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Celadon Trucking Services to Transition Truck Driving Academy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Celadon Trucking will exit its three Celadon Driving Academy (CDA) locations in Indianapolis, Laredo and Richmond later this year.  One of Celadon's third-party driving school partners plans to establish accredited driving schools at each of the three locations.  Celadon will continue to need new drivers and has determined that a third-party model is a more effective way to hire new drivers.  Most trucking companies that deliver freight over the road use a network of accredited driving schools to source new drivers for their fleets.

President and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Russell commented: "Highly qualified professional truck drivers are the lifeblood of our organization.  We recruit and train thousands of drivers each year and constantly evaluate the optimal mix of experienced drivers, student drivers, and driver trainers.  After a thorough review, we determined that using third-party programs and making additional investments in driver compensation and advanced training would afford a better investment of resources than continuing to operate the schools ourselves.  We are trucking specialists, and we will focus on our core business."

"Celadon is strongly committed to the Celadon Trucking business units (dry van, refrigerated, intermodal, and dedicated) as well as our Celadon Logistics, A&S, and other operations," continued Russell.  "I'm excited at the progress we continue to make in restoring Celadon's status as a premium truckload and logistics provider."

Russell added, "We are committed to helping every CDA employee in their career transition.  One of Celadon's third-party driving school partners has expressed interest in hiring many of our associates for their soon-to-be established school here in Indianapolis as well as Richmond and Laredo.  In addition, we have open jobs within Celadon for which they can apply.

via www.prnewswire.com

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Celadon sells off its flatbed trucking business

As part of its ongoing turnaround efforts, Indianapolis-based trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. has sold off its flatbed trucking division to Birmingham, Alabama-based PS Logistics LLC.

Celadon announced on Monday that it had completed the transaction, in which PS Logistics assumed the lease obligations for Celadon’s fleet of leased trailers and paid cash for Celadon-owned trailers.

In other parts of the deal: Celadon is entitled to certain post-closing goodwill payments. PS Logistics agreed to hire certain Celadon flatbed company drivers and operations employees, assume certain flatbed customer contracts and enter into contracts that cover up to 100 of Celadon’s independent contractor flatbed drivers.

Specific financial terms were not disclosed. Celadon declined to comment further, and IBJ was unable to reach PS Logistics Monday morning.

via www.ibj.com

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Navistar CEO sees role for drivers with self-driving trucks

Navistar’s president and CEO told a Senate panel this week that autonomous vehicle technology likely won’t eliminate the need for truck drivers, but they may need to gain new skills as they’re asked to manage several trucks at once.

The manufacturer’s Springfield plant is one of the largest employers in Clark County, where it employs more than 1,500 workers. Thousands of retirees also remain in the area.

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“Personally, I believe drivers will become more like airline pilots — even more highly trained and skilled than they are today,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar’s president and CEO “For example, an autonomous vehicle may be deployed on a straight highway with mixed vehicles, while the driver sitting in his or her seat is managing the controls and monitoring several platooning trucks, and ensuring the safe and secure operation of the trucks under their care.”

via www.springfieldnewssun.com

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ELD mandate protest efforts set to stage October 3

With efforts to derail or delay the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-in-process electronic logging device mandate having taken yet another hit with the defeat of the House appropriations bill amendment that would have delayed the Dec. 18 deadline, some truckers are determined to raise the profile around the issue on their own. As you’ll hear in the latest Overdrive Radio podcast in players up top and below, two officially unaffiliated groups have marked Tuesday, Oct. 3 as the beginning date for staged demonstrations in Washington, D.C., with the professed support of some individual operators around the country shutting down throughout the four-to-five days following. Owner-operator Erick Engbarth, meanwhile, though not involved in either of those efforts, offered a clear distillation of objection to the mandate by owner-operators.

via www.overdriveonline.com

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10 Techniques required to be successful in trucking

Many trucking techniques are kept under wraps because of the solitary nature of the business—a trucker is provided with a truck, a set of keys, a product or item to haul, a place to load, and a location where he needs to deliver the load. All of this creates an atmosphere where sharing knowledge with others is limited. So, here’s a list of 10 ways that can help make the job simpler and more financially beneficial to the trucker, the shipper, the receiver, and the trucking company owner.

  1. Always have a plan. This includes the obvious route and time plan to pick up and deliver loads. You also need to include plans for maintaining your equipment, plans for staying healthy on the road, and plans to get the right amount of home time. And most important of all, you need a plan on how to reach your goals, both personal and business.

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Some trucking firms seek to put the brakes on electronic logs

Federal and state officials have given truckers until December to install electronic monitors that track their time on the road. The new devices are meant to make highways safer by keeping drivers from overshooting the hours they can drive.

But some truckers who get paid by the mile could see their incomes drop without being able to round down the time it took them to make a delivery. Lower pay could exacerbate a driver shortage in an industry with a reputation for high turnover.

"You'll see smaller carriers leave the business," said Rod Nofziger, chief operating officer for the Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which has 158,000 members.

via www.foxbusiness.com

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Teamsters, truckers debate self-driving trucks in Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate committee is considering whether legislation dealing with the future of self-driving cars should also pave the way to self-driving trucks, considering the impact such technology could have on millions of workers.

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing today on automated vehicles that focused on the future of self-driving commercial trucks and 3.5 million commercial truck drivers nationwide. 

"Self-driving vehicles have the potential to change the transportation industry as we know it. That can be for the better or for the worse, depending on the actions that this committee, workers and others take," said Ken Hall, general secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. "It is incumbent upon the members of this committee that workers are not left behind in this process."

via www.freep.com

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Big Nebraska trucking companies already use electronic log books soon to be required of all

Nebraska’s big trucking firms say they are already using electronic record-keeping devices soon to be required of all truckers — including smaller owner-operators who say the regulations are an overreach.

The technology in question is called the electronic logging device, an on-board computer that tracks the myriad pieces of information truckers must report to stay in compliance with rules such as those limiting the number of hours they drive in a given period.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have further delayed the requirement that large commercial trucks begin using ELDs by December. That means the federal rules mandating ELDs will take effect as scheduled. The big trucking companies loudly cheered, while smaller owner-operators frowned.

“Make no mistake, the time for debate about electronic logging is over, and we’re pleased that Congress has rejected this ill-conceived effort to delay their implementation,” said Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Association, which represents firms operating major national and regional fleets.

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Tesla is Going to Crush the Notoriously Conservative Trucking Industry (TSLA)

Soon, the world will get to see Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) first electric semi-truck that’s predicted to seriously impact the notoriously conservative trucking industry.

It’ll be interesting to finally see the performance of one of Tesla’s newest invention which Elon Musk introduced during a TED discussion last April.

Musk showed a teaser photo of Tesla’s Class 8 semi-truck, called Tesla Semi, during a conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson, who, deeply impressed, remarked that it didn’t look like the usual “friendly neighborhood truck.”

Musk explained that it’s a heavy-duty semi-truck that’s intended to assuage heavy-duty trucking. He also added that with the Tesla Semi, “we want to show that an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi. If you had a tug of war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”

Moreover, when Anderson asked if it was the kind of thing that truck drivers would like to drive, Musk said that he had driven the prototype himself and the experience was amazing. It was so nimble even though it’s a giant truck.

“You can drive it around like a sports car,” Musk said.

via wallstreetpit.com

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Hutchinson trucking company adds authorized Wilson trailer repair

Hutchinson’s Sun Valley Trucking has so many Wilson trailers in its fleet that the national semitrailer manufacturer recently asked the growing company to become an authorized repair center for its equipment.

“We own 150 of their trailers,” said Sun Valley President Keith Bauer. “What better person to partner with. They came out and inspected the place and granted us authorization to become a warranty and repair center for them.”

It could quickly become a major part of their business, Bauer said.

There are only two other authorized warranty centers in Kansas for the Iowa-based manufacturer, in Dodge City and Liberal.

via www.hutchnews.com

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