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December 2, 2014 - Industry News

East Offers Mobile-Optimized Website

East Manufacturing has launched a new interactive version of its website at www.eastmfg.com to help user select the right drop deck, dump, flatbed and refuse trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Websites

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Senate Votes Down Plan to Cut State Truck Weight Limit

A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, Drivers, President Obama

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names President of North American Truck Business

Photo: Eaton Corp.

Truck component manufacturer Eaton Corp. announced on Tuesday Pavan Pattada has been named president of the company’s North American truck business beginning the first of next year.

Tags: Eaton Corp., People

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ruan CEO Chapman Retiring, McLean Appointed to Position

Incoming Ruan CEO Ben McLean. Photo: Ruan

Ruan Transportation Management Systems CEO Steve Chapman is retiring from the company on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by current President and Chief Operating Officer Ben McLean.

Tags: Fleets, People, Ruan

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Names Research Advisory Committee Members

Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Spending Up, Holiday Sales Start Off Slow

Construction spending in the U.S. posted its biggest increase in five months during October, according to a new Commerce Department report released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Construction

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Wisconsin DOT Testing Orange Lane Markings in Construction Zone

Many years ago, Schneider founder Don Schneider decided on bright orange paint for his trucks to make them more visible. So it's only fitting that the home state of the megafleet is testing orange highway markings for the same reason.

Tags: Wisconsin, I-94

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Hires Director of Engineering, Network Strategy

He will be responsible for refining and enhancing the Arkansas-based company’s route network as it continues with its growth strategy, according to a news release.

Tags: Fleets, People, USA Truck

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Adds Third Texas Facility

ASF Intermodal opened an intermodal drayage facility in Fort Worth, Texas. It's the firm's third such facility in the state, joining locations in Houston and Dallas.

Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal, Texas

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Purchasing Freightquote.com for $365 Million

Photo: C.H. Robinson Worldwide Facebook page.

The third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Freightquote.com Inc. for $365 million in cash.

Tags: Intermodal, LTL, Truckload, C.H. Robinson, 3PL, Freightquote.com, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Brokers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Interstate 94 in St. Paul Closing for Bridge Work

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Highways, Minnesota, I-94

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Decline as Oil Sinks

Fuel prices started off the final month of 2014 in the same fashion they have been during much of the second half of the year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Golden State Foods Opens 'Green' Distribution Center

The SafeConnect electric standby connection system: Photo via Golden State Foods.

Golden State Foods opened a new 158,000-square-foot Chicago distribution center that is LEED Gold Certified for environmental efficiency and sustainability, a first for Golden State Foods and McDonald’s distribution.

Tags: Chicago, McDonald's, Distribution, Food and Beverage Fleets, Sustainability, Fleets, Trailers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Expands Business Comparison Benchmarking Service

The Truckload Carriers Association is expanding its benchmarking services by providing multiple levels of subscription based on the needs of each company. The benchmarks allow companies to compare operations against peers and leading trucking companies.

Tags: Benchmarking, Fleets, TCA

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

McCandless Truck Center Acquires Hanson International

The McCandless Truck Center International dealership group acquired Hanson International of Western Colorado, a commercial truck dealer with two dealerships in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Tags: Colorado, International Trucks, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Truck Dealers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.R. England Seeks Driver Training Exemption

C.R. England is asking for a rule exemption to improve its driver training process.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, C.R. England, Regulations, Driver Safety

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slowed in November

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, but at a slower pace, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest survey by the Institute for Supply Management

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking Increasing Driver Pay

The trucking companies Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking announced a pay increase for their company national over the road drivers starting the first of next year.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Driver Pay, Crete Carrier Corp., Shaffer Trucking

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Drivers Vote Down Teamsters in Louisville

Truck drivers at FedEx Freight’s Louisville, Kentucky, terminal last week voted against representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: Kentucky, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, FedEx, FedEx Freight

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Canada's Mullen Group to Make Second-Biggest Acquisition Ever

Alberta-based trucking company Mullen Group Ltd. says it will pay $172 million cash to buy Winnipeg-based transport company Gardewine Group Limited Partnership.

Tags: Canada, LTL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oilfield

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Improve Over Previous Week

Graphic: DAT Solutions

Spot market freight rates have posted slight gains, but one sector continues to see rates slide, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Gains in Durables, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence

Key economic indicators for October that were posted last week show mostly good news for trucking, including durable goods, home sales and consumer confidence.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods, Home Sales, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

November 28, 2014 - Industry News

Blossman Developing Propane Autogas Transit Van

Photo courtesy of Blossman Services.

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services Inc. will produce a Ford Transit van powered by propane autogas and available in January, the company announced.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Ford Transit, Blossman Services, Propane Conversion, EPA Certification

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