Today, October 5, 2018 is National Manufacturing Day. Every year on the first Friday in October, we celebrate those who stand behind all goods made in America.

On this day, nearly 2000 manufacturers will open their doors to our young people who are interested in careers in manufacturing and engineering. The next generation of the work force that will be proud to say….”Made in America!”

Laramie Boomerang

Shipping Companies To Impose Surcharge

Due to factors involving the trucking industry, two intermodal companies have implemented a $300 per container surcharge fee. The fee does not apply to intermodal cargo moving under the shipper’s nominated truckers. The primary challenges the industry is facing are: The Federal mandate for Electronic Logging Devices, driver shortage and increased cost of operations, and severe weather in some markets. Other companies are expected to follow suit.


source:MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co

source:CMA GCM(America) LLC

Transportation Costs Dilemma

Transportation costs have increased at nearly double the inflation rate. This is forcing companies across the country to raise the cost of their products to consumers.Executives from multiple companies have said that they plan on raising prices, but would not say by how much. Increased economic growth, a shortage of drivers, reduced capacity, and higher fuel prices have driven up transportation costs. This will threaten retail prices on goods from everything from hamburger to underwear.

New Truck Orders Are Setting Records

Class 8 truck orders were up 75% year-over-year in the month of December, 2017. Orders reached nearly 38,000 compared to 21,400 a year earlier. These numbers were the highest in 3 years. Experts believe that the spike in orders are due to a number of factors. The main reason is the anticipation of President Trump’s infrastructure bill, along with construction companies increased jobs in 2018. The Associated General Contractors of America expect demand for all types of general construction to increase. Orders have been on the rise for the last three months.

source:transport topics 

December 16, 2017, Marks Wreaths Across America

On December 16, 2017, Christmas wreaths were laid on veteran’s graves in over 1000 cemeteries across the United States. All 50 states participated, as well as off-shore and National Cemeteries abroad. Over one million wreaths were delivered around the world. The ATA, American Trucking Association, and the Share the Road Highway Safety Program, led the convoy from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, where they were met by thousands of volunteers. A large percentage of truck drivers are veterans. They stopped along the way at selected schools to teach students the value of our freedoms. Kudos to the trucking industry…never

Mandated Electronic Logging Devices In Effect Today!

After years of much debate, the federal government mandated law of electronic logging devices goes into effect today, December 18, 2017. The law requires carriers to record drivers’ hours of service (HOS) electronically, rather than in paper logbooks. Proponents of the mandate say that the number one reason for the law is to make the trucking industry safer. Drivers that currently have been using Automatic Onboard Recording Devices (AOBRDs) have until December 16, 2019 to replace them with ELDs. If trucks that use paper logbooks operate without ELDs, law enforcement can place the vehicles out of service after April  1, 2018. Who is exempt? (1)  Shorthaul drivers that run under a 100 mile radius. (2) Drivers that run no more than 8 days in a 30 day period. (3) Trucks with engines manufactured before 2000. (4) Drivers of trucks rented for less than 8 days.( 5) Drivers where the truck being driven is the commodity being delivered.



January 1, 2018 DOT Mandates Drug Testing For Opiods

January 1, 2018 the Department of Transportation will be testing truck drivers for 4 additional synthetic opiods. The testing will include pre-employment and post-accident screening. The Medical Review Officer (MRO) will test for Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone, and Oxycodone. These synthetic opiods are to manage pain, but are highly addictive. It is a crisis in the United States, and the DOT is taking measures to help insure the safety of the public. The problem has many faces, but the biggest hurdle for the MROs is that these medications, in most cases,are  prescribed by a doctor. The MRO will have to make a determination that can affect the future of the driver. Excessive use can cause decreased reaction time and sleeplessness. There will be a fine line between legitimate pain management and drug abuse.



The ELD Debate

Analysts in the trucking industry believe that with the mandated ELDs, freight capacity will tighten, along with rising rates. Some say the rates will increase between 5-15%. Industry pricing analysts feel the most impact will on one day hauls of more than 450 miles. In some cases the trip will take a second day. That means that the back-haul will have to be rescheduled. The mandate will have other effects on the industry. Some say drivers will be asking for higher pay per mile because they will be driving fewer miles. It may also force some companies to ship by rail. However it shakes out, the bottom line is that it is going to effect the industry….some positive….some negative. Two things are for sure….it will level the playing field for all involved, and December 18 ,2017 citations will be written.


source:transport topics/trucker news


Pilot Flying J Selling to Berkshire

By 2023, Berkshire Hathaway will become the majority shareholder of truck stop giant Pilot Flying J. With 750 locations, Warren Buffett’s investment company will own 80% of the stock. They have entered an agreement with the Haslam family to purchase 38.6 % of the stock now. In 2023, Berkshire will buy another 41.4 %, to control 80% of the stock. Pilot Flying J employs more than 27,000 people, and has an annual revenue of over $20 billion. CEO, Jimmy Haslam, also owns the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. His brother, William, is currently the governor of Tennessee.

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