Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2010

Industry leaders to discuss trucking outlook

Those willing to come a day early to the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas can hear insights on the state of the recovery and what the industry must do to thrive in the fourth quarter and beyond.

The Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference will be held from mid-day Aug. 25 to mid-day Aug. 26 at the Dallas Convention Center. The truck show opens at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the center and runs through Aug. 28.

Conference presenters include:

• Dan Sobic, executive vice president, Paccar

• Max Fuller, co-chairman, U.S. Xpress

• Rusty Rush, president and CEO, Rush Enterprises

• Jim O’Neal, president, O & S Trucking

• Eric Starks, president, FTR Associates

• Joe Plomin, vice president, Trucks, ArvinMeritor CVS

• Donald Broughton, managing director and senior research analyst, Avondale Partners

• Stu MacKay, president, MacKay & Company

• Scott Kress, vice president, sales, Volvo Trucks North America

• Leo Suggs, chairman and CEO, Greatwide Logistics Services

CVOC is presented by the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and Overdrive’s publisher, Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information. It is sponsored by Castrol, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Utility Trailer.

For details, visit www.hdma.org, call (919) 406-8814 or e-mail info@hdma.org.

— Staff reports

Trucking jobs continue rebound

With strong gains in April and May, the trucking industry nearly has erased previous job losses for the year.

According to preliminary figures released June 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the for-hire trucking industry added 2,000 jobs in May over April.

Meanwhile, the Bureau revised its earlier estimate of April trucking jobs upward by 2,600. Those gains offset a 4,200-job loss in February and a much smaller loss in March. Trucking employment in May was down 2.9 percent.

— Avery Vise

FedEx Ground sets new contractor rules

FedEx Ground has issued new standards for its owner-operators, including a requirement that independent contractors to be incorporated.

Division spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald says contractors were informed of the new rule in May. “We announced that in response to recent concerns by several states, we made a business decision to only contract with independent contractors that satisfy certain standards,” Fitzgerald said.

Many of its 12,000 contractors already meet these standards, he said.

Current contractors will have at least 180 days to comply and those who do by the end of February 2011 are eligible for “monetary incentive,” Dow Jones Newswires reported.

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