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Archive for August, 2012

24
Aug

Wreaths Across America, TCA Join Forces to Honor Fallen Heroes

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Wreaths Across American and the Truckload Carriers Association announced a new partnership that will further the success of the program, which places thousands of remembrance wreaths at military cemeteries.

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24
Aug

DOT Creates Freight Policy Council

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The Department of Transportation yesterday officially launched the Freight Policy Council, the first step in creating the first national freight policy as mandated in the recent highway bill. The council will focus on improving the condition and performance of the national freight network to better ensure the ability of the United States to compete in today’s global economy.

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24
Aug

J.D. Power Reports More Problems, Less Satisfaction with EPA-Emission Engines

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Technology changes related to EPA’s 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks are causing an increase in engine problems and a decrease in overall satisfaction with the powertrain, according to the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study.

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24
Aug

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network shares word to Find US Xpress Missing Driver

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 Posted by Kari Fisher of the  "Missing Truck Driver Alert " Page on Facebook and Twitter

Posted by Kari FIsher of the “Missing Truck Driver Alert ” Page on Facebook and Twitter

A Female US Xpress Truck Driver, Linda Richards, went missing on August 18, 2012.

Kari Fisher of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network (MTDAN) on FaceBook was soon notified of the situation by a concerned women  on her group page. The Missing Truck Driver Alert Member  had noticed a post on the US Xpress FB Drivers page, that there had been an alert sent out by one of the US Xpress drivers regarding a fellow missing driver, Linda Richards.  Hal Kiah, along with others within the MTDAN group began researching and  also getting involved.
The 2 groups, US Xpress Drivers and Missing Truck Driver Alert Network, began communicating on the MTDAN page, sharing info as it came in.
Note: You will need to look at the posts in the column marked “post by others” to read the drivers posts of the US Xpress Drivers page. ( rather than main admin posts page)

In no time, information was posted on the MTDAN page including, Truck and Trailer #, description of truck and driver, last time seen, her route, scheduled deliver, etc…. A pic was eventually offered by one of Linda’s friends and was then posted on the FB page, along with compiled information to share throughout FaceBook and Twitter.

The pic received approximately 1000 shares and was given to “Seeking the Lost” by one of the MTDAN members, who then also began posting on FaceBook.

Early Friday morning, almost 1 week after trucker Linda Richards went missing, it was reported by Christian Murray, (US Xpress driver and friend of Linda’s), that the driver was found and was being transported to the hospital. Christian had been contacted by police and informed of the update. Another report stated on FB that the truck was forced open and that Ms. Richards had been ill for a few days.  We were told that the truck involved had been towed into the US Xpress yard early Friday morning and the GPS was not working.

There are no further details at this time, although Kari Fisher and a group of concerned individuals continue to investigate the incident. Updates are being posted  by members of both groups on the MTDAN group page on FB.

It is the combined effort of both the drivers on the US Xpress page, the members of the MTDAN page, and the power of social media communication which led to the location of missing trucker Linda Richards. Also, special thanks to US Xpress VP of operations, Eric Fuller, for keeping everyone up to date on both pages regarding the US Xpress efforts and progress of the search for Ms. Richards

Earlier this year,Kari Fisher began the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network FB page, when truck driver Mark Williams went missing in February. He was reported missing to Kari by a friend of the family, with hope she could aid in finding Mr Williams through her many friends and different groups on FB. This was the beginning of the Missing Truck Driver Alert group on FB, and soon thousands joined in on the search. Kari worked closely with the drivers wife, Jonda Williams, and also law enforcement during the investigation.
The information posted on Facebook spread to blogs, forums, and radio shows, and the driver was soon found, deceased in his truck. The gentleman who found Mr. Williams was a fellow driver who recognized the description of the truck through the FB information posted.

Along with her 4 FaceBook pages, including the Missing Truck Driver Alert Page, Kari also has created a website for Missing Truck Drivers. Those concerned about the seriousness of missing truck drivers are encouraged to sign up for alerts to their phone. An app for Missing Truck Drivers, including an alert option, will soon be released for Android and the iPhone,
Kari Fisher will be honored on October 27th at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Kansas City, Mo. Ms Fisher is the recipient of the “Jason Rivenburg-Making a Difference Award” sponsored by GoTruckStop.com.

The 2nd year event unites drivers as those within the industry show their honor and support for them.

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21
Aug

CSA and brakes: the points are the last thing I’d worry about

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It’s funny that drivers place so much more emphasis on speed and performance over stopping capacity. All the horsepower in the world won’t help when you’re in too close to the vehicle in front and you need to stop now.

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21
Aug

Minnesota Uses New Bridge-Building Tech to Slash Road-Closure Time

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation used a giant automated machine called a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter to move a finished bridge into position over the weekend, and reduced the overall road closure time by two months.

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21
Aug

Highway Angel Helps Fellow Driver Survive a Heart Attack

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The Truckload Carriers Association added a new name to its roster of Highway Angels. Steven Huett of Orion, Ill., a professional truck driver for Tennant Truck Lines of Colona, Ill., is being recognized for helping a fellow truck driver survive a medical emergency.

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21
Aug

T. Boone Pickens to Speak at NationaLease Annual Meeting

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Oil and gas entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens is the keynote speaker at the NationaLease 68th Annual Meeting, Sept. 16-17, in Baltimore, Md.

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21
Aug

Diesel Prices Still on the Rise

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Truckers are continuing to dig a little deeper into their wallets as diesel prices continue to climb, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

According to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly report, the national average for a gallon of diesel fuel jumped 6 cents this week, which is a 22-cent increase over last year’s prices.

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21
Aug

FleetPride Acquires Great Lakes Truck & Trailer

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FleetPride acquired the assets of Great Lakes Truck & Trailer, originally founded in 1979 by Dan Cable.

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21
Aug

New Front-Discharge Mixer Design Highlights Terex Anniversary

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It’s been 40 years since a group of Midwestern ready mix concrete producers banded together to manufacture a new front-discharge ready mix truck that they called Advance.

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21
Aug

Republic Diesel Buys Truck Supplies Inc.

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Republic Diesel Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., purchased the assets and equipment of neighboring Truck Supplies Inc. of Lexington, Ky.

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20
Aug

Taking the Reconditioned Utility Truck Business to New Heights

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Bucket Truck

I-80 Equipment is one of the top names when it comes to buying utility trucks on the secondary market. They’ve been in business since 1992. While they do well in the traditional areas of business, they excel at one thing in particular, reconditioning.

Some of the reconditioned, sign trucks, boom trucks, and specialty trucks from I-80 Equipment have been featured in utility magazines, websites, and publications. They’ve focused heavily on refining their reconditioning process over the years. The result of their hard work and dedication is evident in the end product, the price, and the longevity of service.

a reconditioned bucket truck from I-80 Equipment

Reconditioning used bucket trucks and other utility trucks isn’t anything new but for the most part, it was limited to a new paint job and replacing cosmetic details. I-80 Equipment really revolutionized the reconditioning industry when it started refurbishing engines, transmission, booms, buckets, hydraulic components, removing rust, and other more expensive mechanical fixes. The need for a quality unit in like-new condition was there but the selection and quality of the inventory was limited.

I-80′s reconditioning process is as follows:

STEP ONE: DISASSEMBLY
Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is completely inspected once it arrives at our facility. Based on our inspection, the body bay crews remove any extra cabinets and corroded metal for replacement and repair. In preparation for painting and refinishing, all lights, grills and accessories are removed.

STEP TWO: DEGREASE/ POWER WASH
Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is completely soaked in degreaser. After the degreaser has been allowed to set and loosen the dirt and grime the vehicle is then completely power washed. Our cleaning process is a crucial step in our total reconditioning process.

STEP THREE: SANDBLAST BAY
After a vehicle has been power washed and degreased, it enters the Sandblasting Bay. All trucks that enter our facility will have the following items sandblasted: Wheels, front bumper, rear tail shaft, fuel tanks, wheel wells, frames, inside of the utility body and any other exposed metal that needs to be primed before entering the body bay.

STEP FOUR: BODY BAY/PAINT BAY
Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom truck or Crane is completely sanded down to the factory primer. All dents are pulled and any problem metal will be replaced. The entire truck is sanded down with a 320 grit sandpaper and primed with a gray 2K urethane coating prior to going to the paint bay. The undercoating I-80 Equipment uses provides excellent corrosion resistance and durability. It is part of a two-step industrial coating process that assures a pristine finish. For added protection, each vehicle is LINE-X sprayed on the bed and walkways. LINE-X greatly extends equipment and vehicle life expectancy. It has a high “shoreD” hardness rating, offering excellent impact resistance and superior tensile strengths (up to 6,600 psi) resulting in outstanding abrasion resistance. Because the material is sprayed there is a complete seal, making the coating “water tight.” It is part of a two-step industrial coating process that assures a quality finish. Applied with a 120 gallon Linex machine 100 mils thick, I-80 Equipment will back each bed liner with a warranty.

STEP FIVE: ASSEMBLY BAY
Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck, or Crane will be reassembled in this bay. All broken parts will be replaced. All over spray and dirt will be tken off the windows and cleaned. The inside of the cab is cleaned and detailed. The finished paint exterior is buffed out and waxed with hand glaze. Any client requested customization will be completed at this stage including additional strobe lights, cabinets, hitches, etc.

STEP SIX: MECHANICS BAY
This is the final step in our reconditioning process. Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is inspected utilizing a 77-point mechanical inspection and a 177-point boom inspection. I-80 Equipment utilizes a 4-point alignment machine, cylinder machine and dielectric testing to ensure that our vehicles meet all Federal and DOT inspections. Engine Power Train Steering Suspensions Brakes Electrical System Cab & Body Tires, Wheels and Rims

STEP SEVEN: FINISHED PRODUCT

As you can see, the process is highly focused and detailed. There is really nothing like it in the industry. Reconditioning equipment is nothing new and is certainly not confined to utility trucks. There are amazing commercial truck re-conditioners.

Sam is a professional blogger and author. He specializes in helping business owners find the best used bucket trucks for sale online. He is a frequent contributor to I-80 Equipment’s blog.

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20
Aug

FMCSA Launches Facebook Page

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FMCSA

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20
Aug

Obama Administration Frees up Unspent Earmark Funds for Infrastructure Projects

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The Obama administration announced that it won’t allow infrastructure funds to sit idle as a result of stalled earmark projects. It’s making more than $470 million in unspent earmarks immediately available to states for projects that will create jobs and help improve transportation.

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20
Aug

Crete Carrier Launches Patriot Fleet

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This month, Crete Carrier Corp. welcomed five special trucks into its newly launched Patriot Fleet.

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20
Aug

Maine Turnpike Tolls to Rise Nov. 1

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Tolls will go up on the Maine Turnpike starting Nov. 1. Last week, the Maine Turnpike Authority Board unanimously approved a plan to raise an additional $21.14 million in toll revenue to continue a 30-year plan to maintain and rehabilitate the Turnpike’s network of bridges, interchanges and pavement and well as pay off existing debt.

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20
Aug

DEF Price Drops Dramatically

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After rising from a spike in agricultural demand for urea, diesel-exhaust fluid prices saw a sharp drop in July, according to DEF Tracker.

The average U.S. DEF pump price dropped dramatically between June and July, to $2.70 per gallon.

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20
Aug

Noregon Adds Director of National Fleet Accounts

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Noregon Systems added Brent Hamil as director of National Fleet Accounts

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17
Aug

Volvo goes viral with stunt video

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On an unopened highway in Croatia, world record-holding highliner Faith Dickey battles in the wind to cross the line between two speeding trucks.

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17
Aug

Mack, Volvo to Build Transmissions in U.S.

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The Mack mDrive and Volvo I-Shift transmissions are now being assembled in Hagerstown, Md.

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17
Aug

HireRight Settles Claim of Inaccurate Background Reports on Truck Drivers

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HireRight, which the trucking industry knows for its DAC driver screening services, has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle charges that it did not take adequate steps to verify the accuracy of criminal background checks as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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17
Aug

Companies Announce Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

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A group of 15 companies announced the creation of The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, advocating financial incentives similar to those in Texas and nearly a dozen other states to help with the purchase of natural gas vehicles.

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17
Aug

FMCSA Puts Clock on New Entrant Applications

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New entrants to trucking will face a shorter deadline for correcting problems in their applications, under a new policy by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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17
Aug

Navistar’s Troy Clarke to Give Keynote Address at 2013 ATD Convention

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The American Truck Dealers announced that Troy A. Clarke, president of truck and engine operations for Navistar, Inc., will provide keynote remarks at the 2013 ATD Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., next February.

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17
Aug

Three Love’s Locations to Open This Month

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Love’s Travel Stops will open three new locations in three different states in the next three weeks.

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16
Aug

Infrastructure and the presidential race

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We finally got a highway bill, but since it only runs two years, it’s something either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is going to have to deal with during the next presidential administration.

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16
Aug

FTR Reports Shippers Conditions Index Remains at Near Neutral

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FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for June was basically unchanged from the previous month and remains in near neutral territory at a reading of -1.8.

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16
Aug

FMCSA Shifts Gears on Oilfield Hauler HOS Guidance

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Reacting to strong protests against its proposed new hours of service guidance for oilfield haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the deadline for comments and scheduled several public listening sessions.

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16
Aug

Ohio Turnpike Takes Actions to Cut Down on Trucker Toll Fraud

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Ohio Turnpike officials have set up a system to stop a longtime scam that truckers have used to short the roadway’s automated payment machines $50,000 or more on a yearly basis.

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16
Aug

TravelCenters of America Raising Money for St. Christopher Fund

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TravelCenters of America, which operates TA and Petro Stopping Centers, launched its third annual campaign in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund,

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16
Aug

Chrysler Truck Sales Strong, 'Ram’ to Replace 'Dodge’ in Registrations

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Chrysler’s Ram truck brand is doing very well, showing that splitting it off from Dodge about two years ago was a wise move, say company executives. And starting with 2013 models, Rams will gain official registration status at state motor vehicle departments.

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16
Aug

Celadon Buys Equipment Assets from USA Dry Van

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Celadon Trucking Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Celadon Group, has agreed to purchase a portion of the operating equipment of USA Dry Van Logistics LLC,

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16
Aug

Roadrunner Buys Expedited Freight Systems

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Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Expedited Freight Systems Inc., a Midwest regional overnight less-than-truckload provider

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16
Aug

Look Who is Making a Difference in Trucking

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Kari Fisher — Winner of 2012 Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Award

There are many people making a difference in the world and the Trucking Social Media Convention has created its own criteria and award for the winner of the “Making a Difference Award” within the trucking industry.

Last year’s winner of the Making a Difference Award was Hope Rivenburg for her determination and tenacity towards the passing of Jason’s Law for more safe truck parking.

This year the Trucking Social Media Convention is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 “Jason-Rivenburg- Making a Difference Award” is Kari Fisher of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network.

Missing Truck Driver, as it’s known, started earlier this year when veteran truck driver Mark Williams was reported missing.

His family had not heard form him in a few days, and although there was a police report, the search was going extremely slow.

A friend of Jonda Williams, the wife of the missing driver, contacted Kari Fisher on FaceBook, and in a matter of hours Kari’s announcement  of the missing trucker went viral using the power of social media.  Kari quickly created a page for Missing Truck Drivers on FaceBook and people from all over the popular social media platform joined to help in the search.  A description of the truck, trailer, route and last known location was posted, along with a photo of Mr. Williams.

Many from within the newly formed group, including driver Hal Kiah, started making calls and reporting the missing driver on forums, blogs, twitter and radio shows.  Within hours, Mr Williams’ truck was discovered at a T/A Truck Stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by fellow driver Brandt Geiger. Geiger had recognized the truck from listening to a trucking radio show,  unfortunately Mr. Williams was found deceased in his truck.

Hope Rivenburg — 2011 Making a Difference Award

There are many professional drivers who go missing every year, only to be found deceased in their trucks.  There have been reports that some of these drivers go missing for weeks before finally being discovered by either law enforcement or someone who happened to notice the truck being there for an unusual amount of time.

The overwhelming call for this needed unified group sparked Kari to create the Missing Truck Driver website and alert notification.

This years Sponsor for the JR-Making a Difference Award is GoTruckStop.  Owner and founder T. J. Graff will award $500.00 to Mrs. Fisher and $100.00 gift certificates to all other candidates; Kylla Leeburg, Sandy Long, Desiree Wood and Kathy Cass.

The award ceremony will take place Sunday, October 28th, 2012, day two of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention.  There will be a ceremonial cake celebrating the passing of Jason’s Law in the Transportation Bill, also recognizing that October 28th is Jason Rivenburg’s birthday.

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15
Aug

Interstate Distributor Turns up the Speed on Driver Pay

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Interstate Distributor Co. announced that effective August 16 it will accelerate driver pay, cutting seven full days off its driver pay cycle.

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15
Aug

Great Dane Announces News Sales and Branch Operations Structure

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Great Dane announced a new general sales manager and is realigning its branch system to better serve the growing needs of the aftermarket.

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15
Aug

A Bid to Have Obama, Romney Debate Infrastructure Investment

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President Obama just signed a new highway law, but the program runs for only two years, so either Obama or Mitt Romney is going to have to sign another one.

What should that law accomplish?

A trio of political leaders is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to make infrastructure one of the six topics covered in the Obama-Romney debate in Denver on October 3.

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15
Aug

HDT Wins Azbee Editorial Honors

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The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine won two regional and one national award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ annual Azbee Awards of Excellence.

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15
Aug

FMCSA Spells Out Policy on Applications

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spelled out its policy on evaluating applications for authority, listing a half-dozen performance factors that it evaluates.

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