Monthly Archives: February 2011

Las Vegas Pete Uses an ‘Anvil’ as a Billboard

Ranco Anvil 34-foot end-dump is part of a demo rig for Paccar's MX-13 diesel. "Trailer Talk" blog by Tom Berg, Senior Editor Most trailers used for product promotion are vans whose broad sides become rolling billboards for truck components of some kind or other. But here we have an end-dump trailer whose message is aimed [...]

Navistar Enters Engine Deal with EcoMotors

 Updated: 2/24/2011 9:00:00 AM Navistar International Corp. has reached a development agreement with EcoMotors International to help commercialize the engine maker’s “opposed-piston, opposed-cylinderâ€� engine technology. EcoMotors’ first commercial vehicle product to use the technology, which it calls Opoc, is a turbo-diesel engine, Navistar said in a statement Tuesday. The Opoc engine “provides the well known [...]

Con-Way Freight Helps Foil Terrorist Bomb Plot

Observant workers, diligent screening, and established security protocols in place and Con-Way Freight's Lubbock Texas service center combined to foil a terrorist bomb plot. On Thursday, the FBI arrested Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old Saudi student studying in Texas, and charged him with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. It's alleged that Aldawsari [...]

FMCSA Enhances Pre-Employment Screening Program’s Driver Data

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/affairs/index.html FMCSA 03-11 Friday, February 25, 2011 Contact: Candice Tolliver Tel: (202) 366-9999 or (202) 306-4580 FMCSA Enhances Pre-Employment Screening Program's Driver Data The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enhanced its Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) by adding data [...]

TransCore: Backhaul Freight Market Remains Steady

TransCore's DAT Network of load boards showed modest growth the week of February 14, following a dramatic increase in van and reefer freight the week of February 7. Overall truck capacity inched up 0.4 percent and freight volume increased 3.7 percent during that week. The national average load-to-truck ratio for the week was eight loads [...]

Durable Goods Orders Grow in January

 Updated: 2/24/2011 9:15:00 AM Durable goods orders rose 2.7% in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Orders for capital equipment rose after a 0.4% drop in December, though orders excluding transportation equipment  fell 3.6%, Commerce said. Analysts had forecast a 2.8% increase in durables orders and a 0.5% increase excluding transportation, Bloomberg reported. Durable goods [...]

FMCSA Strengthens Protections for Consumers Using Household Goods Moving Brokers

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/affairs/index.html FMCSA 04-11 Friday, February 25, 2011 Contact: Candice Tolliver Tel: (202) 366-9999 or (202) 306-4580 FMCSA Strengthens Protections for Consumers Using Household Goods Moving Brokers The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule that strengthens [...]

End of an Era?

Historical truck photos from FFE "All That's Trucking" blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief In the last few weeks, well-known truckload leaders have announced they are stepping back from the front lines at the companies they founded or have led for decades. Just this week, Clarence L. Werner, 73, founder of Werner Enterprises, announced [...]

New Home Sales Drop 13% in January

 Updated: 2/24/2011 10:15:00 AM New home sales decreased 13% in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Sales fell to an annual rate of 284,000 units. Economists had forecast the January rate to fall to 305,000 units, Bloomberg reported. Sales dropped in two of four national regions, led by a 37% decrease in the West. Rising [...]

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