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February 5, 2015 - Industry News

Renschler Takes Over VW Trucks, Creating Speculation on Acquisitions

Andreas Renschler speaks at a 2012 event. Photo by Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

Former Daimler Trucks head Andreas Renschler started work this week as head of rival Volkswagen's trucks business, once again creating speculation that VW may look to North American shores as it works toward goals of expanding its global footprint.

Tags: Volkswagen, MAN, Scania, Global

February 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets January Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the first month of 2015 the number of intermodal containers and trailers moved by U.S. railroads averaged 251,267 units per week, the highest weekly average for January in rail industry history.

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Accidents

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Con-way 4th Quarter Profit Leaps

Michigan-based trucking and logistics provider Con-way Inc. on Wednesday reported its fourth quarter 2014 profit was more than twice what it was a year earlier.

Tags: Con-way Freight, Fleets, Earnings, Con-way Truckload, Con-way Inc.

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Roadrunner Transportation Sees Slight Upturn in 4th Quarter Profit

The asset-light freight transportation and logistics provider Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. reported a 10.4% increase in its fourth quarter 2014 net income compared to the same time a year earlier.

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking have announced the 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward thinking.

Tags: Information Technology, Natural Gas Vehicles, Tankers, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Driver Retention, Lightweighting, Vocational Trucks

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Lightning Hybrids' Hydraulic-Hybrid System Patented

Photo: Lightning Hybrids

Lightning Hybrids, designer and manufacturer of hydraulic brake regeneration systems for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, announced it has been awarded a full U.S. utility patent for the fourth generation of its parallel hydraulic hybrid system.

Tags: Hydraulic Hybrid, Brakes, Lightning Hybrids, Medium-Duty Trucks

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle Opens N.J. Logistics Center

The Westampton Logistics Center. Photo via A.Duie Pyle Facebook.

A. Duie Pyle opened a logistics center featuring all of the company's services under one roof. It is located in Westampton, N.J., 25 miles to the northeast of Philadelphia.

Tags: LTL, Logistics, Truckload, A. Duie Pyle

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Assembly Plant, Ford, Vehicle Production

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Strong But Fall Below December Numbers

Class 8 truck orders remained strong in January, with preliminary numbers coming in at around 35,000 units – an increase from January 2014 but falling below 40,000 units for the first time in three months.

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

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Profit Increases 21.5%

The third party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported on Tuesday a 21.5% increase in net income for the final quarter of last year while it improved 8.1% for all of 2014.

Tags: 3PL, Fleets, Earnings, C.H. Robinson

February 4, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Integrates Software with Freight Pricing Platform

Aljex Software is partnering with Logistical Labs to integrate Aljex’s operations software with the Logistical Labs LoadDex platform.

Tags: 3PL, Freight, Aljex Software, Freight Rates

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Sees 4th Quarter Net Income Nearly Double

Photo: Wabash National

Net income was $19.1 million, or 27 cents per diluted share on net sales of $527 million, a quarterly record for the third consecutive quarter...

Tags: Trailers, Earnings, Wabash National

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employers Add More Jobs in January, Service Sector Expands

Private sector employment increased by 213,000 jobs in the U.S. in January from December, according to the ADP National Employment Report released on Wednesday,

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Adds Award-Winning Trucking Editor

David Lee Cullen, HDT's new executive editor.

David Lee Cullen, who has been covering trucking exclusively for major industry magazines since 1981, is joining the Heavy Duty Trucking editorial team as executive editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Purchases Texas Third-Party Logistics Provider

The less-than-truckload services provider Saia Inc. has purchased LinkEx Inc. an asset-light, third-party logistics provider based in Dallas, Texas.

Tags: 3PL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Saia

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Continue Drifting Down

Spot market freight rates and activity remained stuck in a seasonal lull during the final week of January, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

ABF Freight Parent’s Annual Profit Nearly Triples

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The parent company to trucking operations ABF Freight, Panther Premium Logistics and others reported profit increased 41% in the final quarter of 2014 while it nearly tripled for all of last year.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, ABF, ArcBest Corp.

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo CEO to Speak At HMDA Annual Breakfast

Volvo Group CEO Olaf Persson will be the keynote speaker for the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association’s 25th Annual Breakfast and Briefing.

Tags: OEM, HDMA, Aftermarket, Volvo Group, Mid-America Trucking Show

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Tags: Budget, Highway Funding, U.S. Congress, President Obama

February 3, 2015 - Product News

Peterbilt Launches Set-Forward-Axle Version of Model 567

The Model 567 SFFA on display at the World of Concrete show. Photo: Tom Berg

LAS VEGAS -- Peterbilt launched a new set-forward front axle configuration of the vocational Model 567, made for mixer and other weight-conscious applications.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dump Truck, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Model 567, World of Concrete

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Western Star Names New General Manager

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Tags: Retirement, Leadership, Western Star, People, Daimler Trucks North America

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truck Drivers, Safety & Compliance, South Dakota

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Mobile Commerce is On the Rise

Photo via IntelFreePress Flickr

There is a growing trend toward mobile commerce according to business leaders at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas last week.

Tags: E-commerce, Aftermarket, HDAD, HDAW, Online Marketing

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Heartland Fourth Quarter Profit Jumps 36%, Reports Record Annual Revenue

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking company Heartland Express Inc. on Tuesday announced fourth quarter 2014 earnings showing net income increased 36% from the same time in 2013 totaling $21.5 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Heartland Express

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