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23 Feb by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Central Freight Lines to Buy Virginia-Based Wilson Trucking

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Central Freight Lines has signed a letter of intent to buy certain assets of Virginia-based Wilson Trucking, a 91-year-old less-than-truckload carrier with 29 terminals in the Southeast.

The acquisition expands CFL's coverage to the Southeast and Puerto Rico, which the company expects to improve its competitive position in the LTL and distribution markets. CFL operates 56 terminals in the West and Southwest regions of the U.S.

“This is very good news for the many loyal customers of Wilson,” said C.L. (Chuck) Wilson, chairman and CEO of Wilson Trucking. “Central Freight Lines has been in business for over 90 years just like us, and I'm confident our customers will be quite impressed with the many quality services they offer.”

CFL is a Waco, Texas-based LTL common carrier operating 1,600 tractors and 8,000 trailers in 17 states.

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Peterbilt Announces Annual Dealer Award Winners

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The Peterbilt Store's president and CEO John Ascott accepted the North American Dealer of the year with his two sons Jeff and Greg Arscott. Photos: Peterbilt

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Peterbilt announced the winners of its Dealer of the Year awards at its Dealer Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Winning Peterbilt's North American Dealer of the year for its outstanding fleet sales and support, Paccar MX engine sales and territory acquisition was The Peterbilt Store dealer group. The dealer increased its area of operation to a total of 15 locations in seven states.

“The Peterbilt Store has been an outstanding Paccar partner since they joined the Peterbilt family,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar senior vice president. “The Peterbilt Store is committed to achieving day-to-day excellence, and the results have been realized in sales growth and customer satisfaction.”

Peterbilt named Coast Counties Peterbilt of California its Medium Duty Dealer of the Year for its outstanding medium-duty sales and market share. The dealership sold more than 300 medium-duty trucks in 2016, resulting in 18% market share.

“We strive to be a complete solutions provider for all of our customers, and this award serves as validation for the hard work and commitment of the entire Coast Counties team to achieve maximum customer satisfaction,” said Craig Archer, dealer principal of Coast Counties Peterbilt of California.

Peterbilt Manitoba was named the Peterbilt First Class Service Excellence Dealer of the Year. Peterbilt service locations were all measured by First Class Service Excellence performance criteria. Peterbilt Manitoba had the highest dealer group performance for First Class Service Excellence based on the comprehensive dealer group score.

The Paccar MX Engine Dealer of the Year award went to Camions Excellence Peterbilt for the dealer's superior commitment and support of the MX engine. More than 83% of all Class 8 trucks sold by the dealer were powered by ...Read the rest of this story

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No Tariffs Will Be Assessed on Truck and Bus Tires From China

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No tariffs will be assessed on truck and bus tires manufactured in China and imported into the U.S. The International Trade Commission upended the tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

The ITC didn't immediately publish an explanation of its vote, but instead issued a single sentence that it has "made a negative determination." As a result, the tariff investigation on truck and bus tires from China has ended and no tariffs will be assessed.

After its initial one-sentence announcement, the ITC provided one more detail on its decision. The five-member commission voted 2-3.

Commissioners Rhonda Schmidtlein and Irving Williamson voted in the affirmative (which was a vote to impose the tariffs), and commissioners David Johanson, Meredith Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff voted in the negative.

A sixth member of the commission, Dean Pinkert, did not participate in the case. Pinkert also recused himself from the separate investigation studying tariffs on off-the-road tires earlier this year.

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U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Inches Higher, Trucking’s Share Falls

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The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its border neighbors increased in December for the third time in five months following a string of declines, according to new figures released Thursday by the Transportation Department.

U.S.-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) freight totaled $87.1 billion as three out of five major transportation modes carried more freight by value with partners Canada and Mexico in December 2016 compared to a year earlier.

The 0.4% rise followed a 3.3% November jump while trucking's share of the overall cross-border freight picture fell in December.

For all of 2016 the value of NAFTA freight flows fell 3.4% from 2015, down substantially from the 7.2% decline in 2015 from 2014.

The value of commodities moving by pipeline in December compared to a year earlier increased 30.9%, vessel by 2%, and rail by 0.9%. Air decreased by 1.4%, and truck by 2%. The large percentage increase in the value of goods moving by pipeline was mainly due to a 40% jump in the year-over-year price of crude oil.

Trucks carried 61.9% of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $27.4 billion of the $46.8 billion of imports, or 58.6%, and $26.4 billion of the $40.3 billion of exports, or 65.6%.

Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.2% of all U.S.-NAFTA freight.

U.S.-Canada Freight Value Drops

The value of U.S.-Canada freight flows in December decreased from a year ago by 1.2% to $44.5 billion as the value of freight on three modes fell. The value of freight carried on truck declined by 2.1%, rail by 5.4%, and vessel by 20.8%. The value of commodities moved by pipeline increased ...Read the rest of this story

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SambaSafety Acquires Vigillo

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SambaSafety has acquired Vigillo, enhancing the company's driver risk management platform for U.S. Department of Transportation regulated fleets.

SambaSafety's driver risk management solution will be combined with Vigillo's CSA Daylight Suite to offer customers both driver MVR and CSA violation and crash monitoring. This will help users manage and track the performance of drivers in all 50 states and identify and mitigate high-risk driver behavior.

“Our regulated customers will benefit by utilizing a single risk identification and mitigation dashboard combining both MVR data and CSA data,” said Richard Crawford, CEO of SambaSafety. “Vigillo is the industry leader in CSA monitoring and this addition greatly fortifies our vision of better drivers, lower risk and safer communities.”

Data and software from both companies will be combined to provide a complete picture of drivers' performance both on and off the clock. For DOT-regulated fleets, pre-hire, and post-hire driver records can be synchronized into driver qualification files to help ensure that safe, policy-compliant drivers are on the road.

Vigillo CEO Steve Bryan will remain in charge of Vigillo and the company will retain its name.

“I founded Vigillo 10 years ago with the vision to bring world-class data analytics to bear on the complex safety data that surrounds the trucking industry. Our mission and vision was, and remains, to push the boundaries of data analytics to give safety professionals in this vital industry the tools they need to save lives,” Bryan said. “This combination with SambaSafety will only serve to accelerate that mission.”

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