August 6, 2014 - Industry News
Trucking company parent Quality Distribution Inc. has reported a 6.8% increase in revenue in the second quarter of the year compared to the same time a year ago as it moved from a loss to a profit.
Spot truckload load volume rose sharply and capacity tightened during the past week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore
August 5, 2014 - Industry News
Murphy-Hoffman Company’s dealership in Chattanooga, Tenn., is moving to a new facility off of I-75. This new location will be the dealership in Tennessee for the truck dealer group.
Tags: Tennessee, Dealers, MHC
Trucking capacity is indeed tight, according to the third-quarter 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted in July by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, and carriers are trying many methods to improve productivity.
Tags: Productivity, Research, Capacity
The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation invite industry stakeholders to learn how technology assessment tools can help carriers identify investment opportunities and improve operations.
Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, XRS, TIMTC
UPDATED -- Shipments increased 0.5% from the month before following a May drop of 1%, hitting its highest level on record.
Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Non-Manufacturing, Factory Shipments
Near-record-setting Class 8 truck orders of nearly 30,000 in July mean the industry is on track to potentially reach 325,000 Class 8 trucks this year, according to preliminary figures from two industry research groups.
Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR
Alkane Truck Co. will install domestic propane and natural gas engines and fuel systems, and automatic or automated manual transmissions in Daimler Foton chassis for sale in the U.S.
Tags: Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, Natural Gas, Cabovers, Alkane Truck Company, Class 7, Class 8
August 4, 2014 - Industry News
Mack Trucks named Martin Kleker regional vice president for the U.S. Central Region.
Tags: Mack Trucks, People, EEL
International containers increased 9.6%, trailers improved by 4.3%, and domestic containers grew 7.6% quarter-over-quarter, all indications that the intermodal industry is recovering from a harsh winter and a contracted economy.
Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight
The average cost of diesel has declined another half-cent from last week to $3.853 per gallon, its lowest price since late last November.
It said the need is due to growing needs across the company’s driving divisions, including: van truckload, dedicated, intermodal, tanker and regional operations.
Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Schneider
Southbound I-35W from Highway 55 to 46th Street will close Friday, Aug. 8 at midnight through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Tags: Minnesota, Road Construction, I-94, Interstate 94
Values for heavy-duty truck are falling at a slower rate while those for medium-duty models are remaining fairly consistent, according to new figures from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.
Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks
After four years of construction, including a delay from this past May, the PortMiami Tunnel has opened, giving trucks easier access to nearby highways.
Tags: Florida, Ports, Port Trucking
A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.
Tags: Diesel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Litigation
Volvo Trucks of North America is recalling 1,025 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice.
Tags: Safety, Volvo Trucks, Freightliner, Recalls, Daimler Trucks North America, NHTSA
August 1, 2014 - Industry News
Maverick Transportation last week celebrated the expansion of its driver training center, which adds more than 13,000 square feet to the previous facility.
Tags: Driver Training, Fleets, Maverick Transportation
Peterbilt is offering its customers the chance to customize their own Model 579 through an online truck configurator.
Tags: Peterbilt, Custom Products, Class 8
The number of jobs created in the U.S. posted its sixth straight month of being above the 200,000 mark in July but the number was softer than the previous month’s level.
Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment
The southbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington, Del., have opened a month ahead of schedule following the realignment of the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River, according to the state DOT.
Tags: Delaware, Road Construction
A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.
Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI
Vikas Jain, formerly an executive with Omnitracs, has been named the new chief operating officer for Zonar.
Tags: Zonar, People, Omnitracs, Vikas Jain, Telematics, Information Technology
July 31, 2014 - Industry News
The Senate Thursday night approved a $10.8 billion House bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. This ensures that highway funding will continue for the next 10 months.
Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, Highway Funding
In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.
Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions
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