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November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Port Strike Ends in California

Photo: Teamsters Union

After five days of picketing, the most recent job action by port truckers has come to an end at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Independent Contractors

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

J.B. Poindexter & Co. to Acquire Reading Truck Body

J.B. Poindexter & Co., parent company of Morgan Olson, is buying Reading Truck Body, which makes service and other bodies

Tags: Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Fleets Expected to Match 2015 Equipment Orders Next Year

As many as 76% of fleets expect their upcoming heavy-duty truck orders to match what was purchased in 2015, with a few fleets planning an increase.

Tags: Economy, Survey, Truck Orders, Trailer Orders

November 2, 2015 - Product News

Power Heavy Duty Launches Improved Website

Power Heavy Duty's new website.

Power Heavy Duty has launched a new website with an upgraded design and improved functionality for members, supplier partners and end-users.

Tags: Website, Distributors, Suppliers

November 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Manufacturing Orders Jump, Construction Leaps

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing may finally be gaining some momentum after some declines, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Hiding Medical History

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared Georgia-licensed truck driver Matthew Jason Boozer to be an imminent hazard to public safety due to an undisclosed medical problem which caused an accident.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Health, Imminent Hazard, Preventable Accidents

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Shows Support For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo: Mack Trucks

Several trucking industry companies showed their support for breast cancer awareness month by sporting bright pink trucks and shirts and making donations to the cause.

Tags: Charity, Mack, Wabash National, National Breast Cancer Foundation

October 30, 2015 - Global News

Turkish Logistics Fleet Adds 400 Actros Trucks

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

İmza Lojistik has updated its fleet with 400 Mercedes-Benz Actros 1844 LS trucks. The Turkish logistics company is using them to replace 300 vehicles from its existing fleet and also expand it by 100 new trucks.

Tags: Turkey, Logistics, Mercedes-Benz Actros

October 30, 2015 - Product News

Westport Strikes Natural Gas Parts Distribution Deal

Westport Innovations aftermarket parts division, Westport Parts + Service, has formed a distribution partnership with Alliant Power with an initial focus on Class 1-5 light-duty vehicles through select Alliant Power distributors.

Tags: Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Distributors, Westport

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Beer Distributor Adds CNG Volvo Tractors

Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks.

Manhattan Beer Distributors recently purchased 35 compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Volvo VNM 200 model tractors for its New York City fleet.

Tags: CNG, Volvo Trucks, Food and Beverage Fleets

October 30, 2015 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Celadon, ODFL, YRC Worldwide, ArcBest, Hub Group

More trucking companies have released their third quarter financial earnings, showing improvements from a year earlier or at least maintaining their ground, despite complaints about the recent freight-hauling environment.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Celadon Group, ABF, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight, Hub Group, ArcBest Corp., Fleet Earnings, Economy, Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL

October 29, 2015 - Press Release

Auto Truck Group VP of Sales and Marketing Retires

Auto Truck Group, a work truck upfitter specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of equipment, today announced that Dennis Jones, vice president of sales and marketing, plans to retire at year’s end after more than 29 years with the company.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, Ship-Thru

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

OOS Violations Down in 2015 Brake Safety Week

The results are in from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week and out-of-service violations were down compared with last year’s inspection period.

Tags: FMCSA, Inspections, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

NACFE Shows Downspeeding Good for 2-3% Fuel Savings

A new report delves into the use of downspeeding, which is becoming a popular fuel saving strategy for fleets. The concept makes use of numerically lower rear-axle ratios to lower engine rpm at vehicle cruise speed.

Tags: GHG, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Downspeed

October 29, 2015 - Product News

Large Delivery Fleet Implements TMW Routing Solution

TMW Systems’ Appian vehicle routing and scheduling software is being implemented throughout roofing materials distributor Allied Building Products’ 2,800-vehicle delivery fleet.

Tags: Software, Routing, TMW Systems, Delivery Fleets

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Purcell Relocates Albuquerque Tire Service Center to New Facility

The new Albuquerque Facility. Photo: Purcell Tire and Service Center

The Purcell Tire and Service Center in Albuquerque, N.M., has moved its location to a new larger facility to provide its staff with additional space to accommodate customers.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Vehicle Diagnostics, New Facility, Tires

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Bridgestone Appoints President of Speedco

Chris Ripani Photo: Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has appointed Chris Ripani as president of its on-highway preventative maintenance and tire service provider, Speedco.

Tags: Leadership, People, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Down More Than 8%

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: August 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors Canada and Mexico fell in August, totaling $92.4 billion, thanks largely to the drop in fuel and oil prices moved by pipeline and vessel.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Freight, Global

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

UPS Deploys Electric Step Vans in Texas

Photo of E-100 truck courtesy of Workhorse Group.

UPS has begun using 18 battery-electric delivery trucks in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas and projects a savings of 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years with the move, the parcel company has announced.

Tags: UPS, DOE, Federal Grants, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Highway Bill

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Eases Back as Fed Looks to Rate Hike

Economic growth in the U.S. lost a good portion of its momentum in the third quarter of the year, but the performance still may still be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher before the year is out.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, Inventories

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Orders See Early Fall Surge

Net trailer orders in September rose nearly 47% over the previous month, hitting almost 36,000 units, according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 28, 2015 - Product News

Amazon Founder Invests in Launch of On-Demand Trucking Service

Convoy has officially launched after it raised $2.5 million in seed funding from an investment group that included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The Seattle-based startup company provides an Uber-like service for booking on-demand shipments that also tracks location.

Tags: Information Technology, Amazon.com, Uber, On-Demand

October 28, 2015 - Product News

Continental Expands Retreading Network in Las Vegas

Continental Tire the Americas has partnered with Las Vegas-based tire dealer CMC Tire to offer retread service to the area through a new facility.

Tags: Tires, Las Vegas, Retreads, Continental Tires

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Strike Again Over Misclassification Issue

Photo: Justice for Port Truck Drivers

This week, truck drivers went on strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over employee misclassification and wage theft.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Pay, Teamsters, Strikes, Ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

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