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December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Trucks Moved 70 Percent of Tonnage in '07

Trucking was the most popular mode of hauling freight in the U.S. in 2007, accounting for 71 percent of the value, 70 percent of the tonnage and 40 percent of the ton-miles, according to 2007 Commodity Flow Surve

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Saia Seeks to Sell Stock to Pay Down Debt

Saia projects a fourth quarter loss of 30 to 36 cents per share.

Less-than-truckload carrier Saia has announced a plan to sell 2.31 million shares of its common stock for $11.50 a share to certain qualified institutional buyers, a move designed to pay down debt and get relief from debt covenants

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

DOE Reports Seventh Weekly Drop in Diesel

Diesel prices dropped another 2.2 cents Monday, continuing the fuel's slow seven-week fal

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

New Canadian Rule Promotes Flexibility in Trailer and Tire Spec'ing

The Canadian government has reduced the minimum track width requirements for new trailers from 2.5 meters (98.4 inches) to 2.45 meters (96.5 inches). (Photo by Jim Park)

Canadian regulators have made changes to the country's Weights and Dimensions regulations promoting flexibility in tire spec'ing

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Navistar Stock Gains 7.2 Percent on News of 4Q Profit

Navistar's parts sector benefited from the company's expansion into the military market, which increased sales by $519 million.

Navistar International saw its stock gain 7.2 percent to $38.08 in the opening session of trading Tuesday morning, following news that the engine and truck manufacturer achieved a fiscal fourth quarter profit of $86 millio

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

Tulsa's Arrow Trucking Suspends Operations; Drivers Stranded

Tulsa, Okla.-based Arrow Trucking suspended operations Tuesday, laying off employees and leaving drivers stranded right before the Christmas holiday, according to published report

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

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