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December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Nov. Trailer Orders Up From 2008 Amid Modest Cancellations

November trailer orders saw a 73 percent gain from a year ago.

While November net orders for commercial trailers were down 27 percent from October, orders were up 73 percent from a year ago, a reflection of modest order cancellations this yea

December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Triangle Suspension Opens New Mount Olive Production Plant

Triangle Suspension Systems, which manufactures leaf springs and distributes a wide array of related suspension components, has opened its new Mount Olive, N.C., plant for production of heavy cross-sectioned steel spring

December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Merry Christmas

There will be no news posted on Dec. 24 and 25, in recognition of the Christmas holiday. News will resume Monday, Dec. 28

December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Senate Tables Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Beyond Expiration Date

The Senate has decided to table the consideration of an extension to the biodiesel tax credit until early next year, a move that has biodiesel producers up in arms, as the current tax credit expires Dec. 31

December 23, 2009 - Industry News

Midwest LTL Is Under New Ownership

LME went from a one-truck operation serving local farming communities to a 34 terminal operation serving 10 states.

Lakeville Motor Express, a regional less-than-truckload carrier, has been acquired by Shari K. Taylor Wilsey and Roger D. Wilsey, Sr., who joined the company in 2001 and was LME's vice president of administration and corporate complianc

December 22, 2009 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Compliance Deadline on 'Roadability' Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the Dec. 17 deadline for compliance on its "roadability" rule for intermodal container chassis to June 30, 201

Tags: Intermodal

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

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