Set to Retire

Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. says that Stoney M. "Mit" Stubbs, Jr. has retired as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective at the end of day Monday February 28, 2011

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Acquires Ford Franchise in Orlando

Rush Enterprises, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Rush Truck Centers of Florida, Inc., has acquired certain assets of Heintzelman's Truck Center, a Ford truck dealer in Orlando, Florida

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar's Partsmart Parts Expands Product Offerings

Navistar's PARTSMART parts, private label brand of truck and bus parts, is expanding to offer customers additional depth and breadth on commonly ordered replacement parts

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Opens New Travel Center In Weed, Calif.

Pilot has opened a new travel center with full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public at Weed, Calif., off Interstate 5 at Exit 745

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

TransCore: Backhaul Freight Market Remains Steady

TransCore's DAT Network of load boards showed modest growth the week of February 14, following a dramatic increase in van and reefer freight the week of February 7

Tags: Economy

February 24, 2011 - Industry News

Ohio Trucking Exec Says Traffic Congestion is Choking Nation's Economy

Keith Tuttle, president of Motor Carrier Services Inc., Northwood, Ohio, told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that congestion is choking the nation's supply chain and economy

Tags: Highways

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

National Trailer Dealers Association to Co-Host National Transportation and Infrastructure Conference

The National Trailer Dealers Association will serve as an International Co-Host Organization for the 4th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention, March 9−11, 2011, in Washington, DC

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

ATA Supports Proposed Ban on Hand-Held Phone Use by Drivers

The American Trucking Associations announced its support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed prohibition on the use of hand-held mobile phones, though it urged the agency to allow the use of hands free devices, citing agency research demonstrating the net safety benefits of such devices

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Prices Top $100, Settle at $98.10 on Wednesday

Diesel prices are following the trend in oil pricing. The national average price rose on Wednesday to $3.61 -- up nearly a dime from last week.

The price of oil topped the $100 mark in mid-day trading on Wednesday as supply concerns worsened with the advancing strife in Libya

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

ATA: Truck Tonnage Index Surged 3.8 Percent in January

The latest tonnage numbers indicate that the economy is growing at a good clip early in 2011.

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.8 percent in January after rising a revised 2.5 percent in December 2010

Tags: Economy

February 23, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Fleet Field Tests Show Promise for ATIS, TPMS

A 12-month fleet field test conducted by FMCSA shows tire pressure monitoring and automatic tire inflation systems can influence tire maintenance intervals and improve performance and safety

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