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May 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Lowest in Almost 7 Years

Unemployment in the U.S. fell in April, hitting a near seven-year low following weak job additions in the first quarter of the year.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Bendix Appoints New President and CEO

Berend Bracht, Bendix's new president and CEO Photo courtesy of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Berend Bracht as president and CEO and a member of its executive board, effective July 1, 2015.

Tags: Leadership, Bosch, People, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

May 7, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Brings Eaton's 10-Speed UltraShift to Medium-Duty Trucks

Kenworth now offers the 10-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus VAS transmission for the Kenworth T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine. Image via Kenworth

Kenworth is offering Eaton's 10-speed UltraShift Plus VAS transmission on selected medium-duty trucks for the first time, including the T370, T440 and T470 equipped with the 8.9-liter Paccar PX-9 engine.

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, Medium-Duty Trucks, UltraShift Plus

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Adds Bi-Fuel CNG Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab

Photo courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet will expand its compressed natural gas lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab, allowing drivers to operate the vehicle on CNG or gasoline.

Tags: Silverado HD, Bi-Fuel CNG, Southern California Gas Co., Chevrolet Silverado, Natural Gas Vehicles, Chevrolet

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Chevron Oil Expert McGeehan to Retire

Chevron's Jim McGeehan Photo: Chevron

Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.

Tags: Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, PC-11

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quality Distribution to Sell for About $800 Million

The trucking company Quality Distribution Inc. has reached an agreement to be acquired by the private investment fund Apax Partners.

Tags: Earnings, Quality Distribution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Major Fleets Saved $477 Million With Fuel-Efficient Tech

Photo via Con-way Truckload

Fourteen fleets achieved fuel savings of $477 million in 2014 by adopting a variety of fuel efficiency technologies according to an annual study from the NACFE.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Survey, NACFE

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Offers Medium-Duty Leasing Program

Photo of Kenworth T270 medium-duty truck model courtesy of PACCAR.

Paccar Leasing Company (PacLease) will begin offering a medium-duty leasing program called the PacLease Value Spec, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Kenworth T270, Peterbilt Model 330, Paccar, Truck Leasing, Class 6, Private Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Reports Slight First Quarter Loss

According to the Florida-based company this was the result of an “intangible asset impairment charge” of just over $2 million, with an with an after tax impact to net income of $1.265 million, relating to its November 2013 purchase of Pipeline Transportation.

Tags: Earnings, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices

Image: FMCSA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.

Tags: FMCSA, DOT, Accidents

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Tests Near Zero NOx Natural Gas Engine

An ISL G engine Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport has announced field-testing of a spark-ignited natural gas engine capable of producing near zero NOx emissions for use in refuse and transit applications.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Natural Gas Engines, NOx, Cummins Westport ISL G, Cummins Westport

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Continue Slipping

Graphic: DAT

The number of available loads on the spot truckload market decreased 2.9% and capacity fell 1.8%, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add Fewer Jobs in April Than March

Change in non-farm private employment, month-to-month. Graphic: ADP

Private sector, non-farm employment increased by less than 200,000 jobs in April for the second straight month, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Perry: Economy Improving, But Volatile

Noel Perry speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. Photo: Jim Beach

The economy is in a “particularly volatile state,” with some saying it is going up while others think it is going down, according to Noel Perry, founder of Transport Economics, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: Economy, ALK

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

First Quarter Intermodal Shipments Increase 2 Percent

Graphic: IANA

Total intermodal shipments in the U.S. and Canada rose 2% over last year’s first quarter volumes despite port congestion issues that impacted international container traffic, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, IANA

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Transport America Getting New President in June

Incoming Transport American president Keith Klein. Photo: Transport America

The truckload and logistics services provider, Transport Corp. of America Inc., announced this week Scott Arves will be stepping down as president on June 1.

Tags: People, Transport America

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Rolls Out RNG Fuel Delivery Trucks

Photo courtesy of UPS.

United Parcel Service (UPS) will begin using renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet of delivery vehicles and tractors after signing a purchasing agreement with Clean Energy Fuels.

Tags: UPS, Clean Energy Fuels, Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, Delivery Fleets

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch

Photo: Fontaine

Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.

Tags: Freightliner, Fontaine Modification, Freightliner M2, Recalls, Steering System

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare

Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.

Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Cummins Westport Introduces 6.7L Natural Gas Engine

Photo courtesy of Cummins Westport.

Cummins Westport will begin producing the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7-liter dedicated natural gas engine for medium-duty trucks, shuttle buses, and vocational vehicles by the middle of 2016.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Natural Gas Engines, Cummins Westport, CNG, LNG

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Create Infrastructure Tax Credit

Photo: U.S. DOT

New bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate could help bridge the highway funding gap by expanding the use of tax-exempt bonds and implementing a new tax credit to help state and local governments pay for infrastructure projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Infrastructure Funding

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

McNeilus Unveils CNG Inspection Program

Photo courtesy of McNeilus.

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, has introduced a compressed natural gas (CNG) inspection services program for CNG-powered vehicle fleets, the refuse truck body manufacturer announced.

Tags: Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, McNeilus, Vehicle Inspection

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Autonomous Truck First Licensed for U.S. Highways

Reporters try to grab photo and video of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck as it heads out on its inaugural autonomous run. Photo: Stephane Babcock

"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.

Tags: Freightliner, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Drive

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award

From Left: TCA President, Brad Bentley, award recipient Dean Newell, Rande Walker, President of Creative Concepts and John Joines, VP of Safety Services, Great West Casualty. Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.

Tags: Maverick Transportation, Truckload Carriers Association

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