EnRoute - January 8, 2014

Top Stories

The current highway program is scheduled to expire on October 1, 2014 and trucking's challenge this year will be the passage of a new highway program. FULL STORY
After the recent cyber-hacking breach of 40 million credit card numbers from Target, fears are heightened once again that electronic data remains increasingly vulnerable. FULL STORY
The $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive expired on December 31, 2013. This is the third time in five years that Congress has allowed the incentive to expire. FULL STORY
The process behind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) rulemaking process is dictated by federal law and numerous factors can affect it. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has launched the R244 all-position steer radial tire for severe service and on-highway use. The tire is designed with a wide base ribbed steer pattern for optimum performance. FULL STORY 
Fleets are faced with focusing on the myriad of potential problems that arise when deciding to purchase smart devices for their employees or allow those employees to use their own devices. FULL STORY 
Continental HTL-1 wide-single truck tire is now available as a ContiTread retread. The HTL1 can be retreaded for fleets that operate wide-single driver or trailer tires in sizes 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5. FULL STORY 
Vigillos new big data platform is Athena, named after the Greek god of wisdom. The software is designed around a four-step process: acquire, analyze, visualize and publish. As an open source, software-as-a-service offering, Athena gathers data from a wide variety of sources, distills it into understandable information, and then presents it visually in a dashboard format that is accessible through all types of devices. FULL STORY 


Navistar Inc. has shipped the first International DuraStar trucks with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine from its assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico.  The company announced in September it had started taking orders for its first selective catalytic reduction engine options for medium-duty trucks and school buses. . .Comdata has acquired eFueling Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Woodfin Oil Co. Comdata and eFueling previously partnered to develop a web-based site controller system marketed as SightSmart. . .Hendrickson Bumper and Trim announces the release of the All Makes AERO CLAD bumper for ProStar with universal tilt mount that retrofits all model year trucks.


J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has announced several key personnel changes: Marne L. Keller-Krikava to succeed James J. Keller as President and CEO; Rustin R. Keller to assume the role of executive vice president and COO; Dana S. Gilman has joined the company as chief financial officer. She is replacing Roger Porath who will be retiring in April after 37 years with the company; Charles (Chad) T. Govin III has been promoted to vice president of Field Sales; and Wesley Curtis joins the company as a safety consultant. . .Jeff Anderson has been named a new director of Marketing Reporting Problems for Polk. . .PHH Corporation has announced that Jim Halliday, senior vice president and chief business development officer, North America and president, PHH Canada, has been appointed interim president, PHH Arval. He succeeds George Kilroy who has resigned from the company. . . Auto Truck Group has announced three new executive appointments: Pete Dondlinger has been named Vice President of Operations; Brad Blanco has been named Vice President of IT, Finance, and Administration; and Pam Bodzioch has been named HR Manager.


Taking $tock

A look at truck transportation-industry Fortune 500 public companies:

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 1/8 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $26.99 $0.32 -1.17%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $40.09 $0.28 +0.70%
Cummins Inc. CMI $139.34 $0.55 -0.39%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $19.87 $0.26 +1.33%
Eaton Corp. ETN $75.25 $0.29 -0.38%
General Electric GE $27.19 $0.10 -0.35%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $24.71 $0.66  +2.74%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $37.38 $0.42 -1.11%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $58.96 $0.16 -0.27%
Ryder R $72.58 $0.25 +0.35%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance




News From TRALA 

Two Weeks Left for Early Bird Registration Rates for TRALA's 2014 Annual Meeting 

You don't want to miss out on attending one of the largest gathering of rental and leasing executives in North America. The 2014 Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 10-14 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Click here to register to attend this important meeting.
Mack Leasing/Volvo Truck Leasing, NationaLease, and PacLease are scheduled to hold meetings in conjunction with the TRALA meeting, which will create more efficiency for attendees wanting to connect with the entire industry. To view the meetings and events scheduled for March 10 through March 14, please click here.
Hotel reservations for the Annual Meeting will only be accepted through the Annual Meeting registration form or by contacting TRALA's Shannon Davison. The information provided in the registration form will be submitted to the hotel on your behalf. No credit cards are required to guarantee your reservation at this time. Hotel confirmation numbers will be forwarded to all guests by a member of the TRALA staff as soon as they are received from the hotel.
Any questions should be directed to TRALA's Shannon Davison by email at sdavison@trala.orgor contacting the TRALA Staff at (703) 299-9120.