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September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Aims for Expansion with Fabco Buy

Meritor has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings and its subsidiaries under undisclosed terms.

Tags: Meritor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Construction Fleets, Construction

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Merges with Arms Transporter R&R Trucking

R&R Trucking transports specialty cargo requiring unique training and security clearances and is a leading specialized transporter of defense and commercial AA&E (arms, ammunitions and explosives) cargo. Photo: R&R Trucking

Daseke has announced a merger with R&R Trucking, a specialized transporter of defense and commercial arms, ammunitions, and explosives cargo – the fourth company addition for Daseke in the past four months.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday by the Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

SAF-Holland Invests $4 Million in Manufacturing Expansion

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson speaking about the SAF-Holland Dumas facility expansion.<br />Photo: SAF Holland

SAF-Holland has announced that is expanding its operations in Dumas, Ark., opening a new facility to accommodate increased demand from current customers.

Tags: Suspensions, Axles, Manufacturing, SAF-Holland

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA: Agency Will Reply to Anti-ELD Petition Filed by OOIDA

Queried by HDT as to whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds that states cannot enforce the new electronic logging device rule until they too have passed into law specific ELD rules, the agency told HDT that it is “presently preparing a fact-based response.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, CVSA, ELD, ELDs, ELD Mandate

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Christopher Burruss, Former TCA President, Joins Blue Tree Systems

Photo via Blue Tree Systems

Transportation telematics provider Blue Tree Systems has appointed Christopher Burruss, former president of the Truckload Carriers Association, to its North American sales team.

Tags: Telematics, Sales, People, TCA, Blue Tree Systems

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Get Ready for Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7

Photo: J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Day is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 across North America.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Bendix, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Texas, Hours of Service, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Gives Generously to Help Houston Recover from Harvey

Photo via JMS Transportation Facebook Page

Trucking industry companies across the nation are pledging charitable support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the long recovery effort ahead.

Tags: Charity, Disaster Relief, Donations, Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Costco Drops California Fleet Accused of Abusive Labor Practices

Costco has dropped a California fleet accused labor abuses in the wake of a USA Today report on the trucking industry. Photo: Costco

In the wake of a report in June by USA Today showcasing extreme examples of alleged labor abuse,Costco said it will no longer do business with Pacific 9 Transport, a fleet based in Southern California.

Tags: Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media, Labor Unions, California

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Jumps as Employment, Construction Slow

Job growth slowed in August, according to government numbers released Friday, while other economic reports showed manufacturing hitting a six-year high as total construction spending unexpectedly slowed – and consumers are in the best mood since 2000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Construction Spending, Employment

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. City Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, Calif., recently began dispensing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The station is used for the city’s growing fleet of refuse trucks and street sweepers.

Tags: City of Long Beach, Alternative Fuels, TruStar Energy, CNG Fueling Stations, Refuse Fleets, Street Sweepers

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Crew Cab

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready for Harvey Recovery, Spot Market Data Suggests

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs - Visual Communications Division

Noel Perry with FTR and Truckstop.com explores what spot freight data can tell us about Hurricane Harvey’s impact to the trucking industry, examining how the market is predicting conditions on the ground.

Tags: Flooding, Spot Market Freight Volume, Truckstop.com, Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

FleetPride Acquires Colorado-based Trucking Supplier

The former Colton Truck Supply in Montrose, Colorado, during its transition to a FleetPride branch. Photo courtesy of FleetPride.

The Colton Truck Supply acquisition builds upon FleetPride's nationwide network, with sales surpassing $1 billion in 2016.

Tags: FleetPride, Colton Truck Supply, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Trail King Names New President

Joe Kolb Photo: Trail King

Trail King Industries appointed Joe Kolb as president of the trailer manufacturer, replacing Bruce Yakley, who will transition to the role of chief executive officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, Trail King, Trailers

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Yard Truck Deployed to McDonald's Distribution Network

Drivers like the yard truck&#39;s quiet operation. Photo: Orange EV

Orange EV and The Anderson DuBose Company have deployed the first all-electric Class 8 yard truck in the McDonald’s distribution network.

Tags: Distribution, Electric Vehicles, Orange EV, McDonald's, Alternative Fuels, Yard Trucks

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: fleet management, technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Taking Long View on Alternative Power

Cummins has developed an electric technology demonstration vehicle. Photos: Jim Park

Cummins sees itself as a technology company that has been very successful in commercializing diesel power. Through decades of change and disruption, the company has adapted and moved ahead. The next wave of change is no different, and Cummins believes the outcome will be no different.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins Westport, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles

August 30, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Integrates Service with McLeod Software's LoadMaster

LoadMaster integration grants users access to continuous, automated retrieval of each driver’s Hours of Service data along with the availability of the driver and their on-duty hours.

Tags: Hours of Service, Geotab, LoadMaster, McLeod Software, Software, Fleet Management Software

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Optronics Adds SuperLamp to More Lighting Options

Photo: Optronics

Optronics International plans to make LED SuperLamp technology available on a variety of lamp products, including headlamps, back-up lamps, marker/clearance lamps, and work lamps, as well as interior cab and trailer lighting.

Tags: Vehicle Lights, Optronics, LED Lighting, Lighting

August 30, 2017 - Product News

ITI Offers Online Urban Driving Courses

Photo: ITI

Instructional Technologies has announced a series of online Urban Driving courses, designed to teach urban driving techniques for a variety of vehicle configurations, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Online Training, Pro-Tread, Instructional Technologies, Safety & Compliance

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Natural Disaster, American Red Cross, Element Fleet Management

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

GM Offers Standard 5/100 Warranty on Gasoline Cabovers

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward courtesy of GM.

General Motors has begun offering a standard 5-year or 100,000-mile warranty with its gasoline-powered Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks to qualified fleet customers, which would make it the only cab-over-engine manufacturer to offer these terms without an extended warranty.

Tags: Isuzu, Warranty, General Motors, Cabovers, Gasoline Engines, Chevrolet

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Best in 2 Years as Employment and Consumer Confidence Remain High

The widest measure of the health of the American economy was revised higher for the second quarter of the year, hitting its best pace in two years, while separate reports show hiring and consumers' feeling about the economy remain strong.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Employment, Gross Domestic Product, Hurricane Harvey

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