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May 7, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Sees Labor Improvements Amid Market Volatility

Since December, factory employment has increased by 101,000, according to the Department of Labor.

Aside from the volatility in the stock market Thursday and Friday, last week yielded some positive signs that the economy is getting back on track, including an announcement by the Department of Labor that total employment grew by 290,000 in Apri

Tags: Economy

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

NTDA Hires New Executive Director

The National Trailer Dealers Association has tapped Gwendolyn Kay Brown as its new executive director

May 7, 2010 - Industry News

Connecticut Close to Finalizing Snow-Removal Measure

Connecticut legislators have approved a law punishing drivers for not removing snow and ice from their vehicles

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Voices Concerns Over DOT Shift Toward Rail, Maritime

In a recent letter to the Department of Transportation, the American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves raised several concerns about the department's statements suggesting that freight rail and marine highways replace trucks

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

LaHood: Announcement on Mexico Truck Proposal Is 'Closer Than Soon'

During a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the Obama Administration was "very close" to announcing a plan that would resolve the cross-border trucking dispute with Mexico

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Announces Changes in Dealer Network

Navistar has announced several changes to its dealer network, including dealerships in southern Georgia and West Virginia, the pending ownership change in Utah/Idaho and the addition this week of new dealers in Arizona and Indiana

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Trucker Buddy Gets Great Press in Philly

A sixth-grader reads what she wrote about her class's Trucker Buddy, Mark Silva. (Image courtesy Fox 29 News)

Fox 29 TV in Philadelphia recently had a heartwarming story about Trucker Buddy Mark Silva, A Wal-Mart truck driver who goes the extra mile in his pen-pal relationship with a local sixth-grade class

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Deadly Kentucky Crash Has Ties to Cell Phone Use

A Kentucky State Police report has found that trucker Kenneth Laymon, who was involved in a March 26 crash killing 10 people and himself, was taking and receiving cell phone calls up to the crash and could have also been speedin

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

New Towing Network Aims to Bring Carriers and Towing Companies Together

Through a partnership between carriers and towing companies, the Towing Network has been launched in an effort to bring greater collaboration and fairer pricing to the towing services available to motor carriers

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Quality Distribution's Positive Earnings Driven By Stronger Volumes

Quality Distribution, which provides bulk transportation and related services, managed to get its net income up in the first quarter to $0.8 million, or 4 cents a share, on stronger volumes and increased revenue

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Xata Swings to Loss Despite Revenue Growth

Software provider Xata Corporation swung to a loss of $402,000 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared to net income of $91,000 in the 2009 quarter, despite a revenue boost over the year-ago period and the addition of 42 new customers

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Top Dealers Offer Tips for Getting the Most from Your Dealer Relationship

Truck owners often complain about the lack of communication from dealers during the truck service and repair process. But some of America's top truck dealers note that communication goes both ways. When we spoke to the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year nominees, we asked them for their tips to help speed along the repair process and other ways to work with your dealer

May 6, 2010 - Industry News

Pacer Narrows Loss in First Quarter

While Pacer International saw better year-over-year results during the first quarter, the asset-light transportation and logistics services provider still reported a loss of $0.5 million, up from a loss of $177.4 million in the 2009 quarter

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Despite Success, California Ports' Clean Truck Programs Remain Contentious

Officials from the Port of Long Beach allow owner-operators as well as company drivers under their Clean Truck Program. The Port of Los Angeles wants to ban owner-operators. (Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach.)

By all accounts, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have made great strides toward reducing air pollution caused by the trucks that serve their container facilities. At a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit yesterday, witnesses on all sides of the issue agreed that the ports' efforts to replace old, polluting trucks with cleaner ones have so far been remarkably successful

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Wabash Widens Net Loss in First Quarter

Trailer maker Wabash National posted a net loss of $139 million during the first quarter, on net sales of $78.3 million

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Patriot Gets Income Up Despite Loss of Business

Patriot Transportation Holding said its net income improved 2.3 percent to $1.44 million, or 46 cents a share, during the second quarter of fiscal 2010

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Con-way Reports 1Q Loss on Improved Conditions

Con-way managed to get its net income up from the first quarter of 2009, but the carrier still reported a net loss of $4 million, or 8 cents a share, during the first quarter 2010

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Legislators Come Up With New Tolling Structure

Three Pennsylvania legislators have suggested the state implement new tolls on interstates highways, including a $5 fee for trucks and $1 for passenger vehicles, in response to Pennsylvania's transportation funding crisi

Tags: Highways

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Tax Provision May Burden Small Carriers With Extra Paperwork; Congressman Steps In

(Photo courtesy of Corcentric)

Small businesses are not too pleased with a provision of President's Obama's health care reform bill, which requires businesses to submit a 1099 tax form to the IRS for purchases over $600

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Wisconsin Joins List of States to Outlaw Texting While Driving

Under Wisconsin's new law, first-time violators face fines of $20 to $400, along with four points on their driving records. Second-time violators face fines of $200 to $800. (Photo by Jim Park)

Wisconsin has become the 25th state to pass a ban on texting while driving, as Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law recently

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

YRC Taps Financially-Savvy Board Members Under Planned Transition

YRC Worldwide has elected five new members to its board of directors as part of a planned transition outlined in its debt-for-equity swap, which was completed Dec. 31, 2009

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

FFE Narrows Loss in First Quarter

Frozen Food Express Industries incurred an after tax loss of $3.7 million, or 22 cents a share, during the first quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $6.1 million, or 36 cents a share in the 2009 quarter

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

Talbert Honors Hale Trailer As Top Dealer

The Hale Trailer team pose with their Talbert Manufacturing Top Dealer award.

Talbert Manufacturing, which provides heavy haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment, has recognized Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel as its top dealer in overall sales performance, and parts and service support

May 5, 2010 - Industry News

NPTC Announces New Board Members

The National Private Truck Council has elected its new board of directors, including Rick Foster, director of private fleet safety for Wal-Mart Transportation, who is the group's new chair

May 4, 2010 - Industry News

NPTC Recognizes Fleets For Safety Efforts

The National Private Truck Council presented its safety awards to fleet members committed to improving safety performance

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