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August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Alabama Moves to Expand Container Capacity at Port of Mobile

Aerial view of Alabama State Port Authority's land acquisitions this week.

The Alabama State Port Authority finalized its purchase this week of two industrial properties including a 35-acre tract fronting the seaport’s channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one mile of the harbor for expansion.

Tags: Alabama, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Forecast for 2015

If you have been enjoying the recent drop in fuel prices, expect it to continue into next year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Minority Shareholder Calls for Changes, CEO Ouster

One of USA Truck’s minority investors and its manager are calling for changes within the trucking company, including selling off all or part of to ousting its current leader.

Tags: USA Truck, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Patriot Transportation Holding Closer to Spinoff of Bulk Carrier Operation

The parent company of bulk tanker carrier Florida Rock and Tank Lines filed papers a few days ago to spin off the trucking business into a new holding company that is separate from its real estate ventures.

Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

YRC’s New Penn Names Foust as New President

Former Roadrunner executive Donald R. Foust has been named as the new president of YRC Worldwide’s regional less-than truckload operation New Penn, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Fleets, People, YRC Worldwide, New Penn

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durables Surge, Consumer Confidence Best Since 2007

Aircraft bumped up orders and shipments of durable goods.

UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Healthy Trucking Association Launches Hepatitis C Initiative

The Healthy Trucking Association of America, in conjunction with OraSure Technologies and AbbVie, has launched the Truckers Rolling Against Hepatitis C nationwide initiative.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Healthy Trucking Association

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Lowest Price in More Than a Year

There seems to be no letting up when it comes to recent declines in the average price of on-highway diesel, with it hitting its lowest level since July 2013.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Delaware I-495 Fully Reopen

The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington have been reopened following the successful realignment of the bridge spanning the Christina River.

Tags: Delaware, Road Construction

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Two Upper Midwest Parts Distributors Team up Under Auto Value Name

John Bartlet, CEO of APH, Corey Bartlett, president of APH, Dick Beirne, president of United Auto Supply and Jim Becker, operations manager at United Auto Supply. Photo via APH.

Two automotive and truck parts distributors in the Upper Midwest, Automotive Parts Headquarters and United Auto Supply, are joining forces.

Tags: APH, Distributors, Aftermarket Parts

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Fall During July

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New home sales in the U.S. declined in July, according to the Commerce Department, falling for the second month in a row and hitting a four-month low.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

IdleAir Continuing Growth with Truckstop, Dedicated Terminal Facilities

Photo: IdleAir Facebook page

Truckstop electrification services provider IdleAir reports it continues to grow its number of locations since reopening under a new owner about four years ago.

Tags: Truckstops, IdleAir, Idle Reduction

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Progressive Announces Trucking Hero Contest

Progressive Insurance announced its third annual Real Life Trucking Contest to recognize unsung heroes in the transportation industry.

Tags: Progressive Insurance, Real Life Trucking Hero Contest, Image

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ram Makes New ‘Best-in-Class’ Claims for HD Pickups

Cummins Turbo Diesel now produces 5 more pound-feet than Ford's PowerStroke diesel, Ram Truck proclaims.

Ram Truck has hopped ahead of competitors with new torque and payload ratings for its 2015-model Heavy Duty pickups, and continues the highest mpg claim in light-duty pickups with its V-6 EcoDiesel, according to the division’s top executive.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, Ram Truck, Cummins Turbo Diesel

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Minimizer Celebrating 30 Years

Thirty years ago, Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty poly truck fenders.

Tags: Minimizer, Accessories, Company Anniversaries, Fenders

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Names Acting Administrator

Darling in a photo from Clarke University, which was featuring an interview with the alumnus in 2011 when he was still with MBTA.

As Anne Ferro wraps up her time as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, the agency has named the agency's chief counsel, Scott Darling, to serve as acting administrator until a permanent administrator can be named.

Tags: FMCSA, People

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Starts Index Hits Highest Level of the Year

New construction starts in July climbed 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $588.8 billion, according to industry date provider McGraw Hill Construction.

Tags: Economy, Construction

August 22, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference Introduces the Heavy Duty Green Symposium

This year’s Green Fleet Conference will include a series of sessions aimed specifically at trucking fleets called the Heavy Duty Green Symposium.

Tags: Green Fleets, Green Fleet Conference, Heavy Duty Green Symposium, Fuel Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, Events

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

July Orders Strong For Heavy- And Medium-Duty Trucks

Orders for heavy and medium duty trucks were on the rise for the second month in a row in July, according to ACT Research's latest State of The Industry report.

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

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Bestpass Adds Border Crossings to Toll Network

The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Photo via Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

Bestpass has added several international bridges to its toll network at the border between New York and Canada.

Tags: Canada, Tolls, Bestpass, Bridges, New York

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Truck Manufacturing Value Up More Than 50%

The total value of shipments in the heavy-duty truck manufacturing business have increased the most of three vehicle classes over the past five-years, according to new 2012 Economic Census statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tags: SUV, Vans, Economy, Pickup Trucks, OEM, Light-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Manufacturing, Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Carriers, Brokers Warned About Identity Fraud Scam

The fraudulent employers promise to reimburse the “shipping assistants”, but no money is ever reimbursed. When questioned, the scammers claim to be affiliated with the brokers or carriers whose identities and logos they have hijacked for that purpose.

Tags: TIA, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, DAT, Brokers

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Heading Higher

Linehaul rates for truckload shipping continue to rise, according to the latest Cass Linehaul Rate Index. On average, North American shippers paid 7.2% more in July of this year than last in their truckload linehaul rates.

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

August 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Indicators, Existing Home Sales, Manufacturing Jump

The latest measure on the condition of the U.S. economy and where it's heading shows improvement again, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

Tags: Economy, The Conference Board, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

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