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January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Carlyle Group Buys Back AxleTech

Mary Petrovich, a former CEO of AxleTech from 2002-2011, will rejoin the firm as executive chairman. Joe Mejaly, who joined the company in May 2014 as general manager, will serve as AxleTech International’s CEO.

Tags: Leadership, People, Mergers & Acquisitions, AxleTech International, Carlyle Group

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. to Open Border to Mexican Carriers

Mexican fleets like this one can now apply for U.S. operating authority under NAFTA. Photo by Evan Lockridge

Fourteen years later, the Mexican cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement will finally be implemented.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

150-Vehicle Pileup Blocks I-94 in Western Michigan

I-94 is closed between Battle Creek and Kalamazo, Michigan, after an estimated 150-vehicle pileup on the snowy interstate that has killed at least one person.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, I-94

January 9, 2015 - Product News

Webb Wheel Launches Specialty, Vocational Business Unit

Webb Wheel OEM launched its new Specialty Truck Business Unit focused on dedicated sales and service support for specialty and vocational equipment operators and OEMs.

Tags: OEM, Webb Wheel, Specialty, Vocational Trucks, Wheel Ends

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Compact Van Segment Grows 28 Percent

Photo of 2015 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Holman Names New Community Affairs Manager

The Holman Automotive Group, parent company of 25 businesses ranging from auto dealerships to truck upfitting and ARI fleet management, named Steve Holman manager of community affairs.

Tags: Charity, Fleet Leasing, Upfitter, People, Holman Automotive

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Enterprises to Expand Trailer Maintenance

Photo: Fleet Enterprises

A Midwest/Northeast mobile maintenance and repair company is turning to independent contractors to help it expand its trailer maintenance offerings.

Tags: Trailers, Maintenance Contract, Independent Contractors, Fleet Enterprises

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Teamsters Lose Another Organizing Vote at Con-way Freight

Truck drivers at the carrier Con-way Freight’s Bakersfield, California, terminal on Thursday voted to reject representation by the Teamsters Union.

Tags: drivers, Con-way Freight, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Labor Unions, LTL

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Job Growth Best Since 1999

Unemployment in the U.S. continued declining in 2014, the best year for job growth since 1999, according to new Labor Department figures. However, wages fell and more people left the labor force.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

January 8, 2015 - Product News

Half of Carriers Offer Sign-On Bonuses, says ATA Study

American Trucking Associations has released its 2014 Driver Compensation Study. Due to competition for drivers, it found, as much as 50% of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers.

Tags: ATA, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

What Will California Governor's Energy Goals Mean for Trucking?

In his inaugural address this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown laid out what he called “bold commitments” to sustain the environment in the nation’s most populous state, by reducing energy consumption.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel, Regulations, California, Renewable Fuel, CARB

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Breaks Ground on Future Nashville Headquarters

Bridgestone Americas broke ground on the company’s new 30-story, $200 million headquarters to be located in the SoBro area of Nashville, Tennessee. The building is set to be completed in mid to late 2017.

Tags: Headquarters, Relocation, Bridgestone, Nashville, Tires

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Opens North Carolina Drayage Facility

ASF Intermodal opened its newest intermodal drayage facility in Charlotte, N.C., the company’s first North Carolina terminal.

Tags: North Carolina, Expansion, ASF Intermodal, Terminals, Intermodal, Port Trucking

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Drivewyze Receives Investment from Equity Group

Drivewyze announced that private equity group Kanye Partners has invested in the company and its sister company Intelligent Imaging Systems to support the growth of its weigh station bypass service.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Westport Gains EPA Approval for CNG Transit

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Westport Innovations Inc. has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2015 Transit van.

Tags: EPA, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Westport Innovations, CARB

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Trucks Drive Cross-Border Freight, Hitting Record High Level

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners of Canada and Mexico increased in October compared to the same time a year ago, hitting the highest level on record.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Major Carrier

Photo: Quantum

Quantum Fuel Systems has received follow-on orders for its Q-Cab Lite and Q-Rail Lite compressed natural gas (CNG) system storage modules from a major carrier with over 200 terminals and operational locations in the U.S., the company announced.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, Fuel Tanks, CNG, CNG Tanks

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Universal Truckload Replaces CEO after Planned Retirement

Universal Truckload Services named Jeff Rogers as the company’s new CEO succeeding Scott Wolfe who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Tags: Leadership, People, CEO, Universal Truckload

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: December Job Creation Highest Since June

A new report released ahead of government numbers set to be published Friday shows private sector, nonfarm employment in the U.S. increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December, the biggest gain since June.

Tags: Economy, Employment

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

RMA Expects Replacement Tire Shipments to Slow in 2015

The Rubber Manufacturers Association expects demand for both original equipment and replacement tires for commercial and light trucks to grow in 2015.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Rubber Manufacturers Association, Truck Tires, Light Truck Tires, Tires

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces Canter FE Incentive Program

Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. has announced its Now’s the Time Sales Event, featuring retail incentives plus 1.9 percent APR financing for 36 months on all new 2014-2015 Canter FE Series medium-duty commercial trucks sold in the U.S.

Tags: Incentives, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Canter FE

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Class 5-8 Orders Averaged 50,000 per Month Last Year

Demand for commercial vehicles remained healthy in December, as 65,700 total heavy- and medium-duty trucks were ordered, according to the latest projections from ACT Research.

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

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Women In Trucking Looking for Image Team Drivers

Women In Trucking is accepting nominations for its Image Team through Jan. 31. The Image team will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Women in Trucking, Women Drivers, Image

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Director to Speak at Omnitracs Outlook 2015

Joseph DeLorenzo, director at the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address at Omnitracs Outlook 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Conference, Keynote Speech, Omnitracs, Events, Information Technology

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