February figures show Class 8 orders continue to surge in 2018

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An FTR official said the Class 8 market remains “red-hot” and that the capacity crunch is transforming into a capacity crisis and many fleets of all sizes, in all markets, across the country are scrambling to add trucks as fast as they can. Pictured is the Volvo VNL 760. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA) Orders for Class 8 truck continues to be strong, according to the two companies that analyze sales in the commercial vehicle market. ACT Research said preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 40,600 units in February. “Robust Class 8 order placements continued in...

Trucks most utilized mode in NAFTA trade in 2017, carrying 63.3%, BTS reports

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Trucks accounted for $720.8 billion of the $1.1 trillion in freight with Canada and Mexico, BTS reported. (The Trucker file photo) All five of the U.S. major transportation modes carried more freight by value in trade with NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico in 2017 than in 2016, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Friday. Trucks continued to be the most utilized mode of moving cargo into and out of Canada and Mexico, carrying 63.3 percent of the freight transported. In fact, trucks accounted for $720.8 billion of the $1.1 trillion in freight with Canada and Mexico, BTS reported. A 17.3 percent increase...

After 6 weeks of declines, on-highway diesel shoots up 3.8 cents a gallon to...

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By the time oil has gone through the refining process to get to diesel and by the time diesel gets to distribution centers and the local truck stop, it takes a week or two or more to catch up to the price of oil and whether the price direction is up or down. Average on-highway diesel prices increased by 3.8 cents a gallon Monday to right above the $3-a-gallon mark at $3.010. Last week made the sixth week in a row that the national average had dropped, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Analysts kept saying oil ...

Trucks move $60.6B in NAFTA freight in January, up 10.2% over same month of...

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Texas saw the most freight coming through its ports, $24.8 billion in truck freight — 14.3 percent more than last year — while Michigan followed with $13.3 billion. New York saw $7.4 billion, up 3.2 percent over 2017. U.S.-NAFTA truck freight rose 10.2 percent this past January compared with the same month a year ago, reports the Bureau of Transportation Statistics or BTS. Trucks hauled $60.6 billion in freight in January. Slightly more freight value — $33.3 billion compared with $$27.1 billion — was moved across the Mexican border than the Canadian border. And compared to last year, U.S.-Mexico truck freight...

Diesel prices surge

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On-highway diesel prices spiked this week after a brief hiccup last week in their upward trajectory.    As so often happens, oil prices were falling Monday as diesel prices were surging — the national average running up 6.1 cents a gallon from last week — the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.The average is now $3.104 compared with $3.043 a gallon a week ago on April 9. Oil prices had spiked last week on fears over an escalation of strife in the Middle East, The Associated Press reported. Gasoline prices have been escalating and diesel totals had as well until last week, when...

Trucking recession-proof career

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Melissa Allen says she got her CDL because truck drivers will always be needed.   Melissa Allen was recently named Women In Trucking's April Member of the Month. She has been serving her country as an over-the-road truck driver for the past four years — but driving isn’t the only thing she does. Melissa was raised in “Smoketown” or the West End slum of Louisville, Kentucky. She moved away as soon as she could and began to have a positive impact on the world around her. After spending several years in the Army Reserve, Melissa went into active duty and spent a short time...

W. Star offers rebate program

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Recently, Western Star collaborated with WTFC to create a promotional wrap on a 5700XE model featuring the organization’s name and pictures of its members.   PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Star today announced a new rebate program for the members of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC). WTFC members qualify for the rebate when they purchase any new Western Star 4700, 4900 or 5700XE model truck or tractor. To be eligible for a rebate from Western Star, customers must be a verified WTFC member for at least 90 days prior to purchase. All trucks must be new and never sold at retail prior...

Bendix milestone

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Bendix spokesman says air dryer has "legacy of reliability."     ELYRIA, Ohio — A funny thing happens when some people lay eyes on the Bendix AD-9 air dryer at trucking industry events like trade shows or distributor gatherings. “They’ll come up, grin, and pat it like you would a faithful dog, and say, ‘Man, I love this thing,’” says Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Air Charging. “They’ll talk about how many years and how many miles, and how it’s never let them down.” And on that legacy of reliability, durability, and customer loyalty, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems...

Automatic fuel savings

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The system closes the TrailerTail when the truck goes in reverse or stops. LONGVIEW, Texas — STEMCO Products Inc. has announced a new aerodynamic product, the TrailerTail Automatic fuel-saving system. This newest version of the signature TrailerTail deploys automatically when the trailer reaches 35 mph, ensuring fuel savings on every trip and removing the need for the driver to get out of the cab to open it manually, spokesmen said. The Automatic system also closes the TrailerTail when the truck stops or goes in reverse, preventing damage to the TrailerTail, trailer or dock doors. Closing the TrailerTail only when the vehicle...

Average on-highway diesel price increased 2.9 cents a gallon

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Every region in the country showed an increase for the week ending April 23. WASHINGTON — In a trend that’s not likely to end soon, the average on-highway price of a gallon of diesel increased 2.9 cents to $3.133 for the week ending April 23, according to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy. The price was the highest since the week ending January 5, 2015, when the average was $3.137, and with oil approaching $70 a barrel, the fifth consecutive week of increases was not a surprise. The price for the week ending April 23 is 53.8 cents a...

Volvo Trucks celebrates 35 years of innovation and aerodynamic truck design in North America

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2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Volvo’s 1983 introduction of the Integral Sleeper, the first North American truck model to offer a modern, streamlined design and integrated sleeper compartment. With the 1983 introduction, Volvo set a new North American design standard since followed by all heavy-duty manufacturers. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA) GREENSBORO, N.C. — This year marks the 35th anniversary of Volvo’s introduction of the Integral Sleeper, the first North American conventional truck model to offer a modern, streamlined design and a fully integrated sleeper compartment. “Pioneering innovations in design, fuel efficiency, driver productivity and safety have defined Volvo Trucks...

ATA Truck Tonnage Index down in March, but up over previous year

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 1.1 percent in March after easing downward by 0.8 percent in February. In March, the index equaled 110 (2015=100), down from 111.2 in February. ATA revised the February decline from the originally reported 2.6 percent to 0.8 percent. Compared with March 2017, the SA index jumped 6.3 percent, which was below February’s 7.7 percent year-over-year gain, but still well above 2017’s annual increase. For all of 2017, the index increased 3.8 percent over 2016. In the first quarter of this year, tonnage rose 0.9 percent and 7.4...

Maryland governor calls for new highway contract

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — Gov. Larry Hogan directed state transportation officials on Friday to seek a new contract for a multimillion highway expansion after a news report raised questions about ties between Maryland's transportation secretary and the winning bidder. Hogan said the $68.5 million deal that was supposed to go before a board this week “lacked the clarity needed to ensure full faith in this process.” In a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Hogan wrote that the department used a waiver process made possible by procurement reform approved last year by the General Assembly relating to public-private partnerships to create a...

J.J. Keller achieves ISO 27001:2013 certification

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NEENAH, Wis. — J. J. Keller & Associates has achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification, the international standard that outlines best practices for an information security management system (ISMS). This certification validates that the company’s information security practices meet the internationally recognized standards. J.J. Keller underwent in-depth testing and assessment by a third-party auditor, DQS, Inc., to confirm that the company’s ISMS complies with the standard. The rigorous audit process involved a review of 14 different areas, including information security policies; operations and communications security; asset management; supplier relationships; and physical and environmental security. “The security of our customers’ data is paramount,” said Dana Gilman,...

Pilot Flying J opening three new locations in West Texas

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J is expanding its network in West Texas with the opening of three new travel centers this spring to serve the exponential growth and rising traffic in the Permian Basin. The travel centers feature full amenities for area residents, people working in the region and the traveling public, including motorists and professional drivers, while adding approximately 150 local jobs and other economic benefits to the community. “Pilot Flying J is thrilled to serve the Reeves and Winkler County communities and contribute to the local economy with our new travel centers,” Pilot Flying J President Ken Parent...

Old Dominion names Freeman Executive VP, COO

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    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. April 30 announced it has appointed Kevin M. "Marty" Freeman, currently the company's senior vice president, sales, to serve as the company's executive vice president and COO, effective May 16. Freeman has served in his current role since 2011 and has assumed ever-increasing roles and responsibilities in customer relations, sales and operations since joining the Company in 1992. He brings 39 years of transportation industry experience to his new position, which includes responsibility for the company's operations, sales, human resources and customer service functions. Greg C. Gantt, the company's president and COO, said,...

Diesel prices on the rise to $3.157

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  On-highway diesel prices are edging up, posting Monday at $3.157 for the national average compared with $3.133 for the week of April 23, a gain of 2.4 cents a gallon. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed diesel prices in all 10 of its reporting sectors increasing, with the Midwest sector up 3.6 cents at $3.083; the Rocky Mountain region up 3.4 cents from last week at $3.215 a gallon; and New England up 3.2 cents a gallon at $3.203. California still has the highest diesel at $3.834, although prices only went up there 1.9 cents a gallon. The Gulf Coast...

Preliminary truck orders fall in April but still up over last year

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    Both major commercial vehicle data collection agencies — ACT Research and FTR — say that preliminary orders for Class 8 trucks in North America fell to the mid 30,000 range in April. “In ACT’s 30-plus years of collecting industry statistics, the Class 8 market has never had four consecutive months in which orders exceeded 40,000 units,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst. “Preliminary data indicate that the wall remains in place as 34,800 Class 8 net orders were booked in April, stopping the latest string of 40,000-plus order months at three.” Seasonal adjustment boosts the month’s orders to 35,200...

Unemployment rate drops to 3.9 percent; trucking adds 4,900 jobs in April

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WASHINGTON — U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy’s resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about a possible trade war. Job growth amounted to a decent 164,000 last month, up from an upwardly revised 135,000 in March. The unemployment rate fell after having held at 4.1 percent for the prior six months largely because fewer people were searching for jobs. The overall unemployment rate is now the lowest since December 2000. The rate for African-Americans — 6.6 percent — is the lowest on record since...

Diesel prices continue upward trajectory nationwide

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The price of diesel rose for the seventh consecutive week On-highway diesel prices rose again in the past week, with the national average standing at $3.171, up $0.014 from a week ago, according the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This is the seventh consecutive week in which average diesel prices have risen, and it places the current price per gallon at $0.606 above the price a year ago. Once again, every one of the EIA’s reporting sectors saw prices go up this week. The Rocky Mountain Region saw the largest increase, at $0.034, to $3.18 per gallon. The Midwest and Gulf Coast regions...