Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Proposes Airfreight Hub in Florida

Amazon packages on conveyor belt Ken James/Bloomberg News

LAKELAND, Fla. — Amazon is looking to make a more than $100 million investment in Lakeland.

The Ledger | Lakeland, Fla
May 17, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

Port of Oakland Assures Tenants A’s Stadium Won’t Hurt Business

Howard Terminal in Oakland Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland by Ben Margot/AP.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Port of Oakland’s board of commissioners May 13 unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating term sheet that would give the Oakland A’s four years to obtain land use permits, conduct an environmental review and do other preparatory work needed to eventually lease the 50-acre Howard Terminal — one of six marine terminals at the port.

Ali Tadayon | San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
May 17, 2019
Business, TCA

Ford Sticks With Hybrids as Other Automakers Rush to All-Electric Vehicles

Woman fuels Ford hybrid Ford 2020 Escape hybrid by

DETROIT — While other automakers — notably crosstown rival General Motors and German giant Volkswagen — shift their focus to vehicles powered by electricity alone, Ford continues to develop and invest in hybrids, which combine gasoline engines with electric batteries.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
May 17, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Rockford Airport to Add 500 Jobs

Planes at Chicago Rockford International Airport Chicago Rockford International Airport

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A $9 million federal grant will pay for expanded parking for cargo jets at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where the nation’s 22nd-busiest airfreight hub soon will add 500 jobs.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
May 16, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Maine Highway Agencies Aim to Ease Traffic Woes During I-95 Construction

I-95 portion of Maine Turnpike Maine Turnpike Authority

Maine’s two highway agencies launched a rare coordinated public information campaign May 15 in an effort to ease the impact that two construction projects less than 9 miles apart on a busy stretch of Interstate 95 will have on traffic.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
May 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Startup Valqari Aims to Prepare Mailboxes for Drone Delivery

Valqari A UPS drone. (UPS Inc.)

You can build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted in the late 19th century. More than 100 years later, Ryan Walsh is building a better mailbox so the world’s goods can be delivered to your door.

Suzanne Baker | Naperville (Ill.) Sun
May 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

Bill Aims to Boost Electric-Car Battery Mineral Production

Batteries Batteries, like this Samsung one, are used to power electric vehicles. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

A group of U.S. senators is introducing legislation to boost domestic production of “critical minerals” that are often imported from China to make electric car batteries.

Keith Laing | The Detroit News
May 6, 2019
Business, Equipment, TCA

Wabtec Names Rafael Santana CEO Effective July 1

Rafael Santana Santana via

Exactly two months after Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies purchased GE Transportation, Wabtec on April 25 announced that CEO Ray Betler will retire and that Rafael Santana, previously the CEO of GE Transportation, will step into that role as of July 1.

Jim Martin | Erie, Pa. Times-News
April 25, 2019
Business, Top 100, TCA

UPS CEO David Abney Earns Horatio Alger Award

UPS CEO David Abney UPS CEO David Abney via Horatio Alger Association/YouTube

For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger award has been bestowed upon individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve success and remained committed to both higher education and helping others. So UPS CEO David Abney is in good company. But his 3-year-old grandson's reaction to the news has kept him humble.

Gracie Bonds Staples | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 16, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Canadian National Rail Pledges $80 Million for Minnesota Improvements

Brent Lewin/Bloomberg News

Canadian National Railway plans to invest more than $80 million in Minnesota this year — spending it, they said, would strengthen the company’s rail network across the state.

Brady Slater | Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune
April 16, 2019