EnRoute - November 6, 2013

Top Stories

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting public comment on a redesigned version of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program's Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. The website has an updated interface and new features and is currently in a preview mode for 60 days. FULL STORY
The Canada Border Service Agency has announced that for the third time in a year, it is delaying the eManifest program roll out. At this time the agency can promise that it will provide 45 days advance notice before implementing and enforcing eManifest. FULL STORY
The authors of a study that were measuring the effectiveness of roll stability control and lane-departure warning systems for trucks have admitted that the study results were “skewed toward larger, for-hire carriers” and does not represent the small-business component of the trucking industry.  FULL STORY

Technology Trends

SkyBitz has unveiled the SkyBitz Insight Trends, a customizable visual dashboard that translates historical data into actionable information. The company has also introduced the Falcon GXT3000, a custom-built cellular trailer tracking device. The new hardware is designed for operations that want frequent reporting of the status of their trailers or containers. FULL STORY
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has introduced G572 1AD truck tire for single-axle drive and the 6x2 applications which is engineered for high-torque applications and features the company's Fuel Max Technology. FULL STORY
Meritor has released an update to its Meritor Mobile iPad app which includes the addition of Meritor defense, specialty and off-highway information, comprehensive product portfolio grouped by business unit, increased aftermarket content, and social media buttons. FULL STORY
PeopleNet has launched a new mobile site, Mobile PeopleNet Fleet Manager (PFM). The new site allows for accessing vehicle and driver data, maps and messaging via an Apple iPad tablet computer. FULL STORY


Roberts Truck Center and Diamond Companies are merging, effective January 1, 2014, to create a single entity with yearly revenues approaching $1 billion, employing 1,300 people at 29 locations in 26 markets. . .Mack Trucks has started implementing energy-saving initiatives at its Macungie Cab & Vehicle assembly plant facility following recommendations of an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellow. . .Bridgestone Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., has completed its Agro Operations Guayule Research Farm in Eloy, AZ. The research farm will supply guayule biomass for rubber production at the company's BioRubber Process Research Center. . .Detroit Diesel Corp. is offering its Detroit Connect Visibility fleet software and On-Board Tablet for mixed fleets, beginning in the first quarter of 2014. . .Dana Holding Corporation has upgraded its free Spicer iPhone and iPad applications with nine additional easy-to-use, technical calculators to aid its aftermarket customers in making accurate and efficient repairs. . .Navistar, Inc. has announced its International LoneStar on-highway tractor with the Cummins ISX15 engine and selective catalytic emissions technology is now available for order, marking Navistar's full transition of its heavy-duty product line from exhaust gas recirculation to SCR. . .November 1 marked the 60th “Diamond” anniversary of J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The company started in 1953 by John J. (Jack) Keller as a one-man consulting, warehousing, and insurance underwriting operation. The company has become one of the largest employers in central Wisconsin, employing over 1,200 associates in four locations. . .Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel terminal in Jacksonville, FL. It would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard and would be designed to supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries. . .Penske Truck Leasing has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Neenah, WI. The new facility sits on 4 acres and provides full-service truck leasing, commercial truck rental and contract maintenance services.


Sam Balooch has been named chief information officer for Spireon. . .Donlen Corp. has hired Brian Wright as its senior vice president of products and services. . .Brian Riley will succeed Isabel Jasinowski as head of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Washington, D.C. office following Jasinowski's retirement in February 2014. . .John R. “Jack” Congdon Sr., a longtime member of the board of directors at Old Dominion Freight Line has died following his battle with cancer. He was 80 years old. He is preceded in death by Natalie Neblett Congdon, his wife of 58 years and survived by their three children, Susan Terry, John Congdon Jr. and Jeff Congdon.


Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 11/6 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $23.99 $0.22 -0.91%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $31.24 $0.18 +0.58%
Cummins Inc. CMI $132.48 $0.76 +0.58%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $19.15 $0.46 -2.35%
Eaton Corp. ETN $70.21 $0.15 +0.21%
General Electric GE $26.90 $0.48 +1.82%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $20.57 $0.50  -2.35%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $39.44 $0.15 +0.38%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $56.89 $0.36 -0.63%
Ryder R $66.23 $0.22 -0.33%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matters

Daimler has reported the company has achieved significantly higher earnings than in the prior-year period. The company stated that net profit reached nearly 1.9 billion Euros/$2.6 billion compared to more than 1.2 billion Euros/$1.65 billion. FULL STORY
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company reported higher earnings for the third quarter of 2013 and all four of Goodyear's regional businesses achieved higher operating income in the quarter compare to the year-ago period. FULL STORY
Dana Holding Corporation reported a higher net income at $68 million for the third quarter of 2013, which was $12 million higher compared to the previous year. FULL STORY
Paccar, Inc. earned $309.4 million for the third quarter of 2013, an increase in 32% compared to the $233.6 million earned in the third quarter last year. FULL STORY


News From TRALA 

Registration Open 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 efficiencies 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 within two weeks of registration.
Any questions should be directed to TRALA's Shannon Davison by email at sdavison@trala.orgor contacting the TRALA Staff at (703) 299-9120.