Sean Kilcarr

Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

Cummins marks milestone for Jamestown engine plant

LAKEWOOD, NY. In perhaps something of an unusual twist, global engine maker Cummins is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Jamestown Engine Plant this week even though the factory – which builds primarily on-highway engines – is not actually located in Jamestown, NY.

Instead, it’s nestled in the nearby village of Lakewood, a bucolic hamlet that sits a stone’s throw away from Pennsylvania to the south and Lake Erie to the west.

August 7, 2014: Kraft outsourcing fleet, Rails vs. roads in Texas, Duck Dynasty truck tires

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A day at a truck stop

Trucks stops are a ubiquitious and vital part of life in the trucking industry -- providing fuel, food, maintenance, and a host of other services to big rigs and four-wheelers alike. Back in May, Fleet Owner got a in-depth tour of the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores location in Salisbury, NC, to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes at a typical truck stop to help keep tractor-trailers and motoring public rolling on down the highway.

Trucks as electric freight trolleys

In partnership with the Volvo Group’s Mack Trucks subsidiary, Siemens is planning to build an “eHighway” system near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to electrically power freight-hauling trucks in a fashion similar to trolleys or streetcars. A two-way, one-mile mile catenary system will be installed by Siemens with different battery-electric and hybrid Mack trucks participating.

August 6, 2014: Transportation tax rejected, Amtrak crash blame, driver shortage and boutique trucking

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Trucking mergers expected to increase

Analysis conducted by global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) indicates that merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the trucking industry should pick up modestly in the bottom half of 2014 – especially among TL carriers.

Fuel prices fall while DEF stays steady

Diesel and gasoline prices continued to fall this week across most of the U.S., noted the Energy Information Administration (EIA), while prices for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) remained relatively stable, according to data tracked by global consulting firm Integer Research.

New solutions being aimed at driver shortage

Pay increases, switching over to more dedicated operations, even the deployment of detailed “wants and needs” surveys are just some of the new efforts being undertaken by fleets to try and find ways to solve the ongoing driver shortage issue.

Anne Ferro through the years

Anne Ferro, who has served longer than any other head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will leave her post as administrator in late August to become president and CEO of the American Assn. of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Ferro announced her decision early Friday afternoon in an e-mail message to FMCSA staff. Her tenure with FMCSA has featured several new safety programs and plenty of criticism of her agency. Here are some of the highlights.

Navistar outlines long-term restoration strategy

Reducing structural and warranty costs while increasing not just market share but profitable market share are but some of the stepping stones Navistar believes will be critical to restoring both its position and its long-term health as a truck OEM.

Navistar launches “Diamond Renewed” used truck program

As part of larger strategy to help rebuild its U.S. heavy truck market share, Navistar is launching a new used truck refurbishment program dubbed “Diamond Renewed” for 2010 model or newer International units equipped with the company’s MaxxForce exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engines.

From “Big Data” to “Big Calculations”

As technology is increasingly viewed as a profit-generating tool for trucking, the processes governing how information gathered and analyzed by such technology are undergoing a kind of evolution as well.

Trailer-order strength points to sustained demand

Despite slight month-to-month slippage in orders, overall demand for trailers remains very strong heading into the second half of 2014 – with the need to both replace aging units and add capacity expected to keep trailer orders brisk.

ACT Research Co. noted that while June net trailer orders dropped from May about 1% to 22,000 units, they remain 42% higher compared to the same month in 2013. The firm added that year-to-date total net trailer orders of 156,000 units are up 45% over the same period last year.

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