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August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Distribution Moves from Loss to Profit in Second Quarter

Trucking company parent Quality Distribution Inc. has reported a 6.8% increase in revenue in the second quarter of the year compared to the same time a year ago as it moved from a loss to a profit.

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Drift Lower Amid Higher Volume

Spot truckload load volume rose sharply and capacity tightened during the past week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

MHC Moves Chattanooga Facility

The new full-service dealership includes CNG/LNG compliant bays, lighting and translucent wash bay doors. Photo via MHC Kenworth

Murphy-Hoffman Company’s dealership in Chattanooga, Tenn., is moving to a new facility off of I-75. This new location will be the dealership in Tennessee for the truck dealer group.

Tags: Tennessee, Dealers, MHC

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Confirms Tight Capacity

Trucking capacity is indeed tight, according to the third-quarter 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted in July by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, and carriers are trying many methods to improve productivity.

Tags: Productivity, Research, Capacity

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

TIMTC, USDOT Sponsor Webinar on Freight Technology

The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation invite industry stakeholders to learn how technology assessment tools can help carriers identify investment opportunities and improve operations.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, XRS, TIMTC

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Post Solid Gains

UPDATED -- Shipments increased 0.5% from the month before following a May drop of 1%, hitting its highest level on record.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit Second-Best July Ever

Near-record-setting Class 8 truck orders of nearly 30,000 in July mean the industry is on track to potentially reach 325,000 Class 8 trucks this year, according to preliminary figures from two industry research groups.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Chinese Gliders Are Platforms for New American Class 7-8 Trucks

This Alkane prototype heavy tractor has a Cummins ISX12 G and Eaton UltraShift transmission. Its LNG system might be changed to easier-to-handle CNG. Photo: Alkane

Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Trucks Appoints New Regional Vice President

Mack Trucks recently named Martin Kleker regional vice president for the U.S. Central Region. Photo via Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks named Martin Kleker regional vice president for the U.S. Central Region.

Tags: Mack Trucks, People, EEL

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Solid Second Quarter Gains

Credit: IANA

International containers increased 9.6%, trailers improved by 4.3%, and domestic containers grew 7.6% quarter-over-quarter, all indications that the intermodal industry is recovering from a harsh winter and a contracted economy.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Keep Moving Lower as Oil Declines

The average cost of diesel has declined another half-cent from last week to $3.853 per gallon, its lowest price since late last November.

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Hiring 150 Drivers in Dallas Area

It said the need is due to growing needs across the company’s driving divisions, including: van truckload, dedicated, intermodal, tanker and regional operations.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-35W in Minneapolis Closing This Weekend

Credit: Minnesota DOT

Southbound I-35W from Highway 55 to 46th Street will close Friday, Aug. 8 at midnight through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tags: Minnesota, Road Construction, I-94, Interstate 94

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Values Continuing Slide

Graphic: Black Book

Values for heavy-duty truck are falling at a slower rate while those for medium-duty models are remaining fairly consistent, according to new figures from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Tunnel Opens For Trucks at PortMiami

After four years of construction, including a delay from this past May, the PortMiami Tunnel has opened, giving trucks easier access to nearby highways.

Tags: Florida, Ports, Port Trucking

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation

August 4, 2014 - Industry News

More Than 1,000 Volvo, Nearly 200 Freightliner Trucks Recalled

Volvo Trucks of North America is recalling 1,025 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice.

Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, NHTSA

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Maverick Expands Driver Training Center

With the additional space, Maverick now has the ability to train 210 drivers at any one time. Photo courtesy Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation last week celebrated the expansion of its driver training center, which adds more than 13,000 square feet to the previous facility.

Tags: Driver Training, Fleets, Maverick Transportation

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Customers Can Customize Trucks Online

Peterbilt's online configurator allows customers to see what model they create. Photo via Peterbilt

Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.

Tags: Peterbilt, Custom Products, Class 8

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Adds to U.S. Job Growth, Manufacturing Surges

The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Southbound I-495 Reopens in Delaware, Northbound to Follow

The southbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington, Del., have opened a month ahead of schedule following the realignment of the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River, according to the state DOT.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Vikas Jain Moves to Zonar from Omnitracs

Vikas Jain appointed as COO of Zonar. Photo: Zonar

Vikas Jain, formerly an executive with Omnitracs, has been named the new chief operating officer for Zonar.

Tags: Zonar, People, Omnitracs, Vikas Jain, Telematics, Information Technology

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Congress Passes 10-Month Highway Bill

The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Highway Funding

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

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