EnRoute - August 22, 2019

The New Jersey Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor signed a joint agreement to step up efforts to protect employees, including truck drivers, from illegal misclassification as independent contractors. FULL STORY


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a proposed change to hours-of-service rules that would increase truck drivers' flexibility with their 30 minute rest break and with dividing their time in the sleeper bearth. FULL STORY



Rush Truck Centers is launching RushCare Complete, a total service management support package that coordinates, monitors and expedites vehicle repairs and maintenance throughout the Rush Truck Centers network. FULL STORY
Navistar International Corp. has unveiled "Vision 2025" which is a multi-faceted plan that will include investments in technology, the expansion of parts and service offerings, and improved communications throughout the entire organization. FULL STORY



PETERBILT MOTORS CO. has announced the opening of its fifth Peterbilt Technician Institute campus in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. . .KRIETE TRUCK CENTERS has invested $6 million into a new building at its Racine, WI location, doubling the amount of service bays at the facility. . .Omnitracs has announced a technology collaboration with CUMMINS INC. offering a new solution to use existing hardware to perform Cummins-powered engine calibrations updates remotely. . .HINO officially opened its nearly 1 million sq. ft. production facility in Mineral Wells, WV, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a grand opening celebration. 



Mickey Truck Bodies has named MELANIE WEBER as the company's new Director of Human Resources and KEVIN TURPIN as the new Plant Manager for Mickey's Berwick, PA manufacturing plant. . .ANTHONY CRESTA has been hired as Double Coin's new Product Manager. . .Daimler Trucks North America will create a new customer experience (CX) organization and has appointed PAUL ROMANAGGI as Chief CX Officer.
CORRECTION: KEVIN BANEY, has been named General Manager of Kenworth Truck Co. and Vice-President of PACCAR.



In a recent survey of economists, the likelihood of a U.S. recession in the next 12 months rose to 35%, from 31% forecast previously, as global trade tensions fuel economic uncertainty. FULL STORY
A survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found a growing conviction among businesses that tariffs were hitting their bottom line.The Fed responded to economic headwinds with a rate cut of 0.25% last month. FULL STORY



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