EnRoute - January 22, 2014

Top Stories

Tom Donahue, president and CEO of The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stated during the group's State of American Business that the highway-bill reauthorization is one of its top priorities for 2014.  This legislation also impacts major goals of the nation's largest business federation, such as boosting U.S. trade and increasing domestic energy production. FULL STORY
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has decided it will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund. Secretary Anthony Foxx believes posting the fund's balance on the DOT's website will raise the issue's profile with the public. FULL STORY
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a guidance letter to heavy-duty on-highway engine manufacturers outlining how it intends to determine the physical range of adjustment of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) quality for certification testing. FULL STORY
Global consulting firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) has released the findings from its third annual Millennial Survey. The trucking industry is paying close attention to the mindset of the “younger workers” because by 2025, “Generation Y” individuals aged 18-32 years (Millennials), are expected to make up 75% of the global workforce. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

Navistar International Corp. has unveiled a new online truck configurators for the International ProStar, DuraStar and TerraStar models. The configurators allows customers to virtually design, build and customize their International Truck's cab, exterior, interior, powertrain and more. FULL STORY
Carrier Transicold has unveiled new TRU-Tech and TRU-View computer applications which assist with custom configuration of transport refrigeration unit (TRU) settings and operations analysis. FULL STORY
Fleet Management Software (FMS) systems have continue to evolve and four areas fleets should consider upgrading in 2014 are closed loop inspections, pre-notifications, seamless accounting, and managing service events. FULL STORY


MHC Kenworth has launched RoadPulse, an online system that better serves customers by providing real-time visibility to truck repairs from scheduling to invoicing. . .Clean Energy has announced the opening of two liquefied natural gas fueling stations in Pontoon Beach, IL and Fontana, CA. The company has also opened its first LNG fueling station in Jacksonville, FL. . .Great Dane Trailer has added Great Dane of Montreal to its Canadian distribution network. The new facility is 65,000 square feet, with 26 service bays and two drive-throughs. . .Cummins Filtration  has launched a YouTube channel. The company hopes it will help customers better understand the “science to technology” approach taken in Fleetguard products.


Karmak has introduced Scott Elbring as vice president of sales and Mike York as vice president of operations. . .Dave Karnes has been named vice president – sales North America Truck. . .Hercules Manufacturing has hired Kristen Ricketts  as a purchasing agent. . .Auto Truck Group has named Pete Dondlinger as vice president of operations, Brad Blanco has been appointed vice president of IT, finance and administration, and Pam Bodzioch has been named HR manager. . .Donlen has hired Tim Johnson as its vice president of business development for the Western Region. . .Mark Lampert, senior vice president of sales and marketing will retire from Daimler Trucks North America on March 31, 2014. Richard Howard will assume the position on April 1, 2014.


Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 1/22 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $28.92 $0.35 +1.23%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $41.15 $0.40 +0.98%
Cummins Inc. CMI $134.88 $1.53 -1.12%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $21.12 $0.26 +1.25%
Eaton Corp. ETN $77.19 $0.48 -0.62%
General Electric GE $25.99 $0.3 -1.14%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $24.42 $0.24  +0.99%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $37.32 $1.01 -2.54%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $58.98 $0.37 -0.62%
Ryder R $74.85 $0.13 +0.17%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matters

Rush Enterprises, Inc. has acquired certain assets of CIT, Inc., which does business as Chicago International Trucks, Mcgrenho L.L.C, which does business as Indy Truck Sales and Indiana Mack Leasing, LLC; and the membership interests of Idealease of Chicago, LLC. FULL STORY


News From TRALA 

Early Bird Registration Rates End January 31 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.