Monthly Archives: September 2011

New Economic Report Finds Diesel Industry Provides $480 Billion In Value, 1.25 Million Jobs

A new report finds that even with the development of alternative fuels, diesel is still a major driving factor in the U.S. economy and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. "Diesel Powers the U.S. Economy: Providing High-Paying Jobs, Exports and Long-Term Productivity Gains in the Nation's Fundamental Sectors" was released at a [...]

C.H. Robinson Acquires Produce Company

 UPDATED: 9/29/2011 11:45:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Third-party logistics company C.H. Robinson said Tuesday it has acquired produce provider Timco Worldwide. Terms were not disclosed. Timco provides retail and club store customers with watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews and mixed melons. The company’s growing network operates in 10 states and five [...]

Accuride Selling Fabco Automotive Subsidiary

Accuride Corp. has sold its subsidiary Fabco Automotive Corp. to Fabco Holdings, a new company formed and capitalized by Wynnchurch Capital in partnership with Stone River Capital Partners. Located in Livermore, Calif., Fabco produces a broad range of steer drive axles, transfer cases, split shaft power take-offs, and other specialty products for the commercial severe-duty [...]

Oil Falls to Near $83 a Barrel Following Supply Report

 UPDATED: 9/28/2011 11:15:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Oil fell more than $1 Wednesday to near $83 a barrel following a Department of Energy report that showed supplies rose last week, Bloomberg reported. Crude futures slipped to $83.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down from Tuesday’s [...]

Three Steps to Fleet Sustainability

By Elisa Durand, ARI For fleet managers, the challenge of managing profitability with sustainability can be a high-wire act. The demand to go green and cut costs is more intense than ever. Fleet managers across the country are feeling the pressure to increase their fleet's sustainability, but most don't know where to begin without shortchanging [...]

Mica Letter Cites ‘Concern’ on Proposed Hours-of-Service Rule Changes

 UPDATED: 9/27/2011 4:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Tweet Print This   Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and three other congressmen have sent a letter to President Obama expressing “concernâ€� over proposed changes to the federal hours-of-service rules governing truck drivers. “We will aggressively oversee any [...]

‘Roadability’ defects found in 17% of intermodal chassis inspected

"Trailer Talk" blog by Tom Berg, Senior Editor Federal and state inspectors are not finding a lot of "roadability" problems with container chassis, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's chief safety officer, Jack Van Steenburg. And while new rules require that owners perform maintenance, drivers and carriers still have some responsibilities. Of 37,000 [...]

Appeals Court Rejects L.A. Port’s Ban on Independent Truckers

 UPDATED: 9/26/2011 4:00:00 PM Write a Letter to the Editor Rules in Favor of ATA’s Position Tweet Print This   Port of Los AngelesA federal appeals court Monday rejected a plan by the Port of Los Angeles to ban independent operators from drayage operations, giving American Trucking Associations a victory in a major point of [...]

Indiana’s Sherman Minton Bridge Will Not Need Total Replacement

The Indiana Department of Transportation said a full replacement will not be needed for the closed Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River. INDOT said engineers have not yet determined what needs to be done to repair the nearly half-century-old steel span on I-64. Testing is expected to be completed by early October. INDOT expects [...]

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