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November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Creation Above 200,000 for Seventh Straight Month

The U.S. job market continues improving with a new report showing private sector employment increased by 230,000 jobs from September to October, the biggest gain since June.

Tags: Economy, Employment

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Greenkraft Receives Grant to Develop CNG-PHEV Class 4 Truck

Photo: Greenkraft

Greenkraft Inc. has announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.’s (EDI) joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas (CNG)-hybrid electric vehicle.

Tags: PHEV, Greenkraft, CNG

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Near Record Month for Class 8 Orders

Photo: International.

October was the second best month on record for orders of Class 8 trucks, increasing 87% over September to nearly 46,000 units, according to FTR.

Tags: OEM, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Opens Lease and Rental Facility in Kansas City

Photo: Summit Holdings.

Summit Holdings opened a new truck lease and rental facility in Kansas City, Kan. It will also function as a parts and service location, housing 10 service bays as well as diagnostic equipment for repairs.

Tags: Leased Vehicles, Kansas City, Parts and Service, Fuel, Summit Truck Group

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

McNeilus Expands CNG Fuel System to More Vehicles

Photo courtesy of McNeilus

The McNeilus Next Generation Compressed Natural Gas system, already available for refuse and concrete mixers, is now available on more vehicle types, including construction, delivery, over-the-road, and other severe-duty fleets.

Tags: CNG Conversions, McNeilus, Refuse Trucks, Oshkosh

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Gives Out Awards for Safety Efforts

The American Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council honored fleets, safety professionals and a state association at the annual Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Safety, ATA, Awards, Safety Management Council

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air's FAF Raising Owner-Operator Compensation

Forward Air Corp’s. motor carrier subsidiary, FAF Inc., is raising owner-operator pay effective Jan 4. The contractual base rate will increase by 10 cents per mile for team less-than-truckload and truckload express service, while rates for solo truckload express drivers will increase by 6 cents per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Forward Air, Driver Pay

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Activity Increasing in Pacific Northwest

Washington State saw a record-breaking number of cargo thefts in the third quarter of the year, along with a new tactics on the part of thieves that could signal a likelihood of further thefts.

Tags: Security, Washington, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 7 Models Including 2014 F-150

Photo of 2014 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The automaker issues five separate recalls affecting more than 202,000 vehicles in North America.

Tags: Ford F-150, Lincoln, Ford Transit Connect, 2011-MY, Recalls, Ford Crown Victoria, Ford, Ford Transit, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Ford Flex, Lincoln Town Car

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Former HDT Senior Editor James Stacy Dead at Age 94

A memorial service for former Heavy Duty Trucking Senior Editor James Stacy is set for later this week following his death on June 18 at age 94.

Tags: Obituary, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

OMB Clears Insurance Proposal

The White House Office of Management and Budget has cleared a truck insurance notice for publication.The document, officially an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, will spell out proposed changes in minimum insurance requirements by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, Insurance

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Green Fleet Conference Wrap Up

Day 2's general session sat down (L to R) Tony Orta, Southern California Gas, Banny Allison, AmeriPride, and Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, Ohio to talk about their experiences in the fleet world. Photo by Becky May

The Green Fleet Conference & Expo rallied its 550 attendees back together for day two of the alternative fuels conference.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Events, Alternative Fuels

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Forward Air Purchases Intermodal Drayage Provider

The trucking operation Forward Air Corp. announced its subsidiary, Central States Trucking Co., has purchased substantially all of the assets of Multi-Modal Trucking Inc. and Multi-Modal Services Inc., based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forward Air

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Accuride Reports Positive Earnings for Second Consecutive Quarter

Accuride introduced a new lightweight line of aluminum wheels this year.

The strong commercial truck market has helped Accuride Corp. to a second profitable quarter in a row, with a number of analysts upgrading their advice on the company's stock.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Earnings

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Continues Falling, Lowest Since 2011

Fuel and crude oil are continuing down the road toward lower prices, hitting levels not seen in at least nearly two and half years.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs Completes XRS Acquisition

Photo via Omnitracs.

Omnitracs completed its $178 million acquisition of fleet management software company XRS, the company announced. The company began the acquisition process in September.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, XRS, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TransForce Plans to Shed Truckload, Waste Operations

TransForce CEO Alain Bédard said the Montreal-based company will spin-off the truckload business, possibly in 2015, followed by the waste division, which includes landfills, possibly a couple years later.

Tags: Canada, Waste Management, Truckload, TransForce

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

TMC to Focus on Future of Fuel at Annual Meeting

Booths at the 2014 TMC Annual Meeting.

The Technology & Maintenance Council announced a “Fueling the Future” theme for its 2015 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, taking place in Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Fleet Maintenance, TMC, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Management, Events

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Carrier Input On Detention Survey

ATRI is looking for carrier input through its latest survey on detention time and the impact it has on industry safety and productivity,

Tags: Safety, Survey, ATRI, Detention Pay, Productivity

November 3, 2014 - Product News

Betts Truck Parts Brings Advanced Support to Customers

Photo via Betts Truck Parts & Service.

Betts Truck Parts & Service announced that it would be providing advanced drivetrain product support by making its drivetrain products manager available to customers.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Eaton, Drivetrains, Betts Truck Parts and Service

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

USA Posts Biggest Profit in Eight Years

Transportation and logistics provider USA Truck Inc. has announced earnings for the third quarter of the year showing its most profitable quarter in eight years and its second straight quarterly profit.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, USA Truck

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Construction Down

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, its highest level since March 2011, according to nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

ArcBest Profit Leaps by 40%

Trucking and logistics holding company ArcBest Corp. has reported improved third quarter 2014 results, reflecting business growth at ABF Freight and all of its emerging companies.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Pick Up Win at Second FedEx Freight Terminal

The Teamsters Union chalked up its second win at FedEx Freight when a group of 113 drivers at the company’s South Brunswick, N.J., terminal voted Friday to join Teamsters Local 701.

Tags: Drivers, Con-way Freight, Pennsylvania, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight, LTL

November 3, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Profit Inches Higher

Trucking and logistics provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems reported record revenue and operating income for the third quarter.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, Earnings, LTL, Truckload

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