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December 16, 2009 - Industry News

YRC Lenders Extend Credit Agreement; New Deadline for Debt Exchange

If successful, the debt-for-equity swap would eliminate a third of YRC's debt.

Amid YRC Worldwide's announcement that it would extend the deadline on its debt-for-equity swap to Thursday night, the less-than-truckload carrier's lenders extended its credit agreement until Jan. 12, giving the company access to $950 million in credi

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Targets Independent Contractor Status With New Bill

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has introduced legislation aimed at preventing employers in industries, including trucking, from misclassifying workers as "independent contractors" in order to avoid paying taxes or benefits

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Schneider National Completes Container Conversion

Schneider National has converted its mixed trailer/container fleet to an all-container fleet, after working on the conversion for three years

Tags: Intermodal

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Leland Expands Distribution Network

Leland Brake and Wheel has added North East Great Dane to its OES dealer/distributor family

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

TransCore Freight Index Up 65 Percent From '08

The availability of spot market freight improved by 65 percent in November over November of last year, according to the TransCore Freight Index

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

Peterbilt Wisconsin & Illinois to Offer Warranties Through NTP

Peterbilt Wisconsin & Illinois, with 11 dealer locations, will offer warranties to the used truck dealers' customers through a new deal with National Truck Protection

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

Roadrunner Purchases Bullet Freight Systems

Wisconsin-based Roadrunner Transportation Services has purchased Bullet Freight Systems, which provides less-than-truckload services through Bullet and truckload services through its Caliber Logistics division

December 15, 2009 - Industry News

CEO of North American Trucks to Present at Heavy Duty Dialogue '10

The organizers of Heavy Duty Dialogue 2010 have lined up Denny Slagle, CEO of North American Trucks, to present a panel discussion on "Trucking - A Ten Year View.

Tags: Events

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Black's Tire Opens New Retread Plant in North Carolina

From left to right, Rick, Ryan, Ricky and Jeremy Benton, stand in the company's new retread plant and distribution center in Clarkton, N.C.

Black's Tire Commercial Division has opened a new 50,000 square-foot retread plant and commercial distribution center in Clarkton, N.C

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Fitch: Positive Growth in Volumes Ahead

The trucking industry can expect positive growth in year-over-year volumes in the first quarter of 201

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Largest Dip in Six Weeks

Diesel loses 2.4 cents, while crude oil hovers around $70 a barrel.

Diesel continued its six-week trend, losing 2.4 cents this week to land at a national average of $2.74

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

TCA Participates in Wreaths Across America

One of the largest of all the Wreaths Across America ceremonies took place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Last week, members of the Truckload Carriers Association delivered about 5,600 wreaths each to 405 cemeteries across the U.S. as part of the Wreaths Across America program

Tags: Events

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Volumes Down From October; Up From Last Year

Freight availability on the spot market fell 4.4 percent in November from October, a better-than-seasonal result, according to TransCore's market research

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Chemrec CEO Calls For Industry Promotion of DME

Studies of various land-use efficiencies for various biofuels and processes by Volvo AB show, in the lower two bars, the high efficiency of DME as a diesel substitute.

During the 2009 World Methanol Conference in Miami, Richard LeBlanc, CEO of Chemrec, advocated for increased efforts to promote the use of dimethyl ether throughout North America as an alternative fuel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Approves Spending Bill For FY2010; $41 Billion Goes to Highways

The recently approved spending bill outlines plans for highway construction funding through September 2010.

On Sunday, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2010, which includes $41 billion for highway construction, a slight increase from last yea

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

EEOC Sues YRC Over Discrimination at Chicago Ridge

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against YRC, alleging that the carrier created a racially hostile environment for its black employees at the Chicago Ridge facilit

December 14, 2009 - Industry News

TIA Releases Dates For Training Programs

The Tire Industry Association has released the 2010 dates for the Automotive Tire Service and Commercial Tire Service Certified Instructor programs

Tags: Events

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

TA Debuts New Wheeler Ridge Location

TravelCenters of America has opened a new location in Wheeler Ridge, Calif., on Interstate 5 at Lake Isabella

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

SC&RA Gears Up For 2010 Symposium

The 2009 Specialized Transportation Symposium was held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association will hold its annual Specialized Transportation Symposium March 3-5, 2010, at the Intercontinental Dallas in Addison, Texas

Tags: Events

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the econom

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

HDAW'10 Sees Increased Interest From Suppliers, Distributors

Suppliers and distributors have been showing their support for the upcoming Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week conference in January, with more than 350 booths reserved, up 7 percent from the 2009 event, and 256 distributors registered, up 25 percent from 2009

Tags: Events

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

IANA's Intermodal Equipment Registry Goes Live

The Intermodal Association of North America has launched its Global Intermodal Equipment Registry, a virtual technology alternative to the intermodal equipment marking options that were mandated in the final roadability regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Tags: Intermodal

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Get Ready For Onslaught of New Rules From OSHA

Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it clear that it's back in the rulemaking business, with a sling of new labor rules in the pipeline for 2010 that trucking companies ought to be aware of. That's the message that was presented during the American Trucking Associations' recent webinar "OSHA Outlook: What to Expect from OSHA in the Current Political Climate," lead by Larry Halprin, a partner at Keller and Heckma

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

Florida Municipalities Upgrade to RunWise Hybrid Vehicles

The Florida communities of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami have purchased 11 Autocar E3 refuse trucks with Parker Hannifin's RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology

December 11, 2009 - Industry News

ACT: 2011 Shaping Up For Strong Growth in Production

While 2010 should bring modest growth in production levels, ACT Research expects 2011 to see significant growth in truck production, both in the medium and heavy-duty sectors

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