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September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Affirms Third Quarter Expectations, Seeking Rate Increases

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation has affirmed earlier expectations for a third-quarter performance of 33 cents to 37 cents adjusted earnings per share, saying its driver wage increase is having desired results.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation, Driver Pay, Fleet Utilization

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Another Week, Another Intermodal Record

Photo: Jim Park

The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before.

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

TA Buys Historic Johnson's Corner Truckstop

TravelCenters of America is buying the historic Johnson's Corner truckstop in Johnston, Colorado, and rebranding it as a Petro Stopping Centers.

Tags: Colorado, Truckstops, I-25

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Participation Improves Training, Saves Money, Maintenance Execs Report

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech competition recognizes and improves technicians’ skills. But Mike Delaney's interviews found that winning is not the only thing. It also improves entire companies.

Tags: Technician Training, TMC SuperTech, Technology & Maintenance Council, Technicians, In the Shop

September 26, 2014 - Press Release

Trillium, Mirabito Energy Open CNG Fueling Station in N.Y.

Trillium CNG and Mirabito Energy Products held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 17 to commemorate the grand opening of a newly constructed compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 90 Barlow Road in Kirkwood, New York.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, Frito Lay, Trillium CNG, Willow Run Foods, Class 8

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Tread Dealer Celebrates 40 Years

Photo: Marangoni

Parmenter, Inc. celebrated 40 years in business recently, announced Marangoni Tread North America who uses Parmenter as a Ringtread dealer.

Tags: Tires, Anniversary, Retreads, Marangoni

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Vipar Partners with Stockholder Joe Gear

The Joe Gear Companies are joining the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors after becoming a stockholder in Vipar.

Tags: Vipar Heavy Duty, Partnership, Parts and Service

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

TEC Equipment Opens New Facility in Central California

Photo via TEC.

TEC Equipment opened a new 47,000 square foot, full-service truck dealership in Lathrop, Calif., a city in San Joaquin County.

Tags: California, Truck Sales, TEC Equipment, Dealers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Summit Holdings Acquires Mississippi Dealerships

Summit Holdings has completed the acquisition of commercial truck and IC Bus dealership, Truck Center, Inc.

Tags: Mississippi, Truck Sales, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Second Quarter Economic Growth Surges to 4.6% Pace

This revision to the gross domestic product shows the economy rebounded at its fastest pace in two and a half years and compares to a decline in the first quarter at an annual rate of 2.1%.

Tags: Economy, GDP

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J President Target of Criminal Probe

A one-time top lieutenant with truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been named a target of an investigation that the company bilked trucking customers out of money from rebates in order to inflate company profits.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

As China’s Economy Slows, So Do Fleet Upgrades

A slowdown in China’s economy is likely to delay upgrades to Chinese trucking fleets according to a new report by Truck Industry Research and JSC Automotive.

Tags: Hyundai, Volvo Trucks, China, Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

Tags: DOT, J.J. Keller, Driver Health, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Regulations

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Former Prime Employee Sentenced to Prison in Theft Scheme

Travis E. Honaker received a sentence from a federal judge in Missouri of three years and one month in federal prison without parole and was ordered to pay $945,200 in restitution earlier this month.

Tags: Missouri, Crime & Fraud, Fleets, Prime Inc.

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

U.S.-NAFTA Freight Movements Gain 8.5% in July, Led by Trucking

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

New U.S. Transportation Department figures show it totaled $101.1 billion, with increases in all five major transportation modes: air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks. This is the fifth consecutive month with U.S.-NAFTA freight flows exceeding $100 billion.

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

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Decline, Services Sector Remains Strong

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 1.5% from July following a 3.7% increase in July from June. An overall decline of this amount was expected, according to a poll of economists.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

TWNA Reorganizing, Reevaluating Programs After Exec Director Resigns

The group's annual Technical Achievement Award is likely to continue as before, but other programs activities might change, its chairperson said.

Tags: Truck Writers of North America, TWNA Technical Achievement Award

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts, Average Value Decline in Latest Three-Month Period

The darkest areas on this map show where cargo thefts happened the most often in June through August. Graphic: FreightWatch International

The logistics security services provider says it recorded a total of 182 thefts in the U.S. during June through August, with 53 thefts in June, 69 in July, and 60 in August.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Post Solid Gains

Truckload linehaul rates for North America maintained their ongoing climb in August, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index gaining a solid 7% over August 2013.

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

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015

Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year. Photo: Jim Park

Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, IAA, Daimler AG, 2016-MY

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency

Graphic via Wabco.

Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

Tags: IAA, Fuel Economy, Driver Assistance Systems, Wabco, Adaptive Cruise Control

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mark McLean of FedEx Freight Wins TMC SuperTech Again

Mark McLean (right) accepts applause after being named champion at SuperTech luncheon. George Arrants, program chairman, made the announcement.

Mark McLean was declared the winner of the TMC SuperTech National Technicians Skills Competition for the second straight year, helpng FedEx technicians sweep the top three spots in the event.

Tags: ATA, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, FedEx, Technology & Maintenance Council, FedEx Freight

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