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Truck Market Poised to Grow Through 2015, Analyst Says

This story appears in the March 17 print edition of Transport Topics. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The domestic heavy-duty truck market is poised for significant growth this year and in 2015, an analyst from IHS Automotive told an audience of manufacturing and supplier executives. “We’re very optimistic for growth in sales and production across all classes […]

5 Predictions for The Future of Third Party Logistics in 2020

The third party logistics (3PL) landscape has altered significantly in the last decade and is tipped to experience further growth and change as mobile technologies and ‘smart’ working practices develop. With growth in third party logistics markets forecast to be as high as 15 percent, the demand to service these markets in 2020 will generate […]

Service Advisory Report

We had hoped the past two weeks would bring significant relief to inter-modal and truckload operations, however, the compounding affect of several events has slowed the recovery process. For example, despite ongoing cleanup efforts, the Bethlehem and Philadelphia, PA ramps continue to experience delays of 36-72 hours. Additionally, early last week and into this week, […]

Diesel Average Tops $4 After Fifth Straight Gain

The U.S. diesel average pushed past the $4 level for the first time in almost a year, gaining 2.8 cents to $4.017 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Feb. 24. Trucking’s main fuel, which has risen 14.4 cents over the past five weeks, last topped $4 on March 25. Despite the gain, diesel was […]

Manufacturing The Backbone of American Economic Growth

Today, manufacturing is poised for a comeback, but for the first time in history, manufacturing in the United States surpassed the $2 trillion mark. Taken alone, the manufacturing sector would rank as the world’s eighth-largest economy. Manufacturing output has soared since the end of the recession, and manufacturing employment surged in the last months of […]

Coming To a Highway Near You – Con-way Freight Deploys Nat-Gas Freightliners

Con-way Freight has started to add Freightliner Cascadia natural gas-powered trucks to its fleet, according to Freightliner parent Daimler Trucks North America. The trucks will operate in Texas as Con-way Freight evaluates how they operate in real-world fleet operations, DTNA said in a Dec. 23 statement. They are the first Cascadia day cab trucks to […]

Trillium CNG to Have 77 Stations Open by June

Trillium CNG expects to have 77 compressed natural gas stations open by June, representatives said in a meeting with Transport Topics. The company has 35 stations open across the country and said it will open 11 stations in the first quarter, with the rest expected to come online afterward. The fueling stations will be built […]

Trucking Adds 3,200 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Falls to 5-Year Low of 6.6%

Trucking accounted for 3,200 of the 113,000 jobs added in January, and the U.S. unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 6.6%, the Labor Department reported Feb. 7.The job increase was below economists’ forecasts of 180,000, and employment gains for December and January were revised upward by a total of 34,000, Bloomberg News reported. […]

Retreads Help Wide-Base Tire Users Extend Life of Product, Say Fleets, Makers

Wide-base tires, new and retreaded, are providing an extended-mileage benefit for dry-van carrier Bear Trucking Inc., according to a company manager. “The mileage is excellent,” said Wayne Jacobi, operations manager for the San Bernardino, Calif.-based company. The fleet runs three brands of wide tires on about 45 tractors and 140 trailers, he added. Singling out […]