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Rick Cates, NTDC’s ‘Senator,’ Celebrates 50 Years

Rick Cates

INDIANAPOLIS — For National Truck Driving Championships to function well, organizers must be dedicated to planning and executing. In Rick Cates, the NTDC’s organizing committee found a workhorse who has adapted to changes and updates industrywide for 50 years.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 17, 2022
Business, Equipment

Atlantic Great Dane President Acquires Dealership

Atlantic Great Dane logo

Atlantic Great Dane announced Gene Masteller acquired the company after serving there for more than 30 years, most recently as president.

August 17, 2022

NTDC Drivers Take On ‘Tough’ Course

A truck driver on the course at 2022 NTDC in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The intricate course at the National Truck Driving & Step Van Driving Championships is pushing competitors to perform at a high level.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 17, 2022

Transport Topics Radio

Transport Topics Radio

Transport Topics Radio is a weekly news roundtable airing Saturdays on SiriusXM channel 146 from 1-3 p.m. ET and rebroadcast Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET, and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. ET and 9-11 p.m. ET. Check out this week's lineup.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
August 17, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Road Deaths Climb for Seventh Straight Quarter as Driving Increases

Police lights

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads grew 7% in the opening three months of the year, reaching the highest levels for the first quarter since 2002.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trimble Invests in Cloud Migration to Enhance Supply Chain

Trimble CEO Rob Painter

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trimble is accelerating its shift toward cloud computing to further connect data and workflows in the freight transportation industry and enable closer collaboration across the supply chain.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 17, 2022

Target Takes a Hit After Heavy Discounts to Clear Inventory

Target store

NEW YORK — Target reported solid sales for the fiscal second quarter but its profit plunged nearly 90% after it was forced to slash prices to clear unwanted inventories of clothing, home goods and electronics.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
August 17, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Paccar to Offer Cummins X15 Natural Gas Engine

Cummins X15N

Paccar Inc. announced it will offer the new Cummins Inc. X15N natural gas engine in its Kenworth and Peterbilt truck brands.

August 17, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Retail Sales Were Flat in July

gas pump

WASHINGTON — The pace of sales at U.S. retailers was unchanged last month as persistently high inflation and rising interest rates forced many households to spend more cautiously.

August 17, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Railroads Back Plan Calling for 24% Raises

BNSF train

OMAHA, Neb. — The major freight railroads signaled they’re ready to negotiate a new deal with their workers based on a presidential report that calls for 24% raises, but the 12 unions involved in the stalled talks covering 115,000 workers still haven’t commented on the recommendations.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 17, 2022
Business, Safety

NTDC Exam Challenges, Surprises Competitors

Doug Simonelli of A. Duie Pyle

INDIANAPOLIS — After wrapping up the written exam portion of the National Truck Driving & Step Van Driving Championships, several competitors came away impressed with its attention to detail.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 16, 2022
Business, Equipment, Fuel

International Truck Launches Updated Powertrain

Navistar S13 Integrated Powertrain

LAS VEGAS – Navistar Inc. premiered a new, integrated powertrain as part of an update for its International LT Series truck line Aug. 16.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
August 16, 2022
Government, Business

Biden Signs Massive Climate and Health Care Legislation

Joe Manchin, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Jim Clyburn

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill into law Aug. 16, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda.

August 16, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment

Mack Offers Haulmaax EX Option, Adds More Army Business

Mack Defense HDT

Mack Trucks announced the Mack LR refuse and Mack TerraPro refuse, dump and concrete pumper models are available to order with the optional new Haulmaax EX suspension system.

August 16, 2022

ATA Chairman Praises Drivers for Commitment to Profession

ATA Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr.

INDIANAPOLIS — “I know it feels great to be live again," American Trucking Associations Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr. told those gathered at the National Truck Driving Championships on Aug. 16. The safety event, which runs through Aug. 19, is being held in-person for the first time since 2019...

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 16, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety

Drivewyze Offers Real-Time Weather Warnings

Drivewyze HQ

Connected truck services provider Drivewyze Inc. announced it is now providing real-time weather warnings as part of its Drivewyze Safety+ proactive driver notification platform on ELDs.

August 16, 2022
Business, Equipment

July Medium-Duty Sales Dip Year-Over-Year

Navistar eMV Series electric medium-duty truck on assembly line

Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sales in July slipped 7.3% compared with a year earlier, and only Class 6 with its typical base of bigger customers posted a gain, Wards Intelligence reported. Total sales were 17,682 compared with 19,082 in the 2021 period.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 16, 2022
Business, Logistics

Spending on Merchandise Slowing, Flexport Says

shoppers in store

The latest reading of Flexport’s Post-COVID Indicator released Aug. 16 shows it falling for a third straight month.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Factory Output Increases for First Time in Three Months

VW factory

Production at U.S. factories increased in July for the first time in three months, propelled by a pickup in motor vehicle output that masked more mixed results in other categories.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2022

Home Depot Posts Record Profit, Revenue

Home Depot

Home Depot is seeing sustained demand for goods related to home improvement projects despite soaring prices and mortgage rates for homes.

Michelle Chapman | Associated Press
August 16, 2022