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June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturing Continues to Grow; Price Indexes Fall Slightly

Manufacturing activity continued to improve in May, climbing 0.9 percent on its third straight monthly gain of about 1 percent, according to the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the Producer Price Index was down 0.3 percent in May, and the Consumer Price Index fell 0.2 percen

Tags: Economy

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel to Expand Redford Township Engine Plant

Detroit Diesel announced it will pour about $194 million into the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Redford Township, Mich. The facility, which employs 1,900 people, will provide expanded manufacturing capacity for heavy-duty diesel engine

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Hearing on Employee Misclassification Emphasizes State Efforts

Gary Uber (L) of Family Private Care Inc. outlined some of the negative impacts the rule could have on businesses and contractors. The DOL's Seth Harris (R) said misclassification is depriving employees of benefits and hurting government.

During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act held last Thursday, speakers stressed the importance of state efforts to combat misclassification of independent contractors

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Rush Sheds Construction Equipment Business

Rush Enterprises has entered into an agreement to sell its John Deere construction equipment business to Doggett Heavy Machinery Services for about $37 million

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

New LNG Station Opens at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Speedy Fuel has opened its first full service liquefied natural gas fueling station to serve Class 8 trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Rail Activity Continues to Improve Over 2009

Intermodal traffic on U.S. freight railroads gained 17.7 percent last week compared to the same week last yea

Tags: Intermodal

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

California's Copper Brake Bill Returns to Negotiating Table

California's brake copper bill has moved through the California State Assembly's Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this week, with plans to return to the negotiating table with the brake manufacturing industry

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

OOIDA Takes EOBR Rule to Court

Owner-operators believe the costs of EOBRs may outweigh the benefits. (Photo by Teletrac)

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has challenged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule with a petition filed in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

House Passes Small Business Lending Bill

Small trucking companies may catch a break with this new bill, backed by President Obama. The legislation still has to go through the Senate. (Photo by Corcentric)

The House of Representatives has passed the Small Business Lending Fund Act, which sets up a fund to help banks increase small business capital investment lending

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

NationaLease Sets Theme For Annual Meeting As 'Together Toward Tomorrow'

Dan Baker, often called the "senior statesman of driver issues" in the transportation industry, is the keynote speaker at NationaLease's 66th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

NationaLease, a full service truck leasing company, has set the theme for its Annual Meeting as "Together Toward Tomorrow," during which independent truck leasing organizations will share ideas and experiences and prepare their businesses for the future

Tags: Events

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Focuses on Unsafe Drivers During Operation Road Check

During last week's Operation Road Check, the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission placed 689 commercial vehicles and 137 drivers out of service in a three-day enforcement effort

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Sustainability Initiatives Have Not Slowed from Last Year

The industry is seeing more of a link between sustainability and good business practices. (Photo by Averitt Express)

Shippers and third-party logistics providers have not slowed down their sustainability efforts this year, with similar levels of activity to 2009

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Mack Offers Tours of Macungie Plant

Mack Trucks will offers tours of its Macungie Assembly Operations as part of the Antique Truck Club of America's 31st Annual Antique Truck Show, which will be held June 18 to 20 in Macungie, Pa

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

PacLease Celebrates 30 Years in Truck Leasing

PacLease, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in June 2010, offers aerodynamic trucks such as the Peterbilt Model 286 and the Kenworth T660 to help operators reduce their diesel fuel expenses.

Paccar Leasing is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1980, the company has grown from 17 locations to more than 400 locations in the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Germany today

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking's Carbon Footprint Goes Beyond On-Road Vehicles

A trucking company's carbon footprint goes beyond its on-road vehicle fleet to include other direct emissions, indirect emissions and the optional "life-cycle" emission

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Expediter Services Creates Program to Support Owner-Operators

Expediter Services has created its Owner-Operator Program, the fleet's new management and support program

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Love's Now Accepts TCH Fuel Cards

Through a new agreement, Love's Travel Stops are now accepting TCH payment product

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

States Ramping Up Distracted Driving Efforts

States are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message. (Photo by Jim Park)

States are ramping up their efforts to combat distracted driving, with 28 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam now banning text messaging by all driver

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

FedEx Capitalizes on International Recovery in 4Q

FedEx said its FedEx Express segment reported revenue of $5.88 billion, a 23 percent boost from last year's $4.80 billion.

FedEx Corp. continued to see an improvement in its performance during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, posting net income of $419 million, or $1.33 a share

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Technology Activity to Pick Up Among Fleets This Year

Eyefortransport's recent report shows that increased IT spending has begun. (Photo courtesy of TransCore)

Trucking executives are more optimistic about the use of technology in the year ahead, with 44 percent planning to boost their information technology investment in the next 12 months

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

TIA Pens Deal With Comdata

The Tire Industry Association has entered into an agreement with Comdata Corporation to endorse the Comdata Maintenance Discount Network

June 16, 2010 - Industry News

Kenly 95 Truckstop to Become a Petro

Kenly 95 Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., will become a Petro Stopping Center on July 1

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

NHTSA to Analyze Environmental Impacts of Fuel Efficiency Improvement Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential environmental impacts of its new fuel efficiency improvement program for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and work trucks

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Wisconsin Technician Takes Top Honors At Navistar Rodeo

2010 Rodeo Winner Jason Kleman

During Navistar's Service-Technician Rodeo held last week in Schaumburg, Ill., Jason Kleman of Mid-State Truck Service in Plover, Wis., took top honors

Tags: Events

June 15, 2010 - Industry News

Double Coin's Drive Position Tire Verified by SmartWay

Double Coin Holdings' FD405 tire has been verified by SmartWay as a low-rolling resistance drive position tire

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