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Gordon Trucking steps up for missing kids

A Washington state trucking company is partnering with the state patrol in a campaign to get missing kids back home. Gordon Trucking of Pacific is putting pictures of missing kids on many of its 1,700 trucks, along with a 24-hour hotline number.

The state patrol notes that many missing children don’t get an Amber alert and that putting the pictures on trucks is a way to get their images and information in front of the public.

 

Team Penske renews deal with Alliance Truck Parts

Team Penske has extended its partnership with Alliance Truck Parts, a relationship that started in 2010, according to a press release.

The deal allows Alliance Truck Parts to continue its role as a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion, a car driven by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Alliance Truck Parts’ bright yellow colors will be featured on the car for eight races during the 2015 season.

“This extension is a big deal to all of us at Team Penske,” Keselowski said in a news release. “Alliance Truck Parts is a great brand. I actually own a few Freightliner trucks, and we use Alliance Truck Parts to maintain them. We appreciate all they do for the Team Penske organization, and I’m looking forward to continuing our success with ATP in the future.”

Starting in 2010, Alliance Truck Parts has worked their way up from a partial season sponsor in the Nationwide Series to a full season primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. Alliance Truck Parts debuted in the Sprint Cup Series this year, making the upcoming 2015 season the second straight year as a sponsor.

 

DTNA’s Truck Bucks reaches 10,000 users

Since its launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March 2014, Daimler Trucks North America’s new customer rewards program, Truck Bucks, has grown to a membership of more than 10,000 members. Owner-operators nationwide have been enrolling in the program at events, local dealerships and online. 

Truck Bucks provides discounts on parts and service to program members who shop within the DTNA network of Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit and Thomas Built Buses locations. Through Truck Bucks, customers receive discounts and special product incentives automatically at check-out without the need for coupons.

Customers can sign up for Truck Bucks online at mytruckbucks.com or at a DTNA retail location. 

 

 

Volvo opens new Customer Experience Track

Volvo has opened a 1.1-mile Customer Experience Track at their New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va.

As a way to show off their Class 8 vehicles during tours and special events, the track includes a paved road course with banked corners and an off-highway area with a variety of surfaces and grades. The track is designed to simulate some of the more difficult work environments that truckers face every day.

Employees of Volvo skilled in design, excavation and heavy machinery were used to build the track, according to a company press release.

 

Anheuser-Busch sued for rest period rights

In California, two truck drivers who work for Anheuser-Busch InBev are suing the company for $5 million.

The class action lawsuit says the company failed to pay overtime and discourages delivery truck drivers from taking paid rest periods or meal breaks, despite a written company policy providing for them.

The St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch was bought for $52 billion in 2008 by a partnership of Belgian and Brazilian brewers.

 

Freight Transportation Services Index declines after four months of increases

The Freight Transportation Services Index dipped 0.9 percent in June to 119.1, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics. This marks the first decrease after four months of increases.

The TSI measures month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles. Measurements include data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.

TSI’s updated index is 25.9 percent above the record low of 94.6 from April 2009 during the recession. The highest index number occurred during May 2014.

Spending for construction went down for June, leading to the lower index of transportation shipments. Pipelines received the biggest hit in June, compared to other modes of freight transportation.

 

Cummins celebrates 40 years in the engine business

It seemed as if the entire community of Jamestown, N.Y., was there to help Cummins Engine celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jamestown engine plant.

The 1 million-square-foot facility was purchased by Cummins in 1974 to produce engine components, but by 1979 it was turning out complete engines. Today, it produces all Cummins heavy-duty truck engines, which include the ISM and ISX 12; the Cummins Westport ISX 12 G spark-ignited natural gas engine; and a best-selling diesel engine in North America, the ISX 15.

The occasion was marked by an open house for the community and retired employees, displays of noteworthy trucks and engines, plant tours, and greetings from representatives of state and local government.

 

Spot rates steadily declining into August

Spot truckload load volume was stable while national average van and refrigerated rates slipped during the week ending Aug. 9, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

The overall number of loads posted declined 1 percent compared to the previous week while the number of available trucks increased slightly (0.2 percent). The overall load-to-truck ratio decreased 1.2 percent to 7.7 nationwide, meaning there were 7.7 loads posted for every truck available on DAT load boards during the week.

The national average van rate dropped 6 cents (down 2.9 percent) to $2 per mile (including a 1-cent fuel surcharge decrease). Load availability rose 1.7 percent while posted capacity increased 1 percent for the week. The national van load-to-truck ratio remained at 3.1 loads per truck.

The national average reefer rate fell 9 cents (3.8 percent) to $2.26 per mile. The number of posted refrigerated loads increased 4.3 percent and capacity increased 1.1 percent compared to the previous week; the resulting refrigerated load-to-truck ratio was 9.2 loads per truck. Slowing volumes from central California are having an impact on rates, and other produce-heavy regions have yet to fill the void. However, rates for reefer loads remain 11 cents higher than August 2013.

Flatbed rates inched up 1 cent (0.4 percent) unchanged as a national average at $2.45 per mile. Load availability decreased 4.2 percent while capacity was virtually unchanged at plus 0.8 percent. The resulting load-to-truck ratio fell 4.9 percent compared to the previous week, from 36.4 to 34.6 loads per truck.

The national average fuel price was $3.84 a gallon, down 1 cent from the previous week.

Load-to-truck ratios represent the number of loads posted for every truck posted on DAT load boards. The load-to-truck ratio is a sensitive, real-time indicator of the balance between spot market demand and capacity. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in rates. Rates are derived from DAT RateView. 

 

Clean Energy opens 27 natural gas fueling stations

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. reports that to date,  it has completed and opened 27 natural gas fueling stations across the United States, expanding the so-called “America’s Natural Gas Highway.”

Of the 27 fueling stations, nine are truck-friendly. According to the company, 10 locations have also upgraded their equipment and have increased their compression capacity to keep pace with demand.

In related news, Clean Energy reports that G & P Trucking and Raven Transport have announced plans to deploy heavy-duty natural gas trucks. G & P is based in South Carolina and Raven Transport serves the Southeast region.

 

Delo Pick-Up Your Truck sweepstakes is underway

Is your personal vehicle of choice a pick-up truck? Chevron has announced the Delo Pick-Up Your Truck sweepstakes. Participants will have a chance to win a 2014 Ford F-250 diesel truck and other prizes.

To enter, visit their website or go to the Delo Facebook page. In order to enter through the Facebook page, participants must “like” the page first. The sweepstakes will run from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30.

Prizes include:

  • Grand prize: 2014 Ford F-250 diesel truck, valued at approximately $54,000; and
  • First prize (10 awarded): Delo gift pack valued at $150 that contains a Delo tool bag, toolkit, bobble head, towel and $50 gift card..


The sweepstakes is open to adults who are legal residents of the United States and Canada. No purchase is necessary.

 

 

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