EnRoute - July 9, 2014

Top Stories

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 on June 26 in the NLRB vs. Noel Canning that President Barack Obama's January 2012 recess appointments to the NLRB during a “pro-forma” session of the U.S. Senate were unconstitutional.  TRALA worked in conjunction with the Coalition for a Democratic Workforce (CDW) to file an amicus brief in support of this case. FULL STORY


On July 10, The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee is expected to consider legislation, H.R. 5021, which was introduced by Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) that would extend the authorization and financing for surface transportation programs – including funding for highway construction and for operations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – through May 31, 2015. FULL STORY


The U.S. Commercial Service, a part of the Department of Commerce, is hosting a webinar on July 15 to update and inform stakeholders about Canada's Border Services Agency's eManifest program. FULL STORY


Technology Trends


Daimler Trucks North America has launched a new e-commerce parts platform to help facility transactions between customers and DTNA's parts and service network. FULL STORY


A new lighter-weight truck body wall is now available on Supreme Industries Van Body and Iner-City truck bodies. FULL STORY


Truck-Lite has introduced an online series of technical courses as part of a Truck-Lite Training Institute that offers web-based lessons for distributors, technicians and fleet personnel who sell, use and maintain equipment with Truck-Lite products. FULL STORY




Volvo Trucks North America has announced a $69-million investment for the redesign of its New River Valley (NRV) truck-assembly plant in Dublin, VA. . .Cervus Equipment has entered into an agreement to purchase Peterbilt of Ontario for about $25.5 million. . .Eaton Corp. has expanded its warranty program on remanufactured transmissions to now include all commercial truck vocations in the U.S. and Canada. . .Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spiver Foundation Brake (BCFB) have earned a spot on PACCAR's list of premier suppliers because both companies have product defects that are below 50 PPM. . .Mack Trucks has announced a $26-million upgrade of its Macungie, PA Cab & Vehicle Assembly plant and the company has opened two new facilities in Canada, located in Saskatchewan and Quebec. . .The Kenworth Sales Company in West Valley City, Utah, recently hosted the 6th annual Rods, Hogs & Rigs Extravaganza.  All proceeds from the event supports Stansbury Elementary School's Extended Learning Program.  Kenworth Sales Company adopted the school six years ago and has been involved in many aspects of the school. . .Hendrickson has acquired the leaf sprig and stabilizer segment from the Austrian Frauenthal Group.




Cummins Inc. has appointed Rich Freeland to the position of president and chief operating officer.  He will report to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.  Dave Crompton will succeed Freeland as president of the engine business. Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer for the Engine Business division at Cummins, retired July 1 and has been replaced by Jennifer Rumsey, who will become vp-engineering. . .Larry Smith has been promoted to director of Fleet Operations for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA). . .J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has promoted Randy Thome to the newly created position of vice president of technology services. . .Carl Try has been promoted to the role of vice president of development and  Adam Madsen to the role of director of product management for Karmak, Inc. The company has also announced that David Green will join the company in the role of a Business Consultant.




Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 7/9 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $31.155 $0.01 +0.03%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $59.74 $0.64 +1.08%
Cummins Inc. CMI $154.47 $1.49 -0.96%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $24.17 $0.03 +0.12%
Eaton Corp. ETN $77.90 $0.47 +0.61%
General Electric GE $26.32 $0.05 -0.19%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $27.74 $0.81  +3.01%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $37.12 $0.10 +0.27%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $65.53 $0.12 -0.18%
Ryder R $88.29 $0.09 -0.10%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matters

Most of the companies who participated in the a recent survey by GE Capital are predicting improved revenues in the coming 12-month period and a majority of the firms expressed confidence in their local economies as well as the U.S. economy as a whole.  FULL STORY

For fleets that want to retrofit older vehicles with new engines, reduce idling by adding auxiliary power units, add aerodynamic systems, or invest in new technologies or alternative power vehicles, funding still exists at the federal, state and local levels.

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