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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

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Osieki to Discuss CSA 2010 at EBE User Conference

Software provider EBE Technologies will kick off its annual user conference with Dave Osieki, the American Trucking Associations' vice president of safety, security and operations, who will discuss how fleets can ready for CSA 2010

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Oshkosh CEO to Present at Heavy Duty Dialogue '10

The organizers of Heavy Duty Dialogue 2010 have tapped Bob Bohn, chairman and CEO of Oshkosh to speak at the event, which will be held at Mirage in Las Vegas, on Jan. 18, 201

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Ferro to Kick Off Mid-West Truckers Convention

Anne Ferro, the new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will kick things off at the opening session of the 47th Annual Mid-West Truckers Association Convention on Feb. 5, 2010 in Peoria, Ill

Tags: Events

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Roll-Tite Is Back in Business Under New Ownership

Roll-Tite offers retractable tarpaulin systems for specialty trucks, drop decks, straight trucks, and flat beds, such as this one.

Retractable tarpaulin manufacturer Roll-Tite is back in business under new ownership and the leadership of Roman Pankiw, president

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Study Ranks the Best and Worst of State Highway Systems

In the U.S., 25 percent of bridges are deficient or functionally obsolete.

North Dakota took the title of best performing highway systems in America for the ninth year in a row, while Alaska had the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway system in the natio

Tags: Highways

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lautenberg Withdraws EOBR Amendment

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., today withdrew an amendment that would have mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders on all commercial vehicles

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Extra Zzzzs Lead to Healthier Eating Habits Among Drivers, Study Finds

Truck drivers have one of the toughest jobs around. "Motor freight workers often work long hours, and a variety of factors influence their sleep duration and quality: irregular shifts, mealtimes, and sleep patterns; unsatisfactory sleeping accommodations; and anxiety over traffic, schedules, and economic pressures," according to a study conducted by Dr. Orfeu M. Buxton and colleagues at Harvard Medical School. The rigors of the job make drivers even more susceptible to stres

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Switching to Rail Freight May Not Be the Greenest Option

One option for a greener transport system would be a transloading model, where truck is used for local transport and rail for the intercity movement. Photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern

The answer to achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions may not necessarily be the greater use of freight rail, but we should consider improved access to intermodal terminals, equalization of rail and truck standards for production of potent NOx exhaus

Tags: Intermodal

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

SmartWay Adds Continental's HTL1 to Verified Technologies

The EPA's SmartWay program has added Continental Tire North America's HTL1 super single trailer tire to its list of verified technologies for tires

December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Lower November Numbers Confirm October Pre-Buy

As expected, net orders for heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles fell sharply to 10,550 units in November, down 50 percent from an October order volume that was inflated by an upcoming EPA emissions mandate

December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Port Truckers Can Drive Old Vehicles While Waiting

To qualify for the truck ban extension, the truck must be a Level 3 retrofit and also have a 25 percent NOx reduction capability.

To be consistent with a new California Air Resources Board ruling, the Port of Los Angeles has made another amendment to its tariff to allow certain truck drivers to continue operating their old trucks beyond the Jan. 1, 2010 ba

Tags: Intermodal

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