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January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Dana Spicer Adds Parts to Support 'Downspeeding'

LAS VEGAS -- More than 150 part numbers have been added for heavy-duty Spicer AdvanTek 40-series tandem drive axles and Spicer Life Series SPL 350 driveshafts and universal joints.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Dana Holding Corp., Dana Spicer, Drivetrains, Downspeed

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio Trucking Company Organizes Bottled Water Drive for Flint

Unloading donations of bottled water at Jet Express to be shipped to Flint, Mich. Photo courtesy Jet Express.

Kevin Burch grew up in Flint, Mich.,, so it's only natural that he would start a campaign to get trucking companies involved in providing bottled water to the city whose water has been poisoned by dangerous levels of lead.

Tags: Image, Jet Express

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Economist: Low Risk of U.S. Recession

Economist Bob Dieli expects “truckable economic activity” to continue to grow at a pace similar to that of 2015. Photo: PacLease

The odds of a recession in the U.S. during the first three quarters are low, according to Bob Dieli, president and founder of RDLB, Inc.

Tags: Economy, HDAW

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Partners with TruckDown On Service Point Program

Meritor is partnering with TruckDown on its Meritor Service Point program to help fleets find approved service centers.

Tags: Partnership, Meritor, Service Center

January 26, 2016 - Product News

Meritor Expands All-Makes Clutch Line

Meritor is launching a new line of Meritor AllFit clutches designed for original equipment and warehouse distributor customers.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, HDAW, Clutches

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

TCA and CarriersEdge Announce 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

Last year's winners on stage at the TCA Annual Convention. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have announced the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For, a listing 20 for-hire trucking companies deemed to be outstanding workplace experiences for employees and truck drivers.

Tags: Truck Drivers, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Marten Transport Increases Annual Profit Nearly 20 Percent

The trucking company Marten Transport Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRTN) on Tuesday announced slightly lower earnings for the fourth quarter of the year while seeing a 19.8% increase in its annual profit compared to a year earlier.

Tags: Economy, Marten Transport, Fleet Earnings

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

MacKay President Says Distribution is Biggest Change in Aftermarket

Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Company Photo: MacKay & Company

Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Company, took time during the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue to compare today’s aftermarket to that of 1956. What a difference 60 years make.

Tags: Aftermarket, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Distribution

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

East Manufacturing Names Reno’s Trailer Sales an Authorized Dealer

Photo: East Manufacturing

East Manufacturing has named Reno’s Trailer Sales in Belle Vernon, Penn., an authorized East Dealer.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, East Manufacturing

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Fined for Firing Driver Who Voiced Safety Concerns

OSHA has fined Brindi Trailer Sales and Services for illegally terminating a driver who brought up safety concerns about his truck.

Tags: DOT, Vehicle Safety, OSHA, Pennsylvania, Fines, Out of Service Violations

January 26, 2016 - Product News

Double Coin Drive Tire Scores SmartWay Verification

The Double Coin RLB450 drive position tire has met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program.

Tags: SmartWay, EPA, Double Coin, Tires, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Service Sector Loses Steam, Consumer Confidence Up

The latest reading on the health of the nation’s non-manufacturing/service sector of the economy shows it starting the year with slower growth. A separate report shows consumers aren’t paying much heed to recent volatility in financial markets as Federal Reserve officials begin a two-day meeting.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Non-Manufacturing

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: California, NOx, diesel engine exhaust

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Outlook Shows Continued Slow Growth in 2016

LAS VEGAS -- The economy is expected to continue to expand at a pace slightly above trends for 2016, according to Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Speaking in Las Vegas at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue Monday, Strauss talked about a number of factors affecting the economy and offered his thoughts on what we can expect for the year ahead.

Tags: Economy, HDAW

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Power Heavy Duty Appoints New General Manager

Mark Iasiello Photo: Power Heavy Duty

Power Heavy Duty has appointed Mark Iasiello as its new general manager, the organization announced at its annual member meeting during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Leadership, People, Power Heavy Duty

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Cheap Oil Drives Down Diesel Price Again

Source: EIA

Diesel fuel prices at the pump fell again last week as the consistently low price of oil on the stock market lowered energy costs.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Swift Beats Expectations, Covenant Numbers Mixed

One of the nation’s largest trucking companies reported improved earnings for the final quarter of last year and beating its expectations for all of 2015 while another publicly held fleet's latest three-month numbers failed to live up to its annual performance.

Tags: Economy, Covenant Transport, Swift Transportation, Covenant Transportation Group, Fleet Earnings

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

CRST Acclaimed for Leadership Program

Brooke Willey and Dave Rusch spent the last several years building a leadership development program for CRST that has been key to the company's growth. Photo Credit: Corridor Business Journal

CRST International has been named a Top 10 Best Private Company for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, CRST

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Historic Snow Storm Pummels East Coast

Photo courtesy of District of Columbia.

More than 2 feet of snow fell along the East Coast and middle Atlantic regions over the weekend, leading transportation agencies to work around the clock to clear snow and ice, while closing highways and streets in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

Tags: Snow Removal, Winter Driving, Washington D.C., New York City, Winter

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Tests Icy Road Warning Sensors

Photo via Solar Bright

The Iowa Department of Transportation is currently testing road sensors designed to detect and warn drivers of icy road conditions to prevent accidents caused by slippery winter roads.

Tags: Winter Driving, Department of Transportation, Iowa, Winter, Road Safety

January 25, 2016 - Product News

HDA Truck Pride Partners on Aftermarket Telematics

HDA Truck Pride has partnered with trucking telematics and fleet management solutions company iMatics to produce an aftermarket telematics program designed to help fleets and independent repair facilities.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management Software, Aftermarket, HDA Truck Pride, Parts and Service

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Expands Super Duty Chassis Cab Production

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant will produce its 2017 F-Series Super Duty chassis cab for its next generation Super Duty trucks that will shed up to 350 pounds in an aluminum-intensive redesign.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-Series, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Price Drop Causes Natural Gas Truck Sales to Slip

Gold Standard Transportation converted its OTR trucks to CNG. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

With falling fuel prices, U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales had a slower 2015 compared to the previous year.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Offers ELD Rule Webinars to Help Fleets Comply

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Training Center has announced two webinars about the new electronic logging device mandate to help fleets comply with the rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Webinar, ELDs

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

2015 A Banner Year for Trailer Shipments

Last year was the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history, edging out the previous record set in 1999.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

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