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June 30, 2010 - Industry News

FTC Approves Flying J-Pilot Merger

Pilot will sell off 20 of its locations as part of the merger deal. Flying J will sell six.

Flying J received final approval from the Federal Trade Commission yesterday to merge its travel plaza business with Pilot Travel Centers. The merger, effective today, will help the company emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and create an entity of more than 550 interstate travel center

June 30, 2010 - Industry News

Kenworth Plant Earns Award For Recycling and Waste Reduction

The latest project of Kenworth's Renton plant (shown) focuses on reducing energy usage.

The Kenworth Truck Company's Renton, Wash., manufacturing plant has received the 2010 Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction Award from King County's Solid Waste Division for the plant's outstanding efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle

June 30, 2010 - Industry News

DTNA Recalls Workers on Strong 2010 Order Activity

Daimler Trucks North America has recalled about 540 workers to its North Carolina manufacturing plants in response to strong 2010 order activity. The company has also ramped up production at its Mt. Holly and Cleveland plants, where recalled workers will start by mid-July. Recalled workers will also go to the company's components and logistics plant in Gastonia

June 30, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Webinar on A&I Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Office of Analysis, Research and Technology will host a webinar on improvements to it is Analysis and Information website, which provides safety information

Tags: Events

June 30, 2010 - Industry News

TransX USA Announces New President, Website

Canada-based TransX Group of Companies has appointed Ron Joseph as president of TransX USA and launched a new website

June 30, 2010 - Industry News

Averitt Express Expands Flatbed Fleet on Increased Demand

Averitt Express has expanded its flatbed operation to include a current fleet of more than 50 flatbeds, with about 50 more on order

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Improving Economy Means Increased Interest in Acquisitions and Mergers

Business is up, capacity is tightening, and suddenly there's more interest among trucking companies in making acquisitions of other fleets. One carrier executive who did not wish to be named told HDT he expects to complete at least six acquisitions over the next six months, growing perhaps 30 or 40 percent in the process. He attributed it to a "coming out of the recession" phenomenon

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Boston Strikes Deal With MMTA on Hazmat Route

While the City of Boston's ban on hazardous materials hauling through the city will be lifted this week, the city has reached a deal with the Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association to encourage truckers to use Cross Street, rather than Commercial Street in the North En

Tags: Highways

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

More Fleets Keeping An Eye on Emissions

More fleets are measuring their emissions and setting environmental goals this year, such as improving fuel efficiency, which was the top goal among fleets surveyed.

Almost half of fleets are measuring emissions, compared with 40 percent in 2009 and 28 percent in 2008, according to an annual survey conducted by PHH Arval. The survey was designed to gauge fleet managers' insights into environmental issues, how fleets are implementing solutions that would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and more

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Flying J, Pilot to Shed Locations; Merger Still Waiting on FTC Approval

Flying J and Pilot Travel Centers are gearing up to sell around 30 truckstop locations to Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, in an effort to alleviate any concerns by the Federal Trade Commission that a potential merger would have anti-competitive effect

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Martin Engineering Acquires Cougar Industries

With the acquisition of Cougar Industries, Martin Engineering will actively pursue 12 and 24 volt vibrator applications worldwide, which is one of Cougar's strengths.

Martin Engineering, which supplies industrial vibrators, has acquired Cougar Industries in Peru, Ill., a manufacturer of industrial vibrators

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Allison Dedicates New Hybrid Manufacturing Plant

Allison Transmission has opened a new hybrid manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, which will be capable of churning out more than 20,000 commercial-duty hybrid propulsion systems a year

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Roush Takes Propane Vehicles on Tour in California

Roush is taking its liquid propane vehicles to California, to give customers there a first-hand test drive of its propane-powered Ford F-Series pickups and E-Series vans

Tags: Events

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Result in Price Shock

A nationwide low carbon fuel standard would significantly increase the costs of transportation and fuel, according to a study conducted by Charles River Associates. The study found that a standard would result in a price shock, including an increase of about 30 to 80 percent in the cost of transportation fuels within five years of the standard being implemented

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Land Transportation Trade Gains 32.4 Percent in April

Surface transportation trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico gained 32.4 percent in April from the year-ago mont

June 29, 2010 - Industry News

Tennessee to Promote Highway Safety Friday

The Tennessee Trucking Association will promote safety during its annual "Holiday Safety Break" this Friday

Tags: Highways

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Kicks Off Next Week

The Tracy Lawrence concert will be followed by a fireworks display and Super Truck Beauty Contest light show.

The 31st Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree kicks off next week and runs from July 8 to 9 at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa

Tags: Events

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Recovery in Full Swing on Gains in Freight Volumes

As freight volumes continue to improve this year along with the overall economy, fleets can expect to have more trucks at the dock and more drivers on the road.

The trucking industry is finally experiencing a period of growth, as an economic recovery has led to solid freight volumes, tightening capacity and signs of a driver shortage waiting in the wing

Tags: Economy

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Haldex Chooses Kit Masters As Fan Clutch Supplier

Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has formed a strategic relationship with Kit Masters Inc. and has selected Kit Masters as its supplier of remanufactured fan clutches, fan clutch rebuild kits and accessories

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

SmartWay Verifies ATS' Aerodynamic System

The SmartTail improves the aerodynamic profile of the trailer with automated polymer skins that are mounted directly to the rear doors.

The Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program has verified Aerodynamic Trailer Systems' IAS Integrated Automated System to deliver 5.3 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Poll: Education on Driving Around Trucks Is Inadequate

According to a poll conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), 62.4 percent of Canadian drivers do not believe driver training programs for passenger vehicles provide adequate education about sharing the road with large truck

Tags: Highways

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Drops Slightly After Last Week's Jump

Following last week's jump in the price of diesel, trucking's main fuel fell half a cent this wee

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

Survey: Environmental Benefits Linked to Transportation Tax Support

A survey conducted recently by the Mineta Transportation Institute found that linking a transportation tax to environmental benefits can strongly increase support

June 28, 2010 - Industry News

'Roadability' Rule Takes Effect This Week

The Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration's "roadability" rule on intermodal container chassis goes into effect June 30

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

YRC Sells Logistics Business to Private Equity Firm

YRC Worldwide has announced it will sell part of its logistics business to Austin Ventures, a private equity investor, for $37 million

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