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Power Service Products to build new 100,000-square-foot facility

Diesel fuel additives manufacturer Power Service Products has announced plans to build an additional 100,000-square-foot bulk storage and blending facility, according to a press release. The decision was based on increased customer demand.

Power Service Products’ manufacturing and storage facilities, testing and research laboratory, and corporate offices are all located on a 42-acre site in Weatherford, Texas. Completion of the announced facility is slated for March 2016.

Power Service Products has been around since 1956 and is third generation family- and veteran-owned. Products are available at truck stops and automotive retailers across the country.


Average freight spot rates at a standstill

Spot rate averages for freight were mostly unchanged for the week ending Saturday, May 16. This is compared with the previous week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Van rates remained stagnant at $1.85. Los Angeles experienced rates as high as $2.04, reclaiming its top spot for high rates from Atlanta. Rates for the month of April were down 3.6 percent from the previous month and declined 7.5 percent since April 2014. Load-to-truck ratios decreased by 13.9 percent to 2.4 loads per truck. Six states have a ratio of 5.5 or greater, unchanged from the previous week.

Reefer rates went up a penny to $2.17, the only increase for the week. Lakeland, Fla., rates were as high as $2.56, surpassing typically higher rates in Green Bay. Elizabeth, N.J., had the low rates of $1.78. Compared with April 2014, reefer rates are down 7.0 percent. Load-to-truck ratios increased by 1.9 percent to 6.0 loads per truck. Six states have ratios of 12 or more, unchanged from the week prior.

Flatbed rates went unchanged at $2.18. Harrisburg, Pa., had a high rate of $3.98. Phoenix marked a low rate of $1.77. Rates are down 0.9 percent for the month and 7.3 percent in the last 12 months. There were 19.8 loads per truck for flatbeds, a decrease of 4.0 percent from the previous week. More than half of states in the contiguous U.S. have ratios of 18 or higher.


Run For The Wall riders are D.C. bound

Three large groups of motorcyclists were eastbound on different highways in New Mexico Friday, May 15, on day 3 of the annual Run for the Wall.

More than 700 bikers are riding from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor all military veterans – and especially those who were killed in action or are missing.

OOIDA Member David Talley says when his group rolled into Gallup, N.M., on Thursday, the town turned out.

“We got off and paraded through town and went all the way up to Red Rock, and it’s a 15-mile trip,” Talley said. “And there were flags about every 100 feet. It was awesome.”

The bikers expect to reach Washington next Friday, May 22, and will be joined by other riders for a procession called “Rolling Thunder.” 


Improving weather yields positive March results for all freight

The Freight Transportation Service Index increased by 1.7 percent in March to 122.9 from 120.9 in February. March marks the first increase after three consecutive months of decreases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

TSI’s growth of 0.2 percent for the first quarter of 2015 was the smallest quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2012, not counting the decline in the second quarter of 2014. Unusual extreme weather in parts of the country is partly responsible for lack of significant growth.

Despite a minor quarterly increase, March was the largest monthly increase since last July. TSI has gone up 29.9 percent since April 2009, when the index was at a historic low of 94.6. Trucking freight received its second consecutive decline in the index.

Freight shipments are up 1.7 percent from March 2014, up 16.7 percent from five years ago, and increased by 9.5 percent from 10 years ago.

The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.


Make-A-Wish convoy raises more than $300,000

Hundreds of truckers showed up in Lancaster, Pa., on Mother’s Day for the 26th annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. A total of 380 trucks drove in and raised more than $300,000 for the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

With 45 more trucks than last year’s convoy, participants brought in enough donations to grant wishes for approximately 30 children. Since truckers have until June 15 to turn in their pledges, the exact amount raised is to be determined.

Back in 1990, a 12-year-old named Matt wished to ride in a truck and speak with his sister on a CB radio. Approximately 40 trucks showed up to grant Matt his wish. In a press release sent out before this year’s convoy, Make-A-Wish expected more than 250 trucks to participate.

In addition to raising money and awareness, approximately 100 Make-A-Wish children rode along in the convoy. Pictures of children who have been helped by the charity were used to decorate many of the trucks. Approximately 6,000 spectators were spread across the route that ran 28 miles.

This year’s convoy was sponsored by RoadPro, which donated $20,000 to the foundation.


Daimler will skip MATS in 2016

Daimler Trucks North America will not attend the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2016. Dave Giroux, head of corporate communications and public relations, confirmed this week that DTNA intends to return to the MATS in 2017 and attend the show every other year thereafter. 

The show is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world. It’s held every spring at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.

Giroux stated by email to Land Line that DTNA expects to engage in an ongoing dialogue with MATS show management and industry leaders to discuss how to further supplement the show with additional activities for the collective benefit of original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and customers.

DTNA is the parent company of Freightliner and Western Star trucks and Detroit Diesel.


Trucking jobs increase after a month of huge losses

April marked the third consecutive month of job gains for the transportation sector. After suffering a significant job loss in March, truck transportation – a subsector – had some gains in April.

The transportation sector gained more than 15,000 jobs in April, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The truck transportation subsector showed a relatively moderate gain of nearly 2,000 jobs after the industry lost nearly 7,000 jobs the month prior. Approximately 2,600 truck transportation jobs were added in February. Trucking jobs gained a moderate amount compared to other subsectors in the transportation and warehousing subsector.

The “support activities for transportation” exhibited the highest gains with an addition of nearly 5,000 jobs. Only two subsectors showed losses with “transit and ground passenger transportation” losing 400 jobs and water transportation losing 100 jobs.

April’s transportation job gain is much larger than March, which saw a gain of 9,500. February had a gain of 18,500, the largest increase in more than a year.

Average hourly earnings for the transportation and warehousing sector were $22.76 for April, down 8 cents from March. Hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees decreased 10 cents to $20.66. Average hourly earnings for private, nonfarm payrolls across all industries increased 3 cents to $24.87. Compared with a year ago, average earnings have gone up by 2.2 percent.

According to the report, the unemployment rate for transportation and material moving occupations is down to 6.1 percent from 8.0 percent last April. The overall unemployment rate for the country made little change at 5.4 percent. The number of long-term unemployed remained relatively stagnant for April, but has decreased by 888,000 in the past 12 months.


2015 truck shows are on the calendar

There are many upcoming truck shows, and Land Line has gathered up some of them for 2015.

Make sure to bookmark Land Line’s Industry Calendar for new shows and updates. Is the list missing a show? Contact Kerry Evans-Spillman at

28-30 American Truck Historical Society National Convention & Antique Truck Show,
 York Expo Center, York, Pa. For more information, visit or call 816-891-9900.

5-7 Wheel Jam,
 Huron, SD. For more info go to or call Scot Marone at 605-354-2809 or Doug Flowers at 605-354-1324.

11-13 Shell Rotella SuperRigs, Retama Park, Selma, Texas. For more information, visit

19-21 NAST Great Lakes Truck Show
, Dundee, Mich. For more information, visit

20 Down Home Truck Show,
 Humboldt, Neb. For more information, call Susie Shupp at 402-414-7021 or email

20-21 ATHS Ohio Vintage Truck Jamboree,
 Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, Ohio. For more information, call Bill Peters at 330-682-1707 or visit

9-11 Walcott Truckers Jamboree,
 Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa. For more information, visit or call 563-284-6961.

17-18 Fitzgerald Glider Kits,
 Crossville, Tenn. For more information, visit

23-25 Southern West Virginia Class 8 Beauty Truck Show,
 Princeton Church of God, Princeton, W.V. For more information, call Robert Rosner at 304-960-9503.

24-25 Expedite Expo,
 Roberts Convention Centre, Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, visit

31-Aug. 2 Color and Chrome Fantasy Truck Show, Ogallala, Neb. For more information, visit

6-9 Brockway Truck Show,
 Courtland, N.Y. For more information, visit

14-16 NAST Eau Claire Big Truck Show,
 Eau Claire, Wis. For more information, visit

27-29 Great American Trucking Show,
 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

11-13 Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show
, St. Ignace, Mich. For more information, visit

20-22 Women In Trucking’s Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit


Davenport Transport joins Lone Star Transportation

Two more companies within the trucking industry have merged. Davenport Transport and Rigging has joined Lone Star Transportation LLC, according to a Daseke press release. Daseke is the parent company of Lone Star Transportation.

Lone Star President and CEO Tex Robbins in the press release called Davenport one of the premier super-heavy transport companies in the country. David and Donnie Davenport have a combined 80 years of industry experience. Davenport Transport and Rigging began as Dave Davenport and Sons Trucking Co., which was started by their father in 1971.

Davenport will continue to operate super-heavy transport from its facility in Angleton, Texas. Beyond that, the terms of the merger were not announced.

Lone Star specializes in time-sensitive transportation of aerospace parts, renewable energy, building and construction materials, oil and gas equipment, and heavy equipment. More than 1,500 open-deck trailers and 500 tractors are driven by owner-operators.


Chevron Delo announces April 2015 Million Mile Club inductees

Delo engine oil manufacturer Chevron Products Company has announced the newest additions to the Chevron Delo sponsored Red Eye Radio Million Mile Club.

The Red Eye Radio Million Mile Club honors truck drivers in the United States and Canada with 1 million miles of accident-free driving. Each new member of the Million Mile Club will receive a personalized jacket provided by Chevron Delo, a membership card and a gift from participating sponsors.

The inductees for April 2015 are:

  • OOIDA Member Perry Adams, owner-operator, Vilas, N.C.
  • OOIDA Member Henry (Bud) Beck, Beck Transport, Romeo, Mich.
  • OOIDA Member Charles Johns, Long Haul Trucking, Oxford, Ala.
  • OOIDA Member Garrick Pitts, owner-operator, Conway, Ark.
  • Rochelle Gray, Frito Lay, Combine, Texas
  • Eduardo Velarde, Con-way Truckload, El Paso, Texas
  • Edgar Boyle, Pace Transportation, Plattsmouth, Neb.
  • Stephanie Klang, Con-way Truckload, Diamond, Mo.

Drivers can apply for the Million Mile Club at



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