Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Model 3 Output Tops 100,000 in Milestone for Musk

Tesla model 3 sedan Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. just reached a significant round-number milestone: 100,000 Model 3 electric cars have left the factory, according to the latest estimates from the Bloomberg tracker.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2018
Business, Technology

Greenbriar Acquires Telematics Firm Spireon From Bertram Capital

Spireon A Spireon booth at a show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Bertram Capital announced the sale of Spireon Inc., a fast-growing truck and trailer telematics provider, to Greenbriar Equity Group, a handoff welcomed by Spireon CEO Kevin Weiss as a way to expand the business further.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Eased in October; Level Remains ‘Quite Favorable’

Consumer Getty Images

U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in October to a still-elevated level amid slightly dimmer views of personal finances and the long-term economic outlook, according to a University of Michigan report Oct. 12.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2018
Business, Equipment

Class 6 Strength Lifts Medium-Duty Sales in September

DTNA's eM2 medium-duty truck DTNA's eM2 medium-duty truck. (DTNA)

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks overall nudged higher in September, led by Class 6, the only sector to improve, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 12, 2018
Government, Business

Trade War Drives Farmers to Corn as China Shuns US Soybeans

Corn Corn is expected to become the dominated crop over soybeans next growing season. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is set to prompt a shift in the U.S. farm industry as growers switch to other crops.

Isis Almeida and Lydia Mulvany | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2018
Government, Business

China Trade Surplus With US Widens to Record $34.1 Billion

Ships in Chinese bay Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13% over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
October 12, 2018
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: Making Life Easier on the Road

It’s no secret that finding and retaining good truck drivers is a challenge for fleets, but recent reporting has taught us that there are simple options for improving drivers’ quality of life on the road.

Transport Topics
October 11, 2018
Business, Logistics

Grammer Industries Looks to Expand After Buyout by Stellex Capital Management

Grammer tanker Grammer Industries Inc.

The family of Charles “Shorty” Whittington and a group of top executives at Grammer Industries Inc. have teamed with Stellex Capital Management to acquire the bulk chemical hauler from another investment firm, Linx Partners.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 11, 2018
Business, Fuel

Gas Flow Resumes After Canada Pipe Rupture Hits Oil Refiners

gas refueling Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Natural gas has begun flowing again on a pipeline in British Columbia after a rupture on an adjacent line forced oil refineries in Washington to cut output and sent gasoline prices soaring up and down the West Coast.

David Marino and Rachel AdamsHeard | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Spanish Trucking, Logistics Firm Builds North American Hub in Chattanooga

Grupo Sese Grupo Sesé

Grupo Sesé, a major Spanish trucking and logistics company that handles the freight of many major European companies including Volkswagen, came to Chattanooga, Tenn., in late 2012 to serve VW’s U.S. assembly plant.

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
October 11, 2018