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Wednesday December 13, 2017
Rail traffic for week ending December 9, 2017
Wednesday December 13, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 9, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 560,756 carloads and intermodal units, up 4 percent compared with the same week last ...
2018 economic outlook forecasts 9.1% expansion in equipment and software investment and 2.7% GDP growth
Wednesday December 13, 2017
Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 9.1 percent in 2018 according to the 2018 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation . The annual investment ...
SCG affiliate acquires Custom Equipment, Hy-Brid Lifts
Wednesday December 13, 2017
An affiliate of Stratford- Cambridge Group (SCG),, has acquired Custom Equipment, LLC , (Custom),  headquartered in Richfield, WI, with an additional manufacturing facility in West Bend, WI. Founded in 1981 as a welding and fabrication ...
MHI's Young Professionals Network is calling for 2018 award nominations
Wednesday December 13, 2017
MHI’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) announces a call for nominations for two awards to be presented at  MODEX 2018 , the  . Deadline to enter is Monday, February 12, 2018. Outstanding Young Professional Award The Outstanding ...
Tuesday December 12, 2017
North American automation market shattering records in 2017
Tuesday December 12, 2017
The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, according to the  Association for Advancing Automation (A3) , the global advocate for the benefits of automating. Results found records set in the areas ...
Caterpillar to pay millions for crimes against customers
Including XPO Logistics
Tuesday December 12, 2017
A wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. will pay tens of millions of dollars for intentionally cheating its customers with unnecessary repairs and dumping rail car parts into the ocean to cover up its actions. The  Wall Street Journal ...
Monday December 11, 2017
AAR names Kristin Smith to head communications
Monday December 11, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced that Patricia M. Reilly, SVP – Communications, will be leaving at the end of the year. Reilly will be succeeded by Kristin Smith, who was recently promoted to VP – Communications.   ...
YRC Freight driver achieves 5 million mile safety milestone
Monday December 11, 2017
In his nearly 50-year career with YRC Freight , Roy Lincoln has reached the elite safety milestone of driving five million consecutive miles without a single preventable collision. The company will recognize his safety record with an event ...
Wednesday December 6, 2017
Rail traffic for November and week ending December 2, 2017
Wednesday December 6, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 2, 2017, as well as volumes for November 2017. Intermodal rail traffic remains on pace to set a new annual record in 2017 with strong gains in November ...
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. announces agreement to acquire controlling interest in  Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Ltd. 
Wednesday December 6, 2017
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, through an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, 75 percent of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift ...
Tuesday December 5, 2017
AAR and Gorail honor chairman with Railroad Achievement Award
Tuesday December 5, 2017
The  Association of American Railroads  (AAR) and  GoRail   honored House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) with the Railroad Achievement Award. Chairman Shuster is the final calendar year ...
Monday December 4, 2017
NAW partners with Unified Commerce Solutions
Monday December 4, 2017
The National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW) has announced an exclusive partnership with Unified Commerce Solutions (UCS) to provide omni-commerce solutions to the wholesale distribution industry. The partnership will have services available ...
AAR calls on U.S. DOT to modernize agency's overarching regulatory approach
Monday December 4, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)  filed comments  Friday afternoon with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), citing existing rules and other agency actions it asserts that are ideal areas for repeal, replacement, ...
Wednesday November 29, 2017
Weekly rail traffic for week ending November 25, 2017
Wednesday November 29, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 25, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 463,602 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last ...
New Penn professional driver achieves three-million consecutive accident-free miles
Wednesday November 29, 2017
New Penn professional driver  Don Wagner  recently achieved the remarkable feat of surpassing three-million consecutive miles without a single preventable accident. Wagner is the only active New Penn driver to reach this elite milestone. ...
Wednesday November 22, 2017
Weekly rail traffic ending November 18, 2017
Wednesday November 22, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 18, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,066 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last ...
Tuesday November 21, 2017
H&E Equipment Services to acquire Contractors Equipment Center
Tuesday November 21, 2017
H&E Equipment Services, Inc.   announced its entry into a definitive agreement to acquire Contractors Equipment Center (CEC), a non-residential construction focused equipment rental company located in the greater Denver, Colorado, area. ...
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: October 2017 Leasing and Finance Index
Tuesday November 21, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new ...
Friday November 17, 2017
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence higher in November 2017
Friday November 17, 2017
The  Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation  (the Foundation) releases the November 2017  Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry  (MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports ...
Wednesday November 15, 2017
Weekly rail traffic for week ending November 11, 2017
Wednesday November 15, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 11, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 547,480 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last ...
Holland driver accepts ATA Mike Russell Trucking Image Award
Wednesday November 15, 2017
The American Trucking Associations honored Herschel Evans of Atlanta, Ga. as one of the ninth annual Mike Russell Trucking Image Award recipients on October 23, 2017 at the trade organization's annual Management Conference ...
Tuesday November 14, 2017
Seegrid partners with Bell and Howell, expanding service and support for self-driving industrial vehicles
Tuesday November 14, 2017
Bell and Howell  announced that it has been selected by Seegrid, supplier of connected self-driving vehicles for materials handling, for technical service and support in North America. The partnership expands Seegrid’s service capabilities ...
Wednesday November 8, 2017
Weekly rail traffic for week ending November 4, 2017
Wednesday November 8, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 4, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 538,739 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Friday November 3, 2017
Justrite® acquires First Safety Corporation
Friday November 3, 2017
Established in 1991, the Janesville, WI, company services the industrial, safety, and scientific markets with high-quality equipment designed for handling gas cylinders. Products include: barricade racks, handling trucks, cylinder pallets, cylinder ...
Crown Equipment announces price increase
Friday November 3, 2017
Crown Equipment Corporation  will implement a price increase effective December 1, 2017. New pricing will be available from the  Crown retail network  as of December 1. .    
Wednesday November 1, 2017
AAR reports October 2017 as strongest month for intermodal in history
Wednesday November 1, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 28, 2017, as well as volumes for October 2017, which was the best month for intermodal rail traffic in history. U.S. railroads originated 1,065,777 ...
Tuesday October 31, 2017
Andeavor Logistics completes acquisition of Western Refining Logistics and IDR Buy-In
Tuesday October 31, 2017
Andeavor Logistics LP and Andeavor announced that Andeavor Logistics has completed its acquisition of Western Refining Logistics, LP  in a unit-for-unit transaction and assumption of $280 million of net debt for a total enterprise value of ...
Monday October 30, 2017
Dematic announces brand consolidation plan for Egemin and NDC into single global Dematic brand
Monday October 30, 2017
Dematic , global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced the next step in the integration of Egemin Automation and NDC Automation with Dematic by consolidating the brands into a single ...
Wednesday October 25, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending October 21, 2017
Wednesday October 25, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 21, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 559,989 carloads and intermodal units, up 3 percent compared with the same week ...
Tuesday October 24, 2017
Freight rail industry honors employees for environmental awareness
Tuesday October 24, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) awarded the 2017 Professional Environmental Excellence Award, which is the highest honor for environmental professionals in the railroad industry, to CSX Railroad’s Manager of Environmental and Industry ...
Thursday October 19, 2017
MH Equipment partners with Combilift
Thursday October 19, 2017
Fred Metzger, President of MH Equipment , has announced that MH Equipment will be partnering with Combilift to become a stocking dealer. Combilift, based in Monaghan, Ireland, has grown to become the global leader in the long-handling market. The company ...
Wednesday October 18, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending October 14, 2017
Wednesday October 18, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 14, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 548,264 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week last ...
Monday October 16, 2017
Statement on the passing of former Greenbrier board member Dan O'Neal
Monday October 16, 2017
The  Greenbrier Companies, Inc. remembers A. Daniel O'Neal, who was a long-time member of the Greenbrier family. Dan O'Neal died at home on October 10 at the age of 81. The Company extends its condolences to his family, particularly his ...
Freight claim denied after Hurricane Maria?
Popular carrier defense may not hold water
Monday October 16, 2017
Hell and high water doesn’t mean your carrier is off the hook for damaging your shipment. Carriers shipping products that were damaged during Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Irma are eager to deny liability using a common defense known as Act of ...
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending October 7, 2017
Monday October 16, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 7, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,826 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year. ...
Monday October 9, 2017
Delta-Q Technologies to supply battery chargers for Haulotte North America’s telescopic trailer line
Monday October 9, 2017
Delta-Q Technologies  (Delta-Q), provider of battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, announced that  Haulotte North America  (HNA) has selected the company as a charging solutions supplier for ...
Friday October 6, 2017
Camso grows service and distribution presence in US with the purchase of Stanley Industrial Tires
Friday October 6, 2017
Camso continues to grow its tire service and distribution presence in Texas and Louisiana with the acquisition of Stanley Industrial Tires. With a strong and dedicated team of tire specialists and service technicians in three locations in Texas ...
Wednesday October 4, 2017
AAR reports rail traffic for September and week ending September 30, 2017
Wednesday October 4, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 30, 2017, as well as volumes for September 2017. U.S. railroads originated 1,044,563 carloads in September 2017, down 2.3 percent, or -24,106 carloads, ...
AAR’s CEO highlights freight rail’s vital role in moving America’s economy
Wednesday October 4, 2017
Testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Rail Subcommittee today Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), made the case for policies that encourage sustained private investment in the ...
Wednesday September 27, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending September 23, 2017
Wednesday September 27, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 23, 2017, which set a new record for intermodal traffic in both the U.S. and Canada. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 548,204 ...
AAR calls for policymakers to seize opportunity with tax reform
Wednesday September 27, 2017
Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), issued the following statement applauding the latest details on tax reform, released by the U.S. Congress and Trump administration:  “As the private ...
Wabash National Corporation completes acquisition of Supreme Industries, Inc.
Wednesday September 27, 2017
Wabash National Corporation , a diversified industrial manufacturer and producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems, has completed the acquisition of Supreme Industries, Inc., manufacturer of truck bodies, following a cash ...
Tuesday September 26, 2017
ELFA’s survey of economic activity: August 2017 leasing and finance index
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new ...
Monday September 25, 2017
Holland named 2016 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year by Transplace
Monday September 25, 2017
Holland  has been selected by Transplace as its 2016 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year. The award identifies top carriers in categories, based on over 20 million annual shipments across more than 300 customers. Transplace selected award winners ...
Wednesday September 20, 2017
AAR announces weekly rail traffic ending September 16, 2017
Wednesday September 20, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 16, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 530,774 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.4 percent compared with the same week ...
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Lantech's 45 years of test data affirms time-tested load security formula
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Poorly secured truck shipments cause an estimated $50 billion of intransit damage globally every year. * At present, there are no official standards governing load stability during shipment. However, there is a growing emphasis on safety and an ...
Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence remains strong in September 2017
Tuesday September 19, 2017
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the September 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both ...
Thursday September 14, 2017
Help PMMI and PACK EXPO support urgent needs of hurricane victims
Thursday September 14, 2017
As Florida and the southeastern United States struggle to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is continuing fundraising efforts, announcing funds raised through PACK ...
Wednesday September 13, 2017
AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending September 9, 2017
Wednesday September 13, 2017
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 9, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 486,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8 percent compared with the same week last ...
Tuesday September 12, 2017
ELFA releases its 2017 Survey of Equipment Finance
Tuesday September 12, 2017
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has released its 2017 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA) reporting overall new business volume grew 2.5% in the equipment finance industry in 2016.  As end-users of equipment finance, ...


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