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February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shipments, New Orders Drop

A full report on activity at U.S. factories in December shows drops in both shipments and new orders, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Makes Leadership Changes

Several organizational changes were made within Yokohama Tire Corporation announced Takaharu Fushimi, CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America.

Tags: Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., People, Promotions

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Connecticut Motor Transport Association Head to Retire

Michael J. Riley. Photo via MTAC

Michael J. Riley is retiring from his post as the president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut after 29 years.

Tags: Retirement, Connecticut, People, State Legislation, Trucking Associations

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Washington State Files Lawsuit Against Trucker, Carrier Over Bridge Collapse

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Tags: Washington, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, Skagit River Bridge, Bridges, Oversize Loads

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Fourth Quarter Profit Falls

Photo: UPS

Depending on how you look at it, parcel and trucking giant UPS either saw its fourth quarter profit fall a little or a lot compared to a year earlier, thanks to expenses incurred avoiding the previous year's holiday delivery delays.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight

February 3, 2015 - Product News

WorkStar Available With Cummins Diesel

International Workstar 4x4 with Cummins ISB6.7. Photo: Tom Berg

LAS VEGAS -- The International WorkStar vocational truck is now available with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine, officials announced at the World of Concrete.

Tags: Cummins, Navistar, World of Concrete, International WorkStar, Vocational Trucks

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Increases Fourth Quarter Profit by 21%

Net income totaled $585 million compared to $482 while earnings per diluted share moved higher to $1.23 from $1.

Tags: Eaton Corp., Earnings

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Commercial Announces New Marketing Head

Marshall Hyzdu,vice president of marketing for the Commercial Tire Division at BATO. Photo: Bridgestone Commercial

Bridgestone Commercial hired Marshall Hyzdu as the vice president of marketing, taking over initiatives for OTR and commercial truck and bus product brands including Bridgestone, Firestone, Bandag and Dayton.

Tags: Leadership, People, Tires and Wheels, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Near 5-Year Low

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

Tags: Highway Funding, President Obama, U.S. Congress

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Port of New York and New Jersey Handles Record Cargo Volume

Photo: Port of New York and New Jersey

Annual cargo volumes handled at the Port of New York and New Jersey set a new record in 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 2, 2015 - Product News

ProStar Sleeper to Offer Bendix Safety System

International ProStar. Photo courtesy of International

The International ProStar will be the first truck to offer Bendix’s Next Generation Active Safety System. The system will initially be available on ProStar sleeper models with ProStar daycab and LoneStar models to follow later in 2015.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, International, Bendix, ProStar

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Manufacturing Drop; Construction Rises

Photo: Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Consumer spending during December posted its biggest drop since September 2009, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report on Monday.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Industry Leaders Discuss Current State of Truck Service at HDAD

A panel of industry leaders shared their thoughts on the current state of truck service during a discussion moderated by Gary Cummings, president and CEO of FleetNet America at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, Rush Enterprises, Events, Roundtable Discussions

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference, Fleet Technology Expo, Events, Fleet Events

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Expands Propane Autogas SG2 Applications

Photo courtesy of Daimler.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has begun offering additional configurations of its S2G propane autogas vocational work truck, including a box truck recently provided to a California delivery fleet.

Tags: Class 7, Freightliner, Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas, Freightliner S2G, Delivery Fleets

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

Tags: Oil Prices, NGVAmerica, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims

Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.

Tags: Truck Drivers, California, Ports, Teamsters, Litigation, Port Trucking

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Cardinal Logistics Management New Executive Chairman

Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. has announced the appointment of Tom White as executive chairman of Cardinal and its parent company, Cardinal Logistics Holdings LLC.

Tags: People, Cardinal Logistics

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

FedEx Completes Genco Purchase

FedEx Corp. announced on Friday it completed the acquisition of Genco Distribution System Inc., one of the largest third-party logistics providers in North America.

Tags: 3PL, Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Carriers Named in 'Best Fleets to Drive For' Competition

The Truckload Carriers Association and the driver training company CarriersEdge have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as top fleets in the Best Fleets to Drive For competition.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Competition, Fleets, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, CarriersEdge, Truckload Carriers Association

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Closure Scheduled for I-270 Tuesday

This photo during the construction process shows the old lanes on the left that are now being destroyed. Photo: Illinois DOT

I-270 in the St. Louis area in Illinois will be closed in both directions for two hours on Tuesday, February 3, to demolish a bridge that previously carried I-270 traffic just north of the city.

Tags: Illinois, Road Closure, I-270

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Detail Crime and Punishment in Five Trucking Investigations

The Office of Inspection General at the U.S. Transportation Department on Friday released new details in five separate legal cases against six people for crimes ranging from falsifying driver drug and alcohol test results to violating FMCSA out of service orders.

Tags: Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Crime

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Paccar Profit Passes $1.3 Billion Mark

Photo: Paccar

The truck and engine manufacturer Paccar Inc. on Friday reported record annual revenues of $18.99 billion and net income of $1.36 billion for 2014.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Earnings

January 30, 2015 - Industry News

Saia Posts Significant Increase in Fourth Quarter Profit

Photo: Saia

The less-than-truckload and logistics services provider Saia Inc. on Friday reported a significant hike in its fourth quarter net income, totaling $13.6 million compared to $8.1 million a year earlier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Saia

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