Trucking Biz Buzz

Arkansas-based ABF may relocate to Tennessee

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF may be moving its North Little Rock, Ark., distribution center to Memphis, Tenn. That is according to the Memphis Business Journal,which reports ABF was offered $4 million worth of incentives to locate in Memphis.

ABF is not commenting on the report. It is not known if the 380 union employees at the center in Arkansas would be able to relocate to Tennessee if the move happens.


Navistar hit with another lawsuit over MaxxForce engines

Legal actions are flying over the now defunct MaxxForce engine and its EGR emissions system.

According to a news release from San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, California and Washington-based motor carrier Par 4 Transportation is suing Navistar to recover monetary losses from excessive downtime, repairs and “tarnished good will.”

“These Navistar engines have cost buyers and lessees, from large fleet owners to small businesses, millions of dollars in damages,” attorney Mark Knutson said, according to the release. “The practice of Navistar threatens the livelihood and reputation of innumerable businesses. The firm intends to hold Navistar responsible for the poor quality of its engines and reimburse all those damaged.”

Though Navistar moved away from EGR – exhaust gas recirculation – two years ago, the technology’s hangover appears to be far from over.

In July 2012, Navistar announced it was ceasing production of 15-liter MaxxForce diesel engines for Class 8 trucks and halting the production of all EGR-only technology in other Class 8 engines. The Environmental Protection Agency had previously notified Navistar it could be fined up to $285 million for selling back-dated engines during the 2010 engine transition and Navistar’s inability to meet federal NOx emissions standards.

The company soon partnered with Cummins to introduce engines with selective catalytic reduction – or SCR – emissions systems and fired former CEO Daniel Ustian.

Trucks with affected engines include the following Class 7 and Class 8 models: International ProStar, Lonestar International Transstar, International Workstar, Paystar, International Loadstar.

Those who have experienced a loss from affected Navistar trucks can contact the law firm at 877-493-5366.


Werner Enterprises expanding

Omaha-based Werner Enterprises is planning to expand its operations in China. The Omaha World Herald reports the company is buying part of a Chinese logistics business to complement the truck fleet and warehouse network it already has in place.


Swift unable to find enough drivers

Stock in Swift Transportation dropped 16 percent in value on Friday, July 25, after the company announced it cannot find enough drivers and that the shortage will hurt future earnings.

That is according to the New York Post, which reports that Swift says increasing competition in the driver market has created a bigger turnover rate than expected.


Canada’s largest trucking company acquires another freight hauler

Canada’s biggest trucking company is about to get bigger. The Journal of Commercereports that TransForce is making a half-billion-dollar “friendly” takeover offer to Contrans, the 10th largest freight hauler in Canada.

TransForce, which recently acquired Minneapolis-based Transport America, presently has more than 14,000 employees. Contrans, which specializes in bulk, flatbed and tanker delivery, has about 1,700 workers.


Trailer sales up for June

The trucking economy appears to be healthy—that is if new trailer sales are any sign. ACT Research says sales were up 44 percent in June compared to June of last year. This June, 22,000 new trailers hit the highways.


Freight numbers still looking good for May 2014

It’s another good month for the trucking industry in freight transportation as the U.S.-NAFTA trade for May clocked in at $103.9 billion. That’s a 5.4 percent increase from last year, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released by the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Carrying three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA trade, trucks accounted for $31.8 billion of exports and $30.4 billion of imports in May.

U.S.-NAFTA trade has been increasing from the previous year each month for the past 11 months with the exception of January. Unusual freezing temperatures and inclement weather slowed down trade at the beginning of the year.


German company introduces products of the future

The German automotive components manufacturer ZF is showing off two new high-tech products.

One is a truck that a driver can park or back up to a loading dock by using a hand-held remote control device. The truck uses an electric motor during the maneuvers.

ZF is also touting a new automatic transmission that is tied to a GPS so it can read the contours of the road up ahead and shift accordingly.


Kinedyne announces MATS sweepstakes winners

Kinedyne has announced the five winners of the Mid-America Trucking Show contest. Winners will receive a $1,000 shopping spree of Kinedyne products.

This year’s winners are:

  • David Brown, Crivitz, Wis. – D&M Enterprises (OOIDA associate member)
  • John Griswold, Edgewater, Fla. – Griswold Trucking
  • Lisa Prince, Smithfield, Ky. – Johnny’s Garage
  • Diane Doroff, Roseville, Minn. – S&D Express (OOIDA member)
  • Shirley Batteiger, Greenville, Pa. – K&B Hauling

With 80,000 attendees at this year’s MATS, the third highest attendance in the show’s history, Kinedyne received a record number of entries.

“In addition to our popular contest, we also debuted a new product that is being developed by Kinedyne this year called the Retract-A-Bar,” said Jessica Madden, marketing coordinator at Kinedyne, in a press release. “This versatile heavy-duty load restraint bar retracts from 107 inches to 54 inches for easy shipping, storing and use within large dry freight, refrigerated trailers, small utility vehicles and standard pickup trucks.”

Kinedyne is a manufacturer and distributor of cargo securement products for the transportation industry.


No jury trial, Eaton and Meritor will settle

Eaton Corp. dodged a potential $2.4 billion damage claim from Meritor Inc. by agreeing to pay $500 million to head off a jury trial that was set to begin in federal court in Wilmington, Del.

Meritor Transmission and affiliate ZF Meritor LLC sued Cleveland-based Eaton in 2006 for violating antitrust laws. A jury ruled in 2009 that Eaton damaged Meritor and gained 90 percent of the market for truck transmissions by offering “exclusive dealing contracts” and unfair rebates.



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