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February 18, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Forecasts Stable Trucking Conditions in 2016

Source: FTR

FTR is forecasting stable trucking conditions for 2016 after its Trucking Conditions Index rose more than two points in December to a reading of 10.88.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine have announced the 2016 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward thinking in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, fuel economy, maintenance and more.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Mid-America Trucking Show, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

Retread Sales Fell, But Tire Market Stable Last Year

The domestic retreaded truck tire market was down in 2015 compared to 2014, however, the health of the truck tire market also depends on new truck tire shipments. They were up 4%.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Replacement Tires, Economic Conditions

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Dana Reports $82 Million Loss

Dana Holding Corp. moved from a profit to a loss in the fourth quarter of last year, as sales turned lower and it felt the effects of a strong U.S. dollar on overseas operations.

Tags: Economy, Dana Holding Corp., Quarterly Earnings

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers Installs Clean Air System in Manufacturing Facility

Photo: RoboVent

Stoughton Trailers has installed a new clean air system in plant to create a healthier and more productive work environment for its employees.

Tags: Employee Morale, Health, Manufacturing, Stoughton Trailers, Trailers

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Radiant Reports Net Loss, Adjusted Earnings Increase

The third party logistics and multi-modal transportation services company Radiant Logistics Inc. moved from a fourth quarter profit a year ago to loss in the most recent quarter, but adjusted earnings improved.

Tags: Economy, Radiant Logistics, Fleet Earnings

February 17, 2016 - Product News

Hendrickson Aero Clad Bumper Available on HX Series

Photo: Hendrickson

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim made its Aero Clad stainless steel clad aluminum bumper available for the new International HX Series of vocational trucks.

Tags: International, Hendrickson, Bumper, Vocational Trucks, Aero Clad bumper

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Road Deaths Rise by Largest Percent in 50 Years

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 was likely the deadliest driving year since 2008. Screen shot courtesy of LoudLabs News/YouTube.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show an 8% increase in 2015 compared to 2014.

Tags: National Safety Council, Road Deaths

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Drops as Industrial Production, Inflation Bounce Back

New home starts in the U.S. fell in January to the lowest level in three months, but industrial production, which includes manufacturing, reversed its string of recent declines. At the same time, wholesale prices increased, leading some to believe interest rates may soon move higher.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Wholesale Prices, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Home Building

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

HDT Announces 2016 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2016 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

Tags: equipment, TMC, Awards, Top 20 Products

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Diesel Falls Below $2 Per Gallon For First Time in 11 Years

The average price of on-highway diesel fuel fell below $2 for the first time since Feb. 14, 2005. Diesel prices came close to that mark in 2009 but never fell below it.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Market Truckload Rates Continue to Fall

Spot-market load availability moved a little higher last week, but it was not enough to outweigh a gain in truck capacity, with rates continuing to fall.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Class 8 Sales Declining, Mediums, Trailers Still Good

Sales of new heavy duty power units began moderating toward the end of 2015, as buyers adjusted orders placed during “better times.”

Technology will boost productivity and truck utilization to where demand for equipment will greatly decline, one researcher says.

Tags: Telematics, Technology, Truck Sales, FTR Associates, Connected Vehicle Technology, Used Truck Sales

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

ATA Appoints New SVP of Legislative Affairs

American Trucking Associations has hired Mike Joyce, a veteran of Capitol Hill and the trucking industry, as the group’s senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, District of Columbia, People

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Yokohama Makes Executive Changes in North America

Yokohama has a new top U.S. executive and has named a new CEO of its new commercial tire-making plant in Mississippi.

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Bill Language Could Put 34-Hour Restart at Risk

Photo by Jim Park

Legislation that was intended to strengthen the suspension of some controversial provisions related to the 34-hour restart rules regulating driver hours of service could accidentally kill the 34-hour restart altogether.

Tags: Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Electric Delivery Trucks Replace Ameripride Fleet Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Motiv Power Systems.

Uniform and linen supply company Ameripride Services will replace 20% of its fleet at one branch with electric delivery trucks equipped with Motiv Power Systems all-electric powertrains.

Tags: Motiv Power Systems, Powertrains, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Step Vans

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Company Adding International HX Model to Fleet

Photo: Navistar

International Truck says orders are brisk so far for its new International HX Series vocational truck, announcing its largest one-time order to date.

Tags: International, Navistar, International HX, Vocational Trucks

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Border Crossing Payment App Could Reduce Congestion

The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

Truck drivers may soon be able to use an app on their phone to pay the Customs and Border Protection user fee for entering into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Tolls, Peace Bridge, Electronic Payments

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

High Risk for Cargo Theft Remains Despite 6% Drop in Heists

The darkest areas in the FreightWatch International "heat map" show the most concentrated areas of cargo thefts. Credit: FWI.

The number of recorded cargo thefts and the average value of the heists in the U.S. declined in 2015 from the year before, according to a new report.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Element to Split Into Two Companies

Element Financial Corp. is spinning off its North American commercial finance business into a separate public company to allow its fleet management business to focus on its core business and generate higher returns as a stand-alone company.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Element Fleet Management

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Mack to Serve as ‘Official Hauler of NASCAR’

Tractors pull custom trailers carrying special supplies and equipment for the races.

Pinnacle Tractors have begun delivering supplies and equipment to races sponsored by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

Tags: Mack Trucks, marketing/promotions, NASCAR

February 12, 2016 - Press Release

DTNA Announces Parts Distribution Center

The 275,000-square-foot facility is a critical strategic component that will allow customers to receive stock and mission critical parts in record time.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Perry: Trucking Conditions Still Good, but Clouds on Horizon

Perry predicted oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel but will head back up.

FTR transportation expert Noel Perry told an audience at the AmericQuest Symposium that trucking currently is outperforming the broader economy, and there are both good and bad economic indicators at play.

Tags: Economy, FTR

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Used Van Market Splits In Two

File photo of 2011 Ford Transit Connect

Residual values of full-size vans have remained strong while compact vans have weakened in the past year, creating a widening gap that has created two used van markets for fleet sellers.

Tags: Depreciation, Ford Transit Connect, Full-Size Vans, Compact Vans, Black Book

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