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September 16, 2014

Electric Truck Maker Shuts Down Production
<p><strong>One of Boulder Electric Vehicles' models on display in May 2013 during the Southeastern High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum.</strong> <em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> One company that made medium-duty electrically powered trucks has ended production, but says it has not gone away entirely.

This Week is American Truck Driver Appreciation Week
This week marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a celebration started in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations honoring truck drivers across the nation.

New Delo Severe-Duty Oil Offers Protection for Changing Operations Plus Fuel Economy
Chevron's new Delo 400 SD SAE 15W-30 engine oil is designed to address the growth of severe-duty applications in on- and off-highway markets.

Section of I-15 Partially Reopens to Commercial Traffic
The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas Friday after 4 p.m., but only partially for commercial vehicles.

Average Diesel Cost Hits Lowest Level in More Than Two Years
The average cost of on-highway diesel fuel has resumed falling after being unchanged last week, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Survey Shows Large Carriers Have An Edge Over Smaller Carriers
<p><em>Photo via International.</em></p> In its inaugural trucking industry benchmarking survey, Katz, Sapper & Miller and McLeod Software released key findings about large, medium and small truckload carriers.

Germany’s ZF Purchasing TRW Automotive
ZF Friedrichshafen of Germany is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings, creating one of the world's largest companies in the vehicle supplier business.

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Slightly
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> Industrial production in the U.S. fell slightly in August, its first decline since January, according to a report released Monday by the Federal Reserve.

McLeod Software CEO Highlights Connected Concept
To be successful in the future, trucking companies, 3PLs and brokers need to run connected companies where data flows freely within their company and without. Tom McLeod, founder and CEO of McLeod Software, discussed this topic with customers attending the company’s annual user conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 14-16, a concept McLeod called “the connected enterprise.”

Laredo Con-Way Freight Truckers Vote to Join Teamsters
The 55-49 decision makes this the first time employees at what is one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload carriers have voted to be represented by the union.

Covenant Transportation Group Projects Lower Third Quarter Net Income
The parent company to trucking operations including Covenant Transport and others has issued expectations for its upcoming third quarter financial results.

XPO Logistics Getting $700 Million for Acquisitions
PSP Investments, along with GIC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan will invest a total of $700 million.



Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies
<p><strong>Greg Fulton.</strong></p> We're turning over "All That's Trucking" today to Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, who wants to know, why don't state governments worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company?

Weather Guard Packages Made for Ford Transit Van
Weather Guard is now making storage packages specifically for Ford’s 2015 Transit vans, designed for a variety of industry trades including electrical, mechanical and plumbing.

McLeod Software Unveils New Modules
McLeod Software introduced a number of new products during its annual user conference, held Sept. 14 -16 in Washington, D.C., including modules designed to automate pricing, bid management and billing.

McLeod Loadmaster Software Integrates XRS Data
McLeod Software is now integrating the XRS mobile platform into its LoadMaster application in a partnership between the two companies.

Got Questions Q. I hear about different types of "base stocks" used in oils. Can you explain what this means?

A. Attempting to provide a meaningful explanation to the differences in base oil there is an excellent reference provided on the internet entitled understanding the differences in base oils.


Got Questions Q. Will polyurethane motor mounts cause my truck to vibrate more?

A. There is a myth that polyurethane components are harder than rubber, this comes from history where there were different formulations and suppliers, as well as the intent to dampen the vibration in the higher horsepower and torque vehicles.





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Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies

We're turning over "All That's Trucking" today to Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, who wants to know, why don't state governments worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company?

The Little Engine That Did

Fans of old engines and machinery would have been thrilled to find this working, 95-year-old engine on display at the the 40th anniversary celebrations of Cummins Jamestown, N.Y.. assembly plant. It's believed to have been among the first engines ever produced by the Cummins Engine Co., hand-built by Clessie Cummins himself. Jim Park has more in his "On the Road" blog.

Goodyear Picks New Truck Mooring System for its Blimp

What does a Mack Truck have to do with the Goodyear Blimp? Deborah Lockridge explores the topic in her "All That's Truckikng" blog.

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