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November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Tops $100 for First Time Since July

Oil prices hit $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly four months Wednesday as U.S. supplies dropped, and a pipeline deal promised to cut them further

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Maryland Trucking Company Declared Imminent Hazard to the Public, Shut Down -- Again

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Maryland-based Gunthers Transport, LLC shut down after a lengthy investigation found it to be an imminent hazard to public safety. Company owner, Mark David Gunther, was convicted on similar charges in 1995

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Results Show Improvement in Brake Adjustment Rates, Increased Overall OOS Rates

2,605 or 8.4% of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment during Brake Safety Week in September. Photo by Jim Park.

Enforcement data gathered from across the continent during Operation Air Brake's Brake Safety Week reveals the number of out-of-service defects for both brake adjustment and brake components are down slightly, while the overall OOS rate for brakes rose

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Sustainability Summit Kicks Off Today in Washington

The U.S. Freight Sustainability Summit: Growing the Economy, Protecting the Environment and Improving Energy Efficiency" begins today and continues Friday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Accuride Establishes Aluminum Wheel Capacity in Mexico

Accuride Corporation has completed its initial expansion of aluminum wheel production capacity in Mexico

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens Two New Idleair Locations

Pilot Flying J and IdleAir have expanded their network partnership and will provide service to two more Pilot locations

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Wingfoot Adds Two Truck Care Centers

Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems has opened two new Wingfoot Truck Care Centers located in Joplin, Mo., and Greenwood, La

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Expedite Group Rebrands, Refocuses

TEANA, originally formed in 2003 as The Expedite Alliance of North America, is repranding itself with a new name under the same acronym. It's now knows as The Expedite Association of North America

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

Fleetco Joins Wabash National Dealer Network

Wabash National recently announced the addition of Fleetco, Inc. to its dealer network. Fleetco is now authorized to sell Wabash National dry and refrigerated vans in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Expands Coast-to-Coast Reefer Team Service

U.S. Xpress Enterprises has recently expanded its coast-to-coast temperature-controlled expedited team service to 100 trucks. The company expects to expand the fleet to 250 by the end of 2012

November 16, 2011 - Industry News

'Green for Free' Financing Program from FCCC, Enova Will Make Electric Vans Easier to Buy

FCCC and Enova introduced their E-Cell electric van last year at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum meeting in Dearborn, Mich. (Photo by Tom Berg)

A "Green for Free" program from FCCC and Enova Systems allows fleets to purchase electric-drive walk-in vans for the cost of diesel-powered versions, then pay the electric's extra cost with savings in fuel and maintenance

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Researchers Identify Nation's Most Congested Corridors

The 2011 Congested Corridors Report is the first nationwide effort to identify reliability problems at specific stretches of highway responsible for significant traffic congestion at different times and different days

Tags: Highways

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Meritor Reports Increased Q4 Profits

Meritor Inc. released its fourth quarter report on Tuesday announcing a surge in profit for the quarter, driven mainly by continued strong commercial truck sales in all regions. Shares dropped 13 percent on the announcement signaling investors weren't overly impressed with the results

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Marcus Beam Named 2011 Highway Angel of the Year

Marcus Beam, professional truck driver for Epes Transport System, Inc., of Greensboro, N.C.

The 2011 recipient of Highway Angel of the Year is Marcus Beam, a professional truck driver for Epes Transport System, Inc., of Greensboro, N.C. Beam was chosen as the Highway Angel who best embodies the spirit of the program

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Acquires Grand Forks, N.D. Travel Center

Pilot Flying J recently acquired a travel center in Grand Forks, N.D., and will remodel the Pilot Travel Center to feature full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Huge Demand for TIGER Grants Highlights Need for More Transportation Investments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says overwhelming demand for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants has once again far surpassed the available funding

Tags: Highways

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Transplace Receives Corporate U.S. Customs Broker's License

The Mexico division of Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has become licensed as a U.S. Customs Broker

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

TA Kicks Off Annual St. Christopher Campaign

TravelCenters of America today launched their support of the 2011 customer and employee donation drive to benefit St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF).

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Freightliner Announces Sales Incentives for Business Class Models

Freightliner Trucks has announced its Work Smart Strong Finish Retail Sales program. It will be available beginning in Q4 2011

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Rewrite EOBR Rule to Address Court's Concerns

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not appeal the court decision vacating the electronic onboard recorder rule scheduled to take effect next June. Instead, it will address the court's concerns about driver harassment in a later rule

November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Gains a Dime while Crude Slips Close to $98

Surging U.S. diesel exports are driving the current round of domestic price hikes. Fuel exports hit a new record in August at 895,000 barrels a day.

Diesel prices across the country rose over the past week to their highest average in nearly six months, the Department of Energy reported on Monday. The DOE's weekly price survey shows diesel just shy of four dollars at $$3.987 a gallon

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Market Stays Strong through October

TransCore's North American Freight Index climbed 39% last month compared to October 2010. This was the highest same-month volume since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which drove spot-market demand to record levels in 2005

Tags: Economy

November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Holland Launches New Proactive Service Alerts with Seasonal Freeze Protection

Holland has announced an improved Service Alert process that will inform customers about situations that may impact their supply chain

November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Wallwork Kenworth Opens Minot, N.D. Location

Wallwork Kenworth has opened a new, 18,400 square-foot parts and service operation near U.S. Highway 2 in Minot, N.D

November 14, 2011 - Industry News

Latest Data Show Truck Safety Progress

Doubles accounted for 3% of trucks involved in both fatal and non-fatal crashes

The latest truck safety data are in, and they show continued improvement. The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes dropped 31% between 2007 to 2009, from 4,633 to 3,215, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in a new report

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