News, Trucking Feed

Englander trucking firm makes three acquisitions

Rustburg, VA-based refrigerated carrier Englander Transportation is expanding its operations via the acquisition of three trucking companies: Transportation Technologies, Inc.; Triple C Transportation Services, Inc.; and C&H Logistics, Inc.

Those three motor carriers, all based in Mountain City, TN., have been in operation for over 10 years and collectively comprise a fleet of 60 tractors, 70 refrigerated or “reefer” trailers, and 80 drivers with 25 of them organized into teams.

via www.trucker.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Trucking Industry Prospers Amid NAFTA Uncertainty

An unsuccessful renegotiation of NAFTA would hurt the best for-hire freight environment in nearly 40 years, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said. However, barring that “self-imposed risk,” this strong freight cycle could last an additional 18 months or more, he said.

Costello spoke April 3 during an industry conference call hosted by investment firm Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

“This is the first time in this cycle of freight that all three of these [freight] drivers are accelerating and doing well,” he said, referring to consumer spending, manufacturing output and construction — especially single-family housing starts.

via www.ttnews.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Trucking Prices Are About to Rise Even More

A U.S. trucking shortage that has pushed up freight costs for everything from cereal to toothbrushes is about to get worse.

On April 1, police nationwide began enforcing rules requiring most big rigs to use electronic logging devices to record driver hours. While truckers have long been barred from driving more than 11 hours a day, the new ELDs prevent them from fudging their times on paper logs. That means more trucks are likely to be parked when drivers hit their limits.

“You’re going to be at least tightening the screws a little bit on an already tight marketplace,” Cowen & Co. analyst Jason Seidl said. “If you’re a shipper, it’s not something that’s going to be perceived as friendly.”

via www.ttnews.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Enforcing the ELD mandate

Abe Dunivin waves the tractor-trailer into an inspection bay at the weigh station on Interstate 5 in Woodburn, OR. It’s something Oregon inspectors do thousands of times each year, but it has been different since December 18, 2017.  “Every time, I discover something new,” said Dunivin, technical service coordinator with the motor carrier division of the Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT).

via www.fleetowner.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Trump touts infrastructure program in Ohio

President Donald Trump visited Richfield, Ohio, March 29 and touted his infrastructure program, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reported in its daily journal.

They said the president’s visit was “part of an administration effort to build momentum for his plan to invest $200 billion in new federal funds over a decade to spur more than $1.5 trillion in total project spending.”

He spoke at a union worker training center in the town located between Cleveland and Akron, accompanied by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

Trump told the audience that Congress would probably wait until after the mid-term elections in November before lawmakers would act on major infrastructure legislation.

via www.thetrucker.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Finding and keeping drivers still trucking’s top focus

The annual “Transportation Spotlight” survey conducted by human resources firm HireRight uncovered a totally unsurprising concern from its poll of some 1,000 trucking executives and managers: recruiting and retaining drivers is one of their major challenges now.

The firm’s 2018 Transportation Spotlight report found that 69% said recruiting qualified candidates remains the top challenge, with 54% noting that retention is a big issue as well. And what do truck drivers cite as the main reasons why they are leaving their current employers? These responses should surprise no one:

via www.fleetowner.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Women In Trucking Rewards Prime Driver With Volvo Truck

Tiffany Hanna, a professional truck driver and trainer at Prime, Inc. is now an owner-operator thanks to the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and Arrow Truck Sales. Hanna was selected from a pool of applicants who submitted an essay on the importance of attracting more women into the trucking industry.

Hanna has been an advocate for female drivers at Prime, Inc. and serves on the Prime Driver Advisory Board. She is also active with the Highway Diamonds celebration hosted by Prime, Inc. annually to honor their female drivers. Hanna is a U.S. Navy Veteran, the mother of 5 children and a three-time cancer survivor. She has 17 years driving experience during her military carrier, and six years as a commercial driver.

via www.truckinginfo.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


California trucker named Peterbilt’s “SuperFan”

LOUISVILLE, KY. Truck driver and lifelong Peterbilt devotee Rick McClerkin of San Jose, CA, came out on top in Peterbilt Motors Co.’sSuperFan” contest at the Mid America Trucking Show; winning a brand-new, screaming red and custom-chromed Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage tractor that is also the one-millionth truck built by Peterbilt.

The company's SuperFan contest drew more than 1,500 entries, with McClerkin one of five finalists drawn from that pool of contestants vying for the Model 567 giveaway.

via www.trucker.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Focus at MATS Turns to Technology, Driver Recruiting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The proliferation of technology for small carriers and a heavy focus on driver recruitment were among the leading themes of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, which went off with minimal disruption despite a major snowstorm prior to the annual event.

While the March 22-24 show was quiet in terms of major product launches from equipment manufacturers, it was packed with exhibits, events and seminars geared toward drivers, many of whom were adapting to an era where onboard technology is now the norm for carriers of all sizes.

via www.ttnews.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Economy is fueling uptick in trucking industry

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – If you bought it, a truck brought it. That’s a famous saying to tell you about the importance of trucking. It’s an industry that has seen a steady increase for quite some time.

Demand for trucks and drivers is at a peak right now. Things that are made in the Mahoning Valley need to be shipped to other places.

“The Astro Shapes, the Extrudexes of the world, General Extrusions, those guys seem to be having record years and adding to their fleet,” said David Gurska, chief operating officer at AIM Integrated Logistics.

Gurska said Astro Shapes is expecting an 80 percent increase in tonnage. January and February were not the normal downtimes for steel and aluminum producers, with places like Liberty Steel and Youngstown Pipe also seeing strong production.

via wytv.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs