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January 6, 2015 - Product News

J.J. Keller Offers E-Log Training Program for Student Drivers

Photo courtesy of J.J. Keller.

J.J. Keller is offering a truck driving school program designed to train student drivers to use electronic logs, also known as e-logs or electronic logging devices (ELDs). The program features the Encompass E-Log system from J.J. Keller.

Tags: Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, ELDs, E-logs

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Hankook Appoints New President of American Operations

Hee-se Ahn, President of Hankook Tire America Corp. Photo courtesy of Hankook Tire.

Hankook Tire appointed Hee-se Ahn as the president of Hankook Tire America Corp., effective Jan. 1. Ahn will also function as the company’s chief operating officer for business operations throughout the Americas.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Leadership, Tires, People

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

ABF Logistics Buys Truckload Brokerage Firm

ABF Logistics acquired the privately held truckload brokerage firm Smart Lines Transportation Group for $5.17 million in cash. The acquisition of the Oklahoma City-based company will expand ABF's third-party logistics operations into the Oklahoma City market.

Tags: ABF, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, ArcBest Corp., 3PL

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Falling in New Year

Diesel prices continued their recent and steep decline into the New Year, aided by oil prices that are the lowest in nearly six years.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Brake Defects Up in CVSA's September Inspection Blitz

File photo courtesy Kentucky State Police.

Bad components and adjustment caused inspectors to place a higher percentage of trucks out of service during 2014's Brake Safety Week than during the '13 event, says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Tags: safety, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, inspections

January 5, 2015 - Global News

Volvo Acquires 45 Percent of Chinese Truck Manufacturer

Photo: Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles

AB Volvo completed the purchase of 45% of Chinese automotive manufacturer Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles, first announced two years ago.

Tags: China, DongFeng Commercial Vehicles, Volvo Group, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian Customs Broker Purchases U.S.-Based CK Logistics

The Canada-based customs broker Farrow Co. has acquired CK Logistics Inc., an established customs broker and logistics firm headquartered in San Antonio.

Tags: Canada, Cross-Border Trucking, Fleets, Brokers, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Energy Sells Majority Stake in Biomethane Facility

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels

Clean Energy Fuels sold a majority interest in the McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy, but it will continue to have the right to market and sell biomethane produced at the facility.

Tags: Natural Gas, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Biomethane

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Posts More Than 5 Percent Yearly Increase

Photo by Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic moved by U.S. railroads posted a healthy gain for all of last year, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Canada, Mexico, Railroads, Intermodal, Association of American Railroads

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Slows, Construction Spending Slips

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, but it was the slowest pace in six months, according to the nation’s supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

HDT's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Photo: Jim Park

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors have a lot to say. Check out a few of the most popular musings from Deborah Lockridge, Jim Park and Tom Berg in 2014.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Speeding, Blogs

January 1, 2015 - Industry News

Navistar Recalls International WorkStar for Headlights

Photo of International WorkStar courtesy of Navistar.

Navistar is recalling 498 2013-2015 model-year International WorkStar trucks for faulty headlights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Tags: Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks, Recalls, 2013-MY, Utility Fleets, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, International WorkStar, NHTSA

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Cowan Systems Names New President

Company President, Dennis Morgan. Photo courtesy of Cowan Systems.

Cowan Systems announced that Dennis Morgan will be the new president of the company effective Jan. 1, 2015. Morgan is leaving his current role as the company’s chief operating officer.

Tags: Leadership, People, Cowan Systems LLC, Logistics, Promotions

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

The FMCSA to Maintain 50 Percent Drug Testing Rate in 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that random testing for controlled substances would remain at a rate of 50% in 2015.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

FRP to Spin Off Patriot Transportation Holding

FRP Holdings Inc. announced Tuesday its board of directors unanimously approved the separation of its freight transportation business, Patriot Transportation Holding Inc., soon to be known as New Patriot, from its real estate business.

Tags: Fleets, Patriot Transportation, Florida Rock & Tank Lines

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Reefers Rates Improve on Spot Freight Market

Reefer rates saw a bump last week. (File photo courtesy Carrier Transicold.)

The spot freight market posted its usual seasonal lull the week of Christmas, but one sector saw a slight overall rate improvement, according to the freight matching service provider DAT Solutions.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

December 31, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Was 2014 Great or Not?

Was 2014 a great year for U.S. economy or not? What were the biggest influences on it and how did it affect trucking? It’s all a matter of the perspective of who you ask. HDT's Evan Lockridge offers his year-end take on the subject.

Tags: Economy

December 30, 2014 - Product News

PacLease Optimizes Website for Mobile Use

The new PacLease website.

PacLease unveiled a new web site which was designed for viewing and access on a mobile device.

Tags: Paclease, Website, PACCAR Leasing

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

RTA Bets $100 on Retread Challenge

The Retread Tire Association announced that it would donate $100 to back up the company’s Retread Challenge, which is meant to prove the safety of tire retreads.

Tags: safety, Retreads, Retread Tire Association

December 30, 2014 - Product News

PeopleNet Updates Software for Restart Suspension

Image: PeopleNet

PeopleNet announced that it has updated its software to suspend the July 1, 2013 34-hour restart provisions.

Tags: PeopleNet, HOS, 34-Hour Restart

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Hino Recalls Class 6 Trucks for Parking Brakes

Photo of the Hino 268 truck courtesy of Hino.

Hino Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 8,140 2005-2015 model-year ND8J, NE8J and NF8J trucks because their parking brakes may not function properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Tags: Recalls, 2005-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Hino Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Terex Recalls Concrete Mixer Trucks for Steering

Photo: Tom Berg

The action affects 553 front-discharge concrete mixer vehicles manufactured from Aug. 20, 2012, to Dec. 5, 2014.

Tags: Terex, Recalls, 2013-MY, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Construction Fleets

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Acquisition Reflects Increased Focus on Returns

Photo by FedEx.

FedEx acquired third party logistics company Genco, expanding the company’s portfolio to include reverse logistics which deals with the processing of returns for retailers.

Tags: 3PL, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions, FedEx, FedEx Ground

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

Tags: Congress, Taxes, Fuel Tax, Highway Trust Fund, Legislation

December 30, 2014 - Industry News

ASA Expands Engineering Team

Courtland Jones, Project Engineer at ASA. Photo by ASA Electronics

ASA Electronics hired Courtland Jones as Project Engineer for the company’s expanding engineering team. ASA designs and engineers electronics devices for commercial industries including JENSEN Heavy Duty products.

Tags: Accessories, Vehicle Electronics, ASA Electronics

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