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March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Winter Storm Stella Wreaks Havoc in the Northeast

Photo via NYS Thruway Authority Twitter

Winter Storm Stella has hit the Northeast, dumping snow in New England and freezing rain in warmer areas, and causing road closures along the East Coast.

Tags: Snow, Weather, Road Closure, Winter

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Closes Acquisition of Three PalFleet Sites

Reading Truck Group announced that it closed the acquisition of three upfitting facilities from PalFleet Truck Equipment Company, pursuant to a previously executed purchase agreement.

Tags: Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, PalFleet

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Releases 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook

Two of every five vocational truck fleet managers plan to increase their vehicle count in 2017 and more than half now use telematics, according to the NTEA's 2017 Fleet Purchasing Outlook.

Tags: NTEA, Forecast, Truck Fleets, Vocational Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks, Procurement

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

IronDirect Offers Remanufactured Trucks

This truck was remanufactured and given away at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 trade show. Photo courtesy of Iron Direct

A new remanufacturing truck service will allow fleet operators to purchase like-new remanufactured vehicles for about half the cost of similarly equipped new trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Remanufacturing, Iron Direct

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Image: U.S. DOT

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange to Offer Networking, HDT Innovator Panel

There are a limited number of fleet spots still available for the Heavy Duty Trucking eXchange, a new networking event that will bring together a select group of fleet executives -- including HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators -- and top industry suppliers.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Events, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Navistar Losses Nearly Double from Year Earlier

Navistar International Corp. on Tuesday announced its financial losses in the first quarter of 2017 nearly doubled from the same time a year ago due to lower truck volume and softer Class 8 truck sales.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

March 3, 2017 - Press Release

Mitchell 1 Introduces Medium-Duty Shop Software

Mitchell 1 introduced its newest solution for the commercial trucking industry: Manager SE Truck Edition, shop management software for repair shops that service all makes of Class 4-8 trucks.

Tags: Maintenance, Software, Mitchell 1, Managing the Shop

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Doft Launches On-Demand Truck Sharing Service

Image courtesy of DOFT

Targeting a market worth $80 billion, Doft - which stands for “do freight transportation” - has set its sights on being the first Uber-like service for trucks

Tags: Mobile Apps, Doft, Truck Sharing

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar, Volkwagen Close Strategic Alliance Deal

Navistar International Corp. announced the closing of its "wide-ranging strategic alliance" with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which includes an equity investment in Navistar, a procurement joint venture, and technology and supply collaboration.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Mergers & Acquisitions

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Taps Daum to Head Global Truck & Bus Business

Martin Daum Photo: Daimler

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, has been named to head the Daimler’s global trucks and bus operations.

Tags: Daimler, Daimler Trucks North America, Global, People

February 24, 2017 - Press Release

Rush Enterprises Names VP of Service Operations

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced it has appointed Victor Cummings as vice president of Service Operations.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, Promotions, Truck Dealers

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Announces Annual Dealer Award Winners

The Peterbilt Store's president and CEO John Ascott accepted the North American Dealer of the year with his two sons Jeff and Greg Arscott. Photos: Peterbilt

Peterbilt announced the winners of its Dealer of the Year awards at its Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Tags: Peterbilt, Awards, Dealers, Truck Dealers

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

Photo: UPS

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Global Congestion Costing Commercial Drivers

Photo via Wikimedia.

The cost of traffic congestion increased in 2016 to an average of $1,400 for U.S. drivers, as congestion worsened in Los Angeles, which has become the most congested city in the world, according to the Inrix Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles, Inrix, Russia

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar President and CEO Named Board Chairman

Troy A. Clarke Photo: Navistar

Following Navistar International’s annual shareholder meeting on Feb. 14, the board of directors has elected company president and CEO Troy A. Clarke as its chairman.

Tags: Navistar, Leadership, People, C-Suite

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

Mickey Truck Bodies Announces Expansion Plans

The new facility, which is expected to be operational in July 2017, will house a total of 15 bays for liftgate installations and chassis preparation.

Tags: Upfitting, Liftgates, Mickey Truck Bodies

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Fall While Flatbeds Keep Climbing

The flatbed market continued to be the brightest of the three major spot truckload sectors last week, according to new numbers released by DAT Solutions, based on activity from its load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Stellar Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase ACI

Stellar Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to purchase the assets of American Crane, Incorporated (ACI) and Tire Trucks International (TTI).

Tags: Truck Tires, Stellar Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, American Crane International

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Two-For-One Regulatory Fiat Spurs Court Challenge

Image: WhiteHouse.gov

A lawsuit brought by two high-profile public advocacy groups and a prominent labor union seeks to block the executive order signed by President Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

Tags: FMCSA, NHTSA, Donald Trump, Regulations, Lawsuits

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Water District Caught Misspending Funds

A report from the California State Controller found that Panoche Water District employees misspent funds, with several large purchases for personal use including 50 take-home vehicles.

Tags: Personal Use, Water Utility

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Reading Truck Group Acquires Four PalFleet Truck Equipment Sites

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites, acquiring its service body line. (Photo courtesy of PalFleet)

Reading Truck Group will assume customers, staff, and assets at four PalFleet sites: Council Bluffs, Iowa; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Tags: Upfitting, Palfinger, Service Bodies, Reading Truck Body, Mergers & Acquisitions, PalFleet

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler’s Global Truck Chief Bernhard Resigns

Wolfgang Bernhard Photo: Daimler AG

Wolfgang Bernhard has resigned from the Board of Management of Daimler AG, the company announced on Feb. 10.

Tags: Leadership, Daimler, People, Resignations

February 9, 2017 - Press Release

Walter Surface Technologies Names President, COO

Walter Surface Technologies has announced the appointment of Marc-André Aubé as its president and chief operating officer.

Tags: Walter Surface Technologies, Promotions

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Universal Waste Systems Names Fleet Maintenance Manager

Jason Pennington was named fleet maintenance manager at UWS Universal Waste Systems Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Tags: Maintenance, New Hire, Refuse Fleets

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