2017 MCE

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 26, 2017 7:15 PM, EDT

ATA Takes Aim at Driver Shortage

ATA President Chris Spear

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trucking and government leaders at American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition set their sights on solving perhaps the industry’s most persistent challenge — recruiting and retaining professional drivers.

Jason Aldean Entertains Trucking Execs at Freightliner Dinner

Country star Jason Aldean at the Freightliner dinner

ORLANDO, Fla. — Country music star Jason Aldean was the surprise entertainment for trucking industry executives at the 2017 Freightliner Trucks customer appreciation dinner.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 24, 2017
Government, Business

Tax Reform First, Then Infrastructure, Chao Says

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

ORLANDO, Fla. ­— The Trump administration’s multiyear infrastructure funding proposal to modernize freight corridors and commuter networks will be unveiled after Congress reforms the tax code, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Oct. 23 at American Trucking Associations’ annual conference.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Government, Business

Truckers Key to Job Growth, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Says

Alexander Acosta

ORLANDO, Fla. — The trucking industry can play a major role in creating quality apprenticeship programs that could teach the skills needed to put some of the nation’s nearly 7 million job seekers to work, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

‘Time to Move Forward’ on ELD Mandate, ATA's Spear Says

ATA President Chris Spear at MCE

ORLANDO, Fla. ­— With the electronic logging device mandate fast approaching, the leader of American Trucking Associations emphasized that a delay will not occur, cementing the industry’s long-held view on the rule during his annual state of the industry address.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Business, Technology

MCE Panel Lays Out Trucking’s Triumphs, Challenges

MCE panel discussion on driver shortage, NAFTA, storm response

ORLANDO, Fla. — The North American Free Trade Agreement needs updating, but the process appears frozen in adversarial positions, even as truckload freight has grown 4% over the past five month, panelists here said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Human-Machine Interaction, Computing Power Key to Development of Autonomous Trucks

Peterbilt Motors Co. Darryl Oster

ORLANDO, Fla. — To pave the way for autonomous trucks, technology developers will need to refine the interaction between the human and the machine, and add more advanced sensors and greater computing power to the vehicle, experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Navistar Announces Price Increases, New Services

Navistar's Michael Cancelliere

ORLANDO, Fla. — Navistar International Corp. announced price increases of up to 2% for its model-year 2019 vehicles, citing rising commodity prices. The price increases may affect all product lines and classes of trucks and don’t single out Class 8 trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 23, 2017

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