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December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Smartway Loan Program Assists Small Fleets

SmartWay Transport is using Small Business Administration lending programs to help small trucking companies save fuel and reduce pollution through “SmartWay Transport Truck Loans.”

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Wabash Offers TSE Brakes as Standard Equipment

Wabash National has signed a long-term agreement with TSE Brakes Inc. to establish TSE as the standard equipment supplier of air brake actuators on Wabash trailers, including trailers manufactured by its subsidiary, Transcraft Corp.

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Navistar Says Speculation of Sale ‘A Joke’

A spokesman for Navistar International Corp. Wednesday denied news reports that the company may be open to buyout offers, saying Navistar’s CEO was making light of a question about taking the company private

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Navistar Says Speculation of Sale ‘A Joke’

A spokesman for Navistar International Corp. Wednesday denied news reports that the company may be open to buyout offers, saying Navistar’s CEO was making light of a question about taking the company private

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Freightliner Building New Truck Plant in Mexico

Freightliner LLC said it plans to construct a new $300 million truck manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, in northern Mexico. Dedicated to the production of Freightliner and Sterling trucks,

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Hendrickson Gets OK to Buy Dana’s Trailer Suspension and Axle Business

A New York bankruptcy court has authorized Dana Corp. to sell its trailer axle business to Hendrickson USA, which means Hendrickson will assume control of the Lugoff, S.C., trailer products manufacturing facilit

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

GDP, Inflation Slower in Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) slowed during the third quarter of 2006 and inflation abated, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP increased 2.2 percent compared to 2.6 percen

Tags: Economy

December 20, 2006 - Industry News

Two New BioWillie Locations Open in Oklahoma

Earth Biofuels Inc., the exclusive distributor of Willie Nelson’s brand of biodiesel – BioWillie – announced a product and marketing agreement with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

Truck Driver Turnover Increases in 3rd Quarter

The driver turnover rate among truckload carriers increased during the 2006 third quarter following improvements during the first and second quarters of the year, the American Trucking Associations reported this week.

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

Heil Institute of Technology Releases its Factory Training Schedule

The Heil Institute of Technology has announced its 2007 schedule of factory training courses. Most of the classes will be held at the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Education Center, a dedicated training

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

PSI Exec Named Chairman of IANA

Pressure Systems International of San Antonio, Texas, is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President Frank Sonzala has recently been elected chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

Kenworth Announces 2007 OOIDA Program

Kenworth Truck Co. announced an extension through 2007 of its successful rebate program with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and a 50 percent increase over the previous rebate

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

Ohio Truckers Can Continue to Inhale in Their Rigs

Ohio’s truckers no longer have to worry about being ticketed for smoking alone in their cabs, according to a story this week in the Columbus Dispatch

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

Greatwide to Operate Tyson Foods’ Owner-Operator Fleet

Greatwide Logistics Services, a Dallas-based provider of non-asset-based transportation and third-party logistics, has entered into a five-year agreement to manage the owner-operator

December 19, 2006 - Industry News

CTL Announces December’s Bull Dog Award Winner

Florida-based CTL Transportation, LLC has announced that Homer Roach, professional tractor technician based at CTL’s Mulberry General Office, is the winner of the December 2006 Bull Dog Award.

December 18, 2006 - Industry News

BioWillie Now Available at Discount Diesel in Laredo, Texas

Earth Biofuels Inc., the exclusive distributor of Willie Nelson’s brand of biodiesel, said BioWillie biodiesel fuel is available for the first time in Laredo, Texas. Discount Diesel, LC in Laredo becomes the 12th retaile

December 15, 2006 - Industry News

International Engine Group Launches New Web Site

International Truck and Engine Corp. has launched a new web site for its Engine Group, which consists of its North American operations and South American subsidiary, MWM International

December 15, 2006 - Industry News

Scania Begins Search for World’s Best Truck Drivers

Scania, the Swedish-based manufacturer of trucks and buses, will soon kick off its selection process in 40 countries on five continents, aimed at identifying the world’s best truck drivers.

December 15, 2006 - Industry News

Barr-Nunn Adding APUs to Team Fleet

Granger, Iowa-based Barr-Nunn Transportation has announced it is adding more auxiliary power units (APU) to trucks operated by the company’s driver teams.

December 15, 2006 - Industry News

Freightliner, DOT Complete 3-year Safety Study

Freightliner LLC said it has completed a significant three-year study with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – a field-operational test of Electronically Controlled Braking Systems (ECBS) and other safety technologies

December 14, 2006 - Industry News

OPEC Delays Production Cuts

OPEC members have agreed to keep oil production at current levels at least through the peak demand season, but the possibility of a cut in February sent prices to more than $62 a barrel

Tags: Fuel and Oil

December 14, 2006 - Industry News

Hendrickson Laying Off 35% of its Work Force at Spring Plant

Hendrickson said it will be initiating significant layoffs during the first quarter of 2007 at its spring plant in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2006 - Industry News

Marangoni Hosts Dealers to Plant Tour

Marangoni Tread N.A. (MTNA) recently hosted its North American dealers for a two-day meeting in Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate successes throughout the dealer network

December 13, 2006 - Industry News

Retail Sales Rise in November

November retail sales were 1 percent higher than the previous month and up 5.6 percent from last year, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Excluding automobiles, retail sales were up 1.1 percent

Tags: Economy

December 13, 2006 - Industry News

Housing Market: Worst is Yet to Come?

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but even if sales are turning around, the worst is yet to come, say Global Insight analysts Patrick Newport and Margaret Rolley. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Market Composite Index,

Tags: Economy

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