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July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Stoughton Buys Barrett Trailers

Barrett has been a pioneer in the transportation of hogs.

STI Holdings, the parent company of Stoughton Trailers LLC, announced the acquisition of Barrett Trailers in Purcell, Okla.

Tags: Trailers, Mergers & Acquisitions, Stoughton Trailers

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Carbon Express Ups Driver Pay Amidst Fleet Growth

Carbon Express, Wharton, N.J., has increased driver pay rates effective July 1 by 50 cents an hour and 2 cents per mile.

Tags: Fleets, Driver Pay, Carbon Express

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Weekend Spells Opportunity for Cargo Thieves

FreightWatch International is recommending keeping a close eye on your freight this weekend to avoid cargo theft.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

July 2, 2014 - Industry News

Independence Day Holiday Travel Expected to Jump Over Last Year

Expect the highways to be more crowded this Independence Day weekend that they were last year and compared to the recent Memorial Day holiday.

Tags: Economy, AAA, Highways, Holiday Travel

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Warns of Woman Posing as a Doctor Conducting Medical Exams

Joann Elizabeth Wingate -- State police photo.

A woman impersonating a physician conducting false DOT medical exams on truck drivers has been charged by police with fraud and identity theft. Police in Pennsylvania are asking any driver who may have had an exam conducted by Joann Wingate since 2009 to contact them.

Tags: DOT, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

NACFE Releases Confidence Report on Idle Reduction Solutions

Idle-reduction technologies are not always one-size-fits-all. NACFE's Idle Reduction Solution report helps fleets make better technology choices.

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency helps fleets choose the right idle reduction solution for their operation. NACFE examines the pros and cons of 19 separate technologies, and provides a tool to help fleets compare different solutions.

Tags: Idle Reduction, NACFE

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Up for 13th Month in a Row

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Reaction to ELD Proposal Goes Full Circle

UPDATED -- Comments on the proposed Electronic Logging Device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, CVSA, ELDs, Hours of Service, Regulations

July 1, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Lets California's Low-Carbon Fuel Rules Stand

Overshadowed by the Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned aside a challenge to California's low carbon fuel standard, which a coalition of energy, farm and trade groups claimed illegally discriminates against fuel produced outside of the state.

Tags: California, Alternative Fuels, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Biofuels, Supreme Court, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

New Oil Standard Won't Have Adhesive Wear Test

Shell's Dan Arcy explains how oils protect against scuffing or adhesive wear in the cylinders and liners in an earlier engine teardown. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

A proposed test for adhesive wear, or scuffing, will not be a part of the upcoming new API oil standard, currently known as PC-11, and the new category is running behind schedule for implementation.

Tags: Shell, Lubricants, API, Low-Viscosity Oil, Fuel Economy, Engines

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

On-Highway Diesel Prices Ease Upward by a Tenth of a Cent

Diesel prices see a gain of one-tenth of a cent while regular-grade gasoline holds at last week's level. Crude oil prices are at their lowest in the past two weeks.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Westport, Clean Energy Fuels offer Natural Gas 201 Webinar

This free webinar is the second in a series designed to help fleets take full advantage of this inexpensive, abundant and clean-burning fuel.

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Stemco Consolidates Online Presence With New Website, LinkedIn Page

Stemco has launched a redesigned, redeveloped website and a LinkedIn page that consolidate the various Stemco brands under one umbrella.

Tags: Stemco

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Karmak Adds Business Consultant

David Green has joined Karmak as a business consultant, where he will match the unique business processes and needs of each customer with the Karmak system they are running to help them reach their potential.

Tags: Information Technology, Karmak

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

GE Capital: 27% of Fleets Expect to Expand Within a Year

Average revenue of firms surveyed that operate vehicle fleets was $191.7 million. Those companies employed an average of 1,439 people.

About two-thirds of executives at middle market companies ($10 million - $1 billion in sales) with responsibility for their company’s vehicle fleets, surveyed by GE Capital saw improved overall performance and improved financial performance compared to the same period a year ago. Many are making plans to expand their fleets, hire more workers and grow revenue in the year ahead.

Tags: GE Capital Fleet Services

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Minnesota Ups Biodiesel Mandate to 10%

The state agriculture industry has been a big supporter of Minnesota's biodiesel mandate.

Starting Tuesday, Minnesota, the first state to require biodiesel be blended with diesel sold in the state, will require all diesel fuel in the state to contain 10% biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, Minnesota, Fuel and Oil, Alternative Fuels

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Examines Fuel Industry Priorities, Trends

Margin management and fuel invoicing were at the top of the list of business priorities in the second annual Eye on Energy survey conducted by FuelQuest.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FuelQuest, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Fuel and Oil

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Shows Off New Lubricants Technology Center in China

The second-floor lab in the new Shell Technology Center in Shanghai focuses on basic testing such as viscosity, cold cranking ability, foaming and pumpability. (Photo courtesy Shell)

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well.

Tags: China, Lubricants, Shell Lubricants, global, Engine Oils

June 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away June 29 at the age of 86.

Tags: Ed Bobit, Obituary, Bobit Business Media, Automotive Fleet

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic Posts Second Straight Weekly Record High

This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, topping the previous record set last week, reaching 272,553 units, up 7.8% compared with the same week last year.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Adopts Funding Plan for Low-Carbon Freight Transportation

The plan allocates $85 million to reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and freight movement.

Tags: CARB, California, Emissions Reduction, California Air Resources Board

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

80-mph Speed Limit Coming to Nearly 500 Miles of Wyoming Roadways

Truck drivers and car drivers, along with anyone in between, will soon be able to legally drive up to 80 mph on 488 miles of rural interstate highway in Wyoming.

Tags: Wyoming, Speed Limits, Safety, Safety & Compliance

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Maxion Appoints Bill Wardle Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

According to the company, this addition to its global leadership team will help to push Maxion Wheels’ aggressive growth strategy. Wardle will be based in the company’s global headquarters in Novi, Mich.

Tags: People, Maxion Wheel

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Prices Stable in Bulk, Slightly Higher in Tote Jugs

While U.S. national truck stop prices have remained stable for the second consecutive month, the Canadian national average price at truck stops moved back to CA$0.80 per liter after settling at CA$0.81 during the past two months.

Tags: DEF, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Emissions

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