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February 4, 2009 - Industry News

New DOT Secretary Creates Economic Recovery Team

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has created a team at the U.S. Department of Transportation to coordinate the DOT's role in President Obama's economic recovery program

Tags: Highways

February 4, 2009 - Industry News

Company Pushes "Green" Alternative to De-Icers

A Canadian company says it has an environmentally safe alternative to road salts that won't cause the kinds of corrosion problems that have been plaguing the trucking industry since the introduction of liquid de-icers containing magnesium chloride and calcium chloride

February 3, 2009 - Industry News

ArvinMeritor Delivers Hybrid Diesel-Electric Class 8 Truck to Wal-Mart

ArvinMeritor recently presented Wal-Mart Stores, in Bentonville, Ark., with a prototype heavy-duty truck equipped with the first Meritor diesel-electric drivetrain

February 3, 2009 - Industry News

UMTRI, Con-way Freight Launch Field Testing of Safety Warning System

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has joined Con-way Freight to begin field operational testing of an integrated crash warning system installed in commercial trucks under the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System program

February 3, 2009 - Industry News

Analyst Discusses State of Truckload, LTL

Truckload and LTL demand are "extraordinarily weak" and while capacity has been declining rapidly, it is not keeping up with the drop in demand, according to John Larkin of Stifel Nicolaus Transportation Research

February 3, 2009 - Industry News

Cummins Reports Year of Record Sales and Earnings

Cummins reported its fifth consecutive year of record sales and profits, despite significant global economic challenges that negatively affected fourth quarter performance

February 2, 2009 - Industry News

Kelley Fleet Services Expands Relationship With Qwest

Kelley Fleet Services, Mission Viejo, Calif., has expanded its service relationship with Qwest Communications International, bringing the total number of Qwest vehicles maintained by KFS to over 5,700 vehicles in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona

February 2, 2009 - Industry News

CKCVR Fleet Equipment Buying Index Declines Further in Q1 2009

CK Commercial Vehicle Research reports that their Fleet Equipment Buying Index for the first quarter of 2009 fell 9 percent from fourth-quarter 2008 figures

February 2, 2009 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Decline

The average price of a gallon of diesel is now more than a dollar less than it was a year ago, falling 2.2 cents from last week

Tags: Fuel and Oil

February 2, 2009 - Industry News

Wal-Mart Testing New Hybrid Trucks, Alternative Fuels

Among the vehicles Wal-Mart is testing are five Peterbilt Model 386 heavy duty hybrid trucks with diesel-electric hybrid power systems.

Wal-Mart announced it will test two new types of heavy-duty commercial hybrid trucks and two different alternatively fueled heavy duty trucks as a part of the company's efforts to build a more sustainable trucking fleet

February 1, 2009 - Industry News

Used Truck Values Continue Decline in January

Class 8 highway tractors took a relatively heavy hit in January, according to data from the American Truck Dealers association

January 30, 2009 - Industry News

FTR: Uncertainty, Overcapacity Key Themes for 2009 Economy

In its "Recession Update" webinar for customers Friday, transportation research and forecasting firm FTR Associates painted a picture of a challenging 2009 economic environment, with many uncertainties affecting predictions for the end of this recession

Tags: Economy

January 30, 2009 - Industry News

National Safety Council Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

The National Safety Council is pushing to stop the use of cell phones while driving

January 30, 2009 - Industry News

CE Names Titan by Mack a "Top 100 Product" for 2008

Construction Equipment magazine named the Titan by Mack one of the Top 100 Products introduced in the construction industry in 2008

January 30, 2009 - Industry News

Paccar Announces 70 Consecutive Years of Net Profit

Paccar announced it earned its fourth highest annual net income in its 103-year history in 2008, making for 70 consecutive years of net profit

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Turbine Truck Engines Secures Agreement with Chinese Corporation

Turbine Truck Engines, Deland, Fla., has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Aerospace Machinery & Electric Equipment Company, a Chinese corporation

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Transplace Shipper Symposium to Feature Graves

Gov. Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, will be among the featured speakers at Transplace's 2009 Shipper Symposium in Dallas May 5-7

Tags: Events

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Praxair Specifies RollTek Side Roll Protection

Praxair, Westfield, Ind, has specified LifeGuard RollTek on all new Praxair tractors for its U.S.-based bulk fleet

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

HDMA Offers Sales Training and Best Practices Research for Commercial Vehicle Suppliers

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association has partnered with Kotler Marketing Group to provide three "Defending Price" regional workshops designed to help parts suppliers negotiate more effectively in the OEM and Aftermarket

Tags: Events

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Eaton Reports Fourth Quarter Financials

Eaton reported increased net income for 2008 over 2007, but fourth-quarter income plummeted, and the company expects revenues to fall this year in comparison to 2008

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

New DOT Secretary to Speak at MTA Convention

New U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will speak during the opening session of the 46th Annual Mid-West Truckers Association Convention on Feb. 6

Tags: Events

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Slashing Fleet, Jobs After Fourth Quarter Loss

Arkansas Best Corp., Fort Smith, Ark., announced it is cutting more jobs, closing facilities and reducing the size of its fleet after a fourth quarter loss of $11 million

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

PortCheck to Begin Clean Truck Fee Collection

PortCheck of Long Beach, Calif., the not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators to collect the Clean Truck Fee for the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, will start collecting the fee beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18

Tags: Intermodal

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Moved

The American Trucking Associations announced that National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 will take place Nov. 1-7

Tags: Events

January 29, 2009 - Industry News

Flying J Chair Maggelet Assumes Operational Leadership

Flying J, Ogden, Utah, announced that Crystal Call Maggelet, chairman of the board and the founder's daughter, will add the duties of president and chief executive officer, assuming operational leadership of the company

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