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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

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Expands Services to Cat Logistics

Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight has expanded its relationship with Caterpillar Logistics Services to provide all LTL freight carriage for Cat Logistics from 27 U.S. states

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

Volvo to Recall 60,000 Trucks For Steering Problem

Volvo Trucks has recalled certain model-year 2001 to 2006 VNL and VNM trucks equipped with TRW sealed drag links

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Rejects Bill Extending Biodiesel Credit

The next hope for the biodiesel industry to extend the credit is Congress' energy bill.

The Senate has voted down a bill that would have reinstated the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit through the end of 2010, among other tax extender

June 25, 2010 - Industry News

California Funds Go to Reducing Diesel Emissions in Busy Corridors

The California Air Resources Board has allocated $200 million in Proposition 1B funds to go towards reducing diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives and harborcraft in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions

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