EnRoute - September 24, 2014

Top Stories

Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) has introduced The Safer Trucks and Buses Act which would prevent CSA data from being available to the public and directs the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to correct its shortcomings in the system. FULL STORY


Canada is working to match its environmental regulations to the U.S. and the latest change will see Canadian policy mimic American policy in the area of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations and reductions. FULL STORY


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has changed some of the fine print for exemptions for its Truck and Bus Rule which include a new deadline for small trucking companies that were rejected for loans for new truck purchases and new language which requires documentation to support the economic hardship exemption. FULL STORY


Technology Trends

Western Star has unveiled the 5700XE, the highway tractor that was used as inspiration for the Optimus Prime character in the Transformers movie.  The new truck is expected to improve fuel economy by as much as 15% compared to the 4900 FE model. FULL STORY


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is now using leftover ash from the burning of rice husks to produce electricity as an environmentally friendly source of silica for the use in its tires. FULL STORY


Bendix is launching its next generation of safety systems.  The new systems will allow commercial vehicles to brake for stationary objects and include better integration and upgraded components, as well as alert prioritization and the reduction of false alerts. FULL STORY


Thermo King has integrated its TracKing temperature and asset management solution with McLeod Software's LoadMaster Symphony product. The integration enables refrigerated carriers to have visibility of refrigerated assets within LoadMaster Symphony, allowing users to monitor critical cargo temperatures, trailer locations, refrigeration unit settings and alarms throughout the dispatch process. FULL STORY




Volvo Trucks has launched its Premium Certified used trucks program and online Used Truck Search tool, which offers customers the opportunity to own a fully inspected, reconditioned and warrantied Volvo truck. . .Bridgestone Americas has recently announced the grand opening of its Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, AZ.  The center was opened to bring Bridgestone closer to its goal of developing a new, domestically-viable source for natural rubber. . .Cummins Inc. was recognized with the 2014 United States Overall Best Heavy-Duty Truck Engines Product Leadership Award by Frost and Sullivan at the consultancy's North American Growth, Innovation & Leadership Gala. . .Rush Enterprises, Inc. has announced a special community service initiative in partnership with Waste Management, Inc., a donation of a new Navistar 4300 truck to the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB).  The truck will be used for the ACCFB's summer Mobile Pantry program, which provides healthy foods to families during the summer school meal gap. . .Continental Tire the Americas LLC, the official tire of Major League Soccer (MLS), the U.S. Soccer Federation and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, recently donated  1,000 Adidas soccer balls to Charity Ball.  The foundation was founded by fifteen-year old Ethan King.






Pat Crahan, vice president of Government Relations for U-Haul International is transitioning into retirement.  Crahan is handing over the reins to Joe Cook who will now succeed him as vice president of Government Relations. . .Kent Thompson has been named regional vice-president for the U.S. Southwest region for Mack Trucks. . .NationaLease has named Joseph Gallick senior vice-president of sales.  Gallick joined NationaLease in 2013 as vice-president of dedicated services. . .Owen Donahue, president of Donahue Idealease was elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Idealease for 2014.  William K. Reilley, President, Badgerland Idealease, will serve as Vice Chairman for one year, followed by a one-year term as Chairman for 2015. . .The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has selected Brad Bentley as president to fill the role after the previous president, Chris Burruss, resigned in June.







Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 9/24 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $29.77 $0.02 +0.07%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $61.63 $0.63 +1.03%
Cummins Inc. CMI $134.21 $0.38 -0.28%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $20.62 $0.25 +1.23%
Eaton Corp. ETN $65.63 $0.49 +0.75%
General Electric GE $25.93 $0.09 -0.35%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $23.39 $0.23 -0.95%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $35.07 $0.31 -0.88%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $58.65 $0.19 +0.34%
Ryder R $91.03 $0.85 +0.94%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance





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