2017 ATRA Powertrain Expo held in Las Vegas



The 2017 ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) Powertrain Expo, was held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19-22. This annual trade show reveals the latest products and technology in the transmission repair industry. DALKO Resources, Inc. was represented by Raul Pacheco, Sales Professional from Miami, Florida. Raul specializes in logistically moving this product line. The show was well received by the transmission professionals from around the globe. With the ever-changing marketplace and rate of technology advances, it allows these specialist to stay on top of their profession.

Diesel Fuel Pricing

The U. S. on-highway diesel fuel price for the week of  10/16/17 is $2.787. This price is up slightly from the previous week. The price was up in nine regions in the country. It was down in only two of the regions. The California region remains the most expensive at $3.159. At $2.612, the Gulf Coast region is again the lowest price.



On September 27, The United States Department of Transportation released $40 million in federal relief funds to Puerto Rico to help repair damage brought on by Hurricane Maria. These monies will be used for road and bridge repair throughout the island. U. S Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao directed the emergency funding. The infrastructure needs repaired before supplies can be delivered to the devastated population. These funds are in addition to the $2.5 million in relief supplies which the DOT sent when the storm made landfall.

source: NBC News/Transport Topics

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.

Source:wikemedia commons/transport topics

Port of Virginia to Service PA and Ohio by Rail

With the opening of an intermodal terminal in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, the Port of Virginia will service PA and Ohio by double stack trains. CSX Transportation has funded the project to connect East Coast markets to businesses in the Midwest. The Port of Virginia is the East’s leading rail port. This new terminal will increase the current rail volume of 36% significantly. Last fiscal year the port moved nearly 600,000 containers by rail.

source:transport topics/the virginian-pilot

Experts Urge Inspection of Trucks in Flood Waters

Experts in the truck maintenance field are reminding fleet managers to inspect all vehicles that were in the flood waters as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Brakes, diesel fuel filters, wheel ends and electronics are some of the more important parts to look at. If the truck’s wheels were submerged in salt water, it is recommended that those key parts be replaced. If fresh water was involved, simply remove and dry the components. It also is wise to check with individual carrier’s insurance provider to see what is covered. The primary concern, says the Technology and Maintenance Council, is safety. Be proactive now, to stop delays later.

source: transport topics/New York News

Diesel Fuel Pricing

The United States on-highway diesel fuel price on 10/02/17 was $2.792 per gallon. This price is up slightly from the previous week. California remains above $3.00 at $3182. The Gulf Coast Region is again the lowest price at $2.615 per gallon. Hopefully, the prices will stabilize in the wake of the hurricane clean-ups around the country.