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Harold Sumerford Jr. Elected ATA’s 77th Chairman

Harold Sumerford Jr. gives his first remarks as ATA chairman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations closed out its 2021 Management Conference & Exhibition with a celebratory evening after electing Harold Sumerford Jr. as the federation’s 77th chairman.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 26, 2021
Business, Equipment

Paccar Sees Net Income Soften, Revenue Rise in Q3

Peterbilt 535 and 536

Paccar Inc. reported mixed results with lower net income and higher revenue in the third quarter as undelivered new trucks stacked up but its parts segment notched record revenue.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

GM to Install 40,000 Public EV Chargers

A ClipperCreek Inc. charging plug is connected to a GM Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle at a charging station in Los Angeles

General Motors Co. will use its dealership network to deploy up to 40,000 electric vehicle chargers across the U.S. and Canada, as the veteran automaker ramps up its shift to plug-in models.

David R. Baker | Bloomberg News
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety

ATA Recognizes SmartWay Honorees

Mike Russell Award winners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations honored 28 member companies for being recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Awards.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Maine Turnpike Authority Increases Toll Rates

Maine Turnpike toll

In an effort to avert a large shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trucks and cars traveling the Maine Turnpike will pay a little bit more in tolls.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Retail Spending Key to Trucking Activity, ATA’s Costello says

Panelists for state of trucking economy at MCE 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gross domestic product fell almost 3.4% in 2020, snapped back 5.4% this year and is expected to grow over 4% next year. Yet, GDP isn't what one analyst gauges trucking activity by.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business

Pricey Lumber Is Back, Due to Supply Cuts, Labor Shortage

Workers inspect a home under construction by Akash Homes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

High lumber prices are back, even as the industry steps into what is normally a seasonal lull.

October 26, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking ‘Frontline Heroes’ Honored

TFH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The contributions from two truckers to communities affected by natural disasters were recognized at American Trucking Associations’ annual conference.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology

Dana Reports Higher Q3 Income, Revenue

Dana signage at event

Dana Inc. reported increased net income and revenue for the third quarter, citing strong customer demand in its heavy-vehicle markets.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology

Chip Lead Times Begin to Improve

A 300 millimetre semiconductor wafer.

Delivery times for chips in October posted their smallest gain in about nine months, signaling that the shortages that have punished a broad swath of industries may finally be easing.

Ian King | Bloomberg News
October 26, 2021
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

ATA Recognizes Trucking Industry Works With Awards Luncheon

View of the floor at ATA's 2021 Management Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition presented Robert Low, president and founder of Prime Inc., with the 2021 Cathy Evans Highway to Victory award.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

IG Audit: FMCSA Systems Vulnerable to Hacking, Malware

Computer

A new Department of Transportation Inspector General audit concludes that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s information technology infrastructure is fraught with security weaknesses that are at risk for compromise by hackers and the placement of malware.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Navistar, In-Charge Energy Focus on Carbon Neutral Electricity

In-Charge Control

Navistar and In-Charge Energy announced their partnership can now power electric vehicle fleet customers with carbon neutral electricity through their EV charging infrastructure.

October 26, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Ports of LA, Long Beach to Fine Firms Over Container Backlog

Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — In an effort to ease congestion at the nation’s busiest port complex, officials said Oct. 25 that they will start fining shipping companies whose cargo containers linger for too long at marine terminals.

October 26, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

No Quick Fix in Sight to Move Freight, Panelists Say

MCE 2021 panel on supply chain resiliency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fixing the severely kinked supply chain will take well into 2022, panelists said at American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 26, 2021
Government, Business, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Reports Strong Third-Quarter Gains

UPS

UPS Inc.’s strategy to focus on more profitable segments of the shipping business paid off in the third quarter as its revenue per item shipped rose 13% and earnings climbed.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
October 26, 2021
Business

Bon Jovi Rocks Trucking Execs at Freightliner Customer Event

BonJovi at MCE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Iconic rock band Bon Jovi was the surprise entertainment at the Freightliner and Western Star 2021 customer appreciation event.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Becomes Lowest-Revenue Company to Hit $1 Trillion Market Value

Tesla

Tesla Inc. has joined the trillion-dollar-valuation club as the member with the lowest revenue.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
October 26, 2021
Government, Fuel

Diesel Remains on the March, Rising 4.2¢ to $3.713 a Gallon

Diesel fuel pump

The national average price for diesel rose 4.2 cents to $3.713 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released Oct. 25.

October 25, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

EPA Chief Michael Regan Touts Collaborative Approach of SmartWay Program

Michael Regan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency praised the collaborative work between the trucking industry and his department on a federal program that has helped pave the way for cutting fuel consumption and reducing the carbon footprint across the transportation...

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 25, 2021