Con-Way Makes Two Key Moves

Con-Way Transportation Services announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor, Mich., from Palo Alto, Calif.

The move is expected to improve communications and allow for easier travel for corporate employees. The new location is within one time zone of 92% of Con-Way's customers and 84% of its service centers.

Separately, Con-Way launched a new business, Con-Way Integrated Services, to provide single-source supply chain management services, including warehousing, inventory control and multi-modal transportation.

Fall Ushers in Chain Season

It's time to gear up for another winter in the Rocky Mountains.

The Colorado Motor Carriers Assn. reminds truckers that it is time to start carrying chains or cables. Failure to do so could result not only in being stuck in the snow, but hefty penalties, too.

Colorado's chain requirement is backed by a $100 fine. And if a stuck truck blocks a roadway, the driver can be fined up to $500 and assessed four points on his commercial license.

House Clears Budget Bill

WASHINGTON — The House last night approved the $500 billion funding package that will keep the federal government going until next October. Now it's the Senate's turn.

Lawmakers and special interests are still poring through the 4,000 pages of language largely written by congressional staffers to dig out the fine details of the deal. It may be days before all the implications are fully understood.

Truck Sales Still Strong

Chalk up another huge month for Class 8 truck manufacturers.

They sold 18,332 trucks in the U.S. retail market in September 1998, up 20.2% from September 1997, according to data from the American Automobile Manufacturers Assn.

For the year-to-date, the industry has moved 151,796 Class 8s — 18.5% more than last year.

When Is Intermodal a Good Way to Go?

Is intermodal worth the risk?

“What risk?” protested two railroaders on a panel of logisticians discussing truck-rail movement of containers and piggyback trailers.

Almost no risk, responded two users of rail service, who said that all the horror stories you may have heard are out of date.

To be sure, the best service is found in the high-volume lanes, while in many other lanes there is no service at all. Railroads need volume and long distance to make their services pay, and their users know it.

Current Market, Stock Buybacks Go Together

Publicly owned transportation and logistics companies are taking advantage of the current stock market downturn to repurchase their stock at bargain prices.

The buybacks also improve the companies’ per-share earnings figures by decreasing the number of shares outstanding.

Some of the latest announcements include:

  • Swift Transportation Co., Phoenix, repurchased 500,000 shares at an average $17.44

    share and pledged to buy another 500,000 shares before March 31, 1999.

  • Illinois CDL Probe Deepens

    A federal investigation into the bribery scandal involving Chicago-area licensing facilities is spreading.

    Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now looking into whether those involved in the scam funneled tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign fund of the man who controls the facilities, Secretary of State George Ryan.

    Mr. Ryan also is the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois.

    Murder Suspect Sought by Police

    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation says a man wanted for murder may be hiding out at truck stops near the Alabama-Mississippi border and may try to solicit rides from truck drivers.

    Police say Mario Centobie, 32, was seen at a truck stop near Oxford, Ala., Oct. 9 following his escape from Etowah County jail in Gadsden, Miss.

    State Sues Fleet for Highway Damage

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is suing a trucking company to recover the $2.7 million damage caused to a section of Interstate 95 by a gasoline tanker crash.

    The suit was filed in Delaware County Court against the estate of driver Keith Thomas and his employer, Samuel Coraluzzo Co. of Vineland, N.J. It charges that negligence and carelessness caused the Memorial Day weekend accident that resulted in the deaths of Mr. Thomas and another motorist.

    FDX Forms New Logistics Unit

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FDX Corp. named Joseph C. McCarty chief executive officer of FDX Global Logistics, a new organization that will include Caliber Logistics. He also will serve as CEO of Caliber Logistics.

    Mr. McCarty had been chief administrative officer of FDX, the parent of Federal Express Corp. and the former subsidiaries of Caliber System: RPS Inc., Roberts Express, Viking Freight and Caliber Logistics.

    Thomas I. Escott, president of Hudson, Ohio-based Caliber Logistics, will become president of the North American operation of FDX Global Logistics.

    Britain to Experiment With Truck-Only Lanes

    PARIS — The British Highways Agency has completed a feasibility study on dedicated, truck-only lanes on the island nation’s congested motorway system, and is now testing the idea.

    “We know they have commissioned research on the feasibility of the concept, but we are anxious to see how it works on a practical level,” said Don McIntyre, head of the Highway Policy Department of the British Freight Transport Assn. “We hope that a pilot scheme will be announced by the end of the year.”

    Survey Shows 'Good News' for High-Tech Carriers

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shippers have been spending more on transportation and using more technology. They are dealing with fewer carriers and getting more for their money.

    Those are some of the conclusions drawn from the seventh annual “Giants of Shipping” survey done by Ernst & Young LLP, the University of Tennessee and Logistics Management magazine.

    The technology findings were apt, researchers said, because just over half of all responses to the survey came in via the Internet. It was the first time the Internet was used to disseminate the survey.

    OMC Transfer Is Shot Down

    Trucking's most important federal agency, the Office of Motor Carriers, will stay where it is for the time being.

    The attempt by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to move the agency to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was rejected by the conferees who put together the catchall spending bill that will be rammed through Congress sometime this evening, according to the latest reports from Capitol Hill.

    Fleet Purchases and Expansions

  • M.S. Carriers, Memphis, Tenn., agreed to purchase assets of Interstate Trucking Corp. of America, a dry van truckload carrier based in Merrill, Wis.

    Chairman Mike Starnes said he expects to hire 280 drivers, enter into short-term leases for ITC's power units and purchase 803 trailers. Upon completion of the acquisition, the operations of ITC will be integrated into M.S. Carriers' operations.

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