Business, Equipment

Commercial Vehicle Group Rides Truck, Construction Markets to Higher 2Q Results

CVGI display at a trade show CVGI's display at a 2017 trade show in Hanover, Germany. (Commercial Vehicle Group/Facebook)

Component supplier Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. reported a surge in second-quarter net income and its highest revenue since 2012 amid record heavy-duty truck orders and improvement in the global construction markets.

Transport Topics
August 7, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety, TCA

Safety Device on Every American Truck Got Inventor a Total of $20

Senior Airman Rachael Cover connects a trailer to a truck during a pre-mission maintenance check. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Tom Crosson)

While a “two striper” in the Air Force 60 years ago, Robert Carpenter invented a color-coded system for attaching tractor-trailer air-brake connections that now is mandatory equipment for every truck on every American road. He was paid $20.

Elizabeth Dinan | Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)
July 18, 2018
Business, Equipment

Fleet Advantage Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Managers, Accountants

Trucks on road Getty Images

Many fleet managers believe they are on a different wavelength from their company’s finance department on cost management, and that can lead to communication difficulties, according to a survey of trucking industry professionals from Fleet Advantage.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Equipment Makers Set Up First ‘Fly-In’ With Washington Policymakers

The rare opportunity of reforming the federal corporate tax code and ensuring long-term funding for freight infrastructure in the coming months prompted the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to recently schedule its own meetings on Capitol Hill and the White House.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Business, Equipment

Inaugural NACV to Focus on Equipment Sales — And Being a Different Show From MATS

Cummins engine Bloomberg News

The inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show is due to open later this month in Atlanta and is shaping up to be very different from the rival Mid-America Trucking Show: smaller but richer — and with an obsessive focus on equipment sales.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 7, 2017
Business, Equipment

Seasonally Strong Trailer Orders in June Up 51% Year-Over-Year, Top 20,000

trailers lot titanium Mark Blinch/Reuters

U.S. trailer orders shot up 51% in June and notched the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tractors With 6×2 Powertrains Save Fuel, but Fleets Still Reluctant to Adopt

6x2 powertrain North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Highway tractors with 6×2 power configurations have been heralded as an important technology for improving fuel mileage, but fleet owners have been hesitant in selecting the systems because they have a tendency to run through tires more quickly and because diesel is less costly than it was earlier this decade.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
July 11, 2017
Business, Equipment

Summer Begins on Positive Note as Class 8 Orders Top 18,000

Peterbilt Lot rogersmith/Flickr

North American Class 8 orders cleared 18,000 in June, for a 40% year-over-year gain, according to ACT Research Co.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 6, 2017
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Truck Repair Firm to Undergo $9 Million Expansion

truck repair shop Fitzgerald Collision

Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will undergo a major expansion and create 220 new jobs in Tennessee.

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
June 30, 2017
Technology, Equipment

Researchers Studying Wireless Transfer of Electricity to Vehicles

Stanford research Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Scientists at Stanford University have succeeded in wirelessly transmitting electricity to a nearby moving object, the wide-ranging implications of which could affect the recharging of electric cars and trucks, robots and cellphones.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 29, 2017