Tennessee Steel Haulers buys fellow local trucking firm

President of refrigerated transport venture staying on after managing retrenchment
Jul 22, 2014 7:21 AM

Pilot strikes deal with feds

Pilot Flying J avoids prosecution related to its alleged diesel rebate fraud scheme, but does not avoid paying $92 million. The deal comes after the company also agreed to pay $85 million to a number of trucking companies.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Tennessee, the agreement “expressly states that it provides no protection from prosecution to any individual, and moreover, imposes a continuing obligation on Pilot to provide complete cooperation with the ongoing federal investigation of current and former Pilot employees relating to fraudulent conduct involving the sale of diesel fuel.”

Here's a letter from the DOJ detailing the agreement.

Jul 14, 2014 12:37 PM

Compressed natural gas fueling station opens

Trillium CNG officials announced today the company has opened its first public access fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station in Nashville.

Located at the Pacific Pride station at 402 N. First St., north of LP Field, the station will serve as the primary Southeast fueling location for Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Paper Transport's 100 vehicle natural gas powered fleet.

The facility is the third CNG station in Nashville, joining those of Piedmont and Waste Management.

"We recognized the need to offer customers a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel alternative and are pleased to partner with Trillium CNG on the opening," Rob Jewell, vice president for Tri Star Energy, which owns the Pacific Pride station, said in a release. "CNG fleets travelling these corridors — as well as local fleets — now have a conveniently located option open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Trillium CNG is headquartered in Chicago.

The environmental benefits* of natural gas fuel are myriad, including approximately 20-25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 70-90 percent reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and 67-94 percent lower in particulate-matter emissions.

According to Citi Research** the natural gas adoption rates by commercial trucks will be constrained by the lack of infrastructure and are estimated to be in the 5-15 percent range over the next five years. Much of the growth will come from dense freight corridors near major population centers. In the next two years, it is estimated that 150 – 200 public access CNG stations will open nationally, with as many as 400 stations per year opening from 2016 – 2020.

Jun 10, 2014 11:00 AM

Ingram Industries names new GC

Former Boult, Greenebaum associate to take over from retiring Morelli
Jun 10, 2014 10:44 AM

Xerox sells local ad agency

Florida company also buying document management/revenue cycle management venture
Jun 2, 2014 7:02 AM

S&P lifts part of MNAA rating

Ratings group keeps airport operator's outlook at stable
May 16, 2014 2:54 PM

Gov: No plans ‘right now’ to overhaul fuel taxes

Transportation commissioner suggested switching to usage fees
Apr 29, 2014 1:06 PM

How the Amp got on the ropes

Steven Hale details what went wrongish for the Amp on Capitol Hill. The short answer is, "Plenty," and much of it has been the result of the Dean administration being caught flat-footed. As to where things go from here...

The legislative fight over The Amp has stirred up a volatile set of political dynamics that could be factors in this and other issues going forward. For instance: What effect, if any, does the open gubernatorial race in 2018 have on issues that pit Democrat Karl Dean against Republican Beth Harwell? That's a juicy what-if. But at present, there's a more pressing issue, according to insiders and a good set of eyes: the frosty relationship between Dean and Davidson County's state legislators, exacerbated by the mayor's inability, or unwillingness, to cultivate Tennessee lawmakers on pivotal city issues.

Apr 24, 2014 9:27 AM

Fueling stations operator signs up for Comdata tech

Milwaukee-based Quick Fuel has signed on with Comdata to add the Brentwood-based company's fuel site controller and radio frequency identification technologies to its fuel card system. The deal adds more than 50 automated fuel stations to Comdata's network.

Apr 23, 2014 8:37 AM

BNA-Eastern Kentucky connection on hold

Nashville International Airport was to have been connected to Pikeville, Ky., starting last Monday. But the Appalachian Air planes haven't started making their flights because the Eastern Kentucky airport hasn't met all the standards laid out by the Federal Aviation Administration. Area officials say they're working hard to obtain certification in the near future.

Apr 21, 2014 6:55 AM