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December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Hybrid Voucher Program Debuts New Web Site

The California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) has debuted a new web site, www.californiahvip.org, designed to provide details and requirements on the project as well as a portal for requesting vouchers that pay for clean hybri

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Chinese Truck Market Posts Strong Third Quarter

The heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle markets in China had a strong third quarter, as increased infrastructure investment and a quick rebound in exports boosted truck deman

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Panther Executives Raise $3,000 For Toys For Tots

Clarke and Wadel performed the job of Panther's owner-operators in a Sprinter cargo van, such as this one.

After joining drivers on the road hauling freight the week of Dec. 7, Panther Expedited Services executives Andrew Clarke, president and CEO, and Ed Wadel, chief information officer, managed to raise about $3,000 for the Marine's Toys for Tots progra

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Bendix Reaches Production Milestone at Huntington Facility

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is celebrating the production of its 1,000th Autocar cab at its Huntington, Ind., facility, which reached the milestone this month

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Ferro to Speak at Women In Trucking Event

Anne Ferro

The Women In Trucking Association has tapped Anne Ferro, the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to speak at the group's "Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel.

Tags: Events

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Private Investment Firm Purchases Transplace

Third party logistics provider Transplace has been acquired by an affiliate of CI Capital Partners, a New York-based private investment firm

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

(Photo by Steve Sturgess)

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire. All-Around Heavy-Duty Tech Randy Hughes from Texarkana, who won his category in each of the previous three contests, will have a very merry Christmas indeed, with $8,000 in prize money, $5,500 worth of top tools to make him even more effective as a technicia

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Crude Oil Falls Below $73 on a Strong Dollar

The EIA expects crude oil to land around $75 a barrel early next year.

Crude oil traded lower Monday, a reflection of a strong dollar and news of pipeline snags in Iraq and Nigeri

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Teamsters Announces Deal With GM Carhaulers

Leaders of the Teamsters union negotiated a deal with GM to protect existing Teamsters who do carhaul work for the manufacturer. The two plan to discuss future carhaul work

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Congress Postpones Action on Highway Reauthorization for Two Months

Congress extended the current highway program for two months, again postponing action on comprehensive reform of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure system

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Northwood University Honors Grote's CEO

Northwood University has chosen to honor William "Bill" Grote III, chairman and CEO of Grote Industries, with one of six 30th Annual Outstanding Business Leader Award

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

AAA: Get Ready For More Drivers on the Road During the Holidays

The number of highway travelers is expected to increase by 4.4 percent to 77.7 million during the year-end holidays, up from 74.4 million last year, according to AA

Tags: Highways

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Navistar Invests in Ammonia-Based Emissions Technology

According to the Amminex web site, the obvious way to remove NOx is to add a precisely measured amount of ammonia and pass the mixture over a catalyst. The Amminex technology allows for the onboard storage of ammonia.

Navistar has acquired an interest in a Danish company that makes a type of NOX-reducing emissions technology -- a selective catalytic reduction process that does not rely on the addition of diesel exhaust fluid

December 21, 2009 - Industry News

Blackmer Donates Propane Pump For Breast Cancer Awareness

The pink bobtail is equipped with the Blackmer Model TLGLF3C Propane Pump and BV2 Bypass Valve.

Blackmer has donated a propane pump to Patriot Propane, Ramona, Calif., to be used on a pink bobtail that will raise funds for breast-cancer research, education, screening and treatment

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

Door-to-door Reefer Intermodal

Cold Train refrigerated domestic container was so new at the IANA show that the fuel tank still had to be fitted. It will mount under the reefer, within the framework that protects the front of the box and refrigeration equipment.

A unique domestic shipping container bowed in at the NITL/IANA/TIA Conference and Show in Anaheim, Calif., recently

Tags: Intermodal

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

Joplin Petro Receives Blue Seal Award From ASE

Eighty percent of the service technicians at Joplin Petro: Lube have at least one ASE classification.

Joplin Petro in Joplin, Mo., received the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, which identifies facilities with a large percentage of ASE-certified professionals

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

EOBR Rule Moves Closer to Publication

EOBR rule will mean end of paper logs for some truckers. (Photo by Jim Park)

The final rule requiring electronic onboard recorders on some trucks has been sent to the White House for approval, setting the stage for publication probably in February

December 18, 2009 - Industry News

Opening Session of HDAW to Focus on Market Opportunity

Stuart MacKay

During the opening general session of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2010, industry expert Stuart MacKay, president and founder of MacKay and Co., will discuss why the current market may prove to be an opportunit

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

YRC Running Out of Time on Debt Exchange

YRC says it has until Dec. 31 to complete its debt swap. Its liquidity position is at risk.

YRC Worldwide announced Thursday that it must complete its debt-for-equity exchange by Dec. 31 to pay off $19 million in interest due, or its "liquidity position would become unsustainable," the company said

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Osieki to Discuss CSA 2010 at EBE User Conference

Software provider EBE Technologies will kick off its annual user conference with Dave Osieki, the American Trucking Associations' vice president of safety, security and operations, who will discuss how fleets can ready for CSA 2010

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Oshkosh CEO to Present at Heavy Duty Dialogue '10

The organizers of Heavy Duty Dialogue 2010 have tapped Bob Bohn, chairman and CEO of Oshkosh to speak at the event, which will be held at Mirage in Las Vegas, on Jan. 18, 201

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Ferro to Kick Off Mid-West Truckers Convention

Anne Ferro, the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will kick things off at the opening session of the 47th Annual Mid-West Truckers Association Convention on Feb. 5, 2010 in Peoria, Ill

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Roll-Tite Is Back in Business Under New Ownership

Roll-Tite offers retractable tarpaulin systems for specialty trucks, drop decks, straight trucks, and flat beds, such as this one.

Retractable tarpaulin manufacturer Roll-Tite is back in business under new ownership and the leadership of Roman Pankiw, president

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Study Ranks the Best and Worst of State Highway Systems

In the U.S., 25 percent of bridges are deficient or functionally obsolete.

North Dakota took the title of best performing highway systems in America for the ninth year in a row, while Alaska had the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway system in the natio

Tags: Highways

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lautenberg Withdraws EOBR Amendment

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., today withdrew an amendment that would have mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders on all commercial vehicles

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