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January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Truckload Linehual, Intermodal Rates Continue Increasing

A measure of truckload linehaul rates has hit a new record high while a separate gauge of intermodal shipping rates showed it posted its 15th straight increase.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

January 19, 2018 - Industry News

Kenworth Continues Government Sales Program

Image of T880S Dump Truck courtesy of Kenworth

Kenworth Truck Company is offering a program with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) that expands sales opportunities for new Kenworth Class 6-8 chassis to more than 50,000 NJPA members throughout the United States and Canada.

Tags: Kenworth, NJPA, Kenworth T880, Dump Trucks, Government Contracts

January 19, 2018 - Industry News

FMCSA Publishes ELD Waiver for Rental Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published in the Federal Register the waiver the Truck Renting and Leasing Association requested for short-term rental trucks.

Tags: FMCSA, TRALA, Truck Rental, ELD, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service

January 19, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Hits 6-Month Low, Housing Starts Fall

Consumers are feeling less upbeat, due to uncertainty about economic conditions following the tax overhaul recently signed into law, according to a new report. Meanwhile the level of new home construction last year was the best in a decade despite a December decline.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Starts, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels

Fontana Truck Stop Center has found that offering renewable fuels is one way to stand out, so they sell biodiesel blends and a blend of biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) at its diesel islands.

Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels, CNG, Truck Stops, Fontana Truck Center

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Regional Small Fleets Slower to Comply With ELD Mandate

Graph courtesy CarrierLists

Regional small fleets appear to be lagging behind national fleets when it comes to adoption of mandatory electronic logging devices, according to the latest weekly survey numbers from CarrierLists.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 18, 2018 - Product News

Federal-Mogul Launching Heavy-Duty Tech-Training Program

Screenshot via Federal Mogul

Federal-Mogul Motorparts is launching Garage Gurus HD, a heavy-duty training program for technicians who perform heavy-duty vehicle repairs.

Tags: Technician Training, Online Training, HDAW, Technicians, Federal Mogul

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Hit 3-Year High

Class 8 truck orders rose to 37,500 units in December 2017.

North American Class 8 truck orders rose to a 37-month high in December, signaling a healthy market going into 2018.

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

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Profit More Than Triples

Trucking, intermodal and logistics services provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. kicked off the fourth quarter 2017 and full-year earnings season in the trucking industry on Thursday when it reported big gains in profits for both periods, due in large part to the recent tax law changes approved by Congress late last year.

Tags: Intermodal, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

How 3 SmartWay Excellence Honorees Cut Their Carbon Footprint

The expanded use of CNG-powered trucks has helped Pitt Ohio reduce both its carbon footprint and fuel costs. Photo: Mack Trucks

Three recipients of SmartWay's 2017 Excellence Award detail their best practices for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon footprints, from intermodal to alternative fuels.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, SmartWay, EPA SmartWay, Fuel Economy, CNG, Kimberly-Clark, Intermodal, Pitt Ohio, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Regional Haul

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

APC Launches Replacement Parts Program for Trucks

Image via APC Automotive Technologies

APC Automotive Technologies has launched a replacement parts category program for light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Replacement Parts, HDAW, Parts and Service

January 17, 2018 - Product News

Help Inc. Adds Seven PrePass Sites in North Carolina

Photo: Help Inc.

Help Inc. announced seven new operational weigh station bypass locations in North Carolina, increasing the number of stations available to PrePass users traveling in the state.

Tags: Weigh Stations, Help Inc., PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, North Carolina

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

SiriusXM to Launch Women In Trucking Show

Image of Ellen Voie courtesy of Getty Images

With women making up 7% of the trucking industry workforce, SiriusXM’s Women In Trucking will help promote the employment of more women by identifying and removing the obstacles that keep them from entering the field.

Tags: Women in Fleet, SiriusXM, Women in Trucking

January 17, 2018 - Press Release

LeasePlan USA Names Truck Sales VP

Morris.

LeasePlan USA has today announced the appointment of Naeem Morris to its Truck and Equipment Division. In his role of truck sales vice president, Morris will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the LeasePlan truck division in the Midwest.

Tags: LeasePlan, New Hire

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Biggest Annual Gain in 7 Years

A surge in industrial production for December exceeded expectations, but the strength was largely a function of a weather-related utilities spike. A separate report showed a lot of optimism remains when it comes to the market for newly built homes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing, Manufacturing

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Truck Group Acquires Assets of Kargo Master

Auto Truck Group, a work truck upfitter specializing in the design, manufacture, and installation of equipment, announced that it has acquired the assets of Kargo Master.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, Mergers & Acquisitions, Upfitters, Kargo Master

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Daseke Appoints CFO Company President

Chief financial officer Scott Wheeler, at right, became Daseke's new president, assuming the role from company founder Don Daseke, (at left). Wheeler will remain as Daseke's CFO while Daseke continues serving as company CEO and chairman. Kye Lee photo, courtesy of Daseke

Daseke has named Scott Wheeler president of the large network of open deck fleets. He assumes the role from founder Don Daseke, who stays on as CEO and chairman.

Tags: Leadership, People, Daseke Inc.

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Nussbaum Driver Pay Increase Addresses Common Driver Issues

Nussbaum Transportation's new pay structure aims to address common driver headaches. Photo via Nussbaum Transportation

Nussbaum Transportation announced a new driver pay increase that not only improves per-mile pay but also attempts to improve fairness, downtime penalties and other headaches drivers commonly face.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Employment, Truck Drivers, Drivers

January 16, 2018 - Product News

Truck-Lite Wiring Harness Standard on East Flatbed Trailers

This two-seal plug is designed to keep moisture and debris out of the plug, guarding against corrosion. Photo courtesy of East Manufacturing

Trailer maker East Manufacturing announced that the Truck-Lite 99 Series wiring harness will be standard on all new East BST, BST II, MMX and Narrow Neck flatbed trailers

Tags: Trailers, Truck-Lite, Flatbeds, East Manufacturing, Wiring

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Next-Gen 2019 Ram 1500 Improves Payload and Towing

Photo courtesy of FCA.

The new 2019 Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter than the previous model year, features increased payload and towing capabilities, and three new, longer frame lengths.

Tags: Ram 1500, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, FCA

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Chevrolet Silverado is Lighter, Offers Wider Bed

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is 450 pounds lighter than the previous model-year, features a wider bed, and offers a wider range of trims and engine/transmissions combinations, including a new turbo-diesel engine.

Tags: Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Pickup Trucks

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Spot Rates Decline Slightly as Truckload Capacity Returns

National average spot truckload rates declined as the number of available trucks jumped 52% during the week ending Jan. 13, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, however van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight rates remain higher than at any point in 2017.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmissions Recalled for Software Glitch

The Eaton Cummins Endurant as unveiled at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies is recalling more than 1,300 transmissions due to a software error that could allow unintentional movement of the truck.

Tags: Cummins, Paccar, Eaton, Recalls, Transmissions

January 14, 2018 - Industry News

2019 Ford Ranger Production to Begin in Late 2018

The Ranger will be available in three trim grades: XL, midlevel XLT, and a high-level Lariat trim series. It will include FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

The Ford Ranger is returning to the North American market with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a suite of Ford’s latest technologies.

Tags: Ford Ranger, Ford, Mid-Size Pickups, 2019-MY, Detroit Auto Show, Pickup Trucks

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