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July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Smith Electric to Expand Production Capabilities

As demand has increased for its all-electric vehicles, Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation says it is ramping up its production capabilities. Built upon a decentralized manufacturing strategy, the company plans on adding manufacturing plants in each major urban market, starting with one in the fourth quarter of 2010, followed by another in the first quarter of 2011, according to CEO Bryan Hansel

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Alabama Trucking Association Taps Boyd Bros. CEO As Board Chairman

Gail Cooper

The Alabama Trucking Association has named Gail Cooper as the chairman of its Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 fiscal year

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Cargo Theft on the Rise This Year

So far this year, cargo theft gangs are seeking larger payoffs per theft, stealing two, three and even four trailers at a time, most commonly from terminals where trailers are more likely loaded with similar product. (Photo by Jim Park)

For the first six months of 2010, cargo theft increased 5 percent over the same period of 2010, with multi-trailer losses becoming increasingly commo

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Gain Traction in June

In June, trailer orders were up 103 percent on a year-over-year basis, with dry van orders leading the gain

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Passes Advanced Vehicle Technology Act

The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee has passed a bill aimed at helping parts suppliers and vehicle manufacturers develop, implement and manufacture technology for more fuel efficient cars, trucks, and components

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

SelecTrucks Offers Test Drive Incentive on Automated Transmissions

SelecTrucks, a network of used truck retailers in the U.S. and Canada, is offering customers a $50 gift card to test drive a qualifying vehicle equipped with a Fuller UltraShift or AutoShift 10-speed automated transmissions

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Rush Widens Profit on Used Truck Sales

Rush Enterprises saw some improvement in its results in the second quarter, with net income of $5.7 million, or 15 cents a share, up from a net loss of $1.5 million, or 4 cents a share in the 2009 quarter

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Shipment Volumes Reflect Improving Conditions

The volume of individual consumer shipments grew 11.2 percent in the first five months of 2010 from the same period of 200

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Swift Applies to Go Public

Swift Holdings, a newly formed subsidiary of truckload carrier Swift Corporation, has filed for an initial public offering of its common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the filing

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

Volvo Sees Strong 2Q Results on Truck Demand

The Volvo Group posted strong second quarter figures on increased truck sales and an improving market environment

July 22, 2010 - Industry News

USA Truck Turns Profit in 2Q

USA Truck managed to turn a profit during the second quarter, with a net income of $0.9 million, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million for the 2009 quarter

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

EPA, CARB Workshop Examines Driver Defeat of SCR Engines

At issue is the question of keeping diesel exhaust fluid in the tank for proper functioning of selective catalytic reduction.

Changes to the EPA's 2010 emissions regulations relating to selective catalytic reduction technology are being proposed as a result of a suit brought against the EPA by Navistar. During a California workshop Tuesday, both sides had a chance to present comments

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Covenant Returns to Profitability As Freight Strengthens

The second quarter 2010 results for Covenant Transportation Group indicate that the truckload carrier has returned to profitability, with net income of $2.9 million, or 20 cents a share

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Werner's Performance Up on Increased Load Counts

Omaha, Neb.-based Werner Enterprises said earnings and revenue improved during the second quarter due to increased load counts, higher spot pricing and some contractual rate increases

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Engine Seminars Planned For Big R Show

Organizers for the 2010 International Big R Show in Last Vegas have mapped out this year's list of diesel engine seminars

Tags: Events

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Parts Supplier Calls For More Intellectual Property Protection

During a hearing before the House Small Business Committee, a representative of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) called on Congress to ramp up intellectual property protection

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

GAO: Highway Bridge Program Needs More Work

According to the GAO, one in four bridges is either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

In a recent study, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said much work remains to be done on the federal Highway Bridge Program, as one in four bridges in the U.S. is either structurally deficient and needs repair or functionally obsolete

Tags: Highways

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Knight Capitalizes on Capacity Constraints in 2Q

Truckload carrier Knight Transportation was able to take advantage of the tightening of capacity during the second quarter, posting net income of $15.8 million, or 19 cents a share, a 26 percent boost over the year-ago period

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Marten Improves Income With Strategic Initiatives

(Photo courtesy of Marten)

Marten Transport managed to improve its net income in the second quarter of 2010 by 15.2 percent from the year-ago quarter

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Narrows Loss in Second Quarter

Arkansas Best Corporation reported a loss of $7.4 million, or 30 cents a share, during the second quarter of 2010, compared to the $15.4 million loss in the year-ago quarter

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

PHH Arval Acquires the Center for Transportation Safety

PHH Arval has acquired certain assets of the Center for Transportation Safety, a provider of fleet risk management and training solutions, focusing on simulator, classroom, behind-the-wheel and mobile training programs for driver

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

TravelCenters Upgrades Truckstop Showers

TravelCenters of America has recently renovated driver showers at its TA and Petro Shopping Center locations with new amenities

July 21, 2010 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor to Invest in Expansion of Advanced Technologies

ArvinMeritor announced plans to invest $23 million over the next five years to expand its advanced technologies capabilities at its technical center in Troy, Mich

July 20, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Applauds Derivatives Reforms in New Finance Law

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R) joined Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (L) at a press conference last week, following a final passage vote on Wall Street reform legislation.

The financial reform bill President Obama will sign today includes a provision that will lead to tougher regulation of derivatives trading, a move applauded by trucking interests that blame fuel price run-ups on excessive speculation in oil price futures

July 20, 2010 - Industry News

Production Begins on Kenworth's T700

Kenworth Truck Company's new aerodynamic T700 truck is now in full production at its manufacturing plant in Chillicothe, Ohio

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