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October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cooper Makes Progress on Guayule-Rubber Tire

The guayule plant can produce a substitute source of rubber. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cooper Tire and Rubber has completed builds of tires made of natural rubber sourced from the guayule plants.

Tags: Sustainability, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tires, Rubber, Guayule

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Rise

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, which measures changes in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, rose 6.7% year-over-year in September and increased 2.4% above the August level.

Tags: Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

The Mack truck by the tracks after the crash. Photo from the NTSB report.

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Leaps More Than 66%

With strong demand and tight capacity continuing, Knight Transportation's third-quarter profits are up more than 66% over a year ago, thanks to higher revenue per tractor and per loaded mile and fewer empty miles.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Knight Transportation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Goodyear Automatic Tire Inflation System in Fleet Testing

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company tire test engineer checks the pressure on a tire equipped with the company's Air Maintenance Technology. Photo:  Goodyear.

Goodyear will test its Air Maintenance Technology for commercial vehicles -- which keeps tires inflated without any external pumps or electronics -- on trucking fleets over the next year and a half.

Tags: Technology, Air Maintenance Technology, Tire Inflation, Tires, Goodyear, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Inflation

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume Hits 7-Year High at Long Beach Port

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3% in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, marking the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the Port’s peak year.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Freight Rates Down, Still Relatively Strong

Vans reported the biggest decline from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18 compared to the previous seven days, falling 1% to an average of $2.01 per mile, though the rate has been above the $2 per mile level for most of the year.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

PS Logistics Purchases Two Tennessee-Based Fleets

The acquisition of Tennessee-based carriers adds a combined 220 new drivers, 210 tractor trucks and over 500 trailers to the P&S fleet offering reefer, flatbed and dump trucking services to customers including the aluminum, steel, food and building materials industries, according to PS Logistics.

Tags: Fleets, Mergers & Acquisitions, PS Logistics

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Transportation Group Profit Falls Slightly

The decline was not surprising with the company announcing last month it was hit with a multi-million dollar judgment.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Earnings, Covenant Transportation Group

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Barely Move Higher

Consumer prices in the U.S. remained in check during September, increasing just 0.1%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Tags: Kenworth K270, Kenworth, Cabovers, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 6

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

A. Duie Pyle Opens Driver Training Academy In Massachusetts

Photo via A. Duie Pyle.

The carrier A. Duie Pyle is opening its second driver training academy in Northborough, Mass., to serve prospective drivers in New England and upstate New York.

Tags: CDL, Driver Training, Massachusetts, LTL

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Port, Railway Offering New Service for Faster Shipments

Photo: FECR Twitter page

Called the Sunshine Gateway service, this ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly with the potential to reach 70% of the United States population in four days or less

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Ports, PortMiami

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Level in a Year

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The latest housing starts figures show the housing market continues to move in the right direction, finally recapturing 2013 levels after a weak start to the year.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards $1 Million in Grants for Training Veterans as Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Record Truck Tonnage Remains Steady in September, Up from Year Earlier

The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. during September was unchanged from the month before remaining at a record high level, according to new American Trucking Associations figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets

Graph via CKCVR.

An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Driver Shortage, Fleet Survey, CKCVR

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Follows FedEx with Rate Hike, Includes Freight Services

They will increase an average of 4.9% for UPS Freight along with the company’s ground, air and international operations for shipments within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Reports 22% Net Income Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to Werner, freight market dynamics began showing year-over-year improvement for the company in mid-November 2013, and that trend has continued for the last eleven months, including the first three weeks of October.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

September Trailer Orders Exceed Predictions

Photo via Antares

Trailer orders in September were 32% better than August with net number of 32,111 units ordered for the month, according to a new report by FTR. When compared with September of last year, orders are up 80%.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Orders, FTR, Dry Van

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Continue Falling as Oil Prices Keep Sliding

On Monday the U.S. Energy Department reported the sixth consecutive drop in the average price of diesel, down 4.2 cents from last week to $3.656.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Research Group Names New Chairman

Judy McReynolds is ATRI's new chairperson. Photo:  ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute named Judy McReynolds as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Steve Williams, CEO of Maverick Transportation.

Tags: ATRI, People, ArcBest Corp., Fleets

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