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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 - ADM, Marubeni expand joint venture

CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Marubeni Corp. have expanded Kalama Export Co. L.L.C., their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Marubeni has added its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Ore., to Columbia Export Terminal, a subsidiary of Kalama Export. In connection with the transaction, the companies also intend to rename Kalama Export as Pacificor, L.L.C.

Kalama Export Co. was formed in 1998 by Mar

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 - How commercial trucking has become the 'deadliest job in America'
  • Nearly 4,000 Americans die in large truck crashes each year, and driver fatigue is a leading factor
  • In 2013, more than 700 commercial drivers died on the job
  • Nearly 50 per cent of truckers interviewed as part of a federal study said they had dozed off behind the wheel
  • A recently proposed change to federal regulations would let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week on the road

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 - J.B. Hunt white paper says to expect rate increases next year

The Trucker News Services

9/29/2014

LOWELL, Ark. — The nation’s third-largest for-hire has laid down the gauntlet to shippers: expect rate increases in 2015.

That the conclusion of a white paper issued last week by J.B. Hunt, which cited fiscal pressures that the carrier said was being felt across all service offerings in the transportation industry, including intermodal, over-the-road, brokerage and dedicated.

J.

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 - Death on the Highway Leaves Dozing Trucker Angry at Widower and God

On Aug. 16, four years to the day after the highway accident that tore apart his family, Ed Slattery confronted the man who killed his wife.

The two sat on the front porch of the truck driver, Doug Bouch, whose triple-trailer plowed into Susan Slattery’s car. Ed Slattery had rehearsed this moment dozens of times. True, he fought to have Bouch put behind bars, but he had also forgiven him and wanted a chance to heal together.

Days earlier, Slattery and Bouch spoke for the f

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Monday Sep 29, 2014 - Gas trucking doesn't make sense

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner community perspective:

Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration has failed Fairbanks. Since 2008 we’ve been in a desperate energy crisis. The lack of affordable, clean energy has directly contributed to deplorably bad winter time air quality, economic recession and industry leaving.

At no point has the governor demonstrated the competent leadership that could have measurably improved our situation. Instead, the administration has spent hundreds

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Monday Sep 29, 2014 - Truckers cash in as freight demand surge lifts wages

DALLAS — Tommy Walters, hauling lawnmowers to Rhode Island from Maryland with his Boston terrier Daisy riding shotgun

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Sunday Sep 28, 2014 - Grain transport costs reach all-time high
Grain markets are still firmly entrenched in their downward trends. Harvest is nearing completion for spring wheat and is about to hit full stride for corn and soybeans, with all of those markets continuing to feel the cash pressure as storage is quickly filled. Transportation costs have soared to all-time highs, with much of the rail capacity used up moving energy products that can more afford the higher costs. The grain complex has plunged into new four-year lows as yield reports remain high a
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Saturday Sep 27, 2014 - Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck Exposed

This is no ordinary test drive. We weren't evaluating a new model or trying out some new option. This series of videos looks a truck developed by Cummins and Peterbilit and host of their suppliers that is more of a showcase for emerging technology than a package we might one day go out and buy.

The two companies say they are often asked by truckers how much such a truck would cost. That's an impossible question to answer as many of the “new” components and technology o

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Saturday Sep 27, 2014 - Trucking lobby ‘not letting go’ of battle over driver work rules

Efforts to roll back changes to truck driver hours-of-service rules may have faltered this year in Congress, but Philip L. Byrd, Sr., chairman of the American Trucking Associations, says the ATA is “ bound and determined to bring about positive change” in federal trucking regulations.

Speaking at the annual


Friday Sep 26, 2014 - Fla. trucking companies facing roadblocks
CAPE CORAL, FL -
Florida may bear the brunt of a trucking crisis. Trucking companies are facing major road blocks from stricter government regulations, high fuel prices and a shortage of drivers.