Max Heine

Is the owner-operator a dying breed?

A major part of trucking is the owner-operator model, which has survived recessions, regulations, unionization efforts and other forces. It’s not going away.

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This truck brand reigns in diecast model market

One of the back aisles staples of the Mid-America Trucking show is the vendors of model trucks. What truck brand wins the hearts of buyers? Over the years, it's Peterbilt. That's according to Larry Black, who's got a huge stock of model trucks on sale at his diecastdirect.com booth. That's not surprising. Go to any of Overdrive's Pride & Polish events and Petes make up 80 percent or more of everything out there. If there's a ...

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Trucker’s rescue of family earns Highway Hero honor

Chosen from four finalists, Jason Harte of Rogers, Ark., today accepted the 30th Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

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Photos: Show trucks ready for competition

Johnny Byers gets the best of both worlds. He gets to drive some for L.L. Carter & Son, Ruther Glen, Va., delivering pipe and other construction materials locally. He also gets to work in the shop -- and that includes beautifying a stunning 1988 Freightliner FLC, with a few others at the shop helping out. The rig is one of dozens competing in the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show. In ...

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A Lone Star special: 2/3 off on new toll road

The Texas DOT is offering you quite a deal – two-thirds off the truck rate on its newest toll road, SH 130, for 12 months. This is the road that got so much publicity last year for having the nation’s highest speed limit, 85 mph. The road’s intent is to provide relief for a highly congested part of I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. Though the announcement doesn’t say so, presumably not enough truckers have rushed to ...

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Owner-operator population rises again

The owner-operator population increased 6.2 percent last year in the wake of the recession, and the trend should continue in 2013, according to Overdrive-sponsored research.

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Driving a lot less, earning a little bit more

Average owner-operators miles have dropped 21 percent over 10 years, according to ATBS. With data showing a concurrent income increase, it's clear operators have seen some improvement over the decade.

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Navistar changes top leadership

Navistar President and COO Troy Clarke has been promoted to CEO, along with other changes in the truck maker's leadership structure.

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Freightliner building driver community around combined websites

ATBS' Matt Amen talks Freightliner's Team Run Smart and future plans for the site.

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Top drivers win Cummins-powered Ram

Bradley Chapdelaine and Daniel Poorman each won a Cummins-powered 2012 Ram 2500 Big Horn Crew Cab Tuesday night in an annual contest.

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