Business, Equipment

Whiting Door Manufacturing Co-Founder Lauren Whiting Dies at 95

Whiting Door Manufacturing co-founder Lauren Whiting died Jan. 25 at the age of 95, according to the company.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2020
Business, Equipment

October Trailer Orders Move Sharply Higher

Strick trailer on assembly line A Strick trailer on the assembly line at a manufacturing plant. U.S. trailers orders in October reached their highest volume since November 2018. (Strick via Facebook)

Net U.S. trailer orders in October surged to 31,786 units, reaching the highest volume since November 2018 despite an overall slowing freight market, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 18, 2019
Technology, Equipment

The Tractor-to-Trailer Interface

Tractor-to-trailer connections Tractor-to-trailer air and electrical connections (Technology & Maintenance Council)

Ever since digital antilock braking systems were mandated in the mid-1990s, an ever-increasing array of electrically powered, data-networked technologies have placed increased demands on the tractor electrical system and databus.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Relies on Consumers, but Recession Fears Loom, Experts Say

Trailer market Eric Starks, chairman and CEO of Freight Transportation Research, speaks about the trailer market. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

PALM BEACH, Fla. — A leading consultant and top executives at three fleets outlined the state of the trucking industry and overall economy to trailer dealers and suppliers during a meeting here, with discussion focused on changing conditions and persistent concerns about softening demand.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 17, 2019
Business, Equipment

Refocus on Customers as Trailer Orders Slow, Expert Says

Allen Phibbs Allen Phibbs by Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the market slows, trailer dealers need to pay closer attention to customer relations, inventory management, accounts receivables and employees, an industry consultant said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Trailer Orders Fall for Fourth Straight Month

Trailer orders fall for the fourth straight month. An employee installs a support for a wind skirt beneath a trailer at Wabash National Corp. in Lafayette, Ind. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

U.S. trailer orders in August bounced along below 11,000 units for the fourth consecutive month and were 72% lower than a year earlier, according to ACT Research, amid near-record factory inventories of undelivered trailers, plus plentiful cancellations.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 26, 2019
Business, Equipment

Tip to Acquire Trailer Wizards, Expand in Canada

Tip Trailer Services, a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, announced it signed an agreement to acquire Trailer Wizards, a supplier of trailer rental and leasing services in Canada.

September 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Trailer Makers Face California Equipment Efficiency Deadline

Trailer Makers A worker at a Stoughton factory. (Stoughton Trailers)

Trailer makers intending to sell their products in California beginning Jan. 1 must certify beforehand that the equipment meets the state’s Phase 2 greenhouse gas rule and receive an executive order, according to the California Air Resources Board.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

The Trailer’s Turn in the Tech Spotlight

Trailers Trailer tracking is expanding through the use of more onboard sensors and analytics. (Shutterstock)

It’s long been the case in our industry that trailers play second fiddle to the increasingly high-tech tractors that pull them. But times are changing.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Competition Heats Up in Trailer-Tracking Market

Truck-Lite trailer technology Several industry suppliers, including Truck-Lite, have jumped into the increasingly crowded trailer-technology business in recent years. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As the capabilities of onboard sensors and trailer-tracking systems have expanded, so has the level of competition in this segment of the trucking technology market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2019