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September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Productivity Fell 1.8 Percent in Second Quarter

Productivity slipped 1.8 percent during the second quarter of 2010, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report

Tags: Economy

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

ATD Takes Industry Issues to Washington

ATD representatives exit a meeting Wednesday with White House officials. L to R: Bert Hulgrave, ATD managing director; Kyle Treadway, ATD chairman; Dick Witcher; ATD vice chairman; and Phil Brady, NADA/ATD president.

The American Truck Dealers led a coalition of trucking industry executives Wednesday to meet with senior members of the Obama administration and to discuss the state of the industry, the impact of higher costs resulting from new emission mandates and options to boost medium- and heavy-duty truck sales

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders Alabama Carrier Off the Road Following Fatal Accident

Alabama trucking company Hester, whose driver was involved in a deadly crash in March that killed 11 people in Kentucky, has been ordered to cease operations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administratio

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Upcoming TIMTC Meeting to Tackle Truck Technology Initiatives

During the upcoming Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition's second annual meeting, members will discuss truck IntelliDrive, U.S. DOT truck technology initiatives and state and federal reauthorization objectives

Tags: Events

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Lawrence Transportation to Buy Virginia Trucker

Lawrence Transportation Systems will purchase the trucking operations of Virginia-based William Edwards Inc

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

August Already Shows Signs of Growth in Manufacturing

Manufacturing activity rebounded in August, with the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity (PMI) increasing to a reading of 56.3, compared to 55.5 in July

Tags: Economy

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Oregon Encourages Fleets to Become Cleaner

The Fleet Forward program was created to recognize fleets for taking steps to reduce exhaust emissions and going beyond what's required in the state of Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has launched a new recognition program for businesses and organizations that operate diesel fleets primarily in Oregon and burn less fuel, burn cleaner fuels or burn fuel cleane

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Rail, Intermodal Volume Reach Highest Level This Year

Last week, carloads were up 5.8 percent from the same week in 2009, while trailers and containers were 17.1 percent higher than the 2009 week.

Last week, the U.S. railroads set new record highs for 2010 in both rail carloads and intermodal volume, according to the Association of American Railroads

Tags: Intermodal

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Road Conditions Are Best in Years Thanks to Recession, Study Says

The Reason Foundation study says pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they've been since 1993, while rural primary roads are the smoothest they've been since 1993.

State highway conditions are the best they've been in 19 years, according to an annual Reason Foundation study that measures each state's road conditions and expenditures

Tags: Highways

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Wright Express Signs Fleet Card Agreement With ConocoPhillips

Wright Express Corporation, a provider of payment processing and information management services to the U.S. commercial and government fleet industry, has signed a five-year agreement to provide private label fleet card services for ConocoPhillips

Tags: Fuel and Oil

September 2, 2010 - Industry News

Dealer Holds Inaugural Technician Competition

Truck Centers held its inaugural "Tech Challenge" competition recently, where 45 technicians from five locations competed

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Interstate 45 Lands at Top of Texas' List of Most Congested Roads

Interstate 45 in Harris County, Texas, from SL-8 North to I-610, is the most congested roadway segment in the state, according to the Texas Department of Transportation

Tags: Highways

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Produce Center to Install All-Electric Trailer Refrigeration Units

The Vector 5100 units, one of which was showcased at the event Wednesday, provide emissions-free, quiet operation for on-site food storage.

The New England Produce Center in Chelsea, Mass., will install 79 Carrier Transicold Vector 5100 all-electric trailer refrigeration units, which will replace diesel-powered units that previously ran

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania to Step Up Roadside Inspections of Waste Haulers

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection and State Police have plans to step up inspections of waste haulers, with increased funding in the year ahead

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Penske Logistics Adds New Location in Brazil

Penske Logistics has opened a new 110,000-square-foot distribution center in Manaus, Brazil

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Happy Labor Day

No news will be posted Monday, Sept. 6, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. News will resume on Truckinginfo.com on Sept. 7

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Brake Safety Week Starts Sept. 12

During Brake Safety Week, CVSA-certified inspectors, brake suppliers and industry partners will conduct enforcement and education activities with drivers and mechanics at truckstops, weigh stations and other locations.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is gearing up for its annual Brake Safety Week Sept. 12-18. The event is part of the organization's Operation Air Brake Campaign, which aims to improve inspection, compliance, maintenance and performance of commercial vehicle brakes throughout North America

Tags: Events

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Donates to Arkansas Children's Hospital

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has donated $5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Six New Locations Join TransFlo Express Scanning Network

Six more independent truckstops have signed up to offer Pegasus TransTech's TransFlo Express truckstop scanning solution

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

Freightliner Dealer Adds Location in Oklahoma

The Around The Clock Freightliner Group has added a new branch location in Ardmore, Okla

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

ADS, AEA Announce HDAW Sponsorships

The Association of Diesel Specialists and the Automotive Electric Association have announced their sponsorship of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, which will be held Jan. 17 to 20, 2011, at The Mirage in Las Vegas

Tags: Events

September 1, 2010 - Industry News

CARB: Fine Particle Pollution Linked to Premature Death

The CARB report points out that California is less industrial than other parts of the nation, so more emission reductions must be achieved through CARB regulations of mobile sources, including trucks.

A new California Air Resources Board report based on a U.S. EPA peer-reviewed study concluded that there is a causal relationship between exposure to fine particle pollution and premature death

August 31, 2010 - Industry News

Hurricane Earl East Coast Evacuation Could Affect Outbound Routes

As a Category 4 hurricane heads for North Carolina and up to New England, federal officials warn residents in these areas to prepare for evacuatio

Tags: Highways

August 31, 2010 - Industry News

Safety Advisors Suggest Reducing In-Cab Distractions

The safety committee recommended that the FMCSA take existing research as well as risks and benefits into account as it weighs the idea of prohibiting or limiting driver use of in-cab technologies while the truck is moving.

Distracted driving is best countered by a wide-ranging effort to instill a culture of safety among all drivers, but in trucking specifically it would be helpful to reduce in-cab distractions, says a committee of safety experts

August 31, 2010 - Industry News

<I>HDT</I> Takes Home Four Regional Azbees

The editorial staff at Heavy Duty Trucking received several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including four regional awards

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