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Worldwide transportation giant closes Michigan facility; 120 workers lose jobs

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COLDWATER, Mich. — Penkse, a well-recognized name in transportation and logistics on four continents, has announced layoffs in its logistics division. The company notified about 120 workers at its cross-dock facility in Coldwater, Michigan, that it will be permanently closing the operation effective April 30. Drivers were notified of the closure in a meeting with management Feb. 24. Randy Ryerson, vice president of marketing for Penske, told Freightwaves the closing of the Michigan facility is a result of an “unexpected loss of a fair market bid with Ford Motor Co.” All employees impacted are eligible for immediate openings elsewhere with...
Celadon trucks lined up for auction

As repercussions of Celadon bankruptcy case continue behind the scenes, asset acquisitions and auctions...

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The aftermath of the closing and subsequent bankruptcy filing of Indianapolis-based carrier Celadon made for prominent headlines in trucking industry news from December 2019 until late February 2020. But that was before COVID-19 supplanted almost all news coverage ranging from major media outlets to industry-specific publications and digital media. The fallout from the Celadon bankruptcy continues, but those not following the story may have lost track of the complicated proceedings in a case involving multiple subsidiaries in numerous states and three countries. While proceedings may be moving a bit slower than usual during the global health crisis, plenty of action...

Bison Transport acquires Wisconsin-based H.O. Wolding

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada — Bison Transport has acquired Amherst, Wisconsin-based H.O. Wolding (HOW), a 320-truck, dry van fleet with truckload operations in the midwest, northeast and southeast regions of the United States. “We are very pleased to welcome the drivers, staff and partners of HOW to the Bison family,” said Bison’s Executive Chairman Don Streuber. “From the first conversation we had with Don and Dick Wolding, I knew there was a lot our two organizations had in common surrounding drivers, customers, safety, and doing what is right.” Rob Penner, Bison Transport’s president and CEO said the HOW acquisition represented a strategic...
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Another month; another carrier shutters its doors

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — RCX Solutions Inc., a carrier based in Little Rock, Ark., has announced that, effective March 2, it has ceased operations. Founded in 2001, RCX Solutions employed seven drivers and contracted 24 owner-operators who leased their trucks to the company. The shut-down is the latest in a string of closings and bankruptcies of small and large carriers across the U.S. over the previous 12-18 months. As reported by FreightWaves, RCX president Randy Clifton Jr. said, “We got everyone home, and they were all taken care of  .” For a man whose father founded the company and whose...

Pilot Flying J diesel customers can now use Amex cards at pump

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J,  in partnership with American Express, have made it possible for guests to pay at the pump in the commercial diesel lanes using an American Express Card at Pilot and Flying J Travel Center locations in the United States. In addition, the myPilot app virtual wallet will now accept American Express and other major consumer credit cards, offering drivers new payment options for mobile fueling. "With the driver top of mind, we want to provide our guests with additional payment options," said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. "By accepting American Express cards at the commercial...

New England Motor Freight files for bankruptcy, ending operations

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ELIZABETH, N.J. — New England Motor Freight (NEMF) Monday said the company and 10 related entities have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark. In a news release NEMF said it intends to use these proceedings to facilitate an orderly wind-down of its operations. “We have worked hard to explore options for New England Motor Freight, but the macro-economic factors confronting this industry are significant,” said Vincent Colistra, a senior managing director with Phoenix Management Services and chief restructuring officer for the  company. In a...

Women In Trucking names top women to watch in transportation

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PLOVER, Wis. — The Women In Trucking Association Monday released its second annual list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation. The editorial staff of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity. “This year, we’ve identified 53 women who stand out as top performers in a field of highly qualified nominees,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “They represent a diverse range of company types and a variety of roles and responsibilities,...

February Class 8 U.S. sales up 15.4 percent

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With sales of 4,403 year-to-date compared with 2,599 for the same period last year, International sales are up 69.4 percent this year. Pictured is the International LT series. (Courtesy: NAVISTAR)   Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by THE TRUCKER STAFF   Class 8 truck sales in the United States continued a strong upward trend in February. According to WardsAuto, 16,687 Class 8 units were sold in February compared with 14,458 in January, an increase of 15.4 percent. More impressive, however, is the fact that year-to-date, sales are up a whopping 40.6 percent over the same two months of 2017. A total of 31,145 units were sold during the...
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Werner Enterprises granted temporary exemption on recordkeeping portion of FMCSA’s hours-of-service requirements

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OMAHA, Neb. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted a temporary exemption to Omaha, Nebraska-based Werner Enterprises on part of the agency’s hours-of-service (HOS) rules under 80 FR 78292 established Dec. 16, 2015. The exemption was finalized in a document published in the Federal Register July 7. The exemption, valid from July 7, 2020 through July 7, 2021, applies to the requirement that specific information fields be included in electronic records of duty status (RODS) on drivers’ electronic logging devices (ELDs). Werner requested the exemption, which applies to five elements required in RODS files, because of incompatibility...

Aiming to add 900 drivers, Walmart increases pay average to $87,500 in first year

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart says it needs to add 900 truck drivers to its fleet during 2019 and is willing to pay to get them on board. Wednesday, the company said it will provide Walmart drivers the chance to earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of almost 89 cents a mile. Beginning next month, Walmart drivers will receive a per-mile increase of $0.01 and a 50-cent increase in activity pay for arrive and arrive/drop occurrences. That means Walmart drivers will now be paid up to $1 every time they arrive at their destination...

ATA tonnage index increases 6.6 during 2018

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ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 6.6 percent in all of 2018 – the largest annual gain since 1998 (10.1 percent) and significantly better than the 3.8 percent increase in 2017. That annual gain was realized despite a decrease of 4.3 percent in December to 111.9, down from November’s level of 116.9. “The good news is that 2018 was a banner year for truck tonnage, witnessing the largest annual increase we’ve seen in two decades,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “With that said, there is evidence that the industry and economy...
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Steep insurance premiums lead another carrier to cease operations

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HUDSON, Wisc. — A week ago, RCX Solutions of Little Rock, Arkansas, ceased operations in part due to skyrocketing insurance premiums resulting from a lawsuit against the company. Just seven days later, another carrier, 101 Transport, of Hudson, Wisconsin, has decided to follow suit. Tom Dahlberg, owner of 101 Transport, said increasing insurance premiums and maintenance cost forced his hand In an interview with Freightwaves, Dahlberg said, “Insurance is making it untenable to do business.” For 101 Transport, the point of “untenable” was reached after one of his company’s trucks was involved in a serious accident in Utah. Following the...

Heartland Express opens new, remodeled terminals in Colorado, California

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NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — Heartland Express has opened a new terminal at Frederick, Colorado, and a remodeled terminal in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Just north of the Denver metro area, the Colorado facility offers a service shop with a truck wash, fully covered 24-hour fuel island and service lanes. The terminal features a driver lounge with 24-hour access and amenities that include restrooms with private walk-in showers and laundry room with full size washer/dryer units. Other comforts include sofas and recliner chairs, table seating, ice machine, coffee, and a large screen TV for entertainment. An RFID software system was installed for driver security and...

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December highest since August 2016

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. —  After a basically neutral reading in November, FTR’s Shipping Conditions Index (SCI) moved into positive territory in December. The December SCI measure at 1.7 was the strongest for the index since August 2016. After a short weakening period in the first quarter of 2019, the SCI is expected to maintain the December level through the balance of the year. The unusual dual positive readings in December for measuring both Shippers Conditions as well as Trucking Conditions were primarily driven by improved freight volume and lower fuel prices without much change in freight rates, according to Todd Tranausky, vice president...

ACT Research says freight recession likely

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COLUMBUS, Ind.  – According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook, a freight recession is not out of the question, but the easier call is a rate recession as truck supply-freight demand fall out of balance. “While there is a very low probability and no expectation of an economy-wide recession in 2019, freight-related data points have been sufficiently bad in breadth and duration to note that a freight recession is possible, although unlikely,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “That said, slower freight growth, an easing of driver supply constraints, the resumption...

Dart celebrates opening of operating center in Atlanta metro area

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ELLENWOOD, Ga. — Dart Transit Co. has opened a new operating center in the metro Atlanta area. The facility here is located close to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport south of Atlanta and it will provide the company with the opportunity to grow its customer base in the state and region. Prior to opening the doors in Ellenwood, Dart operated from a location in Buford northeast of Atlanta. Along with its strategic new positioning in the metro area, the Ellenwood Operating Center is larger than the previous Buford location and Dart has incorporated the latest in amenities for owner-operators and company drivers in the...

Penske Logistics closing Indiana terminal, laying off 80

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Reading, Pennsylvania-based Penske Logistics has indicated it plans to close its terminal in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The move will result in the layoffs of 80 workers, most of them drivers. A company spokesman said the closure is in response to a “recent local trucking contract termination.” The layoffs are scheduled to begin when the contract runs out July 20, according to the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) that it filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on May 18. The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days’ notice of a possible plant closing or...

FTR Trucking Conditions Index for December spikes to double-digit positive reading

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following the November bounce back of FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index the December measure spiked to a reading of 11.46. The sharply improved December reading is a result of strong month-over-month growth in volumes along with a favorable fuel environment, according to FTR Intel. However, FTR forecasts that this level will not be sustained in 2019 with readings falling back to the mid-single digit positive readings in January and moving steadily to more neutral conditions likely by the fourth quarter “While we don’t anticipate truly negative trucking conditions at any point in 2019, we think we have seen the end...