Business, Logistics, Top 100

Forward Air Invests $40 Million in Columbus Hub Expansion

Forward Air truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Forward Air Corp. is expanding the capacity of its national hub in Columbus, Ohio, by approximately 30%, the company announced July 27.

July 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

FHWA Grant Supports Automated Truck Corridor on Interstate 70

Interstate 70 sign The portion of Interstate 70 that runs between Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, for about 175 miles is the focus of the project. (cosmonaut/Getty Images)

A team of partners including the Indiana and Ohio departments of transportation has been awarded a federal grant of $4.4 million in support of an automated truck corridor.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

GM to Build $2.3 Billion Battery Plant in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors CEO Mary Barra General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The new plant will not be at the site of the closed Chevrolet Cruze compact factory. That plant was sold to an electric pickup-truck startup called Lordstown Motors Corp. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

General Motors Co. and its battery partner, South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., will jointly invest $2.3 billion in a new electric vehicle battery plant to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, the same city where the automaker controversially idled and then sold a 53-year-old compact-car factory.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Government, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Renews Self-Driving Car Initiative

TRC SMARTCenter Demo TRC SMARTCenter Demo by Ohio DOT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine on Oct. 29 signed an executive order renewing DriveOhio, the state initiative promoting self-driving cars and other forms of “smart” mobility.

Andrew J. Tobias | Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland
October 29, 2019
Business, Top 100

How J. Rayl Transport Kept Trucking After the Loss of CEO Jeremy Rayl

J. Rayl truck J. Rayl Transport continued to follow its extensive business plan after the sudden death of its CEO. (Toby Shingleton)

When J. Rayl Transport’s CEO, Jeremy Rayl, died suddenly in 2017 at the age of 39, the Akron, Ohio-based trucking company lost “more than just a boss,” in the words of chief operating officer and close friend Ryan Richards.

Brooke Bilyj | Special to Transport Topics
June 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Ohio Safety Agency Petitions FMCSA for Veteran Driver Exemptions

National Guardsman driving truck U.S. Army National Guard

The Ohio Department of Public Safety has requested exemption from certain commercial driver license regulations to open up truck-driving opportunities for veterans.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Government, Business

Ohio DOT Announces Leadership Changes

Ohio DOT Kirk Slusher, new assistant director of field operations for Ohio DOT, speaks to press at a DOT event in 2018. (WFIN Radio via YouTube)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced a change in leadership at the statewide and district levels.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

UAW Says GM Dismissed Concessions Before Idling Cruze Plant in Ohio

GM Shuttered General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Maddie McGarvey/Bloomberg News)

Three weeks after employees at the Lordstown General Motors Co. compact car plant assembled their last Chevrolet Cruze, employees are filing into the United Auto Workers Local 1112 hall to sign up for unemployment benefits and try to figure out if they should take a transfer to another GM plant or wait it out.

March 29, 2019
Business, Equipment, Logistics

GM’s Cruze-Producing Ohio Plant Goes Idle

GM Allison Farrand/Bloomberg News

A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown, Ohio, will be idled March 6 after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end.

Mark Gillispie and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 6, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Gas-Tax Hike Needed for Roads, Maintenance, Ohio Transportation Panel Says

Ohio Construction on Interstate 75 in Dayton, Ohio. (Skip Peterson/Associated Press)

After two meetings, a committee formed by Gov. Mike DeWine to study options for fixing a shortfall in money for road construction and maintenance has come to a consensus that the state gasoline tax needs to increase.

Jim Siegel | The Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)
February 7, 2019